The Avery Lane Team

Camille greeting you at the front door

The true effectiveness of a treatment center is hinged on the excellence of the professionals delivering the support and services. At our very inception, the goal of our founder was to assemble the best of the best in women’s addiction and mental health treatment. Today, this fully integrated dream team of clinical and support staff is motivated and inspired by one simple idea; to provide the best possible care for the women they serve.

Our team includes renowned PhD-level therapists, medical doctors, and psychiatrists, as well as licensed marriage and family therapists, registered nurses, case managers, and recovery counselors. Even our nutritionist and chefs are the best at what they do, are integrally involved with each participant, and bring a spirit of creativity, inventiveness and caring to each balanced meal they prepare.

Every member of the Avery Lane team is a consummate professional, extremely hands-on, and operates in an open, non-stratified environment where every voice is heard and where ideas, opinions, and recommendations are valued and form the basis of continual improvement in our ever-evolving program.

LEADERSHIP

Camille Hildebrand
Camille Hildebrand

CEO/Founder

MEDICAL

David E Smith
David Smith, MD, DFASAM, FAACT

Medical Director

Michael V Genovese
Michael V. Genovese, MD, JD

Psychiatrist

Karrin Genovese
Karrin Genovese, M.D.

Internal Medicine Physician

Lisa Sewell
Lisa Sewell, RN

Lead Nurse

Julie Cohen
Julie Cohen, RN, BC-RN, CARN

Nurse

CLINICAL

Adriana Popescu
Adriana Popescu, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Gael Murphy
Gael Murphy, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Julie Greenberg
Julie Greenberg, LMFT

Primary Therapist

Dana Horton
Dana Horton, LCSW

Primary Therapist

TJ Woodward
TJ Woodward

Conscious Recovery Group Facilitator

Alison Dotti
Alison Dotti, MA

Expressive Arts Group Facilitator

Lea Watkins
Lea Watkins

Yoga Instructor

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Rachel Winner

Equine Therapy Facilitator

ADMINISTRATIVE

Ann Billington
Ann Billington, ASW

Clinical Case Manager, Admissions Counselor

Ashly Thompson
Ashly Thompson

Clinical Outreach Coordinator

Sheryl Cohen
Sheryl Cohen, BA

Operations Manager

Sarah Larroque
Sarah Larroque

BA—Office Manager

OPERATIONS

Christy Sperling
Christy Sperling, CADC-I

Lead Recovery Counselor

Vanessa Giddings
Vanessa Giddings, CADC-I

Recovery Counselor

Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns

Recovery Counselor

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Sierra Munch

Recovery Counselor

Amy Knudsen
Amy Knudsen

Recovery Counselor

Shawnee Deist
Shawnee Deist

Recovery Counselor

Valerie Preston
Valerie Preston

Recovery Counselor

Rebecca Tucker
Rebecca Tucker

Recovery Counselor

CULINARY

Jim Drake
Jim Drake

Executive Chef

Mary Capello
Mary Capello

Chef

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Rebecca Tucker
Recovery Counselor

Rebecca completed the Co-Occurring Peer Education (COPE) program through the Marin County Integrated Community Services, becoming a certified peer counselor and peer specialist. Through her 20 years of professional experience in non-profits, and in the mental health and substance abuse field, Rebecca brings conflict resolution skills, self-care practices, and spiritual practices to our clients. She is currently enrolled in the CCAPP Academy with the plan to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is compassionate and has a passion for working with individuals and groups recovering from addiction and life challenges.

Mary Capello
Chef

Mary has been a chef at heart since she could reach the kitchen counter at 5 years old. Working alongside her mother, she saw the appreciation and love of good-tasting, well-presented meals. Bringing family and friends around her table is big fun for an Italian family. When her mom would say, “Are you hungry?” she knew she was loved. Today, she is still cooking my heart out and loving it. To nurture others, to help heal, and to add lively conversations around the table are what she loves. She is very happy being a chef.

Jim Drake
Executive Chef

Jim brings more than twenty years of culinary and management experience to Avery Lane. Jim began cooking professionally while earning his bachelor’s degree at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Throughout his career Jim has passionately cooked professionally while managing a career in management and executive recruiting. In 2013, Jim put away his white collar in favor of his chef’s jacket, electing to engage his passion to cook full time. Jim brings restaurant, catering, BBQ, and private-chef experience to our team. “There is no question that food—the warmth and sustenance that it brings—is an integral and enjoyable part of the recovery experience. Our culinary team strives to make meal time the most enjoyable part of each client’s day,” says Jim.

Valerie Preston
Recovery Counselor

Shawnee Deist
Recovery Counselor

Shawnee is currently working towards her degree in Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Returning to Marin County after earning her Bachelors Degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, she reconnected with her healing roots of nature & art, and continues to enjoy integrating these passions into her own recovery. She has found her experience in recovery from both alcohol addiction and an eating disorder to support her inherent compassion for others, as well as fortify her dedication to help women incorporate healthy and nourishing modes into their lives. In taking time for herself, Shawnee enjoys swimming, hiking, cooking, and being “Auntie Shawnee” to her nieces and nephews. She hopes to provide a sense of safety and support for the women at Avery Lane so they may begin to build a foundation for lives in recovery.

Amy Knudsen
Recovery Counselor

Sierra Munch
Recovery Counselor

Vanessa Giddings, CADC-I
Recovery Counselor

Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a Public Health Certificate in 2006 from Dominican University and worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 6 years at Marin General Hospital. She graduated from the CCAPP Academy in February 2019 and is working on getting her CADC-II license. Vanessa brings 5 professional years of working in the addiction field at multiple treatment programs in Marin County. Being in recovery herself, Vanessa brings empathy, compassion, and loving kindness to Avery Lane clients. She specializes in relapse prevention and meditation, and is an active member in the AA/NA community in Marin.

Stephanie Burns
Recovery Counselor

Stephanie is a registered alcohol and drug technician with CCAPP. She currently resides in beautiful Marin County, where she is raising her teenage daughter and hiking with her dog, Max. Stephanie draws from her experience through her own addiction and her years in recovery to help others seeking a better path. Her experience has given her a unique strength of character, compassion, and empathy for those seeking recovery. She is currently pursuing her education to become certified for CADC and has also attended psychology courses at the College of Marin. Stephanie is passionate about supporting and meeting individuals at all stages of recovery, assisting women in building life skills and healthy relationships, and helping them be successful in their recovery-based lifestyle.

Christy Sperling, CADC-I
Lead Recovery Counselor

Christy received her associate degree in human services and became licensed as a substance abuse counselor in Wisconsin in 2013. There, she worked with adult men in a dual-diagnosis facility while completing her bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in addiction studies. Since her move to California, Christy has become a certified alcohol and drug counselor and gets to share her passion for helping people in recovery begin a journey to healing. In her free time, she is reading, traveling, playing music, spending time outdoors, and attending to her own recovery. At Avery Lane, she hopes to instill in women the hope that freedom and happiness are possible.

Sheryl Cohen, BA
Operations Manager

Sheryl Cohen is a Marin County native. Sheryl earned her Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco State University in 2016 in Health Education, focusing on Community-Based Public Health and Women’s Health Issues. Sheryl completed an internship at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine where her interest in mental health and holistic health grew. Sheryl was also a Health Educator for two years providing comprehensive health education, including mental health and drug and alcohol abuse, in Title-I high schools across the Bay Area. Sheryl has been with Avery Lane since the beginning, serving our clients with compassionate and inviting care. She makes sure each client feels comfortable and safe to fully immerse themselves in their healing. She has a great passion for helping others and brings dedication and hard work to the Avery Lane team.

Sarah Larroque, BA
Office Manager

Ashly Thompson
Clinical Outreach Coordinator

Ashly has been passionate about helping people since she can remember. She began her career in Behavioral Health in 2011 while pursuing a degree in Addiction Focused Psychology and Women's Health. Ashly took a special interest in Eating Disorder treatment and recovery during her studies, and has served as a Recovery Mentor for MentorCONNECT, an online eating disorder recovery support network, and also holds a certification from ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders) to act as a Support Group Leader for those in ED recovery. Her early experiences in the field include working for a small eating disorder IOP in Santa Rosa, and a 130-bed Crisis Stabilization Hospital helping some of the most hurting individuals.

Most recently, Ashly was a Treatment Placement Specialist for Acadia Healthcare, the largest behavioral health company worldwide. Over the last 5 years with Acadia, she has worked with a national team and helped countless families and individuals find treatment for addiction, trauma, eating disorders and other mental health conditions. She has always admired Avery Lane and felt the authenticity and trust in the staff and program overall. She feels that Avery Lane is a lifeline for women suffering from addiction and trauma, and is so grateful to carry their message to more people needing a safe place to heal! Ashly lives in the North Bay with her husband and 2 young boys. They enjoy biking, swimming, playing dinosaurs and sharing about their day over dinner.

Ann Billington ASW
Clinical Case Manager, Admissions Counselor

Ann Billington has worked in the mental health field for many years while earning her Masters in Social Work. She has worked with clients with varied backgrounds and diagnoses in her experience. Ann was trained in Chicago at the VA, has experience in aged care homes, and was the lead Case Manager at a residential community living home for clients with severe mental disabilities. Ann relocated to the Bay Area in 1995 where she became the Director of Partial Hospitalization at a private psychiatric hospital in Belmont.

Her recent experience has been in the field of addiction as an Admissions/Utilization Review specialist. Ann provides each client with a clinical assessment to determine the appropriate level of care and initiate treatment planning on admission. She works with our team to provide continuity of care for each client and acts as the consistent thread that runs from admission to discharge.

Ann is passionate about client advocacy and strives to achieve the best results possible for our clients during admission, through their stay, and in planning their discharge.

Rachel Winner
Equine Therapy Facilitator

Lea Watkins
Yoga Instructor

Lea Watkins, a Marin native, has been teaching yoga in the Bay Area since 1998. She works with individuals and groups including families, retreats, and workplaces, and teaches public classes with YogaWorks. She received her certification to teach in the Ashtanga tradition and has spent time studying yoga in India on three separate trips. Her teaching emphasizes the linking of breath with movement and honoring each student’s particular needs and goals. Her students inspire her to create individualized and sustainable programs that grow and change to fit their lives. In recovery herself, Lea has found yoga to be particularity well suited to supporting those working with addictions. She believes that the discipline, breath work, body awareness, and meditation that are inherent to yoga practice strengthen one’s path in recovery and wellness.

Alison Dotti, MA

Alison Dotti, MA
Expressive Arts Group Facilitator

Alison Dotti is an expressive arts facilitator who has been trained through the Tamalpa Institute. She has an extensive background in dance and movement, which she has been practicing for over twenty years. Alison holds a master’s in psychology and is currently in the psychology doctoral program at Meridian University. Alison’s experience includes the use of movement, creativity, and art as a way to build personal growth and expression as well as to promote non-violence with youth in New York City public schools. Alison’s personal experience of growth and healing through the use of movement and creativity has led her into the work of using the expressive arts as a healing modality. In her practice with groups and individuals, she uses the arts, movement, and body awareness as a way to creatively find meaning and new paths in one’s life.

TJ Woodward
Conscious Recovery Group Facilitator

TJ Woodward has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is a spiritual author, inspirational speaker, awakening coach and addiction counselor, all in addition to being the founder of Conscious Recovery and the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method.

TJ is the founding spiritual director of the Agape Bay Area spiritual center, which was recently given the prestigious honor of being selected by Rev. Michael Beckwith to be the first satellite community of Agape International. In addition, he is the host of Awakened Living TV and Awakened Living Radio, is a sought-after guest on various radio and TV programs, and is a keynote speaker at many spirituality and recovery conferences throughout the world.

Woodward is the author of the books, Conscious Being: Awakening to Your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction.

A champion of awakened living, TJ meets with clients for spiritual assessments and spiritual counseling sessions that are designed to assist them in pursuing their own inner journey. He also facilitates Conscious Recovery Groups that help people connect with their inner essence and confront harmful feelings of shame and erroneous beliefs that keep them stuck in a pattern of hopelessness and addictive patterns.

“My goal is never to imprint my beliefs onto someone else, but instead create a space to assist them in developing their own personal spirituality. My intention is to provide clients with tools they need to live lives filled with more connection, love and purpose.” says Woodward.

Dana Horton, LCSW
Primary Therapist

Dana Horton has been working with women from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to recover from substance use disorders, mental health issues and complex trauma for 28 years. She earned her BS in Health Education from San Diego State University, MS in Social Work from San Francisco State University has a license in Clinical Social Work and has been a Therapeutic Body Worker since 1995. She’s worked in medical, community-based and private practice settings. Her approach to healing is eclectic and includes traditional social work, contemporary psychoanalytic and alternative healing modalities.
She founded Pacific Healing in 2006 to help people gain manageability over their lives, develop intimacy in relationships, cultivate wellness through self-care and mobilize community resources. She specializes in trauma recovery, substance abuse recovery, healing unresolved grief, treatment for anxiety and depression and coping with difficult life transitions. Her private practice is located in San Francisco and Kentfield. She also provides group and individual supervision to therapy trainees at Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP) in Marin County.

Gael Murphy, LMFT
Primary Therapist, Family Program Coordinator

Gael Murphy has worked in the field of psychotherapy with a primary focus on chemical dependency recovery for individuals, couples, and families for over 30 years. As a native San Franciscan, she obtained a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA in counseling from SF State University. As her career progressed, the need for extensive treatment for alcoholism, addiction, and dual diagnoses became critical to her client population.

The elements of the disease of addiction severely damage individual lives and all the associated relationships. She has worked in nonprofit programs for mothers and children in Oregon and California, as well as high-end facilities in Marin County dealing with addiction, dual diagnoses, and their effects on the family. In addition, she was the executive director of Stepping Stone, a residential treatment program for working women, outpatient programs, and private practice in Marin County.

Her focus encompasses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual, evidence-based, integrative model to include CBT, DBT, the 12 Steps, and psycho-educational skills. Through individual and group therapy, clients learn to understand their underlying self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and learn skills needed for establishing long-term sobriety and well-being. Since addiction is a family disease, systemic family consultation and education is needed for healing. She is also passionate about guiding clients and family members in understanding codependency, enabling behaviors, family roles, ACOA, and the challenge of recovery for family system. These relationships can be healed. Gael believes that by concurrently addressing individual and family issues, a life of emotional well-being and balance can be restored and relationships healed.

Julie Greenberg, LMFT
Primary Therapist

Julie entered the healing profession as a physical therapy assistant after receiving her BA in physical education with a concentration in pre-physical therapy from San Francisco State University. Following her passion for the integration of mind, body, and spirit, Julie earned her MS in counseling psychology at Dominican University in San Rafael in 2010. She has provided psychotherapy and group therapy in a variety of settings. At the Novato Youth Center, she provided counseling for Kindergarten through fifth-grade students at an elementary school and for teens, adults, couples, and families in the agency’s clinic. She also provided therapy for adults at the Petaluma People Services Center. She was a clinical team member at the Family Service Agency of Marin, where she provided psychotherapy for adults, teens, couples, and families dealing with addiction, recovery, and trauma. Julie currently provides psychotherapy to adults, adolescents, and couples, and Parent–Child Interactive Therapy to families in her private practice. Her work is focused on participants with chemical dependency, dual diagnoses, PTSD and complex trauma, substance use disorders, multigenerational trauma, and substance use and the phases of recovery. Her passion is guiding those seeking healing from the disease of addiction and trauma and supporting a path to recovery, to ultimately help them live a life they can find meaningful.

Adriana Popescu, PhD
Clinical Director

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction specialist, and empowerment coach with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. After majoring in psychology at Dartmouth College, she received her MA and PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, a program that takes a holistic approach to the training of psychotherapists, teaching them how to help clients self-actualize and reach their greatest potential. In addition, she completed a year of studies at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, where she was first introduced to alternative forms of healing and the idea that any problem or illness has physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components that all need to be addressed in order to facilitate healing.

Adriana is a certified hypnotherapist, Access Consciousness® Facilitator, and Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) Practitioner. She has found that Energy Psychology provides incredibly powerful tools to identify and eliminate the deep-rooted causes of suffering and distress. She has many years of experience with and is a designated trainer of BSFF (Be Set Free Fast), having written her dissertation on this modality and worked closely with its creator. She discovered all these methods through her own quest for health and wellness, suffering with Lyme disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 17 years before healing herself and becoming symptom-free.

Adriana developed her specialty in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders over 19 years at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, where she managed the Adult Substance Abuse Program, as director of outpatient services at Marin Services for Women, and director of outpatient services at Alta Mira Recovery Programs. She has also been a consultant and facilitated groups for a number of programs in the Bay Area, in addition to training counselors in the Chemical Dependency Studies program at Cal State East Bay.

Adriana has contributed to a number of books and book chapters, including TJ Woodward's Conscious Being Workbook and The Conscious Recovery Method™ Workbook, both of which she co-authored with him. Adriana also has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world coaching and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She loves bringing the most innovative and effective tools to her work with participants and programs, empowering people to overcome their perceived limitations, release their self-judgments, and discover the brilliance within – creating a life of infinite possibilities.

Julie Cohen, RN, BC-RN, CARN
Nurse

Julie is a certified addictions and psychiatric nurse with eight years of experience in behavioral health. Her nursing experience includes Contra Costa Regional Medical Center Crisis Stabilization Unit, Marin County Psychiatric Emergency Services and John Muir Behavior Health Center For Recovery. Julie has also provided nursing care to homeless patients in San Francisco working in the urgent care and primary care clinics at Tom Waddell and at the San Francisco Sobering Center. She has also provided nursing care at the Transgender Tuesday night clinics during her work at Tom Waddell. Julie’s family has been touched by addiction and recovery, which inspired her to specialize in addiction nursing. She puts her heart into each day caring for the women at Avery Lane. Julie spends her off time enjoying her three children, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends. She recently became certified as a yoga nurse and is looking forward to sharing the healing benefits of yoga with patients and other healthcare providers.

Lisa Sewell, RN
Lead Nurse

Lisa Sewell graduated from the College of Marin Nursing Program in 2010. Her nursing experience includes Addictions Nursing, OR nurse, Health Services Director of an assisted living community and Assistant Director of Nursing and Charge Nurse in various skilled nursing facilities. She has a passion for working with adolescents and adults in recovery and is dedicated to helping her clients achieve long-term sobriety. Lisa is thrilled to be working at both Avery Lane Treatment Center and Muir Wood Adolescent Treatment Center with the exciting advances taking place in addiction medicine, genomics, dual-diagnosis application, and medication assisted treatment. Lisa teaches a course in addictions nursing at The University of San Francisco and lectures on addiction nursing throughout the Bay Area.

Karrin Genovese, M.D.
Internal Medicine Physician

Karrin Genovese, MD graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Exercise Physiology, then went on to get her medical degree at the University of St. Eustatius in Netherlands, Antilles. She completed her residency in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Genovese spent much of her career practicing as a primary care physician in a multidisciplinary group in New York. Since moving to Northern California she maintains a private practice in Marin and works with Muir Wood caring for our residents and families. She is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Family Medicine.

Michael V. Genovese, MD, JD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Michael Genovese is a psychiatrist with extensive experience in outpatient, residential and hospital-based practice. He is an assistant clinical professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Genovese co-founded Long Island Mind and Body (LIMB), a medical practice that brought state-of-the-art integrative treatments to a growing patient base in metropolitan New York. While establishing LIMB, he also practiced as an attending physician at nearby Winthrop University Hospital. He was a fellow at the New York University/North Shore University Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program, and he completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

David E. Smith, MD, DFASAM, FAACT
Medical Director

Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in addiction medicine, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and the treatment of adolescent substance abuse. He is the founder of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics of San Francisco and has been honored as one of the “Best Doctors in America”. Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow and past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, past president of the California Society of Addiction Medicine, past medical director for the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, and past medical director for the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. Current appointments include chair of addiction medicine for Alta Mira Treatment Centers and medical director for Center Point. Dr. Smith is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Francisco.

Camille Hildebrand
CEO/Founder

Camille Hildebrand is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and has 10 years of combined personal and professional experience in the field of addiction treatment. Prior to creating Avery Lane, Camille worked in various roles within gender-specific substance abuse programs. She brings a wealth of knowledge into creating a program that encourages and supports women seeking long-term sobriety and recovery. Through her personal and professional experience with substance abuse and addiction, Camille has dedicated herself to helping every individual who is struggling and helping to show them the path to the life they want for themselves.

Camille graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dominican University with a degree in Psychology. She received 2 high honors awards and won the thesis award for her research on women's birthing experiences. Camille is committed to advancing her education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree. When Camille is not working at Avery Lane or on her education, she is seen volunteering in high schools in Marin County, sharing her story and helping build drug and alcohol awareness programs.