A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE SPACE FOR WOMEN TO RECOVER

Our staff is comprised of highly educated and experienced personnel with many years of practical experience working at premier rehabilitation centers.

At Soledad House, we believe every person coming into our program deserves the best possible treatment. Our staff has numerous years of experience working at premier rehabilitation centers, affording our residents the highest level of care possible at our rehab center in California. To learn more about Soledad House, contact us today.

Allie Farmer

Director of Operations

After 8 years of Operations and Logistics at Avalon Capital Group Inc, Ms. Farmer joined Soledad House in early 2017. Allie earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from University of Redlands. As the Director of Operations, she helps run the business side of Soledad House, overseeing company operations and finances. Allie is dedicated to helping women achieve recovery from addiction, grow into their divine purpose, and flourish in life spiritually, emotionally, and physically.

Connie Shyng

Director of Business Development

Connie graduated from the University of California Irvine with a degree in cognitive psychology and a minor in criminology, law and society. She knew from the beginning that her passion resided in saving lives and helping others.

Connie began working in the treatment field early on in her professional career, prior to graduation. She spent her first year and a half working with clients in an eating disorder program and followed up the next six and a half years working at a dual diagnosis treatment center. Having held a variety of roles in the field, including compliance, admissions and intake, and business development, Connie is now proud to represent Soledad in the community and is grateful for the opportunity to help women recover.

Fred K. Berger, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Berger joined the Soledad House team in the Fall of 2014. Dr. Berger earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He did his residency at Yale University and has been in practice for over 35 years. Dr. Berger was the Medical Director of the Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla for 22 years and achieved the rank of Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine. For part of that time he was also the Medical Director of the Scripps McDonald Center, where he has spent over 20 years. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry and does expert witness testimony in Addictions on a national basis. The American Psychiatric Association has elevated him to the status of Distinguished Life Fellow. Dr. Berger’s passions for medicine and addiction recovery culminate in his expertise treating our residents with the balance of compassion and care needed to facilitate their passage through the stages of recovery.

 

Fred Murray, M.S., C.S.A.C. I.

Program Director

Fred has over twenty years experience in the chemical dependency field. Since the beginning, he has worked at Scripps McDonald Center in a variety of roles from House Manager to his position as Lead Relapse Counselor in the Residential Adult Treatment Program. Fred completed and received certifications in the Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADE) at San Diego City College. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Human Services from Springfield College, where he later earned Master’s Degree in Human Services and Organizational Management. In addition, Fred is a drug educator for nurses in diversion, he is a guest lecturer and educator at several San Diego area colleges and universities and at the San Diego Bar Association as well as other legal associations. He is a consultant to several treatment facilities including The McMillan Center in Torrance, California, and Soledad House, for which he designed and developed their program curriculum and treatment protocol. Fred is presently the Program Director of Soledad House Recovery; He received his last certification from the Association of Christian Alcohol & Drug Counselors Institute.

Marlyn Kellogg, SUDCC

Clinical Services Program Manager & Mental Health Clinician

Marlyn achieved her undergraduate degree in Psychology in May 2010 from San Diego State University. She later resumed her studies in behavioral health services and graduated from San Diego City College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Studies program in May 2018 and has been working as a Substance Use Disorder Counselor ever since. She became certified in the state of California in May 2019 and has continued to fuel her passion for knowledge and growth by currently working towards dual Master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. She is set to complete her graduate school programs at the end of 2022.

Marlyn is enthusiastic about supporting her community by building relationships with and empowering individuals through recovery skills building. She excels in providing people in recovery with the tools and support needed to build increased self-efficacy, stability, and independence. Marlyn holds profound hope and a deep belief that people have the capacity to make the changes that they dream of while cherishing the privilege and joy she finds in being of service to those in the community.

Jennifer Rotge, RADT

Counselor

Jennifer Rotge received her certificate of completion from San Diego City College AODS Program in 2017. She completed her internship at Soledad House and is excited to be a part of the team doing counseling and case management. Jennifer has personal experience with the heartache involved with substance use and has also witnessed the freedom that is possible. She has a passion for women and knows that healing and recovery are possible. Jennifer desires to come alongside women and empower them to heal and live the life they were created to live. She believes each woman has a unique purpose only they can carry out regardless of their past and they have the ability to turn their tragedies into triumphs and their pain into purpose. Jennifer wants to empower, encourage and support each and every woman who walks through these doors and see the miracle that awaits.

Dorian Hudson, CAODC

Case Manager

Dorian got a full scholarship to The Art Institute in San Francisco with a major in Photography. She graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a BA in Sociology with an emphasis on Children and Families. She returned to school to get a substance abuse certificate from San Diego Community College where she graduated Phi Theta Kappa. Dorian’s passion is to assist women in the recovery process by using creativity and fun.

Helen Lotsoff, M.A.

Therapist

Helen has held a variety of positions working in behavioral healthcare including house manager, case manager and therapist. She prides herself on upholding high legal and ethical standards as well as being sensitive to cultural diversity. Helen loves helping those in need, specifically those struggling with substance use disorders. She is driven by her passion for assisting others in personal growth and is excited that she can share this with other women through Soledad House.

Kristin Donahue, LMFT

Clinical Director/Therapist

Born and raised in Northern California, Kristin graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and American Multicultural Studies and her Master of Arts in Marital Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. She has spent the last fifteen years working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, geriatric, insurance, crisis/first responder and military populations. Kristin most recently worked as a Psychiatric Emergency Response Clinician with the San Diego Police Department, providing clinical support to law enforcement and the community for dispatch calls involving persons in mental health crisis. She provided education and training to public safety personnel on mental health issues to ensure effective and compassionate interventions with persons in mental health crisis, as well as their family members and support persons. Kristin has also worked on Naval Base San Diego at the Fleet and Family Support Center, providing therapy to Active Duty service members and their families. She also deployed with various commands as part of the Navy’s Return and Reunion Program, providing counseling and life skills workshops to service members as they sailed back to their homeports. Kristin provided clinically driven and evidence-based resiliency training for FOCUS (Families Overcoming Under Stress) program for the UCLA Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior. During this time, she worked closely with the Wounded Warrior detachment at Naval Medical Center Balboa. Kristin completed her practicum work at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry. This placement was the start of Kristin’s passion for incorporating creative interventions with both art and play therapy modalities and incorporating family and systems work into her practice. Kristin enjoys teaching and spent the last 7 years as an Associate Faculty Professor in Human Services, Psychology, Counseling and the Marital and Family Therapy graduate programs at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus. She is excited to now be sharing her passion and expertise with the women at Soledad.