Senior Leadership Team
Brad Lamm is Founder + CEO of Change Inc, an integrative family-based change organization helping family members fill their lives with “more good, less bad”. Brad is an author, teacher and interventionist best known for helping people make life-enhancing change on The Today Show and The Dr. OZ Show.
Change Inc’s core units are:
- Intervention Specialists
- Family Class + Case Management Services
- Break Free Intervention Skills Training
- Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services (New York City, Los Angeles + Detroit)
In 2013, Brad realized a dream come true as he opened the first two Breathe Life Healing Centers in Gramercy Park (NYC) and Laurel Canyon (LA). Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services provide powerful residential insurance-driven trauma treatment in urban environments under the direction of a clinical A-Team that includes Director of Clinical Programming Tian Dayton, PhD.
“With powerful educational and spiritual development programming in place, we’ve created in Breathe the first-of-its kind program in the nation.”
Deb Hughes comes to Breathe with a dynamic background in program and business development, strategic planning, and a tremendous foresight on execution and expansion. Her experience with dual diagnosis, eating disorder treatment, adolescent and adult programming, as well as a deep working knowledge of business development, transitional living, outpatient treatment programs, and IOP services provides her the opportunity to make an unsurpassed difference in the lives of Breathe guests. “This is such a profound opportunity for Breathe Life Healing Centers to shift the paradigm of how wounded people heal their lives and those of their families. By implementing our Phases of Change curriculum, people are afforded the chance to remake their lives and find a new way of living.”
Dr. Dayton has a Masters in Educational Psychology, a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and is a Board Certified Trainer in psychodrama. She is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), winner of their Scholar’s Award, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and sits on the professional standards committee.
Dr. Dayton is faculty alumna of New York University, where she taught psychodrama for eight years. She has been awarded the Ackerman/Black Award and The Mona Mansell Award for contributions to the field of addiction. Dr. Dayton is author of twelve books including ACOA Trauma Syndrome, Trauma and Addiction, Emotional Sobriety, bestseller Forgiving and Moving On, and The Living Stage. She has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Dr. Kathy Willis is Breathe ’s Director of Family Programs, bringing 35 years of experience to this rich area of work. Dr. Willis specializes in trauma healing with the gentle touch of compassion and a deep knowledge in the neurobiology of addiction and how our brains make sense of it all, while teaching new skills in walking the path to recovery, freedom, and release of the past. Dr. Willis has served as a teacher in the Addiction Studies program at the University of CA at Davis. She has been the Executive President of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CAADAC) as well as having sat on the Executive Board of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (NAADAC). Dr. Willis has also served as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) with several large companies in San Francisco.
Kathleen Murphy, M.A., LPC is the Clinical Director of Breathe Life Healing Centers LA. She comes with a world of knowledge and a depth of experience. She is known for being a conversationalist who leans towards philosophical discourse informed by passion and a commitment to generating interpersonal dialogues that contribute to the meaningful treatment of relational and developmental trauma.
Kathleen’s career is founded on 28 years of experience working with people with substance abuse issues complicated by relational trauma. Her most recent years have been mentored and guided by Ann Smith, LMFT and Austin Houghtaling, PhD, both of the profound Breakthrough at Caron program, where she developed an expertise in experiential group processes as a facilitator. Kathleen has made use of didactics, psychoeducation, lectures and experiential group processes that are heavily influenced by attachment theory and psychodramatic techniques to assist clients in re-framing and reclaiming the self as a being in relationship.
Kathleen now lives in the Los Angeles area with her family.
A respected psychiatrist, Dr. Kiriakos joined BreakFree @ Breathe as Medical Director in 2014. Prior to joining Breathe, she operated her own private practice focusing on medication management and psychotherapy in Beverley Hills, California, since 2005. In addition, she acts as a Staff Psychiatrist at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center, based in Santa Monica. Dr. Kiriakos has held similar positions with an array of mental health clinics in the San Fernando Valley, including the Center for Family Living and the Central Valley Youth & Family Center. Her career has focused on many areas, including therapy for a wide range of diagnoses: addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, women’s health issues and eating disorders.
Dr. Kiriakos’ Medical Director duties at Breathe include the consultation and treatment of clients with food and weight issues, as well as addressing the complexities of co-occurring disorders. Additionally, she provides consultations and opinions on different aspects of patient psychiatric care relating to dietary management, therapy services necessary, medical referrals needed and levels of care for which clients are eligible.
Prior to embarking on her career in psychiatry, Dr. Kiriakos assumed several academic positions during her residencies. While completing a residency in adult psychiatry through the University of California-San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Dr. Kiriakos also worked as Co-Coordinator of the “Psychiatry in the Media” Seminar for PGY1-4 residents. During the same period, she also acted as a Staff Inpatient Psychiatrist at Olive View Medical Center, Group Therapist for the psychodynamic psychotherapy weekly group at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program, Course Chair for the “Brief Psychotherapies for Depression & Borderline Personality Disorder” Seminar at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program, Clinical Instructor of the Applied Psychopharmacology Course for psychology interns at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), and Administrative Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program.
Dr. Kiriakos possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Medicine from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She is a board certified psychiatrist.
David A. Wiss grew up in Los Angeles, and earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Northridge, and completed his training as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). He specializes in the nutritional management of: food addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, weight management, sports nutrition, and general wellness.
As a masters level clinician, David shares his expertise with a myriad of eating disorder and addiction programs throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He has conducted targeted nutrition interventions for adolescent drug offenders through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and for post-guilty plea defendants in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
David is a regular contributor to Behavioral Health Nutrition Newsletter and a founding clinical team member of Breathe Life Healing Center, Los Angeles.
Lisa holds a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University, a BA from Tufts University, a culinary degree from The French Culinary Institute in Classic Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Food Journalism, and is certified as a holistic health and nutrition counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Most recently, she was the consulting chef to the highly successful weight management book, JUST 10 LBS by Brad Lamm. Brad and Lisa are currently co-authoring a companion cookbook to JUST 10 LBS. Her work has also appeared in fitness, wellness, and lifestyle publications and online media including Clean Plates, SOBeFiT, FOX, AOL, Plum TV, Marta Montenegro.com, and McFadden Performing Arts Publications. She currently serves as the co-chair of the New York Chapter of the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT).
Lisa works with individuals, families, wellness centers, medical centers, and corporate organizations to offer support, education and guidance in achieving greater health, happiness, and joy of living through food and lifestyle choices. As a certified holistic chef and nutritional counselor at Breathe , Lisa creates a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits each guest’s unique body, lifestyle, dietary preferences and goals. In addition to all of this, she also specializes in gluten-free dietary needs.
Larry Hymes transitioned to Breathe Life Healing Centers after 2 years at Michael’s House Residential Treatment Facility in Palm Springs. Prior to that, he had worked many years in Los Angeles as a licensed therapist. He holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has worked within a variety of populations and environments.
Larry practices affirmative therapy and places great importance on self-nurturing and self-discovery, building self-esteem, motivation, and creating one’s personal community.
Ashley Domask is a counselor at Breathe Life Healing Centers, Los Angeles. After nearly 5 years as a counselor at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders, Ashley transitions to Breathe with a wealth of experience working with eating disorders, addictions, and relational trauma. She employs an experiential approach to therapy that pulls core themes from her own experiences and the work of Pia Mellody and John Bradshaw. Ashley holds a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling but knows the core of her learning and passion has come from the clients, their stories, and the gift of human connection.
Parashakti’s mission at Breathe is to facilitate for clients a Soul centered therapeutic sacred practice through yoga, dance, chanting & ritual to support the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and social integration of the individual.
Parashakti was born in Jerusalem, Israel and descends from a long line of spiritual teachers. Exploring the essence of spirit and dance from the age of four, Parashakti moved to the United States, where she spent two years studying yoga and living at the ashrams at Integral Yoga. While at the ashram she began her studies of Trance Dance™ with Shaman Wilbert Alix, this drew her to the wisdom circles of Native American ceremonies. Both of these profound in depth teachings and inspiration led her to develop the powerful, life-changing process known as Dance of Liberation™. Dance of Liberation integrates shamanic journeying, hands-on healing, drumming, global music and the use of a blindfold to dissolve participants’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual blockages.
Parashakti has worked with over 10,000 dancers from around the world and leads workshops, retreats and DOL teacher training’s. She has co – produced a full feature documentary: Dance of Liberation. The film is now in the hands of the Wolper Organization/Warner Brothers and is being released in 2015, along with her book.
Kamy is a lifelong student of wellness, a professional motocross racer for 10 years, and an advanced golfer. He has literally traveled the world to research wellness and spirituality in different corners of the Earth. Kamy specializes in massage therapy, earth grown nutrients diets, weight and no-weight core workouts, low and high impact cross training, martial arts and water aerobics. Kamy has built his lifestyle and career around helping people make new healthy choices and start on a path to holistic well being.
“The fact alone that you are here, you have already won. From this moment on, it doesn’t matter how much you have struggled this is the beginning of the new you, and the beginning of the rest of your life. This is the story of your life going forward, and you decide what’s written. It is an honor to be a part of your story.”
Kamy lives in Los Angeles.
Family Class Leaders
Veronica RoselleVeronica Roselle has an extensive background and expertise with drug, alcohol and food addiction, as well as weight issues. She has worked in treatment centers addressing addiction at all stages of recovery for the past 10 years. Her extensive knowledge of issues and concerns facing families, codependency and Alanon, has grounded her in the recovery field. With a passion to educate and help others heal, to reclaim their own identity, to practice self-care, self-love and to find inner peace, Veronica is dedicated to make a difference in the lives of our families.
A self-motivated, results-oriented professional with a strong understanding of 12 Step programs and eating disorders, Veronica is also a certified NLP Motivational Coach. She is compassionate, empathetic and driven by her passion for helping and working with others. Strong interpersonal, analytical, communication and leadership skills, she has extensive professional experience in the areas of client services and development, marketing, public relations, advertising, sales, and project management.
With a long career in the New York fashion industry, as a promotions manager and marketing and PR manager for Rupert Murdoch publications and fashion designers on 7th Avenue, Veronica’s life before entering the business of recovery was diverse, exciting and high-profile. She then ventured into managing and buying for a set of upscale boutiques on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, CA and continued her business savvy in sales, marketing and customer service. In 2009 Veronica began working at a recovery center in Malibu CA.
As a case manager and counselor for those in recovery from addiction, as well as those struggling with depression, Veronica provided the support, empathy, direction, and guidance that her clients needed to get and stay well. She worked with the clinical team to create and perfect personal treatment plans for each client, while escorting them to 12-Step meetings, facilitated Big Book and 12 Step Groups and provided sober companionship when necessary.
As a talented writer, Veronica also contributed to a website dedicated to addiction recovery. Her weekly column focused on eating disorders, health and nutrition, and exercise. Her work was based on personal experience and professional research. Those suffering from eating disorders can be isolated and filled with guilt and shame, feeling that no one else understands what they are going through. Veronica’s main goal in writing her column was to share with others that they were not alone and that there was loving support to bring them to a place of peace and health. Her mission each week was to focus on diet and exercise myths, to examine the emotions behind eating disorders, and to shed light the newest food and diet fads.
Veronica feels that we are a sum of our life experiences, good and bad, that we can learn the best lessons from the most painful experiences. Having such a wide variety of life, professional and people experiences gives her a plethora of knowledge to share with families struggling to regain a sense of self and well-being.
“My goal is that together we learn to process the past, forgive, mend and move onward in a healthy loving way with dignity and integrity,” says Veronica when asked about her work with families.
Brian Belovitch comes to Breathe Life Healing Centers as a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with a BS in Health and Human Services from Empire State College. Prior to his work as an addiction professional he worked as a Photo Editor for
People magazine. In 2007, he switched careers to utilize his 27 years of experience in the recovery community and began work in the mental health profession.
With Dr. Barbara Warren, PsyD, Director of LGBT Health Services at Mount Sinai/Beth Israel Hospital in New York City as a mentor, Brian became interested in working as an Interventionist and was instrumental in implementing the first and highly successful SBIRT program (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) within the New York City Dept. of Mental Health and Hygiene, now in it’s seventh year. Brian acquired and developed his clinical skills as a Counselor under the supervision of Nick Lessa, MA, and CEO of Inter-Care Ltd.
Brian joins the esteemed team of Family Class Leaders at Breathe Life Healing Centers.
Family Class is our family-centered work that helps everyone find a recovery plan that sticks. The heart of the work is our weekly Family Class: an hour-long session that brings the team together for sacred time to explore and experience a new freedom. We blend information with inspiration to help participants make life-affirming, healthy relationship decisions. We work together to discover how old tapes (“Battleground Beliefs”) influence lives today. The family recovers strength and resilience thought to have been lost forever or impossible to achieve.
Brian firmly believes in Breathe’s treatment approach including education and raising
awareness of addiction as it lives in the family. His experience with Motivational Interviewing and the skill set he has developed from working with diverse populations as an Interventionist, makes his work with families of the Identified Love One fulfilling and
challenging. One day at a time he believes change, even at the most basic level, can make all the difference in the lives of families.
Manny Moscoso comes from a long history of mentoring, building business systems, and managing people and programs. Manny is adept at fostering relationships based on trust and professional boundaries which enable growth, development and healing. His depth of experience in recovery and addiction treatment provides him the background necessary to navigate the complexities of a residential program while meeting each client on their own path to recovery offering inspiration, guidance and influence.
Manny received his certification from New York State OASAS as an Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor and has worked in an intensive outpatient clinic and a residential treatment center for both nonprofit and private sector agencies. He arrives at Breathe with a dynamic career as a training officer and a compelling background in law enforcement. Manny is certified as a Train-the-Trainer through Homeland Security training local residents as Community Emergency Response Teams for communities establishing emergency preparedness and care-response teams in emergency situations.
Manny resides with his wife of thirty years and their family in New York City.
Miguel Palacios is the Operations Manager for Breathe Life Healing Center Los Angeles. He brings more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the management of nonprofit and private entities.
At Breathe Life Healing Centers Los Angeles he manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, budgeting, fleet administration and information technology. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles campus.
Prior to Breathe Life Healing Centers, Miguel worked in management with experience in public relations, community relations, media relations and event planning.
Miguel believes that success is not in the results but in the effort. Being the best is not what really matters but doing the best is all that matters.
Jeff moved from south Florida and joined Breathe Life Healing Center Los Angeles in January 2014. He brought with him a wealth of combined admissions, finance, marketing and utilization review experience in the addictions treatment field. His philosophy of
effective, trauma informed treatment for those struggling with addiction combines personal accountability with care and compassion. Jeff believes that effective, open communication with referents, families and clients is the most integral part of the admissions process at Breathe.
Jeff is skilled in residential substance abuse and mental health treatment after working in
various treatment centers and intervention services for the greater part of the last 10 years. He holds a vast perspective of admissions, insurance (verification and pre-certification) and relationship building. He has the proven ability to flourish in high pressure, deadline oriented environments, while possessing a high level of organizational and communication skills.
Professionally, Jeff is drawn to situations that provide hands-on access to the admissions
process, allowing him to build symbiotic relationships that support the Identified Loved One’s admission to a program that benefits their sobriety and lifelong healing. By focusing on partnerships, Jeff maximizes the resources available for clients in need of support.
Jeff is both personally and professionally committed to assisting individuals and families
struggling with addictive disorders and trauma and is actively pursuing certification as a
Certified Addiction Counselor.
Jeff lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Mike joins Breathe with a strong academic background in psychology and business, having worked extensively with dual diagnosis, mental health, and substance abuse populations as well as patients on the autism spectrum. Grounded in a strong work ethic, Mike brings a constant positive energy to Breathe.
Mike is driven by his commitment to enhance and expand treatment options for clients struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder as well as other addictions. Mike draws on both personal and professional experience in his passion to help
others regain a sense of hope and peace in their lives as they move along their individual path to recovery.
A graduate of UCSD with a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare management, Mike also holds a BS in Psychology & Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Mike has been an active leader in the mental health community
within several organizations throughout Southern California.
He is a true 21st Century thinker, mining new ways of improving the client experience at Breathe through marketing and advertising practices. Reaching people in need, providing life healing programs, and supporting clients on the road to recovery is the primary goal of all of Mike’s work.
“I really enjoy witnessing clients on the journey to recovery. It is amazing to see the constant evolution and unfolding as clients begin to trust and collaborate with their team. Genuine hope begins to resurface through smiles and laughter as clients begin to create a sense of community and fellowship. If I can bring that message to people in need, to bring them hope and the opportunity to embrace the change they need in their life, then I know I’m doing the right work.”