About Recovery Consultants

We’ve all heard the saying “it takes a village” with regards to someone finding recovery. We would like to add to the saying “it takes a well-orchestrated village”. Recovery Consultants is responsible for orchestrating this village of recovery for each of our clients and their families.

Recovery Consultants was created in an effort to provide individuals and families services that extend beyond how treatment has traditionally been defined. We help the individual and their family navigate the path to sustainable recovery from mental, behavioral, and substance use disorders. We assist in identifying the appropriate recovery plan and are there to help ensure that recovery is a lasting and permanent choice. Rather than focusing on the problem, Recovery Consultants chooses to remain focused on the solution. We offer solutions that are designed to be a little different, a little more personal and certainly one that is tailored to the distinct dynamics of each individual and family. Addiction & mental health disorders can wreak havoc on the entire family system. We work with each individual so they have the necessary resources for success in their recovery. At the same time, we work with each family to ensure that they have access to the help they need to heal as well.

Many of our clients have acquired recovery tools and resources from countless treatment programs and therapy, but have been unsuccessful in integrating these into the everyday life. It’s not to say these treatment episodes were not successful. The transition from treatment to home can be very difficult. Going from a structured, supportive environment for 30, 60, or 90 days to being thrown back into the harsh realities of everyday life can be extremely overwhelming. This aspect is often underestimated and overlooked. Recovery Consultants is there to give 1:1 support the individual and family integrate the tools and resources to support a successful transition into recovery.

Shirley Wantland


A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Shirley spent 7 years in the pharmaceutical industry prior to her transition into the field of addiction treatment. In 2011, she joined a large, national behavioral health company as an Outreach Specialist and quickly established herself in Northern California. This experience, combined with her own family’s struggles with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders, ignited her passion for working with individuals and their families–to help them navigate the recovery industry and to find the most appropriate treatment solution. Shirley actively serves on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors for Center for Open Recovery and Sky’s the Limit Fund, where the aim is to end the stigma of addiction and help families in crisis gain access to wilderness therapy programs for their adolescents & young adults, respectively.

Shirley lives in Marin County with her husband and their 2 daughters and enjoys traveling, cooking, entertaining friends & family, and finds balance through yoga and meditation.

Kelly Dowdle


A graduate of The University of Texas in Austin, Kelly also spent 6 years in the pharmaceutical industry prior to working the field of mental health treatment. In 2012, Kelly professionally reunited with Shirley to join the same large, national behavioral health company as an Outreach Specialist in the Central & Southern California region.  Her experience as an Outreach Specialist quickly ignited a passion for recovery placement and working with individuals and their loved ones. Kelly has placed over 250 clients and families into treatment programs nationally and is committed to seeing every individual & family through the whole spectrum of recovery into wellness. Kelly and Shirley’s similar training & work experience provides a unique in-sync dynamic for the individuals & families they work with.  They are both committed to maintaining integrity in the recovery consulting process, and always stick to authenticity while aiming for accuracy when it comes to individualized care.

Kelly resides in Santa Monica, CA and enjoys spending time with family, her dog, and practicing yoga several times a week for balance and rejuvenation.

Cole Crawford


A graduate of Columbia College and UCLA, Cole spent 8 years as a business strategist specializing in cause-driven impact. The sudden loss of a loved one redirected her energy and career into pathways of healing trauma, mental illness and addiction. For the past 5 years, she’s worked with some of the most gifted carriers of alternative healing modalities and personal mastery knowledge, in addition to mentoring those throughout their growth process. She has worked with hundreds of clients worldwide— from Emmy award winners, former Navy Seals, previous convicted offenders, and those recovering from addiction, eating disorders, trauma and depression. A committed advocate to (the) de-stigmatizating mental illness, Cole toured the country with the acclaimed short film Step-One in 2017, spreading awareness about clinical depression, which won numerous awards. Currently, she serves on the advisory board for Venice Creative Agency; a social enterprise advertising agency whose mission is to provide quality advertising services to clients while simultaneously addressing the vital cause of substance abuse rehabilitation through skills training and employment opportunity. Above all else, Cole’s passion is people. She’s committed to bringing her experience, network and humanity to support client’s and their families on the path of recovery to wellness.

Cole resides in Los Angeles, CA and is deeply committed to her own personal growth. From ancient practices to cutting edge bio-hacking research, she is a perpetual student dedicated to friends and community. Cole loves to box, scuba dive and travel; continually venturing outside of her comfort zone to claim new levels of connection with herself and the world.

Emily Courage


With twenty-years’ experience handling the details seamlessly and accurately, Emily has diversity supporting the financial and operational side of business. Her road began in as a billing intern for a small town floral shop. Gradually building her skills and qualifications she eventually rose to a position as an executive and financial assistant. Changing her focus from supporting larger companies she’s now dedicated to helping those with a smaller footprint, supporting organizations with an emphasis on our communities’ health and happiness.

Emily and her family enjoy living in Northern Utah, where they spend lots of time taking small adventures around the city. She loves to read – anything from classics to memoirs to fiction to political opinion. But her favorite past time is organizing, keep things sorted, and color-coordinating her personal file cabinet.

Mike Boland


Mike is a lifelong Connecticut resident. He studied English and played rugby at the University of Connecticut. He has always loved music, movies and theater. His long-term sobriety gives him a keen perspective on where the danger spots lie, and how building an interesting and challenging life is a great way to stay clean. He considers it a privilege to work with alcoholics and addicts. And he is determined to help them find their way.

Mike discovered a long time ago the he was never going to play for the Yankees, he couldn’t solve a Rubik’s cube and he couldn’t fly.

But he does know how to get sober. He learned that the hard way.

Mike found that his own recovery hinged on staying engaged and interested in the world. Early sobriety is an especially vulnerable time. Many alcoholics and addicts have posed the question: “What do I do now?” Mike is a creative, intuitive and collaborative problem solver. And he is deeply committed to helping those seeking recovery to reclaim their lives.


Abby Medcalf, PhD


Abby Medcalf, PhD is a psychologist, motivational speaker and trainer with almost 30 years of experience working with both the private and public sector. Due to her diverse background in counseling and business, Abby brings a unique perspective to all relationship and addiction issues, both work and personal.

Best known for combining the latest research with her hands-on experience, Abby synthesizes large tracts of information into easy to follow techniques and practical tools that anyone can use to bring about crucial change in their life including sobriety, career/school, relationships and health. Abby has had numerous roles at drug and alcohol treatment facilities and has been clean and sober since 1985. She uses her personal experience with addiction to bring warmth and humor to individuals and families looking for recovery.

Abby has been interviewed as an addiction and relationship expert on ABC, CBS and Fox news and has served on panels for the California Magistrate and Supreme Court justices as they debate the question of whether to incarcerate or rehabilitate individuals with drug and alcohol problems.

Abby was the 2015 recipient of the Inspiration Tribute at the 3rd Annual Miracles Breakfast sponsored by Constellation Behavioral Health. This award honors the Northern California professional who has created innovations in the treatment of addictive and co-occurring disorders.


Leora Fulvio, MFT


Leora Fulvio is a California licensed Psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia. She has been treating Eating Disorders since 2005 and has been active in her own recovery for close to 20 years. Her treatment approach is informed by both Psychoanalytic and Family Systems Theories as well as Cognitive Behavioral and Mindfulness techniques. Meditation and Spirituality guides her practice deeply as she helps people find their identities and sense of self outside of their disordered eating behaviors.

Leora is the author of Reclaiming Yourself from Binge Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Healing (Ayni Books 2014) as well as the creator of Recover, the first psychoeducational online resource to help women recover from Binge Eating Disorder. She is also the creator of the 5 Week Program to Stop Binge Eating for Good, the only behavioral and mindfulness based self-guided online recovery programs that specifically targets Binge Eating Disorder.

Her approach to recovery includes helping people find their voices, their inner strength and to get into contact their best selves that have nothing to do with their weight or size.

Kirk Watson


With over 15 years of experience working in the field of addiction and behavioral health, Kirk Watson has dedicated himself to helping people overcome obstacles that prevent them from living fulfilling lives. He has served for the past 7 years as the California Business Development Liaison for Meadows Behavioral Health, an inpatient addiction and mental health treatment facility in Wickenburg, AZ. This professional path has allowed Kirk to assist many in finding the best treatment match for their behavioral health needs. He is a valuable resource to many of his colleagues and is a trusted authority in treatment field. Kirk help co-found the Men’s Association of Addiction Treatment (MAAT) and is a current board member of the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals – Orange County Chapter. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, his new baby girl and their two French bulldogs – Surely and Frankie.