You wouldn’t let your loved one be treated for a heart attack by a well-meaning lay-person who had a tremendous compassion for heart disease. You would want the best cardiologist in town. Addiction and alcoholism is no different. You deserve the best. Come to LifeSync and experience the difference.
Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D. is one of the most sought after addiction medicine physicians in Malibu and the Los Angeles area. He has extensive experience in providing expert medical detoxification for the most complex clients. After earning his B.A. in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Booth attended New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA Olive View Medical Center and is Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. After residency, Dr. Booth went into private practice where he garnered a statewide and nationwide referral base for patients who suffered from difficult-to-treat diagnoses.
Dr. Booth subsequently dedicated several years to providing medical services to the poor and uninsured. During this time, Dr. Booth was the Chief Medical Officer of three large urban Federally Qualified Health Centers and oversaw dozens of physicians and licensed health care providers. His responsibilities included supervising alcohol and drug and behavioral health departments. Over the years, Dr. Booth has treated thousands of addicts and now has dedicated most of his clinical time to providing medical care and detoxification to clients who suffer from substance abuse. He is committed to helping them establish the foundations for long-term sobriety.
“It is a courageous and monumental decision to leave the drink or drug you’ve known for so long and to reach out for a chance at freedom and a new life,” says Dr. Booth. “We provide the love, hope, and professional care clients need to safely start this magical journey,” he says.
While not working, Dr. Booth has a rich personal life filled with activities surrounded by friends and family. You can often catch him running through Palisades Park or cycling along the bike path through Santa Monica. He loves his family and spends a lot of time with his son playing games and teaching him sports.
Steven earned his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in economics. Like many others, Steven has seen firsthand the destruction addiction inflicts on friends and family. He also knows the amazing changes that can be made when those suffering from addiction receive the treatment they need. As a result, Steven co-founded one of Malibu’s most successful treatment centers. He has ten years of experience in running and operating residential treatment centers. Moreover, he brings a unique skill set with him. He has tremendous compassion, understanding and empathy for those in recovery and those needing help. Always one to take time to listen, he presents clear and succinct advice and help to the clients. Steve has an extremely strong work ethic and knows how to help.
While not at the office, Steve enjoys a rich personal life with his beautiful wife and children. He enjoys sports and staying active at the gym in addition to having a large and eclectic collection of music.
Being someone that struggled with addiction myself and finally made it to the other side after many short-lived attempts at sobriety, I have a sincere desire to help others find their way to the other side as well. I am passionate about helping people, and can truly relate to the person who is in the midst of their addiction. Sometimes we just need someone to hang beside us, even if we have to scrape our knees a few more times.
Mike’s career in addiction treatment began through his own personal journey. He began working in treatment in 2009, and in 2013 he became a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC I) through California Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE). Mike began working as an Addiction Counselor and is now a sought-after Program Manager. He has been instrumental in the development of Treatment programs in Los Angeles while also remaining involved in direct care. He believes that to effectively help a person struggling with addiction, they need to be guided towards a new way to live. This belief in addition to his unconditional positive regard for others is the reason he remains a trusted guide in the addiction community.
Dr. Mark Jaffe graduated from UCLA cum laude in 1987. He then attended the University of Southern California medical school and completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. He also completed two years of fellowship training at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law, where he is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry. He is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Jaffe is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
During his residency and fellowship training at the LAC+USC Medical Center, Dr. Jaffe was responsible for triage, evaluation, treatment, admission and disposition of emergent psychiatric patients in a 2000-bed facility. The medical center comprised the pediatric, women’s and general hospital departments and served the greater Los Angeles area.
Dr. Jaffe currently consults for the Los Angeles County Superior and Municipal Courts and is a member of the expert witness panel. He has provided consultations to various agencies including the United States Postal Service, the Medical Board of California, the United States Department of Justice’s Federal Bureau of Prisons, Long Beach Rapid Transit, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles County Mental Health Court. He has performed many evaluations for various agencies, courts and attorneys on cases that involve the use of drugs and alcohol during the commission of crimes or during employment.
During the 25 years comprising his medical education, training and experience, Dr. Jaffe has had the privilege of evaluating and treating thousands of people with addiction. He has seen the countless ways that addiction impacts people and has also seen the remarkable impact that treatment can have.
Stephanie is a native Californian and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. She went to Nursing school in San Diego, CA and has been an LVN for the last 26 years. Stephanie has worked in many different capacities from hospitals, home health, clinics to recovery and mental health. It is in recovery and mental health that she has found her niche. Stephanie has been working detox and recovery for the past 5 years. "The client both in mental health and recovery are people who really want help and I am just glad to be there to help them."
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Sue Armour is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of Co-occurring disorders. Sue earned her master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in 1998, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to working in treatment for the last seven years, Sue was an educator in the Los Angeles Unified School district for over two decades. Sue brings with her compassion, empathy, and passion for helping others. She also brings her own experiences in recovery. These qualities are reflected in the therapeutic relationships she builds with her clients.
In individual therapy, Sue integrates CBT, DBT, Humanistic, Family Systems, and Person-Centered therapy to provide her clients an opportunity to work through issues that are necessary for growth, and success in recovery.
Sue has been trained in Brainspotting to treat addiction and is currently continuing her education in Brainspotting to treat trauma.
“Love the life you live, live the life you love.”
- Bob Marley
Rachel’s interest in addiction science began while she was working on her BA in psychology as CSU Channel Islands. After getting her degree in 2015, Rachel enrolled in the Addictive Disorders Studies program at Oxnard College and got her first job in treatment. It was during that time Rachel’s interest developed into passion. Rachel loves nothing more than coming into work and seeing the community thriving and growing together. Rachel enjoys utilizing her people skills and has a unique way of relating to clients. Rachel has the ability to see the best in people, even when they can’t see it themselves, making her a vital part of the LifeSync team.
“Don’t let the muggles get you down.”
- Ron Weasley Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Sonny Mayo started his professional music career in 1995 with the band Snot (Geffen Records) and, in 1998, went on to play in the band Amen (Virgin, Roadrunner Records). Having been in rehab as a teenager, Sonny continued to struggle with alcoholism and drug addiction while touring the world and writing/recording albums. On occasion he was issued ultimatums from his fellow band mates, which would bring brief periods of abstinence, but would inevitably lead to another relapse. Spiraling ever downward, Sonny hit bottom in late 2001.
Desperate for sobriety, Sonny sought and received the help he needed in 12 Step fellowships. In January 2002, with less than 30 days sober, he went on his first clean/sober tour in Australia, where Sonny attended 12 Step meetings and began laying the foundation for a whole new experience as a professional musician, and has maintained sobriety ever since.
In late 2002 he joined his friend, Wes Geer, as a touring guitarist in the band (hed)P.E. and, in 2005, joined the band Sevendust (TVT, Warner/Asylum Records). In 2009, Sonny attended the Recording Institute Of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood and received a certification in audio engineering. He is a touring guitarist with the band Ugly Kid Joe, a guitar teacher, as well as a music producer, songwriter, and mixer.
Mike is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Ryokan College. He received his Masters degree from the University of Santa Monica (USM) in Spiritual Psychology. He has been facilitating all age ranges for over 10 years and has helped countless individuals work through their issues. Mike decided to become more specifically involved in the addiction field as he saw the great need for coaching that specialized in recovery.
Using a very open and intuitive approach, he is easily able to connect with clients to help guide them to a supportive and successful recovery. Having struggled with food addiction and eating disorders himself, he has a deep understanding of what individuals may be feeling and experiencing.
Mike's struggle with weight and body image lead him to become very active in the fields of physical fitness and nutrition. Being recruited as a walk-on for a division 1 sports team at a top university, gives Mike experience working with some of the top athletes and coaching in the world. He has a genuine passion for helping people with their fitness goals and assisting them in creating a healthy lifestyle to coincide with their recovery.
Mike also graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major focusing on the impacts of globalization on marketing and finance. His multiple years of experience in the fields of marketing and business development has given him the perfect background to assist Serenity with their marketing and outreach efforts daily.
Mike looks forward to meeting and helping as many people as possible through their healing journey.
Charles “Chaz” Kindschi began working in treatment in 2015. He passed the California state exam through California Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) in 2017, then transferred to the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) and became a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CAODC), He has specific training in trauma and DSM 5 and uses his own experience in recovery to relate to clients. Chaz also runs art expression groups to expose different feelings, thoughts and emotions that may not be expressed in traditional group settings. While not at work, he is an active member in the recovery community and stays very involved in 12 step programs. His skills and knowledge of case management and counseling make him a proactive, goal oriented and positive part of the team at Lifesync Malibu.
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Randy’s journey into the treatment field began with his own personal experience. Randy got sober in 2012 and began working with others as part of his own recovery. Randy decided that he wanted to give back what was so freely given to him. Randy began working in treatment in 2017 at a Detox in the San Fernando Valley and immediately fell in love with it. Randy enjoys working in treatment because he gets to be a cog in the machine that helps the struggling person find a new way to live. Randy’s favorite quote is “keep it simple.” Randy brings positivity and a real life outlook to the LifeSync team.
Delfina comes to us with a lifetime of experience and education in this field. Delfina has a Associate of science degree in Criminal Justice and retired after 20- years of service as a lieutenant for the Bureau of Prisons and supporting additional agencies such a the US Marshals, INS and the LAPD. Delfina has spent her entire life supporting individuals who struggle is multi/areas of addiction. After retiring, Delfina worked as the Community Director for the City of VT. Where she supported and provided multiple programs for kids at Risk and worked dilgently to keep kids off the streets, providing drug awareness and program assistance. She provides knowledge of the 12 step program, support, love and assistance for everyone who walks through our doors.
Taylor began working in treatment a number of years ago when his personal journey led him into the field of addiction. Taylor prides himself on top notch client care and his person centered communication style allows him to meet the clients where they are at to provide excellent service. Taylor's intuitive and curious nature allows him to build rapport with clients to help them see that there is hope and that they can be successful in their own recovery. Taylor is continuing his clinical education and plans to continue his professional growth in the treatment industry.
Paige got her start working in mental health at Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, CA in 2010, specializing in crisis management with the Teen Line Crisis Intervention Hotline. From there, she began her studies in Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands. “After watching my family, friends, and the people I’ve loved most struggle with the helplessness of their addictions, I decided to direct my focus in recovery.” Paige uniquely connects to the clients through honesty, empathy, and compassion.
“We cannot save people, we can only love them”
- Anaïs Nin
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Gary has been a professional chef for over 30 years, running some of the finest restaurants around the country. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University he received an Associates and Bachelors degree in both Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management. Working for the past 10 years in treatment he has found his new passion in the foodservice industry. He brings all his experience and expertise to our team here at Lifesync Malibu. Gary was previously Senior Executive Chef at Caron Ocean Drive, The Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches as well as Sky Health Center. “Giving back everyday while making a difference to those who are still struggling has enabled me to appreciate and cherish even more this cool journey we call life.”