The compassionate and knowledgeable staff at New Vista Behavioral Health is highly trained in chemical dependency and mental health treatment. Perspective is remarkably different when you have walked in your clients’ shoes, and many of us have firsthand experience with addiction and mental health recovery. In cooperation with one another’s distinct specialties, New Vista team members emphasize personal, meaningful interaction as they seek to listen well, construct personalized treatment plans, and deliver on our clients’ needs using a broad range of therapeutic approaches.
Stephen Odom is a distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with more than 25 years of expertise in the field. Currently, he serves as the president, CEO and chief clinical officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Simple Recovery, Center for Professional Recovery, Avalon Integrative Wellnessand Avalon Malibu. Within the vast scope of his professional career, Stephen is a pioneer in the addiction treatment industry, and remains grounded by the guiding principle that people can and do recover.
Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA), a master’s in experimental psychology (University of Tennessee), a master’s and doctoral candidacy in clinical psychology (Palo Alto University), and a doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in healthcare administration (Capella University). He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in the state of California.
Within his executive leadership role, Stephen’s compassionate and therapeutic approach has enabled him to connect not only with his clinical teams but each client who walks through the door.
In joining the Simple Recovery team, Poppy brings 10+ years of experience in direct substance abuse/addiction work and a contagious passion of hope in Recovery. Her gentle and honest nature allows her to balance empathy with honest communication, providing a seemingly effortless, immediate gain of trust and accountability with clients and their families. Under the scope of her professional experience, Poppy is suitable to work with various addictions and co-occurring disorders.
Poppy’s professional skills continue to expand in her role as Simple Recovery’s Executive Director and in her pursuit to continue learning through continuing education and counseling licensure.
Poppy and her son Phillip reside in Orange County, California. As a family they share their free time camping, hiking and at the beach. In addition Poppy’s personal interests and hobbies are strongly rooted in her recovery and involvement focused on bettering the world through healing, love, and faith.
Todd Major is New Vista Behavioral Health’s corporate director of operations. In his leadership, Todd strives to improve organization performance by enhancing business operation systems, organizational procedures, internal communication, and management strategy/planning and business processes. Additionally, he manages daily operations, budgets, and ensures effective customer service throughout the New Vista Behavioral Health facilities.
Jody Moore is a native of Southern California. He has been in Human Resources for 20 years with 15 of those years in a senior leadership role. He has worked for several Fortune 500 Companies such as Starwood Hotels where we was the Director of HR for the Sales & Marketing Division in California, Arizona, Colorado, and New York. He also was the District Director, HR for Kindred Healthcare with executive oversight of 13 Hospitals in the So Cal Market. He left Kindred to start a consulting company and is now the Corporate Director of HR for New Vista Behavioral Health. His expertise is in organizational design and development, and executive coaching. He is married with four children and lives in the City of Chino where he was just recently tapped to serve as a City Planning Commissioner by the Mayor.
Kelly Sweeney has been working in the treatment field for over 10 years. With an extensive background in admissions and public relations, she is a dedicated and compassionate individual focused on helping those in need of finding treatment. Ms. Sweeney has worked in the admission department of some of the most world renowned, high-end dual diagnosis programs in the country. Through the years, Kelly has gained a deep understanding and knowledge of exactly what it takes to run an effective admissions department.
Ms. Sweeney has a skill set that includes extensive clinical knowledge as well as her own personal experience of recovery. It is her number one goal to assist the potential client, family member and referent find the best help available. Additionally, she has experience working with alumni as well as event planning and referral management. Kelly is dedicated to making the transition to treatment as smooth as possible. All along lending supportive, compassionate and tender care.
Ms. Sweeney has received much recognition for her work. This includes the award for the top employee of countrywide treatment cooperation. Ms. Sweeney is thrilled to be a part of the Avalon team and continue her dedicated work of helping those in need.
Christine Barker is a highly-experienced senior marketing and communications professional that has over twenty years of experience leading diverse business development and marketing teams. Christine is passionate about using her acquired knowledge to serve those in the behavioral health field. In her role as corporate director of marketing and outreach, she is utilizing her broad skill set to define and optimize New Vista Behavioral Health’s marketing strategy through innovative approaches to digital marketing, media, brand strategy, and clinical outreach.
Dr. Skipper is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a certified medical review officer. He previously served as medical director for the Alabama Physician Health Program and was on the council that created and oversaw the Oregon Health Professionals Program. Dr. Skipper was the primary innovator of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) testing and is an expert in alcohol biomarkers and drug testing. He was a principal investigator of the National Physician Health Program Blueprint Study, funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, and is the author of many articles regarding drug testing, physician health, and contingency monitoring. Dr. Skipper was formerly medical director of Springbrook Hazelden, and he was a chief advisor to the development of the professional’s program at Promises, Betty Ford Center and Bradford Health Services.
Matthew Goldenberg D.O. is double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and is a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). He is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and has provided addiction psychiatry consultations to some of the nation’s top addiction treatment programs. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Goldenberg is an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He volunteers his time as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goldenberg completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship through UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, and psychiatry residency at Banner University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a native of Los Angeles.
Adam is a compassionate clinician and team leader who strives to see the best in his clients, especially when they do not see it themselves. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and received his Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. Adam has experience utilizing a variety of therapeutic approaches including Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Art, Play, Dialectical Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Therapy. In addition to his work in the field of addiction and recovery, he has also had the opportunity to provide therapeutic services to a diverse client population throughout his career including adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families. Outside of work, Adam enjoys surfing at one of the local beaches or spending time with his family.
Melissa has been a part of the co-occurring mental health and addiction treatment field since 2004. While obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut, she worked in a locked psychiatric hospital unit, serving child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric patients, as well as detoxification and addiction treatment patients.
Melissa obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, with a primary focus in mental health and substance abuse. She interned as a case manager in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles and as a children’s therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Melissa transitioned into working as a residential counselor and intake coordinator at dual diagnosis residential treatment facilities in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas.
In 2009, Melissa supported the development of a case management aftercare program and took on primary therapist positions within detox, residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs. She has expertise in the clinical areas of treating substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders as well as coordination of continuing care, program development and community outreach.
SallyAnn Cross is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in addiction medicine and behavioral health. She has earned a master’s degree in both multicultural counseling and social work and has worked in both the public and private sectors in multiple roles, such as executive director, clinical director, department administrator, and primary therapist. SallyAnn has formal training in relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, schema-focused therapy, trauma therapy, attachment theory, 12-step and harm reduction. She is a proud native Buffalonian, and she attributes her training in the field to the outstanding mentors she worked with throughout her career. SallyAnn believes that the healing process begins with treating patients with compassion, dignity, and respect. Her belief as a therapist is to raise a patient’s level of awareness to the power that they possess and support them in developing a stable, sober path to a life filled with joy.