Izzy Hirson is the Chief Executive Officer of Path to Serenity. Her global education has led to a unique perspective on the problems of addiction. Growing up in England with an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design at the London Polytechnic School of Design and the Paris Academy of Fashion. Izzy went on to teach Fashion Design in London to young students for 8 years including doing fashion shows in Paris for various designers. During this time, she began to cultivate a love for education that eventually led to helping open a private school in Irvine for a philanthropist in memory of his daughter who lost her fight with cancer. Today this school is a blue ribbon school with over 500 plus students. Izzy went into a short retirement period to raise her two daughters during their formative years.
The impact of addiction and drug use become personal when her daughter, Lisa Cohen got addicted to heroin.
Izzy knew she had to take action to help save her daughter so she opened Path to Serenity, a facility to assist her daughter, Lisa Cohen, to support and help others who suffer from addiction. Now her daughter, Lisa, runs the rehab with her help in administration and teaches her about business and empathy for those who suffer from addiction. Lisa has now been clean for nearly 4 years (2017).
Izzy continues to take an active role at the treatment center as a “mom” to the young clients who crave attention. She can be found at the treatment center giving lessons in life skills and how to be independent by getting an education. She teaches that clients need a skill to rely on for their own future in sobriety. In her own time, Izzy continues to pursue her dream of real estate investment and is on a crusade to reform the ACA and close down Purdue Pharma to save future generations from addiction.
All the while, Izzy is happily married to an attorney who has a stellar reputation in the legal community and who has been very supportive in her endeavor to help people get sober.
Director of Admission
Lisa Cohen is our Director of Admissions and is in the process of obtaining certification as a drug and alcohol counselor. Lisa graduated from the University of Arizona where she majored in Media Arts. She is currently in recovery and has a strong interest in sharing her experience, strength and hope with others who are recovering. Lisa has been an important resource at Path to Serenity offering her valuable perspective having gone through the recovery process herself and successfully continuing to stay on track. Lending her voice to a KTLA investigative report on drug abuse, Lisa explained during her interview how addiction can happen to anyone, and that there is help. As the admissions Coordinator at Path to Serenity, Lisa
welcomes those seeking help in beating addiction
Jamie Law is a certified substance abuse counselor CADAC II with 11 years experience working in the field. Jamie is also in recovery for approximately 13years. Jamie has dedicated her life to helping others that are struggling to maintain sobriety. Jamie is a mother of 3 children in which she prides herself on being the best mother she can be. Jamie is a self starter with high ambitions to rid the world of the disease of addiction by helping addicts over come their addictions. Jamie has a AAS in drug and alcohol counseling and in the process of obtaining her Bachelors degree in psychology. Jamie is dedicated to showing empathy and compassion to those suffering from addiction and helping them in their recovery.
Tiffany Soria is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is passionate about working in the field of recovery. Tiffany graduated from Chapman University in 2016 with her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has previous worked in the field of recovery, as well as with children and families. Tiffany has a strong interest in helping others understand their disease and find healthy coping skills in order to strengthen their recovery. She strives to assist her clients in recognizing their strengths and abilities in order to help them rebuild their sense of self-worth and hope.
Carole Arlt is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena in 2007 with her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been a practicing therapist since graduation. Carole is experienced working with individuals who have both substance abuse and mental health issues. Carole is committed to helping others reach their full potential; she encourages others in finding healthy perceptions of themselves so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
Nicole Reitz is currently RADT1 certified, and has completed her schooling to become CADAC I certified. Nicole is currently working on her internship hours for her certification. Nicole is very involved in the 12 step program which allows her to actively participate in her own recovery. Nicole is the mother of 3 children and is very passionate about helping others receive and maintain the same gift of sobriety that she was given. Nicole believes that every person deserves the chance at living a drug and alcohol free life. As a firm believer in the power of the recovery process, Nicole devotes her time to helping others see this too.
CADC Certified Counselor
Jimmie Herron is a CADC certified counselor, and is the case manager here at Path to Serenity. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Jimmie has been on the west coast now since 2010, at which time he returned to his wife’s home town of Los Angeles, to be closer to a family member who was suffering from addiction. This was the driving force behind Jimmie’s decision to become a drug and alcohol counselor.
He completed his education with Intercoast Colleges in Burbank California in 2012, became CADC certified, and immediately began his career in the field. Because of the strong connection he is able to make with his clients and his unique and powerful motivational skills, he has been dubbed “one who evokes change talk’” by fellow professionals.
Continuing education and new and innovative cutting edge therapeutic techniques are always at the forefront of his holistic and metaphysical approach. Jimmie’s goal is to guide his clients through their journey to achieving total health, which is fundamental in sustaining recovery.
Counselor, CATC1 CSACII
John Barros has extensive work experience in the recovery field including Detox, Sober Living, Crises intervention, and Faith Based Counseling. AT the age of 40 John decided to get sober, for good. John spent 20 years or so on the streets, in and out of institutions not knowing what he was going to do with his life, John went back to school and earned his CATC and CSAC II. John believes that surrounded by the right people, getting plugged into Church, AA meetings and doing the work that is necessary, one can and will recover from addictions.
In John’s free time he enjoys surfing, running and a healthy lifestyle that promotes the change that has happened in his life.