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Destinations Staff

Our Programs & Activities Will Guide Your Teen Through Rehab

DANIEL SAMSON

Founder / President

A WELCOME MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, DANIEL SAMSON.

“Destinations is one of the premier teen treatment centers in the country. Both our residential and out-patient programs are designed to support the whole family throughout their journey to sustainable wellbeing. Our dedicated team of therapists and staff are there for each teen and their family at every stage of their recovery and beyond. By providing a quality safe-haven, a full range of treatments, and an uninterrupted education, we have one of the highest rates of success in the country. Whether treating mental illness, addiction, or both, our concierge service delivers a customized program for each teen with the goal of establishing a pathway to realizing a stable and productive future. We are also one of the ONLY facilities that separates pure mental health clients from those with addiction issues.”

MEDICAL TEAM

DR. BABACK GABBAY, MD

Chief Medical Officer

DR. BRIAN HOLT, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

CLINICAL TEAM

Tara Farazian, LMFT

Clinical Director

DR. IRIT BAR-NETZER, PSYD

Director of Parent Support Programs

ALLISON D. R. MACINTYRE, LMFT CCTP

Program Director

NATHAN LINDBORG, AMFT

Program Director

Oksana Boiko, ACSW

Outpatient Therapist

ANA RAMOS, AMFT

Outpatient Therapist

Pearl Basaldua, APCC

Residential Therapist

Daria Collins, AMFT

Residential Therapist

Reid Kessler, AMFT

Outpatient Therapist

ACADEMICS AND WELLNESS

SCOTT DECKER, MA

Director of Education

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

JORDANA GOLDSTEIN ACSW

Director of Admissions

ALAN ELLSWEIG, LMFT

Director of Utilization Review

KARLA LOPEZ BARRIOS

Admissions Coordinator

ARLENE CARLOS

Admissions Coordinator

AYANA RILEY

Admissions Coordinator

SUPPORT TEAM

ELVIS REYES, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Toni Jackson-Rainey

Operations Manager

TIFFANY HALL

Facility Manager

DEVYN MOORE

Facility Manager

CHRISTOPHER DEVINE

Sr. System Engineer

DR. BABACK GABBAY, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Gabbay is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in the following: substance use and eating disorders; adolescent mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Gabbay earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and also underwent medical school training at UCLA.

After medical school he completed both general adult psychiatry residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has had extensive training within the realm of emergency psychiatry room, inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment settings. His clinical experience encompasses medication management and therapy services to a diverse range of clients, with specialized intensive clinical training with dual diagnosis clients. Prior to joining Destinations to Recovery, Dr. Gabbay served as Attending Psychiatrist for Center for Discovery Adolescent Group residential homes in the South Bay. He also has extensive experience treating low socioeconomic and foster care patients through The Help Group and Penny Lane Mental Health Centers.

Dr. Gabbay currently works as Destinations’ Chief Medical Officer where he is passionate about the care he provides and strives to constantly self-educate through continuing medical education trainings/self-directed learning, as well as teaching his colleagues. Dr. Gabbay’s philosophy towards medication management follows a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Clinical information is gathered from multiple sources (client, family, school, therapist, nursing and outside referral sources) in order to make an informed decision regarding a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medication recommendations. Dr. Gabbay evaluates all clients whether they are prescribed medication or not. In his spare time, Dr. Gabbay loves to swim and play basketball. He frequently will spend spare time hiking with his wife. He is a huge fan of comic book movies (both Marvel and DC Comics) and 1980’s popular music. His family has been known to chuckle on more than one occasion at his Spotify music list.

ALLISON D. R. MACINTYRE, LMFT CCTP

Program Director

Allison acquired a Master of Arts in Psychology in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy with a credential in Pupil Personnel Services from Phillips Graduate Institute in 2002. She has worked with emotionally disturbed youth for over 16 years. Allison has experience working with clients who present with oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities, mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorder, as well as learning disabilities. In 2018 she received her LPS credential through the Department of Mental Health. In addition, Allison was trained in Bowen Family Systems Theory and incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques and solution focused methodology.

Allison joined the Destinations team recently and works as the Woodland Hills Program Director. Allison brings Destinations her passion to help youth thrive and reach their goals. When Allison is not working you can find her spending time with her beautiful two daughters or elbow deep in amateur vegetable and flower gardens.

SCOTT DECKER, MA

Director of Education

Scott Decker received his Master’s degree in Special Education from National University. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Scott has spent his entire career working with youth, young adults, and their families. He was a teacher for 4 years, moved into school administration as a Vice Principal and later into the role of Director of Education. Additionally, Scott is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in education.

 Scott currently works as the Director of Education where he oversees the academic programs at all Destinations for Teens locations. His goal is to implement and create an academic program that is therapeutic and nurturing. He is dedicated to being a resource for both clients and their families. Scott is committed to serving diverse populations and the challenges our youth, young adults and families face. Scott is an avid cook and he likes to spend time with his two sons, play his guitar, go to concerts and shows, and travel/explore Southern California.