Lisa Benya D.O.

Dr. Lisa Benya is an internal medicine doctor servicing the Malibu community for many years. Her caring and compassionate approach has earned her a great reputation for being one of the area’s favorite doctors.

She is a board-certified physician who as an internist broadened her scope to include more serious and chronic conditions including addiction medicine.

Dr. Benya has been in practice for more than 20 years and affiliated with many hospitals. Her undergraduate work began at the Boston University School of Medicine and attended Medical School at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Wiliam D. Stanley M.D.

Dr. William D. Stanley received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. He did his Residency training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. He did 1 year of a Master’s program in Anatomy at the University of Maryland Baltimore City campus prior to matriculating to medical school that next year.

He has worked in Internal Medicine for the majority of his professional life both inpatient and outpatient. He started Parkside Medical Assoc, PA in Trenton, NJ, employing 4 physicians. He noticed he had an interest in substance abuse and started involvement with ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) in 1998. He completed his Boards in ASAM in 2000 and, later, by ABAM (American Board of Addiction Medicine) in 2010. Since 2013 he has concentrated his time exclusively to the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. Prior to his joining Dr. Benya and her team in California, he was Medical Director of both an inpatient detox unit and 2 outpatient treatment programs, all located in New Jersey. He has an active license to practice medicine in both New Jersey and California.

Darren Lipshitz M.D.

Dr. Darren Lipshitz is an Addiction Medicine specialist who recently joined the 90265 Medical Group in Malibu.

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to the USA at a young age and has been an American citizen since 1985. Although his country of birth has had a profound impact on his values of social justice, he has found that the United States shares those ideals of liberty and equality. This can be seen through volunteer work throughout his career.
Dr. Lipshitz attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He then attended the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee for his degree in Medicine. After four cold winters in the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, he moved to the more appealing climate of Northern California where he continued his medical training and completed a Residency in Family Medicine at the UCSF-affiliated program in Salinas.

He ran a solo, private practice in Sausalito CA in the early part of his career, where he was the “town doc” for many families. This included all demographics, from the affluent in the vista-rich hills to the anchor-outs on the water to the underserved population in neighboring Marin City, where he also helped the community establish their own Federally-Qualified Health Center.
Eventually, Dr. Darren relocated to Southern California to be closer to family and to enjoy the warmer sands of Santa Barbara.
Also looking for new challenges professionally, he became Board Certified and working in the field of Addiction Medicine. He has never stopped seeing patients through primary care eyes and still has a “town doc” heart which lends itself well to the specialized field of Addiction Medicine and the complex physical and social issues often encountered.
When not working Dr. Darren enjoys taking his only child, the four-legged furry Billi, to the beach or park for a game of fetch. He may also be spotted reading at a coffee shop or exploring a hiking trail.

Craig Smith M.D.

Dr. Craig V. Smith, M.D. is a former organ transplant surgeon, who now dedicates his practice to addiction medicine. He received his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Smith then completed his general surgical residency at Harbor-UCLA medical center and his multi-organ transplant surgical fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh medical center. He returned to UCLA medical center to start his career in academic transplant surgery, performing transplants, teaching students and residents while also conducting research on transplantation for the treatment of diabetes. During his academic career as an associate professor of surgery, Dr. Smith performed more than 500 organ transplants at UCLA, UC Irvine and the City of Hope National Medical Center.

Since alcohol and drug use are leading causes of organ damage leading to the need for a transplant, Dr. Smith learned about addiction by listening to his patients. More importantly, since a requirement to receive an organ transplant is abstinence from using alcohol and drugs, Dr. Smith learned about recovery from listening to his patients. After listening over the years, pursuing self-study and continuing medical education in the field of addiction, in 2009 Dr. Smith decided to dedicate his career to addiction medicine.

Dr. Smith is board certified in Addiction Medicine by both the American Board of Preventive Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.


Tina Gonzalez

Program Director

Currently the Program Director at Vogue Recovery Center in Tarzana, California, Tina poises an empathetic interpersonal approach that establishes confidence and esteem-building environment to lead and motivate others. She encourages clients to seize the opportunity to experience a life abstinent from drugs and alcohol. Tina’s personal journey of recovery started in May of 2007 and it was through her own experience that Tina found the passion to work with others. She has worked with various populations and is convinced that addiction does not discriminate. Over the past eight years, Tina has focused on a position of leadership in the Mental Health and Substance use profession. Tina’s passion is to pass along her knowledge to others looking to make a difference in the world. “With a little guidance and a lot of unconditional positive regard, I believe anything is possible”.

Michele Cooke

Michele Cooke RN

Director Of Nursing California

As an Alumni of Moorpark College and Azusa Pacific Christian University, I graduated with honors from the Health Ministry/Parish Nursing program. As a parish nurse, I have a keen sense of community, the desire to help others, and an unshakeable foundation and knowledge in my spiritual beliefs. I have an extensive background in Critical Care, Psychiatric, Chemical Dependency, and Emergent Nursing. My Education intentions, Career path, and goals have shifted from conventional medicine to an Alternative/Integrative approach. I was the founding nurse to open a one of kind Women’s Mental Health Treatment Center in Malibu. I am a speaker, advocate, and missionary educating and coaching on disease prevention, mental health issues, and lifestyle choices. I have embarked on a new journey here at Vogue Recovery Center, I am proud to be able to implement what I have learned in my 25 years of nursing.


Heather Meyer, MA

Clinical Director

Heather Meyer graduated from Phillips Graduate University in 2013 where she specialized in Family Systems, as well as completed an extensive Addiction Treatment Studies program. Following graduation from Phillips, she completed her internship at a luxury residential facility in Malibu. Here, she quickly worked into a primary therapist position, helping to lead the clinical team and enhance program development. She developed a passion for working with those in early recovery struggling with co-occurring disorders. Her experience and leadership qualities have led to Clinical Director roles at established and start up facilities, focusing on individualized quality care and evidence-based practices. She remains dedicated to working in treatment while managing a full-time private practice.