Dr. Alyssa Cohen, Psy.D
Executive Director

Dr. Cohen has been with New Start from the beginning. She currently focuses on developing staff and maintaining the highest standards in our industry through strict compliance with treatment accreditation bodies like Joint Commission and CARF. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY25084).

Christian Butler, M.S., MFT
Program Director

As the Program Director, Christian provides one-on-one counseling for all of our clients and oversees their individual treatment plans with great care and attention to detail. He regularly joins our clients at Phoenix Multisport to model the importance of fellowship through fitness. Christian earned his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at California Baptist University.

Paul Garcia, CATC I
Director of Admissions and Outreach

Paul started with New Start 3.5 years ago as a case manager. After moving from operations to admissions, he formed our alumni program and now oversees program outreach. He acts as the main coordinator for our monthly Serenity Sunday event, our weekly Tuesday open fellowship meetings, and our Wednesday alumni meetings.

Jeff Clay, i-CATC
Operations Manager

As overseer of both detox and residential care, Jeff spends a lot of one-on-one time with all of our clients. He enjoys being able to assist them to find a path that works for their unique situation, and he models how to achieve that path. He is inspired to create a safe and comfortable environment for clients and staff. Jeff is also an avid golf player and surfer.

David McRill

David McRill, M.A., CATC IV
Case Manager

David has earned a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is currently working towards an MFT/LPCC. As a recovering alcoholic of many years, he has a passion for helping others overcome addiction and achieve their potential. David has studied and practiced meditation techniques for years and loves teaching mindfulness and meditation to others. “Sow an act, and you reap a habit. Sow a habit, and you reap a character. Sow and character, and you reap a destiny”. – James Allen

Jacquiline Vital, M.A., MFTi
Clinical Therapist

Jacquiline comes from a background of counseling for couples, women’s shelters, and substance abuse problems. Her bright and bubbly demeanor helps our clients feel truly welcomed and cared for. She’s passionate about instilling hope and optimism into the lives of individuals and families, and is inspired by the struggle and growth of each client she works with. Jackie holds an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.

Basharat Khan, M.A., MFTi, PCCi
Clinical Therapist

Bash knows that walking in through the doors of New Start allows him to play a significant role in guiding our clients through each tactic they form in battling their addiction. The idea of aiding an individual in grasping the necessary tools to live and enjoy life provides Bash with an indescribable feeling of reward; one that constantly motivates him to continue working with this population and giving it all that he’s got.

Joey Chile

Joey Chile, RADT-II
Case Manager

Joey utilizes a 12 step approach when working with clients and uses a strength based approach with criminal justice based clients. He is driven by being able to work with and mentor addicts and alcoholics who are still active in their disease. As a counselor, Joey is very easy to talk to because of his down-to-earth demeanor and high level of professionalism.

Greg Shelton

Greg Shelton, CATC I
Case Manager

Greg has been in recovery for 14 years and is an active participant in the AA community. He brings over 10 years of treatment experience to the table and is an important fixture for clients in our residential care program.

Cindy Gutierrez, B.S.
Case Manager

Doug Smith
Admissions Coordinator

Doug pours a level of heart and dedication into his work that truly inspires all of us. He has been with New Start since the beginning and currently works as the senior admissions coordinator.

Jamie Strassenburg, B.F.A.
Web Content Specialist

As a designer, web developer, editor, and recovering alcoholic of three years, Jamie considers herself to be a Renaissance woman of sorts. She earned her BFA in Illustration from CSULB and enjoys sharing her experience in recovery through blog writing. Jamie also handles the development, design, and content of our website.

David Clymer
Support Staff/Driver

Lupe Salinas