OUR DEDICATED TEAM 

Andrew Levander, LMFT, M.A.C., is a California and Nevada Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds national certifications: Master Addictions Counselor, Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified Bereavement Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral therapist, Certified Internet Addiction and Web Psychology Specialist and is a Workplace Mediation Specialist. Andrew developed the first residential treatment program specifically serving adolescents who struggle with self-injury and has been the owner and Clinical Director of adult programs for self-injury, process and chemical addiction and associated behaviors.
Andrew was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Service Innovations Festival Award, “Enhancing Treatment Quality through Program Innovation”. He was featured on The Dr. Phil Show, Oprah, The John Walsh Talk Show, NBC News, CNN, and a special on E! Entertainment as well as featured in Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and many other national media outlets. In 2002 and 2010, a documentary on Andrew’s unique treatment program aired on the Discovery and Discovery Health Channels. Andrew’s twenty-four years of clinical experience, knowledge and dedication to the profession of Marriage and Family therapy, addiction and education have made him a skilled clinician, educator and leader in the field and study of mental health and addiction care and social services. Andrew is currently the Executive Director and Chief Clinical Officer for New Road Center and Seven Star Recovery where he continues to be of service to those in need of compassionate specialized care for mental health and addiction services.

Litos Mallare M.D. received his B.S. degree from Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, M.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles and his M.D. from American University of the Caribbean. He did Surgery internship at the University of Vermont and completed his Psychiatry residency at UCSF. Dr. Mallare has been practicing Psychiatry for over 20 years and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has experience in various Psychotherapeutic modalities with a focus on Operant and Classical conditioning. Dr. Mallare also has 13 years of experience in detoxification from all substances
including opiates, alcohol and sedatives. He is licensed to prescribe Buprenorphine.

Kris has been working in the mental health/behavioral health field for the better part of the last decade. Kris has earned his degree in psychology, while further developing his clinical skills studying at Arizona State University. Kris has extensive experience as a behavior therapist working with a multitude of age groups and families struggling with rapid and prolonged behavioral changes. Kris has worked with many individuals facing addiction and believes in seeing the individual’s potential in recovery no matter their history. Utilizing skill building, whole-person approach and empathetic beliefs, Kris looks forward to supporting the New Road
team as the Program Coordinator to ensure the best quality of care is provided to all who seek treatment.

Alisia is a Primary Therapist, AMFT. She received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University. She has previous experience working with children, young adults, and adolescents with behavioral disturbances and substance abuse at the residential level of care as well as working with victims of domestic violence. Her passion is to help clients identify and rediscover their strengths, build support systems and develop a healthy lifestyle to create a foundation for life’s success by creating an atmosphere that is a safe place for clients and their families to express and share their vulnerabilities. Additionally, she utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy to help clients overcome and understand their unhealthy thought processes. Alisia has a non-judgmental, supportive, and collaborative approach, which allows her clients to feel at ease.

Natily graduated in from Philip’s Graduate University with her Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy, as well as earning a credential in School Counseling. Natily has worked in the field of behavior with individuals and families within a variety of roles and settings for the last thirteen years. Natily takes that experience into her work as a psychotherapist as she takes on a humanistic and relational approach to working with clients struggling with addiction. Natily incorporates DBT, CBT, neuroscience and mindfulness into her practice with clients . Natily believes pairing  these evidenced based practices with unconditional positive regard, empathy, curiosity and hope truly brings about the change clients need to create in their lives.

Julia Kaluga is a Doctor of Psychology and also holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (Pepperdine University, CA). In addition to three years of internship in a clinical setting, Dr. Kaluga’s experience includes working as a Psychotherapist in public schools, rehabilitation centers, and private practices. Dr. Julia Kaluga’s private practice “Great Minds Therapy” was established in 2016, in Los Angeles, CA. From January of 2017, Dr. Julia Kaluga also joined Los Angeles Valley College as an adjunct professor of Psychology. From June of 2019, Dr. Julia Kaluga joined New Road Center in Burbank, CA as a Primary Therapist.

Laney Fichera has worked in the addiction community for over 25 years. She holds an MFA in Drama Therapy and a CADC II in Drug & Alcohol Counseling. Laney’s specialty; Psychodrama On Cine for Social Anxiety In Addiction® is a unique program developed specifically by this counselor for clients in treatment. This counselor utilizes emotional scene work that speaks experientially to the alcoholic/addict client in recapturing the creativity, imagination, and intuition that the client has lost to addiction. The process allows clients to gain self-awareness, self-esteem and communication skills that bring peace to their past and envision new possibilities for their future. Laney also specializes in Co-dependency Groups and Family Groups which address core issues from the client’s family of origin; families
impacted by substance abuse inevitably require assistance recovering from the dysfunctional dynamics.

About Us

New Road Center is comprised of a team of dedicated professionals with over 70 years of combined experience helping people out of pain and into their lives and their relationships. Our mission is to help people who want more out of life, more out of relationships and to support them in every possible way by instilling self-confidence free from addiction, addictive behaviors and unwanted mental health symptoms. New Road Center creates a pathway which not only helps people to get over their addiction, but also to continue a life of health and wellness with positive supportive relationships.

OUTCOMES

New Road Center combines innovative models of care with time tested methods to come out with the best possible results. We understand that each person is unique, and we customize our services to arrive at the best results for each person. Each client is assigned a personal case manager who helps their client through the process from beginning to end. Our duty doesn’t stop when a client leaves our center, we also provide a number of aftercare services to increase sustained health and wellness.

A PROFESSIONAL TEAM

Each of our team member were handpicked to ensure New Road Center is the best. Our team members love what they do, and it reflects in the way they care for their client. With the right balance of professionalism and care, we ensure all our clients emerge with increased health and wellness, sobriety and managed mental health concerns.

Treatment and Philosophy

New Road Center understands that although addiction and addictive behaviors may temporarily alleviate unwanted thoughts and or feelings, addiction and addictive behavior happens in the absence of healthy relationships with people. Over time, addiction interferes with creativity, intimacy, educational and occupational successes, and a person’s overall health and wellness. New Road respectfully sees addiction, as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, with long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is first identified by young men and women as a needed adjunct to one’s emotional and physical stability. The long-term goal is to create a master list of creative and relationally based alternatives that the person struggling with mental health and addiction can utilize when the urge to act upon herself/himself arises. It is important to note that young adults do stop using and do feel better; they are all people in need of consistent, relationship-oriented support, nurturance and guidance. This program has as a foundational goal the desire to help reintroduce people to themselves in a loving way. Together, the therapeutic relationship promotes ideas, creativity, health and wellness. It is the relationship between client, family and therapist that helps to rebuild a connection within oneself and within the family. The program creates an opportunity to form relationships that are secure, safe and honest. It is a place where verbal communication is encouraged and
supported, where the self-injuring young person builds healthy attachments. New Road Center realizes that people who struggle with the effects of mental
health and addiction have often times endured many failed therapeutic interventions and or repeated hospitalizations. Our goal is to create a therapeutic partnership that creates lasting peace, safety, health and freedom. New Road Center provides an opportunity to develop alternatives to the isolation, shame and loneliness; leading to more satisfying and intimate relationships with one’s self and with others.