Meet The Team

These Are All The People Behind The Scenes Making Able To Change Amazing!

Ron Israel

Primary Counselor

Ron has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for the past 26 years. I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Masters of Arts in Management in Health Services. I have been with ATCR since its beginning 19 years ago. I previously worked with Charter Behavioral Health in Mission Viejo as Director of Alcohol and Drug Services, and have been in private practice since 2001. I have been sober for 34 years. I am married for 43 years and have 4 children, 4 grandchildren and recently became a great grandfather twice.

Becky Booth

Case Manager

Becky Booth began her career at Able To Change Recovery as an intern while completing the alcohol and drug studies program at Saddleback College. She earned her Associate in Arts in Social and Behavioral Science from Los Angeles, Pierce College and is currently a Case Manager. Becky is a registered member of the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) and she has received her Bachelor of Arts in Art from California State University, Northridge. She is currently researching innovative ways of integrating art into addiction treatment therapy.

Kayla Smith

Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Able to Change Recovery

Kayla received her education in Alcohol and Drug abuse Studies from Saddleback College. Kayla is currently working towards obtaining her bachelors degree in Human Services and has a personal goal for completing a Masters Level education towards an LCSW certification. Her approach comes from her belief that successful recovery comes from mental, emotional, and physical health and how to incorporate all into a well rounded, and healthy lifestyle. She currently works as a counselor, helping individuals to bridge the gap between structured treatment to a fun and fulfilling sober lifestyle. Addiction is a family disease and Kayla’s primary focus is helping not only individuals who are struggling with substance abuse, but to extend her help to friends and loved ones who are also involved in this process.

Billy Grow

Clinical Supervisor

Billy Grow began his Alcohol and Drug studies in late 1996 and graduated in 1999 when he obtained his first job at Charter Hospital in Mission Viejo CA. In 2000 he achieved his state certification,and since then has worked in several Psychiatric hospitals with Dual Diagnosis patients, several IOP programs, the criminal justice population, and Residential Treatment Programs. Billy has called Able To Change Recovery home since 2003, and has a passion for the study and understanding of all Addictive Disorders and the underlying issues that drive self-destructive behaviors. Billy is committed to the education not only of his clients, but also of college students, and is a regular speaker by invitation at CSUF educating many students in Abnormal Psych about Addictive Disorders. He is a member of the Saddleback College Community Advisory committee for the Human Services Dept. helping students who are seeking careers in the Behavioral Health field. Billy has provided supervision and internships for students for over 12 years.

Saralyn Cohen

CEO

After many experiences with various treatment centers, Saralyn felt there was a fundamental need to create a substance abuse facility that would be sympathetic to both clients and their families. She began to understand how difficult it was to find a treatment center that shared this philosophy. With this in mind, Saralyn founded Able To Change Recovery, Inc. (ATCR) in 1999. She has served as the President and Chairperson of ATCR since its inception. In August of 2002, she became Vice President & board member for the Orange County National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency. A National non-profit association devoted to “empower the recovery community through outreach and education programs.” During the same time period, she served as Chairman on the Ethics committee and Field Inspection Officer for the Sober Living Coalition of Orange County. Saralyn loves running, weight training, deep-sea fishing, cooking, and spending time with her loving family.

Christopher Mitchell

Board of Directors

Chris Mitchell has played an integral role in Able To Change Recovery since its inception over 20 years ago. He has greatly aided in helping Saralyn’s vision come to fruition in providing a safe and ethical treatment facility that is sympathetic to both clients and their families. Over the years Chris has helped weather the storms and stay the course, as Able To Change Recovery has flourished into one of the most well respected treatment centers in Orange County. On most Saturday mornings you can find Chris out on the golf course.

Randall Turner, DO

Medical Director

R. Jordan Turner, DO is a physician who is double boarded in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has an eclectic practice that takes him to multiple
settings, including hospitals, partial hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, dual diagnosis programs, and residential recovery programs. He is currently associated with multiple hospitals and addiction recovery centers that offer services ranging from acute psychiatric care to detoxification. He graduated from medical school in Nevada and completed Psychiatry residency training at Loma Linda University. He lives in Southern California with his wife and
four children.

Chris Cramer CADC I

Clinical Supervisor

Chris is a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I) through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Chris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton with an emphasis on Mental Health counseling. Chris has a passion for using evidence-based practices with a person-centered approach to assist clients in empowering them to make positive changes in their lives. Chris’s personal philosophy in working with clients is “people before agendas” which emphasizes meeting a client where they are at today and ensuring that they are given every opportunity and resource possible to help them in their recovery process.

Erik Spettel RAC

Case Manager

Erik has worked in the treatment industry for over 6 years. During this time he has drawn on innovation and compassion to bring new techniques to the treatment industry both as a counselor and as an owner of an adventure therapy company. By finding ways to combine experiential therapies and counseling, such as developing the first ever wolf therapy program, Erik has sought to include and innovate throughout his career. Through this path of integration he has helped people transcend the crippling barrier of self imposed limitation, guiding them to their own inner resources.

Morgan Chaney, RADT

Case Manager

Morgan has been working in a professional treatment setting for over four years.
Morgan focuses on helping clients find the beauty of recovery and strive in their lives after their treatment episode. She is currently pursuing her on-going academic track at Saddleback College Human Services Department specializing in mental health, substance abuse, eating disorders, and self harm. She is focusing on engaging loved ones in the client’s recovery to mend relationships.

Kirsten Eschen, CADC I

Program Director

Kirsten is the Program Director at Able To Change Recovery. Kirsten is a certified member of CCAPP and has a B.A. in Communications from CSU Long Beach. Kirsten’s advocacy, work ethic, and personal values contribute to our ability to provide a program that maintains excellence in integrity, dignity, and quality of care.

Dominick Stanley

Operations Manager

Dominick oversees the day-to-day operations of Able to Change including scheduling client appointments, staff scheduling, leading operational meetings and ensuring compliance and adherence to policies, procedures and conformity at our facilities. He has developed close relationships with our team of medical and clinical professionals to ensure adequate levels of care are met for all clients.

Michael Hauck

Accountant

Michael has been employed with Able to Change Recovery since 2018. He has a Bachelors degree in Business. He works to effectively communicate and collaborate with members of the entire organization including the board of directors, administrators, and staff to make certain that all financial matters are addressed with care, integrity and are in the best interest of the company, our community and those we serve. Michael’s passion lies in the commitment to the responsible financial management of Able to Change Recovery.

Tommy Nunnelee CATC I

Director of Clinical Outreach

A certified drug and alcohol counselor and graduate from the Human Services program at Saddleback College, he is certified in the state of California with the Association for Alcohol & Drug Educators (CAADE) CATC I. Tommy uses his knowledge to better understand and serve the community seeking treatment and provide a smooth transition from the point of initial contact through out the clients stay with Able to Change Recovery. Tommy also acts as a family liaison to help with the transition and provides families the opportunity to provide valuable insight and information. Tommy also works closely with both the administrative team as well as the clinical team to help in providing assistance in any situation that would be useful in helping client receive a better quality of care.“ My goal is to help the client feel safe and feel heard, so that they may be comfortable growing into themselves again from a healthy place.”

Abraham Zaizar RAC

Administrative Assistant

Abraham has been an employee with the Able to Change Recovery since April 2019. Prior to his change in position, Abraham was our Lead Resident Advisor. In this position, he assisted the Operations Manager with oversight of all of our facilities as well as managing our previous Residential Treatment facility. Abraham is also currently a Registered Addiction Counselor (RAC) through the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC). Abraham has obtained his Associates’ Degree in both Psychology and Biology. Abraham is bilingual and fluent in both English and Spanish. Having been a client himself, Abraham’s goal is to provide the person-centered service that permeates throughout our organization and make sure that clients receive as much help as he can provide.

Rayce Wadsworth RADT I

Operations Assistant

Rayce and has been an employee with the company since May 2020. Prior to his recent change in position, Rayce was our Lead Resident Advisor. In this position, he assisted the Operations Manager with oversight of all of our facilities as well as managing our previous Residential Treatment facility. Rayce has obtained his RADT I through CCAPP and is currently working on completing his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Communications & Economics. Rayce’s goal is to live on an altruistic plane & be of maximum usefulness to his fellows. He does this through honesty, compassion & service.

Georgia Gregory

Utilization Review

Georgia graduated from Western Carolina University in 2008 with a bachelor’s in psychology and is currently pursuing certification as an alcohol and drug counselor with the state of California. Originally hired in 2017, Georgia worked as a resident advisor and group facilitator before stepping into her current administrative role as ATCR’s Utilization Review Specialist.

Georgia is a true warrior when it comes to client advocacy and is dedicated to obtaining accurate and beneficial insurance authorizations at the highest levels of care possible. Georgia collaborates closely with clients and ATCR’s multiple departments to collect all necessary information to conduct daily reviews and/or initiate appeals.

“My goal is to give 110% during every review and passionately advocate for clients whose insurance providers are not authorizing clinically necessary care. I sometimes feel the need to remind certain providers of the humanity we face in this industry and that we are serving people, not policy numbers or algorithms. I often tell them, “I came to work today to save lives….can you please help me do that?”

Chloe Butters

Customer Support Specialist

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