Meet Our Team
Andria Firtel | CEO
In 2011, Andria and her husband Sean founded West Coast Recovery Centers (WCRC). Prior to WCRC, Andria worked at Continuum Care Intervention Services, where she guided families, employers, and friends as they reached out to those suffering from substance use disorder. Through this work, Andria saw that providing people more choices in their path of healing is a far greater long-term motivator than giving them ultimatums. This helped shape one of Andria’s guiding principles as CEO today: that all treatment must inspire and empower change through a transparent and individualized path to self-determined recovery.
Hanna Hanson | LMFT | Clinical Supervisor
Hanna Hanson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with training in systems theory and EMDR. Hanna believes in working collaboratively with clients, using an integrative modality to empower them to explore life on a deeper level. Hanna has extensive experience working with Veterans, addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, art therapy and adolescents. Hanna believes the client-therapist relationship is invaluable in creating a safe environment to foster growth, healing and create change. Hanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Humboldt State University. Hanna then traveled for a few years and gained a cultural perspective. She then returned to Southern California and earned a Master of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton in Counseling. Hanna has worked in many settings from a psychiatric treatment center for adolescents to the Veterans Village. As a result, she has experience working with a wide variety of ages and populations.
Greg Buttner | PHD | AMFT | APCC | Program Director
After years of both secular and non-secular studying both in the U.S.A and India, Dr. Buttner strives to provide the client with a unique opportunity to use both ancient and contemporary methods to delve into what makes this life so meaningful. Having had the opportunity to study under some of the most profound Spiritual Teachers in India and Nepal, Dr. Buttner is delighted to have the opportunity to share these ancient wisdom teachings in the container of West Coast Recovery Centers. Dr. Buttner holds a Ph.D in Pastoral Counseling and Tibetan Buddhist Psychology, is a certified Spiritual Counselor through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, holds certifications in Addiction Science and the Neurobiology of Alcoholism and is board certified through the American Association of Alternative Medicine.
“Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know” – Pema Chodrön
Alli Parker | B.S. RADT | Director of Intake
Alli is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician with experience operating sober living homes. She is presently a case manager at West Coast Recovery Centers, where she connects individuals with the resources they need to build a strong base for long-term recovery. Alli is an active member of Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist inspired recovery community, and seeks spiritual and internal growth while sharing her heart and compassion with others. In her free time, you can find her playing board games, eating breakfast at Cafe Topes and biking the strand. Alli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University.
Ariel Halasz | AMFT | Primary Therapist
Ariel is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and dual Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Ariel strives to create a safe environment which allows her clients to feel heard and be supported during their journey. She creates unique treatment plans to each client which ensures accountability that an individual’s goals will be met, establishing self-empowerment. Ariel has experience working with adolescents, addiction, anxiety, depression, experiential and art therapy. Ariel earned her BS in Dietetics, yet found that while nutrition is an essential piece of our mental health she yearned to learn more about the human mind. Ariel gained her Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and continues to engage in trainings to expand her knowledge. Around the office, you’ll find Ariel’s door open with a warm welcome and a friendly smile.
Heather Flores | RADT | RELIAS | Case Manager
Heather is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician who has experience working in detox and mental health facilities. As a case manager for West Coast Recovery, she strives for building a healthy and comfortable relationship with her clients to ensure that they feel safe and connected to the West Coast atmosphere. Heather is currently going to Palomar College to obtain her BA in Social Work. Her determination and perseverance helps her empower clients to find the best avenue for them to get their lives back through self-love. In Heather’s free time, she can be found caring for her family, playing softball and having lunch at her favorite spot, LTH.
Brent Rawson | RADT | Case Manager
After spending 25 years in Television Advertising Brent found a new life in sobriety. Brent returned to school to pursue a career in addiction counseling. He is currently holds a RADT, and is completing the alcohol and drug studies program at Palomar College. His belief in empowering and supporting clients through empathy and respect is a foundation for a strong recovery. He is an active member of the 12-step community and embraces all forms of recovery. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, running, and has found fitness to be extremely important in emotional health and recovery.
Aaron Prior | Alumni Coordinator
Aaron is our Alumni coordinator at West Coast Recovery Centers, and is also an alumni of the program himself. Aaron’s primary focus is to make sure each clients journey with West Coast doesn’t stop after graduation from the program. Being someone who has pioneered this program before, he firmly believes that being connected with a group of sober minded friends is essential to living a wholehearted life in recovery. Aaron has 10+ years working with community outreach, event planning, and the culinary arts. He coordinates all our weekly alumni meetings, monthly Alumni dinners, events, and yearly retreats. His goal is to foster a safe space for our Alumni to further evolve their wellness. His ultimate goal is to enrich one’s sober community with deep connection with friends, family, and one’s sober support peers.
Lea Wagoner | Director of Office Operations
Delivering outstanding customer service has always been an essential part of a day’s work for Lea. As West Coast Recovery Center’s Director of Office Operations, she is responsible for most office procedures and uses her organizational skill to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Lea says she regularly finds herself drawing on her entrepreneurial skills and her years of experience in business and accounting. Prior to joining West Coast Recovery Centers, she served as a Family Service Counselor for several large funeral homes and cemetery locations. Lea says West Coast Recovery Centers is such a unique company because the team has worked together for a long time and shares a common vision for excellence and a real understanding for individualized care. Lea has been a resident of San Diego since she moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son and Rio the lab, taking in all the sightseeing places, and trying new restaurants.