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Kathy Tunney, MA

Executive Director

Kathy is the Executive Director of Ocean Recovery and has 28 years experience in the field of addiction treatment. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling from California State University Long Beach, and since then, has worked hands-on to provide each and every one of her patients with a bright future. She believes that treatment doesn’t define the patient’s life, only alters it, and so she helps them make those positive changes by promoting a well-rounded continuum of care. She has developed numerous family programs designed to assist the whole family towards recovery, as well as worked extensively with individuals who are dually diagnosed. At Ocean Recovery, she and the staff pride themselves on never missing a thing and spotting when a patient is about to relapse and/or stop treatment. Kathy offers a therapeutic program in conjunction with a gender-specific addiction treatment approach that help both men and women achieve sobriety and restructure their lives with the help of Ocean Recovery.

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Dr. Jonathan Bellman, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Bellman is an Orange County based psychiatrist who owns his own private practice but also work with clients at Ocean Recovery. He completed his training at New York University Medical Center in 2001, and has served as a lecturer and consultant at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. He also consults at assisted living facilities and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Orange County Psychiatric Society. Dr. Bellman feels strongly that Ocean Recovery has a particular niche with 18-30 year-olds whose addiction has interfered with a true launch into adulthood. By working closely, compassionately and consistently with both addicts and their families, Dr. Bellman enjoys helping encourage love and boundaries that are rarely found in other treatment centers. He believes that to fully recover, clients need to build caring relationships with people who simultaneously do not tolerate behavior consistent with their addiction. Dr. Bellman feels that the single biggest failure in treatment providers is the lack of commitment to one treatment episode, and is proud of the fact that both he and the team at Ocean Recovery are determined to provide that commitment to all of their clients while they work towards their full recovery.

Heather Henretig

Senior Vice President Strategic Development

Heather is responsible for building long-term, sustainable relationships with other treatment centers, providers, and addiction and mental health professionals. After struggling with addiction for most of her young-adult life, Heather finally found the freedom of long-term recovery and has made it her mission to help others struggling with substance abuse and other mental health disorders. She prides herself on being a resource for many people, both inside and outside of the treatment industry, and is fully invested in helping every person she can find the proper treatment program, clinician or resource that meets their particular needs.  Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Whitman College and has over a decade of experience in sales and marketing, including over 5 years as the National Business Development Manager for a number of prominent behavioral health organizations. In her spare time, Heather loves to exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and spend time with her pup, Monkey.

Dominica Job RRT, RCT

Director of Admissions

Dominica is a Registered Respiratory Therapist who has worked in healthcare for the past ten years, both clinically and in business operations. As an RRT, Dominica has extensive knowledge in patient assessment, disease management, diagnostic evaluation, and patient education. Her training and experience providing care in diverse and demanding emergency settings with high acuity patient populations makes her an excellent first point of contact for anyone seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one. During her work in hospital settings, she grew tired of seeing overdose deaths and the devastation it brought to families. After overcoming her own mental health struggles and witnessing a close family member battle addiction, she decided to transition into behavioral healthcare. As the Director of Admissions at Ocean Recovery, she uses a patient-focused approach to provide hope and strength to anyone who is ready for change. She understands the bravery it takes to make that first call for help and is committed to being a safe voice on the other side of the phone.

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Sherry Fixelle, RD, CDN

Eating Disorder Program Director

Sherry is the Program Nutritionist for the Residential Extended Care and Outpatient Program and focuses primarily on helping people struggling with eating disorders overcome their challenges. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College in New York City and went on to work at Columbia University.s Psychiatric Institute in the Eating Disorder Research Unit. At Ocean Recovery, Sherry strives to bring equilibrium to her patients transitioning into treatment, and works to broaden their experiences with food and eating as they move forward in their recovery. She feels that it is a joy to watch patients become courageous enough to battle their fears and begin enjoying life. In addition to her work at Ocean Recovery, Sherry is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, The Academy of Eating Disorders, The American Dietetic Association, The American College of Sport Medicine and The American Anorexia and Bulimia Association.

Brian Dunphey, MS, JD, LMFT, CSAT-I

Therapist

Brian has worked as a psychotherapist in addiction treatment since 2010, most of that period with the Ocean Recovery team. His favorite aspects of the work at Ocean are helping families & addicts renegotiate relationships that support recovery rather than unintentionally enable addiction-driven patterns. He also enjoys mentoring clients and alumni into meaningful academic pursuits and helping them discover – or re-discover – how capable they are while sober. Brian also served as Program Director for Blue Tiger Recovery, where he designed the 90-day program for Addiction Interaction Disorder. Brian is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Cornell Law School, as well as the CSU Long Beach MFT program, where he now teaches Group Counseling, Diagnosis & Interviewing and Psychological Theories, and sits on the admissions committee.

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Brooke Constable, MFTi, PCCI

Therapist

Since 2011, Brooke has been working in the field of chemical dependency, and serves as a Case Manager for the Women’s Program. Brooke received her BA in Psychology from Bucknell University, and is completing her MS in Counseling at CSU Fullerton. Prior to her work at Ocean Recovery she provided academic case management at Sober Living by the Sea and Nortbound Treatment Services. She carries her passion for assisting clients achieve academic and career goals in recovery into her work at Ocean Recovery. Brooke trained at Casa Youth Shelter working with teens and families in crisis.

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Allison Waite, MA, LMFT

Therapist

Allison is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for over 11 years. Her ability to meet the client where they are fosters an environment of trust, openness and acceptance. Appreciation of the client and their unique experiences and challenges informs Allison’s professional care. Allison brings a dynamic energy coupled with a direct yet calm approach to her practice. She has extensive experience in the field with specialties in Addiction, Eating Disorders, Trauma, young adult issues and women’s issues. Allison is an EMDR II Practitioner and received her specialized training from the EMDR International Association. Allison has worked both in treatment as a Program Director, Lead therapist and group facilitator. She also has years of experience in private practice, which she currently has in Newport Beach. Allison has a Bachelors degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health And holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Allison is an active member in many organizations including California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), EMDRIA and is a board member of the Orange County Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT).

Kelsey Nunziata, LMFT

Therapist

Kelsey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years of experience in the mental health field, focusing on addiction, dual diagnosis, and severe mental illness. Kelsey began her education at Boston College where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, minoring in political science. Kelsey’s passion for the field and desire to further her education led her to obtain her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Chicago School of Psychology. She has also received additional training in psychoanalysis, substance abuse treatment, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Kelsey is also trained in trauma-informed yoga practices and incorporating mind/body work to address anxiety, eating disorders, depression, self-esteem, trauma, and substance abuse. Kelsey is passionate about her work and strongly believes in the process of therapy in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health to resolve core issues and reintegrating one’s authentic self. She believes that each individual is unique and tailors her therapy to the needs of each client while applying her extensive experience, education, and genuine care to the therapeutic process. In addition to her work at Ocean Recovery, Kelsey also has a private practice located in Laguna Niguel.

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Anna Wooters, LVN

Director of Client Care

Michelle Boudreaux

Case Manager

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Keith Harper

Case Manager

Having grown up in a home plagued with addiction and violence Keith learned how to escape; first thru numbing, and then with substances. An encounter with God as a child left him with a sense hope despite these circumstances. This hope eventually lead him to recovery, a relationship with God, and having a passion to helping young adults discover their value and potential in living a spiritual life. Keith began this journey in 2012 working at the Betty Ford Center where he was exposed to Dr. Allen Berger’s Process Focused Counseling using Gestalt Therapy. Committing to the 2 year course helped him begin to unpack the traumatic events from childhood. Keith graduated the Gestalt Therapy training, and completed my CATC internship during the 4 years he worked with the Betty Ford Center. Keith believes that we’re meant to live with vision and passionately pursuing our dreams. His goal in working with our clients is to help them uncover their maladapted core issues and help them discover their worth, value, and potential in recovery.

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Joshua Lecker, CADC II, ICADC

Case Manager

Joshua is one of our Case Managers at Oceans Recovery and is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor through CCAPP. Joshua is in recovery from both drug addiction and an eating disorder, which creates a passion for helping others to obtain recovery in their disorders. Joshua engages in unconditional positive regard with the client, which he believes is necessary to increase their self-esteem and self-worth. Joshua is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCPT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy Certified (DBTC). Joshua is an active member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals as well as CCAPP. Joshua is DBTC through the Evergreen Certification Institute and is responsible for running all of the DBT focused groups. Joshua believes mindfulness and awareness of emotions are essential to maintain long-term sobriety.

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Madeline Nahigyan

Office Manager Women’s Program / Admissions

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Michael Stromsness

Office Manager Men’s Program / Admissions

Michael grew up locally in Orange County, California. He grew up with a passion for skate boarding and helping others. As Michael found his way into recovery he developed a passion for helping others get sober. Michael is a certified life coach and recovery coach which has helped him developed skills in helping others in recovery. Michael heads up all the day-to-day operations at the Men’s residential facility at Ocean Recovery. He works with men on a one-to-one basis to ensure that all their needs are being met to thrive in a sober environment.