“There is hope. There is help. This is the message I want clients to hear.”
Dr. Carol Kiriakos, M.D.
A board certified psychiatrist with over a decade of experience, Dr. Carol Kiriakos is best known to her clients as, “Dr. K.” A warm, passionate, and approachable expert in the field of recovery in various aspects, Dr. Kiriakos comes from a long line of “shrinks.” Her family legacy runs deep in Los Angeles. Her Father is a psychoanalyst, addiction specialist, geriatric specialist and also works with the eating disorder population. Her brother is a cognitive behavioral specialist and works primarily in helping people work through their phobias and anxieties. With this lineage, it is not surprising that Dr. K believes that client-centered work within a multidisciplinary team helps people and benefits the community.
Dr. Kiriakos’ passion lies in working with individuals who struggle with disordered eating, eating disorders, and addiction. She is regarded as a psychiatric expert in addiction, eating disorders, and dual diagnosis in the Los Angeles area and has held roles as Medical Director and Psychiatrist roles within the field. Dr. Kiriakos completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and went on to earn her M.D. at the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine.
Prior to entering the field of psychiatry, Dr. Kiriakos worked as a Physician Utilization Reviewer for 30 insurance companies throughout the U.S. for 5 years. In her work, she made determinations regarding medical necessity on behalf of insurance companies using approved clinical criteria. Her clinical opinion was sought regarding levels of care, frequency of services, types of care and other modalities of treatment.
In addition to her work in day treatment centers for eating disorders and substance abuse, she has held a private practice psychiatrist in Beverly Hills for over 10 years doing both medication management and therapy covering a wide ranges of diagnoses: addiction, depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety, Panic Disorder, ADHD, women’s health issues and eating disorders.
Dr. Terry Eagan, M.D.
Dr. Terry Eagan brings myriad spiritual experiences gained from lifelong personal spiritual practices, professional work with global religious organizations, and over 27 years of treating more than 30,000 patients in his psychiatric practice. This rich gamut of professional and personal experience, combined with intensive, intentional spiritual seeking and growth over the course of his life, has lead Terry, through God’s guidance and grace, to a point of spiritual transformation. He shares this transformation with you to enhance your own spiritual life. Dr. Eagan is the Medical Director at La Ventana Treatment Programs.
Dr. Rick Campa, M.D.
Rick S. Campa, M.D., is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He trained in family medicine and served as chief resident at the Reading Hospital in Reading, PA.
Dr. Campa has been practicing since 2013 in the field of family and addiction medicine. Dr. Campa’s practice specializes in the detox from chemical dependencies and care of eating disorders.
Dr. Campa received the Exceptional Teacher Award and Exceptional Role Model Award during his year as chief resident at the Reading Hospital.
Dr. Campa is board certified in family medicine and is a licensed physician in the state of CA.
Marjorie Summer Gies, M.D., Ph.D.
PHP and IOP Medical Director
Marjorie graduated Magna Cum Laude in Psychology from Princeton University for her undergraduate studies. She received her M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. She completed her residency at UCLA in psychiatry and was the Academic Chief Resident as well as the Chief Resident of the UCLA – NPI Adult Outpatient Eating Disorders Program. Dr. Gies started her Santa Barbara private practice in April of 1993. She earned her Ph.D. in psychoanalysis from ICP-LA in 1/99. She was the medical director of Cottage Hospital’s eating disorder program from 1/95 – 1/97. She has been La Ventana’s PHP and IOP medical director since 2013.
Eva Altobelli, M.D.
Addiction Psychiatrist, Santa Monica Treatment Center
“I believe strongly in the mind-body-spirit connection and have tailored my practice to treat clients using a holistic approach. In conjunction with standard psychopharmacology and talk therapy, I integrate alternative modalities as part of the healing process.”
Dr. Altobelli is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, certified in Suboxone treatment. She completed her fellowship in the Department of Addiction Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, where she completed her adult psychiatry residency as well. Prior to medical school Dr. Altobelli received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona and worked in the film industry in NYC for over a decade.
With a unique background in addiction, psychiatry, trauma and the arts she is a respected consultant on behavioral health topics and specializes in working with professionals and artists with addictions.
Jonathan Whitfield M.D.
Psychiatrist, Eating Disorder Treatment Center
Dr. Whitfield is a board certified psychiatrist, with a specializations in children, adolescents, and adults. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine, and then moved to Los Angeles to complete his General Psychiatry Residency at UCLA. He further specialized in both Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine by completing fellowships at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His past experience, with over seventeen years in the field, includes a Medical Directorship/Director of Psychiatric Services at both Phoenix House Academy and Phoenix House in Lake View Terrace, a residential treatment center for adolescents with drug abuse and mental health problems. Dr. Whitfield also has a private practice office offering psychiatric services to children, adolescents, adults and their families.
Dr. David Hernandez, M.D.
Dr. David Hernandez is the Medical Director of the La Ventana Treatment Programs’ Residential Facility for Eating Disorder treatment in Santa Barbara. He brings to La Ventana a dedicated compassion combined with excellent personal client skills and emotional intelligence needed to help our clients recovery from their eating disorder disease.
Dr. Hernandez takes the medial lead at La Ventana with his philosophy that encompasses a belief that it is not enough to simply treat the body, but the mind and the spirit must also heal before a person has truly recovered from an eating disorder.
To accomplish this he spends a great deal of time listening to and learning about each person to provide treatment in conjunction with La Ventana’s therapeutic and nursing staff that is unique to each individual in our program.
He is board certified and has been working in medical treatment for Eating Disorders in Santa Barbara and surrounding areas for many years. He was the former Director of Student Health at Westmont College for the past nineteen years and has been a medical consultant for several treatment facilities in Southern California.
He received his M.D at the University of California, Irvine after attending Furman University and graduating from California State University Fullerton studying the physical sciences and psychology. He completed his residency in Pediatrics followed by a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Dr. Hernandez became interested in eating disorders when he noted the significant impact these disorders were having on the health and well being of the college students under his care at Westmont College. His work has broadened in the field of eating disorders as Medical Director of the La Ventana Residential Facility along with helping professionals in the Santa Barbara community care for their clients struggling with an eating disorder.