I was born in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout my formative years and into high school I was a good student and competed in both football and track and field and graduated with meritorious honors. After graduating from high school, I started college (which I subsequently dropped out of due to my addiction to drugs) and worked at a cleaning service company where I worked my way into management within one year. For many years I was able to obtain work as a manager in the services industry, but unable to maintain the job (again due to drug addiction).
Unfortunately, during my early adult years, I experimented with drugs and alcohol and fell victim to the powerful grip of addiction. I tried desperately for over 20 years, to break free from the grip of drug addiction, going in and out of treatment centers and churches, begging “God” for deliverance…read more
Family and Addiction Medicine
Dr. Moses Nasser has a double board certification in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine. His experience in addiction medicine goes back to when he started meditating in medical school over 20 years ago. The adventure of spiritual growth that followed led to the study and use of holistic healing, music for meditation and healing, guided meditation, and guided imagery, and understanding the deep physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reasons that we turn to addictive substances and behaviors. This led to a medical weight loss practice where he integrated a complete mindfulness program for emotional eating and food addiction.
Dr. Moses continued to practice Family Medicine, including Osteopathic Manipulation and meditation, and teaching spirituality and natural healing. He also practiced urgent care medicine and created a large-scale mindfulness-based customer service program for a large medical group, training hundreds of health care workers in how to treat patients with compassion and empathy.
Dr. Moses then fully transitioned out of family medicine, urgent care, and customer service to practicing Addiction Medicine. He attained his “MAT” certification (Medication Assisted Treatment) and so prescribes medications for cravings, notably buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) and naltrexone (Vivitrol). He gained his board certification in Addiction Medicine through the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. He also underwent a fellowship training to build up his psychiatric skillset (TNT-Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship), treating clients with addiction for their underlying mental health needs, especially depression and anxiety. He is now the medical director of multiple addiction recovery centers in southern California.
In 2017, Dr. Moses found himself in the midst of a terrible divorce and needing to take the same medications he was prescribing for his patients, but now for his own depression and anxiety. This experience brought a new depth of compassion and empathy for his patients. Thankfully, in October of 2019, he had a spiritual conversion and became radically healed. Now, free of medications, he has gained an even deeper understanding of the nature of addiction in relation to God, including the concepts of forgiveness, guilt, shame, faith, hope, peace, and spiritual power. He is seeing his clients healed and walking in victory and freedom from guilt and shame, making great progress in conquering their addictions, and gaining full possession of the beauty and richness of life that is their inheritance.
Here Dr. Moses describes his approach to care:
“It is imperative that I take the time to listen carefully to every client, for as long as you need, until you feel heard and understood and seen, and until I fully understand where you are coming from, what you need, and what it is that I can offer to help you on your journey of healing. I am a partner with the client; I don’t tell you what to do. We work together to figure out a plan that we are both happy with in moving forward in the healing adventure. I also make sure to explain how each medication works, the possible side effects, and the possible dosages that we can use. I prefer not to overmedicate my clients; I would rather help you find that sweet spot where your symptoms are relieved, but you still feel like you are yourself, and you can function at your absolute best for your family, your work, your friendships, and in every area of life. And as the medications help you to be your best, we must realize that the medications don’t heal you! Healing takes work. So, we will explore, together, what types of healing resources will work best for you, from therapy to fellowships and meetings, and I will encourage you to pursue your healing through those means while monitoring your medications the whole time. In time, as you pursue your healing, you may not need a certain medication anymore! And maybe you will. Either way, I’ll be excited to walk alongside you and take the journey with you! Even as you read this, I declare VICTORY over you! You are a mighty warrior, and you will conquer every addiction that has held you down! You will live a life filled with the abundance and peace that God has planned for you! Bless you!”
Clinical Supervisor and Mental Health Consultant
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dr Johnson is both a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in Depressive Disorders. Dr Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Black Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
Dr. Johnson continued to advance his education and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC) Los Angeles, and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology from Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology, Los Angeles California.
Dr. Johnson brings a vast amount of education, experience, and guidance and direction, to Dedicato Treatment Center. In addition to his duties with Dedicato, he is also the President and Head Deacon of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Los Angeles.
Kirsten Winter has been trained in many brain-based modalities, among them EMDR, Brainspotting, and Image Transformation Therapy. These modalities help and support individuals in their healing from trauma, depression and anxiety. She is a very compassionate therapist and works closely with Dedicato clients to support them in their healing recovery. Her core strength is in her almost magic ability to help clients identify old wounds, notice patterns in their lives and begin the work on healing. Kirsten acknowledges that trauma that has been repressed with no conscience memory, is stored in the body and can lead to other challenges. Through the modalities she utilizes she can even help release these traumas from the nervous system and focus on healing. Her work is central to our integrative model of Mind, Body, Spirit, releasing the self from limiting beliefs.
Lilly Marshall was born and raised in the city of Pasadena, California. Lilly knows firsthand the negative ramifications of substance abuse because she grew up the child of an alcoholic father and then watched her husband struggle for many years with an addiction before he got clean and sober. After growing up witnessing and dealing with an alcoholic parent and then watching her husband suffer from addiction Lilly decided that she wanted to work in the field of addictions treatment in a supportive role.
In her efforts to grow and develop Lilly went back to school to Northwest College to earn a Certificate in Medical Insurance Billing, and to the University of Phoenix to earn both her Associate and Bachelors Degree’s in Health Care Administration.
Currently Lilly is the Corporate Secretary and Administrator for Dedicato Treatment Center, handling and coordinating all the administrative and secretarial functions.
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
Certified Addictions Specialist
After many years of struggling with her own addiction Sheila overcame her addiction and rebuilt her life. As a result of those changes Sheila decided to pursue the necessary education requirements to become certified as an addiction professional under CCAPP, so that she could be better equipped to help others overcome their addictions and rebuild their lives.
In addition, Sheila pursued her education to become an AFPA Certified Yoga Instructor so that she could use other specialized approaches to help people. Sheila shares her yoga practice and her love of the outdoors with clients as a way to connect with their own spirituality and to find their personal center. By including physical exercise and fresh air into her work with clients she is able to help them build structure, discipline and fun into their daily routine. Her goal and her passion are to help clients discover and reach for their personal “best”. Setting goals and celebrating our client’s personal achievements is a core component of her philosophy and a cornerstone of the Dedicato mission.
Program Coordinator and Counselor
Kalen has been working at Dedicato since 2016. Kalen’s interest and passion to help people who suffer from addiction and human development struggles, came after hearing and reading his father’s traumatic story of addiction, abuse, homelessness, and how he overcame his struggles. In addition, Kalen witnessed a close family member struggle with addiction and mental health issues.
Kalen’s is a State of California, Rio Hondo League, and San Gabriel Valley, High School Track and Field Champion (100-, 200-, and 400-meter run and the 100- and 400-meter relays). Kalen was also a Basketball All-Star and helped his high school team make the playoffs and compete for a state div 4 championships for three straight years. In addition to his high school athletic career Kalen participated in college Track and Field winning many races in the 200 and 400 meters, and 4x 400-meter relays. His outstanding high school and collegiate sports career have given him a strong work ethic and teamwork approach.
Kalen earned two Associate Degrees in Psychology and Social and Behavioral Science from Pasadena Community College, and his Bachelor of Psychology Degree from California State University-Fullerton.
In addition to our core clinical and administrative staff, Dedicato Treatment Center is dedicated to providing some of the best treatment options available. In addition to the “core” staff highlighted above, we also employ and utilize a number of Licensed and Certified Independent Clinicians for group facilitation and individual counseling.
Dedicato Treatment Center is dedicated to caring, and seriously committed to providing treatment that will enhance our patient’s ability to achieve optimal mental health and recovery from chemical dependency.