“I've been through 15 treatment centers, psych hospitals and institutions. I learned so much from Seasons about myself that wasn't addressed at other facilities. Issues that needed to be dealt with on a one on one level. Thank you Seasons for helping me and my family.”
Carl B, New York

Our Staff

Being on the cutting edge of improving addiction treatment has allowed Seasons to attract a professional staff at the top of their game. The Seasons medical, psychiatric and psycho-therapeutic staff are amongst the best in their fields and are well known nationwide by reputation and through media and academic publications. We strive for excellence when it comes to our treatment methods and management styles, so our Malibu rehab staff is comprised of the most experienced and advanced addiction recovery professionals.

Dr. Sheila Shilati Psy.D

Chief Operating Officer

Sheila Shilati Dr. Sheila Shilati has been in the recovery field for over 10 years. She has served as an international ambassador and participant in two separate medical and relief expeditions overseas in the Middle East and Africa; working directly with victims of natural disasters and HIV/AIDS. Most recently she was asked to develop a self-sustaining integrative mental health program for Swazi youth in the kingdom of Swaziland. She has lectured at various university settings including California State University Northridge, Pepperdine University, California Lutheran University, and Oxnard College.

She has been asked to present at conferences and workshops on a variety of topics including Teenage Suicide, Dual-Diagnosis, Family Process and Addiction. Previously, Dr. Shilati was a co-owner and program developer at Vantage Point Recovery and Counseling Center, an Outpatient facility located in Westlake Village, CA. Doctor Shilati now serves as Chief Operating Officer at Seasons Recovery Centers, providing leadership and oversight to this dynamic and influential residential treatment program which specializes in co-occurring disorders. She is known for her ethics and prides herself on integrating the most cutting edge evidence based and holistic interventions for treatment.

Dr. Mark Stahlhuth, PhD

Clinical Director

Clinical Director Seasons In Malibu

Dr. Mark Stahlhuth was born in Michigan, raised outside of Denver, Colorado and moved to Southern California before entering UCLA.  He has been working in the field of addiction since entering graduate school in 1980 at California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, where he obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. After 14 years of working with adolescents in residential treatment settings, which included directing programs in drug abuse treatment as well as in childhood physical, emotional, sexual abuse and trauma, Dr. Stahlhuth went into private practice in 1995. There, he continues to work with teens as well as adults and their families in the areas of addiction and trauma.

He became Clinical Director for Seasons Recovery Centers in July of 2009. During a period spanning 34 years, Dr. Stahlhuth has also specialized in conducting psychological assessments both on an in-patient basis and in residential and outpatient settings, an experience which has its foundation in several years of graduate study in psycho-diagnostic assessment, graduate teaching assistantships, internships and work at agencies specializing in psych-diagnostic assessment.

Dr. Raskin, M.D., Internist *

Dr. Raskin Seasons In Malibu InternistDr. Damon Raskin, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and graduated with distinction from George Washington School of Medicine, Washington DC in 1993. He did his residency at UCLA. For the last 16 years, Dr. Raskin, has been specializing in preventive and addiction medicine. He has a full-service office with X-ray, cardiac stress testing and a lab, and holds privileges at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Raskin has extensive experience in helping patients with detoxification from alcohol, opiates, and other drugs.

Dr. Shahla Modir, M.D., Psychiatrist *

Dr. Shahla Modir Seasons In Malibu PsychiatristShahla Modir, M.D. completed residency in Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and an additional 2 year Sub-Specialty Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Modir is double board certified. This is a rare qualification in the treatment of dual diagnosis. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.

Dr. Modir is an Integrative Medicine expert. She is certified by UCLA to perform medical acupuncture and has completed a 2-year Clinical Ayurvedic Medicine Specialist Program. She was a Bravewell scholar and completed the Associate Fellowship at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, headed by the famous and well-respected expert Dr. Andrew Weil. She worked as a lecturer with Dr. Deepak Chopra and as an integrative medicine specialist at the Chopra Center. She wrote a chapter for the textbook, Integrative Cardiology, edited by Jack Vogel, M.D., on Ayurvedic approaches to cardiovascular disease. Additionally, she has made guest appearances as an Addiction Expert on the Dr. Oz show, Channel 7 News, and Dr. Drew Lifechangers.

Patrick Mitchell, RASi

Director of Client Services

Director Of Client ServicesPatrick Mitchell is a Registered Addiction Specialist and Life Coach, who brings to Seasons many years of experience in helping people in their quest for long term sobriety.

Patrick, who himself has been in recovery many years, understands the day-to-day challenges that new clients face in early recovery.  He takes great pride in providing an environment where lives can truly change.

Supervising a caring, well trained staff, Patrick’s team provides continuing support throughout a client’s stay.  Mr. Mitchell believes “a comfortable, structured and supportive living environment is an essential part of maintaining long term sobriety.”

Patrick is constantly thinking about ways to improve treatment and engage clients in the recovery process.


Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Clinical HypnotherapistOriginally from Atlanta, Dr. Nancy Irwin moved to New York City in 1985 to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian.  She worked all over the country and abroad, and moved to L.A. in 1994 when she heard that Hollywood needed more blondes…

Dr. Irwin experienced an epiphany when she began volunteer work for Children of the Night, a shelter for sexually abused children in Los Angeles. This work waked up the healer in her, and prompted her to pursue a doctorate in psychology at California Southern University to specialize in the prevention and healing of sexual abuse.

Dr. Irwin graduated from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Tarzana, California, in 2003 with honors and the Director’s Award, and has been a frequent media expert on numerous radio and TV shows, including CNN, CNBC, Fox and MSNBC.  She is a member of the American Hypnotists’ Association, the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the California Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, is a Diplomat in the American Academy for Experts in Traumatic Stress, and serves on the Education Committee of the California Coalition on Sex Offending.   Nancy treats over 100 emotional and behavioral issues ranging from addictions to fears and phobias to sexual abuse recovery.

A certified practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy, and Emotion Free Therapy, Dr. Irwin tailors each client’s treatment to effect the most rapid transformation possible. In addition to earning a doctorate in clinical psychology from California Southern University, her background as an opera singer and a stand-up comic add heart and humor to her healing.  A powerful keynote speaker, she insists: “Change does not have to be scary and hard. It can be creative and fun.”

Dr. Irwin is also the author of YOU-TURN: CHANGING DIRECTION IN MIDLIFE (2008), a collection of “over 40 stories of people over 40” who made amazing transitions in midlife.

Jennifer Brady MSW LCSW

Primary Therapist

Primary Therapist Jennifer BradyMs. Brady obtained her degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991. She received her Master of Social Work in 1994 from the University of Southern California. Her focus of study was children and families as well as school based social work.

She implements a wide variety of techniques tailored to each client, including art and poetry therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt Family Therapy, and the 12 Step Model of AA. She assists clients in transforming their lives from within using motivational interviewing and compassionate reflective listening. At Seasons she provides clients with a weekly Expressive Art Therapy Group, a Women’s Empowerment Group, a Writing and Process Group, as well as individual and family therapy focused on successful recovery from addictive disorders as well as co-occurring disorders.

Heather Heidt, MA, MFT

Primary Therapist

Heather HeidtMs. Heidt obtained her Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She began her career in San Francisco where she worked in addiction treatment in the LGBT community. She directed family therapy and relapse prevention groups, as well as anger management and communication skills training.  Prior to joining Seasons (Serenity), Heather worked as a Primary Therapist helping adolescents and their families at an Intensive Outpatient Clinic in Thousand Oaks, California.

Ms. Heidt specializes in addiction and alcoholism treatment and co-occurring disorders associated with addiction: lack of self-esteem, depression and anxiety.  She also is a strong proponent of couples and family therapy. Heather uses various modalities including Mindfulness Training, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Family Systems and intensive Yoga Therapy.

Heather understands how one cannot predict life’s challenges but believes one can choose how they are dealt with. Therapy can provide the support and assistance needed to navigate overwhelming emotions, life transitions and unpredictable circumstances. Heather strives to provide an atmosphere where one can feel safe and accepted. She is committed to understanding what life is like for the client and their families. As a therapist her approach is action oriented by assisting the client to, as St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start by doing what is necessary, than what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Heather feels truly fortunate to be part of this renowned facility and Treatment Team.

Audrey Hope

Spiritual Therapist, RASi

Audrey Hope Spiritual TherapistAudrey Hope is a Spiritual Intuitive Healer and Addiction Expert with many gifts of insight, perception and healing. Audrey served for 8 years as Director of Spiritual Counseling at a popular rehab center in Malibu. Her revolutionary techniques of transformation have been lauded by people from all walks of life, and from all around the world.

Audrey’s Spiritual Counseling is a unique process that takes one beyond the limited concepts of the mind and the boundaries of traditional therapy into the deeper soul, where true healing happens. The goal of the journey is full transformation in the physical, emotional and spiritual body. “one must work with an alchemist, one who knows how to go down into the cave with you and solve the riddle of the soul, at the ‘root of the root of the root.’ When you unlock the keys, transformation is possible and life becomes a miracle of free creation.”

Bruce Collins, RRW

Director of Admissions

Bruce Collins Director Of AdmissionsMost often, your first contact with our facility will be with Mr. Collins.  Bruce possesses great passion for helping callers “connect the dots.”  He meets you where you are, and with understanding from personal experience, helps you to design an initial path for treatment, whether for yourself or a loved one. 

Bruce has been assisting clients and families find treatment at top facilities, around the country and the world, for several years.  He feels fortunate to be associated with such a renowned facility as Seasons. 

 Bruce finds it exceedingly rewarding to be working side by side with the “Best Team in the Field of Alcohol and Addiction Treatment,” and is particularly proud of Seasons’ ability to offer dual-diagnosis treatment in eating disorders, depression, trauma and PTSD.


Admissions Coordinator / Interventionist

John Lloyd InterventionistMr. Lloyd is a certified addiction specialist, interventionist, and certified in anger management and domestic violence intervention.   John has worked in the drug and alcohol treatment field for over eleven years and is in long term recovery himself.

John can be your first point of contact in arranging your stay at Seasons.  He is always happy to answer any questions you might have about our treatment plan and protocol, insurance coverage and our renowned one-on-one approach to healthy, holistic recovery.  He specializes in getting you or your loved one thoroughly prepared to take this life changing journey into recovery.

John’s approach to his role here is simple; he listens intently and with compassion, to facilitate the first steps of a client’s desire to seek recovery.   “The most rewarding aspect of my job here is seeing the new client grow from a place of darkness and despair, to a place of hope and joy in their future.”


Case Manager

Brad-CarowMr. Carow spent over thirty years working as a film editor and music composer for television and film before getting a different calling.

Brad returned to school and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles.   He then began working in the field of health and addiction. 

As a valued member of our staff, Brad brings a wealth of worldly experience to Seasons as he monitors and helps clients, step-by-step, throughout their entire treatment progression.  He works closely with each client to put together an exit and aftercare plan that will continue to promote their long-term sobriety after leaving treatment. 

His favorite quote is by Albert Einstein:   “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.  I often think in music.”  

Vanessa Argier MA

Case Manager

Vanessa-ArgierMs. Argier received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University at Northridge, where she graduated with Honors.  Her study focus was in the area of Applied Behavioral Analysis, with a specialty in analyzing the root causes of self-destructive behavior and encouraging and supporting positive changes “that work.”  Previously to joining Seasons (Serenity), Vanessa held the position of Assistant Director at a parenting clinic, where families in severe crisis and trauma sought help and support.  She is also qualified as a Personal Trainer and believes in the healing power of fitness, health and laughter.

As a Case Manager, Vanessa combines her education, training, and experience into a clinical and holistic approach to support and assist clients as they come to understand the causes and emotional stresses that come with alcoholism and addiction.  She is encouraging, respectful, and empathetic, and her compassion shines through with families and clients’ alike.  Whether a client is facing co-occurring issues like trauma, loss, abuse, anxiety or depression, Ms. Argier takes a kind, systematic approach in helping clients and their families establish healthy foundations that connect with the recovery process.


Karen Rose

Chief Financial Officer

Gina Silano

Administrative Assistant

Chris Ford

Medical Management


Michelle Predovic

Scheduling Coordinator

Jay Lepito

Client Advocate, RASi


Rachel Orselli


Dennis Garber


Bobby Cole



Mike Everts

Kitchen Staff

Jordan Stone

Client Advocate

Taylor Nixon

Client Advocate


Leo Silva

Client Advocate


Charissa Colacioppo

Client Advocate


* “Independently affiliated Physician.”