Dr. Serena Gupta

Dr. Serena Gupta is a devoted and skilled therapist, helping those in recovery achieve their goals and find purpose. Most addictions come along with other disorders like depression, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. Dr. Gupta has over 15 years of experience helping clients from all backgrounds navigate through these challenges to find lasting recovery.

Borrowing from Carl Jung, Dr. Gupta believes addiction is an attempt to ease deep emotional pain and seek inner-fulfillment. She doesn’t reduce her clients down to diagnoses--but seeks to understand how the presenting symptoms and complaints reveal their true struggles.

Serena Gupta received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. in Depth Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

Dr. Gupta combines therapeutic approaches that address your thinking processes with other methods that reveal the deeper unconscious. In therapy, you work to uncover the internal messages that have shaped your identity--even those working below the surface that you’re not quite aware of.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dream interpretation
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Sand play

Dr. Gupta previously served as co-owner and clinical director at a well-known treatment center but left to create a program where she can focus on providing strong clinical care working side-by-side with her clients. Dr. Gupta takes pride in her business acumen because she knows proper management means efficient care. This allows the client’s well-being to be the primary focus for the whole staff.

Mikel W. Carver

“Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie”- Miyamoto Musashi.

Mikel Carver brings a unique mix of corporate and technical experience to The Ho Tai Way. That experience provides a solid ethical and spiritual foundation to all that we do. Earnestly seeking a place to use his skills to help others, Mr. Carver found that desire fulfilled in substance abuse treatment--helping those who are struggling to break free of their addictions.

The substance abuse treatment field has problems--chronic relapses occur too frequently. Business practices are not always straightforward. Mr. Carver uses his experiences to improve existing models of client care while putting in place smart and effective business practices. This means a better treatment experience for you.

While processing his experiences in clinical practice, Mr. Carver did something that few of us take the time to do. He went on a sabbatical to connect with his own spirituality, realizing this would help his clients.

Through prayer, meditation, personal introspection, yoga, and extensive study--Mr. Carver realized the foundation of true change lies in practicing respect, compassion, honesty, generosity, and humility.

Mr. Carver used his experience to develop an organizational system that teaches and supports the consistent practice of these values. In doing so, we become useful members of our society, nurturing it and giving it strength.

This is The Ho Tai Way.

Marlene Reed

Chief Financial Officer
Marlene has 20 years of experience working in public accounting and has been CFO for high growth start ups. She enhances the leadership team by bringing in strengths of financing, strategic planning and implementation. Marlene's professionalism and integrity is a great asset to The Ho Tai Way as she is committed towards financial growth in a responsible and ethical way.

Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.

Medical Director
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine. Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he obtained a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine for his Medical Degree and stayed at UCLA for his residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in leadership roles since 2006 and is a Certified Physician Executive. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry, and served in Desert Storm. Among the long list of accomplishments, Dr. Tucker feels most accomplished with his blended family of 5 children and his wife of over 13 years. In addition, Dr. Tucker has a private practice in Newport Beach CA. His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis”. He uses a holistic model and incorporates sobriety, exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.

Dylan Finch, RADT 1

Community Outreach Co-Ordinator
Living the struggle of addiction personally, Dylan posses the unique skill to deeply connect with others struggling with the disease as well. Hard work and a strong work ethic fuels his desire to help others in leading them to The Ho Tai Way to commence their personal journey of recovery. Knowing the ups and downs of recovery first hand, Dylan serves as a strong foundation in relating to others conflicted with their own recovery journey and inspires them to fight the fight of recovery.

Eric Manzo, RADT 1

Community Outreach Coordinator

Eric’s Energy & Passion for working in treatment came after seeing how addiction affected his Friends & Family. With years of knowledge from working in the medical field, Eric decided to leave the Hospital Setting to help people up and close battle through their addiction and get back on their feet. With his Positive Persona and Cheerful Attitude, Eric strives to be a better person everyday, and with the world so set on tearing itself apart, Eric has made it his life mission to put a little bit of it back together.

Sabrina Ayoub M.S., AMFT, APCC

Associate Therapist
Sabrina Ayoub completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University of Fullerton and her Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Vanguard University. She uses a variety of modalities, which incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Sabrina believes in a strengths based approach model that is guided by the individual needs of the client. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being including their physical health, support systems (family, friends), work environment, and faith/spirituality in this process.

Justine Lichtenstern

Certified Nutritionist
Justine specializes in coaching individuals recovering from eating disorders, disordered eating, and the negative effects of chronic dieting. She helps her clients connect to their internal wisdom and strength to develop a way of eating and moving that supports their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. She combines current evidence based practices with a weight neutral, body positive approach that focuses on behaviors, not weight, numbers or restriction, as the key to long term health. Her approach is highly individualized and rooted in developing a strong coach-client relationship.

Breanon Kratzer, RADT-1

Lead Detox Technician

"There's no substance that could produce the intense feeling I get when I watch another woman walk through life on life's terms without a substance in their body."

Breanon's passion to help others' is innate to her being. Undergoing her own struggle with addiction and achieving sobriety, convinced her, of her life's purpose - to help other addicts and alcoholics to achieve sobriety as well. Breanon personally understands the struggles of an alcoholic and addicted woman when they are in throws of their disease, as wells as the struggle and joys of obtaining and maintaining sobriety. Her life's mission is to help give those a voice who feel like they don't have one.

Ashley Bergman , RADT-1

Detox Technician

Ashley started out as Medical Assistant due to her drive to always help people. Her personal struggles with addiction and new found recovery leaned her towards helping other women with similar struggles. Ashely is always working towards bettering herself and expanding her mental and emotional horizons. She has a passion for helping other women do the same. Ashley states, "The job is the most rewarding when I see the light come on in other patients' eyes".