Who We Are

Veritas Detox is a Los Angeles drug and alcohol treatment center with a laser-focus on one thing: You. Our work begins by uncovering the motivations behind your addiction, figuring out how to address those motivations, and creating a protocol that’s tailored to help you achieve sobriety. We don’t believe addiction is something you should be blamed for or be ashamed of, but it’s something that will destroy you and the ones closest to you. To conquer the enemy, we must know why it exists. It’s only logical that our starting point is the root cause of your addiction.

Clients walk in our Los Angeles drug and alcohol detox facility and feel at home. When you walk through our doors, there are no lashing judgments, no degrading words, no disappointment directed at you. There is only love, caring, and acceptance. In a nurturing environment, you have the freedom to grow and reach your full potential.

Why Choose Veritas Detox

Our staff is unique, well-rounded, and adaptive. Our team includes doctors, psychiatrists, nursing staff, and counselors— all working together harmoniously to treat the different modalities of addiction. Our program is suited to help you beat your addiction. From 12-step group therapy meetings, to meditation practices, to fitness and body training, to one-on-one sessions with world-class psychiatrists, you have the support and structure to pave a new journey.

By the end of your stay, we want you to feel hopeful, feel connected, and feel grounded. Many clients have come into our doors in a chaotic, lost state. And that’s ok. Our program exists to give you direction and a strong outlook for the future (hope), help you rediscover yourself and appreciate the positives in your life (connection), and walk out of our doors with a stable state of mind and a rekindled fire for life (groundedness).

Our program accepts most insurance plans, so if you or a loved one needs substance abuse treatment, don’t hesitate to contact us and begin the evaluation process.

Meet Our Team

  • Dr. Shannon Dobbs
    Dr. Shannon Dobbs
    Clinical Director
  • Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D.
    Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D.
    Medical Director
  • Dr. Rod Amiri
    Dr. Rod Amiri
    Psychiatrist
  • Jordan Aronoff
    Jordan Aronoff
    Program Director
  • Kyle Reading
    Kyle Reading
    Director of Operations
  • Jackie Smith
    Jackie Smith
    Director of Nursing (LVN)
  • Tina Aghai
    Tina Aghai
    Therapist
  • Leila Martin
    Leila Martin
    Director of Human Resources
  • Maxwell Marino
    Maxwell Marino
    Alumni Coordinator
  • Alan Cortes
    Alan Cortes
    Case Manager
  • James Blinstrubas
    James Blinstrubas
    Operations Manager

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Dr. Shannon Dobbs
Clinical Director

Dr. Shannon Dobbs is a licensed clinical psychologist. Having practiced psychology for over 15 years in diverse clinical settings, she has extensive experience with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, couples therapy, relationship/family problems, dual-diagnoses, and substance abuse. Dr. Dobbs approaches each client individually from assessment through treatment, including holistic approaches that encompass the mind/body connection. She believes that energetically clients are at an imbalance and her psychodynamic approach involves treating the WHOLE person through proven clinical approaches such as attachment focus, psychosomatic integration, Gestalt therapy, CBT, DBT, and energetic navigation.

Dr. Dobbs has extensive experience working with the chronically mentally ill from private practice to hospital settings around Southern California. She currently serves as Clinical Director in Addiction Treatment and as Lead Clinical Psychologist in several hospitals in the San Fernando Valley. She also is founder of a local wellness center focusing on alternative and holistic approaches to healing. Dr. Dobbs leads with her heart and believes that connection and belonging is of utmost importance in treating addiction and mental health.

Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D.
Medical Director

Geoffrey A. Booth, M.D. is one of the most sought after addiction medicine physicians in Malibu and the Los Angeles area. He has extensive experience in providing expert medical detoxification for the most complex clients. After earning his B.A. in psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Booth attended New York Medical College. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA Olive View Medical Center and is Board-Certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. After residency, Dr. Booth went into private practice where he garnered a statewide and nationwide referral base for patients who suffered from difficult-to-treat diagnoses.

Dr. Booth subsequently dedicated several years to providing medical services to the poor and uninsured. During this time, Dr. Booth was the Chief Medical Officer of three large urban Federally Qualified Health Centers and oversaw dozens of physicians and licensed health care providers. His responsibilities included supervising alcohol and drug and behavioral health departments. Over the years, Dr. Booth has treated thousands of addicts and now has dedicated most of his clinical time to providing medical care and detoxification to clients who suffer from substance abuse. He is committed to helping them establish the foundations for long-term sobriety.

“It is a courageous and monumental decision to leave the drink or drug you’ve known for so long and to reach out for a chance at freedom and a new life,” says Dr. Booth. “We provide the love, hope, and professional care clients need to safely start this magical journey,” he says.

While not working, Dr. Booth has a rich personal life filled with activities surrounded by friends and family. You can often catch him running through Palisades Park or cycling along the bike path through Santa Monica. He loves his family and spends a lot of time with his son playing games and teaching him sports.

Dr. Rod Amiri
Psychiatrist

Rod Amiri, MD, is a psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist in Beverly Hills, California. He serves as executive director of Connect Wellness and personally leads their renowned intensive outpatient program to ensure the highest level of success for every patient.

Born in Ahvaz, Iran, Dr. Amiri escaped the war-torn country with the help of his family and immigrated to the United States at age 13. He excelled in high school and college, graduating at the top of his class. He earned his medical degree from St. George’s University in True Blue, Grenada, before going on to complete his residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Amiri served as chief resident at Cedars-Sinai, where he mastered intensive psychotherapy skills and was honored with several awards, scholarships, and fellowships from organizations including the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. He also gained teaching experience as a professor of anatomy and physiology at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles.

In addition to helping men and women cope with mental health disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, Dr. Amiri has a private practice in Beverly Hills, California, and is a consulting psychiatrist.

Jordan Aronoff
Program Director

Jordan is a Graduate from the University of Arizona. He obtained a BA in Behavioral Sciences and a Minor in Psychology and Family Studies. Jordan has been working in the field of behavioral and substance healthcare since 2009. He began his career as a sober living manager and it was this experience that solidified Jordan’s passion for providing compassionate, client-centered care in the mental health, addiction, and co-occurring treatment field.

Over the years Jordan has served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, and Program Director for various treatment programs in Los Angeles and Malibu. Jordan has also supported the creation and development of various local treatment programs in the Los Angeles area that continue to serve clients and families today. In addition to having a passion for building strong clinical programs utilizing evidence-based practices for clients and families. These experiences of providing direct client care as well as program development, program leadership, and compliance have culminated in his current role as Program Director.

Kyle Reading
Director of Operations

Kyle Reading is an up-and-coming young professional in the behavioral health industry. His empathetic approach disarms clients and staff alike. His passion and specialty in collaborating with others in order to provide the best results for client’s recovery, is unparalleled. With five years of experience in the field, his unique management style creates a safe and fun working environment. This style creates a trickle-down effect, causing a positive and motivational culture for our clients to be immersed in. Thanks to Kyle only selecting kind passionate employees, the Veritas Detox culture is felt by everyone who walks through the door.

Jackie Smith
Director of Nursing (LVN)

Jackie has been working in the healthcare field as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for over 11 years. She has nursing experience in emergency care, pediatric nursing, mental health, and substance abuse. The passion that Jackie has for mental health and addiction is what brought her to work in substance abuse treatment. She began working in dual diagnosis treatment facilities 6 years ago and watching clients grow during the program is the rewarding feeling that motivates her. Jackie loves working with a strong knowledgeable team where individualized treatment plans are provided, as well as being a part of someone’s journey to sobriety is fulfilling.

Tina Aghai
Therapist

Tina Aghai holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She received her clinical training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center, a community mental health center and continues working in mental health at Veritas Detox. Her focus is on individual and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents dealing with issues related to substance abuse, relationships, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and life transitions. Her approach is based on encouraging self-awareness and insight into thought processes, feelings and behaviors, so that individuals can learn and develop skills needed to have more satisfying relationships with self and others and improved coping skills for life’s challenges.

Associate Marriage Family Therapist (AMFT106194)

Leila Martin
Director of Human Resources

Leila is a native of Texas and graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville Texas, with a degree in Business Administration. Leila started her career working in treatment in 2013 and has worked in various treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. She has been working with the company since July 2020 as a Human Resources Manager.

Stating that “Addiction has affected one of the most important people in my life and working in this field has been rewarding and challenging. It gives me a greater sense of the struggles of addiction and the beauty of recovery.

Maxwell Marino
Alumni Coordinator

Max is a graduate of the University of Southern California and brings over four years of professional experience in mental health and addiction medicine. He proudly oversees Elysium Healthcare’s alumni department and is passionate about setting up clients for success. He centers his approach around proven science that supports the principles of community, connection, and inclusion to nurture and grow Elysium Healthcare’s nationwide alumni network of sober individuals. Max believes that fostering a strong alumni community starts by building strong relationships with every client from the moment they walk through the door. His department operates cross-functionally with clinical, operations, and admissions to ensure clients receive the best care possible.

Alan Cortes
Case Manager

Alan is a native of Los Angeles who currently holds a B.A degree in Psychology and is pursuing a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Alan has been working as a case manager since 2016, in which he has had the opportunity to work and serve individuals from various populations of all backgrounds in the Los Angeles area. He has been working with the company since June 2020 as our case manager. Alan’s passion for helping individuals in this field creates an environment in which clients feel and receive support in being able to accomplish their goals in recovery.

James Blinstrubas
Operations Manager

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