Howard C. Samuels, LMFT, Psy.D
FOUNDER and CEO
In Recovery Since 8/16/1994
Dr. Howard Samuels, Psy.D, LMFT, specializes in mood and addictive disorders, love and sex addiction and substance abuse interventions. Dr. Samuels established The Hills Treatment Center in 2010 and currently operates the programs nationally recognized full continuum of care in Los Angeles California.
As the son of a prominent New York state political figure, Howard’s private battle with addiction became public when his drug busts in 1969 and 1971 hit the front pages of the New York Post and New York Daily News, and were covered in Newsweek and Rolling Stone magazine. After numerous arrests, convictions and stints in treatment centers Dr. Samuels landed in a life of recovery on August 16, 1994.
Dr. Samuels has since dedicated his time and efforts helping other addicts and alcoholics find their way out of the addiction epidemic in America. His testifying before the California Senate Public Safety Commission resulted in legislation prohibiting the sale to minors of the dangerous hallucinogenic Salvia and is widely sought after by network television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show, CBS, CNN, Entertainment Tonight and many more as well as syndicated radio programs for his professional and personal experience with recovery.
Howard loves spending time with his family and three children when he is not facilitating client clinical groups and staff meetings at The Hills.
Bruce Turner, M.A.
In Recovery Since 9/1/1987
Bruce Turner has a M.A. in Marriage Family Therapy and has been working as an addiction specialist with dual diagnosed clients both in residential treatment settings and private practice since 2001.
Bruce’s experience includes extensive work with clients individually as well as in the group process for addiction education, relapse prevention, grief counseling, and multi-family process groups. Clients positively respond to Bruce’s compassion, practicality and humor.
Prior to working in treatment, Bruce’s spent 23 years in health care administration, including Human Resources Administration and Employee Assistance Programs.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
In Recovery Since 8/16/2003
When he was Director of Admissions, Oren Pius was grateful to have the opportunity to help addicts and alcoholics find the right rehab. Serving as The Hills’ first point of contact for many families, Oren worked around the clock to reach out to callers and literally help them get help for themselves or their loved ones. A recovering addict himself, he spent ten years of his life as a slave to his addiction to Heroin, Cocaine and Methadone before ultimately getting clean and sober himself. In 2003, Pius began working in treatment, first as a clinical assistant, and then as director of operations, call center manager, and residential supervisor before finding his niche with insurance billing and marketing, where he acted as a vital liaison between insurance companies and our clients, making him an essential part of every addict and alcoholic’s recovery process. As Executive Vice President of The Hills, Oren continues his tireless tradition of counseling families and paving the way for treatment for addicts and alcoholics who, like himself, were lost and in desperate need of a way out of the nightmare of addiction. Championing the cause of anyone who wants to turn their lives around, Oren remains steadfast in his conviction that, no matter who they are, and no matter how many times they’ve tried and failed, every addict deserves a shot at redemption.
ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT / GRAPHICS / MARKETING
In Recovery Since 3/9/2005
Working in the treatment field since 2004, Gary applies a wide variety of experience to help us seek to achieve our mission statement by incorporating his knowledge of drug/alcohol addiction, marketing, and business management. Recently, he was also added to the admissions team and management department and has been with the company since inception.
A business marketing graduate, Gary Hackett also uses his specialized training in graphics arts, internet advertising and Search Engine Optimization to head The Hills Treatment’s online marketing department. Gary is well versed in many computer languages and programs, and also creates a number of different marketing materials you may have seen in publications or online.
Doree E. Cambas
FOUNDER / STRATEGIC PLANNING
In Recovery Since 3/31/2004
Doree Cambas began her career in treatment in 2002 as an administrative assistant at a high-end treatment facility, but soon branched out and quickly assumed other roles and duties. Fueled only by a voracious appetite for challenge and the need to contribute more, Doree found herself rocketing through titles as she went from Technician to Office Manager to Quality Assurance Coordinator to Executive Assistant and Operations Manager. Eventually, she found herself here at The Hills, serving as the company’s Director of Operations, where she managed the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, financial, budgeting, information technology, property management and procurement.
Today, acting as Executive Vice President for The Hills, Doree oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, manages a multitude of budgets and works hand-in-hand with both the company’s Owner as well as the Program Director to develop and direct programs designed to meet the needs of our clientele, vendors, constituents, staff, and District and Federal Agencies. Her devotion to her husband and child and her affable spirit are paramount only to her need to serve our clients as they make ready to transform their lives and do what she, herself, has already done: Achieve the Impossible.
VP of Special Projects
In Recovery Since 3/24/2000
Lee has been a leader in the addiction treatment field since 2004. She holds a certificate from UCLA in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and is a Board Member of the Association of Intervention Specialists, having managed interventions since 2005. Additionally, Lee’s work as an interventionist has been showcased on A&E’s hit show Intervention. Lee recently served as Executive Director Western Region and International Development for Caron Treatment Centers as well as Promises treatment centers. She currently is a board member of the United Kingdom and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders (UKESAD) and as an Advisory Board member of The Haven at College. In the past she has also served on the board of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment. Lee pioneered and continues to work with a nonprofit treatment center for women in Nepal and began the first women’s Narcotics Anonymous meeting in Kathmandu. Lee’s unique skills and efforts have demonstrated her talent and dedication to advancing recovery both on a local and international level.
Clinical and Medical Team
Jorja Davis, LMFT
Family Therapist and Addiction Specialist
In Recovery Since 6/18/1987
Jorja has worked in both the private and public sector of the addiction and recovery field since 1990. Her training by the area’s leading specialists in addiction, psychiatry and neurology brings a wide range of expertise to clients and their family members.
Jorga has designed The Family Program at The Hills to mend the rifts caused by the nightmare of addiction and offers everyone involved real tools for living healthy, productive lives even after the time spent here has become a long, distant memory.
Jorja’s addiction 101: “Lectures for the Family” contains digestible information and practical applications that can be immediately implemented into every family dynamic so they can begin to repair and live the life the they deserve. Jorja’s passion to help clients and their families to understand and gain emotional intelligence, a key to successful recovery, shines through her interactions and connections while working with them.
Terre Bridgham, LMFT
In Recovery Since 2/15/1978
Terre Bridgham has been working in addiction and recovery since 1985, bringing both personal and professional experience. Terre obtained a master of Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a registered EMDR therapist and has successfully completed PIT (post induction therapy) training with Pia Melody, a prominent speaker and educator of addictions and relationships.
Terre’s professional experiences include non-profit sector, residential youth, homeless and domestic violence programs and private practice.
Terre provides individual and group counseling, specializing in trauma and attachment, relational issues and relapse prevention. In addition to traditional “talk” therapy, she utilizes art therapy interventions to enhance and facilitate insight in the therapeutic process.
Vira Tkachuk, LMFT
Vira Tkachuk is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She studied at Pepperdine University where she received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2010. Vira’s professional experience includes providing individual and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, couples, families, OIF/OEF veterans in residential treatment facilities, outpatient programs, and non-profit organizations.
Vira is passionate about helping others and values time to explore feelings, thoughts, and relationships in greater depth. She is also on the Board of Directors for TEEN LINE, a national teen-to-teen crisis hotline.
In Recovery Since 9/17/2007
Heather has been a credentialed chemical dependency treatment worker since 2011, including experience as a facility monitor, counselor, and now residential supervisor. Heather’s commitment to cultivate a safe, robust and productive program experience for all our clients is one of many areas of her expertise.
Heather’s personal and professional history with addiction motivates her in serving those who struggle as she did, ultimately helping them discover a fulfilled life in recovery. Heather fills her time away from The Hills spending it with her children.
In Recovery Since 3/25/2006
Paige Zito is currently obtaining her Master of Clinical Psychology and offers invaluable insight about addiction and recovery to all our clients. Her dedication to study and understand human behavior and motivation assists clients in clarifying their goals and objectives for life outside of treatment.
Paige’s natural ability to aid clients in their transition from treatment to the community is far reaching. Preparing clients for a life with new systems, tools and strategies that embraces the personal, professional and recovery balance is her passion and priority.
Tracy Monteverde, LVN
In Recovery Since 3/31/1998
Tracey Monteverde’s worked in treatment since 1999 with a special interest in detoxing patients. Her formidable intellect and warm-but-no-nonsense bedside manner makes her uniquely qualified to walk clients at The Hills through the process of getting clean and sober. Her dedication to our clients’ well-being is without equal, and she will often times continue to work with the clients long after treatment in order to help them coordinate their health and medications. Her extensive background in Private Detox, Non-Profit Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Psychiatric Hospitals and High-End Substance Abuse Facilities affords her an empathy that enables her to not only connect with our clients, but genuinely care for them as they embark upon the road to recovery.
Toni S. Kells, AMFT, LAADC
Director of Outpatient Services
In Recovery Since 5/17/1998
With over a decade and a half of recovery under her belt, Toni Kells is practically a force of nature. Looking at her credentials, one would honestly think that there is nothing she cannot do, which is why The Hills is so proud to have her on our team. Toni began working in treatment in 2003 and began carving a path of accomplishments almost immediately thereafter. She has been a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor for 10 years with special certifications in Anger Management and Domestic Counseling.
In 2012, she earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. With these credentials in hand, Kells went on to work in high-end private treatment, non-profit treatment specializing in co-occurring disorders, evidence based treatment and best practices. She cut her teeth with a stint working with the criminal justice population and acquired an edge that addicts not only relate but truly respond to. Her experience working with Insurance Utilization Review in 2007 with the world renowned rehab Cri-Help, however, made her the perfect candidate to head our own Insurance Review Departments. Having worked closely with commercial insurance agencies such as Kaiser, United Health Care, Pacific Care, Blue Shield, and Magellan, Toni developed relationships and a street-smart savvy that makes treatment for almost everyone possible while assuring that we remain in compliance with CARF, JCAHO and State Standards, as well as DMH documentation.
Isaac Reddick III
In Recovery Since 2/22/1992
Isaac Reddick III has over a decade of experience in helping people stay clean and sober. His formidable resume reflects his commitment to providing real support to our clients, having worked his way up from a Technician-level care provider to the coveted role of Residential Supervisor, which rendered him the eyes and ears of the treatment center he called home before ultimately landing at The Hills as Alumni Coordinator.
In addition to his more than twenty years of clean and sober time, Isaac is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Indeed, it is his empathy for our clients that makes him uniquely qualified to remain a part of their lives as The Hills’ Alumni Coordinator. Add to this his irreverent sense of humor and penchant for intuiting a client’s need for attention, and it is easy to see why many of our past and current clients look to Isaac for strength and support as they venture forth into the bold new lives which await them.