Ken Seeley, CIP, CCMI–M


Ken Seeley has remained professionally and personally involved in recovery since his sobriety date of July 14, 1989. He applies his relevant experience and boundless enthusiasm to profoundly change the lives of people who suffer from the disease of addiction – for addicts, the addict’s family, and their friends. Ken works to save lives every day as the founder of Intervention911, one of the most prominent and successful private intervention services in the country. Ken is featured on the Emmy Award Winning and 2015 Emmy Nominated A&E television series “Intervention”. He is often asked to speak on addiction, Ken was honored to present to the British Parliament on “Intervention and the Continuum of Care” to help create lasting recovery for those suffering from this disease.

Eric McLaughlin, MSW, CCMI-M, CIP


Eric McLaughlin is the CEO of The Ken Seeley Group which includes Intervention 911 and Ken Seeley Communities. Eric graduated from USC School of Social Work in December 2016 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Eric enjoyed his education at USC and has begun the process of learning benefits and implementation of evidence-based practices in interventions, treatment, and therapy. He oversees all Clinical Services including intervention, treatment and long-term case management for all clients of Intervention 911 and Ken Seeley Communities. Eric loves the variety of services offered under the Ken Seeley Group. His specialty is working with family systems to intervene and reset the trajectory of families that have been impacted by addiction and mental health issues. Eric combines his clinical background with his long-term intervention experience to deal with clients and families struggling with, Intervention 911 has been offering training to interventionists for over ten years. Training has always been one of his strengths. He has worked hard to create a robust training for interventionists and case managers in the behavioral healthcare field.
Eric loves to travel and frequently is on the road doing interventions and attending conferences.

Medical Staff

Dr. Kenneth C. Russ | M.D.

Medical Director

Kenneth C. Russ, M.D. has been practicing medicine in Palm Springs, CA since 1990. His main focus has been Internal Medicine, but for the past 10 years he has dedicated the major part of his practice to Addiction Medicine. He is certified by The American Board of Addiction Medicine and prescribes detox medications based on individual patients’ history and condition. Dr. Russ feels that the challenge of treating any addiction is that it involves attacking the demons of the mind, body and the spirit.

Heather Kurera, D.O.

Addiction Psychiatrist 

Dr. Heather Kurera is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kurera’s career has provided her the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including community mental health, private practice, residential dual-diagnosis rehabilitation centers and corrections programs. 

She began her medical career as an active duty officer and physician with the United States Navy in 2003.  She then became a General Medical Officer at Camp Pendleton and deployed with her Marine Corps unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Upon returning from Iraq, Dr. Kurera completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego in 2009. As a staff psychiatrist at Naval Medical Center San Diego was appointed assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry for the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and given the distinction of Master Clinician. After serving nine years of active duty service, Dr. Kurera left the Navy at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  

Dr. Kurera is excited about the breakthroughs on the horizon for Psychiatry that can bring hope and healing to more and more people. She enjoys partnering with clients to find what will work best for them in their journey to recovery. Dr. Kurera enjoys finding innovative solutions to complex problems.

Dr. Kurera holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Texas Woman’s University.  She received her medical education from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Julian Sandoval | CNA

Detox Nurse

Julian Sandoval CNA Is a service-focused nursing professional with excellent patient care and charting skills. 3 years of home healthcare, while Coordinate with physicians, assisting in vital signs, patient monitoring, and medication administration. His goals are to promote positive patient care and build a foundation of a support network that favors sobriety and living clean. Interests are providing outstanding patient care, continuing his education in the medical field, and reading.

Clinical Staff

Dr. Sandy Islands, Ph.D, CPCC, CADC II

Trauma Therapist

Sandy Islands is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has been a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida for over 30 years and moved to CA in 2016 to be closer to her son. She holds Masters’ degrees in Speech Pathology and Counseling from West Virginia University and a Master’s in Creative Writing from Seton Hill University. She holds a PhD in Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy. She is the owner of Energy Illumination, LLC and provides Spirit Energy Conversations.
She uses EMDR and Hypnotherapy for trauma reprocessing. Sandy has worked in Private Practice, Community College, Drug Court, Hospital
and Treatment Program settings. She has been a Clinical and Program Director and Manager. She’s produced 5 Guided Meditation CD’s including a 12 Step, Having Had a Spiritual Awakening. She’s written and produced 4 rhyming children’s audio books, a thought for the daybook and a novel. “Counseling is a journey for both the client and therapist as they enter into the mysterious, finding clues along the way to discover and change old patterns. There is an awakening that reveals their Truth within. And in doing so, the client comes to know, realize and honor their True Self that that they have always been.” Sandy has 27 years clean and sober and actively works the 12-Step recovery program.

Richard Noble | CATC-II, RAS, CCMI

Case Manager | Group Facilitator

Richard Noble is an Advanced Addiction Specialist who specializes in case management and interventions. He helps groups and individuals in the rehabilitation process. In 2017 he was named Recovery Hero of the Year for his personal accomplishment in the national recovery arena. He brings his professional skills after having personal recovery, sober living management and counseling in private treatment and lastly providing counseling in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He loves his community and is highly involved in spirituality. He is deeply committed to the environment, human rights and student safety and loves to see movies, eat with friends and travel. Most importantly he loves the curriculum he delivers to the client because he knows it saves lives. He loves Vegan food and if he could, he’d adopt a Koala Bear.

Mark Accomando

Spiritual Education Group Facilitator

Mark Accomando graduated from The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) Ministerial Program in 2001 and now is an ordained minister. He currently serves the Palm Springs Spiritual Center as Staff Minister and former Senior Minister and Director of the Center for Spiritual Living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also served as an Assistant Staff Minister in Chicago during his three-year internship, Spiritual Director of Family and Youth programs at CSL Palm Desert, and as Director of teen programs at annual Center for Spiritual Living conferences.

In 2011 Mark founded Evoke Peace Now with an intended focus to work with inpatient and outpatient addiction recovery treatment facilities. Working along with the clinic advice of the CEO and Clinical Staff of Michaels House Residential Treatment Center, Mark wrote an evidenced based curriculum called Spiritual Education in Recovery. Mark most recently completed Marsha Linehan’s Phd. DBT Skills Course focused on the four pillars of DBT Skills including Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance.

For the past 9 years Mark has been sharing Spiritual Education lessons, experiential workshops, simple daily practices, inspiring messages and guided meditations which support clients through the healing process and emotional regulation practices. He also facilitates retreats and speaks at Spiritual Centers around the country and leads local community meditation groups and transformational workshops sharing what he calls “Peace Practices.”

Mark has developed an extensive private practice of spiritual guidance and shares simple Practical Spiritual Principles. He currently shares his practical spiritual practices throughout the Coachella Valley serving clients weekly in group workshops, meditations, and Spiritual Nature Adventures as is a certified Wilderness First Responder. His spiritual guidance is helping people to align and recover their spiritual path while healing from emotional, mental and spiritual disturbances and addictions.

Mark is currently working on publishing his second healing meditation and music album using Tibetan Sing bowls, Piaste Gongs, and Native American Flutes which he also plays in is his experiential group sessions. Mark is an inspiring public speaker, sharing insightful messages for following the passion of the heart, which leads to living a happy, productive and a fully self-expressed life.

Camila Hayter | RaDT-1

Senior Case Manager

With over 4 years of experience in the field of drug and alcohol abuse treatment, Camila brings to KSC an unique background. She was raised in Brazil, has a bachelor’s degree in interior design but her passion always been to help people. After 10 years living in England where she had a successful ethnic furniture shop, she moved to Thailand where she started to work as a support worker and admission coordinator at The Dawn rehab center. Camila used her empathic nature, non-judgmental attitude and her own experience being in recovery to provide help and support for clients in early recovery. She quick realized her passion and abilities in her work helping others rebuild their lives free from addiction. she moved to California in 2015 to pursue her education in Drug and Alcohol studies and obtain her Associate degree. Camila did her internship at the Betty Ford Center and feels honored to be part of the KSC team. Camila has been a fan of A&E show intervention for more than 10 years, watching it in different parts of the world and always admired Ken Selley’s career and professionalism. Camila brings her diverse culture experience, great interpersonal skills and empathic attitude to our program. Camila’s enthusiasm in helping clients to find their strengths and live their full potential makes her a great asset to KSC team.

Camila is very family oriented; she has been married for 13 years, and have 2 lovely kids, Lotus 10, and Phoenix 3.

Itzel Diaz | BA, RADT-1

Case Manager | Group Facilitator

Itzel possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently working towards an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certification as a CADA. Itzel has a passion for helping people. She is motivated in working collaboratively with clients towards a successful future. Itzel is a Spanish Speaker and is proud of her multicultural background.


Team Captain

Louis is the newest member of the KSC Team… Louie was adopted in January of 2020 and has gotten right to work! He is very calm and loving and enjoys being present at the office to see how he can help. Louie is working hard at learning how to be supportive and hopes to be a friendly face to the clients we serve.


Anthony Collura | RADT-1

Detox/Residential BHT

I’m Anthony Collura, a RADT Behavioral Health Technician. Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin & moved to California in 1980. I have spent time helping others throughout my whole life. A neighbor boy with Muscular Dystrophy was my childhood pal. We engaged activity together involving his wheelchair limits. My own sister was born with physical difficulties. This allowed my family a perspective most seldom experience. I worked as a house manager & an aid to a wealthy invalid woman. This was great training to later assist my father fighting lymphoma. Those final days helping with hospice care were dear to both of us.

My life has always included this desire to help others. My experience with the Ken Seeley Family further affords me additional growth & satisfaction in caring for those fighting with addition & abuse.

Kelly Forward | BA

Detox/Residential BHT

Kelly hails from the East Coast, a native of Asheville, NC. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College in Charleston in Charleston, SC and applied her degree in organizational management and development, gaining 10 + years of experience in the finance, technology, and law sectors. She prides herself with an ability to build enduring relationships and connect with people on both the individual and organizational level.

Kelly’s own struggle with substance abuse brought her to Palm Springs in 2018. Desperate and having worked to achieve and maintain sobriety for nearly half a decade, she sought a change of coast to bring about a change in perspective. As she is extremely close with her family in NC, moving wasn’t easy, but since coming to California, Kelly has built a family in recovery at KSC and in Palm Springs. Kelly has worked for Ken Seeley Communities in various capacities for over a year and has begun continuing her education in psychology and substance abuse counseling.

Kelly has a passion for vegetarian cooking, reading, thrift store shopping, and the beach and the mountains. The Buddhist quote “The trouble is, you think you have time.” embodies where is Kelly is currently in both life and recovery – working to stay present, focused, and connected to make good use of the life she’s been gracefully given.
dear to both of us.

My life has always included this desire to help others. My experience with the Ken Seeley Family further affords me additional growth & satisfaction in caring for those fighting with addition & abuse.

Delia Nielsen

Lead House Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

Cary Monette

Administrative Assistant

Cary comes to us after 8 years of office management experience in the non-profit sector. Cary has a degree in business administration and is the administrative assistant for Ken Seeley communities. Cary enjoys helping others and likes being a team player. Cary sings with Modern Men, a choral ensemble.

Justin has been driving for the company for 6 months and is often the first face clients see when they get off the plane. He just reached another milestone in his personal recovery. He just received his Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician Certification from CAPP. Despite having a successful history in business Justin has chosen to make his future working in the field of addiction recovery.

Sherry Balsamo

HR Department

 I am 25 years old. I attended The University of Hartford with a major in education. I need up going through addiction for years but now I am clean and sober have a beautiful one-year old daughter and now I work in recovery and absolutely love it! Born and raised on the east coast, and now reside in California. I now have a great life. Helping fellow addicts is my passion. I work in the Human Resource Department at Ken Seeley’s communities.

Admissions | Marketing

LaMitchell Person | RADT-i

Admissions Director | Marketing Specialist

LaMitchell has been in the recovery community since 2015. He is originally from Eufaula, Alabama, where he attended Jacksonville State University. Prior to moving to California LaMitchell worked in sales, marketing and operational management for Panel Processing Inc and Johnson Outdoors Inc.

LaMitchell is an RADT-i and is currently working on his CADC certification. LaMitchell initially worked as an Admissions and Marketing Manager for Palm Desert Recovery Center and soon became a coordinator for Intervention911. In 2017, he was promoted to Admission Director and Marketing Specialist for Ken Seeley Communities.

LaMitchell welcomes new clients into Ken Seeley Communities and performs outreach campaigns to clients and the community. He loves to work with the families and impact the lives of other people by helping them find value in their past mistakes and helping them gain the courage to enter treatment. He recently was blessed with a son name Ryan. He enjoys spending time with his family, coaching soccer, and teaching Ryan how to be a true University of Alabama Football Fan.

Jeffrey Seltzer | CCAPP, CAADE

Senior Admissions Specialist

Jeffrey Seltzer has dedicated his life to helping families, and their love ones since 1999. Jeffrey has worked in the field of Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse with adolescents, adults and seniors. Jeffrey prides himself with spending time on the phone with people until they get there needs met.

Along with working with Ken Seeley and Eric for the past 14 years, Jeffrey worked with families and their loved ones at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla California for 16 years, Hazleton Betty Ford for three years and Episcopel’s community services for his first three years in the field.

Families say when Jeffrey answers the phone and says, “This is Jeffrey I can help you.” They are mediately put at ease.

Contact Our Addiction Treatment Team

Do you wish to contact Ken Seeley Rehab? Want to learn more about our addiction treatment programs to help you or your loved one? Call (855) 425-8094 today to speak with a member of our addiction treatment team.