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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - Orange, Calif.


Paulette Dillon, CADC-II
Director of Outreach and Marketing
Twin Towns Treatment Centers

Paulette Dillon is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor CADC – II. She has been with Twin Towns Treatment Centers an Intensive Outpatient Program serving adolescents & adults throughout LA & Orange County for 6 years. She currently oversees all six locations as the Director of Outreach & Marketing. In addition, she is also part of the administrative team, collaborating, developing, and helping implement new programs and strategies that have managed to secure Twin Towns place as one of the leaders in the treatment and recovery world.

Her newest focus has been helping create “The Family Connection”. Collaborating with MFT’s, LCSW’s and other community professionals to provide a facilitated workshop addressing real issues that families in the strong hold of addiction are faced with. On behalf of Twin Towns, Paulette conducts in-service trainings covering a variety of topics, from drug trends in teens, to signs & symptoms to SBIRT (Screening & Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment).

Dillon is dedicated to helping others understand the complex world of addiction, and is determined to help families become better educated so they, as well as the addicted love one, can approach the recovery process together and ultimately achieve long-term sobriety. Paulette has been married for 32 years and the mother of four beautiful children.


Robert Weathers, Ph.D.
Curriculum Developer
California Southern University

Dr. Bob Weathers has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to those in need of support and guidance. Known to his clients and students as simply "Dr. Bob," he holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Religious Studies from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena.

As a recovery coach, he has specialized for years in the healing of addictive behaviors, particularly within the performing arts community.  In addition to having served as founding clinical director of a local, nationally recognized residential drug and alcohol treatment center for adults, Dr. Weathers has decades of professional experience in providing therapeutic counseling to clients presenting with the entire range of clinical issues and concerns.

In addition to recovery coaching, Dr. Bob has been deeply committed, over his entire professional career, to teaching and training graduate-level clinicians at several southern California universities. He is currently curriculum developer in psychology at California Southern University (in Irvine), including his developing their brand-new, CAADAC-approved Addiction Studies Certificate and mindfulness-based clinical training coursework.

Dr. Bob’s primary, long-term goal has become only clearer across the years: to help individuals --- both clients and students --- to reach their full potential, both in terms of an enriched emotional life as well as truly satisfying relational intimacy. His clinical focus centers around integral (or holistic) approaches to therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching --- where the entire spectrum of human experience, from body to mind to soul and spirit, is drawn upon for its resources and nourishing contributions to healthful living.

Dr. Bob’s now hundreds of former students continue to apply the above values as they professionally provide a wide range of psychological services all over the United States.  Plus, related to these areas of career interest and expertise, Dr. Bob has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of professional books, journals, and edited volumes.


Jennifer Gulczynski
Clinical Director
Forterus Health Care Services - American Addiction Centers

Jennifer Gulczynski completed her Master’s in Health Psychology and is currently a candidate for her Ph.D. in Clinical & Health Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology.  Jennifer's experience includes a wide range of clients with co–existing disorders. Jennifer has specialized in working with dual diagnosis clients with chemical dependency and has training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing.

Jennifer has over 16 years of experience working with Medicare and managed care clients in the behavioral health field to include adolescents, children, and adults.   Jennifer has worked extensively with the Joint Commission on hospital accreditation as a compliance specialist, and recently completed an extensive CARF survey for Forterus Health Care Services. She is well versed in standards and requirements mandated by the State of California Health and Human Service Agency Department of Health Care Services.  

Jennifer has served 10 years on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA), and continues to work with the community to develop a further understanding and on chemical dependency and co-existing disorders.


Melinda Drake, Ph.D.
Director
The Canyon at Santa Monica

Dr. Melinda Drake joined The Canyon at Santa Monica as director of outpatient services in 2013, and she is a talented treatment professional with more than 20 years of experience working with patients and their families. Much of her career has been spent in behavioral health jobs at state agencies and nonprofits, on both the business and service side, overseeing programs and advocating and innovating on behalf of children and families.

In her varied career, she has served as a social worker clinician, program director, clinical director and executive director. Not one to sit back and watch, Melinda has been known to take advantage of opportunities to improve treatment programs and processes, whether that has meant writing grants or expanding programs to serve as models for other organizations. Throughout her career, she has always served others with compassion and care.

Melinda studied at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Limestone College in South Carolina, and at the University of the Philippines.  A lifelong learner, she earned a master’s degree in social work in 1997, followed by a doctorate in business administration in 2000 and then another master’s degree, this time in computer resources and information management, in 2003. Originally from the Philippines, Melinda arrived in New York when she was 17. Her work experience in the behavioral health field began with the Williamsburg County Department of Social Services and Continuum of Care.

While working on the business side of social services, Melinda found it hard to watch foster children move from one place to another, carrying their belongings in garbage bags. It inspired her to write her first grant, which she received.  That experience motivated her to become a social worker. Melinda also worked with co-occurring psychiatric and developmental disorders at Willowglen Academy, a residential facility in South Carolina.  At Willowglen, she initially acted as a clinician involved with day-to-day interventions, then as program director for the day program with patients in an inpatient setting, as a clinical director and, finally, as an executive director from 2007 to 2009.