Director of Detoxification and Chemical Dependency Programs, Thousand Oaks
“If I can make a difference in one person’s life, restore hope to an addict’s heart, my job is done. One person can make a profound difference.”
After Gwendolyn got clean and sober in 1997, she worked at Cri-Help, Inc. for over a decade in a variety of direct care and administrative roles while attending Drug and Alcohol Studies at Pierce and Mission Colleges. Since 2002, Gwen has been tied to the recovery community through her considerable experience as a sober coach and by conducting “extreme interventions” (defined as “recovery by any means necessary”). She has her own business, Recovery Services Unlimited LLC and, notably, was featured on A&E’s “Relapse, the Sober Coach Chronicles.”
Identifying integrity as the underpinning of her approach, Gwen considers herself very lucky to be trained by some amazing mentors for whom she has always had a tremendous respect.
Having worked at several treatment facilities, Gwen now passionately devotes all of her professional efforts to her role as Detox Program Coordinator at La Ventana. She believes she was meant to do this work and loves doing it. When Gwen is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and singing her heart out.
Residential Detoxification Manager, Thousand Oaks
“One of the most rewarding things about my career choice in drug and alcohol treatment is the fact that I am able to see tangible results in our clients. Detox is only the beginning of an alcoholic or addict’s journey to recovery, but working at this integral stage of development provides me the opportunity to witness the splendor of life and light as it returns to a client’s eyes.”
Christine joined the La Ventana family in 2012 as a weekend Detox Supervisor. She is now working full time as the Detox Manager. She has been in recovery since 2003 and is an active member of NA. She has over a decade of Detox experience and has worked with a wide range of populations—from homeless to professionals and everything in between. Christy graduated with a degree in Addiction Studies from Glendale Community College. She is a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE). She is passionate about the treatment process, and the joy she finds witnessing alcoholics and addicts transition to actively working toward a better life.
Shawn Wilson, M.A. MFTI
Shawn Willson M.A. MFTI, Has been with LA Ventana Treatment Programs since August of 2014. Shawn’s career with the Los Angeles Co. Probation Dept. is where he realized his passion for helping others through the challenging times in life. Shawn graduated from National University with his Masters Degree in Psychology and completed his training at the Center for Individual and Family Counseling.
Licensed marriage and Family Therapist
I’ve been in recovery since 1992. I went back to school in 2004 and got my masters in psychology in 2006. I spend 2 years of my internship working with dual diagnosed population. I was licensed in 2012 as a licensed marriage and family therapist. I love working in the field of addiction and my back ground has given me a good insight into the disease of addiction.
I feel lucky about working in La Ventana. This is a group of people that are passionate about what they do and they’re a dedicated team that works hard to help people change lives.
Tony Gomez is a professional with over seven years of dedicated experience in the Substance Dependence Treatment field. He has extensive knowledge in facilitating Relapse Prevention Groups , Crisis Intervention as well as applying Individual Counseling Techniques and is passionate of the services he provides to the client. Mr. Gomez attended Los Angeles City College where he earned his Addiction Studies Certificate and Is Registered with CCAPP as CADC-I (in-progress). Now as CD Floor manager for La Ventana he enjoys working closely with clients applying his skills and providing a safe environment where they can grow. When not working he enjoys spending time with his family and exercising on a regular basis as a form of self-care
Jennifer Enriquez, AMFT
“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Argosy University in Denver, Colorado. She has recently completed all intern hours and is awaiting licensure. She has been working in the field of therapy and substance abuse for almost 10 years. She specializes in areas of Individual, Family and Group Therapy, Addiction/Co-occurring Disorders, Relapse Prevention, Women’s Issues and Anger management.
Jennifer joined the La Ventana team in 2015. As a therapist Jennifer’s mission is to help clients by using the highest quality services to help them achieve their goals in therapy and in life. She aids in the healing process by cultivating each person’s individual journey toward wholeness. Jennifer does this by providing a safe and empowering environment.