MEET THE LIVE TEAM
Based out of West Los Angeles, California, the LIVE Treatment staff is the culmination of many years of expertise throughout many facets of addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare services. This is anything BUT the typical treatment environment, nor does it adhere to the traditional limitations so commonly seen within the scope of clinical treatment. As such, our team consists of only Southern California’s industry leaders – clinical professionals who have made their marks and shown their abilities & passion for client care time and again!
DR. RONAYE CALVERT CONLEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER
“My clients are heroes- brave, capable, amazing individuals. It’s my job to hold the mirror up until they can see that in themselves.”
Dr. Ronaye Calvert Conley is the Executive Director of REVIVE Detox and Co-Founder of LIVE Treatment. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007. Ronaye has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. She has a deep understanding of how personal issues may serve to motivate or hinder us and has the ability to attend to each of her clients with sensitivity and insight. While working in residential treatment settings, Ronaye directed Dual-Diagnosis treatment and, in her role as Trauma Specialist, led others to a deeper understanding of working with individuals with a history of emotional and/or sexual trauma.
As a Life Coach with LIVE, Ronaye’s personal philosophy is not to help clients see what is wrong with them, but rather to help them acknowledge and embrace what is right with them. “I have learned the value of getting out of the office and getting into the real world with my clients. I recognized a critical gap in the standard treatment model and made it my business to fill it. Clients often need help, not only discussing their feelings and problems but, taking action toward living differently. You don’t get there nearly as effectively by simply talking. In this way, I am not simply utilizing my experience and education to help clients discuss problems and think their way toward resolution;
I am helping them take ACTION toward changing their lives. It is an invaluable experience to work with clients in this way as it truly expedites progress in treatment and is profoundly satisfying to witness the sense of accomplishment and self-esteem that emerges through-out this work.
MATT CONLEY, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
“The only voice that belongs inside your head is your own.”
Matthew Conley has significant experience working with both individuals and groups in a wide variety of settings. Matt has provided services at in-patient hospitals, university campuses, community clinics and dual-diagnosis, residential treatment facilities. While serving the dually-diagnosed population, Matt led a team of clinicians and staff in providing excellent client care in his role as Program Coordinator at a prestigious and well-known treatment center in Malibu, California.
“I have a genuine love for what I do, but the work
that I have found most fulfilling has been treating people in the community, working with individuals, couples and families who are motivated to find solutions to the problems that they have been facing.” Matt specializes in working with adult children of narcissists, who often find themselves trying to live up to unattainable expectations, constantly falling short, or working to achieve the goals that others have set out for them.
Matt believes that the first step in healing is to identify that internalized negative voice that many of us carry. “Together, we will work to separate this voice and its influence from the goals and desires that you would like to have for yourself.”
DR. RONAYE CALVERT DeSIENA, DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ADULT SERVICES
“When people ask me about our recipe for success, I tell them, ‘It’s simple, we do WHATEVER it takes.'”
Dr. Ronaye Calvert DeSiena, Director of Live Young Adult Services, is an adolescent specialist with over 30 years working with adolescents and young adults with specific needs. Dr. DeSiena holds a doctorate in Psychology as well as Master’s Degrees in Spanish, Guidance/Counseling, and Administration. She prides herself on finding and utilizing innovative techniques and approaches to help her clients overcome challenges and reach success. Her dynamic and knowledgeable approach is instrumental to the lasting relationships she builds with her clients and their families.
She is an expert at helping clients overcome issues that stem from involvement with the “wrong” crowd, such as legal issues or a lack of a healthy personal identity. She also specializes in helping individuals facing a lack of a positive sexual identity and learning and/or processing deficits. She believes her career is a vocation, not simply a job. Her ability to speak Spanish fluently welcomes a diverse population to whom she can offer her services.
DAVE CANNON, WELLNESS COACH
“The body and mind are capable of amazing transformation and possess incredible healing power. We just need to learn how to get out of the way.”
Dave is originally from San Francisco, California and has a passion for nutrition, fitness, health, and wellness. His excitement for this field is contagious and he is driven to help people change their lives and reach their goals. Having transformed his own life and diet from a highly unhealthy and stationary one, Dave knows the challenges and how to overcome them.
He graduated with Honors and at the top of his class with a degree in Nutritional Science from Central Arizona College. Dave is a Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered and is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which oversees nutritional professionals in the United States. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and has worked in a number of different settings that have helped to sharpen his skills in the field. In the Los Angeles area, Dave has worked in several eating disorder and drug treatment facilities running nutrition groups and developing educational material.
Dave has also travelled to Asia as an international consultant to drug treatment centers and brings those experiences back home to provide some unique insights into the world of nutrition. In addition, he has spent many hours in a hospital setting working with the elderly and disabled helping with their various nutritional needs.
As a personal trainer, Dave is certified by the highly acclaimed National Academy of Sports Medicine. He brings years of experience with physical fitness in both team and individual sports including ice hockey, tennis, cross country, and triathlon. Additionally, he is certified to teach both Pilates and yoga, and believes that achieving a balance between a fit body and mind are essential for achieving happiness and wellness. Dave’s unique and caring approach is both gentle and motivating, and has helped countless people to reshape their lives.
CRISTINE FOXEN, REGISTERED NURSE
Cristine Foxen, RN, joins LIVE in providing exceptional care in both our Private Medical Detox and C3 Programs. Cristine is a registered nurse with twenty years of nursing experience. Her proficiency in trauma and emergency care, developed over seventeen years devoted to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, led to her interest in offering personalized patient care services. As a member of Cedars Sinai staff she collaborated in an effort to update the emergency department psychological and substance abuse treatment areas.
Cristine began providing concierge level nursing care services to individual clients in 2004. Her personal approach and commitment to the client derives from the personal care she provided as a teenager to her dialysis dependent grandmother. This personal experience was the impetus for Cristine’s initial interest in the medical field and influences her approach in nursing care to this day.
In 2015 Cristine founded Foxen Nursing Incorporated in order to focus on providing exceptional concierge level nursing services. Cristine’s approach to care is to work in partnership with the client, and the entire care team, to ensure that all aspects of treatment are addressed accurately and in the best interest of the client. Cristine has worked with clients to address substance abuse issues and detoxification care. She has traveled with clients during treatment to provide consistent care with discretion while mindful to safeguard client privacy.
Cristine has provided her personalized style of exceptional nursing care throughout the country as well as in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. She has cared for clients in all aspects of life from individuals in the entertainment industry to Royalty. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in several other languages.
MARYAM SHALBAF, CERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST, CHt
Maryam Shalbaf is a Certified Hypnotherapist, CHt. More than that though, she is someone that truly wants to help others and improve their lives. This is why she decided to pursue Hypnotherapy and created The Hypnosoul. After spending more than 10 years in the Medical field and industry, where she was a trained Ultrasound Technician, MRI Technician, as well as then learning how to implement Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy. TMS Therapy is a non-pharmalogical treatment that is FDA-cleared for the treatment of depression. During this time, she has worked with hundreds of various Doctors, including Cardiologists, Radiologists, Neurologists & Neuroradiologist’s, and many others.
This have given her a solid foundation and background in a variety of medical aspects and procedures, and also it has given her a chance to really see how important and real the connection between the Mind+Body is, as well as then how these two can penetrate the Soul.
When you come to The HypnoSoul, Maryam can help you find your life’s compass by helping delve into your inner soul, and search for answers from within. Progress is made and real results are obtained because when you allow yourself to be true and open up, you allow the hypnosis to enter your soul, and this leads to break through gains.
DR. MAGDY S. GUIRGUIS, DC, CHIROPRACTOR
After focusing on biology and earning his bachelor’s degree in the subject at California State University, Northridge, Dr. Guirguis decided to go into the chiropractic field by attending Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. He has been practicing Chiropractic medicine since his graduation from the school in 1988, but has also focused on the holistic arts.
He founded Advanced Chiropractic Center in 1991, and just eight years later, Arbor Vitae Wellness Center became his brainchild.
Dr. Guirguis had a dream of a one-stop holistic center for all of his patients, and by providing acupuncture, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, and other alternative medicine treatments at Arbor Vitae, he has done just that.
The doctor, however, isn’t just about work. He’s been playing volleyball for more than three decades and was even the coach of both high school and collegiate teams for several years. He also enjoys meditation, yoga, and rock climbing, to ensure that he keeps an active lifestyle.
In the past, Dr. Guirguis has been involved in volleyball by going on professional tours as a team chiropractor and serving for the Team in Training at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If this wasn’t enough, the doctor has three children ranging from the ages of 13 to 19, practices yoga four days a week, and volunteers in the community, so there’s no doubt that he is always on his toes.
DR. LAURA NATTA, PhD, NEUROBEHAVIOR SPECIALIST
Dr. Natta is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in neuropsychology, psychological assessment and assessment-treatment integration. She has been working in Behavioral Health for over 15 years in a variety of settings, including residential, inpatient, acute and specialty clinics.
Dr. Natta obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University Where her dissertation work was conducted as a joint effort of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford School of Medicine. She also has a MS in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University. Dr. Natta has been associated with the VA Healthcare System since 2009 and has received specialty training in assessment of trauma, behavioral sleep medicine, traumatic brain injury assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, and pain.
She serves as Adjunct Assessment Faculty at various psychology programs in the Bay Area, presents research at regional and national conferences and is a frequent guest speaker/workshop facilitator for corporations and professional organizations. She is active in several professional organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of The Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (NCNF).
Dr. Natta is a consultant for the Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment Program at Alta Mira Recovery Programs, a facility specializing in co-occurring disorders and complex neurobehavioral cases. She is also the founder of Crosspoint Wellness, a company offering an integrated, comprehensive system of assessment and treatment crafted to an individual’s personal profile.