The Renaissance Recovery Mission

Renaissance Recovery provides a structured, supportive, family-based environment for young adults to grow, develop healthy habits and life skills and learn the coping mechanisms needed to lead and support a functional and successful lifestyle—sober. We are a long-term, solution-based addiction treatment program.

We provide intensive outpatient treatment for addiction recovery as well as more conventional outpatient addiction treatment.

We utilize a gender-specific, holistic approach to recovery that employs multiple therapeutic methods help heal the mind, the body and the spirit simultaneously.

Every treatment program is individualized to the needs of the client. We start by getting to know you, your history with addiction and what happened during previous attempts at recovery. From there, we develop a treatment plan that is unique to you.

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Meet Our Team of Recovery Experts

Tyler Young

Tyler Young

Case Manager- RADT

Tyler was born and raised in Denver Colorado and fell in love with everything California had to offer. He moved out here in 2016 for sunshine, sandy beaches, and a new life. Tyler has worked in the Recovery field for over a year and a half now and he loves every second of it. Tyler has worked with sober livings in the Orange County community with a desire to become an alcohol and drug counselor.  Tyler has always been passionate about helping others and enjoys being able to relate to those he works with. Tyler is a student at California Southern University perusing his CADC and is already putting his studies to work. Tyler has a lot of experience with 12 step programs and he enjoys helping others see their true potential. In his down time you can usually find him at the beach meditating or at the pool studying. Tyler’s favorite saying is “One day at a time” because he knows how important it is to slow down and to show gratitude for what he has today.

Sarah Forry

Sarah Forry

Case Manager- RADT

Sarah Forry has been working in drug and alcohol treatment for five years and has been a case manager for the last three years. Sarah is a psychology major and has the goal to obtain a doctorate in the field. She plans to specialize in trauma and child psychology so that she may further her ability to assist those afflicted with a drug and alcohol dependency. Sarah hopes that her clients will achieve their full potential and the freedom from addiction that they deserve. She uses her compassion and understanding to assist and interact with each client, offering the care she would want of those in her own family. Sarah focuses on relapse prevention by specifically tailoring treatment plans to each clients’ unique needs so that they are prepared to move forward with successful, long-term sobriety.

Kayte Roberts

Kayte Roberts

Therapist-AMFT

Kayte Roberts is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in LGBTQ+ Affirmative therapy. She helps individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities learn to celebrate their identity and recover from traumas related to being LGBTQ+—work which she is naturally drawn to and deeply passionate about. Kayte has extensive training and over seven years of experience working with individuals facing substance abuse disorders, and over 12 years of personal recovery—allowing her to understand the struggles of early recovery while offering unconditional support and love. She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, alcohol and drug counseling certification from Centaur University and a Bachelors in Communications from Chapman University. Additionally, Kayte is currently seeking a certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) with the intention of better helping her clients develop coping skills surrounding emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, distress tolerance, and mindfulness. Kayte is dedicated to being with each client every step of their way, helping them to explore the underlying causes of their addictions, gain a greater sense of self while on their journey to recovery, and find authentic purpose.

Stefanie Tate

Stefanie Tate

Case manager-BS, RADT

I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University. I have been working in the recovery and mental health industry since 2010 and hold my Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician certification. Currently I am in school finishing my CADAC degree. My day to day responsibilities as case manager include crisis intervention, group and individual counseling and client education. I come from a place of professional and personal recovery experience. I pride myself on understanding where the client is coming from. I am passionate about helping men and women understand the disease of addiction and develop effective coping skills to prevent relapse, recover and heal. I believe that an essential part of recovery is seeking out the right support system and trusting the process. A happy and sober future is awaiting you. As a mother of a young daughter I have a busy life. I enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, and many other adventures. I love to travel and enjoy new experiences. I see everyday as another opportunity to learn and grow.

Seth Bitzer

Seth Bitzer

Director of Operations & Compliance

Seth moved to Southern California from a small town in Delaware in search of a new life. He fell in love with the recovery community that Orange County offers and decided to pursue a career helping others who had similar struggles. He studied both business and nursing, and now brings his passion for helping others to his role with Renaissance Recovery. Seth often assists the clinical staff to provide the best possible client care. Seth takes his own experience in recovery and his working knowledge of the 12 steps and shares it with every client that steps into our family. Seth has an uncanny ability to lead with humble acts of service and serves as an incredible example for what recovery in a young adult looks like.

Bianca Jones

Bianca Jones

Administrative Director

As the Administrative Director, Bianca brings with her three years of experience in the recovery field with various positions of management and supervision. Her personal experiences have permitted her to gain a deep insight into addiction, and she is passionate about serving those in need of recovery. Bianca is eager to work with our clients and share her experience, strength and hope so that they find success with long-term sobriety.

Reese Morgan

Reese Morgan

Client Advocacy

Reese has been working in the field of addiction for the past several years. As part of the Renaissance Recovery team, Reese brings his passion for helping others to the forefront. From his own experience with overcoming addiction and the wreckage it can cause, Reese connects with our clients on a personal and resonating level. Through experiencing as well how some treatment facilities can make a client feel more like a number than an individual, Reese strives to make sure each of our clients’ individual needs are met. As Client Advocate of Renaissance Recovery, Reese adds an intrinsic value to the attention and care our clients receive, ensuring each of our clients receive the highest quality of care possible.

Jamie Courtney

Jamie Courtney

Alumni Coordinator

Jamie is a Registered Recovery Worker, and has obtained her RADT-1 with the state of California. She has been working in the field of recovery for the past three years. As Alumni Coordinator of Renaissance Recovery, Jamie reaches out to our Alumni on a weekly basis, keeping an open line of communication between Renaissance and our clients that graduate. She coordinates Alumni activities, showing continued support throughout the process of our Alumni’s recovery. Jamie’s warmth and compassion are exhibited in all that she does at Renaissance Recovery, her positive outlook bringing a sense of hope and encouragement to the clients as they continuously move forward in their own recovery.

Kathleen Whipple

Kathleen Whipple

Therapist

Katy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Vanguard University of Southern California. Katy is accredited as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and is currently obtaining her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Vanguard. She has worked in both residential and outpatient settings for mental health and substance abuse, and understands the firsthand struggles that come with early recovery. In her personality and counseling, Katy offers a warm, safe environment, through which her clients can truly be seen and heard. She seeks to demonstrate that people can be sources of strength and joy, rather than the causes of struggle and pain. Katy journeys alongside her clients as they walk together through the difficulties that may arise in transitions. She is dedicated to helping her clients gain the confidence it takes to make healthy, conscious choices on their own. In her free time, Katy enjoys hiking, spending quality time with friends, and taking trips to the dog beach with her two dogs Karma and Keller. Her dogs can be spotted in the office from time to time, exhibiting the sense of comfort and unconditional love that Renaissance Recovery encompasses.

Kevin Cataldi

Kevin Cataldi

Creative Director

Kevin graduated from Berklee School of Music with a Master of Music Production in 2012. As Creative Director, Kevin uses his love of the arts to help our clients discover their passions and talents in new and creative ways. He brings to Renaissance Recovery an understanding of the struggles and uncertainties that many individuals face in early sobriety. For over a decade, Kevin found himself alone attempting to battle addiction before finally becoming willing to accept help. Through building a life for himself in sobriety, he has explored ways to use his musical talent and creative background to help others. Kevin hopes to instill a sense of optimism and confidence as he works alongside our clients as they discover their true authentic selves.

James Blumenschein

James Blumenschein

Program Director

James graduated from InterCoast College in West Covina, CA. He began his career as an addictions counselor in 2010 and is currently a CADC II, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a member of California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). James has acquired an extensive history of working in recovery. Varying from detox and residential treatment facilities to intensive outpatient programs, he holds experience in various roles such as Lead Case Manager, Group Facilitator, and Supervisor. James began his personal journey in recovery in 2009 and has been an active member of the 12-step community. He volunteers his time in helping others afflicted with the disease of addiction through service in 12-step programs. As Program Director of Renaissance Recovery, James is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to his clients. He brings to Renaissance quality leadership and endless inspiration to his team to provide the highest quality client-centered care.

Dr. Rick McGuckin Psy.D., LMFT

Dr. Rick McGuckin Psy.D., LMFT

Clinical Director

Dr. Rick McGuckin holds a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) and is a Board Certified Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice since 1985. For the past 32 years, Dr. McGuckin has successfully counseled adults and adolescents and has helped them put their lives back in balance. Dr. McGuckin has specialized in working with men and women who struggle with alcoholism and substance addiction, as well as depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. His desire to work with individuals in treatment facilities for substance abuse comes from firsthand experience of how and when the disease started, as well as the toll the disease can have on a family. Often people with an addiction have a secondary diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder, for example. In these cases, Dr. Rick works closely with Psychiatry to stabilize the client’s mood and clear their thinking. As Clinical Director of Renaissance Recovery, Dr. McGuckin carries the message that it is through identification, support and education that individuals are able to turn their lives around and begin a new path in their journey through life.

Jack Petti

Jack Petti

Owner/Founder

Jack Petti comes from a unique background, having struggled with addiction from the very early age of twelve years old. He uses his story to help individuals struggling with the same problems he once struggled with. In charge of various and multiple roles at Renaissance Recovery, Jack works with our clients, helping provide and establish a solid foundation for recovery, with hopes of supporting them in developing a better manner of living.

Robert Leigh

Robert Leigh

Admissions Director

As Director of Admissions it is Robert’s mission is to ensure that all client’s and families have a seamless transition as they take this step forward in their sobriety and their lives. Robert takes on the task of assessing all clients to assure that they are a good clinical fit for our program and coordinate all aspects of their admission. In addition, Rob manages professional relationships associated with Renaissance Recovery, ensuring that Renaissance maintains a healthy rolodex of relationships with partnering programs in the event a client is not a clinical fit or must be referred to an alternative level of care.