WHO WE ARE
how Golden Road Recovery can help
A Program that cares...
Who We are
No one decides to become an addict. There are normally very complex and deeply personal reasons for falling prey to such a debilitating disorder. At goldenroadrecovery.com we see addiction as a symptom of a larger illness, almost as an attempt to self medicate and keep that illness at bay. Here, our philosophy is different. We believe that treating an addiction is only part of the healing process. We look to rehabilitate the whole person, and identify the barriers each client has to achieving long-term recovery from substance abuse.
"Courage is knowing what not to fear"
Treatment Designed for You
At our Drug Treatment Center, we crafted our own unique program that combines evidence-based therapies with holistic techniques to treat the mind, body, and spirit of each client. Client experience treatment in a safe and warm environment of mutual understanding and peer support. We aim to give you control of your life back, help you reconcile with your past and empower you to embrace the future.
What Makes Us Different?
Why Choose Us?
Meet Our Treatment Professionals
Ari Labowitz, M.A., LMFT
Ari practices from strengths-based approach, while using a humanistic experience to allow the client to feel safe and grow. Ari has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, and families. He treats each person as an individual, assessing his or her difficulties, and focusing on his or her positives. A focus of Ari’s profession surrounds the drug and alcohol treatment field. He has extensive experience and knowledge surrounding recovery. Another focus of Ari’s practice is couples and relationships. He has worked for a number of years with many individuals and couples experiencing difficulties in relationships.
Dr. Neda Javaherian, M.D.
Dr. Javaherian specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and addiction through medication management. Member of the American College of Psychiatrists and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Southern California Medical Center Joined USC faculty and was on staff teaching medical students/residents. Special interest in the management of Anxiety, Depression, & Addiction.
Jason A. Aaronson, LMFT CATC-IV
Jason Aaronson is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Treatment Counselor and an Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist(LMFT) with extensive experience in most clinical, operational, administrative, billing/insurance aspects of care. Jason has formerly worked in six other well-established dual diagnosis treatment programs. Jason has an in-depth history facilitating 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 co-morbid treatment, imperative 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 prides himself on a willingness to learn and grow, always yearning to expound upon his exposure to new concerns arising in this field.
Abraham incorporates hands on interaction with the clients in hopes of creating a safe place that breeds hope in people’s lives. Abraham has been in recovery over 3 years and feels the need to give back to the community as well as support others with substance abuse and mental health issues. Abraham has donated to many charitable organizations and continues to build strong professional relationships within the industry to help connect our clients with the appropriate options for aftercare.
Brandon started his career in substance abuse and mental health treatment in 2017. After finding his own recovery in 2015, he found his purpose in helping others recover from their addictions. Brandon started out as a residential advisor which ignited the spark to further his education in Addiction Studies. He received his certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in 2020 at Pierce College. He went on to become a case manager and aftercare coordinator for multiple treatment facilities and now has found his new home at Golden Road Recovery as the Program Manager. Brandon is highly motivated to grow into this new position, he hopes to be an asset that promotes integrity, support, and compassion to both his teammates and to our clients.
Kendall has a passion for helping others battle their addiction and get back on track with their life. Being in recovery herself; she has first hand experience overcoming the wreckage substance abuse can cause. Kendall has been working in the substance abuse industry for 4 years. She was mentored at multi-house program where she learned the ins and outs of detox and residential treatment on both the administrative and clinical side. Kendall's goal is to continue increasing her knowledge on all operational aspects of treatment.
Damaris Polis, AMFT
Damaris is an experienced Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician with experience spanning from working with patients on an individual basis, conducting group therapy sessions, as well as working with families with substance issues. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Her passion is helping her patients reach their fullest recovery potential. She is inspired to work with individuals to help them on their journey to recovery because everyone deserves a second chance. In her free time, she loves to read, hiking the Santa Monica mountains, and spending time with her orange tabby named Boots.
Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC
Summer Jasmine Lall, MT-BC is a Board Certified Music Therapist and obtained her Music Therapy degree from Berklee College of Music in 2008, Summa cum laude. Summer is the founder CradleSong Birthing and Rhythm and Truth Music Therapy specializing in recovery. She developed the Resistance to Resilience online training programs to teach professionals best practices in using music therapy using modern genres. Summer is the U.S. representative for the Rhythm2Recovery therapeutic drumming program and is also a Heart Math Certified Trainer. She is a Sound Birthing Fellow and trained in Health RHYTHMS, Beat The Odds, RISE/LGBTQ, Pro-ACT de-escalation, C-SEC and Risking Connection trauma informed care. Summer has practiced music therapy in schools, shelters, daycares, foster camps, yoga studios, correctional facilities, group homes, treatment centers, hospice and hospitals. In addition to her broad local outreach, music has taken her to over 20 countries around the globe. When she is not practicing music therapy, Summer is writing, recording or performing with her band PWR CPL, hoping to inspire positive change through music however she can.
Naomi Barahona is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician who has experience with individuals in substance abuse. Naomi is an accomplished, knowledgeable, and skilled case manager who is highly motivated to advocate for and empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives. Naomi works alongside the clinical team to help promote consistency, a key ingredient of recovery, and she works with clients weekly to help achieve progress towards goals. Naomi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. Naomi plans to continue her educational career at California State University, Northridge, where she will study Applied Behavior Analysis. On her free time, Naomi enjoys hiking, running, and spending time at the beach.
Ethan Stiffelman was born and raised in Los Angeles. With 7 years of sobriety under his belt, he has dedicated his life to giving back to the community and helping others any way he can. To better help those struggling with addiction as he did, Ethan has returned to college and studies Psychology at California State University at Northridge to pursue his goals of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Ethan works alongside the clinical team as the lead technician, a case manager, and a general counselor at the facility. When he isn’t at Golden Road or busy studying, you may find him working on his motorcycles or playing computer games
Brittney Barragan began her career in the healthcare field as a Medical Assistant and decided to further her education to become a LVN. She started her LVN journey working in a substance abuse treatment facility. She came to Golden Road Recovery with 6 years of substance abuse and mental health experience. She is a caring and empathetic individual who Is truly passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals while remaining connected to their recovery. She looks forward to being a part of every client’s journey.
Virginia has over 500 hours of yoga teacher training and experience, sound bath certification and is also certified in nutritional therapy. Virginia has a passion for helping others step into their power and improve quality of living. With an emphasis on breathing techniques, asana, and meditation, she promotes intentional yoga to encourage physical health, mental wellness, and believes that yoga as a “skill in action” is an empowering tool in the recovery kit!
Chef de Cuisine, Alex Escamilla found his culinary passion at young age growing up in Chicago, Illinois, the #1 food and drink capital in the world. Traveling Europe at the age of 18, he started his education excelling in Culinary Arts and learned the ways of traditional, famous cuisine styles. While working under prestigious Chefs, Chef Alex attended Robert Morris University where he received scholarships for his excellence. When Alex was presented with the opportunity at Golden Road Recovery, he saw it as a chance to show them a culinary experience like no other. The menu is heavily influenced by Alex’s love for his diverse spectrum of cuisine from all corners of the world. With each dish he creates, Chef Alex strives to be innovative, yet stay true to his culture to provide an unforgettable dining experience.
I started in the field a few years ago when I realized I wanted to help others similar to myself. I enjoy helping people see that another life is possible for them as it was for me. I have a passion for helping others and giving them the best care they can receive. I’m RADT certified and currently going to school to receive my CADC and my AA in psychology. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my dogs.
Jamila Baxter, RN
I have over 10 years of nursing experience. I received my bachelor’s degree in Nursing and have since then pursued many areas in nursing. I have worked in substance abuse, mental health, acute care, critical care, including trauma at several Los Angeles hospitals. I have also taught courses on health management with Kronos optimal health. Prior to entering nursing, I taught kindergarten for several years. My experiences as a bedside nurse, critical care nurse, and nurse educator have all shaped my practice to work with others and teach them about maximizing their health.