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Our Team

At SoCal Mental Health, our sole commitment is to your health and your wellbeing. Our diverse team of interdisciplinary professionals has the training and resources to create a comprehensive, responsive, and effective system for our clients. Care providers with diverse roles, backgrounds, and specialties work in collaboration to maximize desired outcomes for our clients.

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Preston Durnford

Founder/CEO

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 a serious heroin addiction and when…

Emma Flowers

Owner/Chief Life Coach

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…

 

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Gil Carmona MSW, LCSW

Chief Clinical Officer

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.

Dr. Lawrence Tucker M.D.

Medical Director

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.

Kristen Zampa

Operations Manager

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.

Valorie Granger

Administration Office Manager

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.

Courtney Grutbo, ACSW

Therapist & Case Manager

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.

Tamlyn Lee, MA, AMFT

Therapist / Clinical
Relations Liaison

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.

Jacob Clover

Director of Admissions

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.  

Nick Vornbrock

Admissions / Community Outreach Coordinator

As an active member of the recovery community, Nick possesses personal and intimate knowledge of mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Dino Vinci

Lead BHT

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. 

Veronica Anguiano

Head Chef

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.

Credentialed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners work with clients to manage symptoms and treat the underlying causes of mental health issues. Group and individual healing sessions are led seven days a week by our stellar group of licensed therapists to help you learn the skills needed for smooth reintegration and lasting recovery. Together, they implement evidence-based treatments for those seeking to address and overcome mental health issues in a community-based environment. 

Our case managers are there every step of the way to help you develop rehabilitation plans and define your preferences regarding the environment you live in during residential treatment. The program is staffed with seasoned clinicians who lead the day-to-day process of providing services, including:

  • One-on-one and group therapy
  • Crisis stabilization
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Behavioral and cognitive therapy (CBT)
  • Social skills and community-based healing

Peer Support Specialists

Our skilled peer support specialists have a personal history of mental health and substance abuse and use this experience to inform their work with our clients. They handle the ins and outs of daily life and help clients develop meaningful skills and habits by providing assistance with:

  • Transportation 
  • Meal support
  • Psycho-educational groups 
  • Leisure skills
  • Self-care
  • Friendly and approachable staff are available 24/7 to educate and support you as you achieve your rehabilitation goals.
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