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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 – Clinical Supervisor, LMFT 

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.

Evan Chodzko – Admissions Director

Evan has served as West Coast Recovery Centers admissions director for over 7 years and is passionate about assisting those that are struggling to find their path to recovery. Evan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Agribusiness Marketing. Shortly after completing his studies, Evan found his own personal recovery and has enjoyed a lifestyle of connection and vitality for the last 8 years. As our Admissions Director Evan walks families and their loved ones through the pivotal process of determining the best course of action, even if West Coast is not the best fit for you or your loved one.

Jill Winkoff | RADT | Alumni Coordinator

Jill is proud to serve as the Alumni Director at West Coast Recovery Centers. After traveling from New Jersey to California to find her own personal recovery, she has become passionate about helping others on their journey of self-discovery. As a West Coast Recovery Centers alumni herself, Jill believes in the power of connection and community within the West Coast family. Jill graduated from Mira Costa College with her AA in psychology and also holds a RADT certification. She is excited to continue working with our clients throughout their journeys and give them a space to always be a part of the West Coast family.

Alli Parker | B.S. RADT | Case Manager

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 that allows her clients to feel heard and be supported during their journey. She creates unique treatment plans for 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’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and continues to engage in training to expand her knowledge. Around the office, you’ll find Ariel’s door open with a warm welcome and a friendly smile.

Evan Endres | ACSW | Primary Therapist

Evan received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Cal State University San Marcos. He is a licensed Associate Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Evan has worked with diverse populations in a variety of treatment settings. Working from a collaborative, strengths-based approach, he understands that establishing a strong therapeutic alliance is paramount to provide the best opportunity for success. He utilizes his own life experience and education to enlighten and empower clients to be the author of their own lives, and the courage to be imperfect. In his free time, Evan enjoys golf, fishing, sports and is the co-founder of a mentorship program for at-risk youth.

Evan Endres | ACSW | Primary Therapist

Evan received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Cal State University San Marcos. He is a licensed Associate Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience in the mental health field. Evan has worked with diverse populations in a variety of treatment settings. Working from a collaborative, strengths-based approach, he understands that establishing a strong therapeutic alliance is paramount to provide the best opportunity for success. He utilizes his own life experience and education to enlighten and empower clients to be the author of their own lives, and the courage to be imperfect. In his free time, Evan enjoys golf, fishing, sports and is the co-founder of a mentorship program for at-risk youth.

Danny Wescott | Primary Therapist (Evening IOP)

Danny Westcott is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked with West Coast Recovery since 2018. He holds a respectful, client-centered approach, working collaboratively with clients to develop a deeper understanding of themselves with an emphasis on authenticity of self. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University and holds a B.A from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is experienced working in substance abuse and mental health programs providing individual therapy, couples and family therapy, and group therapy for those struggling with addiction and the underlying concerns that lead to addiction. Danny is passionate about supporting individuals in all stages of change with a common goal of self-improvement. He holds the belief that recovery is a process of re-discovering the individual, a journey that demands resilience, patience, and compassion

Leah Wagner | 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.