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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 Business Development

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.

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.