Marc Kern, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Director of Clinical Services

Marc Kern, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Director of Clinical Services

In 1982, Dr. Marc Kern received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In 1983 he founded Addiction Alternatives as a private practice in Los Angeles, California, to provide clients with non-12-step addiction treatment alternatives. Today, Dr. Kern serves as the Clinical Director of Alternatives Behavioral Health, LLC.

Dr. Kern regularly speaks at national and international professional conferences, conventions and workshops. He is on the Board of Directors for the self-help program, Moderation Management. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors of SMART Recovery and a member of the original board of Rational Recovery.

As a guest addiction expert, Dr. Kern has made over 100 media appearances, including syndicated and local radio and TV shows, including 20/20, ABC’s popular network newsmagazine show, and CNN’s renowned Larry King Live. He has also been featured in articles in dozens of daily newspapers and national magazines.

His practical self-help book “Take Control, Now!” is a do-it-yourself blueprint for managing unwanted habits. His work has been published in professional publications, including the prestigious International Journal of the Addictions.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Executive Director

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Executive Director

Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010. Even before he graduated Dr. Jaffe’s name had become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on several television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole. Dr. Jaffe also teaches courses at UCLA and the California State University in Long Beach that address addiction specifically or biological psychology and behavioral neuroscience more generally.

Dr. Jaffe’s view is a holistic one, drawing from the best and most recent research to bring as complete a solution to addiction clients. At Alternatives, Dr. Jaffe serves as the Director of Research, education, and innovation and is in charge of client monitoring, technology solutions, and data collections and outcomes research. His goal is to make Alternatives the best treatment program there is.

Sophie Jaffe

Nutritional Consultant

Sophie Jaffe

Nutritional Consultant

Sophie Jaffe is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. She’s a member of the Yoga Alliance as an advanced teacher, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. After managing a raw foods store in Hollywood which specialized in creating group cleanses, she became dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” model of detox regimens and branched off to create her own company, Philosophie.

She has found great success and amazing results in providing personalized detox cleanses to a wide variety of clients, including George Clooney, Stacy Keibler, and Billy Corgan. She has created several Superfood Products for use in super-charging every meal, and two convenient, effective Quick Cleanses that can be delivered anywhere and utilized easily.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Adi, and their two beautiful boys, Kai and Leo. There's nothing she loves more than being with her family, exploring in nature, eating beautiful foods, practicing yoga, and inspiring others to their greatest health and joy.

Marc Kern, Ph.D.

In 1982, Dr. Marc Kern received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. In 1983 he founded Addiction Alternatives as a private practice in Los Angeles, California, to provide clients with non-12-step addiction treatment alternatives. Today, Dr. Kern serves as the Clinical Director of Alternatives Behavioral Health, LLC.

Dr. Kern regularly speaks at national and international professional conferences, conventions and workshops. He is on the Board of Directors for the self-help program, Moderation Management. Previously, he was on the Board of Directors of SMART Recovery and a member of the original board of Rational Recovery.

As a guest addiction expert, Dr. Kern has made over 100 media appearances, including syndicated and local radio and TV shows, including 20/20, ABC’s popular network newsmagazine show, and CNN’s renowned Larry King Live. He has also been featured in articles in dozens of daily newspapers and national magazines.

His practical self-help book “Take Control, Now!” is a do-it-yourself blueprint for managing unwanted habits. His work has been published in professional publications, including the prestigious International Journal of the Addictions.

Adi Jaffe, Ph.D.

Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2010. Even before he graduated Dr. Jaffe’s name had become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on several television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole. Dr. Jaffe also teaches courses at UCLA and the California State University in Long Beach that address addiction specifically or biological psychology and behavioral neuroscience more generally.

Dr. Jaffe’s view is a holistic one, drawing from the best and most recent research to bring as complete a solution to addiction clients. At Alternatives, Dr. Jaffe serves as the Director of Research, education, and innovation and is in charge of client monitoring, technology solutions, and data collections and outcomes research. His goal is to make Alternatives the best treatment program there is.

Sophie Jaffe

Sophie Jaffe is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef. She’s a member of the Yoga Alliance as an advanced teacher, and is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. After managing a raw foods store in Hollywood which specialized in creating group cleanses, she became dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” model of detox regimens and branched off to create her own company, Philosophie.

She has found great success and amazing results in providing personalized detox cleanses to a wide variety of clients, including George Clooney, Stacy Keibler, and Billy Corgan. She has created several Superfood Products for use in super-charging every meal, and two convenient, effective Quick Cleanses that can be delivered anywhere and utilized easily.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Adi, and their two beautiful boys, Kai and Leo. There's nothing she loves more than being with her family, exploring in nature, eating beautiful foods, practicing yoga, and inspiring others to their greatest health and joy.

Kevin Niehaus

Director of Operations

Kevin Niehaus

Director of Operations

Kevin brought his experience both as a MBA and as a long-time health-industry manager to make Alternatives the best that it can be. Kevin puts clients first and assures that everything Alternatives does runs smoothly while providing the most ethically sound treatment center in the U.S.

Neha Duggal. Psy.D.

Primary Therapist

Neha Duggal. Psy.D.

Primary Therapist

Dr. Duggal is an experience social worker who pursued her Psy.D. after working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, wanting to become even more familiar with real evidence-based approaches to help individuals struggling with mental health. She provides incredible experiential experience to our clients that run the gamut from mindfulness to artistic expression.

Kevin Niehaus

Kevin brought his experience both as a MBA and as a long-time health-industry manager to make Alternatives the best that it can be. Kevin puts clients first and assures that everything Alternatives does runs smoothly while providing the most ethically sound treatment center in the U.S.

Neha Duggal. Psy.D.

Dr. Duggal is an experience social worker who pursued her Psy.D. after working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, wanting to become even more familiar with real evidence-based approaches to help individuals struggling with mental health. She provides incredible experiential experience to our clients that run the gamut from mindfulness to artistic expression.