Our Faculty

addictions academyThe Staff at the Addictions Academy are hand selected and very highly educated. We take pride in who our teachers are and we want you to have the best education available on the market. We want you, the student, to know that we have spent years writing and teaching. Our teachers have over 40 years combined in the industry and counting.

If you would like to teach for us or have a class that you are already teaching, and would like to be considered as a part of The Addictions Academy, please email us your resume and course outline to cali@theaddictionscoach.com.  We are always looking for great seasoned teachers and new courses to offer.

In the meantime, click on The Addictions Academy Staff names and learn more about us!

Meet Our Staff

Dr Weiss is THE go to for all things sex addiction. Dr. Weiss is also the President of the American Association for Sex Addiction Therapy (AASAT)and has been featured on Oprah, Montel, 48hs, Fox.

Dr. Douglas WeissAdjunct Faculty: Sex Addiction TherapyRead His Bio

Dr. Melody Smith, PhD is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Psychotherapist, Nationally Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Instructor of Hypnosis, Author, Motivational Speaker, former Radio Talk Show Host, and Founder of Integrative Counseling & Hypnosis Associates.

Dr. Melody Smith, PhD, LMHC, CHITAA StaffRead Her Bio

Dr. Cali Estes is known as ‘The Addictions Coach’. Her work with celebs, sports figures and business professionals has been noticed. With 21 years in the industry she has been featured in books, HBO, NBC, CBS, CNBC, MSN, Entrepreneur, LA Times and more.

DR. Cali Estes, ICADC, MCAP, MAC, CPT, CYTClinical Director Read Her Bio

George Anderson is Harvard and UCLA Trained, multiple bestselling author, Facilitator and creator of ‘the disruptive physicians’ and Lead consultant on the movie scene for all things related to anger.

George Anderson, MSW, BCD, CAMFAdjunct Faculty: Anger ManagementRead His Bio

Jenny Fontana is the Social Media Director at The Addictions Academy and has been assisting The Addictions Academy for the past two years to grow and maintain a superb level of social media contacts and presence.

Jenny Fontana, NCFAC, CCRTSocial Media DirectorRead Her Bio

Boris Schaak, ISSA Certified, Founder of Sober Fitness, and celebrity trainer and sober coach, offers you the very best coaching and training available.

Boris SchaakRead His Bio

Melissa Killeen is an established Recovery Coach with broad understanding of this new field of recovery coaching in aftercare treatment.

Melissa KilleenRead Her Bio

Katie has spent over the last 20 years in the marketing, events and communications industry. After experiencing the addiction journey with her daughter Brittany, Katie left her marketing career, in order to focus on family recovery.

Katie DonovanFamily Addictions CoachRead Her Bio

‘Extreme’ Alcohol and Drug Intervention Specialist Creator Extreme Intervention Training Program


Mary T. Curtis is an International Facilitator, Counselor and Consultant with a passion for the development of people and organizations. Drawing on her learning & development acumen, behavioral health expertise, and The Second City Improv training, Mary delivers dynamic experiential learning programs and systemic-focused consulting.

Mary T. CurtisRead Her Bio

Kristoph Pydynkowski has been working at Gosnold on Cape Cod since 2007. Kristoph started with the company as a dietary aid helping prepare meals for patients at Gosnold’s 28 day rehabilitation center Gosnold at Cataumet. Kristoph then got hired as a recovery aid at the rehab where he excelled at connecting with the young adult population. Along with a few counselors and the director of the program, Kristoph helped develop an opiate track program for young adults at the rehab in an attempt to better serve this population.

Kristoph Pydynkowski LADCll, NCRC-1, NCIP, CAITrainer Of TrainerRead His Bio

The work I do involves identifying, acknowledging and reframing aspects of their lives that are not working. I work with individuals as well as couples in recovery to create the life they want and moreover one that supports sustainable recovery.


After becoming sober, Jay received his Certified Personal Trainer certificate from the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2014 as well as his Certified Health Coach certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Jay realizes how important proper nutrition and exercise are to overall recovery and he loves showing people what a positive impact fitness can have on their sobriety.

As well as being a personal trainer and a health coach, Jay is a consultant for a family therapist.

Jay KeefeWriter and Director of HappinessRead His Bio

That day was the beginning of a new life. Michael found a way to stop. You can find a way too, and Vital Signs can help. Give Michael a call today and get started on a new path.

Michael BirchTAA StaffRead his Bio

Rob has a unique approach in his recovery coaching and intervention styles. Rob has a very laid-back personality, but don’t confuse that for weakness!

Rob LohmanRead his Bio

With over 20 years of experience in the field of addiction, family codependency and recovery, Nadine Steele is passionate about helping her clients beat the odds to find the way back to their life again.

Nadine Steele, CATC-I, NCAC-I, NCIP, NCRC-IIInstructorRead her Bio

Kenneth Blum is a world-renowned and nationally recognized authority on addiction research & studies. He is a researcher on neuro-psychopharmacology and genetics and is known from his study on the genetics of alcoholism published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1990.

Dr. Kenneth Blum, PhDRead his Bio

Jameel McCline is the founder of Envida Recovery Solutions with a former career as a professional heavyweight boxer retiring in 2012. He ran for Congressional office in 2014. He has been a product spokesperson for Everlast, Retrofox Clothing, and Outkast.

Jameel McClineRead his Bio

With twenty years of experience in recovery processes, including her own, Kimberley has pursued transformational and holistic solutions to addiction and personal growth by engaging in mindfulness along with new methods of recovery.

Kimberley L. Berlin, LSW, CSAC, SAP, NCRCRead her Bio

I am a skilled practitioner in holistic mental health and addiction treatment. You will find me continuously learning about how the body can heal itself through proper nutrient and neuro-nutrient therapy. I now practice what I like to call ‘Functional Psychology’.

Dr. Teralyn Sell Ph.D., LPCRead her Bio

Andre has overcome many challenges with addiction and mental health and with his acquired education, he is certainly more than ready to help others to do the same. He joins the Addiction Academy as our knowledgeable “Train the Trainer” of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Andre VielRead his Bio

Kevin Parker has a bachelors in psychology and has 20 years of experience with addiction.  He spent thirteen years in active addiction using everything and anything spanning from cocaine and heroin to every pill known to man.

Kevin ParkerRead his Bio

Tricia Parido – Owner, Director – BS Psych, IMAC, NCPLC, CATC III, NCIP, NCPCM

BS Psychology – Addiction/Behavioral Psych, International Master Addictions Coach, Nationally Certified Professional Life Coach, Addiction Treatment Counselor, Intervention Professional, Professional Addiction Treatment Case Manager.

Tricia ParidoRead her Bio

Maria Trantino obtained her BA in Psychology from St. John’s University and has an extensive background in education.  She spent most of her career working with various non-profit organizations doing both hands-on work with clients and training agency employees.

Maria TrantinoRead her Bio

Dr. Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John M.A (hon.doc) is the award-winning author of 8 books, including Eight Step Recovery, Using The Buddha’s teachings to overcome Addiction, and there are 8 step recovery meetings in several continents.

Dr. Valerie Mason JohnRead her Bio

Darren Littlejohn is a best selling author, retreat leader, Certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki healing practitioner. A recovering addict and a practitioner of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a former mental health specialist, he earned a BA in Psych in 1991 and worked in chemical dependency and acute psychiatric care facilities during college.

Darren LittlejohnRead his Bio

Mary Millings is a licensed Medical Coder/Biller. She has worked in the medical billing and collection field for 10 years.

Mary MillingsRead her Bio