Meet Our Team

Quinn Dentler

Chief Executive Officer/Partner

Quinn’s personal journey of recovery and experience within the treatment industry has lead him to a life long commitment to helping individuals and families toward their own path to recovery. His background includes counseling, family intervention work, operation management, marketing and business development both locally and nationally. He is deeply embedded in his local community and has a mission to bridge the gap between treatment and lasting recovery.

Joseph Soares

Executive Director

Joe comes to the Golden Gate Recovery team with over 5 of years of experience working in the behavioral health field. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from University of Oregon, Joe began working as a Mentor and Life Coach for Dragonfly Transitions in southern Oregon. He has worked in operations management with sober living environments, has experience working as a clinician and administrator in substance abuse treatment programs, and has a background doing marketing and business development as well. Joe’s own journey through recovery was assisted by the men and women who worked in substance abuse counseling and he believes fully in the foundation-building of recovery that occurs in strong aftercare treatment programs.

Dr. Christian Small

MD, ABPN, ABPM, Medical Director

Dr. Small’s professional experience encompasses General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Family Medicine. As the founder of Headlands Addiction Treatment Services, Dr. Small and his team have become leaders in the delivery of addiction medicine and psychiatry to treatment programs throughout California and beyond. These compassionate services are reliable, responsive, personable, and evidenced based. Most of the team providers carry multiple board certifications in psychiatry, addiction medicine and family medicine. They recruit the best and brightest addiction medicine professionals to deliver the highest level of treatment.

Carrie Atkinson

BA, CADC-III, Assistant Clinical Director

Prior to Addiction Counseling, Carrie spent many years as Early Childhood Educator, then attained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Sonoma State. After working in the addiction field for a few years, she decided to pursue counseling and has been doing so ever since. Carrie is well versed in 12-step, has a decade of active recovery, and has extensive experience working with this population through individual counseling, case management, family work and group facilitation.

Aidan Newhall

Operations Director, CADC-III, CCAPP Certified Intervention Specialist, LGBTQ Certification through CCAPP, AA in Psychology

Aidan comes to Golden Gate Recovery with six years of experience working in the addiction field, specializing in men’s recovery programming. Aidan began his own personal journey in Southern California in 2014, and the long-term aftercare program he participated in was so instrumental in his life that he decided to further his own education in addiction counseling. Aidan has worked on both operational and clinical side of treatment starting as a peer support technician and operations now working as a counselor for over three years. Aidan holds a CADC-III and is continuing his higher education in pursuit of a bachelors in industrial psychology. Aidan intends to continue to provide personalized and effective counseling to all clients in his contact by integrating his own personal experience, higher education, and 12-step framework into one approach.

Neal Carmichael

RADT, Primary Counselor

Neal has a passion for helping others achieve their full potential. Having an education background, and over a decade of personal experience in 12 step recovery, he combines hands on education techniques to form long term success with clients, while delivering a message centered in recovery. He believes in integrating life skills with recovery to help clients maximize their dreams.
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Keith Kurt

Counselor/Group Facilitator

Keith’s personal journey of recovery inspired him to work in the treatment industry, where he found his passion for human services and helping individuals battling with addiction. His background includes 3 years of experience in crisis intervention, operation management, counseling and group counseling. He is grateful to work with the clinical team in helping these men find a new way to live.

Elizar Carrilo

Case Manager / Weekend Coordinator, RADT

Eli has years of experience working in treatment settings and brings his enthusiasm for his own recovery every single day. His background includes individualized case management, group facilitation, operational oversight and much more. Eli is also a marine combat veteran with two tours of duty in Afghanistan, allowing him to offer another unique perspective. His gregarious personality is infectious and the community is lucky to have him.

David Ford

CADC-I, CAI, ARISE Certified (Family Interventions)

Dave has been working on the front lines of substance abuse and mental health care for the last 5 years here in Northern California, diligently helping clients and families to their path of recovery. He is a Certified Arise Interventionist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, he has worked in medical detox settings, co-owns a local sober living company and specializes in working with entire family systems for long durations of time. The love he has for the work that he does has a profound effect on the clients that he works with and is a true leader and man of integrity within the local recovery community.

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