Operations Team

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Chris Waters - Director of Operations

Chris Waters comes to Beachside Behavioral Health with over 7 years’ experience in recovery. He has held a variety of positions in the substance abuse field including case management, operations, client care and program management. His greatest characteristics are his honesty, compassion, and modesty. His innate ability to teach and encourage clients is without comparison. Chris leads by example and he strives to provide a safe environment for young men in early recovery. Chris believes in a three-prong approach that encompass the mind, body and soul together with a strict routine and solid foundation to help them accomplish their goals and achieve long term sobriety.  He values the integrity of the Beachside Behavioral Health team and has helped to build a strong team and establish a meaningful sense of comradery throughout the organization. In his time off, you can often find him working out in the gym, playing basketball, or spending time with wife and two dogs Jack and Dulce.


Garrett Dunn – Operations Manager

Garett Dunn has four years of experience working in the Substance Abuse field, two and a half of which have been at Sobertechniques. Garrett has had the opportunity to learn and to grow with the company while helping others find their feet in sobriety. Garrett has worked his way up from Support Staff to his current position as Detox Supervisor by using his experience along with his commitment to providing the highest level of addiction treatment care to his clients.
A recovering addict himself, Garrett struggled with substance abuse for more than 20 years, working odd jobs and playing music while taking short-lived stabs at school, rarely completing anything he started and leaving a trail of wreckage in his wake. Fed up with the constant failures and fueled by desperation, Garrett decided he was going to change. He knew he couldn’t do it alone, so Garrett took the first step and asked for help. He embraced recovery and the 12-Step program, got a sponsor, and took the simple steps that were laid out in front of him.

Garrett’s hunger for knowledge led him back to school in 2014, where he began studying Psychology at Adam’s State University. After a year of school, Garrett changed his major to Human Services and continued his education at Coastline Community College. Garrett is committed to using his education and personal experience to understand and support clients in their recovery. Garrett’s compassion and professionalism enable him to evoke positive change in those around him, and he believes there is hope and there is a solution for even the most destitute, desperate, and hopeless cases.

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Zachariah Zipse - BHT Supervisor

Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Zach moved to California in 2013 and began his personal journey of recovery, and soon after he found his passion in helping others. Since working in the recovery field Zach has worked as a lead men’s support staff at the residential level, and currently as an operations manager of the PHP program. Zach tries to live a life of service helping others find their way out of addiction and work towards their personal goals of achievement. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends, family and dogs! He believes an essential piece of recovery is learning to love ourselves again and understand that our past actions do not define who we are as an individual.

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Heather D'Angelo - BHT Supervisor

Heather D’Angelo is in recovery and has a sobriety date of December 2, 2013. Heather will graduate in February 2019 with a CDAC from CCAPP Academy and also plans to continue her studies. Heather is currently an Operations Supervisor and has worked for the company since January 2016. She started as support staff and then decided that working in treatment was a huge opportunity to give back her sobriety by being a “helper” to others while they are taking their first steps towards recovery. In her spare time Heather enjoys going to AA conventions and traveling to Europe.



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