Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

Addiction Recovery Experts at Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

Our multi-disciplinary team includes the impressive list of luminaries you’d expect from Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers: Experts in the field of neurology, addiction medicine, psychology, and neuroscience. More importantly, our team is marked by compassion and dedication to helping people find freedom from addiction.

Our Newport Beach and Irvine addiction recovery team provides evidence-based addiction treatment programs in a warm and supportive environment that speaks to our genuine investment in each of our patients’ lives. Unlike many centers that contract with local physicians to provide limited on-site consultation, Hoag employs a team of physician specialists, clinicians, and nursing staff, available on-site 24/7 to provide the highest level of care for our patients.

Contact us to learn more, and read our professional bios below to meet our expert leadership team.

Meet The Team

    Medical Director
  • Steven Ey, M.D.

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Medical Director

    Dr. Steven Ey graduated medical school from UCLA in 1992. He then completed a three-year Family Practice residency and a one-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine through Loma Linda University. Dr. Ey has been certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 1996. In 2003, he became a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and in 2009 was named to the inaugural class of diplomates in the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Ey joined Hoag Hospital as the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Center in October 2006. Over the past fifteen years, he has served as Medical Director at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California and at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, California. Dr. Ey is a former director on the California Society of Addiction Medicine Executive Council and served on the Education Committee for ten years. He chaired the 2000 and 2002 CSAM Review Course. Dr. Ey is married and lives with his wife, Dalia in Aliso Viejo, California. The joy of his life is his daughter, Juliette, born in March 2008.

    Leadership
  • Kambria Hittelman, PsyD

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Director

  • Jenny Hall, LMFT

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Clinical Manager

    Jenny graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s Degree and a Secondary Teaching Credential. She spent 25 years working with adolescents and their families in the role of teacher, administrator and counselor. She enjoyed the challenges of the classroom and her interest in human development led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jenny is licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has also developed a private practice, specializing in individual and family therapy, grief therapy and working with those in recovery. She began her career with Hoag Hospital as a Primary Counselor and became the Program’s Clinical Manager in 2014. Jenny is creative and passionate about her work and brings the values of hope and change to those she serves.

  • Colleen Murphy, RN

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Nursing Manager

    Intake & Outreach
  • Roxanne Bates

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Program Manager, Clinical Outreach

  • Crystal Ornelas

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Care Coordinator

    Crystal has been exposed to and affected by alcoholism and addiction throughout her life. Her professional career started in 1985 when she joined the USAF. In March of 1993, Crystal’s tour of duty serving as a Law Enforcement Officer was complete and she became a proud veteran. Her dream has always been to help people, so she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice as well as a vocational training in Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling in 1996. The education and professional training Crystal received not only changed her career path but completely changed her life. Crystal is a Member of The National Association for Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and a member of California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. Crystal says: “It is an honor to advocate help and hope for a growing community. My experience has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow closer to a community geared towards wellness. I enjoy Writing, Music and Art therapy, riding my bike and playing with my puppies. I value being a sister of 5 siblings, auntie to all my nieces and nephews, friend, counselor & co-worker. I am privileged to work with for a hospital that offers exceptional healthcare.”

  • Susie Schultz, CCS, CADCII

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Care Coordinator

    Susie has more than 20 years of experience working and training in the field of addiction in Acute and Sub- Acute settings inclusive of; Detox, Residential, IOP, Legal program and Extended Care dual diagnosis programs. She has worked with adolescents, adults and children of adult clients. Susie has worked as an Interventionist, Clinical Supervisor, Intake Specialist, Sexual Assault Crisis Advocate and has done Domestic Violence counseling. Susie says: “I enjoy working to help families come together and heal. When the clients understand how to fight the ‘enemy of addiction’ by learning to love themselves become awake to see and share how they have been affected by the disease. As the family members come out of their denial and begin to address their need as well it is exciting to watch families come together. When young children attend multi-family group or conjoint counseling sessions and speak the truth and talk about the “white elephant” hearts open, defenses drop and healing begins. Then the children have a better chance not to repeat the cycle of addiction.”

  • Rebecca Thurman

    Hoag Addiction Treatment Centers

    Care Coordinator

    Rebecca's background in managing a large clientele has assisted her in providing optimum coordination of care to patients and their family members. A heart for volunteerism, with experience at the Richard Nixon Library and the Orange County Law Advocates, serving the community is a passion for her. Rebecca's experience also includes event planning at a state level for a national organization. She has utilized her skills, for the last 10 years, to improve the lives of others in their journey to recovery. Rebecca enjoys spending with immediate and extended family.

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