Meet The Discovery House Team
The staff at The Discovery House is composed of certified professionals who have chosen to dedicate their lives to the successful, lasting recovery of each client. The team consists of certified counselors and a caring administration team to help you in every step of the way.
Our caring and compassionate staff work tirelessly towards providing the most effective treatment for each resident, with their unique cases and conditions. With their years of experience and through collaboration with others, the entire team helps residents achieve life-long 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.
LAADC, CCS – Program Administrator
Nicholas has worked in the substance abuse and mental health field for the last 18 years. He is personally, motivated by the various personal and family issues that he has been exposed to throughout the years. His desire to help people become free from the grips of addictive disorders and crippling mental health problems has become a passion and the driving force in his life. Today Nicholas oversees all departments at The Discovery House, and he is excited to create a community here that inspires growth and promotes healing. He currently holds licensure in the state of California as a licensed Alcohol & Drug counselor and certified clinical supervisor.
Dr. Beverly Reader, MD
Dr. Reader is the medical directory at The Discovery House. Highly experienced in a multitude of treatment areas, Dr. Reader beleives in providing thoughtful care for the whole patient, their mental well-being and physical health.
- Board Certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Completed residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C.
- Over 15 years of experience in treatment modalities including psychopharmacology, TMS, and ketamine assisted psychotherapy
Dr. Neda Javaherian, MD
Dr. Javaherian specializes in the treatment of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder and addiction through medication management.
- Member of the American College of Psychiatrists and American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
- Completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Southern California Medical Center
- Joined USC faculty and was on staff teaching medical students/residents.
- Special interest in the management of Anxiety, Depression, & Addiction.
Miss Gwen joined The Discovery House Family in November 2013 as a Certified Counselor, since then she has strived to bring excellent client care to the vision of The Discovery House. Gwen completed her Certification in 2012 and went on to study addiction studies at Southwest Community College. In recovery herself for the past 14 years, she decided to help educate others about the disease of addiction.
Counselor, Shift Leader
Mr. Mareci is the Shift Leader at The Discovery House. He is working towards a degree in Alcoholism and Addiction Studies at Pierce College in Woodland Hills CA. He joined The Discovery House team in 2019 after overcoming his own addiction over three years ago and finding his way into recovery. Mr. Mareci states that, “I have always wanted to help people after overcoming my own addiction. I know how difficult it can be to maintain sobriety, and I wanted the opportunity to give back to those who are still suffering from a seemingly hopeless state of being. Recovery is a gift that anybody can achieve.” He devotes his time to finding a common ground with his clients and using that to help them achieve their goal of long – term sobriety.
When Mr. Negron joined The Discovery House family, he has been working as a client advocate in the treatment industry for about two years. Mr. Negron’s passion for making a difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction is his driving force. “Not only do I get to help those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction every day, but I also get to see the difference I make. When our clients begin to learn there is more to life than substance, I know I helped them with that. Once they leave our facility, sober and ready to take on the world, I can be proud of knowing I had a part in their journey.” Mr. Negron credits his life experiences as well as his role as a father as his most major life achievements. As a trained crisis interventionist and counselor, Mr. Negron gets to put his personal experience and extensive knowledge to use to help others as The Case Manager at The Discovery House.
Medical Room Supervisor
Ms. Mehrabi completed the LVN program at Glendale College and went on to study Addiction Studies in 2011. She joined The Discovery House Team in 2018 because she wanted to give back to the community that has done so much for her. “Being someone who has overcome a crippling addiction, I know exactly how difficult it is to get back to living a normal life. I want to make a difference in those who want to do better and give away what has been freely given to me” Ms. Mehrabi is the center of our care team and is in constant contact with our doctors, nurses, counselors and support staff to ensure our clients get the care they deserve.
Ms. Johnson has been a apart of The Discovery House since 2020. She graduated from Career Care Institute in Ventura and has been a nurse since 2006. She has worked in many different areas within her nursing career but specializes in behavior health and detox treatment. She really enjoy assisting clients though their journey in recovery.
PM Shift Lead
Mr. Bowen graduated from Merrimack College with his bachelor’s degree in English. Mr. Bowen has been a proud member of The Discovery House team for over three years, and a shift lead for two of those years. He skillfully applies the work ethic, perseverance, and fortitude he learned in both school and RADT training to provide clients with the highest level of care. Mr. Bowen devotes his time to reaching and making a difference in every client who is ready and willing to accept his help. Today TJ has more than ten years of his own sobriety, therefore he is able to empathetically relate to the clients that come to The Discovery House. He states that he “considers it a privilege to be able to play a part in people’s recovery and help them discover a new future”. As a Shift Lead, Mr. Bowen is able to spend time connecting to the clients in an informal setting, allowing them to open up to him, where he can utilize the gifts of recovery in order to pass it on to another addict in need.
Ms. Vayngurt completed her undergraduate degree at The University of San Francisco in 2014, with a major in Political Science and minor in Sociology. She joined The Discovery House team in 2019 because she wanted to help people find the same solace that she had found in her own recovery. Ms. Vayngurt acquired her RADT – 1 in 2019 and is currently worked as our Case Manager for a year, today she works as The Administrative Assistant. She is avidly working towards expanding her knowledge and experience in treatment. She states, “When I was in the grips of this disease I couldn’t see a way out, and that kept me sick and hopeless, but I want to let other people suffering from this disease know that there is a way out and there are people willing to help them find their hope again”.