Dr. Serena Gupta

Chief Executive Officer, CEO

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

Chief Operating Officer, COO

“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.

Harmandeep Kaur M.S, AMFT, APCC

Associate Therapist

Harmandeep Kaur completed her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at Mount Saint Mary College, NY and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard University, CA. Harmandeep has experience working in various treatment centers providing group and individual therapy services. Her speciality is working with adult women struggling with substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and family/relational conflicts. Her goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space that allows patients to develop the tools and abilities within themselves to improve their overall wellness and conquer challenges.. She uses multiple modalities, such as client centered, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral approaches in order to help patients gain self awareness and unlock coping strategies to utilize in the real world.

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.

Miranda Carlson, RADT -1

Detox Technician

Miranda completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Governor’s State University driven by a passion of uplifting others and being of service. Having first-hand experience and personally coping with mental health struggles, Miranda leans towards helping women with similar struggles. Miranda aspires to provide a strong supportive foundation , relatability and acts a guide to women struggling with co-occurring issues of addiction and mental health. Her goal is to lift up other women and inspire them to find inner strength and hope.

Kathy Barkhordar

Detox Technician

Kathy enjoys working in treatment because growing up, due to her desire to give back and be of service. She loves to be a part of and walk with the patients' journeys in their sobriety. Kathy chose working with women in the addiction field due to her passion for empowering women. Kathy is always working towards bettering herself and expanding her mental and emotional horizons. Kathy states, "The reason I chose working in treatment is because seeing patients come into treatment and seeing them complete the program is just such an amazing feeling"

Rebecca Bell

Detox Technician

Rebecca's call to work with women in treatment stems from her own battles in recovery. She uses her own personal experience to form bonds and relate to those with similar situations. The Ho Tai Way allows her to work in an environment where she can be of service to women in all stages of sobriety and learn new skills everyday. Rebecca loves to be challenged and challenges others to remain teachable and remain in gratitude each day.

"Recovery is an ongoing process for both the addict and his or her family. In recovery, there is hope. And hope is a wonderful thing."
- Dean Dauphinais