Eating Disorder Treatment Center Westlake Village, California | Alsana

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 our Westlake Village location

Alsana Westlake Village offers a serene and ideal healing environment.

We are now accepting admissions for our Luna Residential Treatment Center.

The first two of our three locations in Westlake Village, Alsana Luna RTC and Alsana Stella day treatment are now accepting clients. Alsana Westlake’s staff led by Jessica Elbe, Regional Executive Director, and Moreen Rubin, Senior Director of Clinical Services, are excited to begin Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model® at this location. Reach out to meet the entire team and see all of the updates at this newest Alsana location.

Treatment programs

We want you to succeed and we know the first step is often the hardest. At Alsana in Westlake Village, 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 staff

Our most valuable asset as a company is our people. Compassionate and collaborative professionals,. ...

our Alsana staff work together to serve and help you on your path to recovery.

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Ashley Benjamin, MD

Psychiatrist

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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.

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.

Jeff Radant, MFT

Senior Director of Clinical Services

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Jeff Radant, MFT

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).

Heather Russo, LMFT

Regional Executive Director

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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.

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

Our locations

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.