Few things say more about an addiction treatment center than does the quality of its staff. The Sea Change staff is made up of expert clinicians, therapists, and support staff. Each brings extensive experience in addiction treatment and healthcare. What's more, the entire Sea Change Recovery team is made up of exemplary individuals who are as committed, compassionate, and professional as they are talented in their respective fields.
Josh Lazie has worked in treatment for over 15 years and helped hundreds of people on their journey to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
When Josh decided to help addicts full time, his unique life experiences made him the perfect sober companion. He was able to help clients learn the tools necessary for recovery from addiction because he had the unique perspective of having lived in their shoes.
The next obvious step was to help more people by starting his own treatment center. Josh felt something was missing from traditional treatment. As CEO/Program Director of Sea Change Recovery Josh fills in the missing link and guides Sea Change in its mission to offer specialized, multifaceted treatment. Josh is a loving father and avid photojournalist.
China Vangsness, MA, LMFT
China Vangsness has a passion for working with people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. She has worked as a therapist in rehabilitation settings for the past four years. She believes the most effective approach to treating addiction is by combining therapy with the 12-step recovery model. Working at Sea Change Recovery is especially meaningful for China because of her belief in the multi-dimensional treatment of addiction. Promoting mental health, physical, emotional and spiritual healing for clients and their families creates an environment in which individuals can thrive on their road to recovery.
China earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and has extensive experience working with teens, adults, couples and families. She began her career helping juvenile inmates and has worked with clients challenged by recent HIV diagnosis, PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
*China Vangsness is a Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT #92613).
Dr. Rodney D. Collins, MD
Dr. Rodney Collins is currently board certified as an Addiction Medicine and General Adult Psychiatrist in private practice at New Visions Medical Group, Inc. in Beverly Hills, CA and also practices at AltaMed Healthcare specializing in the care of HIV/AIDS infected patients in East Los Angeles. Dr. Collins has previously practiced at Kaiser Permanente, Bellflower, Exodus Medical Group, Culver City, CA, and Hillview Mental Health Center, Lakeview Terrace, CA. .
Stanford University is where Dr. Collins started his academic career and he graduated in 1979, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from Howard University, College of Medicine in Washington, DC, in 1983. From there he trained at King-Drew Medical Center and the US Army in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Collins started his medical career in the United States Army as General Medical Officer, working as a Captain in Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Centers.. After receiving an honorable discharge from the US Army, he practiced eight years prior to returning to residency training in Psychiatry at UCLA-Olive View and Sepulveda VA Medical Centers in North Hills, CA.
His knowledge and wisdom of addiction and associated behavioral issues allows Dr. Collins to treat his clients with empathy and understanding in providing solutions to the issues they face. Dr. Collins was born and raised in Southern California and enjoys skiing, exercise, sports, tennis, racquetball, movies and reading.
Carrie Langenbach, LMFT, CSAC
Carrie Langenbach began working in the mental health field over ten years ago, first gaining experience as a certified sexual assault crisis counselor. After earning her graduate degree in counseling from California State University Long Beach, she began working in the field of addiction.
Carrie relocated to Northern California, where she worked for the nation’s only welfare-to-work counseling agency. She was licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 2009. While helping adults with co-occurring disorders in Hawaii, she earned international certification as a substance abuse counselor. This dual qualification enabled her to relocate to Germany where she was employed with the Department of Defense and provided counseling to Soldiers of the US Army stationed abroad. Carrie returned home to Southern California in 2013 and has a private practice in Santa Monica where she treats adults and couples. Her specializations include substance abuse, trauma and mood disorders.
Administrative Director/ Compliance Officer
Chris Nelson was introduced into the treatment community after overcoming his own addiction to drugs and alcohol. Utilizing his own experience with recovery Chris decided to use his knowledge to help others in recovery. Chris is responsible for ensuring Sea Change’s continuous compliance with State regulations, as well as maintaining our Joint Commission accreditation.
With years of experience in the treatment industry Chris ensures Sea Change provides the highest level of care to our clients and ensures we exceed JCAHO and DHCS standard of care. During his journey in recovery Chris decided to go back to school and is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science & Engineering.
Casey Morissey is a midwestern guy living the California dream. Growing up around addiction from a young age, Casey brings a positive attitude and outlets for managing sobriety in a fun and non- traditional manner.
Casey is passionate about Jiu Jitsu and being a positive role model for clients at Sea Change. In addition, he believes strongly in connecting with clients on a personal level throughout their treatment journey.