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

DR. RONAYE CALVERT CONLEY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I have learned the value of getting out of the office and into the real world with clients. I recognized a critical gap in the standard treatment model and made it my business to fill it. Clients often need help, not merely discussing their feelings and problems, but taking action toward living differently, with real-time support and guidance. It is deeply rewarding to witness the self-esteem and renewed sense of purpose that emerges throughout this work.

Dr. Calvert Conley is the Executive Director of LIVE Treatment, a Concierge, 1:1, treatment program. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and has had extensive experience working in the addiction recovery field, disordered eating programs, and the LGBTQ+ community. She has a deep understanding of how personal issues or beliefs may motivate or hinder us and approaches each unique struggle with sensitivity and keen insight. Stemming from her Directorship in prominent Dual Diagnosis treatment centers, Dr. Calvert Conley is a skilled Trauma Specialist, leading others to a deeper understanding of working to resolve and grow from histories of emotional, physical, and/or sexual trauma.

Dr. Calvert Conley’s personal philosophy is not to help clients focus on what is wrong with them, rather to help them acknowledge and embrace what is right with them, while creating a plan for their personal success.

MATT CONLEY, M.S.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

“There is no room inside a box.”

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 individuals and families, Matt led a team of clinicians and staff in providing excellent client care in his role as Program Coordinator at a prestigious and internationally recognized treatment center in Malibu, California.

As COO of LIVE Treatment, Matt plays a vital role in holding the team to the highest standards of client-centered care a program can provide to local and international communities. With dedication to detail and a deep understanding of both the service and organizational sides of programs, Matt helps LIVE Treatment exceed expectations, every time.

“I have a genuine love for what I do, but the work that I have found most fulfilling has been supporting this incredible team in working with clients and families who are motivated to find solutions to the problems that they have been facing. The life transformations that happen right in front of my eyes never fail to amaze me.”

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DR. RONAYE CALVERT DeSIENA
DIRECTOR OF YOUNG ADULT AND NEUROFEEDBACK “EEG BIOFEEDBACK” PROGRAMS

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 Guidance/Counseling, Administration and Spanish. As an Educational and Vocational Consultant, she prides herself on finding and utilizing innovative techniques and approaches to help her clients overcome challenges and reach success.

With vast experience and expertise in the educational system, Dr. DeSiena is a skilled advocate and pioneer of change for her clients and families. With her dynamic and knowledgeable approach, Dr. DeSiena is an expert at resolving issues that appeared to have no solution.

Her ability to speak Spanish fluently welcomes a diverse population to whom she can offer her services.

DAVE CANNON
REGISTERED DIETITIAN & 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 master’s degree in Nutritional Science from California State University Los Angeles. Dave is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is currently a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Locally, in the Los Angeles area, as well as internationally, Dave has worked in several eating disorder and drug treatment facilities running nutrition groups and developing educational material as well as working closely to address the individual needs of hospitalized clients of varied ages abs wellness needs.

Dave’s comprehensive and unique insights into the world of nutrition, wellness, and the mind-body connection serve an invaluable role to his clients.

As a certified 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.

Bindi Heit

BINDI (BELINDA) HEIT
INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL COACH & MENTOR

“It’s when we make space for our own healing that true change occurs.”

Bindi Heit supports the global mission of LIVE Treatment from Brisbane, Australia and taps into her decades of demonstrated experience in elevating iconic brands through digital communications, broadcasting mediums of radio, podcast and TV, along with dedicated coaching and mentoring.

Bindi has been on her own healing journey in recent years, finding her self-acceptance and overcoming adversity to inspire others to also be the light that emerges from the darkness as a fully accredited professional Spirituality Coach.

As CEO & Founder of Ethical Change Agency, Bindi focuses on the promotion of ethical business owners, change makers and holistic healers to create collective change and make the world a better place.

Harrison Cortez Cantelmo

HARRISON CORTEZ CANTELMO
AQUATIC COACH

Courage, patience, acceptance and perseverance are long lasting impressions from a lifetime in the ocean, accompanied with gratitude, happiness and inspiration.

For Harrison and his mentees, surfing and aquatic movement therapies have been the gateways to another realm of perception, providing insights that last far from beyond the ocean. From one’s first experience in the water to the last wave enjoyed, the journey is constantly engaging and rewarding.

Having begun surfing at the age of 9, the pursuit of this passion has taken Harrison across the United States, as well as, Panama, Costa Rica, Bali and the Bahamas. No matter the time zone, the therapeutic effects of aquatic sports and meditation are the same; experiencing the emotional, spiritual and physical benefits of the sea has set Harrison on a life mission of sharing his knowledge of the surfing sensation.

Launching sessions from Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica to San Diego and Ventura County, Harrison
happily and skillfully shares the surfing and aquatic experience at any beach. We are confident he will find the waves and breaks conducive to any skill level or location and that his mentees will leave smiling after meeting him at sea-level!

Katelyn-Driscoll

KATELYN DRISCOLL, B.S.
LGBTQ+/COMMUNITY LIAISON

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Katelyn has spent many years dedicated to working with marginalized and often overlooked individuals. A strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, Katelyn has helped made significant impacts in promoting healthy lifestyles and identity acceptance within this community and beyond.

She received her BA at Connecticut College studying Behavioral Neuroscience with a focus on the correlation of Diet/Exercise on Depression while simultaneously competing in 3 sports at the collegiate level (soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse).

She also interned in the office for Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Education and Advocacy through the Student Relations Department, at her university. Using this platform, Katelyn began her career in advocacy by organizing and directing programs aimed at educating college students on bystander intervention and healthy relationships.

Katelyn’s passion for bettering the lives of others led her to seeking a position in the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician. She worked in this emergency setting for three years but recognized her personal desire to build long-lasting relationships with clients whom she could witness grow and thrive as people.

She made the transition to the treatment industry and relocated to Los Angeles, where she felt she could make the greatest impact on others. She has grown to become an essential part of the treatment community through her compassion, understanding and advocacy.

Katelyn personally understands the struggle with coming out and accepting her identity with an open heart and forgiveness for herself and those around her who didn’t adjust as gracefully. It is her privilege to help others achieve a sense of personal peace and a life worth striving for.

Andrew Westphalen

ANDREW WESTPHALEN B.A., CADAC-I
COUNSELOR

Andrew has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment since 2016 and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals as of 2018.

Andrew got sober at the age of 30, and feels his personal experience goes a long way towards helping him relate to people who are going through a variety of difficult situations. Andrew believes it is important to normalize people’s struggles and assure them that their situation is not unique, nor are they alone on their journey. “It is vital for people to know that their addiction and mental health issues are not a moral failure and do not define them…and there is a light at the end of the tunnel”.

Andrew has experience with both 12-step and non-12-step modalities and has a firm grasp on counseling and crisis intervention services. Beginning while doing volunteer work when newly sober, Andrew feels a strong drive to combat the stigma often associated with substance abuse and mental health issues. He believes his ability to develop authentic connections, make people feel heard and cared for, express empathy, and model healthy behavior are instrumental in helping people make positive change and improve their lives.

PETER WESTPHALEN B.A. PSYCHOLOGY WITH HONORS UCSB
LIFE COACH

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde

Peter began as a life coach with LIVE Treatment in 2018.

Peter feels a good philosophy for living is to keep it simple by continuously striving to be happy while being a kind, good person in the process. Peter believes most choices, including ones to use drugs and alcohol, come down to a cost/benefit analysis.

Peter believes the decision to abstain from drugs and alcohol is a quality of life choice. Peter thinks it’s not only okay but important, to acknowledge the reality that consumption of mind-altering substances can produce great feelings (i.e. “highs”). However, for those who suffer from substance abuse issues, those highs come at such a great cost, abstinence is almost always a better path. There are no free lunches. Peter believes one of the cornerstones of recovery is accepting someone who suffers from addiction may never feel those exact transitory dopamine spikes after choosing to be sober, but what they get is an overall quality of life that can far exceed fleeting moments of euphoria. Peter believes recovery looks different for everyone, but it is ultimately all an “inside job” and that the role of a life coach is to foster and maintain a real intrinsic desire on the client’s part to choose a life filled with happiness and contentment.

BLAKE SKIBISKI

BLAKE SKIBISKI
LIFE COACH

“The miracle begins at the intersection of who we have been and who we hope to become.”

Blake began working in the human services field in 2014. His background includes work in substance use treatment, special education, counseling, social work, and crisis intervention services. Blake has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is en route to a Master’s degree and career in Clinical Social Work. Through his education, work, and volunteer roles, Blake has gained experience with a variety of clinical orientations and interventions.

With deep appreciation for the alchemy of turning adversity into strength, Blake’s career has been defined by a calling to work alongside those seeking a journey of discovery and renewed possibility. His personal journey has taught him the value of the lived experience of recovery and the importance of strength-based, client-centered care. As a Life Coach, Blake’s purpose lies in facilitating the authentic and more actualized life. Guided by an ethic of authenticity and empathy, Blake aims to help others to have encounters with themselves that lead to meaningful change.

AFFILIATED EXPERTS

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.