Our caring, highly trained staff
“Ventura and its attentive staff have gone above and beyond to create a caring and successful environment for addiction recovery.”
TJK- Former Client
You will be well cared for at Ventura Recovery Center
Carl Davenport is in active recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. He completed a residential treatment program in 1989 and is dedicated to helping clients and their families access the same kind of freedom and happiness he has experienced in recovery. He is passionate about recovery and driven to see his clients succeed. Carl is the Director of Intake and Community Outreach at Ventura Recovery Center and is involved in all phases of recovery. What makes him unique is his ability to keep his focus on results for his clients without being overly pushy or dominant. He credits his ability to temper his ambition while staying focused on results to 40 years of progressive leadership and management experience. When you call, you can expect a compassionate ear, a knowledgeable voice and someone who cares deeply about his clients.
The program and staff are by far the most solid I have encountered. No slips through the cracks. Her therapist appointments are regular, not “as needed.” Her case manager runs a tight ship. Her sponsor is a constant presence in the life. Everyone is professional.
VRC Client’s Sister
Michael Baxter has been in recovery since 2012. After surrendering to Alcoholics Anonymous, Michael has dedicated his life to helping others. Michael is the Program Director at Ventura Recover Center and finds fulfillment helping struggling alcoholics achieve long term recovery and sobriety. He is always available to lend a helpful hand to anyone who needs his help. Michael truly loves his job and could not see himself working in any other field.
Natalie Ontiveros (Head Nurse LVN #229911)
Natalie has been a nurse for 16 years. In recovery herself for the last seven years, she has been working in treatment for 4 years. She loves helping others to find recovery as she has, loves being a mom, and has way too many dogs.
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate AMFT #143720
Katherine Dandley (Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate AMFT #143720 & CATC-III 198925)
Katherine has been at VRC for the past 7 years assisting our clients achieve recovery. She has experience from helping clients when they first come into treatment as a behavioral technician, helping them rebuild their lives as a case manager and currently helping support individual clients and their families in therapy. She knows firsthand the devastation addiction causes and the work it takes for recovery to happen, as she got clean in 2016. She is experienced with the 12 steps, but her knowledge therapeutically expands into underlying issues such as trauma and family systems. She has a passion for working with clients and addicts and alcoholics wanting a new life and to maintain sobriety.
Randy Thompson is a passionate addiction counselor who has been blessed with the gift of disturbing the comfortable. Randy has many passions, but none greater than watching the transformation of an individual who considers themselves to be hopeless, later becoming interested in living a life they know is a gift. He is an active member of the California Association for alcohol/drug educators. Randy is also active in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction for over 20 years. Randy was fortunate enough to enter and complete a long-term rehabilitation program in 1993 in which he is eternally grateful for and understands the importance of building a solid foundation in early recovery. Randy enjoys coordinating groups of people to cater to the homeless on skid row as a means of giving back as well as pushing overall health (physical, emotional, mental and spiritual) to recovering alcoholics and addicts. Randy is convinced that an exercise regimen is essential to maintaining recovery. He also understands the importance of twelve step meetings, sponsorship and the application of the twelve steps as he joins in with the rest of the treatment team at Ventura Recovery Center to persuade clients to follow the path that so many have traveled. Randy provides services for the clients of VRC. Here, Randy addresses treatment issues as well as day to day living issues with the assistance of the treatment team.
Addiction Treatment Counselor
Donna Paul has joined our treatment team as counselor. Donna is a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor, Level III, who has been facilitating groups and counseling individuals since 2009. She is an active member of the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators. She has several years of personal, 12-step based recovery and is thankful to be able to share this, as well as other recovery and relapse prevention tools, with those who are fighting addiction. She is passionate about recovery and the life available to those who choose this path. In addition to her work, Donna enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and baking while in the company of family and friends.
Shaun Logue is a case manager, group counseling facilitator, and a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since a near-death experience resulting from alcoholism in 2020, Shaun turned his will over and gave himself to the Twelve Step program, where he was granted the gifts of patience, understanding, and serenity. Shaun attended school for addiction studies and began a career in substance abuse treatment as a residential detox technician before joining the clinical team as a case manager. Shaun specializes in the honing of emotional sobriety and utilizes several Buddhist concepts in his techniques, enforcing the importance of a life that is mentally and spiritually balanced. It is Shaun’s intention to spend his life guiding those in pain to the gift of sobriety and to remind them, just as he was reminded on a desperate day in 2020, that life is worth living.