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Ashley Amundson

Ashley Amundson
Program Director

I was fortunate to be born and raised in this beautiful city. It’s here I started to direct my focus on a mission to help and empower women all over the world. I obtained my BA in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. I explored many avenues of women’s service before realizing that I was drowning and in need of help. For years I struggled with alcohol addiction. Upon entering recovery my direction and passion became clearer. I wanted to help women who also suffered from substance abuse. With this goal in mind, I acquired my AOD certification and pursued my Masters in Professional Counseling (LPC).

I decided to expand my horizons and apply classroom learning to world experience. I took a hiatus from life and ‘Eat, Pray, and Loved’ my way around the world. I ventured to spiritually-inspiring locations such as India and Indonesia (where I became a certified yoga instructor) and spent five months living in Italy. Through discovering culture and spirituality, I learned to open my heart and lead with total compassion, gaining new perspective on life. My journey with Villa Kali Ma started in 2017, when I joined as a resident advisor. I have learned so much here in the last two years and am proud to say I am now the Program Director. Together with this amazing staff, we have seen so many women rebuild and empower themselves. It is where I feel I belong. Being passionate about spiritual and mental well-being, I serve as a mentor, a yogi and a fellow woman in recovery. It is here at Villa Kali Ma that I aim to further my mission and integrate it with the professionals and vision of this wonderful program.

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard.

Katie Hirst, MD - Villa Kali Ma

Katie Hirst, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Hirst graduated from Stanford University and then attended UC San Diego School of Medicine, completing her medical degree and then attaining board certification in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry. With this combined training, including additional board certification in Addiction Medicine, she is uniquely qualified to attend to both the psychiatric and medical needs of Villa Kali Ma’s patients and enjoys providing care to each patient from a holistic, whole-person perspective.

Dr. Alisha Bhatia

Dr. Alisha Bhatia
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Alisha Bhatia is a Naturopathic Doctor who’s mission is to Educate, Enhance and Empower patients to have healthier lives, optimize their bodies through comprehensive blood analysis, and address all aspects of patient care in a holistic model. Her scope in private practice includes helping men and women with a myriad of health complaints, with a focus on thyroid, hormones and gut health.

She is passionate about living up to the Latin word for doctor, docere, which means to teach. One of her favorite things right now is helping to educate patients on the gut-brain axis and how gut health impacts “mental” health, but as Dr. Daniel Amen says, it’s NOT “mental health” is really BRAIN HEALTH.

Dr. Alisha graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR in 2009, and moved to Temecula in 2012. When outside of patient care, she enjoys relaxing, reading, and all things mind/body/spirit. She volunteers monthly for Jacob’s House, a hospitality home like Ronald McDonad House, helping local families who have a loved one in the hospital and need a place to stay.

One of her claims to fame was being featured in the documentary The Miracle Morning, based on one of her favorite books by Hal Elrod.
She has been married to Andy for almost 5 years and they hope to have a family, beyond their fur baby, in the near future.

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Janice Graham, LMFT
Primary Therapist

As soon as I graduated with a Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco I started my journey following my passion by working as a Clinician, focusing on clients that suffer with co-occurring disorders: addiction, bi-polar, depression, anxiety and Eating Disorders.

I have over 20 years of experience working with complex clients which contributes to my ability to help guide and heal as a primary therapist. I have consistently run an art based therapy group throughout my career which allows the clients to experience another approach to Self-discovery. I also have extensive experience facilitating group process, psychoeducation groups, individual and family therapy sessions. I have many years working with attachment and trauma, providing the clients with a secure and sacred place to process their past history Since working with clients and families of those struggling with eating disorders, addiction and other mental health issues for the past 20 years, I have discovered the importance of the therapeutic relationship so we can get to a deeper level of healing.

I have been lucky to work in some great facilities throughout my career but have found my home here at Villa Kali Ma. It offers a special and unique path to healing which is why I became a therapist. Not only does it incorporate an amazing holistic program it also has some of the most amazing staff that are not only therapist and practitioners but truly are profound healers and artists. Together we are able to focus on the mind, body and spirit of our clients in order to ensure a successful road to their recovery and life.

Racheal Rhoades, LMFT EMDR

Racheal Rhoades, LMFT, Certified EMDR Therapist
EMDR Therapy

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Cal State University, San Marcos in 2000, and then my Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at San Diego State University in 2004. I knew early on, at age 15, that I wanted to pursue a career in helping others. I have over 20 years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings, such as private practice, day treatment, and community based services. A holistic approach is utilized by exploring with and educating clients about how mind and body are interconnected. My intent is to help individuals find hope, and be able to help discover and utilize individual strengths to help you meet your personal goals and find peace within.

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Kim Lottes, LMFT
Therapist and Integrated Healer

I am an Integrative Healer who helps clients find their way home using a blend of Psychology, Shamanism, and Energy Medicine. I serve as a guide, teacher, and example for connecting with our own inner wisdom. We each have this within, but are often taught to seek answers outside of ourselves. In this work, we slow down and turn inward, allowing our internal messages, healing, and intuition to come through. This knowing is more powerful and profound because it is our own. Through a process of deconditioning (bringing awareness to and releasing old beliefs we created at a young age that no longer serve us), growing our connection with self and Source, defining our values, and gaining clarity on the life we want to create; we are able to transform into living a life of our own design with more peace and freedom.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UC Santa Barbara and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. I am a former elementary school teacher, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 94793), student and teacher of Shamanism, Reiki level 2 practitioner, and certified yoga instructor specializing in yoga nidra. Each of these paths has helped lay the foundation to offer a deep, unique, and creative style of healing to clients, blending all my knowledge and experience over the past two decades. Internal Family Systems says that we all come into the world with the 8 Cs: calmness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, creativity, courage, connectedness. We have everything we need within, yet many of us have forgotten. This work is a magical process of remembering who you are.

Ann MacKenzie - Villa Kali Ma

Ann MacKenzie, MA, APCC 
Primary Therapist

I received my Bachelors in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of San Diego. I am a practitioner of Integrative Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and have studied Jungian Psychology and Eastern Philosophy for many years. Integrative Mental Health is my passion, and I have worked with clients with diagnoses related to substance abuse, mood, anxiety, grief, psychosis, personality disorders and medical problems. I practice from a strengths-based perspective, and typically find myself drawing upon mindfulness-based practices and interventions from DBT, ACT, and Positive Psychology. Yoga, clean eating, meditation, and other life-style based practices are the tools that have helped me to transform my life. With the right guidance and support, we are all capable of using our lives’ challenges as opportunities for growth and positive change. I believe that with self-love, forgiveness, and compassion we have the opportunity to turn trauma into wisdom.  Everything that you need to be well is within you, and I am so grateful to be a part of the healing that occurs at Villa Kali Ma.

Lizzie Powell bio

Lizzie Powell
Operations Manager PHP

I was lucky enough to grow up in Oceanside, Ca. After getting married and having my two children at a young age, I didn’t know who I was and felt I lost the chance to find out. I soon fell down a dark road of addiction that took years to get myself out of. After going to treatment, myself and working through my own journey of recovery, I wanted to give back what was given to me. In 2019, I enrolled in the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODS) program at Palomar College. In September of 2020 I was hired at Villa Kali Ma as a Resident Advisor. I immediately felt at home and at peace when I walked into the Villa and was in awe of the work done here. I eventually became Case Manager and that’s where I feel I found myself. Being able to meet the clients on their first day here and see their transformation over their stay here amazes me every day. Villa Kali Ma has motivated me to continue my education and become a LCSW.

When I’m not at Villa Kali Ma, I spend most of my time with my husband and my two sons and still work on my own recovery. Everything I have learned from Villa Kali Ma has changed my life and made me not only a better employee, but a better wife, mom, daughter and friend. I am looking forward to where else Villa Kali Ma can take me.

Elyse Estrada

Elyse Estrada RADT
Operations Manager RTC

I am a Southern California native, born and raised in Long Beach, CA. During my struggle with substance use, I decided to move to San Diego in 2015 and have never left. Through my journey in recovery, I discovered a passion and joy that comes from helping others. I am currently working on my AODS and will continue the adventure of learning and growing in whatever direction the universe calls to me. 

 There was an overwhelming sense of peace when I first walked through the doors of Villa Kali Ma, and I knew this was the place I needed to be. Villa Kali Ma is my first job working in Substance Use Treatment. I couldn’t be happier working in a small intimate setting where I’ve been honored to witness so much healing and have had the opportunity to learn and grow with such an incredible staff.

Holly Mae Haddock

Holly Mae Haddock
Content Writer/ Author / Blogger
MA in Counseling Psychology & Expressive Arts Therapy

I am honored to be the “voice of Villa Kali Ma” as blogger and content writer for the website. I began my relationship with Villa Kali Ma in 2016 as the director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Program while also providing Individual Therapy Sessions for the clients. With the personal experience of being on the clinical team and working closely with the founder, I am able to speak the Villa Kali Ma language and share the unique mission, vision and passion of this transformational program for women.

I received my MA in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2007. Throughout my career I have utilized Expressive Arts to work therapeutically with individuals suffering from dual diagnosis in a variety of settings such as transient families in community-based programs, incarcerated youth and individuals in residential treatment centers for addiction and mental health. Currently working as a private counselor and coach, I specialize in supporting people from all walks of life to develop channels of resilience, joy and meaning through accessing the deep, wild creativity that dwells inside us all. If you would like more info about me and my work please check out https://www.lionsongprocess.com

Jennifer Sage

Jennifer Sage
Primary Therapist

Born and raised here in San Diego, I discovered my love for helping others, being outdoors, and traveling at a young age. I graduated with my Bachelors in Psychology from San Diego State University and then went on to get my Masters in Counseling, specializing in marriage, family, and child therapy from the University of Phoenix. I dreamt of working with the mind, body, spirit connection and have completed various yoga teaching certificates, including yoga for trauma and am EMDR certified as well. I took some time to travel prior to really diving into my clinical career, and for the past 7 years I have been working with people of various ages with co-occurring disorders, treating both addiction and various mental illnesses simultaneously. I work with self-love, forgiveness, acceptance, grief, resilience, and mindfulness techniques to build rapport and provide tools for my clients in their journey. It is through developing a safe and comfortable relationship with my clients that I believe the most successful therapeutic work is done. I combine mindfulness with trauma-informed, evidence-based DBT, CBT, and ACT Therapy to help clients create lasting change in their lives. I believe that we are whole and perfect at our core and that the answers we seek are within each of us. I am beyond grateful and humbled to have found a home at Villa Kali Ma and look forward to working with you and being present for your transformation and healing journey.

Amy Ray

Amy Ray 
RADT – Case Manager Outpatient Program

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they are supposed to help you discover who you are”

I was born and raised in the Midwest, and I am a recent southern California resident. I love the adventure, diverse, culture and people, the culinary scene, the weather and the relaxed, easy-going people of SoCal.

I have over 10 years of experience, specializing in addiction and recovery. I am in long-term recovery myself, so I understand the impact addiction can have on one’s life and those around them.
I was immediately drawn to Villa Kali Ma because of its holistic perspective and the sense of tranquility. I have always been passionate about helping others. I know that when one aligns their mind, body and spirit it is possible to be truly healthy and happy.

I am so grateful to be on this journey at Villa Kali Ma.

Katherine Tirkel

Katherine Tirkel 
ASW – EMDR Therapist

My entire life, I have naturally gravitated towards helping others. I am a therapist, but also a healer at heart. I create a safe space for you to feel warmth, acceptance, and support without judgment, and believe that every person has the power and capacity to heal themselves from within once the barriers are removed.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from University of Missouri – Columbia and Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. I approach each person holistically through a mind-body-spirit and neurobiologically-sensitive, trauma-informed lens, infusing EMDR, holistic health, narrative therapy, mindfulness-based interventions, ACT, inner child work, Reiki, and strengths-based therapy.

I utilized these very approaches to heal from my own pain and suffering, and saw first-hand how transformative and important it is to integratively approach one’s healing process. I believe that suffering has a silver lining, and offers an opportunity for growth beyond what’s imaginable.

My intention is to cheer you on while empowering you to turn your struggles to strengths and move forward with clarity. I am honored to be part of your journey, and am so excited for you to come home to yourself.

Dominique Rosenthal 
Primary Therapist Outpatient

I have a Bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in addictions studies and a master of science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. I am currently enrolled in a Doctorate program for Counseling Psychology at Northcentral University. My passion for holding space for others and providing a safe and empathetic ear is long-standing and shows up in different aspects of my professional and personal life. I have always felt a calling to embrace spirituality and the mind, body, and soul approach to healing trauma.

My approach to therapy is to provide a safe place for individuals to process past experiences, trauma, and current struggles. I empower clients to take control of their healing by looking introspectively and learning how to identify and nurture their needs. I believe that developing a strong foundation of self is an integral part of healing. I look forward to developing a therapeutic relationship with my clients that is both empowering and healing and hope to help others develop a story that is unique to them.

"I don't believe it to be an exaggeration to say that Villa Kali Ma saved my life. I couldn't have asked for a better environment to heal and redirect onto a path towards true living."

Kristen B.

"This place completely changed my life. I needed a drastic change from the typical recovery environment in order to stay sober long term. Villa Kali Ma was more than able to provide a safe healing environment for me to cultivate a strong spiritual connection through yoga, meditation, and an organic lifestyle. I can honestly say that I love who I am today and I am forever grateful for Villa Kali Ma!"

Cynthia B.

"I am so grateful I found Villa Kali Ma, it has truly changed my life. Kay is awesome and the entire team who works there is absolutely amazing. I was introduced to many different types of therapy, healing and recovery options. I was able to choose what works for me and continue them outside of treatment once I went home. VKM is truly a tranquil place to start healing. If you are looking for treatment I would highly recommend making this the start to your recovery."

Suzie H.

Villa Kali Ma is an in-network provider with Anthem BCBS, Multiplan, First Health, Healthnet, and currently accepts most
PPO plans with out-of-network benefits. Call (760) 814-8214 for information on cost and payment options.