Our Staff

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Stephen Odom

CEO/CCO

Dr. Stephen Odom is a distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with over 25 years of expertise in the behavioral health field. He currently, serves as the CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Avalon Malibu, Simple Recovery, The Point, Infinity Malibu and Malibu Integrative. In his notable and lengthy career in chemical dependency treatment, Stephen has proven to be an innovator in the industry. His vision, which is driven by the guiding principle that people suffering from addiction can, and do get well, has become the cornerstone of New Vista Behavioral Health’s client care model.

Stephen has a comprehensive educational background in healthcare, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Covenant College, a Master’s in Experimental Psychology (Univ. of Tennessee), a Master’s in Clinical Psychology (Palo Alto University), and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in Healthcare Administration (Capella University). Moreover, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California.

Prior to joining New Vista Behavioral Health, Stephen served as CEO & Chief Clinical Officer at Simple Recovery, where he supported the strategy and application of their unique treatment model. He also led Simple Recovery in obtaining Joint Commission accreditation. Some of his experience includes, a Director’s post of Program Development for CRC Health as well as numerous Administrative and Clinical Director positions at chemical dependency treatment centers and hospitals in California. The posts included Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area. Additionally, Stephen practiced marriage and family therapy in a private practice setting and served as a university adjunct faculty member in Child Development and Psychology. Stephen is a chemical dependency expert having published articles on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity, and has appeared in the 2016 documentary film, California High and was featured on The Today Show. In his executive leadership role, his therapeutic and compassionate approach allows him to lead his clinical teams with a client-centered focus in mind.

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Estelle Matheau

Executive Director

With over twenty years of quality healthcare management experience, Estella has managed clinical and pathology departments for Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She transitioned into leading behavioral health and addiction treatment programs several years ago, and has directed two Malibu treatment centers where she oversaw more than 150 employees and spearheaded Joint Commission efforts for residential healthcare quality assurance. As a member of the leadership team at New Vista Behavioral Health, Estella holds the position of Executive Director at the esteemed mental health, addiction, and co-occurring facilities at Avalon Malibu, Infinity Malibu, and Malibu Integrative.

“I saw the progression and deterioration that the disease caused the physical body, and I wanted the opportunity to work with clients who are struggling with addiction before the damage is irreversible. The stakes are high. Just like other chronic diseases, it’s a life or death situation, and when one is facing something that may be terminal, the whole family suffers”.

She is dedicated to offering exceptional service to clients and believes in continuous quality improvement, client safety, and privacy, and creating an environment that promotes physical and emotional well-being.

She is committed to hiring exceptional employees who are passionate and dedicated to helping people recover from addiction.

“It is an honor to be placed in a time and space where someone may very well be at their worst and to be able to have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. I try to remind my staff of this in everything we do each day because you never know the impact that you can make on others when your heart is open to it”.

Matheu joined New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Malibu Integrative in 2017

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Bryan Sawlsville
LMFT

Clinical Director

Bryan joined Avalon Malibu Integrative in November 2016 as the IOP Clinical Director. He brings nearly 20 years’ experience in Behavioral Health services providing both direct care and management, across many settings and populations including residential, outpatient and Adult, Families, SMI, and AOD. Most recently his experience has been on the compliance/support side of treatment as a QA and EHR Director for the past five years. His breadth and depth of experience allow him to bring a perspective to services that first and foremost support client care and advocacy against stigma. As a QA and EHR manager, he assured implementation of program support that allowed staff to focus on anti-stigma, recovery centered care while at the same time focusing on compliance with regulation that saw many successfully led audits such as Medi-Cal, HIPAA, Auditor-Controller, DHCS, DSS, etc.

As a trainer and supervisor for large scale programs, he has learned and practices clear, consistent communication with all levels of stakeholders so that they may be as efficient as possible resulting in better care for those served. Lastly, as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology, he is able to instill the above values to the next generation of those who will be working to ensure those served are met with anti-stigma messaging and the concept that each person’s story is unique and should be honored as such.

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Robert Oberlander
RADT-I

Resident Advocate

Robert began his journey in the recovery community in 2014. In the time since, he has grown personally and professionally, cultivating a wide range of experience. Prior to joining Malibu Integrative, Robert managed operations for an inpatient rehabilitation facility that focused on social recovery and experiential therapies. These varied experiences have given him well-rounded perspective on the needs of clientele and the challenges they face on their journey to recovery.

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Gena Kopytov
BS, RADT-I

Director of Operations

Gena Kopytov is the Director of Operations at Malibu Integrative. Over the last decade, Gena has gained tremendous experience working in the field of healthcare. Mr. Kopytov holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from California State University, East Bay. Early in his career, Gena collaborated with his family to establish an Adult Day Health Care Center aimed at providing support to geriatric patients with various mental health disorders.

In 2010, Gena transitioned into a hospital setting where he supervised hospital safety and compliance within OSHA codes and regulations. In 2013, Gena focused his attention on working with dual-diagnostic treatment centers. For the last two years, Mr. Kopytov has fulfilled his role as a part of the Malibu Integrative treatment team, managing the well-being of clients and the integrity of the program by providing client and staff supervision.

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Roberto J Cancel
MA, LMSW, TEP

Psychodramatist

Roberto is a Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. He has Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, a Masters in Drama Therapy and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. Roberto studied psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy at the Sociometric Institute, the Psychodrama and Creative Arts Therapies Institute in New York City, and at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Washington DC.

Roberto professional clinical experience at Metropolitan Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, The Sexual Addiction Treatment and Training Institute, Freedom Institute, and the New York City Department of Education, Special Education Services, District 75 in New York City.

For the past eighteen years, Roberto has worked in the field of mental health in the areas of assessment and treatment of mental illness in inpatient and outpatient units; facilitation of individual and group psychotherapy in related with sex and drug addiction; HIV related issues; interpersonal relationships; family issues, and emotional, physical and sexual trauma. Roberto is affiliated with the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Lisa Cypres Kamen, MA

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Group Facilitator

Through her wide-ranging decades-long career, Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA has redefined — for herself and for many others, worldwide — the pursuit of happiness. Documentary filmmaker, positive psychology coach, author, syndicated radio show host, and lecturer, Lisa is, first and foremost, an expert in the skill of “harvesting happiness,” even under life’s most challenging circumstances.

Lisa’s practice focuses on addiction, trauma, and life crisis recovery, helping clients balance their minds, bodies, and emotions to transform their Post-Traumatic Stress into Post-Traumatic Growth.

Lisa’s nonprofit Harvesting Happiness for Heroes provides stigma-free trauma recovery and post-deployment reintegration services for military personnel and their loved ones challenged by the invisible wounds of war.

She is also the former health and wellness editor of Sleep and Wellness Magazine, Happiness Expert for the Florida Department of Citrus/ Florida Orange Juice in its Take on the Day campaign and a brand ambassador and pioneer for Katie K Active Wear’s #DefineBrave campaign.

Lisa is the author of Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, Harvesting Happiness for Heroes: Reintegration Strategies for Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Grief and PTSD; and Perspectives on Addiction: A Multi-Stepped Journey to Wholeness and the director of the documentary film H Factor…Where Is Your Heart? She is a TEDx speaker, and her work can also be found on the Huffington Post, Positively Positive, and Inspire Me Today websites. Lisa lives with her family in Southern California.?

Alla Poberesky

Alla Poberesky

Group Facilitator

Alla Poberesky is a UCLA-Certified Mindfulness Facilitator at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, a Registered Alcohol and Drug trainee, and a Mindfulness-Based counselor and meditation teacher. She has been facilitating therapeutic groups in outpatient and inpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers for several years. She offers a mindfulness-based process of relapse prevention which helps uncover the roots causes, conditioned beliefs, and habitual patterns that have held clients back thus allowing them to become more present, empowered, and resilient in their lives.

Alla has worked with chronic anxiety, depression, trauma/PTSD, relapse prevention, and addictions of all forms. Trained in Mindful Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer, she offers a self-compassionate approach and process of healing which enables clients to meet the challenges life presents from a place of clarity, compassion, and a regained trust in oneself. Alla has developed a curriculum intended to help re-wire destructive patterns, beliefs, and automatic reactions that have held clients back and instead foster increased awareness, self-compassion, self-understanding, self-acceptance and path to becoming your own refuge.

Alla is extensively involved with Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, has studied at InsightLA, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and completed Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitioner’s Program. She is a long time Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist meditation practitioner herself and has studied and practiced both secular and non-secular mindfulness in the US and Asia. Along with her certification in mindfulness facilitation from UCLA, Alla holds a B.F.A from Syracuse University, is trained in Mindful Self-Compassion from UCSD School of Medicine, and participated in MAPs Teacher Training program at UCLA. She continues her education in Buddhist psychology and interpersonal neurobiology.