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.
Christopher Barnes has worked in health care for over thirty years. The past ten years of his professional career has been spent in the recovery community. Christopher states, “My passion for people, pleasant demeanor, optimistic views on life, and my ability to make everyone I meet feel significant” is a standard in which he holds himself to. Christopher continues to encourage, motivate, and give hope promoting growth and change in the lives of those he serves. Christopher Barnes is a graduate of Alabama State University where he earned a double Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and Psychology in 1982. He was also commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Army and spent five years on active duty. In 1996 he earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, from Phillips Graduate University, and spent an additional twenty years working in hospital and clinics as a practicing clinician. In 2017, Christopher returned to his Alma Mater, Phillips Graduate University where he is currently working toward a PHD in Organizational Management and Consultant with an emphasis in Behavioral Health. Christopher Barnes is currently the Director of Clinical services at The Discovery House where he has been employed for the past five years. Because of his extensive experience in health care & substance abuse he has an excellent rapport with constituents, clients, and other professional organizations in the counseling/social service community.
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With over seven years of experience working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction treatment, Joy has an incredible passion for helping people recover from substance use disorders. She obtained her Associate of Arts in Addiction Studies from ICDC in 2013 and greatly benefited from her time as an intake counselor at the Salvation Army where she was on the front lines helping the most destitute. Joy is the backbone of the The Discovery House, making sure everything runs smoothly. “At The Discovery House, the amount of one on one care is so beneficial to the struggling addict. It has been my passion to help others see that life can be fun, free, and that they don’t have to let the disease win.”
Melanie obtained her LVN at Glendale college in 2008 and went on to study alcohol and addiction studies in 2011. She joined The Discovery House Team in 2018 because she wanted to have an impact on people in early recovery. “Being someone who battled and overcame active addiction, I know how hard it is to get clean and sober and I wanted to give back to those trying to get on that right track” Melanie is the center of our care team and is in constant contact with our doctors, counselors and, support staff to ensure that our clients receive the best care.