Senior Leadership Team
Brad Lamm is Founder + CEO of Change Inc, an integrative family-based change organization helping family members fill their lives with “more good, less bad”. Brad is an author, teacher and interventionist best known for helping people make life-enhancing change on The Today Show and The Dr. OZ Show.
Change Inc’s core units are:
- Intervention Specialists
- Family Class + Case Management Services
- Break Free Intervention Skills Training
- Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services (New York City, Los Angeles + Detroit)
In 2013, Brad realized a dream come true as he opened the first two Breathe Life Healing Centers in Gramercy Park (NYC) and Laurel Canyon (LA). Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services provide powerful residential insurance-driven trauma treatment in urban environments under the direction of a clinical A-Team that includes Director of Clinical Programming Tian Dayton, PhD.
“With powerful educational and spiritual development programming in place, we’ve created in Breathe the first-of-its kind program in the nation.”
Deb Hughes comes to Breathe with a dynamic background in program and business development, strategic planning, and a tremendous foresight on execution and expansion. Her experience with dual diagnosis, eating disorder treatment, adolescent and adult programming, as well as a deep working knowledge of business development, transitional living, outpatient treatment programs, and IOP services provides her the opportunity to make an unsurpassed difference in the lives of Breathe guests. “This is such a profound opportunity for Breathe Life Healing Centers to shift the paradigm of how wounded people heal their lives and those of their families. By implementing our Phases of Change curriculum, people are afforded the chance to remake their lives and find a new way of living.”
Dr. Dayton has a Masters in Educational Psychology, a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology, and is a Board Certified Trainer in psychodrama. She is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. Dr. Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), winner of their Scholar’s Award, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy, and sits on the professional standards committee.
Dr. Dayton is faculty alumna of New York University, where she taught psychodrama for eight years. She has been awarded the Ackerman/Black Award and The Mona Mansell Award for contributions to the field of addiction. Dr. Dayton is author of twelve books including ACOA Trauma Syndrome, Trauma and Addiction, Emotional Sobriety, bestseller Forgiving and Moving On, and The Living Stage. She has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, and MSNBC.
Kathleen Murphy, M.A., LPC is the Clinical Director of Breathe Life Healing Centers LA. She comes with a world of knowledge and a depth of experience. She is known for being a conversationalist who leans towards philosophical discourse informed by passion and a commitment to generating interpersonal dialogues that contribute to the meaningful treatment of relational and developmental trauma.
Kathleen’s career is founded on 28 years of experience working with people with substance abuse issues complicated by relational trauma. Her most recent years have been mentored and guided by Ann Smith, LMFT and Austin Houghtaling, PhD, both of the profound Breakthrough at Caron program, where she developed an expertise in experiential group processes as a facilitator. Kathleen has made use of didactics, psychoeducation, lectures and experiential group processes that are heavily influenced by attachment theory and psychodramatic techniques to assist clients in re-framing and reclaiming the self as a being in relationship.
Kathleen now lives in the Los Angeles area with her family.
A respected psychiatrist, Dr. Kiriakos joined Breakfree @ Breathe as Medical Director in 2014. Prior to joining Breathe, she operated her own private practice focusing on medication management and psychotherapy in Beverley Hills, California, since 2005. In addition, she acts as a Staff Psychiatrist at A New Journey Eating Disorder Center, based in Santa Monica. Dr. Kiriakos has held similar positions with an array of mental health clinics in the San Fernando Valley, including the Center for Family Living and the Central Valley Youth & Family Center. Her career has focused on many areas, including therapy for a wide range of diagnoses: addiction, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, women’s health issues and eating disorders.
Dr. Kiriakos’ Medical Director duties at Breathe include the consultation and treatment of clients with food and weight issues, as well as addressing the complexities of co-occurring disorders. Additionally, she provides consultations and opinions on different aspects of patient psychiatric care relating to dietary management, therapy services necessary, medical referrals needed and levels of care for which clients are eligible.
Prior to embarking on her career in psychiatry, Dr. Kiriakos assumed several academic positions during her residencies. While completing a residency in adult psychiatry through the University of California-San Fernando Valley Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Dr. Kiriakos also worked as Co-Coordinator of the “Psychiatry in the Media” Seminar for PGY1-4 residents. During the same period, she also acted as a Staff Inpatient Psychiatrist at Olive View Medical Center, Group Therapist for the psychodynamic psychotherapy weekly group at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program, Course Chair for the “Brief Psychotherapies for Depression & Borderline Personality Disorder” Seminar at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program, Clinical Instructor of the Applied Psychopharmacology Course for psychology interns at California State University at Northridge (CSUN), and Administrative Chief Resident in Psychiatry at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley program.
Dr. Kiriakos possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Medicine from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine. She is a board certified psychiatrist.
David A. Wiss grew up in Los Angeles, and earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at California State University, Northridge, and completed his training as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). He specializes in the nutritional management of: food addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders, weight management, sports nutrition, and general wellness.
As a masters level clinician, David shares his expertise with a myriad of eating disorder and addiction programs throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He has conducted targeted nutrition interventions for adolescent drug offenders through Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and for post-guilty plea defendants in the United States District Court, Central District of California.
David is a regular contributor to Behavioral Health Nutrition Newsletter and a founding clinical team member of Breathe Life Healing Center, Los Angeles.
Lisa holds a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University, a BA from Tufts University, a culinary degree from The French Culinary Institute in Classic Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Food Journalism, and is certified as a holistic health and nutrition counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Most recently, she was the consulting chef to the highly successful weight management book, JUST 10 LBS by Brad Lamm. Brad and Lisa are currently co-authoring a companion cookbook to JUST 10 LBS. Her work has also appeared in fitness, wellness, and lifestyle publications and online media including Clean Plates, SOBeFiT, FOX, AOL, Plum TV, Marta Montenegro.com, and McFadden Performing Arts Publications. She currently serves as the co-chair of the New York Chapter of the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT).
Lisa works with individuals, families, wellness centers, medical centers, and corporate organizations to offer support, education and guidance in achieving greater health, happiness, and joy of living through food and lifestyle choices. As a certified holistic chef and nutritional counselor at Breathe , Lisa creates a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits each guest’s unique body, lifestyle, dietary preferences and goals. In addition to all of this, she also specializes in gluten-free dietary needs.
Larry Hymes transitioned to Breathe Life Healing Centers after 2 years at Michael’s House Residential Treatment Facility in Palm Springs. Prior to that, he had worked many years in Los Angeles as a licensed therapist. He holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and has worked within a variety of populations and environments.
Larry practices affirmative therapy and places great importance on self-nurturing and self-discovery, building self-esteem, motivation, and creating one’s personal community.
Parashakti’s mission at Breathe is to facilitate for clients a Soul centered therapeutic sacred practice through yoga, dance, chanting & ritual to support the spiritual, mental, emotional, physical and social integration of the individual.
Parashakti was born in Jerusalem, Israel and descends from a long line of spiritual teachers. Exploring the essence of spirit and dance from the age of four, Parashakti moved to the United States, where she spent two years studying yoga and living at the ashrams at Integral Yoga. While at the ashram she began her studies of Trance Dance™ with Shaman Wilbert Alix, this drew her to the wisdom circles of Native American ceremonies. Both of these profound in depth teachings and inspiration led her to develop the powerful, life-changing process known as Dance of Liberation™. Dance of Liberation integrates shamanic journeying, hands-on healing, drumming, global music and the use of a blindfold to dissolve participants’ physical, mental, emotional and spiritual blockages.
Parashakti has worked with over 10,000 dancers from around the world and leads workshops, retreats and DOL teacher training’s. She has co – produced a full feature documentary: Dance of Liberation. The film is now in the hands of the Wolper Organization/Warner Brothers and is being released in 2015, along with her book.
Kamy is a lifelong student of wellness, a professional motocross racer for 10 years, and an advanced golfer. He has literally traveled the world to research wellness and spirituality in different corners of the Earth. Kamy specializes in massage therapy, earth grown nutrients diets, weight and no-weight core workouts, low and high impact cross training, martial arts and water aerobics. Kamy has built his lifestyle and career around helping people make new healthy choices and start on a path to holistic well being.
“The fact alone that you are here, you have already won. From this moment on, it doesn’t matter how much you have struggled this is the beginning of the new you, and the beginning of the rest of your life. This is the story of your life going forward, and you decide what’s written. It is an honor to be a part of your story.”
Kamy lives in Los Angeles.
Rawland “Rawly” Glass, LCSW, MSW has been a clinician and social worker for the past 30 years, including 14 years in private practice and as a presenter of inner healing workshops. He has a broad experience base including managing addiction treatment contracts for the state of Idaho; serving as executive director of a non-profit that provided transitional housing; working with various vulnerable populations in adult and child protection; managing group homes for at-risk children; and most recently Chief Clinical Officer of The Bridge To Recovery based in Bowling Green KY.
Being a workshop facilitator has been a constant in his career. Workshops for clients on the underlying dynamics of addiction, recovery, and healthy relationships has been a theme for many years. Rawly also focuses on addressing trauma using Brainspotting, a practice that identifies and processes neurophysiological sources of emotional pain, trauma, and dissociation. In 2013 Rawly acknowledged his life work of encouraging and supporting people seeking healing and an authentic connection with themselves, their Higher Power, and others by launching his own business. Intra-Connected offers short, powerful workshops for individuals and families working through addiction and trauma by creating healthier relationships.
Well-organized and a strong problem-solver, Rawly is an asset to any team, providing guidance and gentle coaching to build trust and confidence in his group sessions and workshops. He is open-minded and easy to communicate with, immediately putting his audience at ease with his powerful, calm demeanor. Rawly is naturally positioned to work well with any population, allowing everyone to settle in to a trusting and safe conversation; he helps people explore and identify the work that needs to be done to live the lives they dream to live.
Rawly holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Pacific Union College and a Master of Social Work degree from Walla Walla University, with a dual emphasis in Clinical Work with Children & Families and Addiction Treatment. He is licensed in Oregon and California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He was the recipient of the Addiction Professional 2012 Outstanding Clinician Award.
Jeff moved from south Florida and joined Breathe Life Healing Center Los Angeles in January 2014. He brought with him a wealth of combined admissions, finance, marketing and utilization review experience in the addictions treatment field. His philosophy of
effective, trauma informed treatment for those struggling with addiction combines personal accountability with care and compassion. Jeff believes that effective, open communication with referents, families and clients is the most integral part of the admissions process at Breathe.
Jeff is skilled in residential substance abuse and mental health treatment after working in
various treatment centers and intervention services for the greater part of the last 10 years. He holds a vast perspective of admissions, insurance (verification and pre-certification) and relationship building. He has the proven ability to flourish in high pressure, deadline oriented environments, while possessing a high level of organizational and communication skills.
Professionally, Jeff is drawn to situations that provide hands-on access to the admissions
process, allowing him to build symbiotic relationships that support the Identified Loved One’s admission to a program that benefits their sobriety and lifelong healing. By focusing on partnerships, Jeff maximizes the resources available for clients in need of support.
Jeff is both personally and professionally committed to assisting individuals and families
struggling with addictive disorders and trauma and is actively pursuing certification as a
Certified Addiction Counselor.
Jeff lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tiffany Thomas is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and active member of the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). She has extensive experience working with eclectic, multicultural and social economic populations in the field of recovery. Tiffany is considered an expert in the treatment and treatment management of those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Tiffany’s experience as a group facilitator, case manager, drug counselor and paraprofessional mental health professional have provided her with a strong empathic and holistic approach to treating those in crisis. Tiffany continues to gain professional experience in drug and alcohol treatment and is currently enrolled in undergraduate work where her focus on substance abuse, anxiety, depression and anger have enabled her to contain the seemingly unmanageable feelings of those clients with whom she works.
Richard grew up in Paterson, NJ, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and subsequently earned his graduate professional degree of Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine (DC) from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, NY.
Relocating from New York City where he resided for over 10 years, Richard joins the Breathe Team with a wealth of diverse past experience including teaching, coaching and private practice. His extensive experience with health, wellness and recovery provide a rich passion for the possibility of change.
“Transformation is available to all of us and it can happen in an instant”
Miguel Palacios is the Operations Manager for Breathe Life Healing Center Los Angeles. He brings more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the management of nonprofit and private entities.
At Breathe Life Healing Centers Los Angeles he manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, budgeting, fleet administration and information technology. He also oversees the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles campus.
Prior to Breathe Life Healing Centers, Miguel worked in management with experience in public relations, community relations, media relations and event planning.
Miguel believes that success is not in the results but in the effort. Being the best is not what really matters but doing the best is all that matters.
Brandon Kneefel comes from a organizational leadership background in non-profit, writing and operations. Coming to Breathe, Brandon enlists his personal passion for working in the behavioral health and substance use disorder field. Brandon is excited to continue growing at Breathe, as their holistic approach to healing is not only something that he understands, but incorporates in his daily life. Brandon is a former Jonathan D. Lewis Point Foundation Scholar awarded for his academic excellence and “merit as a future progressive leader.”
Kelly brings several years of human resources and staffing experience to Breathe Life Healing Centers, as well as an understanding for business. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.
Kelly has worked as a Human Resources Manager in various industries. Having a broad background in HR, Kelly is thrilled to work for an organization where she can see how the people she hires and works with have a direct impact on improving other people’s lives.
Mike joins Breathe with a strong academic background in psychology and business, having worked extensively with dual diagnosis, mental health, and substance abuse populations as well as patients on the autism spectrum. Grounded in a strong work ethic, Mike brings a constant positive energy to Breathe.
Mike is driven by his commitment to enhance and expand treatment options for clients struggling with anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder as well as other addictions. Mike draws on both personal and professional experience in his passion to help
others regain a sense of hope and peace in their lives as they move along their individual path to recovery.
A graduate of UCSD with a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in healthcare management, Mike also holds a BS in Psychology & Kinesiology from Arizona State University. Mike has been an active leader in the mental health community
within several organizations throughout Southern California.
He is a true 21st Century thinker, mining new ways of improving the client experience at Breathe through marketing and advertising practices. Reaching people in need, providing life healing programs, and supporting clients on the road to recovery is the primary goal of all of Mike’s work.
“I really enjoy witnessing clients on the journey to recovery. It is amazing to see the constant evolution and unfolding as clients begin to trust and collaborate with their team. Genuine hope begins to resurface through smiles and laughter as clients begin to create a sense of community and fellowship. If I can bring that message to people in need, to bring them hope and the opportunity to embrace the change they need in their life, then I know I’m doing the right work.”
Myrtle Leon is a graduate of Cal State University of Los Angeles with a bachelors degree in Social Work. She has more than 20 years experience in clerical work and office coordinating. Additionally, Myrtle has more than eight years of experience in the health insurance call center. She is motivated by teamwork and loves connecting across departments to ensure Breathe’s clients receives the proper attention and reception to Breathe’s program and team.