Dr. Robert Waldman, M.D. Detox
Among the best known addiction experts in the country, Dr. Robert Waldman, MD, brings to his work a unique blend of critical-care clinical experience and private-practice treatment of drug and alcohol dependency. He has been actively practicing addiction medicine for 25 years. Currently, he heads the detox program for MD Home Detox concierge service in Los Angeles. Dr. Waldman is an expert in medically safe detox techniques and has been licensed by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency for the use of Subutex and Suboxone. During the "medical trial of the century" regarding the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. Dr. Waldman was called as an expert witness on the treatment of drug dependency.
Previously, he was Medical Director of Critical Care at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Los Angeles from January of 1994 to January of 1997. In 1988 he was introduced to addiction medicine by Dr. David Murphy and he has been actively practicing addiction medicine since. He was appointed Co-Medical Director of the Recovery Unit at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital from 1999 to 2002.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he matriculated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, achieving cum laude distinction upon graduation. He attended medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadephia where he also served his internship and residency in Internal Medicine.
Attracted to the challenges and science of nephrology (kidneys), he served a fellowship under Dr. Robert Narins at Temple University, also in Philadelphia. In 1983, he relocated to Los Angeles where he developed a very successful private practice in nephrology and internal medicine, eventually serving as the Medical Director of FMC Inglewood, a local dialysis facility. His expertise in renal medicine, or the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, would proof useful in his treatment of patients with severe substance abuse. (Renal failure is increasingly a symptom of acute drug and alcohol dependency with the advent of ever-more dangerous illicit drugs and the abuse of powerful legal painkillers.)
Dr. Waldman resides in Calabasas, California with his wife and three children. His hobbies include mountain biking, basketball, coaching soccer, hiking, and back-packing.
Jennifer Bembry, RN
Jennifer Bembry is a registered nurse with more than 15 years of experience. She has specialized in several areas of nursing. She received her education at Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans, and became a Critical Care certified RN at Tulane Hospital.
For many years, she specialized in the care of the critically ill patient. She gained valuable critical care experience while working at Tulane, UCLA, and St. Luke’s Roosevelt (NYC) in their Organ Transplant and Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Units. She later moved on to specialize in PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit), and pain management. Jennifer recovered patients from surgeries at St. John’s Hospital in the PACU where sometimes over one hundred surgeries were performed daily. Her final stop before working in private practice was working for one of the most highly regarded hematology and oncology practices in Los Angeles, Tower Hematology and Oncology. At Tower Hematology and Oncology, she developed a true love for taking care of oncology patients. Throughout her career Jennifer has simultaneously worked in home care, which is where her true passion lies. She’s combined her experience, knowledge of medicine, and team of nurses together to provide you with the very best of care.
Nancy Swanson, LMFT #32859
Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who has extensive experience working in the field of co-occurring disorders. Her professional experience included:
- Clinical Director - La Ventana - Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorder Program, Ventura
- Clinical Director - CAST Recovery Services, Santa Monica
- Clinical Director- Phoenix House Adolescent Program, Los Angeles
- Family Services Coordinator - The Canyon, Malibu
As a consultant, Nancy works to improve clinical programs in a variety of treatment settings. She contracts with residential and out-patient programs throughout California to design, implement, and facilitate innovative programming, engaging workshops and intensive family weekends. With her authentic personality and unique sense of humor, Nancy's presentations and groups are entertaining, engaging and informational.
Nancy currently provides Clinical Outreach and Program Development for La Ventana Treatment Programs and networks with community partners (including schools, churches, service organizations, other professionals, etc.) in Ventura County by providing clinical support and psychoeducation about co-occurring disorders.
In her private practice, Nancy specializes in working with families in crisis, offering help and hope during times of trauma, grief and loss, and when families are devastated by addiction, eating disorders, and mental illness.
Combining her love of animals and strong dedication to sobriety, Nancy started NARC WITH A BARK - a narcotic detection service which searches sober livings and treatment centers with her specially trained drug-sniffing dog XANAX. Together Nancy and Xanax are doing their part to ensure that treatment environments remain safe and drug-free.
Nancy attributes her success to her ability to connect with clients, families, and colleagues in a lighthearted, down-to-earth fashion. Her style is direct and she has been referred to as a "Ninja Family Therapist".
Jose Hernandez Jr.
Jose Hernandez Jr. strongly believes that treatment without
aftercare is wor thless. The f irst 24 hours after discharge from
a treatment center, an individual should know where their
next AA meeting is. Jose builds trust and alliance with clients
by approaching them with honesty, love and compassion. He
motivates clients to change.
From previous employments, Jose has gained knowledge and
experience from all sides of the recovery world. Working at
the Malibu Ranch, he began doing service work, taking clients
to meetings and mentoring 'newcomers'. He then managed
a sober living in Santa Monica. He later worked for an interventionist
in Orange County as a sober companion. He was
then employed at The Canyon at Peace Park in Malibu as a
resident counselor for three years. Through these professional
experiences, he developed a unique plan for case management; something
client's are not usually offered-which helps to bridge
the gap between a clients past and healthy future. This program was launched successfully in Santa Monica in 2007. Long-term
case management is essential in order to attain long-term
sobriety. Jose most recently teamed up with Paul Kaufman to take over Riviera Recovery, a business founded in Malibu. Jose finished his education at LMU to received
his CADAAC certificate.
Jose's mission at MD Home Detox is to ensure that no one
stands alone in their recovery: neither clients nor families!