Dan is the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Oakwood Family Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Daniel has an extensive background and work history treating adolescents, young adults and their families for over 30 years as a psychotherapist, clinical director and consultant in both outpatient and residential programs. He is also Oakwood’s primary program therapist, effectively treating such disorders as anxiety, trauma, family conflict, co-dependency, depression, ADHD, self-harming behaviors, and self esteem. Dan is committed to a mindful practice, using an integrated approach involving the mind and body with an emphasis on the inner process of healing through acceptance, compassion and authenticity. He incorporates a brain-based neurobiological perspective that helps highlight and define the treatment strategies and approaches he employs with his clients. Through his teaching, Dan has a unique ability to bring a language to his clients and the young people in the Oakwood program that helps them understand, identify and integrate the necessary skills that will ultimately guide them on a path towards well-being and improved mental health. In his personal time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, going surfing, hiking, running, practicing yoga and is an avid LA Kings fan.
Lisa is the Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer of Oakwood Family Institute. Lisa manages all of the non-clinical aspects of Oakwood including finance, human resources, risk management and operations. Lisa brings both consulting and hands-on operational and business management experience to her role at Oakwood. She was formerly the Partner in charge of the Finance and Operations consulting practice for the West region of a global business consulting firm and has served as both CFO and COO of private companies. With more than 30 years of business management experience, she is now using her business expertise to enhance the operations of Oakwood and to provide both staff and clients with the support they need in these areas. Most recently, Lisa successfully led the CARF accreditation process for Oakwood resulting in a 3-year first time accreditation. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves to cook, garden and hang out in nature, especially in or around the ocean.
Stephen is a Therapeutic Mentor in our TMP program and also serves as a Program Therapist in Oakwood’s Intensive Outpatient Program. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with Departmental Honors from Seattle University and completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from University of Southern California. Prior to working with Oakwood, he served as a Social Worker with Los Angeles County of Child and Family Services, a Counselor in an IOP program for young adults with trauma-related issues, a Line Counselor for a residential facility for adolescent boys and a Behavioral Interventionist for autistic youth. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys reading, playing golf, watching Premier League soccer, and any form of competition. He loves coffee, music, and his family above all other things in life.
Michelle is the Billing and Administrative Manager. She is excited to bring over a decade of Administrative and Accounting experience in medical settings to Oakwood. Previously, she managed a psychology clinic that treated people with attention and learning issues. She earned a Microsoft Word Expert Certification and enjoys helping others with computer issues. She uses her managerial and technical expertise to evaluate and improve office functioning in ways that benefit Oakwood. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and cats, gardening, music, the outdoors, and caring for animals in need.
Jason is a licensed marriage and family therapist for Oakwood’s counseling center and therapeutic mentoring program. He received his Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a concentration in Spiritual and Depth Psychology. In addition, Jason takes a multi-modal, therapeutic approach utilizing somatic, person-centered, family systems, expressive arts and a multicultural lens. Jason cultivates a holistic view to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts that aims to enrich the relationship with self and with others. As an advocate and collaborator, Jason works alongside clients to embark on a path of discovery to foster healing, empowerment, and transformation.
Marissa is a Program Therapist for Oakwood’s Intensive Outpatient Program and Counseling Center. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern California in Journalism and a dual Master’s Degree in Social Work (Mental Health) and Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining Oakwood, Marissa worked as a child welfare advocate for adolescents across the Chicagoland area, a sexual assault advocate for the Loyola campus’s Wellness Center, and as a domestic violence advocate. Marissa focused her academic course work on trauma-informed interventions for adolescents, young adults and people across the gender spectrum. Marissa also participated in a yearlong opioid workforce expansion training program. She earned the School of Social Work’s President’s Medallion and the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies program’s Mary Griffin award. In her spare time, Marissa loves trying new restaurants and recipes in the kitchen with loved ones, traveling, barre classes, live music and getting outdoors.
Hannah is a Program Therapist for Oakwood’s Intensive Outpatient Program. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Prior to Oakwood, she worked in the psychiatric inpatient unit at a pediatric hospital. She also provided therapy services at the Pepperdine University Community Counseling Center working with a culturally diverse population including people within the LBTQIA+ community. Hannah is committed to creating a non-judgmental, supportive environment with her clients. She takes a collaborative and client-centered approach tailored to each client’s needs, personal experiences and treatment goals. In her free time, Hannah loves spending quality time with friends and family, reading, practicing yoga, traveling and trying new coffee shops and restaurants
Shannon is a Program Therapist for Oakwood’s Intensive Outpatient Program and Counseling Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University in Communications and Gender Studies and completed a dual Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining Oakwood, Shannon provided therapeutic services to children and their families at Wellnest Emotional Health & Wellness. She also provided treatment at a day program for older adults with dementia. She is passionate about creating an explorative and nonjudgmental environment for clients while utilizing a trauma-informed approach with an emphasis on cultural humility. In her spare time, Shannon loves getting out into nature as much as possible, cooking, napping, painting and dancing.