Elliott Hastings recently became Dr Elliott Hastings after earning his doctorate in clinical Psychology in June 2020. Dr. Hastings has help to develop Pura Vida’s Treatment program over the last 2.5 year to include not only strong, evidence-based practices and well-trained counseling staff, but also a fun and comfortable learning environment.
Steven Clay Shifflett was born and raised in Napa, Ca. He now lives with his wife Susan in St. Helena. He works as an ER physician and as an addiction specialist. In addition, Steve has coached high school football for 20+ years.
Dr. Katie Schwimmer is a Licensed Psychologist who serves Pura Vida in the role of Clinical Supervisor. Dr. Schwimmer Supervises the interns and staff members who are accumulating hours towards their certification/ licensure. Dr. Schwimmer has works in the field of substance use disorders for over 10 years.
Kate comes to us with extensive experience in the field of addiction and recovery after working in residential treatment for six years. Kate is certified as a CADC-I and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Kate’s strength lies in her ability to combine humor with evidence-based practices to provide high quality education to our clients that is both entertaining and informative. Helping others is Kate’s passion in life and shows up every day with the intention of making a positive difference in our clients’ lives.
Michelle pioneered the Pura Vida Family Program and has grown it to have a wider community support component. Through her own personal experiences, she has developed a passion and further desire to provide support and education to loved ones of the addicted and afflicted. Michelle is also a professional photographer, so she sometimes wears multiple hats for Pura Vida! All of her free time is spent with her grandkids.
Ashly joined Pura Vida Recovery Services as an experienced professional in the field of Behavioral Health for 10 years. Most recently, she worked to help individuals and families find appropriate treatment options nationwide for substance abuse and various other mental health issues. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Addiction Psychology and is currently working towards a Master’s in Clinical Counseling. Ashly’s ability to empathize and listen to others has been a strength since childhood, and she strives to create a safe, supportive space for clients to feel comfortable enough to share their story. She believes everyone’s path in life and recovery looks different, and feels honored to be part of her clients’ journey. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, bike riding, listening to music and cooking.
Tish Rutledge is an intern from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies where she is working on her master’s degree in Integrated Recovery for Co-occurring Disorders. Prior to returning to school, Tish worked in human resources for 32 years where she was in executive leadership working in all areas of human resources including leadership coaching, organizational design and development, and training. Tish is thrilled to be transitioning to a career that offers her a deeper ability to help others in the field of addiction and mental health counseling.
Matt is a longstanding member of team Pura Vida. He is originally from New York where he got his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Matt worked as a chef for 16 years in Manhattan where he refined his cooking and management skills before discovering his new passion. He has started a life-skills cooking group where he now passes on the art of cooking nutritious and healthy meals to our clients. Matt’s strengths lie in his unparalleled patience and ability to make groups both fun and educational. He has his RADT-1 and is currently in school and studying for his CADC-1 certification. Matt shows up every day ready, willing, and able to make a difference.
Marisa has worked in healthcare for sixteen years. She obtained her Associates Degree of Nursing from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2019 and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix in 2020. Marisa currently works as an Emergency Department nurse. Recently, she has done some work in community nursing, as well as disaster response.
Erica Crean is an RN with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Linfield College. She has 2 years of experience, including corrections and emergency nursing, which has allowed her to gain experience in many different aspects of nursing.