Executive Director & Founder
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Michele Ross, LCSW
Clinical Director and Primary Therapist
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Daniel Szuhay, MA
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Alumni Chair and Spiritual Advisor
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Twelve Step / Spiritual Advisor
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Manny Rodriguez is the executive director of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
Manny has been immersed in the Los Angeles recovery community for most of his adult life. What initially began as a personal road to wellness became a calling to help others battling addiction to reclaim their own lives.
In 2005, Manny recognized there was an unmet need for affordable sober living and treatment in Hollywood. That same year, he co-founded La Fuente, A Sober Living Community. Manny tirelessly invested his time, energy and personal resources working on the front lines to help those who were new to recovery, as well as those continuing to struggle with addiction, to reclaim their lives and recognize that living sober is not only possible, but desirable. Over the years, Manny has worked hand-in-hand with clinicians, families and friends as well as the treatment programs from which many of La Fuente’s sober living residents have been referred. His hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of working with individuals struggling with addiction has enabled him to author and implement continued care plans that have helped many residents of La Fuente stay on the path to long-term recovery.
Prior to working in treatment and wellness, Manny gained a wealth of management and operations experience. He developed several small businesses and served as a marketing executive for various companies, including a subsidiary of two major motion picture companies. He also served as a board member at the Hollywood Studio District Neighborhood Council and Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing.
Manny earned a BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City and toured the world extensively with Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Atlantique – Régine Chopinot and Nicholas Rodriguez’s DanceCompass. He lived and worked in Paris and Barcelona for several years, speaks French and is fluent in Spanish.
“Helping individuals recover from the disease of addiction while rewarding can be a daunting task, even after many years. I was lucky very early in life with a calling that provided passion and also demanded dedication, endurance and sacrifice. I’ve done several things in between, some successful and some not. However, none came close to the passion I had in my youth. La Fuente and what we are called to do each day is the only thing that has reignited what I felt in my formative years. My goal everyday is to stay connected to why I do this. There are time when I get doubtful, even exhausted; I may question “why am I doing this”. I do it because I want to help improve the life of every client we serve, create healing opportunities for their families, their loved ones and maybe even help elevate our community and it’s stakeholders. None of what I do is possible without “the team”, their efforts and experience are unmatched. The daily mantra: let’s aim at being better today than we were yesterday.” – Manny Rodriguez
M. Steven Sager, M.D. is the Addiction Psychiatrist of La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Child, Adolescent, Adult & Addiction Psychiatrist. He can assist with detoxification as well as treat co-occurring (dual diagnosis) disorders. He is also certified in Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment.
Dr. Sager believes in comprehensive and compassionate care using the most current evidence-based clinical practices to evaluate and optimize treatment response. His goal is to improve the quality of life of his patients and their families and make them effective “captains of their own ships.”
Dr. Sager graduated from the Medical College of Ohio. He did his psychiatric training at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles where he has also taught Psychiatry. He is currently the Psychiatrist at the Pepperdine University Counseling Center in Malibu, CA.
Dr. Sager has practiced in the Los Angeles area for the past two decades. He currently works with young adults with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders in the Hollywood area at Covenant House California, Saban Free Clinic/Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Division of Adolescent Medicine’s High Risk Youth Program and youth services at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. He also has a private practice in Calabasas, CA with the Fulton Psychological Group. He formerly worked at ECHO Malibu Treatment Center and Tarzana Treatment Centers.
Dr. Sager is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Sager has given numerous lectures on various topics ranging from AD/HD to substance abuse both locally and internationally including Canada and the United Kingdom. He has also appeared as an expert on local news stations as well as on ABC’s 20/20. He has been quoted as an expert in Teen Vogue, the Los Angeles Times and US News & World Report.
Michele Ross, LCSW
Clinical Director and Primary Therapist
Michele is the Clinical Director and a Primary Therapist at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
She has been working in the mental health field for 22 years. She has been a licensed psychotherapist for 15 years. She graduated both undergraduate psychology and then received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She completed her internship and a fellowship in psychodynamic psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Hollywood. Michele was a member of the trauma team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a trauma social worker and supervisor for 14 years.
Michele has had extensive experience in the field of mental health: early in her career she worked with the street youth of Hollywood and did trauma work with children and adult survivors of sexual abuse. She has worked in numerous in-patient settings at hospitals such as Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, St Johns Hospital and Glendale Memorial.
In her private practice setting her specialties include working with men and women suffering from compulsive addictive behaviors (substance abuse,
Compulsive spending, disordered eating and addictive relationships).
Along with a traditional psychology background, she has also been a student of various psycho-spiritual practices including Buddhism, Sacred Therapy, Transformational Work and Meditation.
She is an active member of the recovery community both professionally and personally.
Daniel Szuhay is a Group Facilitator at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics he worked for 17 years in corporate America. Disillusioned, he decided to change careers. After receiving his MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2009, Daniel entered Pacifica’s Clinical Psychology doctorate program and anticipates receiving his PsyD in Clinical Psychology by December 2014.
Daniel is highly skilled in the area of addiction, sobriety, 12-step based recovery programs, and non-12 step harm-reduction methods. Daniel integrates his knowledge of 12-step with the work he does both in individual therapy, as requested and in recovery focused process groups.
Daniel is particularly interested in helping individuals with longer-term sobriety/recovery who have found that their 12-step program(s) are not providing all the relief they need. Daniel is also interested in helping men and women deal with issues associated with midlife and the aging process.
“I am excited to join the La Fuente team as a group facilitator. I look forward to incorporating La Fuente’s integrated mind/body/spirit approach to addiction treatment in my work as a group facilitator.” – Daniel
Anil Patel is the Alumni Chair and Spiritual Advisor at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Patel joined the management team at La Fuente in 2007 and is also an alumnus. His leadership and management skills are ideally applied to integrate the program systems requirements and personal needs of the clients. Mr. Patel also dedicates considerable personal time in the community sharing his personal story of recovery from addiction. Today, Mr. Patel is living a life that is filled with the healing that recovery has granted him.
“La Fuente provided me the tools necessary to start building a life beyond my wildest dreams. I am honored to be of part of the La Fuente team and to participate in assisting to create that opportunity for others.” – Anil Patel
Jonathan Wallace is a Twelve Step Guide and Spiritual Advisor at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, a treatment center providing inpatient drug rehab in Los Angeles, CA that offers an integrated approach to overcoming drug and alcohol addiction through clinical therapy, 12-step involvement, nutrition, fitness and community support.
He joined La Fuente in 2012 and began guiding clients through the 12 Steps. His in-depth knowledge of the 12 Steps and the recovery movement are of immense value to clients in search of or struggling with a spiritual path. Jonathan presents the 12-Step way of life to clients that assists with building a foundation with practical tools for living and long-term sobriety.
Mr. Wallace has a list of credits as an actor and his personal story of recovery he’s been sharing with others for over 23 years.