Program Director Siamak Afshar, has been working in the recovery industry for over 35-years and has an innate sense of the needs of his clients. Along with his wife and Life Coach Maryam and their supportive team, TLC provides a safe and quiet environment for those who need detox and recovery expertise.
Meet Our Team
Siamak’s recovery journey began in 1983 after his own battle with the abuse of drugs and maladaptive behaviors. After multiple relapses and shallow promises, he made a pledge to his family to stay clean and sober. In order to divert his stress and cravings, Siamak began running marathons and it was then that he realized his life work is to empower others to overcome harmful addictions.
Siamak is one of the most experienced addiction Counselors in the US, and is held in high regard especially in the Persian recovery community. For nearly three decades he also was a host on Freedom, a television show, which focused on interviewing those who overcame substance abuse and behavioral concerns. The Freedom show is aired in the US and Iran.
Siamak believes that part of recovery is finding new and healthy ways in which to spend one’s time and energy. Siamak has also introduced many in his program to running, while encouraging individuals to discover their own healthy outlets as part of their long-term recovery journey. Siamak also believes that addiction is a family disease, and that for the person struggling with addiction to benefit the most from treatment, family participation is recommended. The family then explores their roles in order to bring balance and stability to the family, while resolving any co-dependent behaviors. Recovery takes time and the TLC team are looking forward to working with those seeking the tools to reinvent themselves, their families, and their future.
Gary believes that drug and alcohol abuse is a brain disease that not only disables the brain from making rational decisions, he sees addiction also destroying family systems. His mindset is to psychoeducate individuals and families on the maladies of substance abuse, while providing appropriate interventions and treatment. Gary sees recovery efforts best accomplished when multiple treatment modalities and efforts are utilized.
Dr. Andrei N. Dokukin is a Board Certified Physiatrist (MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation) who also has been fellowship trained in Spine and Interventional Pain Medicine as well as Musculoskeletal Medicine. Dr. Andrei Dokukin is a Diplomat of American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as Pain Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Practicing yoga for the past 22 years, Halleh sees the remarkable difference yoga can make in human life. She is convinced that the philosophy behind the practice of yoga works enabling the individual to find peace and tranquility in one’s daily life, find harmony with nature and create a connection with self. Halleh truly believes that recovering addicts who partake in the practice of yoga and its philosophy can maintain their sobriety, eventually choosing to live a life of gratitude and being of service.
Vida has taken a holistic approach to combine acupuncture and herbal medicine together to restore your health to its fullest potential. Vida’s mission is to educate many communities and practitioners. In addition to being a holistic health practitioner, Vida is also a clinical supervisor.
Her approach in therapy is eclectic and heart centered, drawing from different traditions such as psychodynamic, mindfulness, emotionally- focused, psychodrama and Cognitive – behavioral therapy. She has extensive training in Somatic Experiencing, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing therapy) which are effective modalities in resolving trauma.
She specialize in treating mood disorders, stress management, trauma, PTSD, childhood trauma and abuse, relationship issues, women issues, spiritual inquiry and self-empowerment.
Nazila is bilingual and multi cultural. She speaks Farsi and English fluently. She grew up in Iran and lived in Germany and traveled extensively in India following her spiritual quest and healing, before settling in the US.
Nazila believes in innate goodness and wholeness of each individual, and that through conditioning and adverse life experiences, we lose our connection to our true nature.Her passion is to help people heal from the past traumas that prevent them from living a life of full potential.
She believes addiction is an attempt to avoid the pain created by traumatic experiences. Psychotherapy helps to address the emotional pain that underlies the addictive behavior, and makes the long lasting change and recovery more possible.
Oshie the poodle: Oshie is a pure six-year-old poodle that loves people and having her belly rubbed. She has accompanied many clients on their walks and enjoys getting to know all of you.
Mishka the PekInese: Our Pekinese, Miska's tan mane is so soft and she loves to be brushed. If one is not careful, though small, she will also surprise you with a doggie kiss.