Walter Thomas, MD
Dr Walter Thomas is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. He was a member of the first group of physicians to pass the original certification exam offered by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Thomas has served as medical director for numerous hospital based and residental treatment centers. He has lectured extensively to both medical professionals and patients on the treatment of addictive diseases. He is currently the chairman of the physician well-being committee in both local hospitals. Dr Thomas's extensive foundation of knowledge and over 30 years of experience provide an innovative approach to the field of chemical dependency that provides life changing outcomes.
Lucille C Thomas MD
Family Medicine/Addiction Medicine
Dr Lucille Thomas began working with her father 6 years ago treating patients with addiction. She found this work so rewarding, she went on to become certified by The American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr Thomas is also residency trained and Board certified in Family Medicine. She has worked extensively in numerous rehab facilities. Dr Thomas brings her unique style of detailed patient care to Wildwood Recovery medical team providing care and evaluations.
MA, CADC II
Clinical Program Director
Jason Aaronson is a certified addiction treatment counselor CADCII with extensive experience in most clinical, operational, administrative, billing/insurance aspects of care. He employs a working knowledge spanning throughout residential, outpatient and detoxification evidence based, socially modeled dual diagnosis programs. Jason has formerly worked in five other well-established programs. Most recently, Jason worked as Director of Operations in addition to facilitating daily family, couples, individual and group therapeutic sessions. Jason is well versed in JCAHO compliance measures; developing, writing and implementing policies and procedures and utilization reviews for billing and insurance purposes. Although, he thoroughly enjoys the administrative aspects of substance abuse and mental health treatment, necessary to ethically and efficiently providing a high quality standard of care, Jason’s true passion comes in the form of one on one interactions with clients. Jason has an MA in psychology with an emphasis on addiction studies. His major lies within the clinical psychology, trauma specialization-Marriage and Family Therapist program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Jason emphatically expresses his excitement and passion towards his craft as indicative by his dedication and incredibly strong work ethic. He strives to further his professional base in this field, working directly with clients who struggle daily with substance abuse, mental health, chronic pain, trauma and eating disorder related symptoms and issues. Jason prides himself on a willingness to learn and grow, always yearning to expound upon his exposure to new concerns arising in this field. Jason intends on being an integral part of the Wildwood recovery clinical and administrative team for years to come.
Allie Levy-Akoka is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from California State University, Northridge. Allie’s previous experience includes working as a therapist at a counselling clinic where she provided individual, couples, and family therapy to clients diagnosed with a variety of presenting problems including Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Allie has a private practice in which she provides psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Allie’s interpersonal, empathetic, and collaborative skills have accompanied her passion and focus to provide psychotherapy and support to individuals with chemical dependencies at Wildwood Recovery.
Romy Karz Rapoport
Romy a former professional ballerina with The New York City Ballet. She became a yoga student in the 80's, studying Hatha Yoga with Julio Horvath, inventor of Gyrotnics. After the birth of her son in 1996 she grew passionate about the Birth Experience. She became a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Specialist and Labor Doula to serve pregnant couples on their journey into parenthood. Romy began studying Kundalini Yoga in 2007 and feel in love with the ease and effectiveness of it as a tool for transforming life in challenging times. She certified with Gurmuhk Khalsa at Los Angeles studio, Golden Bridge Yoga, and teaches in Malibu. Romy is thrilled and honored to be a part of Wildwood Recovery. She is passionate about sharing her yoga practice and the science of Kundalini Yoga for stress reduction, body-mind connection and optimal relaxation as a means for healing and coping in daily life.
Tracy is CATCll licensed and CAADE certified, working in the addictions field since 1995. Tracy graduated from UCSB cert prog in 1993. She was hired in 1998 by PDAP of Ventura County as a CATC for the intensive Supervision Juvenile probation dept, serving probation and entrenched gang population until 2011 when she was offered head counselor position at A Community Recovery Center. It was during this time that Tracy launched her equine assisted counseling services. Tracy runs groups at A Wildwood Recovery, as well as a weekly equine assisted therapy program to benefit the clients in their recovery.Tracy owns her own horses, and lives in Thousand Oaks with her husband and two daughters.
Christina Huntington has been an initiated meditator for 18 years, first learning from her mother who was a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Over the years, Christina has studied many different techniques, including Paramahansa Yogananda's Kriya Yoga, several forms of Mindfulness, energy healing, & anxiety and stress management. Through private teaching, Christina has developed a meditation program that is grounded and accessible, allowing clients to tune into their own inner voice and guidance while gaining the tools to make empowered choices.
Chief of Operations/Financial Officer
Craig graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Sonoma State University. He went on to receive his MBA from San Francisco State University. Craig has been working in the medical field for over 10 years. He brings his organization skills and management to the smooth operation of Wildwood Recovery.
Charlotte is a Licensed Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Charlotte earned a Master’s degree from California State University Northridge where she studied the socio-cultural issues related to addictive disorders. She specializes in cognitive behavioral methods, codependency education, motivational interviewing and mental health first aid. Charlotte is currently the Director at Wildwood Recovery’s Outpatient Center where she works directly with clients as a counselor, case manager and group facilitator. She is passionate about mental health and wellness and offers a compassionate approach toward healing.
Residential Head Counselor
Kim began working at a Wildwood Recovery in 2014 as an Intern Counselor. She graduated with honors from Oxnard College where her educational focus was in the Addictive Disorders Studies Program. In addition to the ADS program she also earned certificates of training in Domestic Violence, Trauma, Treatment of Adolescents, Group Leadership, Advanced Counselling Skills & Managing and Supervising Alcohol & Drug Programs. Kim’s passion is to help people that struggle with addiction. She is a proud mother of three and has two very special grandchildren.
Ron Borczon, MT-BC, founded the Music Therapy Department at Cal State Northridge in 1984. After more than 30 years, Ron remains Director of the program, one of only two in the State of California. He is also the founder and Director of the Music Therapy Wellness Clinic at Cal State Northridge.
Danielle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Cal Lu University. She provides individual and family therapy sessions, and facilitates both Meditation and Art Therapy groups at residential treatment. She is certified by Heart Based Therapeutics in treating trauma, and her therapeutic approach centers on gaining freedom from shame. She has helped others learn to meditate since completing training in 2010, and has a therapy practice in Westlake Village. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, and is an avid gardener.
Misty graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, as a certified Holistic Health Counselor. She has since had a vision to work with alcoholics and addicts in recovery regain their health and wellness. Misty believes that health is wealth, and if we don't have our health, we can't enjoy the abundance in our lives. Nutrition is more than what we eat, it is also what we consume that nourishes our soul. She emphasizes the importance of primary food, and the connection between mind, body, and spirit. Her mission and purpose is to teach people the skills, habits, and mindset necessary to maintain a healthy mind and body.
Janine Fox has been a State Licensed counselor in both the mental health and drug and alcohol recovery field since 2004. She held the position of Clinical Director and Program Coordinator in two residential treatment facilities from 2005-2011. Janine has a broad range of skills including individual, group, and family recovery counseling. In the last two years Janine has more brought an innovative recovery modality to the treatment setting named The Healing Hounds. This organic process group consists of Janine’s three emotional support dogs and a therapy bunny. In conjunction with the Healing Hounds, Janine facilitates the weekly multi-family support group. Janine believes that family education and learning skills to support without enabling is a critical factor in successful recovery for the client. Janine believes that all people, if given a chance within a supportive environment, can change and move towards a healthier lifestyle.
Amy began her journey at A Wildwood Recovery in 2014 as a Technician. Amy is currently a Counselor at our residential center and our Program Assistant/Counselor at our Intensive Outpatient Center. She graduated from Oxnard College where her educational focus was in the Addictive Disorders Studies Program. In addition to the ADS program she also earned certificates of training in Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Group Leadership. Amy enjoys watching people get reconnected to their true selves and finding their worth. Being in recovery, she knows on a personal and professional level, how recovery facilitates healing in oneself and in the family. Amy is local to the area and enjoys spending time with her daughter and traveling.