D. Robbin O'Neill-Gregory - Managing Director
For the past 31 years, Robbin O’Neill-Gregory has been a transformational leader empowering individuals in recovery. She has dedicated her professional and personal life to learning, embodying, and applying strategies from the areas of recovery, health, and wellness to help recovering individuals and their families. In 2006, after seeing a serious need for recovering individuals to spend more time with one-to-one 24/7 support services, Robbin founded Recovery Fusion. Since then, she has continued to dedicate her time to helping recovering individuals. She served on Governor Brown's California Office of State Wide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) as a work force education and training advisory committee member to implement peer specialist certification 2014-2016. She also served on the education committee for CAADE (California Alcohol and Drug Education) as an adviser for recovery coaching and peer support services. In 2014, she was a presenter at CAADE's conference "CAADE Leads the Way" representing recovery support specialists. She was elected to serve on the board of directors for Recovery Coaches International (RCI) representing California 2015-2017. She won the Santa Barbara Community Recovery Network 2003 Award for “Outstanding Service in the Recovery Field” and was the recipient of the 2006 Chrysalis Award for “Dedication and Visionary Leadership” in the field of recovery for Santa Barbara County. She was the past Executive Director and Capital Campaign Creator for "The Strong Roots New Growth” 1.5 million dollar Alano Club project, Director of Development for The Council on Alcoholism, and founding board member for National Recovery Awareness Month and the organizer for Santa Barbara's National Overdose Awareness Candlelight Walk in Santa Barbara. Robbin is passionate about art and design, and created the covers for the New York Times Best Selling books Chicken Soup For the Teenage Soul. Her personal mission statement in life is to “Make a Life, Make a living, Make a Difference”, and you ask her what her greatest contribution to life is, she will quickly say… her beautiful son Chase.
Emily Flood - Administrative assistant & Recovery Support Specialist
Emily is a studying Psychology Major at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is also Recovery Fusion’s first alumni employee, and therefore has extensive first-hand experience within the Santa Barbara recovery realm. Her life experiences and extensive mental health studies have provided a down to earth and relatable style of communication that fosters trust and confidence that sustainable change is possible with her clients. Emily has dedicated her life to providing the recovery services and support that she received from Recovery Fusion, which she attributes to her longstanding success.
Tommy Alexander - Recovery Support Specialist
Tommy started working in substance use disorder treatment in 2015, and is currently gaining his work experience hours to become a certified addiction treatment counselor. His personal experience with and recovery from alcoholism and addiction helps him to relate to clients and to guide them through the recovery process. The combination of his upbeat, fun personality and his understanding of addiction are what make him a great personalized recovery specialist. He enjoys educating his clients about addiction and showing them how to have fun in sobriety, while walking them through recovery. Tommy is available to take clients to 12 step meetings, and to help introduce his clients to healthy people who are in recovery as well. He can also take clients surfing, painting, on hikes and to sober events, as well as any other activities that may be beneficial for recovery. In his free time, Tommy is a avid surfer and a professional landscape artist.
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Dr. Stephen Bacon Ph.D.
Like many psychologists, Stephen's experiences and personal history are as important in terms of defining him as a clinician as his formal education and training. In that sense, his commitment to personal adventure was his first step on the road to becoming a therapist. Beginning with camping and horsepacking in the 1950’s and backpacking in the 1960’s, Stephen's interests in adventuring encompassed blue water sailing, white water kayaking, canoeing and rafting, climbing, mountaineering and canyoneering. He worked outdoors as a guide, instructor, and counselor for Outward Bound and other organizations. He trekked in the Himalayas, sailed in the South Pacific, and climbed and explored throughout North America.
Stephen's second major influence has been inner exploration—both existential and spiritual. He lived in an ashram for almost six years in the 1970’s and taught yoga and meditation. He has an undergraduate degree in the phenomenology of religion and have both attended and led many retreats and workshops. Stephen became particularly interested in Constructionism and how it interacts with mysticism and philosophy and am in the process of writing a book on the subject.
The most important direct influences on his clinical practice are the gifted teachers and practitioners that have taught him via conferences, workshops and direct supervision. Jack and Helen Watkins, the founders of Ego State Therapy, were important early influences. Stephen says he feels deeply indebted to the entire Ericksonian movement, and he particularly appreciated the work of Gilligan, Lankton, and, of course, Erickson himself. The field of family therapy, especially the structural/strategic approach as embodied by Haley and Madones, showed Stephen new ways of seeing and understanding. And lastly, Stephen says the mythic and archetypal work of Jung and Campbell provided a frame and a language for the transpersonal aspect of personhood.
Stephen's formal training consists of a Ph.D. from the University of Montana in Clinical Psychology (an APA- approved program) with an internship at the Seattle VA/ University of Washington Medical Center. He is currently licensed to practice Psychology in California, and has a variety of important work experiences in his areas of specialization which are described in more detail on the Specialties and Modalities page of this website.
Koorosh Rassekh holds a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from USC. He specialized in working with young adults dealing with drugs, alcohol, and addiction issues. As Director of Mindfulness at Alternatives Behavioral Health, Koorosh helped develop a program to support clients to successfully adopt their desired lifestyle, whether abstinence or moderation.
He has undergone extensive training in multiple therapeutic approaches, including: Assertive Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing, and numerous meditation and mindfulness techniques.
Koorosh has a love for biking, surfing, meditation, and yoga. He has a four-year-old son who also keeps him in shape.
Melissa Flanigan Psy.D
Melissa Flanigan, Psy.D. offers extensive experience as a clinician treating issues related to mental health. Dr. Flanigan received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She later attained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Flanigan is a member of the American Psychological Association and she earned an academic membership in Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. Flanigan has provided her clinical services at every level of the continuum of care, including detoxification, residential treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, sober living, and aftercare. Dr. Flanigan has held diverse positions in the dual-diagnosis treatment setting, serving as Director of Operations, Primary Therapist, Program Director, and Clinical Supervisor, as well as Director at a sober living for women. Dr. Flanigan is trained as a hospice grief counselor and is a practitioner of EMDR for attachment-focused treatment of trauma. Her experience as a researcher in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology provided Dr. Flanigan with a solid understanding of the science underlying addiction and psychiatric disorders, which allowed for contribution to publications in the field and consultation to television shows related to mental illness. Dr. Flanigan also holds a certification in the treatment of sexual disorders. Dr. Flanigan is proficient in alcohol and drug awareness education, relapse prevention, anger management, and communication and life skills. She is additionally adept at working with a variety of challenges including addictive disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, personality disorders, grief, and trauma. She is excellent at understanding individuals and families with complex issues, and she has a knack for compassionately helping families navigate through everyday practical issues that are most meaningful to them. Dr. Flanigan currently works in the residential, intensive outpatient, and sober living settings and has private practices both in Los Angeles, CA and Santa Barbara, CA.
"Robbin and her team at Recovery Fusion are reliable, knowledgeable, and professional. They are exceedingly competent in working with challenging clients and execute solid ability to work with treatment professionals. Robbin effectively assists her clients in reaching their goals and she provides excellent support for individuals who are facing the obstacles of early recovery. "
- Melissa Flanigan
Karen Tyrrell MA, MFT
Karen's approach is based on identifying “practical solutions” for change. She instills hope and motivation --allowing the healing process to occur one doable step at a time. Karen’s clients benefit from her empathic and compassionate, yet no-nonsense and direct approach. Karen is passionate about helping people build healthier relationships, and manage their anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Her specialties include individual counseling, addiction counseling, Christian counseling, women's counseling, grief and trauma counseling, and marriage and family therapy. Karen uses an evidence-based integrative treatment approach, based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing(EMDR). She is a Listener, Relationship Guide, Purpose Identifier, Coach, Encourager, and Lantern Holder.
“My agency has had the opportunity of working with Robbin and her team in many capacities and I have been consistently impressed at the level of professionalism, compassion, and care that they bring to this industry. No matter what the job entails, I know that clients and families in their care will be met with unwavering dedication to their wellbeing. I have personally heard and witnessed Robbin and her team go above and beyond for their clients, operating always with the highest level of integrity. There is no recovery support specialist that I would trust more to work with a client, or a loved one, during such a critical and overwhelming time in their life.”
-Karen Tyrrell, MA, LMFT LifeWorx Counseling and Recovery
William Rodriguez MSW
William has dedicated his time and study to helping people cope with issues such as Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide, anxiety, depression and substance abuse. William’s life experiences and extensive mental health studies have provided a down to earth and relatable style of communication that fosters trust and confidence that sustainable change is possible with his clients. He currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) and is a decorated three-time Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran. He has served three tours of duty in the Middle East as a reconnaissance squad leader with both the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 101st airborne division (Air Assault).
"I have had the pleasure of working with Robbin over the past several years. In that time, she has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to the recovery community. Her professionalism is second to none, and she treats all clients with dignity and respect. I would highly recommend Robbin and Recovery Fusion to any individual or family that is struggling with addiction."
Kelli Sullivan LMFT
Kelli Sullivan, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has had her private practice, SBMFT, in Santa Barbara for 8 years. She is a 20 year resident of Santa Barbara, moving to the area to attend Santa Barbara City College and then UCSB. While in college Kelli worked at the United Boys & Girls Clubs. On track to become a teacher, Kelli spent the summers working with local youth, taking them on camping trips during school breaks. That is when she began to notice how wilderness and mindfulness can be their own therapy and an integral part of all forms of recovery. With her own personal experience with trauma and related symptoms, Kelli knew talk therapy could be helpful, but to put this together was a game changer. Kelli went on to write her thesis in Wilderness and Mindfulness therapy and graduated with distinction with a Masters of Science in Psychology. Kelli spent much of her internship working in domestic violence shelters, and was the program coordinator for the local batterers treatment program. She then transitioned on to work at Recovery Road medical center, helping to start the young adult curriculum and track. Kelli is extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Dialectical behavior therapy. SBMFT private practice/ Kelli Sullivan is on Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna, and Aetna panels.
"As a therapist, sharing client's with Robbin/ Recovery Fusion has been a game changer! Robbin and her staff have the experience, and non judgmental stance that allows our client's to not just talk about recovery but DO recovery. Recovery Fusion is also extremely supportive of my client's who are struggling w/ debilitating depression, anxiety and trauma .. They make the seemingly impossible possible."
Caitlin Slutzky LMFT
Caitlin Slutzky is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#84007), and has been working in a the field of addiction for over 10 years. Caitlin’s work emphasizes empowering individuals to restore relationships with self, others, and nature. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Barbara, sits on the board of directors as Vice President for New House - a sober living program for men, is a core facilitator for AHA - a program designed to support the social emotional intelligence of teens, and is a core facilitator for CenterPoint Retreats - a program for women military veterans.
"Robbin is truly one of a kind. Her deep intuition, strong dedication to her work and her clients, and professionalism are stellar. She raises the bar as a Recovery Support Specialist, and sets the tone for success with her clients. I absolutely enjoy collaborating with Robbin."
Galen Garbarino-Wilson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in addictive and compulsive behaviors and trauma. Galen has been working with adolescents, adults and families for over 15 years. Galen sees the work between therapist and client as a natural and organic relationship which promotes healing and change. Galen obtained her Masters of Science degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State University, Northridge. She works from a Motivational Interviewing perspective which respects where a client is in his/her process of change. Galen believes in tailoring treatment to the client's unique needs and individual goals. Galen is a skilled EMDR practitioner and believes in its efficacy as a treatment protocol for treating trauma. As treatment for individuals and families continues to shift and evolve in the 21st century, being on the cutting of edge of what is going to promote health is what continues to keep Galen excited about this work. When she isn't working, Galen can be found cheering on her 2 boys in their many sporting endeavors!
“Working with Robbin and her team over the years has made my work with clients and families much easier. They are a vital part in the team of treatment providers in our community.”
Georgette Walkins CADAC II Recovery Coach
Georgette Walkins is a Co-occurring Counselor and Recovery Peer Coach specializing in addiction recovery and self-actualizing for long-term recovery. Her extensive knowledge of addiction has helped many to maintain their sobriety for the past 13 years. Georgette's philosophy in trauma and or abuse also plays a part with the client's addiction. She gives her clients guidance in finding answers to their addiction with compassion and understanding. This helps them see that there is a way to heal the past and move forward in the recovery journey of sobriety.
Georgette has worked in the counseling field for the past seven years with Path Point, Action Family, La Ventana (a chemical dependence and eating disorder facility) and Casa Serena. She has worked with a diverse population from seniors to teenagers also in residential programs for women, co-occurring, and mental health. She became a certified counselor with CAADE in 2014. With her deep understanding of what addiction can do to clients and their families, she has made it her mission to help them have a fulfilling life with supportive connections. Working in the local communities, she also helps to provide resources for assistance. Using mindful bases cognitive techniques, she has inspired many to find peace and balance in their lives.
By building self-esteem, confidence, useful tools to cope with life pressures, they will be able to rewrite a new story and live the life of their dreams.