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Our marketing and admissions team serves as our first point of contact with the public. Whether they are fielding media inquiries, screening potential guests, distributing press releases or answering requests and questions, they are always friendly, knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated to our goal of high-level care and service. Their tireless commitment to positivity, open-mindedness and privacy play a vital role in creating and maintaining our reputation as a place of security, seclusion and healing.

John West

Co-Founder, Managing Director

With a career spanning over ten years, John West has earned a name for himself as an international alcohol and drug Interventionist, Sober Companion and Crisis Manager specializing in high-profile clients like celebrities, politicians, musicians, scientists, artists and executives.

John was born the son of actor J. T. Walsh and Susan West, a businesswoman and author who served as the president of biodynamically grown skincare company Dr. Hauschka. John was influenced by his parents’ creativity, fame and success and an appreciation of homeopathic healing. After college, John moved to Hollywood to pursue a producing career when his beloved father suddenly passed away. Overwhelmed and in great pain, John succumbed to the lure of drugs and alcohol that eventually almost killed him. After an intervention by his mother and dearest friend, he was given the gift of recovery. This experience led him to find his true calling as a Sober Companion and Interventionist in the film and recovery industry, where he can help those who feel unable to share their pain because of their public image.

John met and was treated by Judy Crane in 2004 and became addiction-free after many years of struggling to overcome it. This led to a longstanding friendship and business partnership. John brings a wealth of experience and contacts to our venture of helping others rebuild their lives.

Many years in the making, The Guest House is a dream come true for John. It’s a culmination of hard work and the desire to truly heal those suffering from the inside out in a safe, peaceful and luxurious setting. From the bottom of our hearts, welcome!

Audra West

Director of Marketing and Communications

Audra spent the past 20 years in entertainment, where she notably worked as a television presenter for Larry King’s online network, Ora TV. She specializes in business relations, media consulting and film and television production, and is excited to merge her entertainment specialties into a human services field. The world of treatment and healthcare allows her to apply her skills in a fulfilling and rewarding way, with the knowledge that every new connection or outreach effort provides help for another person struggling with addiction, trauma or other mental health concerns.

At The Guest House Ocala, she has also taken her expertise in media relations, health and fitness, along with her experience working with high-net worth and celebrity clientele, to help facilitate a world-class wellness program. Among other developments, she has coordinated with Dr. Marc Boff, the Director of Sports Medicine of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” as our Health and Wellness Consultant.

Audra is passionate about bringing the world of wellness and treatment to individuals who demand privacy and anonymity. She believes you will love the beautiful estate of The Guest House Ocala as much as she does.

Adam McLean, Psy.D.

Director of Business Development

Adam McLean, Psy.D., serves as the Director of Business Development for Guest House Ocala. Upon receiving a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California University, Dr. McLean has continued to be involved in research activities in the areas of positive psychology, trauma, and addiction as evidenced by working with clients and their families by providing them with evidence-based tools and resources to help them understand the dynamics behind addiction and trauma.

Adam’s clinical career began in Northern Arizona in the non-profit community mental health sector. He assisted in development of a long-term extended care program that combined outdoor adventure therapy with traditional treatment modalities and has also created a long-term treatment center for young adults focusing on substance use disorders and collegiate recovery.

Adam’s passion, education, and experience has allowed him to help hundreds of families get their loved ones into treatment. Adams extracurricular actives include outings to the trampoline park, aquarium and swimming with his son.

Lauren Millner, MSW

Senior Clinical Outreach Specialist

Lauren Millner, MSW has an extensive background in mental health, fundraising and event planning, including organizing and implementing large events for some of today’s most critical causes, such as ending homelessness, challenging the stigma of mental illness, and supporting women’s rights. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Temple University and her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish at Drew University, and has spent the past ten years of her career helping people find and access the best treatment available for their mental health concerns. Lauren believes that “reaching out for help is one of the most courageous acts we can do as humans, and it is a true honor to be able to offer support during some of these most vulnerable times”.

Lauren has experienced the transformational power of connection, community, compassion, and vulnerability, both personally and professionally. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and her goal is for others to also benefit from comprehensive treatment that improves their quality of life.

Lauren lives in New Jersey with her husband, stepson and three dogs. Rocky, Lauren’s Certified Therapy Dog, visits schools and mental health facilities offering his calming presence to those who need his support. In her spare time, Lauren can often be seen walking her pups in town to the local farmer’s market, while visiting some of the shops along the way so the dogs can get their special treats. She also enjoys family outings and adventures, especially with her husband, stepson, and twin nephews.
Lauren is honored to become part of the Guest House team!

Jessica Pardee

Director of Admissions

Jessica has been working in admissions for residential treatment since 2008. She is a native of South Florida and attended Florida International University for the completion of her associate’s degree in business. She excels in customer service and sales, but her particular strengths lie in her own experiences with recovery -- at The Guest House, her personal story lends hope, compassion and a deep understanding of trauma to her work. She is especially passionate about guiding young women to treatment.

She leads our admissions team with patience, care and positivity and makes our intake process smooth and as easy as possible for our clients and their families. She is an advocate for each of our clients, and indeed for everyone who calls us seeking help -- she never gives up on a caller and will help place individuals in other programs if ours are not appropriate for them. She is excited to be a part of The Guest House team because she believes strongly in health and wellness solutions and that healing from childhood trauma is always possible with the right care. Jessica is a shining example of the compassion and professionalism of our team and is always ready to welcome each guest into their personalized treatment program with us.

Heather Johnson

South Eastern Regional Director of Business Development and Clinical Relations

Heather began working in the mental health field in 1997. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in psychology she worked for a non-profit psychiatric facility for several years. In 2012 Heather transitioned into working with those treating Substance Use Disorders and began her career in the business development/admissions sector of the treatment industry.

She has a passion for helping others as evidenced by her unwavering integrity and dedication to their well-being. Heather has spent the last 12 years collaborating with others in providing the best resources and placement possible for clients.

Heather is currently finishing her master's in clinical Mental Health Counseling and has recently been trained in EMDR. She finds a strong sense of purpose in helping those struggling with mental health/substance use disorders.