At Sober College, we empower young men and women ages 18 - 26 to find their purpose, discover true passion and follow a path of excellence by offering a one-of-a-kind treatment experience - centered around Five Core Competencies - that seamlessly integrates academics and drug rehabilitation.
Aimee has experience working in residential treatment, working with adults with co-occurring disorders, conducting therapy with children, families and has strong ties in the recovery community. She has pursued specialized training in suicide risk assessment, family systems, trauma and mindfulness. Aimee brings the perspective of looking at individuals along a developmental continuum within a bio psychosocial context. “One of the things I love most about Sober College is that we are not just treating each resident’s drug abuse issues, we are looking at all aspects of the individual’s life and offering support to the whole person.” Aimee brings a strong clinical background, an entrenched understanding of the complexities of adolescent and young adults and most importantly is tied into the professional network that exists in the Southern California community. Aimee’s leadership and organizational skills are paramount in leading an internal Sober College team that includes Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, Internal Medicine, Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Somatic Mindfulness Experiencing, Urban Experiential Activities and much more. Additionally, she will coordinate the delivery of specialized therapies and treatments when necessary. More About Aimee: Aimee Noel is a native Angeleno joining the Sober College team after working in the non-profit family service field since 1996. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology at California State University, Chico in 1995 and went on to study at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA where she earned her Master’s degree in 2002.
Todd Zorick Todd Zorick, MD, Ph.D – Psychiatrist Todd Zorick, M.D. completed residency in psychiatry, as well as a sub-specialty fellowship in addiction psychiatry at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and earned his Ph.D in Neurosciences from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Zorick has the rare distinction of being double-board certified—Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine–in treatment of dual diagnosis individuals. He is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the 2005 winner of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award. Dr. Zorick was the Veterans Association Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Career Development Award grantee at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles on his project “Citalopram Effects on Craving and Striatal Dopamine Availability in Alcohol Dependence.” In addition to being Sober College’s Psychiatrist, Dr. Zorick is currently the Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and an esteemed published author of neuroscience and addiction papers. For nearly a decade, Dr. Zorick has worked in residential treatment helping young adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. His expertise in dual-diagnosis treatment, addiction psychiatry & neuroscience makes him a vital part of Sober College’s Clinical Treatment Program.
Oriana has shown passionate dedication to those who struggle with addiction issues through her extensive studies and over 12 years of experience in the fields of addiction and mental health treatment. Not only did Oriana earn her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California, but also completed a Masters of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction and Certification as a CADCII Counselor. She has experience working in all aspects of the field, both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is well known and respected in the Southern California recovery community. Over the past couple years Oriana has changed her focus from direct client care to programmatic oversight. She was promoted in 2015 from Director of Recovery Services to Associate Executive Director. Oriana supervises the team of directors, the counseling department, oversees communication and coordination of care with families, and is responsible for ensuring quality services in the Sobriety Component of Sober College’s Five Core Competency Model.
Liz Gomez received her undergraduate degree in social work from Syracuse University in New York, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. Before coming to Sober College, Gomez served as a consultant for youth programs across the country. Her experience in providing training and technical assistance and expertise on trauma informed approaches to working with runaway and homeless youth; the operation of a transitional living and independent living programs; and on administrative operations for programs providing services for youth – expertise she gained through serving as Executive Director of Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN), a position she held for 17 years. She joined the LAYN staff in 1989, bringing with her nearly 10 years of experience working with juvenile offenders, homeless youth and other high-risk youth populations. She has served on the boards of the California Coalition for Youth, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; the advisory board of The California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Initiative. In addition to working at Sober College, Gomez currently serves as a board member for The California Wellness Foundation and has been actively involved in the leadership of numerous youth-serving, philanthropic, civic and community organizations. Gomez shares, “What drew me to Sober College was their niche in serving young adults seeking recovery. Through my work over the years with this population of young people, it is clear they have unique needs and not everyone is equipped to provide quality services for them as Sober College is.”
ust as some people are born to become athletes or use music to speak to others, Mindi Levins-Pfeifer found her calling in life at a young age. She was born to instill hope in young people, even in the most dire of circumstances. It is a passion that has driven her throughout her career: A career that now spans more than two decades and has been singularly focused on helping youth in crisis. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from UCLA, Mindi spent more than a decade working with street kids as a case manager and director at the Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN). Following that important work, Mindi returned to school to gain a Master’s degree in Social Work at Cal State Long Beach and began consulting for Free Clinics throughout the greater Los Angeles area. It was during this time – after spending years of working for others to help underserved youth – that Mindi and her husband, Robert, discovered a bigger dream. One only they could fulfill. Recognizing a need for creating a different kind of treatment program for young adults struggling with addiction, they utilized their unique expertise and resources to open Sober College’s doors in 2005. And in doing so, they effectively redefined rehab for young people and their families. Since then, and as part of her work at Sober College, Mindi has been dedicated to helping clients conquer their addictions. But she does more than that. She is also tireless in her endeavor to help her young clients rediscover the joys in life and redefine life’s limits. And when she’s not helping the young people on Sober College’s campus, Mindi is at home, enjoying life with Robert and their children, Ben and Sarah.
In 2000, after developing and managing programs in the fields of education and chemical dependency treatment, Robert Pfeifer set out to create an innovative and effective treatment program for what he considered to be an underserved population of young adults struggling with addiction. Utilizing his resources and more than 26 years of experience, Robert was able to identify what other treatment facilities lacked, and in doing so, he – and a select team of experts – created a solution … Sober College. In 2005, Robert officially opened the doors to Sober College: A one-of-a-kind, dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol treatment program focused on healing and rebuilding the lives of young adults. And from its first day, Sober College redefined rehab for its clients, and their families, by combining college and rehab under one roof. Since then, Robert has continued to invest in young adults struggling with addiction by providing them a safe, effective and, as important, a fun and sober environment. A place where life doesn’t stop; it goes on thanks to a program that is flexible enough to fit the evolving needs, interests and passions of each client. And as a result, Sober College has become a program where sobriety is considered a celebration rather than a chore. Married to Sober College’s Co-Founder Mindi Levins-Pfeifer, Robert is also the father of two children, Ben and Sarah. In his spare time, Robert enjoys yoga and hiking: Two past times that served as inspiration for the development of Sober College’s yoga therapy program in 2013.
After Graduating USC, Boston College and Pepperdine University, Dr. Therese Mansour Moriarty has done extensive work in psychiatry across the country, publishing papers and continuing research in neuropsychology. For over two years prior to coming to Sober College, Dr. Moriarty was involved exclusively in neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and consultation. Dr. Moriarty completed her internship at the Federal prison where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations on the inmate population, evaluating levels of impairment, functioning, and creating treatment plans and/or recommendations to help them function at the most optimal level while incarcerated. Following the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Moriarty was working in the private sector conducting neuropsychological evaluations on athletes, personal injury cases, workers comp, stroke, and dementia cases. Dr. Moriarty has completed this training while working for the Los Angeles Neuropsychology Group, as well as my employment at the Sports Concussion Institute. In addition to evaluating patients, she engages in cognitive rehabilitation with individuals following traumatic brain injury, strokes, and injured athletes.
Holly Daniels, a licensed marriage and family therapist, meditation teacher and PhD candidate, brings her many years of experience working in dual diagnosis treatment centers to the role of Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College. After earning her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University, Holly worked for many years as a primary therapist at Monte Nido and Associates, the Valley Community Clinic and The Canyon residential treatment center in Malibu, where she specialized in treating those with complex issues including co-occurring addictions, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and associated mood and anxiety disorders. In her role as Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College, Holly is able to integrate her complex clinical expertise with her passions for connecting people and spreading the word that recovery, health and wholeness can be exciting and fulfilling. Holly shares Sober College’s dedication to encouraging and promoting self-discovery and resiliency toward long-term, sustained recovery for every young adult who comes in for treatment. She feels fortunate to be able to continue her work alongside the compassionate, expert, invigorating team at Sober College. A mother to two teenagers, Holly relies on her personal daily meditation practice to bring balance to her own life, and she enjoys teaching meditation and mindfulness skills to others. “I believe,” explains Holly, “that healing involves building connections with other healthy people and creating fulfilling, meaningful life experiences outside of treatment. Sober College offers young adults opportunities to do just that.” Holly loves watching clients get involved in ‘real world’ activities in ways that no other treatment centers provide. “I feel fortunate to be part of such an innovative and effective team.”
Year Business Started:2006
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