Introducing Our Dedicated Team of Healthcare Professionals

Our team of addiction specialists and counselors at The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center is an integrated group of professionals highly focused on setting people free from addictions. Our Therapy Team is comprised of people deeply trained and experienced in healing the very reasons for our self-harm; as well as in fully experiencing the innate beauty and brilliance of our true selves. Every team member walks the talk profoundly, authentically and continually. We are not so different from you, just years more experienced in the freedom and self-care part of life. We go way, way deeper than just quitting a substance. We focus on all aspects of you and not just your addiction. We are dedicated to helping you find your life’s purpose. We are here to serve you and make your recovery a deep, transformative experience. We welcome you to our cocoon of care. Together we will find profound aliveness and get rid of the desire to do substance abuse ever again. You can too. Let us introduce you.

Founders & Leadership

Jean-Francois Benoist and Joyce Marvel-Benoist founded The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center in 2011 after working together for many years in self-growth and personal development coaching. They have developed and refined engaging methods for getting to the root of addiction and transforming core beliefs. As they continue to evolve the program, ever staying on the cutting edge of integrative and holistic solutions for substance abuse, they demonstrate leadership with open hearts and minds. Their leadership is focused on the development of professionals in their unique therapy modalities and in casting a larger net in the  future by working to expand their methodology’s delivery through hub communities spread throughout the country. The culture they are creating together is seated in acceptance, love, relational vulnerability and connection.

Medical & Bodywork Team

  • Doctor Linda Hostalek D.O.
    Doctor Linda Hostalek D.O.
    Medical Director
  • Doctor Justin Groode MD
    Doctor Justin Groode MD
    Health, Wellness and Quality of Life Expert
  • Sherri Longyear
    Sherri Longyear
    Life Skills Coach, Recreational Art, Neural Tapping, Bodyworker
  • Kirsten Larsen
    Kirsten Larsen
    Registered Nurse (RN, Program Nurse)
  • Eileen Adames
    Eileen Adames
    Acupuncturist and Herbalist
  • Sara Murray
    Sara Murray
    Body Balancing Trainer and Massage Therapist
Doctor Linda Hostalek D.O.
Medical Director

    Dr. Linda is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine, residency trained in family medicine and fellowship trained in anti-aging and regenerative medicine.

    Assisting people to return to a life of joy and wholeness is the mission of Dr Linda. Integrative in her approach, Dr. Linda is adept at guiding the physical healing process as well as honoring the mind, body and spirit connection, in a deeply holistic approach.

    Applying modalities learned on three continents with world class healers, together with her medical training, she strives to assist her patients to balance their inner lives with their outer lives and guides the medical and therapeutic teams at The Exclusive to ensure full wraparound care customized for each client.

    Living a life of authenticity and grace has come after years of trauma in her own life. She has witnessed multiple types of abuse firsthand and understands what is required to fully heal from traumatic events. With great compassion and understanding, Dr. Linda assists each person to come back to his/her authentic, healthy self through nutrition and medication management as needed, meditation, breath work, and journeying into the deepest recesses of ones being to gain insight to one’s purpose and gifts, with the courage to emerge from the dark abyss that so many find themselves in.

    A wellness-focused medical doctor who considers your whole being, your opinion, and your unique situation, all while KNOWING that you can and will heal your life, Dr. Linda is a breath of fresh air and a deeply wise and highly skilled practitioner.

    Dr. Linda enjoys just “being” and loving her life, as well as painting, being in the ocean with all its creatures and being with her family, including her dog, Lotus.

    Doctor Justin Groode MD
    Health, Wellness and Quality of Life Expert

    Our vibrant health consultant and educator, Dr. Groode radiates energy and joy. With his extensive training in functional and integrative medicine as well as homeopathy he teaches clients about relevant health topics and works with clients individually and in groups. He works closely with Dr. Linda Hostalek towards emphasizing underlying causes of imbalances in the body’s physiology and biochemistry and educates clients about appropriate functional medicine specialty tests available to gain a more in-depth understanding of their individual health needs.

    Also an accomplished musician, Justin can be found jamming with clients in the living room and readily laughing and sharing.

    Born in California and having grown up on Maui, he and his wife and three children lived in Israel and mainland U.S. and in 2015 moved from the east coast to Hawaii to be close to family members who grow organic produce, served in the Exclusive kitchen.

    Sherri Longyear
    Life Skills Coach, Recreational Art, Neural Tapping, Bodyworker

      Sherri Longyear is a board member emeritus of LifeResults Seminars and has been an active personal growth seminar advocate and staffer for over thirty years. Before moving to Hawaii, Sherri had her own practice as a massage therapist, Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, craniosacral therapist and reconnective healing therapist near Rochester, NY.

      Sherri is a licensed massage therapist who is trained in Lomi Lomi Massage, Ho’oponopono Healing and is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca. Sherri has also received certifications in CranioSacral Therapy and Somato-Emotional Recall/Release at the Upledger Institute. Additionally, Sherri is trained in Healing Through Release and Reconnective Healing Therapy™.

      At The Exclusive Sherri’s work is focused on coaching clients in life skills; bringing clients to personal responsibility by identifying their life purpose and creating a personal contract. Sherri teaches clients that wherever they are with a specific challenge, they are on an important step in the paradigm of six stages of growth and shows them how to move through the stages to successfully resolve the issue. She also uses centering techniques and guided visualizations in her work. Sherri has delved deeply into the therapy methodologies at The Exclusive and continues to devote many hours to further training in Core Belief Restructuring, Experiential Engagement Therapy and Emotional Fluidity. She is weaving these methodologies into her work, elevating her practice into an integrated body of work.

      Sherri brings an incredible intuitive sense to her work where she easily understands where clients are in their discovery process. She experiences what clients are feeling with tremendous compassion. Her history of trauma work and attending many energy psychology conferences through her years of training combined with her body work licenses make Sherri’s touch a powerful healing force.

      Sherri is also the neural tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) facilitator at The Exclusive. Her fifteen years of experience as an EFT practitioner makes her the perfect candidate to teach others this effective technique to release past trauma, reduce anxiety and overcome depression.

      When Sherri is not at The Exclusive, she is at her library on the beach and rejuvenating in the ocean, floating effortlessly, soaking in the healing qualities of water.

      Kirsten Larsen
      Registered Nurse (RN, Program Nurse)

      Gentle and wise, Nurse Kirsten says that she loves to support people to heal through customized wellness programs in conjunction with our physicians, dietician and therapy team. It shows! Clients appreciate Kirsten’s attentiveness and presence, as she listens and takes time to really hear.  Isn’t that what nursing was originally meant to provide—full wraparound care?

      As a lifelong learner, Kirsten is open minded, well educated, and highly interested in exploring what works for each individual.  She is as versed on natural plant medicine and diet as she is on pharmaceuticals and understands how emotions and beliefs affect physical health.

      A mother of two, Kirsten loves to feed her family from her garden and fruit trees.  Her love for gardening, preserving, planting trees, teaching on topics of wellness, hiking and travelling to different cultures make her a wonderful resource and a great example for living one’s own values and passions.

      Born in Hawaii and living on the Hamakua Coast for the past 33 years, Kirsten also serves as an adept nature hiking guide at The Exclusive.

      Eileen Adames
      Acupuncturist and Herbalist

      Eileen brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to her work as a Licensed Acupuncturist. Creating an environment of restfulness, Eileen guides her patients in visualization, awareness of feelings, sensory awareness and overall life balance in addition to her primary focus of releasing bodily stress and cravings connected to addiction.

      With a great appreciation for nature and its healing properties, Eileen is also versed in overcoming addiction through proper foods and herbs/spices. She is an accomplished herbalist and an avid gardener who believes in the body’s ability to heal and balance through natural means.

      Eileen assists the chef at The Exclusive in customizing a beautiful, well-balanced menu for each client.

      Her passion for helping others and her ability to impart her knowledge make a session with her ever more valuable. Eileen also teaches Chinese Medicine at The Traditional Chinese Medical School of Hawaii and collaborates with other doctors and practitioners at The Exclusive to deliver the best wrap around care for every client.

      When not helping people through Chinese Medicine, Eileen flies over the water! Eileen is a wind surfing expert, having sailed professionally for many years. Her hearty laugh and love of life are evident!

      Sara Murray
      Body Balancing Trainer and Massage Therapist

      Deep body balancing, myofascial release, lymphatic drainage, Swedish massage and yoga-based movement therapies are used to free up constrictions in the body as well as to detox from substance abuse and traumatic experiences.

      Sara has specialized in this powerful combination since 1996, having trained under masterful teachers in these methods as well as in Craniosacral, Structural Integration and aromatherapy. She ensures that all treatments are fully customized for the very specific needs of the individual.

      Just one session with Sara is truly life changing (but we don’t limit you to one!), helping the client become more at ease, and helping the body support recovery through improved lymph detoxification and decreased pain.

      Sara is also an accomplished hooper, wind surfing teacher and swim instructor, ready to share the joy of healthy movement and fun physical fitness!

      Therapy Team

      • Jean-Francois Benoist
        Jean-Francois Benoist
        Founder & Program Director - Lead Core Belief Restructuring Counselor, OPMC
      • Joyce Marvel-Benoist
        Joyce Marvel-Benoist
        Founder & Center Director, Core Belief Restructuring & Stress Management Coach
      • Bob Wiley
        Bob Wiley
        Therapist, LPC, CADC, Core-Belief Restructuring Counselor
      • Laura Wade
        Laura Wade
        Core Belief Restructuring Counselor (MA)
      • Zina Mercil
        Zina Mercil
        LPCC, R-DMT, RSMT, Core-Belief Restructuring Counselor (MA)
      • Carolyn Mondress
        Carolyn Mondress
        Core Belief Restructuring & EMDR Counselor
      • Joy Gardner
        Joy Gardner
        Core Belief Restructuring Coach
      • Sherri Longyear
        Sherri Longyear
        Life Skills Coach, Recreational Art, Neural Tapping, Bodyworker
      • Kirin Loomis
        Kirin Loomis
        Core Belief Restructuring Counselor
      • Grady Keystone Boykin
        Grady Keystone Boykin
        Art & Music Therapy
      • Tesla
        Tesla
        Therapy Dog
      Jean-Francois Benoist
      Founder & Program Director - Lead Core Belief Restructuring Counselor, OPMC

        Jean-Francois Benoist is the creator of Core Belief Restructuring (CBR), upon which The Exclusive treatment program is based. He is a certified professional counselor trained at The Option Institute International Learning and Training Center. He began his studies in human development and empowerment in 1983 with Robert Hargrove and Relationships, Inc., and has been deeply involved in mentoring others for over twenty years.

        Author of The Exclusive Guide to Becoming Deeply Happy, Jean-Francois has a depth of experience in helping individuals, couples and families address and heal issues involving addictions, physical violence, sexual abuse, relationship concerns, bereavement, critical health challenges, eating disorders, conflict resolution, and depression. He is versed in individual therapy as well as group counseling.

        The direct correlation between deeply-held beliefs and painful addictions is Jean-Francois’ highly-refined specialty. He is highly experienced and rigorously trained in a Socratic methodology and deep listening, enabling him to impart powerful life-changing skills that create immediate results.

        Jean-Francois is a gifted guide in uncovering the hidden core beliefs that create addictions and mental and emotional roadblocks. He is known for his commitment to lifelong, core level change achieved with upbeat, empowering passion for life.

        Jean-Francois combines his skills as a Professional Trainer with his first-hand experience growing up with a high-profile father who was an alcoholic. Jean-François fought the all-too-common battles of his own addiction and depression and even overcame life threatening illness and injury– all this making him an extremely strong and compassionate counselor and guide. He provides a safe and unique learning experience which embodies his own emotional intelligence and his years of helping people heal their lives. His clients easily recognize his authenticity and trust his impeccable commitment to integrity and confidentiality.

        Clients may even get a glimpse of another side of Jean-Francois ― the avid surfer, musician, husband, father of 3 and ice hockey player!

        Joyce Marvel-Benoist
        Founder & Center Director, Core Belief Restructuring & Stress Management Coach

        Joyce is a longtime consultant and pragmatic problem solver, having worked to empower individuals, families and companies for nearly 30 years. Known for her consistent, authentic and passionate optimism, Joyce inspires her clients to clearly identify their life’s work and do what it takes to move beyond addiction into a truly fulfilling life of purpose. Applying her focused intuition and deep compassion, she serves as a seasoned guide adept at finding real, accessible and even joyful solutions to the often heartbreaking problems that have resulted from substance abuse.

        Trained and certified in multiple approaches, Joyce has developed a unique style that encompasses palpable tenderness; fierce truth telling; verbalizing the unseen, the unsaid and the forbidden; and embracing the whole person.

        Joyce’s approach is lively and highly participatory as she leads transformative, innovative programs including: Laughter Yoga, Life Purpose Life Passion, Empowering the Family and What’s Great About It!.

        With real life experience in eating compulsively, covering for abusive men, and wimping out around angry people, Joyce has firsthand experience healing from addictive, shame-based, and self-destructive habits using Core Belief Restructuring, The Option Process, prayer and meditation, art therapy, reframing, dance and psychodrama.

        Joyce has worked for such growth organizations as PSI World Seminars, Option Institute, Unity Church and the American Baptist Church. She co-founded Buffalo Press, Planetary Smile, Self-Empowerment Counseling and Power On Coaching Inc.

        Joyce is also an internationally published author, the founder of Women’s Circle Hawaii and enthusiastic mother of three (ages 13, 16 and 30!).

        Bob Wiley
        Therapist, LPC, CADC, Core-Belief Restructuring Counselor

        Bob graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1996 and soon thereafter started working as a substance abuse counselor. Bob holds a Professional Counselor License and is also a Certified Advanced Addiction Counselor. In addition Bob attended The Option Institute in Massachusetts where he acquired certification as an Option Process Mentor Counselor.

        Bob has counseled substance abuse and mental health clients for over two decades. The depth of his experience, combined with his passion and dedication to impact and transform the lives of others, make Bob an indispensable asset to our team and clients at The Exclusive Addiction Treatment Center.

        Bob specializes in Core Belief Restructuring (CBR) to identify the core beliefs that keep clients stuck in the same patterns of being. Together with clients he breaks through to the underlying issues that need to be transformed and create change together with clients.

        Throughout this process he supports clients with non-judgment and compassion. He enables clients to uncover and understand their deepest beliefs through which they filter and ultimately create their experiences. Bob will question the client’s filters and refine the lenses through which clients create their realities resulting in a liberating state of self-love and self-compassion.

        Clients are coached to develop the skill of external trigger mastery by engaging in real time experiential therapy. Together with clients Bob scrutinizes and works through triggers over and over to strengthen the coping resilience of each individual client for real life scenarios. Bob’s goal is to see clients transform their beliefs and thrive.

        Bob is especially successful in helping clients to improve their lives and so achieve the results they want. When clients are stuck and unable to push forwards or through situations, Bob can mobilize change in his sessions. He is also skilled in working on combatting self-sabotage when resistance to change sets in.

        Bob has spent all of his life on a personal quest for happiness and self-confidence. Much of this journey is spent in reading, introspection, involvement in spiritual practices, as well as active involvement in personal retreats and seminars. Bob’s experiences and his desire to learn and grow are at the foundation of what he shares when coaching and counseling.

        Laura Wade
        Core Belief Restructuring Counselor (MA)

          Laura’s overflowing acceptance supports people in facing and re-authoring events that hold the most sway in their lives. With a MA in psychological counseling and specialty in systemic counseling for couples and families, she utilizes Core Belief Restructuring, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and experiential exercises to support clients in making lasting changes. As a neurological enthusiast, she weaves psychological education with exercises and skills to release stress from the nervous system and pilots clients in restructuring neural pathways.

          She is passionate about creating space for clients to practice authentic and vulnerable communication, which supports people in increasing the meaningful connections in their lives. Utilizing trauma informed practices, Laura worked as a sexual assault crisis counselor, lead groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual assault, and hosted workshops on trauma in family systems, counseling sexual minorities, and spirituality in therapy.

          Laura’s zest for life led her to living in China, being a stage magician, and seizing life’s many adventures. Other passions include connecting with people from other cultures through traveling, snorkeling, practicing mindfulness, and exploring and relaxing with friends.

          Zina Mercil
          LPCC, R-DMT, RSMT, Core-Belief Restructuring Counselor (MA)

          Movement-based therapy is key to moving past the obstacles of addiction, and Zina loves to get clients moving! A Registered Dance/Movement Therapist, Zina is fascinated and passionate about our relationship with our bodies in illness, trauma, and healing. She emphasizes the possibility, joy, and connection available in this lifetime, as well as the really messy things that happen, and how we have the capacity to acknowledge and experience both.

          In addition to her body-focused work, Zina has a MA in Somatic Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate. She specializes in working with clients and clinicians around complex trauma, addiction, and life-altering medical setbacks and potential post-traumatic growth, using an orientation based in mindfulness, existential psychology, and trauma-informed somatic counseling. She also focuses on working with professionals around burnout, secondary trauma, self-care, and the cultural addiction of being busy. Zina has worked in a hospice support setting as well, deepening the connection with the body during the final life transition.

          Zina’s loving nature extends outside the office. She created and facilitates the Heart of the Athena Program with the Project Athena Foundation, which supports women with life-altering medical setbacks to live their adventurous dreams through their recovery process. In addition, she co-facilitates secondary-trauma and resiliency trainings with the VitalHearts Organization.

          A professional musical theater performer for many years, Zina continues her passion through presenting and speaking at several national conferences, including the prestigious conference held at Stanford, MedX. Always accompanied by her signature smile, it’s hard not to have fun when you’re with Zina!

          Carolyn Mondress
          Core Belief Restructuring & EMDR Counselor

          Holotropic Breathwork, yoga, qigong, continuum movement, mediation, art, deep psychology and Gestalt are just a few of the healing foundations laid in the life of Carolyn, that make her an especially versatile and adept CBR Therapist. A woman of palpable grace and compassion, she is deep, deep, deep.

          Carolyn is an expert in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and a former teacher of the Institute of Self-Recognition specializing in healing the inner critic.  What does this have to deal with healing addiction? Everything. Carolyn will dance your inner critic right into joyful submission and help you clean your core beliefs as swift as a samurai.

          Clients report deep relaxation and increased ease after her sessions which involve dismantling formerly destructive core beliefs. We love to see people almost float out of their sessions with Carolyn!

          Carolyn’s passion is to remove the obscurations that keep us from living in our truest nature and by doing so, assist us to return to the very essence of our lives. Indeed she does just that! She is even trained in Buteyko Breathing Method to assist those with apnea, asthma or other breathing disorders.

          She knows that for recovery to be full and lasting, a person must be able to melt deeply into life ― relaxed, released and fully at home in their body, heart and mind. Carolyn lives CBR with a presence only an elder so deeply experienced in healing can do. We are so grateful to have her on our team.

          When not leading CBR and EMDR at The Exclusive, Carolyn is ocean swimming, doing qigong or leading couples (with her husband Tim) in the Council process of authentic communication and in Non-Violent Communication (NVC). Formerly a professional artist for many years, Carolyn now specializes in the art of healing the human condition and gracefully moving through life with ease and joy.

          Joy Gardner
          Core Belief Restructuring Coach

          Joy Gardner brings a depth of compassion, unconditional love, and a profoundly non-judgmental attitude to her work of over 40 years. After experiencing her brother’s suicide at the age of 13, and the loss of a baby, she discovered the death-and-loss work of Swiss psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and studied with her to become a Bereavement Counselor. She was one of the founding members of the Nelson and District Hospice in British Columbia, where she trained volunteers.

          Joy has been a pioneer in holistic health since 1968, when she worked with the Country Doctor Clinic in Seattle. In conjunction with the clinic, she published her first book, Healing Yourself, which was the first medicinal herbal in North America in modern times.  Later she was one of the founding members of the Siuslaw Rural Health Center near Florence, Oregon.  Joy went on to publish 10 more books, which have collectively sold over a quarter million copies. She has taught and practiced throughout the US as well as in Canada, England, and Australia.

          Meanwhile she raised two sons, who are now 46 and 41. She survived her first marriage, which was fraught with violence, and she survived the death of two of her husbands. Her mother was bipolar, and for many years Joy struggled with drugs. She believes that her own journey into the underworld has made her into a more compassionate and knowledgeable counselor. Her specialty is in working with the subconscious, doing Core Belief Re-Programming and Gestalt Dreamwork.  She believes that the subconscious must be engaged before deep and lasting change will take place.

          Joy is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild and the International Society for the Study of Subtle Medicine. Her most recent book is Joyous Food for High Frequency People. She loves to swim, especially with the dolphins, and she enjoys making spontaneous music. A great lover of nature, you will often find her outdoors.  Her radiant good health and the joy that flows from her at the age of 68 is clear testimony to the depth of personal transformation that she has experienced, in combination with her good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle that she enjoys sharing with her clients.

          Sherri Longyear
          Life Skills Coach, Recreational Art, Neural Tapping, Bodyworker

            Sherri Longyear is a board member emeritus of LifeResults Seminars and has been an active personal growth seminar advocate and staffer for over thirty years. Before moving to Hawaii, Sherri had her own practice as a massage therapist, Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner, craniosacral therapist and reconnective healing therapist near Rochester, NY.

            Sherri is a licensed massage therapist who is trained in Lomi Lomi Massage, Ho’oponopono Healing and is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca. Sherri has also received certifications in CranioSacral Therapy and Somato-Emotional Recall/Release at the Upledger Institute. Additionally, Sherri is trained in Healing Through Release and Reconnective Healing Therapy™.

            At The Exclusive Sherri’s work is focused on coaching clients in life skills; bringing clients to personal responsibility by identifying their life purpose and creating a personal contract. Sherri teaches clients that wherever they are with a specific challenge, they are on an important step in the paradigm of six stages of growth and shows them how to move through the stages to successfully resolve the issue. She also uses centering techniques and guided visualizations in her work. Sherri has delved deeply into the therapy methodologies at The Exclusive and continues to devote many hours to further training in Core Belief Restructuring, Experiential Engagement Therapy and Emotional Fluidity. She is weaving these methodologies into her work, elevating her practice into an integrated body of work.

            Sherri brings an incredible intuitive sense to her work where she easily understands where clients are in their discovery process. She experiences what clients are feeling with tremendous compassion. Her history of trauma work and attending many energy psychology conferences through her years of training combined with her body work licenses make Sherri’s touch a powerful healing force.

            Sherri is also the neural tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) facilitator at The Exclusive. Her fifteen years of experience as an EFT practitioner makes her the perfect candidate to teach others this effective technique to release past trauma, reduce anxiety and overcome depression.

            When Sherri is not at The Exclusive, she is at her library on the beach and rejuvenating in the ocean, floating effortlessly, soaking in the healing qualities of water.

            Kirin Loomis
            Core Belief Restructuring Counselor

            Core Belief Restructuring is the ticket to healing addiction from the depths of one’s thoughts and feelings. Kirin is an expert in CBR method which directly address the underlying causes of addiction.  She is a masterful and compassionate facilitator of this kind of core level change.

            With many years experience counseling and teaching, Kirin brings a profound calm to her sessions with clients, during which she listens deeply and honors the choices of the individual. Her presence, in itself, is a healing balm on a person’s wounds.

            Kirin has developed holistic teaching models, daily intention setting programs in schools and many other cooperative projects to empower individuals, families and organizations.

            “I want to be a mirror ― by asking compassionate questions that help people to see themselves clearly ― and, with the client, to design innovative supports to encourage them as they create the life they have dreamed of.”

            We find that clients feel deeply heard and empowered to be at the helm of their own lives while working with Kirin. Her passion to help people reconnect to their own wholeness shines through in all she does.

            Grady Keystone Boykin
            Art & Music Therapy

            Grady is on a mission to disprove several common myths about art. Number one is that artists are born and that we come into the world with talent or else we have none. This is, of course, a ridiculous notion for someone who teaches art, and yet most people, at some point in their lives have had someone say to them, “You are not an artist,” and sadly, they believed it. Grady declares that the truth is:  art can be learned and often it takes very little to free the artist within. If you tell him you are not an artist he will probably ask, “Could you write a novel if you didn’t know the alphabet? Let’s learn the alphabet of art and find out if you have something to reveal.”

            We each have a personal signature and handwriting that is very difficult to forge. Likewise, even if a classroom full of people studied with the same master painter or sculptor, each student would create art that is unique; our signature art. It is by removing the blocks and judgments that have accumulated over our lifetimes that we can freely and joyfully let the art within become visible, and celebrate our individuality. Clients report great enjoyment as they explore and create under Grady’s gentle guidance.

            Grady has had a lifelong interest in art. When he was seven, Grady’s Aunt Josefa, visited from Mexico and brought him a set of oil paints. He began painting and never stopped. Grady was the first graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, to receive a degree in art. He went on to study in New York City at the Art Students League and continued his studies in Italy and Spain. He has taught life drawing, anatomy for artists, painting and sculpture in California, Idaho, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Hawaii. Grady is a working artist, muralist and sculptor, a Waldorf teacher and a singer/songwriter who brings lightness and fun to his art therapy sessions and occasionally even bring is guitar and harmonica!

            Grady and his wife (also a musician, artist, playwright and teacher) are living art, creating 24/7. They have a family of two sheep, two cats, two bunnies and a whole passel of chickens; and they grow the best apple bananas you’ll ever eat!

            Tesla
            Therapy Dog

            Tesla, who hangs out with Counselor Laura Wade, is our sophisticated little therapy dog, a mix of Maltese and poodle. Tesla has been known to try swimming in the koi ponds (playing with rather than eating the fish!) and jumping in the horse trough. Affectionate and happy to be included in the daily activities, we are sure you’ll love Tesla!

            Night Aides

            • Ramona Frances
              Ramona Frances
              Night Aide
            • Gregory Terry
              Gregory Terry
              Night Aide, Social Worker
            • Alana Masi
              Alana Masi
              Night Aide (LVN) and Office Assistant
            Ramona Frances
            Night Aide

            Energetic Ramona rolls in the door with gusto and is the can-do gal that gets it done.
            Caring, interested and compassionate, Ramona is a rock of stability keeping things together on the night shift.

            Also an accomplished artist and writer, Ramona is a woman of many projects including showing her art and photography at a local gallery.

            Ramona came to Hawaii from California to join her family. Seeing her with her energetic granddaughter Aria is such a hoot — Ramona can almost keep up!

            Gregory Terry
            Night Aide, Social Worker

            If you ever need someone to shoot the breeze with, Gregory is your man. His easy-going, relaxed vibe embodies the spirit of The Big Island. Gregory’s tasks always get accomplished, but if a meaningful conversation goes a few minutes over? He doesn’t sweat about it. Gregory finds that the connections he makes with the clients is the most important aspect to his job, and everything else comes second to that.

            Originally from Oahu, Gregory spent several years working as a social worker and case manager, helping people with all aspects of their life and acclimating them back into their communities after diagnoses or traumatic incidents. Gregory pulls from this experience when working with clients and strives to do his best to make all clients feel like their voices are being heard.

            When he’s off the clock, Gregory takes advantage of Hawaii’s sparkling coastlines and enjoys various watersports. After living for ten years in the desert of Las Vegas, he sure does appreciate only being a few minutes from the ocean!

            Alana Masi
            Night Aide (LVN) and Office Assistant

            The perpetual smile and warm greeting of Alana are the trademarks of this radiant and happy person, here to lovingly serve.  Whether it’s in the kitchen or the office or testing the pool, Alana’s presence is both calming and reassuring.

            She and her husband Henry, both originally from Hawaii, welcomed their first child, baby Isaac, into the world this summer!  Congratulations!

            Facility & Residential Team

            • Mario ‘Tiny’ Gonzalez
              Mario ‘Tiny’ Gonzalez
              Culinary Manager & Lead Chef
            • Liza Franzoni
              Liza Franzoni
              Chef
            • Ron Zisook
              Ron Zisook
              Dinner Chef
            • Gretchen Horne
              Gretchen Horne
              Chef
            • Melanie Gallagher
              Melanie Gallagher
              Office Manager
            • Aaron Garmon
              Aaron Garmon
              Technology, Driver and Horse Handler
            • Emily Mast
              Emily Mast
              Public Relations Specialist
            • Angeline “Angie” Agustin-Aurello
              Angeline “Angie” Agustin-Aurello
              Lead Housekeeper
            • Abeline “Abee” Wagoner
              Abeline “Abee” Wagoner
              Housekeeper
            • Sabrina Briggs
              Sabrina Briggs
              Landscaping, Groundskeeper
            Mario ‘Tiny’ Gonzalez
            Culinary Manager & Lead Chef

            Mario was born in New York City, where he grew up enjoying the culinary cuisine the city had to offer. He developed a love and enthusiasm for all cuisine types. These varied delicious culinary inspirations continue to infuse Mario’s creativity in the kitchen.

            After attending culinary school and working under some of New York City, Miami and Chicago’s great chefs, Mario traveled the globe and expanded his taste for international culinary flare further.

            His rich professional experience has shaped him into a Rustic to Gourmet, Farm to Table, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Kosher Chef. Hence, Mario is excellent at and loves preparing a wide array of guest requests.

            As a high performer in the industry he knows what it takes to keep his kitchen par excellence. In 2016 he moved to The Big Island of Hawaii and worked as the Executive Chef and Kitchen Manager for The Volcano Houses, The Rim Restaurant and Uncle George’s Lounge. He is continually inspired by the beauty and bounty that the island provides and prepares food with the intention of expressing his gratitude through culinary art.

            Liza Franzoni
            Chef

            Chef Franzoni is way more than our chef. She’s the Mother of Nurturance, a caring presence who listens and designs meals to nourish each client, and a joyful creator whose shoulders shake when she laughs!

            Liza spent her pre-teen years rummaging through her mother’s spice drawer, creating cookie recipes with friends and on through her early twenties under the tutelage of her grandfather.   A first-generation Northern Italian American, he was a butcher and a hotel/restaurant owner who rose before dawn to gather the ingredients for the day’s meals. Liza spent her summers with him on those excursions which involved driving around Southern New Jersey in a gray 1968 Lincoln Continental to variously meet the fishermen at the docks with the morning’s catch, the butcher with fresh meat, the tomato farmer inland when the Jersey Beefsteaks came on. She joined him picking wild mushrooms and leafy dandelion at his “secret spots.” From him Liza learned how to hold and sharpen a knife, and how to bring out the delicate nuances in flavor with the freshest ingredients and the subtle use of herbs in the Piemontese tradition.

            After her Grandfather’s passing, Liza moved to Portland, Oregon. Her first job involved the harvest and cleaning of wild mushrooms, as she transitioned into a Nouvelle restaurant kitchen, honing her skills in preparing tasteful, healthy food with fresh, local ingredients. Over the years, Liza has catered kosher, vegan, raw and standard fare, owned and operated “Cafe Rawsome”, and wildcrafted medicinal herbs and sea vegetables.

            Her menus are beautiful, flavorful and designed with the needs of the client at heart.

            Devoted mother of three (and all the rest of us too!), Liza is a loving presence in our kitchen as she prepares delicious, vitalizing meals and teaches the art of eating well.

            Ron Zisook
            Dinner Chef

            Chef Ron loves to cook. Working his way through college at Chicago’s Premier caterer, he learned from a host of European chefs and bakers dedicated to quality. And after living in France and connecting with his passion for food and culinary creativity, he moved to Germany to be a sous-chef at a fine restaurant on the Rhine River. Always keen on freshness and local food sources, he has been cooking for over twenty years. He educated himself further in California, hanging out at the Culinary Academy and creating products for farmer’s markets.

            Ron and his wife have refurbished a historic former Buddhist temple on the Hamakua coast, now a Yoga B&B, and he’s known on the island for his handmade Gelato Ono (in Hawaiian, ono means delicious)! He loves connecting with people from all over the world serving up some of Hawaii’s best foods.

            Gretchen Horne
            Chef

            With a sweet twinkle in her eye, you’ll find Gretchen busy whipping up a variety of delicious creations including some of the best baked goods anywhere (and gluten free, whole grain at that!) as well as raw foods and delicious soups.

            An avid gardener and lover of natural Hawaii, Gretchen has a quiet introspective presence that is both calming and accommodating, as she listens intently to what clients most enjoy eating and what helps them feel their best.

            Melanie Gallagher
            Office Manager

            Our volleyball champ on staff, Melanie takes breaks from the office to play between making sure the phone is answered and the office is humming.

            She says she loves working at The Exclusive because it’s such a positive, love and growth-oriented environment.

            Having grown up on a ranch on the Big Island, Melanie is comfortable in rural Honokaa. She loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, listening to music, dancing and enjoying the simple life. Her hobbies include gardening and shell/rock collecting.

            Aaron Garmon
            Technology, Driver and Horse Handler

            Our Jack-of-all-trades. If someone can fix it, Aaron’s the guy. With a knack for invention and technological innovation, Aaron handles whatever comes up with sound, lights, wifi and maintenance at The Exclusive estate. He also cares for vehicles, drives clients to and from appointments, helps with the website and leads horse handling.

            Passionate about anything that flies, Aaron has a long history of building model aircraft and is newly the proud operator of a photographic drone. Providing beautiful photography for this website, Aaron has been discovering the magic of Hawaii through the lens of a camera.

            Aaron’s extensive experience rehabilitating and riding horses, informs his sharing of his love for horses while offering equine experiences for clients with the beloved Tommy the gelding.

            Emily Mast
            Public Relations Specialist

            Public relations is all about getting the word out, and Emily sure does love to do that! Joining our team all the way from Iowa, Emily’s Midwestern work ethic is apparent. She likes to think outside the box to solve problems and enjoys learning new things all the time. While usually in the office scheduling events and networking away, Emily can be seen around the center lending a helping hand to any aspect of The Exclusive’s operations. No task is trivial in her book, and she jumps at the chance to interact with the clients.

            Emily is always accompanied by her wide smile, eager to make strangers feel like old friends. Her bubbly attitude is contagious, drawing others to gravitate towards her positive nature. In her down time, Emily can be found running on trails, snorkeling, or watching an old movie. Emily treasures finding the hidden gems The Big Island offers, as well as working alongside her awesome coworkers!

            Angeline “Angie” Agustin-Aurello
            Lead Housekeeper

            Our lead housekeeper, Angie gives her all to grab up any tropical insects, shoo the geckos outdoors, clean the session rooms before sessions start in the morning, and be the stealth cleaner! You come back to your room and wow, it’s all pretty again!

            She brings a very special presence, with her Hawaiian background and values of connecting with the land and the people. She and her family have a business they run on the weekends offering activities for festivals and parties.

            We are not sure when she finds time, but Angie is also a motorcycle enthusiast!

            Abeline “Abee” Wagoner
            Housekeeper

            Abee dedicates herself to making sure the Exclusive estate is clean and beautiful.

            She lives with her husband and two energetic young sons who keep her busy!

            Sabrina Briggs
            Landscaping, Groundskeeper

            The landscape angel who calls herself a “Land Therapist,” Sabrina, with her sidekick Archie on the mower, keeps the grounds well-loved and glistening with radiant new growth.

            Hard working and big-hearted, Sabrina is a force of nature and a longtime member of The Exclusive Team. Her passion for this healing place is evident and often exclaimed in celebratory voice and warm hugs.

            The dedicated single mother of two big sons, Sabrina is a rock of presence and love for them and for so many of us.

            Consulting Affiliate Experts

            • Dr. Shay Bintliff, M.D.
              Dr. Shay Bintliff, M.D.
              Consulting Doctor
            • Vivienne Aronowitz
              Vivienne Aronowitz
              Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
            • Jeanne Teleia
              Jeanne Teleia
              Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, LMFT, Play Therapist
            • Katherine May
              Katherine May
              PsychD, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)
            • Tony Bonnici
              Tony Bonnici
              Meditation and Martial Arts Guide
            • Tiffani Cook
              Tiffani Cook
              Licensed Massage Therapist
            Dr. Shay Bintliff, M.D.
            Consulting Doctor

            Serving on the Hawaii State Medical Board and on The Exclusive’s board of quality assurance, Dr. Shay is a brilliant M.D. with decades of experience in emergency room care and management, and an usual mix of creative projects to boot!

            She is also a comedian, writer, athlete and energetic community volunteer.

            Writer of “Laughter Therapy” column in the local newspaper, Dr. Shay claims Dr. Patch Adams as a friend, and she never leaves a room without telling a joke.

            A former surfer, she still boogie boards, paddles canoe, golfs, bikes, works on her sandlewood farm, and walks her beloved dogs with her partner Libby.

            We recently learned that she had a big secret! She performed on Vaudeville at age 5, with her mother and uncle who had a professional song and dance show! How fun is that? Her mom’s good friend was none other than Ginger Rogers!

            Her connection to everyone she meets is inspiring!

            The awards this brilliant doctor has won over the years is too long to list. She has also been a delegate to the White House conference on families, National Violence Prevention Commission and many more. We are honored and proud to have the support of Dr. Shay.

            Vivienne Aronowitz
            Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

            Vivienne Aronowitz, a registered dietitian and biofeedback therapist, moved to the Big Island from California 7 years ago. Vivienne graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a masters degree in Public Health Nutrition. She originally hails from South Africa and finds lots of similarities between her country of birth and Hawaii. She works for Kaiser Permanente and consults to several agencies and businesses on nutrition, working with individuals and groups to help them progress in their health journeys. Vivienne loves to cook, and weaves her interest in food and different cultures to find innovative ideas and practical solutions to nutrition challenges. She is the coauthor of the Healthwise Quantity Cookbook.

            Vivienne is also President of the Board of Mala’ai, the culinary garden of Waimea Middle School.

            Jeanne Teleia
            Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, LMFT, Play Therapist

            Jeanne has been working with individuals, families and children for over 20 years as both an advocate and clinician for people with emotional challenges, trauma histories, and various addictions. Although traditionally trained for clinical practice, Jeanne offers her humor, play and nurturing skills to all her encounters with clients, colleagues and friends.  Jeanne’s philosophy is that everyone has the ability to heal themselves—and that it is an honor to participate in a person’s transformation. She sees herself as a guide, witness and facilitator.

            Jeanne uses a body-mind-spirit approach in her work that is guided by the newest research in neuroscience and thinks a good walk in nature while talking or other holistic techniques is often even better than traditional ‘talk therapy’ approaches.  She has seen fast and significant results using her training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), TFT (Thought Field Therapy), hypnotherapy, Sandplay and Play Therapy, Mindfulness and nature based experiential therapy including Dolphin Assisted Therapy.   She brings her knowledge of experiential, nature based, holistic therapy to her work at The Exclusive.

            Jeanne’s own background with disordered eating, a family history of addiction and codependency, as well as a period of overcoming depression and anxiety led her to find her passion in healing work. There is no better therapist than one who has walked the road of her own healing. We are honored to have such integrity on our staff!

            Jeanne’s commitment personally and professionally is to joy! She firmly believes that joy can be learned and maintained, even if your nature or nurture has set you up for something else.   She finds joy in her work, in playing with children, in singing (and she’s always happy to have company doing so), in organizing women’s empowerment circles, in traveling and in meeting new people. She and her husband share their lives with two dogs, one cat, and one bunny.

            Katherine May
            PsychD, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC)

            Originally from London, Katherine obtained her Masters of Science in Substance Misuse from the University of Sussex, UK, in 2005. She then went on to complete a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2010, as part of the highly competitive National Health Service funded program, where she specialized in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Katherine’s training has given her experience in both integrative clinical practice as well as scientific research, and she has recently published work on cutting edge treatment for psychosis.

            Katherine has worked in community mental health clinics both as a clinician and program director. She has provided individual and group therapy to adolescents and adults, as well as their families. Katherine has also worked extensively within the criminal justice system. Motivated by her own experiences of growing up in a family where addiction was present, Katherine is passionate about working within the field of addiction and drug dependence. Katherine believes in an integrated and holistic approach to addiction and strives to involve family as much as possible in treatment. Her experience as both a clinician, researcher, and administrator make for a well-rounded and thoroughly collaborative approach to multidisciplinary treatment.

            Katherine moved from the UK to Hawaii in 2010 and she currently lives in Kailua Kona with her husband. Katherine is an avid runner and integrates yoga and mindfulness meditation as part of her daily life.

            She is thrilled to be part of the dynamic and dedicated team at the Exclusive.

            Tony Bonnici
            Meditation and Martial Arts Guide

            The cravings and struggles of overcoming addiction can be greatly assisted by forms of the meditation that bring peace, comfort and greater awareness. Tony is a proficient and patient guide who understands the freedom that can be found in empowered, joyful disciplines.

            Tony brings a lifetime of personal experience to his practice of meditation. A certified Applied Meditation Therapy Counselor and Trainer, he has been living, practicing and training in meditation for his entire life.

            Who can claim to have been brought up in a Zen Meditation Temple? Tony. A master of both seated meditation and engaged body (moving) meditation, he embodies an inspiring and unusual depth and presence.

            Having competed internationally, Tony is a black belt in Judo and a practitioner of Akido and Kempo Karate as well.

            In addition to meditating and teaching martial arts, Tony has been competing in triathlons, adventure races, soccer, baseball, golf, mountain bike races, weight training, running, swimming and wake boarding! He would tell you that he meditates while doing all of this! We think he’s amazing! No wonder he is also a peak performance coach.

            Father of two energetic little boys and husband of a highly creative woman, Tony has faced his limitations time and again. His raw honesty, joyful enthusiasm, and profound self awareness make him highly accessible for those seeking to learn from his vast depth of applied knowledge.

            Tiffani Cook
            Licensed Massage Therapist

            Never one to sit idly by, Tiffani is the epitome of a go-getter. If she sees something needs done, she does it. Period. She describes herself as “Mother Hen” because she is always trying to ensure that everything is taken care of and runs smoothly. Tiffani’s great work ethic is paired with her kind demeanor. She is always willing to listen to anyone that needs to talk. Tiffani’s background in massage therapy also helps her to reflect a calming presence, no matter how late in the night it is.

            Tiffani loves how every day at The Exclusive is different. She’s always meeting new, great people, and all her new experiences keep her love for her job alive.
            Instead of resting after her shifts, Tiffani loves to dive, hike, paddle, and explore the outdoors with her three daughters – aged 2, 4, and 6! A native of The Big Island, she traveled for several years before coming back to her home to settle down with her family.