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Kathy Tunney, MSW

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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Kevin Cullen


Kevin comes to Ocean Recovery as a recovered user. His own personal and tumultuous journey through addiction and into recovery has led him to want to help change the lives of those who are currently struggling with substance abuse. He is currently the main point of contact for any and all individuals looking to start their recovery. During the admissions process, Kevin ensures that potential clients are properly suited for Ocean Recovery, that they are aware of the individual care and attention they will receive during their stay and that they feel comfortable knowing the many safety protocols that the program takes to ensure a flawless stay. He makes sure potential clients truly understand what Ocean Recovery does and doesn’t do so that families can establish a healthy sense of hope for their loved one’s recovery. In true east-coaster fashion, Kevin always stays crystal clear in his communication with clients to promote positive, life-changing repertoire. After working his way up in the field of addiction recovery, Kevin is now truly satisfied in his position, as he loves what he does and feels honored to be a part of Ocean Recovery.


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Dr. Jonathan Bellman, MD


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.

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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.

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Collin Weeden

Admission Director

Collin has a passion for working in the field of recovery. Collin started working in treatment because he wanted to help others struggling to get sober. He is responsible for all of the insurance billing and collections at ocean recovery. He works closely with the insurance companies to get maximum reimbursement for families. Collin understands what a financial burden paying for treatment can be, so he works hard, so that paying for treatment is one less obstacle families have to think about when they are going through the struggles of getting a loved one in treatment.


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Kara Pate

Director of Business Development

Kara Pate has a passion to help others find freedom. She believes all people can experience life fully alive, regardless of what they struggle with.

Kara specializes in relationship building, brand identity, mental health awareness, and treatment placement providing the best care possible for every individual. Along with her extensive experience in the field, Kara’s personal journey has gifted her with a unique compassion and ability to help others find their meaning and purpose. She is twelve years recovered from bulimia, chemical dependency and self–hatred.

Kara graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Communications and received her MA in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. She is also a graduate of the Bethel School of Ministry. She has been active with local chapters of the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment, The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and has served on the board for The Body Revolution Redding and the Eating Disorder Recovery Services, Petaluma. She served as the West Coast Professional Outreach Representative for Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center for 8 years prior to serving as a consultant for some nationally recognized programs. She is a certified interventionist and completed her training through Hirschman clinical services to become an Eating Disorder Coach.

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Colleen Capistrano

Marketing Director

Colleen has been working in the field of mental health and addiction for almost 20 years and her bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Child Development and Psychology she devoted her professional life to helping individuals support their hopes for a sober, fulfilling lifestyle. Prior to serving as the Marketing Director at Ocean Recovery, Colleen worked inpatient care, as well as an Assistant Director of Intake/Admissions and Business Development both within the country and abroad. Today, Colleen serves as a board member for the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment as the Marketing Director, as well as the International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals Chapter of Orange County.


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Grace Murphy, MFT


Grace joined Ocean Recovery in 2004 as an individual therapist, but has been in practice as a marriage and family therapist for over 30 years. She is mostly driven in her role as a therapist because her own personal recovery has given her life, one that she describes as worth living and sharing. She specializes in addiction medicine, codependency and adult children of alcoholics (ACA) issues. She feels that if families want their loved ones to have the best chance at recovery, that they should send them to a place such as Ocean Recovery where they know that recovery can happen. In addition to her work at Ocean Recovery and at her private practice in Palos Verdes, Grace is also the Chairman of the Board on the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in California and previously served as the president of the Association of Marriage and Family Therapists of the South Bay region.

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Brooke Constable, MFTi, PCCI


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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Joshua Lecker, CCAPP

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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Michelle Boudreaux

Case Manager

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Michael Stromsness

Office Manager

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.

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Madeline Nahigyan

Office Manager

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Melissa Jackson

Support Staff

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Anna Wooters, LVN

Director of Client Care

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Allison Waite, MA, LMFT


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).

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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.