—MA, MFT, CADC-II, LAADC (Psychotherapist/Addiction Specialist)
PRC Employee Since: 2004
Quote to live by: “Don’t complain and don’t explain.”
Bio: George “Butch” Warner is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed CAADAC drug and alcohol specialist. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Butch started the Music Therapy group for PRC clients and teaches communication skills. He is also a feature writer, with a host of articles published on addiction, music, penology, religion and pharmacology. Butch has been in recovery since August 23, 1998, and has been a PRC Case Manager since 2004.
He is also the successful player/coach for the Pasadena Recovery Center softball team.
In his spare time, Butch writes for many local newspapers and publications including The Huffington Post, on a wide-range of subjects including addiction, drugs, music, public policy and incarceration.
Quotes about Butch:
“Thank you for being the best counselor I’ve ever had. I honestly don’t know if I’d still be here without you. You have no idea how much I appreciate all you have done for me. Thank you!” – Katie
“Just wanted to say thank you again for being such a great counselor and making it comfortable and easy to talk and to keep up the GREAT WORK!! Help the newcomer! Love you” – Patrick S.
—Director of Operations
PRC Employee Since: 2001
Quote to live by: “You can’t control how other people treat you or respond to you but it’s important that you treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.”
Bio: Lamonica was one of the Pasadena Recovery Center’s first employees. As Director of Operations, he is primarily responsible for creating a safe environment that is conducive to recovery. He also manages the Program Assistants (PA’s or techs) and handles client movement in and out of the facility. With over a decade of experience, Lamonica has witnessed thousands of motivated individuals achieve sobriety.
Prior to PRC, Lamonica spent twelve years as a mental health professional at the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. He also served in the US Military as a Spec-5 Medic before being honorably discharged.
PRC Employee Since: 2007
Quote to live by: “One day at a time.”
Bio: Angela knew early on that she wanted a career helping people overcome addiction. Both of her parents were alcohol dependent and she lost relatives to a drug overdose. She learned first-hand the importance of getting treatment but also witnessed the financial hardship that often accompanies it. With this backdrop, she attended Intercoast College where she received her license in Addiction Counseling.
After 5 years as PRC Office Manager, Angela spread her wings in 2014 and put her counseling training to good use now working one on one with clients.
Angela beams with pride when speaking of phone calls from former residents calling to thank her and informing her of their sobriety. Watching clients get their family, job and life back is the most rewarding part of her job.
PRC Employee Since: 2004
Quote to live by: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” — Charles Darwin
Bio: Raquel, who earned her certification from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, leads classes at the Pasadena Recovery Center on Tuesday (9 pm), Wednesday (3 pm), and Sunday (2 pm). The sessions, which normally run about an hour, start with a wide-ranging discussion on subjects like the ‘power of positive thinking’ and ‘forgiveness’. After which, the class moves into light stretching, expands to regular stretching, and often ends with guided meditation and relaxation. Raquel also practices music therapy and aromatherapy in her classes at PRC.
Raquel has a special bond with the Center and calls PRC founder, Dr. Lee Bloom, her “muse and her inspiration”. She adds, “Dr. Bloom was a visionary, a father figure, who touched my life like he did the lives of so many others.”
Quotes about Raquel:
“I just want to thank you for all you’ve done. you as a person & the yoga you’ve taught me have been such a huge part of my recovery. I can’t even begin to describe it. Not only are you a great instructor – patient, understanding – but you have a great accent, and your personality & kind spirit were a bright ray of sunlight in what was a very dark world, when I first came to PRC.” — J. B.
“One of the things I will be leaving with is a new found love of yoga. Raquel is a great teacher, and her classes have helped me control my anxiety, which I had a lot of, especially in my first two weeks or so. Not only do I plan to continue learning yoga, I feel it should be required for everyone who is here to try it, at least once.” — Anonymous
Karen Scalice, Clinical Director
—Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist & California Certified Addiction Specialist
PRC Employee Since: 2004
Bio: A graduate of Pacific Oaks College, Karen is an LMFT and as a certified CATC-IV, is a certified addiction specialist and educator within the state of California. Karen is currently the clinical director at PRC as well as an instructor at Glendale College in their addiction studies program. Karen remains active in the community – volunteering to educate families and adolescents on the disease of addiction. With over seventeen years of experience in substance use disorders, Karen continues to embrace individuals and families on the road of healing and recovery – addressing the diverse areas of trauma, grief and loss, eating disorders, sex addiction, and co-occurring disorders.
Adam London, Counselor
—Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor
PRC Employee Since: 2010
Bio: Adam London is a certified addiction treatment counselor. He helps clients and families suffering from debilitating alcohol and drug dependency regain vital healthy lives, restore interpersonal relationships, and reconnect to their passions. Adam has always enjoyed helping others and counseling them through difficult times. Prior to entering the addiction treatment field seven years ago, Adam practiced law for nineteen years – mostly as a criminal defense attorney. Adam provides a critical component to the Pasadena Recovery Center community – facilitating individual client therapy, group sessions, and leading multi-family groups. His favorite part of working with clients is helping them achieve long-term recovery success. This has directed Adam to focus his energy on developing and implementing recovery management strategies that lengthen the prover-patient relationship and create transparency in the patient’s recovery progress. When not working, Adam enjoys hot yoga, snowboarding, and green smoothies.
Judy Jayne Clingan
—Certified Alcohol & Drug Specialist
PRC Employee Since: 2015
Bio: Judy is a woman in long-term recovery who came out of retirement and went back to school when a friend was talking about drugs she was unfamiliar with. Going back to school was not new for her, as she received her bachelor & associate of arts in the early 1990s, after entering recovery. This time, Judy went back and received her certification as an alcohol and drug specialist (CATC-II). As a single mother of two, she has faced many of the issues that our clients at Pasadena Recovery Center face today, most notably how to turn shame and guilt into self-sufficiency and move forward with their lives. She is extremely involved in her local community and volunteers on a regular basis for various community organizations. Judy tells her clients often there are two things she shares with them – our humanity and our addiction.
—Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATV-IV)
PRC Employee Since: 2015
Bio: Sue Parker graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science and degree in special and general education. She received her masters from Cal State LA and received her certification as an addiction treatment counselor from Glendale College in 2015. She joined the Pasadena Recovery Center family late in 2015. Prior to entering substance abuse counseling, Sue held various positions in teaching, executive administration, and consulting within the special education field.
Addiction Therapist/Specialist & Case Manager
PRC Employee Since: 2005
Bio: A graduate of the University of Phoenix with a bachelor of science in human services, John is a long-time and valued member of the Pasadena Recovery Center treatment team. He is currently completing his master’s degree in counseling and MFT. John is also a person in long-term recovery from addiction for the past eighteen years. He works with clients on a day-to-day basis, assisting them with issues such as co-occurring disorders, trauma, issues directly impacting male clients, and discharge planning for a healthy and productive life in recovery after their stay at PRC. John’s passion in the treatment field comes from the inspiration he sees on a daily-basis from his clients. As a person in recovery himself, he knows a life free of drugs and alcohol is possible when given the correct tools to thrive in the outside world.