Clinical Team

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Matthew Nonoshita, CADC-II, RAS-II, CATC – Program Director

During his journey of personal recovery which started in 2010, Matt Nonoshita has worked alongside leading professionals to cultivate his knowledge and experience, while assisting countless others on their own paths to sobriety.   As a member of the California Consortium of Drug and Alcohol Educators and the California Certification Board of Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Matt has continued to strive toward professional growth, acquiring his Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II, Registered Addiction Specialist-II, and Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor credentials.  Due to the increasing prevalence of the nation’s addiction and opioid crisis, Matt works tirelessly to understand the underlying issues of individuals in recovery through knowledge and understanding of Dual Diagnosis treatment. To that end, Matt works to foster a balanced approach to recovery through experiential and recreational therapy including the creation of a Surf Therapy program which combines his passions for the outdoors as well as spiritual growth.  Matt’s extensive experience has solidified the knowledge that the damage created by alcoholism and addiction are not exclusive to the individual, but drastically affect the family and friends of those who suffer. Consequently, his approach to recovery includes educating families on healthy boundaries, crisis management, and codependency. Matt’s dedication to his personal recovery manifests in his family relationships, with his children, his fellowship, and his friends.  He believes in the therapeutic and rehabilitative value of music, of consistently extending a hand to those who struggle, and of the spiritual balance he finds in the amazing geographical context specific to Southern California.

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Kristen Riha, MA, LMFT – Clinical Director

Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the treatment of addiction and dual diagnosis. She obtained her M.A in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her work with at risk youth and family outreach are what originally drove her interest to serve within the addiction field. Kristen has worked in various clinical settings including residential and outpatient programs, wrap-around services, community outreach, and school and home-based services. Kristen incorporates an integrative approach in working with clients and is well-versed in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Reality Therapy. She believes that addressing underlying issues to substance abuse is paramount in order to find relief and healing. In her role as a therapist and director, Kristen hopes to empower others to find solutions and implement necessary changes to maintain a balanced well-being. In times of leisure, Kristen enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.

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Bridgit Berney, MA, LCSW – Therapist

Bridgit Berney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Beachside who provides individual and group therapy.   She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with her Master of Social Work in 2015 and began working as a therapist at a dual-diagnosis treatment center immediately after.  She has many areas of interest that she has studied including relationships, domestic violence, love addiction, codependency, trauma, and depression.  Bridgit has experience working with teenagers, adults, and older adults with addictions, mental health issues, and personality disorders.  She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and utilizes this therapy modality with clients when appropriate.  She believes in an honest and direct approach when working with clients and values authenticity

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Mi Yun Chong-Greenberg, MA, LMFT – Therapist

Mi Yun Greenberg is an associate marriage and family therapist in Orange County, California. She received her B.A. in English from UCI, a M.A. in MFT from Hope International University (HIU), and as a Psy.D. candidate has been working on her dissertation on repurposing trauma from Alliant International University.  Since 2015, she has been active in the community working with at-risk children, adolescents, and adults in treatment for complications related to substance use. Magnifying individual beauty and amplifying the once-silenced narrative quintessentially speaks to her methodology. At home, she is devoted to her husband and dedicated to raising their German Shepherd, Oenomaus.

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Rebecca Johnston, MA, AMFT – Therapist

Rebecca Johnston is an AMFT who has completed her B.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and completed her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from Antioch University, Los Angeles. Rebecca began her career working in the field of addiction in 2016.

Rebecca is personable and a passionate therapist, who helps clients grow and heal from their own path of recovery. She chose the recovery field due to having a passion for helping others who are struggling with the disease of addiction. Rebecca provides individual and group therapy to increase knowledge of addiction. In addition to her work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family, friends, the outdoors, and eating food.

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Kelly Rauch, MA, AMFT – Therapist

Kelly Rauch received her Master’s Degree in Couples and Family Therapy in 2016 from Alliant International University, Irvine, California.  Kelly is currently advancing her studies with a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Psychology with a Consulting Track from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, California. Her extreme interest in psychology began in high school during a lecture on Abnormal Psychology.  Kelly received her undergraduate degree with a BA in Psychology from University of Central Florida, where she worked with teen girls and helped to co-facilitate process groups. During her master’s program, Kelly completed her internship with Phoenix House in Santa Ana, California.  And conducted therapy with individuals, couples, families, and groups of all backgrounds, suffering from substance abuse, emotional, mood, psychotic, and personality disorders. Despite her busy schedule, Kelly is interested in physical health and fitness, and trains for at least one half marathon per year.  Kelly endorses the importance of self-care, and enjoys the beach, her 19 year old Jack Russell, Buddy, friends, family, and cooking.

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Patrick Singer, MA, ACSW, CADC-II – Therapist

Patrick’s integrity combined with his empathic nature creates a reassuring and healing environment which supports his clients to embrace the sense of security needed to move forward in their personal journey. As the direct result of practicing recovery principles over a long period of time, Patrick has developed the insight and wisdom to effectively guide clients through the process of change and growth that translates to a healthy relationship with Self and life. Patrick has a long record of volunteer service as well as vast experience counseling and mentoring diverse people from all walks of life. His therapy skills are exceeded only by his passion for working with people who are struggling with addictions.

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Jenni Busse, MA, AMFT - Therapist

Jenni is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Jenni obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2006, followed by her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University in 2008. Since 2009 Jenni has been working in inpatient treatment settings as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor addressing both mental health and substance use disorders. Jenni believes that substance abuse is often a symptom of unmet needs, unresolved wounds, or attempts to address underlying mental health issues. Jenni enjoys walking alongside her client’s as they find their recovery, healing and peace. In her free time Jenni enjoying being outdoors, traveling and spending time with loved ones.

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Alyssa Simon, BA, RD – Nutritionist

Alyssa Simon is the Registered Dietitian at Beachside Recovery Center and SoberTec, working with both detox/RTC clients and PHP. Alyssa earned her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and her Masters of Science in Nutrition from the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Alyssa is a member of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Orange District, and holds a certificate in food safety from Servsafe, as well as a certificate in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition in Dietetics.   Alyssa has been working as a dietitian for 3 years in the field of rehab and recovery as well as eating disorders. She has worked with a variety of clients who suffered from alcoholism, drug addiction, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and more. Alyssa’s nutrition approach is to use evidenced-based practice to help the clients see food as medicine, and how good nutrition can be a solid foundation for recovery. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys hiking and taking pictures in the mountains of Los Angeles County.

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Tara Falcon, CADC-I – Case Manager

Tara Falcon CADC I is our Female Detox/Residential Case Manager. Working in the field of recovery is Tara’s most focused passion. Every day she wakes up excited at the opportunity to hold the hand of someone suffering from addiction and guiding them to a better way of life. Tara’s journey in recovery began 4 years ago and, in that time, she has learned the importance of living life with integrity, humility, and compassion and sharing that experience with others. Tara enjoys being a mother of four children, taking family trips and broadening her horizon through work and school.

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Monica Hernandez – Case Manager

Monica has been a part of Beachside Recovery since January 2016. Before working for Beachside Monica worked for several non-profit organizations including YMCA and Phoenix House of Orange County. Monica began her journey in recovery in 2010 and since then she went back to school and received two certifications in mental health and substance abuse as well as graduated with an AAS degree in substance abuse counseling. Monica is currently working on completing her bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Monica is a single mother to three amazing children and spends much of her free time traveling and living life to the fullest.

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Briana Burton - Case Manager

Briana Burton obtained her human service degree from University of Phoenix in the fall of 2016. Since then, Briana has made it her calling to help people who are traveling down the same road of despair as she once had. Briana enjoys the trials and tribulations that come with working at the Detox and Residential level of care and shares her experience with others in hope that they too shall succeed in long-term sobriety. Briana was born in Los Angeles, California and enjoys going to the beach, hiking, spending time with her sober sisters and playing with her daughter Paislee.

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Kathy Yutkins - Case Manager

Kathy Yutkins began her career in substance abuse in 2015 working for Beachside Behavioral Health as an Office Manager. Kathy’s ambition and compassion for recovery has lead her to progress in her career as a Case Manager. Kathy’s many years of personal experience and her benevolence for those who are on the path of permanent recovery have made her an estimable part of the Beachside team. Kathy is currently attending CCAPP Academy to earn her certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a projected completion in February 2019. Kathy is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous who spends much of her spare time helping others to achieve their goals through sobriety and spiritual growth. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family and likes to vacation with her husband and grandchildren. Kathy is a devoted dog lover.

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Steve Spencer - Case Manager

Steve recently finished school where he completed his studies as a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS). Steve fell in love with this line of work while he was in treatment himself and states the feeling of helping others overcome such a devastating disease compares to nothing he’s ever felt before and looks forward to the daily challenges of working with clients.   Steve has been working in this field since 2016 and can’t imagine himself doing anything else. Steve is married with three beautiful children. Addison (9), Asher (4), Bronson (1).  When Steve has any free time he enjoys relaxing with his family and golfing as much as he can.

Adam ArmstrongGroup Facilitator

Adam Armstrong - Group Facilitator

Adam Armstrong is an educator, who is constantly innovating and creating curriculum. Using an evidence-based approach to assist people who are bound by restrictions of addiction and mental health.  Adam endeavors to increase the quality of life of these individuals one conversation at a time. After 15 years of working in the psychiatric and clinical field Adam has managed cases, provided family and individual counseling, developed intervention programs and trainings for at risk youth and adults.  Adam has been instrumental in guiding and influencing State and Federal policies and procedures. He has done this by being an active voice of change for those who are affected by behavioral health.  He incorporates several learning styles in order to ensure the message is communicated with clear objectives; Giving clients practical tools to help them in their day to day life. Adam is charismatic, energetic and passionate about people living with purpose. Based on his own life experiences, he believes that self-awareness and having a personal relationship with God is the foundation of achieving life’s fulfillment.

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Tania Maalouly, BA, LVN – Client Care Coordinator

Tania Maalouly began her nursing career in 2013 and uses her medical knowledge to promote health in her community. Tania possesses invaluable skill, knowledge, and compassion as a Client Care Coordinator at Beachside Behavioral Health. Tania works closely with her clinical team at Beachside to provide quality care for her clients. Tania supports and regulates the clients undergoing therapy for drugs, alcohol, and other substance abuse. Tania’s focus is to educate her clients about the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy lifestyle to ensure a positive impact on their personal growth. Since Tania relocated from New York to Orange County with her family, Tania enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and exploring all that California has to offer.

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Roberta Milder-Spatz, LVN – Client Care Coordinator

Roberta Milder-Spatz began her nursing career as a way to positively impact people’s lives. Her passion and dedication in life is to help others. She began working with Beachside as a Client Care Coordinator in 2017, where she excelled in her experience working with clients undergoing treatment for Drug and Alcohol abuse. Showing compassion and care, she has helped assist client’s in their journey through recovery. In her free time, Roberta enjoys spending time with her two children being outdoors and hiking.

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Michael Fournier - Client Advocate

Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Orange County, California in 1978 with the hope of a better future. Michael began his journey in the field of addiction in 2009, and his passion for client care has helped him to excel in his career. Michael’s drive to help clients succeed on a path of permanent recovery has made him an integral part of the Beachside team. Michael has always been motivated in his personal life by his love for baseball. Michael spends his free time on the baseball field, not only for his own entertainment and enjoyment, but also teaching others in recovery to find something they are passionate about because lost dreams are awakening, and new possibilities arise.

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Freeman Palmore – Client Advocate

Freeman was an athlete as a teen and when his father passed away as he was finishing high school he gave up an athletic scholarship to school and went to work. This journey took him down a dark path. After years of complete separation from his loved ones, Freeman  reached his turning point. Broken and spiritless, he sought help from a drug treatment center. His journey through the cycle of addiction, relapse and recovery fueled his desire to help others overcome addiction. Today, Freeman is a client advocate in the recovery field. He’s widely known in the program of recovery, loved, and respected.  During his 15 years in recovery and has spoken at a multitude of treatment facilities, sponsored men, facilitated countless interventions and mentored men and their loved ones through the recovery process.

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