Our Staff

Shelly Tichelaar

Shelly Tichelaar

Executive Director

Shelly oversees the daily operations at Ranch Creek Recovery and is the intake director for new patients in need of drug or alcohol rehab. She has 35 years of experience in working with addicts and has helped build a team of professionals that truly care about helping people get into the right treatment program. Shelly is one of the first points of contact with our clients and helps them from start to finish throughout their recovery in the program ensuring that their stay with us is comfortable and therapeutic.


Tracy Leonard, MA, ICADC, SAP

Tracy Leonard, MA, ICADC, SAP

Program Director

For over 10 years, Tracy Leonard has worked in the Substance Abuse field in Southern California. She has worked in multiple modalities including Residential (Holistic and 12 Step programs), Partial Hospitalization Program, Intensive and Outpatient Program, and DUI Education. She has been the lead developer of two outpatient programs in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties where she has obtained management and coordinator skills.

In her early years of the recovery field, she worked in the youth and Native American demographics and part of the Suicide Prevention Hotline. Her treatment philosophy is based around Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy focusing specifically on core issues in recovery.

Tracy Leonard currently holds multiple credentials in the mental health field. She is currently ICADC as an internationally certified substance abuse counselor, SAP with the Department of Transportation, and a Certified Interventionist. She is affiliated with NAADAC and CCAPP.

Tracy Leonard has succeeded in higher education including two Associates Degrees (Behavioral Science and Alcohol and Drug Studies), Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and Masters Degree in Human Behavior. She is currently enrolled at California Southern University for her PH.D. in Psychology.


Eric Cruz- FDN-P, EP-C, PES, FMT, EIM2

Eric Cruz- FDN-P, EP-C, PES, FMT, EIM2

Fitness Trainer

Eric Cruz started his journey in health and fitness at the age of 13. After growing up as an overweight youth, he found exercise and nutrition as an empowering path for changing his life. Through reading and watching anything he could get his hands on related to health, Eric became his own experiment and first client. As he started to see results, he found that this lifestyle not only made him better physically, but mentally as well. He gained self-confidence and a stronger drive for achievement and knew this was what he would spend the rest of his life practicing. Eager to get out in the field, Eric completed his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Missouri State University early and moved to California. There, he attended California State University at Long Beach and received a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise. While his conventional education is foundational, he believes that continuing education is where health professionals really evolve and make a difference. To solidify his knowledge and expertise as a fitness professional Eric received credentials as a Certified Exercise Physiologist (EP-C) and Level II Exercise is Medicine Practitioner (EIM2) through the American College of Sports Medicine, an MS Fitness and Wellness Specialist through American Fitness Professionals and Associates, a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and Functional Movement Techniques (FMT). With a strong foundation in the science of movement, Eric then took his nutrition education and practice to the next level by becoming a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). It is this area that really sets him apart as a health and wellness professional as he brings the full picture of fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle together.


Amy Steckdaub

Amy Steckdaub

Yoga Instructor

In September 2010 Amy completed the 200 hour teacher training from the Deep Yoga School of Healing Arts. In March 2011, Amy traveled to India with Deep Yoga founders Bhava Ram and Laura Plumb where she was immersed in Yoga and Ayurveda. In March of 2012 Amy received her Master of Life Deep Yoga teacher training 500 hour certification. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a 500 hour instructor.

The Deep Yoga style of keeping the practice a meditation in motion using both breath and silent mantra to move the body is a perfect complement to addiction recovery. By treating the body and mind simultaneously, Yoga and Ayurveda, woven together with the spiritual principles in the 12 steps, provide a powerful method for healing from addiction, changing unhealthy habits and preventing relapse. Amy has created a program for the recovering addict which she teaches at Ranch Creek Recovery.


Tania Massamiri, Ph.D.

Tania Massamiri, Ph.D.

Gong Sound Healing Therapy

Tania is Gong Master who has trained with Don Conreaux in the art of Gong therapy. She is a facilitator of meditation, an educator, a practitioner of energy medicine and sound healing.

Tania is also a scientist, she holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology. After spending 2 decades as a biomedical research scientist and being honored with numerous awards, she has completely merged both of her innate gifts as nature’s advocate and scientist.

As a holistic practitioner, Tania has over 1300 hours of education in alternative healing modalities, as well as several certifications in herbal medicine, astrology, and the arts.


Diana Blake, RADT-1

Diana Blake, RADT-1

Resident Advisor

Diana has been a member of the Ranch Creek Recovery Team since 2015. Having struggled in the past with addiction, she empathizes with others on her continued road of recovery to encourage the growth and recovery of others. She became a certified Peer Support Specialist in 2011 and continued her education, graduating from ICDC College in 2015, becoming a certified Substance Abuse Counselor. She thrives with the opportunity to help others start their journey to recovery and overcome their life challenges.


Phillip Stinnett

Residential Advisor

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Stephanie Arreola

Residential Advisor

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Zebadiah Dees

Residential Advisor

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Michelle Reidhead

Residential Advisor

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Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien

Office Manager

Katie has worked at Ranch Creek Recovery since it’s opening in 2011. She has a background in customer service and hospitality. Along with Shelly, Katie is one of the first points of contact for our clients assisting them in the first critical steps of exploring the recovery process. She is here to assist in all questions pertaining to our program, providing a smooth and stress free admission process. Besides handling administration duties, Katie also oversees our office and marketing team. In her spare time Katie enjoys staying active with her husband, baby girl and her two lovable Great Danes.


Kimberly Gaines, MA, LMFT

Kimberly Gaines, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Kimberly likes to help people be their best! She encourages people to build on their strengths and challenges them to make necessary changes to improve their relationships with others. Kimberly is nurturing and engaging, but willing to speak the truth in love to bring about positive change. Kimberly helps clients identify patterns of behavior and ways of communicating that are hindering their personal growth and causing harm, and teaches them effective coping and communication skills to makes things better. Kimberly motivates clients find ways to take better care of themselves so they can reach their full potential and enjoy intimacy with others. She urges people to take responsibility for their attitudes and actions and encourages them to be accountable to others. Most of all, Kimberly enjoys coming alongside individuals and families who are ready to make changes to improve the quality of their lives.

Kimberly has been counseling for over twenty years. She became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1999 after earning her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University. She specializes in working with couples and families using an interactive Family Systems, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioral approach. She has experience in a variety of mental health settings (medical hospital, social services, group homes, schools, and a day treatment program), but the majority of her experience comes from seeing clients in private practice.


Susie Orenstein-Turner, L.Ac., MPA

Susie Orenstein-Turner, L.Ac., MPA

Acupuncturist

Susie Orenstein-Turner, L.Ac, MPA was licensed in acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the California Acupuncture Board in November of 2003. She received her Master’s in Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, and began her course work at the New York PCOM campus. Susie received a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs where she studied Health/Science Policy. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Cornell University School of Human Ecology where she studied Health and Human Services. Susie practices acupuncture, integrates Chinese and Western Herbology and offers nutritional counseling.


Michelle Price

Michelle Price

Equine Therapy Instructor

For more than 15 years, Michelle has been working with individuals and teams in areas of life-wellness and personal development. Her background includes counseling, coaching, nonprofit management and program development. In 2009 she launched Divine Equine to use the powerful connection of horses and humans for bringing out the best in their potential.

Having used horses to help adults and children with physical and intellectual challenges, as well as working with military veterans suffering from PTSD and other war-related traumas, Michelle realized that the same approach would be equally as powerful for professionals seeking improvement in their careers and workplaces. Combining coaching, training and experiential facilitation Michelle helps our clients in a therapeutic environment and works on leadership development, communication skills and conflict management.


Jay Brechtel, LAADC, CCJP, CA-ICADC, CCS

Jay Brechtel, LAADC, CCJP, CA-ICADC, CCS

Counselor

Jay is very passionate about the work he does with others, helping them find their own path to recovery, wellness and living a purposeful life. In 1996 Jay got sober and one of his goals was to help others not to have to go through what he had went through to get sober. Jay has been in the field for over 15 years now and has come up through the ranks with the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.


Christina Young

Counselor

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