Meet The Discovery House Team
The Discovery House ranks among the best drug and alcohol treatment centers in the country. Our drug and alcohol treatment center staff is composed of certified professionals who dedicate their lives to the successful long-term recovery of each client. We have on staff certified counselors and an administration team to help you every step of the way.
This group of caring and compassionate individuals are committed to providing the most effective treatment for each resident. Each professional collaborates with the others to provide top quality care at our long-term treatment centers for addiction. Our addiction treatment services team brings years of experience to the program to help residents achieve lifelong sobriety.
What sets The Discovery House apart is the attitude of our staff and the experiences that each one brings to the program. We use an eclectic approach to treatment, combining different, proven techniques that are facilitated by our caring staff members.
Tom Whiting has over 25 years of experience in the addiction recovery field. From working on his recovery to owning a sober living home and being the chair of the San Fernando Valley Sober Living Coalition; Tom has been relentless in his pursuit to improve the lives of those struggling from the disease of drug and alcohol addiction. Due to his successful career in home construction and his keen insight into the shortcomings of other treatment programs, Tom has been able to build The Discovery House from the ground up to meet all the needs of addiction treatment. As Executive Director, he works tirelessly to ensure that The Discovery House maintains the highest level of care.
McKay Whiting oversees the Admissions and Intake Department, processing all admission calls and providing necessary information about services, programs, and treatment. McKay brings years of both personal and professional experience working in addiction and recovery. She has tremendous passion and enthusiasm for facilitating residents and their families in making the life-altering changes necessary to begin the process of healing. Often the first point of contact at The Discovery House, McKay is highly skilled at immediate crisis intervention and always brings compassion and understanding to individuals and family members.
Michelle Beard, MA, CATC
Assistant Director Program Services
Michelle has networked in the social services field for over ten years. Having completed her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis in Psychology and Communications; Michelle continued to develop her skill set completing a Master’s Degree at California State University Dominguez Hills focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy. Michelle demonstrated her ability to improve the quality of life for the underserved population from working to assist in the housing of homeless veterans and families on Skid Row in Los Angeles; to implementing ideas and initiatives to help in tackling barriers encountered by individuals with mental health and substance abuse throughout the inner cities. Michelle has a genuine passion for assisting those who are struggling with the disease of addiction and believes that everyone deserves a chance to be a better version of themselves.
Olivia Bernal, CADC-II
Senior Clinical Director
Olivia has been working in the chemical dependency counseling field for almost a decade. “I pursued this career to help those individuals suffering from a seemingly hopeless affliction to a new way life. I continue to have a passion for this field as I can see men and women grasp their journey in recovery and begin to reunite with their families.”
Jennifer Olvera, LMFT
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Jennifer has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse since 2004. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills and minored in sociology. From data collection and support staff to therapy and now program administrator, Jennifer has seen the field from every angle and understands how vital procedure and policy are to the care of the client.
Addiction is a family disease which impacts more than just the person using. Jennifer possesses a deep understanding of the family unit through the addiction process and brings her expertise to the clinical team at The Discovery House. Whether at the detox level or the residential level, her goal is to create an avenue of hope and enlightenment so the clients can be happy and substance-free.