Eating Disorder Treatment in Westlake Village, CA | Alsana®

Eating Disorder Treatment in Westlake Village, California

When an individual receives early, adaptive, and developmentally appropriate care, their recovery from disordered eating is not only possible, it’s probable!

Welcome to Westlake Village, CA

Alsana in Westlake Village, CA offers a serene environment, ideal for whole healing. Our holistic programs are open and accepting new admissions.

 

Alsana’s Westlake Village, California location is now proud to offer treatment for ED-DMT1 (“Diabulimia”) clients. 

Eating Disorder Treatment Programs

We want you to succeed and we know the first step is often the hardest. At Alsana in Westlake Village, California we offer three levels of care that are essential to recovery success. The ability to step up or down throughout treatment is always an open option.

Our Westlake Village, CA Staff

Sandi Wetmore, BA

Program Coordinator, she/her/hers

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Sandi Wetmore, BA

As Program Coordinator for Alsana, Sandra supports clients throughout their recovery journey while also supporting our Direct Care Counselor staff in their daily tasks. Also, as one of Alsana’s Relational Ambassadors, Sandra supports clients in exploring their spiritual and religious connection to recovery and supports clients in exploring their connection to the world. 

Sandra earned her BA in Psychology from CSU Channel Islands and will soon be going back to school to attend a master’s program for her master’s in Social Work (MSW).  

Sandra has worked in the eating disorder community for over two years in different roles. She finds helping clients overcome their challenges and taking steps towards a life of recovery the most rewarding and fulfilling experience.  

In her free time, Sandra loves spending time with her husband when he is not overseas along with her two Siberian huskies, seeing friends, family, and all while enjoying the beautiful beaches California has to offer and traveling and exploring new places. 

Sandra’s background also includes volunteer work assisting and leading a rehabilitation and rescue facility for endangered marine mammals.

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Nicole Beatty, BA

Program Director | she/her/hers

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Nicole Beatty, BA

As Program Director for Alsana, Nicole welcomes new clients to Alsana and ensures each individual feels supported on their recovery journey.

Nicole earned her BA in Psychology from CSU Channel Islands and is currently in her Master’s Program at California Lutheran University to earn her MS in Counseling Psychology (MFT). She has worked in eating disorder treatment for over three years, in various roles, and believes supporting clients on their recovery journey is the most rewarding experience. Nicole is most passionate about creating a safe, welcoming, and supportive environment for clients and finds fulfillment in supporting clients on their recovery journey.  

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Shilpa Jindani, MD

Physician | she/her/hers

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Shilpa Jindani, MD

Dr. Shilpa Jindani is a board-certified diplomat of the American Academy of Family Medicine. She received her training in India at Sawai Man Singh Medical College and completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont. She is currently practicing as a Family Medicine Physician in California and Medical Director at Health Net. 

Dr. Jindani is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the California Medical Association. Before joining Alsana, she was a staff physician at Ventura County Medical Center. She serves as the Vice President of Tri Valley Indian Medical association and is on the Medical Advisory Board of a startup, eFind-a-Doc.

Dr. Jindani believes in overall health maintenance through integrative, preventive, and mental health. Her passion is taking care of her patients, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and yoga.

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Corinne Elliott, BSN, CED-RN, NC-BC

National Nursing Director

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Corinne Elliott, BSN, CED-RN, NC-BC

As Director of Nursing for Alsana, Corinne is responsible for overseeing residential and outpatient nursing programs in California. Corinne earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Corinne is also a Board Certified Nurse Coach through the American Holistic Nurses Association and is a Certified Eating Disorder RN through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.

Corinne is currently working on her Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Before joining Alsana, Corinne worked as the Director of Operations and Director of Nursing for inpatient and residential eating disorder programs in Southern California. Her background also includes work in marketing and photography.

Corinne was born and raised in Japan and feels most inspired when exploring the world and meeting new people. Corinne loves going out to restaurants, watching movies at home, and spending time with people who make her laugh.

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Ashley Benjamin, MD

Psychiatrist | he/him/his

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Ashley Benjamin, MD

As the psychiatrist at Alsana’s Westlake Village locations, Dr. Ashley Benjamin brings a wealth of knowledge from his diverse background. He has a medical degree from Kansas University and a master’s in exercise and physiology/physical education from Ohio State University. Dr. Benjamin has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2000.

Dr. Benjamin is a member of the International Society of Sport Psychiatry, the California Psychiatric Physicians Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. Before joining Alsana, he was a staff psychiatrist serving Ventura County Behavioral Health. His background includes leadership and psychiatry at various levels of care, expertise in research, publishing, and teaching.

Dr. Benjamin practices addiction and sport psychiatry. Currently, he is a reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, serving 21 years, 8 of which were active duty.

Dr. Benjamin aligns with our Adaptive Care Model in providing holistic quality care to our clients. He also believes in Alsana’s Guiding Principles as a basis to support the growth and development of the team.

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Kate Kaczor, RD, CEDRD, CSP, CSOWM

Lead Dietitian – Alsana Luna

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Kate Kaczor, RD, CEDRD, CSP, CSOWM

Kate is a lead dietitian with Alsana and a certified intuitive eating counselor. She is excited to be part of a team that is passionate about recovery and dedicated to finding innovative ways to fight eating disorders.

Seeing clients transform through the recovery process is a privilege that Kate holds close to her heart. When clients go from a place of truly fearing food and being disconnected from their lives, to being able to face their fears and embrace life is the driving force behind the work Kate does.

Kate’s experience includes working in several leading eating disorder treatment facilities throughout the US as a dietitian and director of nutritional services. She was an integral part of the development of specialized treatment for clients suffering from binge eating disorder, and developing a phase system for clients in PHP.

Kate completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition-Dietetics at Winthrop University. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at The University of Minnesota in affiliation with The Emily Program.

As a recent transplant to California, Kate enjoys spending time on the beautiful beaches and taking in the sunshine. Having grown up on a chrysanthemum farm, she also loves watching HGTV, traveling, and exploring open houses.

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Hod Rubenstein, RN

Charge Nurse

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Hod Rubenstein, RN

As the charge nurse at Alsana Luna with a 13-year background in social work, Hod has always been drawn to the helping professions. She feels her role at Alsana is the perfect way to combine her two degrees and her passion for helping others.

Hod brings with her years of experience in residential eating disorder centers. She finds it rewarding to build relationships with clients and to offer them guidance and support at a time when they need it most.

Hod began her career with a BA in psychology from Tufts University and continued on to earn a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. After working as a social worker for many ears, Hod decided to go back to school at Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health to become a nurse.

Hod is the first person in her family to have been born in America and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Israel, where her family is from.

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Jeff Radant, MFT, CEDS

Senior Director of Clinical Services

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Jeff Radant, MFT, CEDS

Jeff has 30 years of experience working in the eating disorder recovery field. Before joining Alsana in 2020, Jeff served as President and COO of MonteNido Treatment Center from 1996 to 2016. During that time, his contributions resulted in tremendous growth and increased access to vital services for those in recovery. He also has four years of experience as a real estate agent, three years of experience in construction work, and two years of experience as high school math and history teacher.

Jeff describes himself as empathetic, competitive, and as someone with good values. He puts his spirituality first, then family, followed by career, and finally, fun. His hobbies include watching and playing sports, reading, and travel.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion from Wheaton College in 1981, his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Seminary in 1985, his Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from California Family Study Center in 1991, and his Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies from Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies in 1999. His current role at Alsana is to provide clinical leadership in Westlake.

Jeff is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP).

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Heather Russo, LMFT

Chief Clinical Officer | she/her

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Heather Russo, LMFT

Being from the Westlake area herself, Heather says that coming to Alsana feels a bit like coming home.

Heather is deeply passionate about helping people find a better relationship with themselves and says she finds great fulfillment when clients’ perception of what their life could be begins to expand and grow.

Heather is currently earning her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health at Grand Canyon University. In 2003 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and in 2008 she earned her Master of Arts at Pepperdine University.

Most recently and before joining our team, Heather was the Regional Assistant VP for The Renfrew Centers, Inc. She was responsible for the successful implementation, ongoing management, and market growth for all service components of the Center.

Heather has been a member of several well-known associations, including the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Los Angeles Chapter. Notably, she served as Membership Chairperson.

Between work, school, and three kids at home (including four-year-old twins!), Heather says she doesn’t have an abundance of free time but loves what she does.

She’s excited to be part of a team that is “changing the game” for eating disorder treatment, and says it is the happiest privilege and honor to witness and support clients’ recovery.

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In their own words

Let Alsana help you write your own story of hope and healing. We would like to be your eating recovery community

  • The staff at Alsana proved to be extremely talented in the art and the skill of not colluding with my eating disorder while...

    also not treating me as if  I was an eating disorder. They treated me like the real, whole person that I had lost sight of. They have an ability to hold nuance gently and they aren’t afraid to wade into the hardest waters, which is so much more helpful than receiving treatment that is guided by a rigid manual. There is an unbelievable amount of safety at Alsana because of this and my gratitude is crazy high!
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    Sydney
    Sydney
  • As I began to apply the knowledge I gained from Alsana into my daily life, I found that my anxiety, guilt, shame ...

    and self-criticism steadily faded like a candle flickering on its last legs. I found authentic joy in things I used to reprimand myself for doing. I took, and continue to take pride in the progress I made and continue to make. Most importantly, I am now capable of self-acceptance and self-love whether I succeed, fail or anything in between.
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    Paul
    Paul
  • Before coming to Alsana, I had never had a treatment experience in which the "how" and "why" of the eating ...

    disorder were addressed. This has proven to be essential in my treatment at Alsana and also in my daily life as a member of society. Alsana providers led me through so much illuminating self-reflection about topics that I had never before considered relevant to my treatment, recovery, or self in general. Alsana staff appreciate and treat the individual, and I felt this in and outside of therapy sessions. They always humored my random geography facts and propensity to trail glitter wherever I went. 🙂 Ultimately, my treatment experience at Alsana taught me how to be a shamelessly authentic individual, and it gave me a sense of safety to explore what it means to be myself. With so much love,
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    Kate
    Kate

Residential Treatment Programs

Alsana is proud to serve clients across the the United States at Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care. We also offer Virtual Treatment options.

We will support you in finding your balance, purpose and possibilities. Welcome to Alsana. We are so glad you found us.

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