From our admissions counselor to our discharge planner, and every caring professional you will encounter in-between, Channel Islands Rehab Treatment Center takes tremendous pride in the skills and commitment demonstrated by our entire staff. All of the members of our team are dedicated to the healing process. To each of them, their work here at Channel Islands is not just a job, it is a passion.
Professionalism at Every Level
We feature fully licensed doctors, nurses, therapists and case managers who will oversee every aspect of you or your loved one’s stay here at our renowned treatment center. Each of these individuals possesses years of experience and specialized training for treating substance abuse and addiction. Just as important, our staff members display real compassion and understanding, so vital in developing personal connections and strong therapist-client relationships. At our small, boutique-style facility, they get to know you on a personal level. Their innovative and integrative, evidence-based care provides a proven road map to long-lasting recovery.
Total Immersion in Every Way
You will not be a stranger here. We get to know you, as well as your preferences and your personality. This enables us to match you with therapists, counselors, mentors and discharge planners who instill in you a sense of comfort and familiarity. Around this core team are many others who act as an all-encompassing support group, from those in maintenance who work to keep your room warm and inviting, to our accomplished chef, who prepares delicious meals that nourish and satisfy. This supportive care is an important centerpiece of our acclaimed Total Immersion Method.
We invite you to talk with many of our staff members, tour the facility and watch each individual doing his or her job with pride and a keen sense of responsibility. And after your stay here at Channel Islands is complete, you will continue to feel that same professionalism and camaraderie through the support of our Alumni Club. That is the essence of Channel Islands Rehab Treatment Center. When you come here for healing, we take it personally. And we work every day to never let you down.
Meet the Channel Islands Rehab Team
Dr. Allison Hopkins Ph.D
Founder & Clinical Director
Dr Allison Hopkins is the Founder and Clinical Director of Channel Islands Rehab. Dr Allison has been in the Human Services field for more than 24 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Amber University and her Doctoral degree in Human Services from Capella University.
Dr Hopkins has dedicated her entire professional career to working with high needs populations, such as domestic violence, children of alcoholics/addicts, street homeless and shelter homeless and in adolescent and adult addiction treatment.
Dr Hopkins is originally from Dallas, Texas and loves the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoys cooking, reading, exercise and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Zachary M. Zwolak, DO, FAAFP
Dr. Zwolak is a board certified addiction specialist and board certified family physician. I have many years of experience of caring for those with a broad range of substance use disorders in many settings from hospitalized patients to outpatient office and special circumstances, such as pregnancy. Although substance use is challenging to treat, I am encouraged by seeing the successes that can be achieved from a holistic, comprehensive family medicine centered approach. My family medicine training enables me to see you as a whole person and consider those aspects of your life that can motivate you to achieve remission. As an osteopathic physician we consider the ‘body as a unit’, not an individual disease and that all aspects of your life are important. Addiction is not a choice, but the road to recovery is an option. I look forward to partnering with you in the recovery journey.
Tipu Khan, MD
Doc Tipu is a board certified Addiction Specialist and Family Physician. He is the Chief of Addiction Medicine for Ventura County. Doc Tipu is a recognized expert in the field of Addiction Medicine both on the state and national level and has authored numerous papers and tool-kits. He has years of experience and has created protocols for managing the withdrawal state.
Business Development Director
My name is Susan Abdelhaq and I am an LMFT who has had several years working in the field of addiction and mental health. This has ranged from working in a school setting to different types of treatment centers. Over the years, I have gained an understanding of the different ways to treat substance use disorders and/or co-occurring disorders along with valuable experience treating Clients with mild to severe mental health concerns such as anxiety, ADHD, issues of incarceration, school problems, depression, trauma, psychosis, etc. Most importantly, I have been able to see the complexities of how these presenting issues play a part in addictive behaviors. I want to help others because I understand the shame and stigma that individuals carry about their struggle. I think it is important that individuals have spaces that allow them to feel safe and heard. It is one of my biggest values that individuals feel supported and validated especially through their healing process and while they seek treatment. I want to be able to use the educational, professional and personal knowledge that I have acquired to make a change by applying approaches such as CBT/DBT, exploring your unconscious desires and beliefs, mindfulness practices, and even creative modalities such as art therapy. I would also like to shed light on how issues such as racism, hate crime, acculturation, or just feeling misunderstood and different can impact many communities. I most importantly want to serve others by applying my client-centered approach to serve the needs of others in an empathic and non-judgmental way.
Hi and welcome! My name is Dena Perle LVN, and I have been a nurse for 31 years. I have worked in drug/alcohol treatment for over 10 years and still going strong. I grew up in a family of alcoholics and addicts so I know all too well about addiction first hand. What I enjoy about this field of nursing is helping people to understand there is a better way of living without drugs/alcohol. I have seen men and women lose themselves and family and friends to the bottle and drug. I have witnessed first hand the demoralizing thoughts and feelings an addict/alcoholic has. I have watched people come into treatment so broken emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally and after a period of time and tools walk out sober, confident and happy. I want you to know I care. I am here to help/assist you with your medications, MD and your needs necessary to make you comfortable during this journey. I am here for you.
Like so many people, my life has been rocked by addiction. Both my own as well as the addictions of my loved ones. That is why I am so honored to be a part of the team here at Channel Islands Rehab! Here I am able to offer a little bit of comfort, through my cooking, to these brave individuals as they fight what is likely the most difficult and uncomfortable battles of their lives. It is incredibly fulfilling for me when i am able to evoke emotions like joy and happiness in an individual just by serving a plate of food. I pour so much love into each and every meal I prepare, and I can’t help but feel like our clients not only feel that love, but they benefit from it as well.
My name is Beth Michel. I am an addict in recovery. I have seen and experienced the horrors of addiction. I understand what it is to be broken and unsure of anything. Because of my experience I want to assist people in making that important, and often hardest decision to change their lives. I studied at Oxnard College in the Addictive Disorder Studies Program to get my certificate in Substance Use Disorders. I have a passion to help other addicts achieve freedom of active addiction. I am continuing my education to obtain the Counselor II certificate, Criminal Justice Certificate, and my degree. I have experience working in treatment and this has provided me the opportunity to work hands on with people from the first day they walk into detox, most of the time hopeless and fearful of the unknown , all the way through the end of their stay, when the hope is restored and they are ready to start the next step of their recovery.
My name is Alejandra Karalis. I am currently attending school at Oxnard College, pursuing a degree in Addictive Disorders Studies. I have worked in treatment for over a year and have found it to be deeply rewarding and spiritually fulfilling. I am enthusiastic about helping people with substance use disorders because I, myself, am an addict in recovery. I remember what it was like to go to treatment, it was scary to take that leap of faith. My counselors made a huge impact on my life and my recovery. I hope to be able to do that for the next suffering addict who walks through the door.