Recovery Consultants

Recovery Redefined

We don’t have to tell you that recovering from anxiety, depression, or substance abuse is far from easy. You already know that. But what would you say if we told you that there is a distinction between sobriety and recovery? Sobriety is a massive step in the road to recovery, but recovery is more than just abstaining from drugs and alcohol. It is about creating a life worth living—a life filled with laughter, joy, balance, and peace.

That kind of life is possible for YOU!

We take an alternative approach to recovery because we believe there’s more than one “right” way to get there. Just as your story is unique, so is your road to recovery. The best path is the one that works for you, and that’s what we want to help you find. We’ll share our personal experience, practical tools, and trusted resources to help you on your path to lasting recovery.

Our unconventional techniques are highly personalized and tailored to the distinct dynamics of each individual and family. In our work together, we’ll explore both traditional and cutting-edge resources and build a recovery ecosystem to establish and sustain your path to long-term recovery. Above all, we’re here to restore hope and healing through compassionate and innovative care.

Addiction and mental health disorders can wreak havoc on the entire family system, and it’s vital that family members get the help they need to heal as well. At Recovery Consultants, we support the whole family, not just the individual seeking recovery.

If you or a loved one are ready to find the road to recovery, we’d love to support you. Fill out our online questionnaire today to see if our services sound like the right fit.


Recovery redefined.


We want to change the conversation around recovery; to restore hope and healing to those who are struggling to find their path.


We hold the belief that it is love that will illuminate the path and healing can be achieved through compassionate, non-judgmental care that fosters a relationship-driven approach to success. Our thoughtfully curated and innovative practices take consideration all available methods of treatment, from traditional to cutting-edge, to create lasting transformations. We see no room for fear or scarcity, and strive to consistently operate from a place of love and abundance.

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3020 Bridgeway #165
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Shirley Wantland


Shirley Wantland is the Co-founder & Principal of Recovery Consultants, LLC, which provides a full continuum of recovery services to individuals & families struggling with substance use disorder, mental and behavioral health issues.

She has been described by friends as “a scientist and a truck driver, trapped inside the body of a princess.” As someone who doesn’t fit in any one box, she is dedicated to serving and advocating for those who feel shamed and stigmatized by addiction or mental health issues. She believes in compassionate, non-judgmental care and helps illuminate a path for people to reach their true potential. She helps people create their own box (or parallelogram, oval or squiggle!) through unique and innovative treatment recommendations. She is skilled in coaching people through their perceived limitations.

As Shirley navigates her way through life’s infinite labyrinth, she has enjoyed her relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area from Oklahoma and Texas. She resides in Mill Valley with her husband, 2 daughters and dog, Mochi. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, hiking, traveling, all things fashion and beauty-related, spending time with friends and family, and making the most of her time in the labyrinth.

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Joanna Arenstein

Case Manager + Coach

Joanna has worked in the drug and alcohol recovery industry for over 20 years with experience in crisis intervention & outreach, harm reduction, and community advocacy. She bridges the practical and the humanistic to guide individuals navigating personal challenges by teaching emotional intelligence and utilizing confident communication.

Joanna graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Political Science. She also has a Master Certification in Energy Medicine from the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito, California.

Over the past 15 years, Joanna has explored numerous healing and wellness methods as part of her path. She draws upon her experience and the processes she has created when working with clients. She works collaboratively to create meaningful recovery plans; with a tailor-made approach that resonates with the client, their lifestyle, their family, and their specific goals. This approach empowers the client to not only make a positive change in their life but sustain it as well.

Joanna is a lifelong activist who grew up in Columbus, Ohio surrounded by a family who believed in civic engagement and taking an active role in service to the larger community. She has been involved in many grass-roots community organizations and national political campaigns. She currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board Of Directors of KFS School in San Francisco, which takes a progressive and holistic approach to education for twice-exceptional students who have struggled in traditional school settings.

She lives in Oakland, California but loves getting out of town and exploring any city, state, or country she’s never been to before. She has travel aspirations of visiting all 50 states, all seven continents, and scuba diving each of the Seven Seas, except the Arctic.

Kiren Chumber

Director of Executive Support

With over 10 years of experience as an executive assistant, Kiren has worn several hats throughout the years and supported small start-ups to government agencies in the UK. She has a true passion for helping others and felt her values aligned with Recovery Consultants, Kiren enjoys communicating with all stakeholders, offering support where required, and generally being that linchpin every organization needs. She hopes to utilize her network and spread the word on alternative therapy methods and raise awareness

Kiren has worked with recruitment agencies, a layer one blockchain, and social media companies. She has learned many skills along the way and enjoys speaking with absolutely anyone. Start ups and SMEs offer a huge amount of potential which is why Kiren is determined to help them in any way she can.

Kiren is a go-getter and loves to travel. She is from the UK but has spent the last 5 years traveling the world with her husband. Her favorite continent is Asia but her favorite city will always be London.

Emily Courage

Director of Administrative Services

Emily has been a natural with details for as long as she can remember. With twenty years’ experience handling details for a variety of businesses, Emily knows exactly how to support the financial and operational side of business. Her professional road began at a small town floral shop, where she worked as a billing intern. Gradually building her skills and qualifications, she eventually rose to a position as an executive and financial assistant at the company. After working for a handful of larger companies, Emily decided it was time to change her focus. Now, she is dedicated to helping companies with a smaller footprint and supporting organizations that seek to improve our community’s health and happiness.

Emily and her family enjoy living in northern Utah, where they spend lots of time adventuring around the city. She loves to read—anything from classics to memoirs to fiction to political opinion. Unsurprisingly, her favorite pastimes are organizing, keeping things sorted, and color coordinating her personal file cabinet.

Linda Mbagwu

Director of Strategic Business Development

Linda is a highly regarded coach whose PINNACLE program and tools have transformed the lives of individuals around the world. Her approach to coaching is both frank and fearless, yet rooted in love and compassion. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve emotional freedom and personal and professional success.

Linda’s coaching draws on her own personal and professional experiences including her journey from homelessness, depression and failed suicide attempts to building a multi-million-pound executive recruitment business and transforming herself and her relationships. Her clients appreciate her ability to relate to their struggles and understand their pain.

As a strategic Advisor for Recovery Consultants, Linda brings her expertise in supporting clients to transition from addiction to empowerment. For her it’s not just about overcoming addiction, but about helping individuals meet their full potential and power so that they can live a life fulfilled.

Kelly Dowdle

Director of Referral Relations

Kelly spent six years in the pharmaceutical industry before transitioning into 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 and Southern California regions. This work ignited a passion for recovery placement and working with individuals and their loved ones. Since then, Kelly has placed over 250 clients and families into treatment programs nationally; she is committed to walking them through the whole spectrum of recovery into wellness.

Kelly and Shirley’s similar training and work experience creates a unique in-sync dynamic for the individuals and families they work with. They are committed to maintaining integrity in the recovery consulting process.

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

Advisory Board

Linda Fisk

CEO of LeadHERship Global

Linda Fisk is a multi-award-winning leader, keynote speaker, author and university professor dedicated to amplifying and extending the success of other high-caliber business leaders. She is the Founder and CEO of LeadHERship Global, a community of unstoppable women enhancing their leadership blueprint and embracing their power to be the best version of themselves- in work and life. In LeadHERship Global, Linda supports and guides ambitious, creative women to move in the direction of their purpose, their mission and their dreams with powerful connections, critical support, practical tools and valuable resources to show up, speak up and step up in their careers and personal lives.

Prior to her role in LeadHERship Global, Linda was the CEO of Collective 54, successfully launching growing and scaling that firm after serving as the global head of brand marketing, public relations and communications at Susan G. Komen. Linda forged a earlier career as an entrepreneurial and forward-thinking marketing executive on the cutting edge of brand marketing. When Linda served as the Global Head of Marketing for YPO, she developed her passion for bringing inspiring leaders together to create opportunity, discover possibility and solve problems.

Linda has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology and has written extensively on the subjects of social comparison, depression and anxiety, subjective well-being and personality theory, with a focus on relating scientific research to commonly understood concepts. Currently, Linda is interested in the psychology of influence, persuasion and negotiation.

Abby Medcalf, PhD

Motivational Speaker + Trainer

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

Therapist + Author

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.

Cole Crawford


Cole spent eight years as a business strategist specializing in cause-driven impact, until the sudden loss of a loved one redirected her energy and career. For the past five years, she’s worked with some of the most gifted carriers of alternative healing modalities. She has worked with hundreds of clients worldwide—including Emmy award winners, former Navy Seals, previous convicted offenders, and those recovering from addiction, eating disorders, trauma, and depression.

Cole 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 addressing substance abuse rehabilitation through skills training and employment opportunities. In 2017, Cole toured the country with the acclaimed short film Step-One, spreading awareness about clinical depression.

She resides in Los Angeles, CA and is a perpetual student dedicated to friends, community, and personal growth. Cole loves to box, scuba dive, and travel; she is continually venturing outside of her comfort zone to claim new levels of connection with herself and the world.

Are we a match?

contact us To See if We’re a Fit

Are you or a loved one battling addiction or a mental health disorder? No matter how far off recovery may feel, we are here to tell you that it is within reach. Fill out our online questionnaire today to see if we are the best fit for you.