Meet Our Team


leadership


Jessica Breton is the Executive Director at the Optimum Performance Institute and has been with OPI since 2009, holding the positions of licensed therapist and Clinical Program Director.

Jessica’s background and expertise are well suited to serve the young adults at OPI. She holds a BA in psychology from University of California at Santa Barbara and has a Masters degree from Phillips Graduate Institute in Marriage and Family Therapy.

She received Training in Mentalization-based Treatment Approach in Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder through UCLA Semel Institute. She also has training in Treating Multiple Severe Disorders with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Michael Hollander, Ph.D., from Harvard/McLean Hospital. Additionally, Jessica has participated in Social Skills and Violence Prevention Training from the California Family Counseling Center.

She has served as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the California Family Counseling Center, has worked in several Los Angeles Unified School District elementary, middle and High Schools and has maintained a small private practice.

Ms. Breton is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as Evolving Women.

At her heart, She is a passionate clinician. Jessica strongly believes that the relationships we build with clients and staff members helps to create an environment conducive to growth, healing, and change.

When not at work, Jessica loves spending time with her husband and 2 small boys.

Alisa received a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. She has a strong passion for the field of psychology and for supporting others on their life path through the power of therapy.

She began her work at the California Counseling Center providing therapy to children, adolescents, couples and families. She also served as a child therapist, for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she conducted both individual and group therapy for students at an elementary through high school level.

Her passion for the mental health field began as an undergraduate student at UCSB where she volunteered as a Paraprofessional Counselor, for the Family Service Agency Suicide Crisis Helpline. She also worked as a research assistant at Verdugo Mental Health Clinic.

She has had extensive training in Social Skills and Violence Prevention/Anti-Bullying and has run countless social skills groups and parenting workshops.

Alisa is enthusiastic about the work that she does at OPI and the opportunity to help young adults on their journey to independence. She believes in the importance of finding joy and balance in life and building a healthy repertoire of skills to manage day-to-day life.

When Alisa is not working she is focused on her other passion which is her family. She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Nicole holds a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, and received her doctoral degree from Pepperdine University’s Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program. Nicole is also an E.A.G.A.L.A. certified mental health professional and equine specialist.

Nicole has been a part of the Optimum Performance Institute family since 2008. She began at OPI as a residential staff member, later transitioning to the life coaching department and department of staff development. Her current position as Residential Director enables her to combine her passion with therapy/coaching and program/staff development. Nicoleenjoys collaborating with staff and brainstorming creative ways to best support our participants in leading successful independent lives.

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Nicole enjoys traveling, skydiving, scuba diving, working with animals, and pulling the best pranks on her coworkers!

Shannon has been the Admissions Director at OPI for over 2.5 years. Working with young adults has been her passion since an early age. Prior to OPI, she held positions focused on helping others including a peer educator, licensed administrator for elderly facilities, as well as sales and marketing roles.

Shannon and her family enjoy living in the San Fernando Valley and doing activities with their 7-year-old twin boys. For fun, you may see Shannon at the RC Car track, baseball field, or even jumping in a race car.

 

 

 

 

Medical


Dr. Red is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who sub-specializes in children and adolescents. Her specialized training allows a big picture view of development over a lifespan. She believes that a person is a “whole person,” and practices medicine with this in mind. She has a thoughtful approach and uses evidence-based medicine to compassionately help others.

She has been recognized for excellence in leadership, clinical care, and dedication to service. She is currently the President-Elect of the Southern California Psychiatric Society, a professional organization representing over 1,000 psychiatrists in Southern California.

Also in the SCPS, Dr. Red has served as Treasurer, Secretary, Regional Councilor, Early Career Representative, and Resident/ Fellow Member Representative.

Dr. Red completed an Adult Psychiatry Residency at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, followed by a subspecialty fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Red received her MD degree from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. Her undergraduate degree was in biology and chemistry at Howard Payne University in Texas.

Dr. Red is also a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Janet Martin, M.D., Ph.D. is a Board Certified (ABPN) psychiatrist with over 10 years of private-practice experience, committed to helping patients using psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. She completed her residency training at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 2006, where she was Chief Resident of the Consultation & Liason service. She received her M.D. from UC Irvine, where she also completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience research, studying neuropathology in dementia. She completed her undergraduate education at UCLA, where she majored in Psychobiology, graduating magna cum laude.

Clinical Team


Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies was awarded by California State University, Northridge.

During her academic time with CSUN Rebecca worked in the Child and Family Studies Center which acknowledges the needs of the individual child and the values of the family with the provision of a safe and nurturing environment. She trained with New Directions for Youth during her graduate program working with court referred adolescents in therapy.

Rebecca participated in Behavioral Tech’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy 10-Day Intensive Training Course© as well as several other DBT trainings such as, Using DBT on the Front Lines.

Rebecca has worked at OPI in both the residential and clinical capacity and assisted in the development of the Intensive Program.

In her down time she enjoys activities with her husband and daughter as well as with friends.

John began his career as a residential counselor working with adults, primarily transitional age youth, with persistent mental illness. He assisted these young adults with developing independent living skills and social rehabilitation in order to reintegrate into the community.

After completing his master’s education in counseling psychology at California Lutheran University, John began working as an outpatient therapist at Hillsides in Pasadena, CA. There, he provided community-based therapy to children and families, working in their homes and school. John also taught a Positive Parenting Program to help develop healthy parenting skills to families involved with social services. In addition to providing therapy, John was also the outpatient referral coordinator, and often the first contact for families seeking outpatient services from the agency.

John then brought his skill set to OPI to help young adults achieve goals towards independent living. He provides individual, family and group therapy for participants, including facilitating DBT Skills groups.

Outside of OPI John loves to spend time with his family, going on adventures, cycling, martial arts, playing guitar, and relaxing to records.

Darin received his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from California State University Northridge where he also minored in Human Sexuality.

He is a naturally present and empathetic clinician that has joined the OPI team after 6+ years of providing direct therapeutic services to young adults, adolescents, and their families. He has experience providing group, individual, and family therapy in Intensive Outpatient Programs, community counseling centers and in private practice.

Darin has a passion for helping young people find their own path into adulthood. He enjoys the process of connecting with each individual and trying to help them learn the skills and self confidence they need to achieve their goals.

In his free time he can be found cavorting outdoors with his wife and two sons, coaching his boys’ basketball teams, listening to music, or “geeking out” on random psychology books, the NFL, and the NBA.

Azra received her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate University. Her Master’s thesis utilized research to create a program that combines Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills with art therapy to treat behavioral issues in children. She now implements this program at OPI through the Expressive Art Therapy Group. Azra has contributed her clinical expertise through the program’s life coaching department, group therapy, family therapy, individual therapy and case management. Additionally, Azra works as Adjunct Faculty at Phillips Graduate University, providing research advisement to Art Therapy graduate students striving to complete their thesis.

When Azra is not at work, she enjoys hiking, painting, attending concerts, and taking road trips with friends.

Life Skills


Introducing participants to the world of work to become job-ready is something that Jenny strives to do in the Department of Volunteer and Career Services. Jenny has been the Director since 2010 and previously worked with the Los Angeles Community College District working at both Pierce and Valley College in the Job Placement Center, Disabled Student Services, and EOPS.

As Director for Volunteer and Career Services, Jenny works with participants to use volunteering as an opportunity to build transferable skills, to obtain work experiences and professional references, gain confidence, and set and meet short term goals. Jenny helps participants in all phases of career counseling including exploration, career related tool building and the job search process. She coaches participants in the value of networking, professional image and mock interviewing. Jenny also coordinates the monthly community service events in various service areas and industries.

Jenny earned her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance, College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University.

Michelle Obergfoll earned her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, Child and Adolescent Therapy tract and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has experience working with at-risk youth, former foster youth, LGBTQ as well as individual with various developmental disabilities. Additionally, Michelle has previously worked as a private college counselor and is very knowledgeable about the college admissions/ application process. As a private college cpunselor, she has helped students matriculate to UCLA, UC Berkeley’s, Penn State, etc.

Michelle is passionate about education and enjoys helping participants obtain both their short and long term educational goals. As Director of Education, Michelle works with participants in all aspects of educational counseling including college major/vocational exploration, school and class registration, obtaining disability accommodations, detailed college search, college application assistance, college essay review, etc. She focuses on meeting the participants where they are academically, so whether they are interested in taking the HISET/GED, getting their high school diploma, applying to college, grad or vocational school, she can help them through every step of the process. Participants have been accepted to USC, Palo- Alto/Stanford’s Psy.D. program, Pierce College, Moorpark College, Santa Monica College, West Valley Occupational, MUDD make-up school, etc.

Michelle is from the Caribbean and was raised in Jamaica, Grand Cayman and NYC. She enjoys art, travel and fun beach days in Malibu with her family.

Jenna Madeiros, B.A. is an Alumnus from California State University, Sacramento where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Counseling on the Dean’s Honor List. Jenna has dedicated many years to her first found passion of dance which flourished to 8 years of teaching in Northern California. For 3 years, Jenna taught high school aged special needs students dance as an alternative to physical education requirements. She also has years of experience teaching in a classroom and utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis strategies as a Behavior Interventionist.

Whether it is exploring past hobbies, maintaining current joys, or sparking new found curiosities, Jenna is a true believer that motivation sparks from passion. She strives to influence positive motivation through encouraging support and realistic goals for each participant. Jenna charismatically reminds participants that fun, healthy activities are crucial for self-improvement, healthy living, and happiness. In the Extracurricular Activities Department, participants engage in OPI in-house clubs, participate in individual activities, build confidence in the kitchen, and socialize at weekend outings to best strengthen their OPI activity adventures.

Born and raised in the “City of Trees” Jenna has a strong love for nature and outdoor adventures. When she’s not busy at work, Jenna most enjoys yoga, hiking, dancing, traveling, camping, and making memories with her family.

Ryan is a graduate of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he received his Master of Arts in Psychology. He completed his undergraduate education at UC San Diego, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and began his focus on trauma and addiction studies. Through a combination of educational, professional, and personal experience, Ryan developed a passion for motivating change and helping young people tap into the resiliency necessary to cope with traumatic experiences and break free from addiction.

Ryan brought this passion to OPI in 2014, joining the company as an Independent Living Specialist, helping to motivate and coach participants through their treatment experiences in the residential setting. In his first year at OPI, Ryan joined the Addiction Counseling Services Department, taking over as Director in 2015. In this role, he educates participants on substance use disorders as well as behavioral addictions, enhancing motivation and exposing participants to the advantages of a life of sobriety. Through groups, individual check-ins, and recovery meetings in the community, Ryan helps participants build a plan tailored to meet the unique needs and desires of each individual, from 12-Step and SMART Recovery meetings to physical fitness, digital detox and beyond. Ryan’s favorite part of working at OPI is the opportunity to help young people distance themselves from old behaviors that don’t serve them anymore and build a new perspective on life.

Young adults face a myriad of challenges on the path to independence, and it is not uncommon to face some setbacks along the way. Melissa is passionate about supporting young adults in building the skills and knowledge to conquer the developmental tasks that come with transitioning into adulthood. She has been with OPI since 2008, working as front line staff, life coach and therapist. Currently she serves as the Director of Life Coaching Services and as a Therapist/Case Manager.

As Director of Life Coaching, Melissa hires and trains all life coaches at OPI to ensure participants are receiving one-to-one support and attention from our life coaching team. Life Coaches help participants define and work toward their goals, by creating small action steps that are accomplished and measured through a system of accountability. As a Therapist, Melissa works one-to-one with participants to work though the emotional obstacles keeping young adults from actualizing their full potential.

Melissa earned her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotions and Disease Prevention Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California. Her experience outside of OPI includes working as a Behavioral Interventionist, utilizing her training in Applied Behavioral Analysis in her work with children and adolescence on the Autism spectrum. Additionally, Melissa offered counseling and crisis management with female adolescent foster youth living in group homes. Melissa holds a membership with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Krista has been with the Optimum Performance Institute since 2008 when she began working as an Independent Living Specialist. She then was promoted to a Site Supervisor and eventually transferred into Human Resources.

As the Human Resources Generalist for Innerchange/OPI Krista helps with the new hire onboarding process; this includes recruiting, orientation, and welcoming the new staff to our family. Krista assists with employee relations and development, creation of policies and procedures, and is familiar with HR rules and regulations.

Krista earned her Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to pursue her Masters degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Krista is from the South Bay. She enjoys going to sporting events, concerts, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Tricia graduated with her Bachelors in Business Marketing and Minor in Studio Art from Sonoma State University. She joined the OPI team in 2010 as the receptionist and has since transitioned to Office Manager where she enjoys being part of the vibrant OPI team. As Office Manager, Tricia works closely with the administrative assistants to ensure the office is running smoothly and efficiently.
Tricia was born and raised in Southern California and enjoys traveling, hiking, baking and spending time with her husband and friends when she’s not at work.