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
Intake Specialist/ Business Development
Chris Ryan is a dedicated member of Ventura Recovery Center’s team, coordinating new client intakes and community outreach. Chris has been sober since 2013 and he is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. Chris has devoted his life to helping other alcoholics and addicts not only maintain sobriety but to thrive in many other aspects of their lives. He offers support and encouragement to our clients every step of the way, while always contributing a few laughs. His passion for recovery and personal experiences in the grip of addiction makes him invaluable to our clients as they go through this journey.
Bob Pautsch is also in active recovery from alcoholism & drug addiction. He completed a state mandated treatment program in 1988. His personal passion lies in seeing his clients’ eyes come alive after their spirit opens up to the possibility of a different way of life. Bob’s experience at a prominent Southern California Treatment Center deepened his innate ability to remain calm in the midst of highly emotional situations. He excels at creating a safe emotional space for clients experiencing any degree of agitation in the early phases of their recovery. Bob is the Executive Director at Ventura Recovery Center. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the treatment center, he stays in close contact with the clinical team to ensure that each client is receiving the best care possible.
Danielle Ciccone oversees the clinical team of therapists, counselors, and case managers at Ventura Recovery Center as Clinical Director, but also provides therapy services herself with our clients. Danielle works individually with clients and also works with their families. Danielle utilizes a range of therapeutic approaches, including EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, and more. Danielle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, registered by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (#4677). Danielle achieved a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA in 2009 and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Throughout her university experiences, Danielle was involved in important addiction research conducted in the research labs of well-known scientists in the field. Danielle has always had a passion for studying the underlying causes of addiction and for studying helpful interventions to treat substance abuse and mental health problems. Over the course of her clinical career, Danielle found that having a history of trauma (in various forms) seemed to be one of the root causes of addiction, so Danielle sought out training to become an EMDR therapist, which has transformed her practice into a powerful healing approach. Danielle is grateful to work at Ventura Recovery Center where she can use her skills to help people grow into the beautiful and resilient individuals they are destined to be. Danielle also loves leading the team of wonderful clinicians at our facility.
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
Anna Young is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. After graduating with her BS in the area of Biology from UCLA Anna went on to Antioch University, Los Angeles to graduate with her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology.
She has worked with a diverse clientele including those with addiction, bipolar I/II disorders, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders and those with co-occurring disorders (mental illness & addiction). She is familiar with the process of 12 step recovery and utilizes a wide range of therapeutic practices, including solution focused therapy, ACT, humanistic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to meet the client’s needs.
As a therapist of a Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in Los Angeles Anna worked with clients on an inpatient basis, where she facilitated groups, worked with patients individually and developed an Intimate Process Group. Anna gained discharge planning experience while at the Psychiatric Health facility and helped clients establish support systems to prepare for life after they are discharged.
Michael Baxter has been in recovery since 2012. After surrendering to Alcoholics Anonymous, Michael has dedicated his life to helping others. Michael is an 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.
Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor III
Katherine Kada is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor III at Ventura Recovery Center. She completed her education courses in Addictive Disorder Studies at Oxnard College. Katherine studied at Cal State University Channel Islands and Kaplan University and received her bachelor’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Substance Abuse in 2013. She has been involved in 12 step groups since 2014 and uses her own personal experience and recovery to empower clients through the treatment process and to help aid them in building lives again. Katherine is grateful to work at Ventura Recovery Center because not only is she able to provide compassion and encouragement as a residential technician to our clients when they first enter treatment but also provide guidance and assistance to clients in case management, helping them put together the stepping stones to a new life without the use of alcohol or drugs.
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.