Who We AreA Multidisciplinary Team of Experts
A Healing Place – The Estates was conceived by three industry visionaries with nearly 100 years combined experience. Since that time, our staff has grown considerably. We’d like to introduce you to the talented team of professionals at A Healing Place – The Estates.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive OfficerJohn C. Stenzel
“A Healing Place – The Estates treats one group of chronic pain patients at a time that allows us to build a developmental treatment model. Patients work as a unified team for a minimum of six weeks. Our closed-group model promotes bonding because patients go through the healing process together. We’ve witnessed much more positive outcomes than those realized from the more traditional open-group model.”
With nearly 40 years of experience serving in senior management and entrepreneurial roles for physical, occupational, and behavioral healthcare-related organizations globally, John C. Stenzel was well aware that chronic-pain management was in dire need of a major overhaul. Rarely a day goes by without media coverage of some aspect of the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic. John studied the problem from all angles, investigated treatment options leading to the best possible outcomes, and remained hopeful that one day he would help this challenged population transform their lives.
A SHARED VISION: Then, in August 2015, his dream was realized when he re-connected with two accomplished industry professionals who shared his vision. As luck would have it, Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead, developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management ® System, and Joseph A. Cabaret, MD, who is triple-board certified in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology, also aspired to build a specialty program for chronic pain management from the ground up. They would focus on time-tested traditional and holistic modalities handled concurrently within a full continuum of care. The rest is history.
NOTEWORTHY: Among other notable achievements, John served as CEO of The Bridge to Recovery, Inc. – a non-profit residential recovery center focused on process addictions and codependency – where he expanded its capacity by 400 percent. He is also Founder and former CEO of Salus Health Group, Inc./Bridge Recovery Homes, Inc., a behavioral-health management company based in Calabasas, California; served as Vice President of Development for Phoenix House California, a holistic drug- and alcohol-addiction treatment center; and is co-founder and former CFO of Glendale, California-based Worldwide EAP, Inc., an international employee and family assistance company.
INCOMPARABLE EXPERTISE: John’s success in and passion for building world-class teams have been realized again in his latest and most ambitious venture to date: A Healing Place – The Estates.
Co-Founder and Chief Medical OfficerJoseph A. Cabaret, MD
“When patients rely solely on outside interventions, including medication, to deal with their chronic pain and coexisting disorders, over time they lose the ability to cope with these conditions on their own. Physicians must treat the whole person – and patients need to be open to more effective approaches to managing chronic pain. The good news is that there’s reason for hope. A Healing Place – The Estates is next generation chronic pain management.”
Dr. Joseph A. Cabaret, Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer, is triple-board certified in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology, and he is the current President of the California Society of Interventional Pain Specialists. Dr.
Cabaret has been treating patients with chronic pain and addictive disorders for 25 years.
A COMPASSIONATE LEADER: For long-term recovery, he is well aware of the importance of addressing the coexisting conditions that often go hand-in-hand with a chronic pain diagnosis. There are no shortcuts to long-lasting recovery. He has witnessed his patients transform their lives by addressing biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors that play an instrumental role in the healing process. In addition to educating his patients, Dr. Cabaret is passionate about sharing his knowledge with the medical community, so they can help their patients realize the best possible outcomes. Helping the chronic pain population lead more productive lives is what drew Dr. Cabaret to this field – and he has devoted his practice to this worthy cause.
DEVOTED TO THE FIELD: In addition to his current role as Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at A Healing Place – The Estates, Dr. Cabaret also holds other leadership roles such as the Founder/Director of the Pain Management Support Group in Camarillo; Instructor for the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians; Mentor for the North American Neuromodulation Society; Clinical Peer Reviewer for STARMDs; and is a speaker/consultant for the pharmaceutical industry.
VAST ACHIEVEMENTS: Among other notable achievements, Dr. Cabaret is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine; Diplomat of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management and American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians; DEA Drug Addiction Treatment Act Buprenorphine Waiver Certified and a certified Probuphine Prescriber/Planter; and is a member in good standing of multiple medical societies. He has served as a practice monitor for the Medical Board of California and is a volunteer physician at the Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks.
SPEAK OUT: Dr. Cabaret is also a published researcher and accomplished speaker who has lectured on diverse subjects, including The New Opioid Paradigm: Keeping Yourself and Your Patients Safe; Non Opioid Pain Management Techniques; and The Prescription Drug Epidemic – Is Your Practice at Risk?
Co-Founder and Chief Clinical OfficerStephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS
“Until now, it was easier and more economical for physicians to spend a few minutes handing out prescriptions than to get to the root of chronic pain. Unfortunately, the negative consequences of this practice have been considerable – addictive disorders being only one of them. A Healing Place – The Estates addresses chronic pain and coexisting disorders through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach with a strong cognitive behavioral component. Our patients are more than the sum of their symptoms. For this reason, it’s critical to explore the biological, psychological, social and spiritual factors associated with the presenting chronic pain condition.”
Since 1984, Dr. Stephen F. Grinstead – Chief Clinical Officer – specializes in pain management, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and coexisting mental and personality disorders. He advocates having patients play an active role in the recovery process because he wants them to realize that they have power over how they perceive and manage pain.
RENOWNED INDUSTRY EXPERT: Dr. Grinstead is an internationally-recognized expert in
preventing relapse related to addictive and chronic pain disorders, and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System (www.freedomfromsufferingnow.com).
Among many other publishing achievements, Dr. Grinstead is the author of several important and well-regarded books, including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope; Relapse Prevention Therapy Workbook; Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide; and the Denial Management Counseling Professional Guide. Dr. Grinstead is an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS); California and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
TRAINER’S TRAINER: Since 1996, he has conducted nationwide seminars and certification trainings for over 30,000 healthcare providers – including therapists and counselors. Among the topics he speaks on are Addiction-Free Pain Management®, Managing Pain Medication in Recovery; Managing Pain and Prescription Drug Abuse; Relapse Prevention Therapy; Relapse Prevention Counseling, and Denial Management Counseling. Dr. Grinstead has also served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies and as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University, along with holding relevant positions at many other accredited universities.
PsychiatristEd S. Jesalva, M.D.
“I have witnessed thousands of people begin their journey since I’ve started practicing psychiatry. And I have seen the many pitfalls that people run into when mental health disorders complicate the treatment of chronic pain conditions. But I’ve also experienced the wonderful feeling of being part of helping these people experience happier and more fulfilling lives through treatment.”
SPECIALTY EDUCATION: Ed S. Jesalva, M.D. has been a psychiatrist since 1989. Born in the Philippines, he and his family emigrated to the US when he was a child, and he was raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He began his education in the medical field with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Illinois. Dr. Jesalva completed his medical degree at the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. With his sights set on becoming a psychiatrist, Dr. Jesalva then moved to California to complete his internship and residency in Psychiatry at Harbor General Hospital/UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Thousand Oaks, California.
MISSION ORIENTED: Today, Dr. Jesalva maintains an active outpatient practice, treating adolescents, adults and the elderly who suffer from problems like mood disorders, ADD/ADHD, substance abuse, and dementia. Dr. Jesalva is active in community education and frequently lectures on subjects like bipolar disorder, depression, and psychopharmacology (managing mental health disorders with medications). In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University, teaching therapists and counselors about psychopharmacology. He also acts as a consultant to various local counseling centers, including Conejo Counseling Center, Community Counseling Group, New Beginning Counseling Center, and Conejo Valley Mental Health Professionals Association.
COLLABORATIVE EDUCATOR: Dr. Jesalva believes that his role is to educate and support patients through a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach. His treatment framework addresses four dimensions: biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual. Dr. Jesalva sees mental disease as a chameleon; that can disable people’s ability to function effectively, destroy relationships, or simply be something very subtle but insidious, preventing people from achieving happiness and fulfillment. Mental disease (and it truly is a disease) is often stigmatized, but just as people with diabetes or heart disease need treatment and support, so does someone with an illness of the mind.
Program DevelopmentSteve Serafino, M.S., C.A.C.
With over 25 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field on both the management and patient care sides, Steve has done it all. He was also the Founder and CEO of several successful addiction and eating disorder treatment centers in Southern California. We are thrilled to have Steve with us to manage our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Clinical Director of Special ProgramsDale Ryder, LCSW, Reiki Practitioner
“While many traditional rehabs group chronic pain patients with substance abusers in pursuit of abstinence, people with chronic pain often end up with a great amount of pain – and shame. We’re here to empower this population with appropriate and personalized treatment plans – intensive family therapy, recovery-friendly medications, Reiki energy work and restorative physical therapy – that also place an emphasis on spirituality. Our expertise in chronic pain management allows our patients to rebuild their lives and embrace a bright future.”
Dale Ryder, our Clinical Director, was drawn to the behavioral health field 25 years ago and remains dedicated to helping people who are living with self-defeating behavior. Having a private practice for more than 20 years, she has combined adventure therapy with her work in treating eating disorders and other addictive disorders. Her interactive workshops dealing with family systems and her expertise in equine-assisted therapy combine Dale’s love of horses with her passion to help her patients achieve emotional wellness.
A SEASONED PRO: As Clinical Director of A Soberway Home in Prescott, Arizona for six years, Dale oversaw all clinical aspects of this addiction treatment center, from daily programming to supervision and training of clinical staff. In addition, she developed and facilitated family workshops. Prior to her position at A Soberway Home, Dale served as Clinical Director of The Wick Home in Cottonwood, Arizona where she oversaw the clinical aspects of this therapeutic boarding school for teen addiction. She has also held clinical positions as a probation officer.
ions with Clean Adventures and Sober Living (Prescott, AZ); Springridge Academy (Spring Valley, Arizona); and has maintained a private practice called Rites of Passage in Prescott and Yavapai County for nearly two decades. Her earlier career also included ten y
SCHOOL DAYS: Dale earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.
LMFTDebra O’Brien Ruiz, LMFT
Debra comes to A Healing Place with personal, professional, and life experiences, including working with adolescents, adults, and aging individuals with developmental, academic, emotional, physical, and memory loss disabilities, as well as those suffering with addiction, trauma, and criminal backgrounds.
TEAM ORIENTED: Debra began in Riverside County forensics conducting triage, mental health assessment and crisis management to incarcerated youth, adult men and women. She continued training at Ventura County Behavioral Health where she provided concentrated, adult intensive, “whatever it takes” team-oriented services for clients with intensive needs requiring high levels of care.
WITH HONORS: Debra received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services, with honors and her Masters of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, also with honors from the University of Phoenix. She a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
Her warmth, enthusiasm, compassion, and empathy radiates with patients and staff alike.
Marketing ManagerEllen Grinstead, CAPMS, CEC
“There isn’t another program in the United States that is doing what we’re doing in the way we’re doing it. And, we’re building our unique treatment program from the ground up. The many evidence-based modalities we’re using are geared to patients with chronic pain and coexisting conditions. We’re not trying to be all things to all people. Our goal is to support individuals with chronic pain to find relief – physically, emotionally and spiritually – so they can lead more fulfilling lives. That’s our focus and that’s our expertise. And, we continue to provide our patients with support and resources long after they finish treatment with us.”
As a business and marriage partner with Dr. Stephen Grinstead for over 28 years, Ellen Grinstead has been instrumental in supporting the development of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Treatment System.
EXCEPTIONAL TREATMENT OUTCOMES: She has an in-depth knowledge of the philosophy and processes needed to provide exceptional treatment outcomes for those suffering with chronic pain and coexisting conditions. Ellen has connected with hundreds of people over the years looking for answers to their suffering. She has spoken with patients, families and friends, providing them with guidance and resources as they navigated their way through the complexity of their pain condition.
EMPOWERING PEOPLE: In addition to over 20 years of experience in corporate environments, Ellen is a Certified Empowerment Coach (CEC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching with an advanced Coaching Credential through the Academy for Coaching Excellence.
PERSONAL GROWTH: Ellen has been on a personal growth path of self-discovery, spiritual awakening and service for the last 40 years. Her life intentions are to be a loving wife, a contributor to her community, physically fit and healthy, a creator of beauty, a successful entrepreneur, a loving family member and great friend, a positive influence on everyone she meets, supported by a deep commitment to wake up spiritually and live life to the fullest.
Operating ManagerFrancis (Frank) Clemens, MA
“I love being part of an organization that takes pride in transforming lives. At A Healing Place – The Estates, I’m surrounded by dedicated, accomplished and caring professionals who work as a team to aid individuals who are looking for and who deserve a better path in life. I’m proud to be of service to individuals embarking on their journey of recovery.”
Frank has combined the fields of operations and the healing arts into a meaningful and successful career. After speaking to Frank, it’s evident he is a take-charge kind of guy who gets the job done – sans excuses. He has studied psychology throughout his career and gets a great deal of satisfaction from helping people confronting health-related challenges.
EMPHASIS ON LEARNING: Frank earned his Ph.D (ABD) from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
INDUSTRY ADVOCATE: He previously worked with our CEO, John C. Stenzel, at the Bowling Green, Kentucky-based Bridge to Recovery in the role of Client Relations Manager for the organization’s former Santa Barbara, California location. At The Bridge – a non-profit residential recovery center focused on process addictions and codependency – Frank handled admissions, financials, and coordinated medical care for clients. On the clinical side, he assumed administrative duties, along with other responsibilities.
NOTHING OUTSHINES EXPERIENCE: At the Big Sur California-based Esalen Institute – a world-renowned resort and workshop retreat hosting over 600 annual workshops – Frank served as Guest Services Manager. In this role, he oversaw the 30-person guest services department and was responsible for operations-related tasks, such as reservations, workshops, conferences, customer service, and hospitality. He has also held managerial and operational roles at companies throughout California that include: Silver Linings Hospitality in Carmel Valley; Laurel Springs Ranch Retreat Center in Santa Barbara and several health clubs and wellness centers in northern California.
Marketing and Clinical Outreach AssociateScott McCutchan
“I am incredibly blessed to be part of the core team at A Healing Place – and to play a role in what will inevitably lead to a paradigm shift in chronic-pain management. As a business student, I have been fortunate to have experienced everything from investor meetings to brainstorming sessions on treatment content. Learning about our diverse staff and being able to actually feel their passion for helping people is inspiring. Each person brings something truly unique to the table.”
A LEADER IN THE MAKING: Scott McCutchan joined the team as Business Intern in his final semester at California State University, Northridge. After graduation, Scott was hired full time as a Marketing and Clinical Outreach Associate. He previously served as Building Manager at the CSUN Student Recreation Center where he supervised and directed the facility operations staff, along with student operations assistants. Prior to his role at CSUN, Scott was a YMCA Camp Unit Leader for the Camarillo Family YMCA where he developed daily schedules, delegated tasks to staff members, and enforced camp and safe procedures.
SCHOOL’S OUT: In Fall 2016, Scott graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Among other awards and achievements, Scott is the recipient of the Bank of America Excellence in Speech Communication Recognition, as well as being chosen on multiple occasions as Employee of the Month at the YMCA.
Equine SpecialistCorey Cardenas
“At A Healing Place –The Estates, I am truly excited to walk a parallel path with patients on their journey of recovery. My magnificent horses allow patients to learn more about themselves to become more present and grounded – and to embrace their true potential. Amazing things happen when individuals are open to such enlightening experiences.”
Corey Cardenas has been crazy about horses for as long as she can remember. Through riding and through being around horses since she was three years old, Corey has been shaped and trained by these compassionate animals. Corey is continually learning the subtle art of body language and reading energy through her work with horses. With a genuine love of people, trust in the Divine, and a hearty sense of humor, Corey has been helping people through her therapeutic work since 2011. She is an EAGALA-certified equine specialist. Her wonderful team of horses includes Gracie, Koa, Magic and Sassy.
EQUINE THERAPY: Equine therapy is a form of experiential therapy that helps people from all walks of life. Horses are prey and herd animals with an acute awareness of body language. Through simple interactions and support from our therapists, horses help people gain awareness of their patterns, access their emotions and make shifts in their behavior. Horses aren’t concerned about how you look or what you did yesterday. They respond to how you’re showing up at this very moment – and that’s what counts.”
Neurofeedback SpecialistStephen Mardell, LMFT
EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE: Stephen Mardell, LMFT has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences since 1996. In preparation for licensure, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and then obtained a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Stephen is the owner and clinical director of Child & Family Therapy Center where he and his staff provide comprehensive psychotherapy and Neuro-feedback services to children, teens, adults, and families.
COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES: Stephen has been delivering comprehensive, strength-based therapeutic services to children and families since 1989. He has a wide range of experience in providing individual and group therapy as well as Neuro-feedback services to clients that struggle with: anxiety and mood; psychosis; ADHD and Learning Disabilities; defiant/disruptive behaviors; substance use; grief, loss, and trauma; attachment and separation; parent-child conflict; families of divorce; autism and pervasive developmental disorders; chronic pain; crisis management, and other mental health challenges.
Spiritual DirectionShannon Savage-Howe
Shannon Savage-Howie is a Spiritual Director and owner of Ransacked Soul. She brings a most needed dimension to our treatment curriculum by creating a sacred space for patients to connect with deep questions, longings, and life experiences that invite meaningful soul searching and connection.
Shannon welcomes all races, genders, religious or non-religious people to feel safe, to be known, and to let their soul speak. In addition to her certification as a Spiritual Director, she is also certified as a SoulCollage® Facilitator, and has been certified by Veriditas to lead individuals and groups in labyrinth experiences.
AcupunctureDr. Christina Pabers
Christina Pabers MA TCM, L.Ac has served in the field of health and fitness for over 19 years. While she currently holds her four year Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine and has nearly completed her PhD in Classical Oriental Medicine, she has also served in the field of fitness with her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, emphasizing Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.
She teaches anatomy and physiology for Naam Yoga teacher training certification programs. She also teaches Shakti Naam classes, a powerful form of healing derived from the Himalayas and recently, for the first time, shared with the Western world through Dr. Levry. Christina’s Naam Yoga classes are fun, inspiring of a deep meditative experience as well as informative.
With a passion for empowering her clients, she draws upon her vast knowledge of herbs and nutrition, acupuncture, and fitness to coach and treat her clients toward well being. Christina Pabers is a senior staff for the Naam Yoga Teacher certification Program and Harmonyum Energy Healing Certification Program. She is a long time student of Dr. Joseph Michael Levry, PhD, Metaphysician and founder of Naam Yoga. She teaches anatomy, physiology, brain-meditation dynamics and herbal medicine in New York, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland and California.
Aquatic Movement SpecialistCasey Malone, PT, DPT, CSCS
Casey has been an active person his whole life and involved in sports and movement since childhood. He began working with patients in college at a physical therapy office that focused on aquatic exercise. He was hooked! ” I quickly learned that there were certain movements that seemed impossible on land were possible in the pool.”
Casey was the assistant athletic trainer for the San Diego Gulls professional ice hockey team during the 2005-2006 season. He then received his BS in Kinesiology from San Diego State in 2006 and went directly to physical therapy school at the University of Pittsburgh. Casey was a medical consultant for the division 1 male ice hockey team during the 2008-2009 season and participated with the All American Little League strength and conditioning screening that same year. Furthering his education , he earned his CSCS certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) in 2009. Upon graduating with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Casey gained a variety of experience working in outpatient sports medicine, acute care, skilled nursing, personal training and aquatic therapy.
Casey’s primary role at A Healing Place, The Estates, is to facilitate aquatic movement in a group setting in order to decrease pain and improve function. Casey is thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic team of varied disciplines aimed at the same goal.