Jack Petti comes from a unique background, having struggled with addiction from the very early age of twelve years old. He uses his story to help individuals struggling with the same problems he once struggled with. In charge of various and multiple roles at Renaissance Recovery, Jack works with our clients, helping provide and establish a solid foundation for recovery. He hopes to support them in developing a better manner of living.
Seth moved to Southern California from a small town in Delaware in search of a new life. He fell in love with the recovery community that Orange County offers and decided to pursue a career helping others who had similar struggles. He studied both business and nursing and now brings his passion for helping others to his role with Renaissance Recovery. Seth often assists the clinical staff to provide the best possible client care. He takes his own experience in recovery and his working knowledge of the 12 steps and shares it with every client that steps into our family. Seth has an uncanny ability to lead with humble acts of service and serves as an incredible example for what recovery in a young adult looks like.
Diana Vo, LMFT
Diana is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has been in the field of mental health for over 10 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and her master’s degree at Alliant International University. Her background includes a variety of settings including inpatient hospitalization, residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, community mental health treatment and private practice. Diana came into the substance abuse arena by chance but has since developed a deep appreciation for 12 step programs and a compassionate understanding of the recovery process. Rather than seeing addiction as a moral failing, she views it as a trauma response and as such, is able to frame her treatment approach in a way that empowers her clients rather than shames them.
As the clinical director, Diana is responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of the clinical functions of Renaissance Recovery by offering leadership, supervision and support in accordance to state and federal regulations. She also gets to encourage the development of Renaissance Recovery’s pre-licensed clinicians as well as the growth of her clients. Diana is currently working towards becoming a CAMFT certified supervisor and also provides EMDR therapy.
Jason Blakemore, AMFT
Jason is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He previously worked at an inpatient residential drug and alcohol treatment center, as well as a trauma-based mental health clinic before joining our team here at Renaissance.
Jason loves helping client’s “untangle their webs” and figure out why it is they chose drugs and alcohol in the first place. He is an attuned and compassionate therapist who lives for helping people create new ways of being that free them from the chains of their pasts.
At Renaissance Recovery, Jason sees multiple clients for individual person-centered psychotherapy and mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy sessions every day. Jason is also a dynamic group therapy leader and runs several mental health and substance abuse groups each week.
Erin Pruitt, AMFT
Erin has 3 years of experience working with eating disorders, dual diagnosis substance use addiction, and has been working primarily in the substance abuse field for over a year. She completed her master’s degree specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018 at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she is now working on completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. It was while pursuing her master’s degree and working in treatment for eating disorders that she discovered her passion for working in the substance abuse field. Feeling that there was a lack of quality therapists in this field, she decided to switch focus to aim at providing high-quality therapeutic services for individuals struggling with addiction. Erin is dedicated to providing clients with an exploration into the underlying causes of their addictions. While also teaching clients how to dispute their negative self-talk, and help them to regain their sense of self and individuality outside of their addiction. She also aims to provide clients with socio-cultural competence and affirmation relating to their unique and diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, socioeconomic status, and sexual identity.
Amanda Jilk, AMFT
Amanda is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of Phoenix. Before joining the Renaissance Recovery team, Amanda had previously worked in a residential treatment center for men and women of addiction. She also worked with a special needs facility, in which she reunified families with their children and taught parenting and social skills classes.
Amanda chose this field to help provide a safe place for individuals to explore who they are without judgment or persecution, and learn to live a happier, healthier lifestyle without the utilization of drugs and alcohol. Amanda enjoys being part of the clients’ recovery process. She loves seeing their emotional growth as they explore, for the first time with a clear mind, all the positive attributes they bring to the world and the development of new healthy positive relationships.
At Renaissance Recovery, Amanda sees multiple clients for person-centered psychotherapy and mindfulness training. She also utilizes a family systems approach designed to help the client not only recover from their addiction, but reconnect with those they love in a happy and healthier manner. Amanda also is a dynamic group leader, who runs multiple mental health groups to teach coping skills and core beliefs promoting better life skills that result in maintaining sobriety outside of treatment.
Caitlin Garcia, CADC-2
As Program Director, Caitlin is responsible for directing and managing the treatment counselors at Renaissance Recovery. Her duties include program development, crisis intervention, case manager supervision and clinical support. Caitlin acquired her Drug and Alcohol certification from the Health Staff Training Institute in 2008 and has worked in a variety of treatment programs, including adolescent, residential, outpatient and detoxification facilities. She has a passion for helping others find a rich and fulfilling life without the use of substances. Caitlin’s 10+ years of experience working in this field allows her to help not only clients, but also families affected by addiction. Caitlin feels that perseverance and contrary action are essential keys to success.
James Blumenschein, CADC-2
LEAD CASE MANAGER
James Blumenschein is a CCAPP certified CADC II Counselor/Case Manager with 9 years of extensive experience in the chemical dependency field. He has experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment programs and has roles such as House Manager, Detox Lead Counselor, Primary Counselor, Program Director, and currently Lead Case Manager. James is passionate about recovery and is actively involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and has been clean and sober since 11/10/2009. James enjoys working with clients and gets satisfaction from seeing clients overcome their disease.
Stefanie Tate, RADT
Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University. She has been working in the recovery and mental health industry since 2010 and holds her Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician certification. Currently, Stefanie is in school finishing her CADC degree. Stefanie’s day to day responsibilities as case manager include crisis intervention, group and individual counseling, family counseling and client education. She comes from a place of professional and personal recovery experience and prides herself on understanding where the client is coming from. Stefanie’s empathy towards others and her drive for success make her an essential member of the Renaissance family. She is very passionate about helping men and women understand the disease of addiction and develop effective coping skills to prevent relapse, recover and heal. She believes that an essential part of recovery is seeking out the right support system and trusting the process. Stefanie feels blessed to be able to work in a field she loves and to help others who can benefit from her personal experience.
Sarah Forry, RADT
Sarah Forry has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for six years and has been a case manager for the last four years. Sarah is a psychology major and has the goal to obtain a doctorate in the field. She plans to specialize in trauma and child psychology so that she may further her ability to assist those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency. Sarah hopes that her clients will achieve their full potential and the freedom from addiction that they deserve. She uses her compassion and understanding to assist and interact with each client, offering the care she would want for those in her own family. Sarah said that she works at Renaissance Recovery not only because of the incredible team, but also because of the high quality of client care that is provided. The love and support shown to the clients at Renaissance is unparalleled to any other treatment center she has ever worked at.
Chad Gravina- RADT
Chad has been working to help people overcome addiction for 3 years. He aspires to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently pursuing a higher education to achieve that goal. After working with people in recovery he discovered that his true passion is helping people who need it the most. Chad brings his experience working 12 step programs and his passion for recovery to give compassion and understanding to all his clients. As a Case Manager, Chad coordinates each client’s care and makes sure their unique needs are met.
HUMAN RESOURCES/ OPERATIONS MANAGER
Jamie is a Registered Recovery Worker (RADT-1) in the state of California. Her own journey through addiction and into recovery has inspired her to work in the field of substance abuse treatment. She has been working in the field of recovery for four years.
Jamie finds purpose and joy in sharing her experience and finding common ground with newly sober clients, and she shares her love of recovery with others by encouraging them to take time to laugh and enjoy the minutiae of every-day life. She loves to watch people re-build their lives and has the privilege of witnessing the miracles of recovery daily.
As Operations Manager, Jamie is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day functions of Renaissance Recovery, from initial client contact at the center, to coordinating with various providers to ensure exceptional and comprehensive care of clients, to securing resources for after discharge when the client moves on from the treatment setting.
Kayla Matino, RADT
Born and raised in Colorado, Kayla moved to Orange County in 2015 to start a life of freedom and recovery. Kayla has 3 years’ experience working in the field of Substance Abuse and is a Registered Recovery Worker in the state of California. Through her own struggles with addiction she found solace in the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it was there that she discovered her passion for helping others. Kayla thrives in her position in operations, and attributes that to the one-on-one time she spends with clients, and the daily opportunities she finds to spread her personal experience and message. She hopes that her daily efforts result in clients discovering the beautiful world of recovery at their disposal. Kayla ensures that all clients are adhering to program rules and regulations in order to create a solid foundation of accountability and discipline that will lead them to success in the real world.
Patrick Castello, RADT
Patrick was homeless and struggling with an 18-year heroin and alcohol addiction until he entered treatment. Upon seeing how his journey to recovery could benefit others, he cut his teeth working in detox while attaining clinical knowledge and his RADT-1 certification. As an alumnus of Renaissance Recovery, he accepted a position in Operations to be an integral part of the program that saved his life. Patrick oversees the adherence to DHCS and JCAHO standards while exuding a calmness that keeps clients comfortable in a structured environment. Along with performing new client intakes and facilitating groups, Patrick is always available to guide an at-risk client through the trials and tribulations of achieving lasting sobriety.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Robert has channeled his personal journey of recovery into a passion for working with families, clients, and fellow professionals alike to create solutions for individualized and long-lasting, sustainable recovery. Robert began struggling with substance abuse at a young age and cycled in and out of treatment centers and institutions before finally receiving the help that he needed. His motivation and drive comes from the opportunity to help others exit the destructive cycle that he spent so many years stuck in personally. Robert oversees and screens all inquiries for potential admissions to Renaissance Recovery, coordinates smooth and safe transitions for clients admitting into our care, and facilitates outbound referrals to trusted professionals or facilities when appropriate.
Reese Morgan RADT
Reese has been working in the field of addiction for the past several years. As part of the Renaissance Recovery team, Reese brings his passion for helping others to the forefront. From his own experience with overcoming addiction and the wreckage it can cause, Reese connects with our clients on a personal and resonating level. Through experiencing how some treatment facilities can make a client feel more like a number than an individual, Reese strives to make sure each of our clients’ individual needs are met. As Client Advocate of Renaissance Recovery, Reese adds an intrinsic value to the attention and care our clients receive, ensuring each of our clients receive the highest quality of care possible.
As the Administrative Director, Bianca brings with her years of experience in the recovery field with various positions of management and supervision. Her personal experiences have permitted her to gain a deep insight into addiction. She is passionate about serving those in need of recovery. Bianca is eager to work with our clients and share her experience, strength and hope so that they find success with long-term sobriety.
ADMISSIONS AND CLINICAL OUTREACH
After battling with addiction for over a decade, Kevin finally reached a point of surrender and accepted help. His journey, both professionally and personally have put him in a unique position to help both clients and families navigate the stressful and sometimes difficult process of beginning their recovery journeys.
In addition to working with clients on a one on one basis, Kevin develops and maintains relationships with other clinical programs and professionals throughout the country.
Physical and Nutritional Instructor
Bethany aims to help better our clients physical condition through coaching and mentoring. Bethany is a former military personnel. She served in the Army for four years and is a professional gymnast. Bethany uses her talents and strengths to toughen the minds of our clients, challenges them by putting them under healthy amounts of resistance, and helps them grow and accomplish their goals. All her sessions are conducted on a Gender-Specific basis.
Julia Westman, RAS, CAODC
Julia has been working in the field of addiction treatment since 2012 and is currently a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS) as well as a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CAODC). She has worked as a case manager and substance abuse counselor primarily treating female populations with substance abuse and other co-occurring disorders. Julia currently works with both the male and female populations at Renaissance Recovery facilitating weekly group therapy sessions. She is trained in sociometry and uses a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach to group therapy sessions. She has found that it is an effective way to help clients identify the self-defeating behaviors and thoughts that often drive addiction. Julia began her own recovery journey in 2011. She has remained passionate about her commitment to helping other addicts recover since then.
Christina Milucky, LAADC, LMFT
Christina Milucky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #111663) and Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LAADC #110606318). She has been working within the field of addictions and dual diagnosis treatment for ten years, supporting clients to find their own path in the recovery process. Throughout her career as a case manager, counselor, and therapist, Christina has developed a philosophy that brings together her own experiences and struggles with addiction and her professional experiences, allowing clients the space and opportunity for growth and recovery.
Working with countless individuals, couples, and families over the years, she has gained experience in treating the challenges that arise in the recovery process, collaborating with clients to develop a meaningful and purposeful journey for growth. Her experience led her to develop gender-specific groups focusing on Relapse Prevention, Grief and Loss, and Women’s Issues in Early Recovery, which she facilitates throughout Orange County. She wholeheartedly believes a strong group dynamic, with space to share personal experiences, can affect change in supporting clients to develop a new narrative for their recovery, which includes hope, compassion, and understanding.
As an individual with a rich cultural history and diverse personal and professional experiences, she recognizes that each client possesses his or her own unique set of experiences, strengths, knowledge, and resiliency, which provides a foundation for recovery. Christina brings together evidence-based understanding, with a client-centered and narrative perspective, to provide an open space for trust, both as a group therapist and in her private practice work at Affinity Therapy. In private practice with individuals, couples, and families, Christina specializes in Addictions, Grief and Loss, and Dual Diagnosis, providing an all-encompassing approach to individualized client care.
Christina earned her Alcohol and Drug Studies as well as her Human Services Associates at Saddleback College, where she graduated with honors. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she continued her education at Pepperdine University, graduating with her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy.
Don Peters, M.A. (abt), M.S., Ph.D. Candidate
Don Peters is a recovering alcoholic/addict with continuous sobriety dating from March, 1981. Following his first year of recovery he returned to school, and hasn’t left yet…
He has served treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals for more than 35 years as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, Therapist, Family Therapist and Clinical Consultant. On the research front, he has investigated the association between exercise and addiction craving (Thayer and Peters, 1987) and subsequently has been associated with the U.C.L.A. Neuropsychiatric Institute’s Drug Abuse Research Center. Don has authored Relapse Response Review, a distillation of principles gleaned from Alcoholics Anonymous, Clinical, Research, Social, Applied and Performance psychologies. He is currently in dissertation for his Ph.D. in Psychology, Specialization in Sport Psychology. As an athlete and former professional singer/actor, he brings principles of Performance Psychology into recovery. Don dramatically demonstrates that achieving and maintaining sobriety utilizes very similar strategies and abilities to function under pressure as do elite athletes and performers. In private practice, Don has founded The Next Level: Performance Under Pressure. Through his agency, he has worked with Olympic, professional and NCAA Division-I student-athletes. Don resides in Lakewood, California with Abbie W., a Mini-Pit/Terrier who fancies herself a Therapy Dog (she does seem to help folks feel better).