west valley detox team




Ara Gemilyan

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ara leverages his entrepreneurial spirit,
diverse experience, and passion for helping people as the leader of West Valley Detox & Treatment.

Zara Gemilyan

Co-Founder & Director of Business Development

Zara applies her cutting-edge strategy, dedication, and years of corporate experience in her role as director of business development.


Lucille Thomas, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Thomas received her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Neda Javaherian, MD


Dr. Javaherian specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders through medication management. She completed her training at the University of Southern California Medical Center.


Jane Alt, LMFT

Clinical Director

Jane has worked at the detox, residential, PHP and IOP levels of care. She integrates a variety of therapeutic techniques including Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Twelve Steps. Jane received her Masters in Marriage and Family therapy from Pepperdine Graduate School.

Elise Martz

Program Manager

Elise has provided care and client support at numerous levels of treatment, making her a well-rounded leader. She believes that given the proper tools and support, anyone is capable of change.

Leilani Tinitali

Lead RA (Case Manager)

Leilani is passionate about helping clients suffering from substance abuse disorders. She applies her strong communication skills to help clients navigate next steps.


Luana Olavarria

Director of Admissions

Personable, knowledgeable, and caring; Luana heads our admissions department. She works tirelessly to ensure a seamless experience for clients coming into treatment.

Max Chesnoff

Director of Human Resources

Max comes equipped with an extensive background in human resources, operations, and administration. He offers a tremendous amount of organizational support and knowledge.


Sarah Vick, LMT, CADC II

Group Facilitator

Sarah specializes in mindfulness, meditation, somatic trauma resolution, and creates space for her clients to access their own personal spiritually.

Greg Johnson

Licensed Spiritual Practitioner + Sober VIP Mentor

Greg speaks speaks the language of Spiritual Recovery with over 1,000 hours of coaching, facilitating and speaking, his dynamic energy is both captivating and inspiring; transforming lives.

Dustin Mesick, RDN

Dietitian + Nutritionist

Dustin is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN) with strong clinical experience. He uses a client-centered approach based on individual lifestyle goals.

Brittany Bell

Group Facilitator

Dedicated, caring, and a strong advocate for our clients; Brittany brings a wealth of experience to her role at West Valley. She is currently completing her doctorate at Pepperdine University.

Lindsay Kaye, CPT

Group Facilitator + Fitness Trainer

Lindsay is a group facilitator and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) for IOP, detox and sober living in the L.A. and Ventura areas. She has helped to keep people sober for over six years, and has been a trainer for 13+ years.

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