Our Team 2017-12-07T08:25:52+00:00

We are a group of highly qualified and compassionate clinicians that utilize an integrated, collaborative approach personalized for the unique needs of each individual and family. We reach beyond the client’s symptoms to create an authentic relationship, which allows us to uncover the underlying issues behind his or her particular challenges. Together, we work on overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.

Trevor Reynolds
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Chief Exective Officer
Trevor is a founding partner of Engage, and serves as our Chief Executive Officer. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with adolescents and families in the Conejo Valley for more than 17 years. His areas of focus are working with adolescents, young adults, families, and people with anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, and co-dependency. In addition to being a prominent relationship
Samantha Tamburro
Psy.D., Chief Relationship & Outreach Officer
Samantha is a founding partner of Engage and the Director of Business Development. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been working with children, adolescents and families in the area for over 18 years. Growing up in the Conejo Valley and having graduated from Westlake High School, Dr. Tamburro is especially passionate about her work in this community. Dr. Tamburro's practice focuses on adolescents,
Jesse Esqueda
Psy.D.
Jesse is a clinical psychologist and partner with Engage. Dr. Esqueda moved to the Conejo Valley area when he was 10 years old and attended the public schools of Las Virgenes Unified School District. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and obtained a doctorate degree from Phillips Graduate Institute. Dr. Esqueda joined the Engage team in 2006 while in
Robert Scholz
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Clinical Director
Robert is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked with adolescents, adults and families for 20 years. Robert brings expertise in the areas of addiction, men's emotional health, sports psychology, family violence and college mental health to the Engage team. As a highly experienced couples and family therapist, Robert is also trained to provide premarital counseling using the well-known
Sasha McPherson
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Director of Development
Sasha is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Director of Development at Engage. She has been providing care for teens and families in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas for over eleven years. Sasha is a great fit for individuals struggling with anger management, disordered eating, substance abuse, or symptoms of anxiety, depression, or another mood disorder. She works with her clients to
Lyle Nelson
M.S., PPS, Intake Coordinator
Lyle is the Engage Intake Coordinator. He received his Bachelors in Criminal Justice and his Masters in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services credential, both from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. Prior to working at Engage, Lyle has worked in local residential facilities and with community based programs for over 5 years helping youth manage anxiety, depression, substance dependency, and connecting them
Evan Simmons
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Evan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, and received his Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Evan has experience and great interest in
Jenny Reznick
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Parent Mentor
Jenny is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She maintains a private practice here at Engage where she works with individuals, families, and couples. Additionally, Jenny provides family therapy for clients participating in Engage's Intensive Outpatient Programs, and co-facilitates the parent support group on Tuesday evenings at Engage. In her private practice, Jenny works with children, teenagers, and adults, helping them to work through various
Justin Strock
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Justin is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose practice includes working with adolescents and families with an interest in treating anxiety and depression. Justin currently maintains a private practice in Westlake Village, and West Los Angeles. He has a diverse clinical training history and has been able to work with adolescents and their families in various settings including community mental health, probation departments and
Jessica Anderson Julian
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Jessica received her Master’s degree in Counseling & Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Cal State Channel Islands. Additionally, she has over 16 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness meditation and is an adjunct psychology instructor at Los Angeles City College. As a clinician with Engage since 2012, Jessica's works with individuals, adolescents, young
Alex Steric
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Program Manager for Engage ME
Alex was raised in Thousand Oaks and has been working with children and adolescents in various capacities in the community for over 10 years. Alex received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Cal State Channel Islands, a Masters degree in Social Work from USC, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to joining the Engage Team, Alex worked with children, adolescents, and families in
Terry Carroll
CATC1, Parent Mentor
Terry facilitates the weekly parent groups at Engage Treatment. She is a registered drug and alcohol Counselor with CAADE and certified EAGALA Equine Specialist. As the head equine specialist at Stand In Balance, a ranch in Westlake Village, she co-facilitates sessions with therapists for individuals, couples, children and several addiction facilities. Terry is dedicated to helping those whose lives are affected from mental illness, alcoholism,
Marcus O’Leary
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist
Marcus joined Engage in 2014. He is currently a Lead Group Therapist for our adolescent treatment programs and works with individuals through his private practice. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University in 2003. During the decade between undergraduate and graduate school, he was fortunate to have worked in various other career
Gurpreet Sahan
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Lead Group Therapist
Gurpreet is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Engage Treatment Programs. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology in 2015 both from California Lutheran University. Prior to joining the Engage team, Gurpreet has provided counseling within Ventura County schools as an individual and group therapist for at-risk adolescents and at California Lutheran University's Community
Peter Mora
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist
Peter is an MFT Intern who has worked in individual and group therapy settings, specializing in adolescents, young adults, and family work. Peter also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at CSU Northridge, and as a Counseling Specialist at CSUN’s Michael D. Eisner College of Education, specializing on factors impacting university students’ academic motivation, sense of belonging, self-efficacy, resilience,
Melanie Watson
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Melanie is an MFT intern earning her hours toward licensure under the clinical supervision of our Clinical Director Robert Scholz. Melanie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Engage, she worked as an individual and group therapist at Interface Children &
Mona Vartanian
Education Specialist
Mona has coached disciplines such as Linguistics, Mathematics, Sciences, Computer Skills, Literature, and History at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Moreover, she taught advanced placement, collegiate & graduate levels. Her array of teaching and learning experiences are not limited to homeschool students but also to students in brick and mortar schools, community colleges and universities. Throughout her experience as an educator in public
Norine Vander Hooven
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Norine Vander Hooven is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in the field of mental health for 30 years. Most recently, Norine was the Assistant Clinical Director at Engage. Norine is currently in private practice full time. Norine specializes in crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Norine is trained in EMDR, and is passionate about working with children, teens, and adults using EMDR.
Tamika Mazariego
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Program Manager for Engage Renew
Tamika has been providing therapeutic support for children, teens, and their families in Ventura County for the last ten years. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State Northridge and her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the Engage Team, she spent time working with women struggling with substance abuse in an inpatient treatment program
Andre Sheremetiev
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Andre joined Engage in 2016, as a Group Therapist, working with our adolescents and young adults to aid them in overcoming their life challenges. Most recently, he worked as a Therapist Trainee at the David H. Fox Counseling Center, at Phillips Graduate University. Andre completed his Masters of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Phillips Graduate University. In his
Lilly Shonafelt
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Lead Group Therapist
Lilly received her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California in May 2015. Previously, she attained her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Psychology at California State University- Northridge. Lilly has clinical experience working in community mental health setting as well as the public and private school systems. She began working in the community mental
Saira Crawford
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Art Therapist
Saira joined Engage in 2016 as an art therapist and working in our private practice, specializing in early intervention and prevention with children. Saira graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy. She is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, TF-CBT and Seeking Safety evidenced-based practices. She also uses the evidenced-based practices of Triple P and MAP in her work
Saturnino Yniguez
LMFT, Program Manager for Engage Thrive
Saturnino received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Prior to receiving this degree, he attended San Diego State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in the San Fernando Valley for the past four years in various treatment settings: residential treatment, high school counseling, intensive outpatient and in-home
Brooke Saul
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Brooke joined Engage in 2016 as a group therapist for our Intensive Outpatient Programs. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2015 with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Brooke spent the last four years working with adolescent girls in the foster care system who have been significantly impacted by severe trauma, emotional disturbances, behavioral issues, and substance abuse among a range
Colin Keller
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, Program Manager for Engage Beyond
A Los Angeles native, Colin Keller received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, specializing in conflict-related trauma. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to Engage he worked in a community-based mental health program in Los Angeles providing individual psychotherapy, group therapy, assessment and crisis intervention. After 15 years working in business development,
Blake Brisbois
Psy.D.
Blake holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. He is registered with the California Board of Psychology as a Psychological Assistant under the supervision of Jesse Esqueda, Psy.D. Dr. Brisbois grew up in the Conejo Valley and attended the public schools of the Las Virgenes Unified School District before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate degree from
Amanda Flynn
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Amanda is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and group therapist in the Engage ME treatment program. Amanda earned her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University in 2013, holds a Bachelor’s in English Literature from UCSB and a California Teaching Credential from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Through the scope of various professions, she has provided client centered care to At-Risk children,
Pam Ness
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Utilization Review & Quality Assurance Specialist
Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined Engage in 2016 as the Utilization Review and Quality Assurance Specialist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Pam’s eclectic clinical background over the past twenty years includes years as a child and adolescent therapist with a high
Carrie Hastings
Psy.D, Testing Coordinator, Licensed Clinical and Sport Psychologist
Carrie is a licensed clinical psychologist and is the Psychological Testing Coordinator for Engage. Dr. Hastings is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she was a hurdler on the track team. She obtained her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she has worked as part of the adjunct faculty and as a therapist in the student
Adelina Mehrazarin Brisbois
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Adelina is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, parents, and families. She joined the Engage team in 2016 as a Family Therapist for our treatment programs. Adelina received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. She is
Adare Toral
Professional Clinical Counselor Intern, Group Therapist
Adare is a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern and Group Therapist at Engage. She has a history of working with children and adolescents in various settings including inpatient programs, outpatient programs, and schools. Adare is passionate about working with this age group and helping teens to view and plan their future while creating the changes they want to make. Using trauma-focused practices and therapy techniques as
Matthew Evans
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Matthew is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern and a Group Therapist in the Engage Me treatment program. Matthew earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology for Pepperdine University in 2016 and holds a Bachelors Degree from San Diego State University. Prior to working at Engage, he worked at a community based agency providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as a
Cassie Padilla
Marriage & Family Therapist Intern, Group Therapist
Cassie started at Engage in 2016 after earning her Master's of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. During her graduate training, She worked for a community center to provide therapy to adult individuals experiencing both homelessness and mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety, as well as severe mental illness such as Schizophrenia and
Andrew Cohen
Group Support Specialist
Andrew is currently studying to get his MFT from Cal Lutheran University and received his Bachelor's in Psychology from UCLA. He's had experience working with adolescence with substance abuse and was also a behavioral therapist working with children with ASD for a year and half. When he's not working he really enjoys going on runs with his dog Bailey and watching the LA Kings play
 
ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Peter Lascurain
Director of Insurance Billing
Peter joined Engage in 2007 and is now our Director of Insurance Billing. Peter is well known by many of our clients for his warmth, caring nature and ability to problem solve. Not only is he excellent at keeping the Engage offices running smoothly, his proactive style keeps challenges from ever rising to a crisis. Peter's knowledge of insurance and billing is a real asset
Mary Thomas
Director of Finances
Mary has a long-standing background in financial management and accounting. She is now the Director of Finances for Engage where she manages all financial aspects of the company while monitoring the growth and structure. Mary, her husband and 3 boys have lived in Agoura Hills for the past 25 years, and take pride in being part of community projects such as the Great Race of
Ashley Breems
Director of Operations & HR
Ashley received her degree in psychology from California Baptist University in 2012. Professionally, Ashley has worked as a behavior interventionist with children on the Autism Spectrum, as a Certified Nurses Assistant with children who are mentally and physically disabled, as a community counselor with women who have borderline personality disorder and spent many years in customer service related fields. She joined the Engage Team in
Madison Goodwin
Administrative Assistant for Insurance Department
Madison is a long-time resident of the Conejo Valley and grew up in Thousand Oaks. After high school, she was accepted to a prestigious theater conservatory in Santa Maria and received her AA in Theater Arts. After graduating from the conservatory Madison had the experience of a lifetime working for the Walt Disney Company as a face character and parade performer at their Disneyland and
Anna Preston
Relationship & Outreach Coordinator
Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2014. During her time there, she learned the comprehensive idea of social settings, behaviors and relationships. Her passion for helping others, different cultures and understanding how diverse the world is led her to want to become involved in a career that worked closely with other people. In college, Anna was
Jen Vervloet
Executive Administrative Assistant
Jen started working at Engage in January 2016. Prior to working here, she had the opportunity to work in public relations for the music industry and was able to tour all over the world. Coming back to California, she decided to work in the treatment field and has even opened her own recovery home in Channel Islands! At Engage, she is the executive assistant and
Jessie Mahn
Administrative Assistant for Front Desk
Jessie graduated from Cal State University Northridge with her Bachelors in Child & Adolescent Development. She has experience in Applied Behavior Analysis working with children, teens, and young adults. Recently, Jessie worked as an Education Coordinator for a preschool in Santa Barbara. Beginning in Fall 2017, she will be working towards her Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She is looking forward to this
James Oliver
Transportation Coordinator
James joined Engage in 2017. While he does many things around the office in support of the entire Engage family, he works as transportation coordinator for our PHP program. He is a recent graduate of California State University Northridge with a Bachelors in Kinesiology and a minor in Sociology. James has gained experience with a variety of populations during internships where he trained women’s college
Taylor Chandler
Administrative Assistant for Front Desk
Taylor started working at Engage in 2017. She was drawn to Engage because of what they stand for, and has gone through her own life experiences which have led her to want to work in a field that focuses on helping others. She is excited to be a part of Engage's mission and to be working alongside those who are committed to helping others each