Ryan Rhodes, Co-Founder
Ryan began mentoring young people, many of whom saw surrendering to abstinence from drugs and alcohol an impossible task. Although this was not his experience, Ryan became aware of the gaps and inconsistencies in the quality of treatment, especially where his generation, the Millennials, are concerned.
Ryan has a B.A. from Chapman University. His life is fulfilled with work, family and friends, surfing, sky diving, snowboarding, hiking and whitewater rafting– but most of all—joy.
Brian Weiner, CEO/Co-Founder
Brian has spent nearly two decades creating successful investment and financial management solutions for multi-national corporations and family offices. When Brian began working with Ryan, he became familiar with the terrible epidemic of drug and alcohol abuse.
Establishing new approaches to traditional treatment models is a priority for Brian. Recognizing relapse rates are alarmingly high, Brian is developing an aftercare treatment program designed to help maintain sobriety. Manifest Jobs and Manifest’s tele-therapy are programs initiated and designed by Brian to provide a means of steady employment as well as quick and easy access to therapy.
Brian is involved in several community organizations, including: Angel Harvest, Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel (CECI), the Circle of Founders of the new Academy of Motion Pictures Museum and a member of The Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Brian is a graduate of Boston’s, Suffolk Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts from UC Santa Barbara.
Carol Bishop, LMFT, Clinical Director
Carol has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) for over 30 years. She was the Coordinator of the Mental Health Department of Tarzana Treatment Center for 10 years prior to joining Manifest.
Chris Causey, Clinical Architect
Chris worked as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) for 8 years, which allows him expertise in facilitating specialized SLA and COSA groups.
Chris has extensive clinical knowledge in eating disorders, trauma resolution, sex and love addiction and co-occurring addictions, making him equipped to treat a variety of clients and conduct many different styles of groups.
Chris has an expansive education history, ranging from Conflict Analysis and Resolution to studies in Sex therapy – which eventually lead to an interest in Trauma Resolution and the Sex Addiction Field. Chris began working at The Refuge in 2007. Chris is also well known for his meditation and mindfulness facilitation. He focuses on a use of heart-centered breath in a modified Holotropic Breathwork modality, combined with the techniques Soul Gazing, Soul Journey, and energy work, which he tailors to be suitable for all levels of experience and trauma survivors alike. He firmly believes in practicing a treatment modality that encourages a healing connection between mind, body, and spirit, through the efforts of fostering personal empowerment and body acceptance. He is frequently asked to share these techniques with both clients and staff.
Chris received his B.A. Degree in Human Services from Saint Leo University with a focus in Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy, and his Master’s Degree at Webster University with a concentration in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Experiential therapies.
Jennifer Salierno, MFTi, Primary Therapist
Jennifer graduated from Pepperdine University in 2015 with a masters in Clinical Psychology and an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Heather DaVault, MFTi, Primary Therapist
Heather graduated from Pacific Oaks College in 2010 with a Masters in Marital Family Therapy. Heather is curious about the human experience and the struggles one endures throughout their lifespan.
Jimmy Doyle, Chemical Dependency Counselor
Jimmy Doyle, CATC has worked in all aspects of treatment, including Detoxification, Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Outpatient facilities.
Virginia Borowiec, Certified Nutritionist and Yoga Instructor
Virginia Borowiec moved to Los Angeles in 2003 after studying abroad at Oxford University in London, England. After tackling her own personal challenges with addiction in 2005, she pursued a career in professional event planning and production.
Dr. Lisa Benya, MD, Medical Director
Jonathan Austin, Director of Operations
Since 2004, Jonathan Austin has been a part of the Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment community.
Natanya Ross, Director of Marketing and Outreach
Karli Feder, Admissions and Marketing
Karli’s diverse interests and skills have led her to a broad role at Manifest. She is responsible for a myriad of tasks in both Admissions and Marketing, but her main goal is to make Manifest run as efficiently as possible.
Gina Taylor, LVN, Director of Nursing
Gina Taylor has almost 20 years of experience working as a Licensed Nurse. Gina’s goal is to keep clients feeling safe, and confident in their individual detox process.
Callie West, Alumni Coordinator and Client Advocate
Callie West moved to California in 2013. She has worked in treatment since 2016. She is currently the Lead Client Advocate/Alumni Coordinator at Manifest.
David Campbell, Client Advocate
A former professional, and one-time World Champion athlete, David hurt his back in competition and subsequently developed an addiction to his prescribed pain medication.
Holly Besse, Client Advocate
Holly has been working in treatment since 2015 and has truly found a home at Manifest. Holly enjoys helping others and supporting them as they grow in their recovery.
Alec Davis, Client Advocate
Alec has been working in treatment for four years and has been part of the Manifest team since May. For Alec, Manifest is not only a terrific place for treatment, but a place of love, family, and unconditional kindness. He enjoys helping others to become motivated to get their lives back on track and recover!
Mitch Ellis, Chef
“If you throw a lamb chop into a hot oven, what’s gonna keep it from gettin’ done?” -C.B. Luce
Mitch Ellis cooked at Sanctuary Malibu, Marshall Clinic, and Malibu Beach Recovery before joining the team at Manifest. His focus is on simple, colorful, comfort food made with care. He likes butter, a lot. If you ask, he will eagerly go into great detail about how each dish is constructed. Forewarned is forearmed.
Mando Minchaca, Client Advocate
Mando Minchaca, RADT has worked in Detoxification and Residential facilities since 2010.