Our Esteemed Advisory Board

Hyla Cass MD

Hyla Cass, MD, graduated from the University of Toronto School of Medicine, interned at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, and completed a psychiatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA School of Medicine. She was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine until 2005, and is in private clinical practice in Pacific Palisades, California.


Dr. Cass is the author of several popular books, including Supplement Your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition; 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health: A Woman’s Take-Charge Program to Correct Imbalances, Reclaim Energy, and Restore Well-Being; Natural Highs: Supplements, Nutrition, and Mind/Body Techniques to Help You Feel Good All the Time; St. John’s Wort: Nature’s Blues Buster; Kava: Nature’s Answer to Stress Anxiety and Insomnia; and several User’s Guides to Ginkgo, Vitamin C, and Herbs.


She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Health Sciences Institute, Taste for Life Magazine, and Total Health Magazine, and an advisory board member of California Citizens for Health. She consults to the supplement industry regarding formulations, and has developed several under her own label.


Incorporating nutritional principles and natural health techniques in her practice for more than 20 years, she is one of the nation’s foremost authors and speakers on the subject of integrative medicine. She regularly appears on radio and television, including The View, the CBS Evening News, and MSNBC, where she successfully debated a “Quackbuster” (unlicensed physician) challenger. She is quoted as an expert in the field in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Star,Cosmopolitan, Time Magazine, and People magazine. Her speaking topics to both lay and professional medical audiences include complementary medicine and psychiatry, anti-aging, women’s health (including bio-identical hormone therapy), stress reduction, and natural treatments for addictions, anxiety disorders, and depression.

310-459-9866

Carolyn Reuben, LAc, Board President Emeritus

Carolyn Reuben LAc is a founding member of CARA and the Alliance for Addiction Solutions. She is a licensed acupuncturist, medical journalist, and the author of four self-help health books. From 1981-1991 she was the voice of alternative medicine in Los Angeles as health columnist for the L.A. Weekly newspaper. She also attended UCLA’s Graduate School of Motion Pictures and Television and worked in educational TV in Los Angeles and Israel. However, nutrition and natural medicine were always her passion.


Her work in addiction treatment began in 1980 when she heard Michael Smith, MD speak at her acupuncture college in Los Angeles about his acupuncture detox program in the South Bronx, New York. Carolyn began using Smith’s five-point ear acupuncture protocol in Sacramento in 1992, helped establish CARA in 1994, and developed contracts for acupuncture with the Sacramento County Drug Court and Kaiser Permanente, among other sites. She quickly added nutrition to the Drug Court program and then other energy and mind-body medicine techniques.


From enthusiasm among participants generated at CARA-sponsored national conferences in Sacramento, Carolyn and 21 others founded the Alliance for Addiction Solutions in 2007.

Carolyn has lectured at statewide and national conferences and written magazine articles on the use of these alternative treatments for withdrawal and early recovery, and serves as a consultant with health clinics and treatment programs that want help developing nutrition and acupuncture programs of their own.

Community Addiction Recovery Association / Alliance for Addiction Solutions

2230 Loma Vista Drive Sacramento, CA 95825 USA
(916) 214-0607 www.carasac.org

Julia Ross, MA, MFT, Board of Directors Emeritus

A pioneer in the field of addiction recovery, Julia Ross has founded and directed eight treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. As director of outpatient programs at the Henry Ohloff House, Ross instituted seven programs in three counties, including the area’s first treatment programs for the addicted family system, for addicted adolescents, and for marijuana and food-addicted individuals. Ross is currently the Executive Director of the Recovery Systems Outpatient Clinic in Marin County (1988 to present). There, she and her staff psychologists, nutritionists and physicians have developed an innovative treatment model combining nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing with counseling and 12-step programs.


In 1994 Ross began teaching in the addiction counselor certification programs at both U.C. Berkeley and JFK University. She is the author of The Mood Cure (Penguin2004), a nutritional brain-support manual for mood and addiction problems, and the best-selling The Diet Cure (Penguin 2000) on recovery from carbohydrate addiction. Ross has addressed hundreds of conferences and workshops, and has appeared as an expert on dozens of radio and television programs, including an NBC11-TV news special aired throughout the country in 2006.

She presents training seminars for professionals on Amino Acid Therapy for the treatment of chemical dependency, carbohydrate addiction, depression, anxiety, and other neurotransmitter deficiency problems. She also provides private consultation to individual practitioners and to treatment programs and clinics.

Recovery Systems

(415) 383-3611 x 2 www.moodcure.com
www.recoverysystemsclinic.com

Barbara Stitt, PhD

Barbara Reed Stitt, PhD, former Chief Probation Officer, President & Co-owner of Natural Ovens Bakery, Author of Food & Behavior: A Natural Connection; Nutritional Guidelines for Correcting Behavior; Impact of Fresh Healthy Foods on Learning & Behavior; and Roadmap to Healthy Foods in Schools in DVD/Video.


She has been studying the connection between nutrition and behavior since 1963. While working with the courts in Ohio as a probation officer, she developed a program in 1971 showing the relationship between what the people consumed and recidivism. During a period of 7 years, fewer than 15% of the people referred to the program were back in trouble. The results of the study were reported in a front page Wall Street Journal article on June 2, 1977, leading to international publicity and about 1500 presentations across the US and Canada. After marrying Biochemist Paul Stitt, founder of Natural Ovens Bakery, Barbara moved from Ohio to Wisconsin in 1982 and began promoting fresh, healthy foods for students in schools to help prevent future problems. In 1997, they were invited to provide all of the food to an Appleton, Wisconsin, alternative school that was so out of control they had a full-time police officer on staff for 50 students in the morning and 50 students in the afternoon.

Stan Stokes MS, LPC, CCDC, Education Committee, Advisory Board

Stan Stokes, is the founder and CEO of Bridging the Gaps, Inc., an integrative substance abuse treatment facility for adults in Winchester, Virginia. He has more than 30 years experience in the addictions field, both in the military and private sectors. Stokes received his Master’s degree at VirginiaCommonwealthUniversity in Richmond. He is past president of the Central Regional VADAAC and vice-president of the Central Region VADAP.


Stokes brings an innovative approach to the treatment field, integrating traditional and alternative modalities to addictions recovery. Bridging the Gaps’ highly successful approach to treatment provides a 12 Step–based psychosocial program while focusing on rebalancing brain chemistry and building up the body through the use of oral and intravenous nutritional therapy, acupuncture, exercise, meditation, and other stress reduction techniques.


He has a lifelong commitment to community outreach and to the development of integrative approaches to treatment that significantly increases the rate of successful outcomes for clients. Stan Stokes also sits on our Advisory Board.

Joe Eisele, CACIII, NCAC Clinical Director, InnerBalance Health Center

Joe Eisele is a nationally certified alcohol and drug therapist with specialized training in intervention techniques from the Johnson Institute. Joe has been treating addictions in the Fort Collins area for over 30 years. “I came to believe Joe Eisele is perhaps the best in the business. I have met some of the best counselors and doctors at world-famous rehabs and never found anyone with [Joe’s] overall grasp on both addiction and all that accompanies it.”


Stokes brings an innovative approach to the treatment field, integrating traditional and alternative modalities to addictions recovery. Bridging the Gaps’ highly successful approach to treatment provides a 12 Step–based psychosocial program while focusing on rebalancing brain chemistry and building up the body through the use of oral and intravenous nutritional therapy, acupuncture, exercise, meditation, and other stress reduction techniques.


He has a lifelong commitment to community outreach and to the development of integrative approaches to treatment that significantly increases the rate of successful outcomes for clients. Stan Stokes also sits on our Advisory Board.

Christina Veselak LMFT, Garden Gate Counseling & Consulting

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) specializing in individual counseling, and Mental Health Nutrition. I maintain a private practice in Southeast Denver, CO. With over 30 years experience as a clinician, Christina is serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are relapse prevention for chronic relapsers, chronic pain and illness, life struggles, mental health nutrition and addiction treatment. She provides training and supervision of interns and clinicians wishing to integrate nutritional awareness into their practices. She also works with Dr. Beth Ballen in the Colorado Recovery Infusion Center where we use IV amino acid therapy for drug and alcohol detox and to address issues such as major depression, ADHD and anxiety.