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Tamlyn has always found joy in helping people improve their lives. After earning her bachelor’s degree in psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and working for nearly a decade in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, she decided to focus her career on mental health and wellness. Tamlyn completed her master’s degree at Touro University and is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups. Tamlyn previously worked at a co-ed sub-acute detox facility as well as an inpatient treatment hospital that specialized in assisting patients who struggle with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. She comes to SoCal Mental Health with a strong desire to change lives and help clients become the best version of themselves.
Based on her passion for fitness and wellness, Tamlyn believes that at SoCal Mental Health, clients can learn to achieve optimal physical and mental health and learn valuable tools to become independent and successful members of society. She utilizes an integrative approach with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused therapy. Tamlyn will collaborate with each client to develop a unique and personalized treatment plan that helps set realistic and attainable goals, such as raising self-awareness, learning healthy coping skills to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improving overall emotional regulation skills.
Jacob’s passion to help those who struggle with mental health disorders comes from his own personal experience witnessing his father struggle with mental health issues and crippling alcohol addiction. Unfortunately Jacob’s father was not able to find sustainable recovery, but Jacob has been able to use this experience to give him purpose and deep-found calling to help those find long-term recovery. When Jacob had the opportunity to join the SoCal Mental Health team, he pledged that he would never give up on anybody who was seeking help.
Jacob was born and raised in Mission Viejo, CA where even as a young kid, he pushed the boundaries of recreation when racing dirtbikes. Today, you can now find him jumping out of planes, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, or enjoying almost any sport that includes an adrenaline rush. His passion for enjoying recreational sports and the natural highs of life aligns with the SoCal Mental Health commitment to help their clients enjoy life along their recovery journey.
As an active member of the recovery community, Nick possesses personal and intimate knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment. A Seattle native, Nick has lived in Southern California for 3 years, originally visiting to attend treatment himself. Having overcome years of addiction, Nick’s success story and positive outlook on life help inspire others to greatness. He now uses his life experience to aid those battling mental illness and addiction.
For Nick, watching others win in life is a great joy. Today, Nick has a passion to maintain his physical and emotional health. An avid gym-goer, snowboarder, and skateboarder, Nick sees every new day as an opportunity to live life to the fullest. Nick practices meditation and chooses to live a life of gratitude and help show others the life that recovery can offer.
With more than 10 years of sobriety and work experience in the mental health and substance abuse industry, Kristen brings an unprecedented passion and dedication to her work. She is on the board of directors for a local women’s homeless shelter and is passionate about ending the stigma of mental health. Kristen has a vision to end homelessness through the work of local resources and philanthropy groups by sharing her own story of homelessness. Another one of her passions is training and developing new people in the field.
As the Program Director at SoCal Mental Health, Kristen uses her personal experience and compassionate approach to ensure a positive client experience from the first day. She has a passion for providing the highest level of care to every client she comes in contact with and continues to walk alongside them when they don’t believe they have the strength to do it on their own.
Veronica Anguiano was raised in a family that loved cooking traditional and tasty food. At a very young age, she developed a passion for cooking by watching, helping, and learning alongside her mother. While In high school she enrolled in various programs to kick start her culinary career. Soon after graduating high school she joined Saddleback college and took multiple culinary courses. Realizing what her true calling is Veronica worked around Orange County with multiple CIA/ Arts Institute Chefs; like Chef Sean Reynolds and Christian Dortch at one of the U.S. top 100 restaurants, Hanna’s Prime Steak where she built upon her training and honing her craft. Patina group with Chef Ross Pangilinan at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge and Pinot Provence, as well as at Interstate hotels with Chef Salvatore Giuliano.
In 2017, she took a change in her career and learned that besides cooking she really enjoyed showing others her passion and helping those in need. She joined Senior Services of America as a sous chef and one year later became Executive chef/ Dining
Room Service Director, taking direction from Jody Lane at one of the multiple facilities. When she is not cooking or talking about food, Veronica enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new restaurants, being out in nature hiking, off-roading, and snowboarding. She enjoys traveling to different states and out of the country to find the best food.
Preston Durnford carries an unmatched level of passion and dedication to help others. His commitment to showing others the beauty of life and the depths of their potential allows Preston to become a partner in each client’s life coaching process. Of course, his ability to inspire greatness in others has come about only after facing his own tribulations. While Preston’s passion for life is truly contagious, his desire to live a beautiful and productive life only came about after he walked away from a life flooded by addiction. For years, Preston struggled with serious heroin addiction and when he finally hit rock bottom, he knew there was no other option. After freeing himself from the shackles of addiction, he lost his father to suicide and his brother to a fentanyl overdose. These tribulations were incredibly hard on Preston, but he held strong in his recovery, as well as his mental health. Today, he uses his life experience as the fuel in which to help others struggling with mental health and addiction. He empathizes with and connects with his clients on a level that not only inspires sobriety but success as well. His passion and excitement are unmatched qualities that continue to inspire those around him. Preston equates success not with the amount of time that he or others have in recovery, but rather, success is the ability to embrace life to its fullest potential.
My career spans over 30 years of professional work in the behavioral health arena. I have served in various administrative and clinical roles entailing direct service, management and supervision, administration, consultation, staff training, product design/development and implementation.
My passion, purpose and lifework have been and will continue to be to help marginalized populations such as those afflicted with the disease of mental illness and/or drug addiction find their place, speak their voice and master their specialized needs to engage and reenter their home community living as independently as possible.
I am delighted to serve as the Administrator/Program Director of SoCal Mental Health’s short-term crisis and transitional residential social rehabilitation programs serving the dual diagnosis, co-occurring disorder population of adults coping with primary mental health challenges and secondary substance abuse problems. We offer a novel perspective of incorporating therapeutic recreation to achieve well-being and mastery of life skills to build character, confidence and self-reliance.
Hello! My name is Emma Flowers and I am excited to be part of your next journey. Passionate about anything outdoors and travel, I am always looking for my next adventure. I am a licensed skydiver, avid hiker and climber and enjoy learning anything that allows me to grow and face my fears. Being in nature, meditation and yoga have really helped me to stay center and grounded. All of this has been a journey, a discovery of myself. But where I am at today is not where I have always been.
I moved to California from a small town in the Midwest after my parents divorced. With these challenging and abrupt life changes, things started spiraling out of control. As a teenager. I started dating a verbally abusive boyfriend who would hit me, kidnapped me, and introduced me to drugs and violence. I allowed that relationship to damage my self-esteem and self-worth. It was his arrest that woke up me. (I cannot be mad at 17-year-old Emma for not knowing better and have forgiven myself since.) Not too long after, my father, grandfather and new boyfriend passed. Overwhelmed with these losses, I left the country for a year, traveling and working abroad.
Regaining my own peace and claiming my life is something I am proud of. And I would love to share my experience with you. This is why I became a certified life coach, reiki healer, and yoga teacher. Through this process, I learned my strengths and weaknesses, and that knowledge has given me the power to make more healthy choices and healthy relationships. Now, I am engaged to the love of my life and living a healthy, balanced life. Of course, there are struggles, but with the tools I have learned, they don’t knock me down like they did before. And, my own self-discovery will never end. Can’t wait to meet you!
I have worked in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse industry for almost 10 years. I have worked my way up in various roles, from Executive Assistant, Compliance Assistant and Administration Office Manager. I have a strong work ethic and have been referred to as “Superglue”, “Quarterback and “Consummate Taskmaster”. I helped obtain licensing for the first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital in Orange County, one of only 7 facilities in Orange County at the time. I just celebrated 10 years of sobriety on 7/26/2021. I also have a passion for compassion. I enjoy sharing my experience, strength and hope with others and giving back. I love inspiring and encouraging people to be their personal best! My faith is what sets the standard for my moral compass and work ethic. I have dealt with some issues from my past that involved severe trauma and what has helped me to become the person I am today, is the different types of therapy from CBT, DBT and EMDR etc. I truly believe mental health is most important in self-care and I believe these therapies have been instrumental in transforming my life today.
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine. Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he obtained a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine for his Medical Degree and performed his residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in leadership roles since 2006 and is a Certified Physician Executive. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry, and served in Desert Storm. Among the long list of accomplishments, Dr. Tucker feels most accomplished with his blended family of 5 children and his wife of over 13 years. Dr. Tucker has had extensive experience within the county of Los Angeles department of mental health and jail systems, State mental health systems, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as well in the Federal Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he established the first suboxone clinic within the VA system nationwide. This clinic decreased the ER utilization of chronic opioid users as well as decreased the number of morbidities, mortality and overdoses. Dr. Tucker also has experience in the private sector managing inpatient and outpatient hospital systems. In 2016, Dr. Tucker established the first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital with the American Addiction Centers located in Orange County. This is the first CDRH that has been established in the state of California in over 20 years. In addition, Dr. Tucker has a private practice in Newport Beach CA. His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis”. He uses a holistic model and incorporates sobriety, exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies
Courtney is currently a therapist and case manager for SoCal Mental Health. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the California State University of Fullerton in 2020 and is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker. Courtney made the decision at the young age of 16 to become a Clinical Social Worker in mental health. This decision stemmed from her personal experiences with family members suffering from mental health issues. Those experiences solidified her passion to pursue a career which also included her goals of lessening the stigma of mental illnesses and working towards increased public awareness. Courtney has worked in the mental health field for the past four years.
Her concentration has been working with mental health and dual diagnosis clients in both residential and hospital environments. Courtney is passionate about assisting primary mental health clients in a residential treatment setting providing easily attainable crisis intervention. Her continuing desire is to minimize the necessity of inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations as well as establishing long-term recovery and psychiatric stabilization.
Dino Vinci is the Lead Behavioral Health Technician for Socal Mental Health. Dino is a certified RADT and assists to ensure the program operations run smoothly. He has worked in multiple residential treatment centers for the past two years including experiences of primary mental health and primary addiction. Dino has own personal experience of addiction and mental health met with years of sobriety, which influences his drive and compassion to help others who are still struggling with mental health issues and addiction.
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