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 environment, ideal for whole healing. Our holistic programs are open and accepting new admissions.

Alsana Westlake’s staff is led by Heather Russo, Regional Executive Director, and they are eager to serve clients through evidence-based programming designed in the spirit of Alsana’s Adaptive Care Model®. 

Alsana Westlake is now proud to offer treatment for ED-DMT1 (“Diabulimia”) clients. 

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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Jesse McKee, LMFT

Lead Therapist, she/her/hers

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Jesse McKee, LMFT

As the Lead Therapist at Alsana in Westlake Village (Stella), Jesse is responsible for oversight of therapeutic engagement, clinical supervision, and supporting clients in working towards a recovered life. She is extremely passionate and finds fulfillment in this pursuit of people grounding into their authentic selves, which is frequently seen in her engagement with clients and her team.

 

Jesse is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, earned her Masters of Clinical Psychology at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, and has since worked in a variety of roles within eating disorder treatment. These roles have allowed her to bring diverse knowledge to her team and support the multiple facets of treatment.

Outside of her time at Stella, Jesse spends her time riding/training horses and spending time outside with her husband, pup, and horse, Millie.

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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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Sophia Pages, AMFT

Primary Therapist | she/her/hers

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Sophia Pages, AMFT

An energetic Latina, Sophia Pages grew up in Mexico City and earned her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidad Iberoamericana. She later graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Coach from Carolyn Costin’s Institute. Sophia values community, relationships, and bold vulnerability. She is dedicated to support and empower humans to explore their individual, spiritual and relational needs. Sophia strives to collaboratively build skills and resources to create new pathways of connection to self and the world. In her free time, Sophia enjoys cooking and spending time with her dog and backyard chickens.

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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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Isabelle Bryer

Program Director

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Isabelle Bryer

As the program director for Alsana’s PHP/IOP in Westlake Village, Isabelle can be found welcoming new clients. She creates a safe, nurturing environment to aid in healing and recovery. Isabelle uses art therapy to show individuals how to pursue happiness and help them find their creative voice.

Isabelle believes in nurturing people and helping them create relationships that will assist in their recovery. She is described as calm, nurturing, creative, and team-oriented. She ensures the programs are running smoothly, provides support, and empowers the clinical team.

Prior to Alsana, Isabelle was the program director at Monte Nido’s residential program. Isabelle is French and has degrees in fashion design and art history from schools in France. She was an art instructor at a private studio and Pierce College.

As an artist, Isabelle loves to paint. She also enjoys baking, hiking in the hills, and spending time eating cake with her family.

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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

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.