About Us

Ranch Creek Recovery was established near San Diego, California to provide an intimate and serene, natural setting where our clients can find the security to explore the personal issues that have led to addiction and the strength to recover the greater destiny that lies beyond their addiction.  Through therapeutic and holistic methods we strive to help our clients regain self empowerment, improve their physical and emotional health, and implement positive changes in their lives.


Confidential Treatment Center

At Ranch Creek Recovery we understand that confidentiality, trust and privacy are a crucial part of the recovery process.  Our 7 acre treatment center is set in the hills of an exclusive area with a panoramic city light and mountain view.  In addition to our secluded location, our entire staff is committed to your privacy throughout your stay.  We also know that our clients must be comfortable in their environment in order to get the most out of their recovery experience.  Our guest suites are large with luxurious linens and extremely comfortable beds.  We have either semi private suites with two guest per room and private rooms based on availibility.

Ranch Creek Recovery Staff

Shelly Tichelaar
Executive Director
Dr. Mark Tichelaar, C.Ad.
Addictionoligist / Administrator
Katie O'Brien   
Office Manager 

Dr. Peggy Locke
Insurance Specialist
Dr. Robert McAlister, PsyD
Clinical Director
Paul Aguirre, BA, CADC-II, ICADC
Chris Tieffer, CADC-I
Maria Patel, CADC-II
Counselor / Intake Specialist
Michael Nicassio, RRW
Resident Advisor
Diana Martinez, RRW
Resident Advisor
Kelly Worsham, RRW
Resident Advisor
Michael Marquez, RRW
Resident Advisor
Susie Orenstein-Turner, L.Ac., MPA
Acupuncture / Ariculertherapy / Chinese Herbs / Nutritional Counseling
Tina Preisendanz, NARHA Certified Riding Instructor
Equine Director
Robert Loigu, CPT
Physical Trainer
Amy Stechdaub
Yoga Instructor
Dennis Lack
Tai Chi Instructor
V. Depala, M.D. - Board Certified Psychiatrist
Humberto S. Aragon, M.D.



In the time I have spent at RCR I have found the staff to be caring, professional and concerned about me. They not only treated me as a client in recovery, but as a person. They have taught me to respect myself and my feelings. I have made friends with all who work here and I know I can call anytime if I need to talk.

RCR truly cares about the people who come here for treatment. They treat the person as well as the addiction.


My experience here has been a really positive one. I have never been treated so well by perfect strangers and I have never had so much peace of mind. I really appreciate everything everyone does here. Being in such a beautiful environment with such nice people has made getting clean and sober one of the easiest things I've done with my life. I finally have hope for my future and for my sobriety.


Thank you for your guidance and support of my daughter. I didn’t get to know everyone. I wish I could have. You’re all a great group of people and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there for my daughter at a time when she needed the help. Once again thank you, and my hopes and prayers are for all of you to live a wonderful life.


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