Meet Our Team

CEO

Medical Director & Physician
Physician Assistant
Transportation / Compliance Specialist & Health and Safety Officer
Clinical Supervisor LMFT
COO / Clinical Director – CATC-II, CSS
Program Nurse, LVN
Therapist
Program Director – CADC

Program Manager – CADC

Director of Operations
Melanie Murphy
Director of Business Development / Director of Admissions

Outreach Representative

Director of Human Resources
Managing Behavioral Tech
Lead Support Staff

Admissions Coordinator

Registered Nurse – RN, BSN

Clinical Psychologist – PhD Psychologist

Program Nurse – LVN

Founder and CEO

Start typing and press Enter to search

Zeinah Estrada

CEO

As a highly motivated and passionate professional in the admissions department, Zeinah Estrada has helped many individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction through her empathetic approach. She has been working in the chemical dependency field since 2011. She adds a unique, personal insight to the process, which helps clients to feel comfortable as she assists their various needs in the admissions process.

 

Zeinah provides unparalleled support for her clients undergoing the process of entering treatment and their loved ones as well. Her personal ties to the recovery process and the loving support she provides to our community have made her a truly valuable asset.

Zeinah utilizes her own personal experience in recovery. She underwent substance abuse treatment by sharing her journey on the A&E Show Intervention. Since undergoing treatment in 2011, Zeinah has achieved and maintained her recovery and has helped thousands of people suffering from the disease of addiction, as well as their loved ones.

Dr. Zahedi

Medical Director & Physician

Dr. Zahedi, a Southern California native, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the California State University, where he received his BS with honors in Biochemistry and Medical Psychology. He attended the Chicago Medical School where he completed his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors designation and went on to complete his surgical training at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA – a Keck School of Medicine/University of Southern California affiliated teaching hospital. Dr. Zahedi completed post-residency training in Aesthetics and Pain Management. He was recruited to the Valencia Medical Center in 2015 to bring his triple expertise in the fields of Primary Care, Urgent Care, and Aesthetic Medicine to the Santa Clarita Community.


Throughout his career, Dr. Zahedi has passionately pursued efforts to reduce the effects of pain and aging on his patients through early adoption of new technologies. He was one of the early pioneers of platelet-rich plasma therapy use for both anti-aging and anti-inflammatory treatment. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. He has published numerous case studies, cancer research projects, and residency education improvement projects in local and national peer reviews scientific journals.

Jeanette Alves

Physician Assistant

Jeanette was born and raised in Orange County, CA. In 2015, she moved with her husband and 2 children to the Sierra Nevada Foothills of Northern California. Her academic excellence transcended high school, where she was recognized as valedictorian. Jeanette is an NCCPA board-certified Physician Assistant.

She attended La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, majoring in Pre-Med/Health Sciences. She then graduated magna cum laude from Kettering College of Medical Arts, in Ohio, distinguished as one of the oldest PA programs in the nation. With almost 25 years of experience in the medical field, she’s developed a deep passion for helping others, especially those struggling with Substance Use Disorders.

Her background in Primary Care has extended into Addiction Medicine. She is committed to providing personalized care and support to each patient as they navigate their journey to recovery. Her compassionate nature is highly regarded by both her colleagues and patients alike. In her free time, Jeanette enjoys spending time with her family and staying active outdoors. Her hobbies include playing piano, crafting, cooking, and participating in community outreach programs.

Rory Calloway

Transportation / Compliance Specialist & Health and Safety Officer
Rory was born and raised in Iowa but has lived and worked in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington. He settled in Northern California in 2018 to work with Restoration Recovery Center. He has a diverse education and work experience including degrees in History, Political Science, Music Arrangement, and a J.D. from Drake Law School. He spent 15 years assisting citizens with their complaints against local and state government agencies as an assistant in the State of Iowa Ombudsman office. Rory focuses generally on the safety and well-being of clients. Rory shares his personal journey in recovery and through his rich, broad background usually finds at least a nugget of connectivity with each person who comes into his life. His most ardent desire is that each will engage openly in finding their truth, purpose, and the happiness that results from taking the steps necessary to mark a new path – a new life.

Matthew Beck

Clinical Supervisor LMFT
Matthew is a licensed marriage and family therapist with seven years experience working in the addiction and mental health field. He is committed to client care and an ethical approach to treatment. Matthew utilizes a solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. He emphasizes the importance of creating a recovery environment which supports deep and meaningful sober connection, a system of accountability, daily structure and healthy routine, and an aftercare plan which will support continued sobriety post-treatment.

George Graham

COO / Clinical Director – CATC-II, CSS

George Graham is a licensed CADC-II, and CADC-CS and prides himself on being a hands-on leader. George draws upon his extensive background in all areas of treatment programming, providing leadership and supervision to our clinical staff, crisis counseling, and diagnostic testing.

George specializes in substance-abuse and dual-diagnosis and brings 15 years of industry experience to his role as Assistant Clinical Director of Restoration Recovery Center. George has worked as Program Director, Operations Director and Clinical Supervisor of multiple facilities and has designed dozens of programs to help clients and their families heal.

George’s combination of cutting-edge addiction knowledge and personal recovery experiences allow him to empathize and build the trust necessary to hold a unique position in the lives of the clients and families that he’s had the privilege of helping. George is a loving but firm role model, finding equal importance in accountability and the ability to have fun while living sober. George sees his position as an opportunity to build upon the great reputation that Restoration Recovery Center enjoys and a chance to create and define our burgeoning treatment program.
George is a huge sports fan and enjoys grilling, guitar playing, reading, traveling, and spending time with his beloved family.

Elizabeth Johnson

Program Nurse, LVN

Liz was born and raised in Sparks, Nevada and has lived in the Sierra Nevada foothills for 30 years.
Liz graduated from Sierra College with her LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) in 1989. She has worked in a variety of modalities over the years including corrections, GI, Special Education and Pediatrics. Liz has worked in Substance Use Treatment since 2019 and loves being a part of her client’s recovery!
Liz also graduated from University of Illinois, Springfield in 2009 with a BA in English. She likes to read, write, garden, travel and go camping.
Liz is a passionate and compassionate professional who loves sharing her knowledge and personalized care with clients.

Khayre Bryant-King

Therapist

Khayre obtained his MSW in 2021 from Walden University and B.S. in 2019 from CSUS. Khayre draws upon his knowledge and education in dual diagnosis drug therapy, men’s mental health, relationship development, trauma therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist clients in gaining resiliency, responsibility, and confidence in their autonomy and environment development. With experience working in more acute residential and outpatient settings, Khayre assists clients in processing underlying core issues leading them to abuse substances and cognitive distortions that hinder their recovery and sobriety lifestyle. Khayre utilizes a range of therapeutic modalities (CBT, ACT, and Brainspotting) to meet the client emotionally and mentally to work through barriers, obtain healthy change, and practice beneficial methods and tactics to overcome stressors and obstacles. He believes in evidence-based practices in helping clients see their stories from a new perspective to gain insight into personal struggles. Khayre is passionate about providing hope to individuals in need and is grateful for the opportunity to work with individuals on their journey to recovery and a healthy lifestyle. 
“Life is short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.”
~ Seneca

Jason Sims

Program Director – CADC

Jason is a Sacramento-area native who is passionate to help others suffering with mental health and substance-use disorders. Highly educated at Oxford University in the U.K. and Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he graduated cum laude, he has worked in client-focused services for over 20 years. Jason has worked in the chemical-dependency field since 2019 where he employs an astute understanding of the disease and recovery process with an empathetic approach.

Jason utilizes his own personal experience in recovery having entered treatment during 2015 and having successfully maintained his sobriety since then. He adds personal insight to the process, which helps clients feel comfortable as he assists them in their journey. Jason has a breadth of experience spanning patient intake, group therapy, case management, and other-clinical services. He particularly enjoys witnessing the transformation that occurs between assisting clients during their intake process and the remainder of their time at Restoration Recovery Center.

Amber McKinney

Program Manager – CADC

Amber was born and raised in Orange County, CA. After starting a family, Amber moved to the Northern California where she resides with her husband and three beautiful boys.

Amber’s battle with addiction began in her 20s. It was a devastating and heartbreaking struggle until she finally surrendered during her last treatment episode. While in treatment, she was able to address the core-root of why she drank, learn healthy coping skills, and begin to develop self-worth and self-acceptance. In addition, while in Sober Living, she went back to school for AOD Counseling, finding her purpose and her passion in helping others to recover from addiction.
 

Amber is a certified CADC-I. Amber draws from her personal recovery experience to connect with clients and it is that connection that makes her relatable and approachable.

Thomas Bucky

Director of Operations
As Director of Operations for Restoration Recovery Center , Thomas brings multiple years of experience working in the recovery field. Along with his vast experience in operations and management, Thomas is also in recovery and is a full-time student working to complete his substance abuse counseling certificate which gives him a unique connection with our clients. He enjoys seeing the transformation in the clients during their time with us and sharing his own personal recovery experience with them. His ability to manage multiple functions of our program ensures that our clients receive the best possible care during their treatment with us. Thomas has an upbeat personality that helps to instill a positive outlook for our staff, clients and their recovery, showing them that although recovery is a life-or-death matter it is possible to have fun, be safe and enjoy sobriety. Thomas is a father of four and is grateful to have an amazing partner to walk through recovery with.

Melanie Murphy

Director of Business Development / Director of Admissions
Melanie was born and raised in Northern California and currently holds an RADT. Melanie graduated Cum Laude from Butte College and holds degrees in Psychology, Anthropology, Child and Adolescent Development, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Melanie joined the Restoration Recovery team in 2022 and is a newer addition to the organization. Melanie has previously held her CNA and worked in the healthcare field in multiple different capacities, prior to finding her home in the recovery field. Melanie is quoted as stating “I will never work in another field again”, and credits this field as being home and where her passion truly lies. Melanie states that she loves helping people and being a part of their recovery journey. Melanie is currently pursuing multiple degrees and credentials and is a self-proclaimed “eternal student” who never seems to sate her thirst for knowledge. Melanie is married with 3 grown children and when asked what she likes to do in her free time, responds with “what is that”?

Jennifer Kuhlman

Outreach Representative

Jennifer joined Restoration Recovery Center during 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development and a minor in Psychology from Sacramento State University. Before coming to RRC, Jennifer worked with foster youth in treatment where she quickly realized her desire to help people with substance-use disorders on a greater scale and her passion was born. Through her own struggles with addiction and her road to recovery, she feels invested in the mission of Restoration Recovery Center. As an Outreach Representative, Jennifer’s greatest joy is developing the agency and business relationships to further that mission.

Heather McCulloch

Director of Human Resources

Heather was born and raised in Northern California. She attended St. Mary’s College in Moraga, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. After college, she worked in the insurance industry for a short time before attending Sonoma State University’s program of Paralegal Studies. She earned a Paralegal Certificate in 1996. Heather spent 25 years working for private sector law firms as a litigation paralegal; 18 of those years in the area of employment law. Heather lived in Sacramento for 24 years and now calls Auburn home. She fell in love with the serene and natural beauty of the foothills and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and relaxing at the lake. She loves being “up the hill.”

Heather began her recovery journey in late 2018 and has experienced many challenges in maintaining a healthy and balanced program. She has lost loved ones to addiction and has experienced challenged relationships with her three children (ages 20, 17, 13), other family members and friends because of her own addiction. She knows what detox and treatment looks like from the inside and relapse is part of her story. She enjoys working with RRC staff and seeing client transformations. Heather is so grateful and blessed to have found beautiful and lasting friendships at RRC and an extended family that is cherished beyond measure.

Heather currently serves as our Director of Human Resources and spends most of her time at our Auburn office working in tandem with the Management Team on employee relations, recruiting, training, and compliance. To further her education, Heather will begin a Master’s Degree program in Human Resources and Employment Law in Summer 2023. Heather is humbled by the experience to so freely give back what was given to her.

Brianna Sutton

Managing Behavioral Tech

Brianna was born in Palm Spring CA and raised in Nevada County CA.

Brianna graduated from Nevada Union High School. Brianna worked in medical manufacturing for ten years and then became a chronic care manager for a primary care doctor’s office for three years before joining the RRC family.

Brianna applied for a job at RRC without realizing her job would turn into her passion and give her a sense of purpose and has obtained her RADT. Brianna enjoys helping others and is compassionate. She takes pride in providing the best quality client care at RRC and feels her job is very rewarding helping others in their recovery.

Brianna enjoys spending time with her family, camping and being a mother.

John Dorsey

Lead Support Staff
John was born and raised in Redlands and is a native of Southern California. He came to the Sierra foothills and his passion for working with others encouraged him to stay and call Northern California home. As lead support staff he is actively engaging with the clients and able to share his own experiences as a positive member of the recovery community. John is always an up beat positive member of the team that our staff and clients have come to count on.

Karlie Kruenegel

Admissions Coordinator

Born and raised in Southern California, but still likes to think of herself as a “Nor-Californian.” Karlie spent her high school and college years in Sonoma County and majored in Psychology. Prior to RRC, Karlie was a Behavioral Technician working with kids with Autism. Karlie has obtained her RADT and continues to learn and grow within RRC. Being in recovery herself, she has a tremendous passion for helping those find the door to their best selves and reminding them to let their light shine! 

Niki Pannu

Registered Nurse – RN, BSN 

Niki has worked as a nurse for 23-plus years in the Sacramento area.  She has experience in the departments of medical surgery, psychology, orthopedics, oncology, and pediatrics.  She loves the art of nursing and the compassion that it brings along.  She feels that helping patients and their families brings meaning to her life.

Dr. Sharon Stafford

Clinical Psychologist – PhD Psychologist 

Dr. Stafford has a BA degree from USC, an MA degree from Notre Dame, and PhD from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She has worked in emergency rooms, psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient and outpatient treatment centers as a psychologist and as a Clinical Director throughout her career. She has worked in the areas of child psychology, adolescent psychology, adult psychology, and dual diagnosis treatment.

Nickolas Robinson

Program Nurse – LVN

Mr. Robinson has found his passion in helping people. He has extensive experience raising money for California foster youth and championing for legislative change to better serve our communities’ most vulnerable individuals. As a nurse, he has cultivated an extensive background to include acute psychiatric and med-surgery nursing experience. Furthermore, he has served as assistant director of nursing and administrative operations director in one of the largest skilled nursing facilities in Northern California. He is passionate about addiction, recovery, mental health, and most importantly people. 

Aaron Estrada

Founder and CEO

Aaron was raised in the Lake Tahoe area and was a professional skier competing in Big Mountain competitions. He was the only man to win the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships in Crested Butte, Colorado three times. After surviving a life-altering skiing accident, he became addicted to substances.

The pivotal moment for Estrada came in March 2011. When facing three to five years in prison, a judge offered him a deal of alternate sentencing. While in treatment, he addressed the root of his problems; unresolved traumas. Aaron started working in the substance abuse field shortly after leaving treatment and has worked in many different areas of the field, including Support Staff, Case Manager, and Program Director. This is where his dream evolved. He started to grow a passion of starting his own facility where care could be tailored to each individual, address problems with substances but also heal the mind, body, and spirit while incorporating outdoor activities. That is when Restoration Recovery Center was started.

Since overcoming addiction and finding sobriety, Aaron has found his passion in life in working in the field of substance addiction. Aaron has been working in the field of addiction treatment for over 7 years. Prior to joining the Restoration Recovery Center team, Aaron held management positions at multiple long-term residential facilities in Southern California.