Jennifer Teutscher MS, LMFTExecutive Director
Stacy Korfist LMFT, CEDS-SClinical Director
Nnenna Abaeze DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNL, PHNDirector of Health Services & Nurse Practitioner
Vickie BenardRegional Director of Clinical Partnerships
Esme OrdonezPrimary Therapist, AMFT, PsyD Candidate
Marissa Kent, MS, RDN, CDCESDietetic Clinical Supervisor
Wendy Valle, AMFTPrimary Therapist
Albert Barajas, MSW, PPSC, ASWPrimary Therapist
Paula Ronces, AMFTPrimary Therapist
Amelia Lewis, ACSWPrimary Therapist
La Keiia R. Penson, BSN, RN, MPHNurse Administrator
Lauren GreenageBusiness Manager
Brianna Ballard, MS, RDNRegistered Dietitian
Kia OctivianoRegistered Dietitian
Jennifer Teutscher MS, LMFT
Jennifer graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology. Jennifer has been supporting clients through their journey to recovery at Shoreline Treatment Center for over 10 years. She has been instrumental in the expansion of Shoreline, which has led to providing care to more individuals struggling with this vicious disorder. As Executive Director, she aims to ensure that all Shoreline clients receive individualized, compassionate care in a safe and supportive environment. In addition to her work at Shoreline, Jennifer aims to increase eating disorder awareness and encourage collaboration among professionals through her role as the Chapter President for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Orange County Chapter.
Stacy Korfist LMFT, CEDS-S
Stacy comes to Shoreline with over 20 years of experience working in the behavioral health and eating disorder field. Stacy is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS-S) and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is passionate about integrating wellness, experiential and trauma-informed elements within treatment.
She received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University.
Stacy has received diverse and advanced training alongside several highly respected thought leaders in the field. These include Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Interpersonal Neurobiology, Family-Based Treatment, Attachment Mastery Program, The Body Positive, Brené Brown’s shame resiliency, Psychobiological Couples Therapy (PACT), ADHD Parent Educator and is a Certified Multiple Addiction
Therapist (CMAT). Stacy is known for her ability to integrate cutting-edge therapeutic interventions within the highly complex pursuit of eating disorder recovery.
Stacy operates from a strengths-based and interpersonal approach and values connection, community, and compassion when working within a team. This carries over to working with our clients, families, and loved ones. Eating disorders create isolation and disconnection, but we can heal in relationship, connection, and shared hope.
Nnenna Abaeze DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNL, PHN
As the Family Nurse Practitioner for Shoreline, Dr. Abaeze incorporates evidenced-based practice with a holistic approach. With over 5 years of experience in behavioral health, maternal health, and primary care practice, her goals include improving healthcare inequities through continued education, public awareness of disparities, and nursing excellence. Dr. Abaeze is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Masters of Nursing Science both from the University of San Francisco. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health Policy and Sociology from the University of California Irvine. In addition to Family Nurse Practitioner certification, Dr. Abaeze is also certified in Clinical Nurse Leadership and will be completing a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification by the summer of 2021. Throughout her service as a Clinician, Dr. Abaeze has remained passionate about uniquely connecting with patients and their families and always prioritizes their care, physical and psychological safety. She aims to treat the whole patient by creating obtainable goals set for and by them. She values teamwork and believes that with the fierce collaboration of her team members, each patient’s personal goals can be achieved.
As the Regional Director of Clinical Partnerships, Vickie helps connect health care professionals and families to Shoreline Center for Eating Disorder Treatment which is within the Odyssey Eating Disorder Network. Her goal is to compassionately guide those in need of eating disorder treatment into quality care provided at Shoreline. Vickie graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a design degree. Her focus was on designing health care spaces that provided environments of wellness and the ability for therapeutic healing. Vickie has over 15 years of experience in healthcare planning and design and in recent years has centered her profession around healthcare, behavioral health, and marketing for various organizations. Vickie is dedicated to helping guide individuals into life-saving treatment and enjoys being a part of a professional and talented team at Shoreline.
Esme graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Subsequently, she applied and was accepted into the Psy.D. Clinical Forensic Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Esme is now completing her dissertation, which centers on Domestic Violence prevention programs through an educational lens.
Over the past ten years, Esme has provided outpatient and inpatient therapeutic services. She has experience working with anxiety, depression, sexual deviance, domestic violence, trauma, and family reintegration. Esme draws from an integrative approach and uses a client-centered, humanistic approach. She focuses on aspects of existentialism, mindfulness, family systems, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while carefully considering cultural concerns and practices. Esme’s goal is to help individuals attain their highest potential and to help them live their fullest life.
Marissa Kent, MS, RDN, CDCES
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Master’s in Community Nutrition
Certificate in Intuitive Eating
Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist
Marissa received a degree in food and nutrition from California State University, Long Beach. She has been practicing in Orange County in the field of dietetics for over two decades. Marissa’s experience includes and is not limited to, eating disorders, diabetes treatment, and prevention as well as integrative and functional nutrition. She has a private practice in South Orange County.
Marissa participates in her community and acts in a supervising role to nutrition students and fellow dietitians nationwide.
Marissa has experience collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to help her clients who have a poor relationship with food and their body. Marissa enjoys educating people about the importance of nutrition regarding metabolism, digestion, and balance through individualized counseling and group education. She stays current in the field with continuing education, webinars, and supervision groups.
Wendy Valle, AMFT
Wendy is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and graduated with her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Saint Mary’s University. Wendy is also certified in Counseling the Spanish client, where classes incorporated both English and Spanish. Moreover, Wendy is able to practice professional psychological terminology and is familiarized with the diversity of cultures in Spanish-Speaking community and the specific cultural factors involved in Counseling Spanish Speaking Clients.
Wendy has provided mental health services to underserved communities for over five years. The majority of these clients were high-risk teens transitioning to independence. Wendy also provided resources to families struggling with housing, employment, and independent living skills. Wendy continues to feel passionately driven and dedicated to growing and learning with different populations to become more competent as a Clinician and give back to her community.
Wendy practices through strengths-based, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectal behavior therapy (DBT) as her therapeutic modalities. Wendy focuses on providing a safe space and support for clients and families to understand their values and proper psychoeducation to improve their overall well-being in their treatment. Wendy values the importance of developing a strong therapeutic relationship where the client can feel safe to explore and express themselves without judgment. Wendy’s goal is helping her clients restore the feeling of wholeness and well-being as she guides them in working through difficult issues to restore their true selves.
Albert Barajas, MSW, PPSC, ASW
After overcoming an eating disorder himself, Alberto takes great pride in his work as a primary therapist and understands the importance of empathizing with clients, listening to their stories, and tailoring their treatment experience to meet their specific needs and long-term goals.
Alberto received his Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California, with a sub-concentration in Children, Youth, & Families. Thus, he highlights the usefulness of integrating family and other social support systems within an individual’s treatment journey. Clients can also expect to be supported in developing strong and individualized therapeutic tools to establish resilience and social boundaries, to ensure long-term recovery even after their time at Shoreline.
Utilizing therapeutic modalities such as acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and strength-based therapy, Alberto supports his clients/families understand what they value, and how to use them to develop skills pertaining to motivation, habits, accountability, and resiliency. If willing to incorporate these therapeutic skills, clients and their families can anticipate becoming self-reliant, achieve long-term happiness, but most importantly, long-term recovery.
Paula Ronces, AMFT
Paula is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and graduated with her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University.
Paula is extremely passionate about providing mental health services to underserved communities while emphasizing cultural humility and competency. She comes with years of experience in working with foster youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, and addressing issues such as substance abuse, grief and loss, trauma, and dual diagnoses. Paula practices through a strengths-based, client-centered approach in addition to integrating parts of narrative therapy, mindfulness-based CBT, and attachment theory. Paula’s core values that lead her practice are compassion and love.”
Amelia Lewis, ACSW
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trinity College. Amelia’s specialization in global practice with immigrants and refugees has led her to develop a holistic approach that prioritizes cultural humility and focuses on the individual clients’ experience. She draws from her research and work surrounding trauma resilience, identity development, and community to inform her trauma-informed, client-centered, affirmative care. Amelia practices through an attachment lens, integrating aspects of solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, and evidence-based approaches including DBT and CBT to best suit the individual clients’ needs. More than anything else, Amelia values the importance of developing a strong therapeutic relationship in which the client can feel safe to explore and express themselves without judgment. By highlighting resilience and helping to foster hope, Amelia helps her clients recognize that their goals are attainable and change is possible.
La Keiia R. Penson, BSN, RN, MPH
La Keiia received her Bachelor of Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills and obtained her Master of Public Health from the University of Southern California. What started out as a career in public health quickly pivoted as she found herself gravitating towards mental health initiatives.
La Keiia has been working in the mental health field for 3 years. Her passion for the field stems from her belief that mental health is the foundation which allows everyone to be the best person that they can be. Through her work as a mental health nurse, La Keiia has worked tirelessly to destigmatize mental health in underserved communities. She hopes to continue bridging the mental health gap through expanding her knowledge and expertise to better serve individuals living with mental health disorders.”
As the business manager for over 8 years, Lauren has been an integral part of the expansion and inner workings of Shoreline. After acquiring a degree in criminal justice while living in Arizona, Lauren moved back to California to pursue a career in Healthcare Administration. She brings over 20 years of administrative expertise and business management experience to Shoreline. Over the past few years, she has had a hand in many different aspects of administration including but not limited to network contracting and negotiation, human resources, payroll, accounts payable, collections, and a myriad of other duties. Her goal is to make sure that the wheels of the Shoreline bus keep turning and that everything runs as smoothly as possible for both staff and clients. Everyone at Shoreline knows that if they have a problem, they can come to her for support and or a resolution to their issue. In Lauren’s time off, she enjoys baking, playing fetch with her dog, and battling all her friends in trivia games.
Brianna Ballard, MS, RDN
Brianna Ballard, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian who earned her Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition from University of North Florida and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Health Promotion from Simmons University. Brianna completed her dietetic internship with Wellness Workdays with a Health Promotion Concentration. She has worked in the dietetics field for over five years in a variety of positions working with clients in universities, hospitals, and retail settings. She is very passionate about nutrition and loves connecting with people over food. Brianna integrates Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size philosophy into her daily practice.
Kia received her Bachelor’s of Science from the California State University of Long Beach and completed her didactic internship at Oakwood University. Kia continually seeks to higher her education and understanding of mental health illnesses and eating disorders and is currently in training to become a Body Trust Provider.
Kia has been working in the mental health field for over seven years and has supported clients who struggle with: eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, negative body image, body dysmorphia, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and more mental health illnesses. Kia currently works as a Registered Dietitian for Shoreline’s Residential Facility for adolescents who need a higher level of care. In the past, Kia has worked in various clinical jobs supporting both hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and mental health residential facilities. Kia’s desire and goals are to help individuals recover from their destructive eating habits that affect their mental health, relationships, and overall quality of life.
Kia’s philosophy on nutrition and food include: All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size, and Body Acceptance At Every Size. It is Kia’s goal to help clients to learn, understand, and accept these philosophies in their recovery and life. And with these concepts, she hopes to help her clients turn to themselves with more compassion and grace, as this is a strong root that will carry them through recovery. Kia truly believes that all bodies are good bodies and all bodies deserve love and care. She hopes to create a space to help my clients radically accept the truth that their bodies are worthy.