Dr. Ali Kohzad
Clinical Director LCSW
Angelina grew up in Australia, immigrating to the USA in 1995. She began her practice as a Primary Therapist in addiction and mental health in 2014. Angelina has a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC with a Major in Mental Health where she graduated with a Dean’s Recognition for Leadership. In addition, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree in sychology. Currently Angelina is completing a Ph.D in Depth Psychology with a concentration on Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices.
A background in social work, psychology, leadership, program development, research, and extensive training in mental health are assets to her experience and passion in the field of addiction and mental health. Leading teams as the Clinical Director from 2015 to 2020, both as a leader, part of a treatment team as well as actively practicing as a clinician from 2014 has been a part of her journey of experience in the field in the addiction & the mental health field. Currently Angelina is the Founder of Arena Therapy Services, LLC, a mental health and addiction aftercare practice, in addition to consulting as Clinical Director to substance abuse treatment centers.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Angelina practices first from a Person-In-Environment perspective preferring an integrative treatment model approach to treatment. She believes that mental health care requires a whole person approach. Angelina’s therapeutic modalities include Depth Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, CBT, DBT, Solution-Based, Safety-First Trauma Therapy, Art Therapy & Problem Solving Therapy. Her primary area’s of expertise are dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, addiction, PTSD, & trauma.
Salma Essau Nawabi
Salma Nawabi is a Family Nurse Practitioner who provides health and medical care for diverse populations in a variety of primary care, acute and long-term care settings.
Salma was born in Jacksonville, Fl. She graduated high school from Wolfson Sr. High in 1992. Then received her first degree with a Bachelor of Science in Health from The University of North Florida in 1996. From Florida, Salma moved to Washington, D.C. to further her career and interest in health and started working at Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center conducting clinical research trials for patients with breast cancer. During her research she went back to school and received her second degree with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University in 2002. With her nursing degree she practiced solely in the Emergency Department of George Washington University Hospital with focus on Level One Trauma for the next 6 years. While holding the charge nurse position and leadership position as a preceptor/educator to new nurses in the Emergency Department Salma went back to school to achieve a higher education with a Master’s in Science with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University, graduating in 2006.
After graduating in 2006 Salma moved across the country to be close to her parents and extended family in Southern California. She has been in Orange County since and practicing as a Nurse Practitioner providing an extensive interdisciplinary knowledge base and working with people from birth to old age with specialties including Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine.
Salma truly finds happiness when she is making a positive difference in other people’s lives and it was not until she started working with one of the largest non-profit student organizations to help raise money for women and children in poverty-stricken countries, that opened her eyes to helping others in ambulatory and acute care settings. Because the Nurse Practitioner provides health and medical care for diverse populations in a variety of primary care, acute and long-term settings, Salma’s background in the Emergency Department and volunteer work has developed her character by being a strong and virtuous person, one who puts aside her own concerns to care for others. She has a keen sense of quick decision-making capabilities within reason and with high responsibility to provide comprehensive care in an objective manner.
When not working Salma enjoys spending time with her two children; daughter Milan and son Massi, her parents, cousins and friends, as well as a strong passion for playing volleyball, doing hot yoga and hiking.
Admissions Coordinator/ RADT 1
COO, LVN, RADT
I work in this field because my whole life I’ve had every obstacle come my way and I’ve triumphed. Now I have the opportunity to give back to a stigmatized and marginalized community that desperately needs love and support. I get to be someone who impacts their lives and use my skills to help them thrive in life.
Compliance Director, B.A. in Communications/PR, RADT 1
Program Director, C.A.T.C.1
B.A. psychology, Case manager
B.A. psychology, Case manager