Our Staff Old

In January 3, 2012

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 staff is comprised of the most experienced and advanced addiction recovery professionals.

Dr. Sheila Shilati Psy.D

Chief Operating Officer

Sheila shilatiDr. Shilati has served as an international ambassador and participant in two separate medical and relief expeditions overseas in Iran 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, Doctor 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 Center in order to provide 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. David Martorano, M.D., Psychiatrist

David martoranoDr. David Martorano received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons before moving to Los Angeles to complete his training at UCLA’s prestigious Neuropsychiatric Institute. A recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Charles E. Richmond Award, Dr. Martorano is a recognized performer, public speaker, radio personality, and businessman who is still sought after for business consulting. He is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Medical Association. David Martorano holds a DATA 2000 waiver and is able to prescribe buprenorphine (subutex, suboxone) for opiate detoxification and maintenance.

Dr. David Martorano is a psychiatrist trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. He is an expert in psychopharmacology (the use of medication to treat psychiatric illness). What sets him apart from many other psychiatrists is his extensive training and experience in the combination of targeted psychotherapies with or without medication, and he has completed additional training in ISTDP, CBT, DBT, IPT, in addition to Intra-Analytic Couples and Sex Therapy.

Dr. Martorano specializes in treating depression, anxiety, addiction and helping couples with communication and intimacy issues.

Dr. Shahla Modir, M.D.

Shahlha modirShahla 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 a licensed buprenorphine provider and a dual diagnosis expert. Dr. Modir received an NIH grant to study the effects of acupuncture and motivational interviewing on methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms. She is trained in all of the evidence based psycho-social therapies to treat addiction such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Furthermore, she is trained and has led groups in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Additionally, 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 , the Channel 7 news, and Dr. Drew Lifechangers.

Dr. Mark Stahlhuth, PhD

Clinical Director

Dr markBorn in Michigan, raised throughout childhood outside of Denver, Colorado and then on to Southern California before entering UCLA, has been working in the field of addiction since entering graduate school at California School of Professional Psychology where he obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 1988. 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 and sexual abuse and trauma, and adolescent sexual offending behavior, Dr. Stahlhuth went into private practice in Thousand Oaks, California in 1995. There, he continues to work with teens as well as adults and their families in the areas of addiction and trauma. Additionally, during the last five years, Dr. Stahlhuth continued his work in treating addiction and trauma another world-renowned Malibu treatment center, an adult addiction treatment center in Malibu, before moving to Seasons in July of 2009. During a period spanning 29 years, Dr. Stahlhuth has also specialized in conducting psychological assessments both on an in-patient basis and in residential and outpatient settings, 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.

Jennifer Brady MSW LCSW

Primary Therapist

Jennifer bradyMs. Brady grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring 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. Her internships included excellent training from Pacific Clinics mental health center in Pasadena, and from the Los Angeles Unified School District Drug prevention Program.

Post graduation she worked at the Pacific Clinics Day Treatment program which served children, adolescents, and families suffering from severe mental illness. Here she also obtained extensive training in Art Therapy techniques and it’s application in individual, family, and group work. She also worked as a therapist and program coordinator at Valley Child Guidance Clinic in Northridge, CA. Later she worked at Los Angeles Unified School District serving as a therapist and service coordinator for families struggling with addiction, job loss, learning disabilities, and mental health disorders.

After having three childen of her own, she started a private practice focused on families and addictive behaviors using a holistic approach integrating physical, spiritual, and mental health into the treatment. She implements a wide variety of techniques tailored to each client, including art and poetry therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt Family Therapy, and incorporates the 12 Step Model of AA. She assists clients in transforming their lives from within using motivational interviewing and compassionate reflective listening.

At SRC 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.

Laura McLauchlin, M.S.

MFT Registered Intern

Laura mclauchlinMs. McLauchlin started her training working extensively with the mentally ill, homeless population in NYC where she received her BS at New York University. She established meditation and drama groups at Bellevue Hospital’s program for homeless men. Through her research, clinical and personal experience, she has developed a thorough understanding of, and compassion for people dealing with eating disorders and addictions. She integrates a CBT theoretical framework to assist clients in understanding and ameliorating their depression and anxiety. Her previous clinical experience includes the California State University, Los Angeles therapy clinic, where she received her MS in Marriage & Family Therapy. She counseled couples, adults, teens and children. She is supervised at Seasons by Dr. Mark Stahlhuth, PhD.

Todd Brazee


Todd brazeeDuring the course of his professional experience in private practice, Todd has developed a technique for treating emotional trauma, called Respiratory Emotional Integrative Therapy. (R.E.I.T). This technique is a combination of respiration, visualization and intuition. The R.E.I.T. technique changes the pattern of an individual’s respiration and initiates a release of the emotional tension of the trauma from the nervous system.

Todd has found that the R.E.I.T. technique dramatically reduces the amount of time required for therapy. His work primarily focuses on those who suffer from PTSD, sexual violence and abuse, anxiety, depression, panic disorder, and grief and loss. Todd’s practice has been sustained almost completely by professional referrals and has had several offices operating simultaneously because of the success and demand of his program.

Seventeen years ago, Todd was asked to affiliate as an adjunct therapist to a well known program at Duke University using the R.E.I.T. technique. Throughout his five years of working at Duke University, Todd treated hundreds of patients suffering from severe post traumatic disorder, cutting and self violent behavior, and food addiction with extraordinary results.

Audrey Hope

Spiritual Therapist

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

Audrey’s Spiritual Addiction Counseling is a magical unique process that takes one beyond the rational, limited concepts of the mind, and the boundaries of traditional therapy into the deeper soul, where true healing takes place. The goal of the journey is nothing less than full transformation to affect change in the physical, emotional and spiritual body. Says, Audrey, “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.”

Darryl Seskind

Director of Admissions / Interventionist

Darryl seskindAs the Director of Admissions, it is my goal to welcome you into recovery by being your first contact person from the moment you pick up the phone to call us. Together, we will explore the different ways in which you can both attain and sustain your sobriety within the scope of our program. Not only do I work in addiction recovery, but I live it. My personal and professional experiences with the disease have motivated me to help others free themselves from the clenches of this powerful condition. I am always here to assist you, both during your treatment here and after you have returned home.

Justin Leitstein, RASi

Primary Therapist / Associate Director

Justin leitsteinJustin studied addiction, culture, and identity at the New School, where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees. He has lectured at various schools and universities on the subjects of culture and addiction. He has extensive experience with personal advancement in recovery as a mentor, providing individualized guidance and motivation to clients of various special needs. Justin specializes in the development of physical wellness, spiritual awareness, and cognitive-behavioral functioning to support goal-oriented therapy. He is well respected as a personal counselor and life coach for sober lifestyle integration. At Seasons, JJ provides one-on-one counseling as a primary therapist, systemic family education, and aftercare support. He also teaches a weekly group focusing on intention and self-realization. Justin completed a second masters in counseling psychology with World University in Ojai, where he continues to study Thanatology, while working towards an MFT.

Johanna Marks

Administrative Coordinator

Johanna marksJohanna Marks has been sober since March 2006. She will be one of the first people you meet when you arrive on campus. Johanna will be here when you arrive to guide you through the intake process and take care of both insurance and financial paperwork. She will be here to make the process go smoothly and efficiently.

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