Brandon Whitaker – Residential Technician
Brandon has been in the healthcare industry since late 2015 when he began his training as a medical assistant. Previously Brandon had served in the United States Navy and upon discharge had been looking into a change in career path. He went to school first for Information Systems Technology and then decided that he would like to look into healthcare instead.
After finishing school as a medical assistant Brandon worked in psychiatry under an administrative role. Outside of his professional life, Brandon spends nearly all of his time with his wife, kids, and extended family and works with computers and networking when he gets the chance.
Erik Weiser – Residential Technician
Erik Weiser graduated in 2016. He was born in New York and moved to San Diego in 2000.
He chose to go into the medical field because it is his goal to become a medical doctor and work in the organization Doctors Without Borders. He is very familiar with drug addiction and addiction behavioral tendencies.
For a very long time, since 2000, it has been something he has witnessed and dealt with among many friends. Erik loves to workout at the gym, surf, rock climb, listen to music, and capture photographs.
James Dey – Residential Technician
Jim is a 4th generation San Diegan but also lived in Northern California, Alaska, and Arizona before deciding there was no place like home. He has worked in diverse fields as an environmental professional, in customer service, tech administration, as a commercial fisherman, and a landscaper and builder. Jim has also taught Buddhist philosophy and practice and helped build a retreat center.
Returning home, he also returned to school to become a Certified Medical Assistant and recently worked as a physical therapy aide. Jim believes that taking care of others is the key to happiness. He enjoys a little yoga, hiking, and biking, and is an enthusiastic bodysurfer.
Kim Gilkey, RADT-1 – Residential Technician
Kimberly is a California native and has lived in Southern California her entire life. After visiting Coronado for a family wedding, she decided to make San Diego her home. Kimberly was raised with strong family values and would describe herself as a compassionate and caring person. She has always enjoyed working with people and helping people through whatever they may be walking through. After graduating high school, Kimberly knew that she wanted to work in the helping profession and decided to pursue substance abuse counseling. In 2014, Kimberly graduated from Mueller College of Holistic Studies with an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification and is a California Registered Alcohol and Drug Trainee. After completing an internship at Veterans Village San Diego, Kimberly felt called to further her education and pursue a Bachelors of Social Work, which she is in process of completing at Brandman University.
On her downtime, Kimberly can be found volunteering with many ministries within her church including working with disadvantaged youth in the local communities, as well as walking through life with other young, married couples. She enjoys spending days with her husband and dog, as well as trying new cuisines at local San Diego restaurants.
Rebecca Whitacre, Residential Technician
Rebecca was born and raised in San Diego. Her family has played
an instrumental part in motivating her life path. There has been an extensive line of teachers in
her family and education has always been important. Rebecca spent a few years at the Community
College. She immersed herself in Human Service classes and fell in love with Social Work. She
achieved her Associate’s degree’s in both Social Work and Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS). She
has strong ties to the recovery community and enjoys being of service.
Currently, she is a student at San Diego State University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in
Social Work with emphasis on Mental Health. She aspires towards working in the Mental Health field
specifically working with people with co-occurring disorders. Recently, her life has changed and she
has a new purpose. She is happily married and became a mom to a handsome little boy. They love to
have family excursions and enjoy outdoor activities together. She enjoys spending time with her 1
year old and her husband. Presently she is teaching her son to swim. In her leisure time, she likes
to go to the beach, attend community festivities, and exercise at the gym.
Anthony Berry, Head Chef
Anthony is originally from Los Angeles and had a career in Business and
Marketing. Having felt something was missing, he decided to move to San Diego and follow his passion
in the kitchen. He enrolled at the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute to pursue a
degree in the Culinary Arts. Anthony has since worked in both fine dining and rustic restaurants
allowing him to showcase his versatility in his food.
In his free time, Anthony likes to continue his pursuit of culinary knowledge, cook at events with
other Chefs and explore San Diego and its culture.