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Our philosophy

Reward Path Recovery is a new approach to staying clean designed to supplement other more established means such as the 12-Step programs. It blends modern biological and psychological science with the tried and true of traditional recovery culture, setting both within a framework that better harnesses a person’s natural motivation.

Our Beliefs

We believe that everyone has the potential to live a healthy, happy, substance-free life. Reward Path is here to help you heal your mind, body, heart, soul, friendships, families, community and relationship with yourself.

founder
Michael Vivian, MD

(Founder and Program Psychiatrist/Administrator) After 24 years of personal recovery experience, as well as 24 years of professional experience as an addiction-oriented psychiatrist, Michael Vivian has made it his life’s ambition to build a more humane and effective addiction treatment center. Compared to his academic and professional achievements, Michael found his own recovery to be a far greater challenge and accomplishment. He had to dig deep over many years, and use a wide variety of mental health and recovery resources, to finally find freedom from the merciless obsession of his addiction. Though once discouraged by his struggles, he now draws upon them as invaluable sources of motivation and inspiration that leave him uniquely qualified to serve others.

Meet our team

Giselle "Gigi" Teller-Holt, Ph.D.

(Clinical Director)

As a trauma informed therapist, Gigi teaches her clients to recognize and trust their somatic cues (body-based feelings), and to set healthy boundaries based upon those feelings. This allows individuals to avoid repeating self-destructive choices. Also, one of the biggest challenges recovering individuals face is learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings without falling back into maladaptive behaviors. Her work also focuses on helping clients develop healthy new ways to self-soothe.

Tipu Khan, MD, FAAFP, FASAM

(Medical Director)

Dr. Khan is Board-Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine.  He is on faculty at the USC affiliated Ventura County Medical Center, where he serves as Director of their Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program.  Among other honors, in 2018, he was named California Family Physician of the Year.

Tanila Licon, SUDRC

(Director of Operations)

There is so much one can say about why anyone works in treatment. For Tanila, working in treatment is her passion. It’s something she feels driven to do. She doesn’t look at it as work. Tanila first went to school to understand the addictive mind but it was only when she herself ended up in treatment that she began questioning what it would be like to be the one sitting in the case manager, facilitator, or counselor seat. She knew that under the surface of her flawed exterior there was a humane, compassionate, and understanding person who had so much to live for. As she continued her education and her own personal recovery, she decided to apply what she had learned in school with her life experience and she began helping others find freedom from addiction and live the life they were meant to live. 

“Watching people recover and get their life back is one of the greatest honors I’ve been able to witness” – Gigi

Jeremy Brickell, CATC II

(Counselor/Case Manager)

My name is Jeremy Brickell. I’m a CAADE-certified addictions counselor, CATC-II, with seven years of experience in multiple treatment modalities. I’m currently working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Cal State University Channel Islands. I’m a recovering addict with seven and a half years clean and my own journey in recovery ignited my desire to help motivate, educate, and inspire others who are suffering and battling addiction themselves. To help them find their own paths to recovery and let them know it is possible. 

Lorna Garrety, SUDRC

(Counselor)

Lorna has a passion for helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction. She has been clean and sober for over 14 years and is co-proprietor of a local, highly-respected sober living facility. She also has extensive experience assisting co-workers struggling with addiction in her former career as a flight attendant. Those experiences inspired her to follow her heart and become a professional addictions counselor. She is excited to join the Reward Path Team and grateful for the opportunity to let her talents shine.

Sonja Horner, SUDRC

(Resident Assistant)

Sonja is a recovering addict and as of November 5, 2022, she has three years clean. She was raised in Santa Paula with her identical twin sister who she did a lot of her drug use and drinking with. Although her sister is still in her addiction, Sonja is very grateful to have the opportunity to be back in the Santa Paula area and give the people and community what she has gained after working the 12 steps. She hopes all her clients receive the gifts she has in sobriety: self-love, self acceptance, self-confidence and the ability to dream bigger than anything she would have believed possible. 

Scott Holder, SUDRC

(Chef and SUDRC)

​Scott brings over 20 years of experience in the food industry into the Baker House kitchen, the heart & soul of RPR. His recipe for recovery is a well-balanced mind, body & soul with nutrition at the forefront. While working one-on-one with clients from onset, he helps them attain health & wellness goals that can transform lives, as it did his own. His nutrition program is guided by gratitude for Mother Nature’s seasonal bounties & views food as nourishment. Carefully curated menus are highlighted by succulent salads & fresh juices sourced daily from our on-site garden which is the living classroom for horticulture therapy sessions. 

24/7

caring staff on site

26+

Dual diagnoses we treat

29+

types of treatment offered

1

proven working model

Reward Path Recovery accepts all PPO policies

Plus the following HMO/EPO's: Aetna, Cigna, Blue Shield/Magellan, Optum/United Healthcare, Tricare West, and Medicare.

Please contact us today and one of our friendly staff members will verify your insurance benefits for detox and residential treatment.

We also accept cash pay.

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Covid-19 Update

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are implementing new protocols for patient screening and social distancing.