Prior to opening Tres Vistas Recovery, Dr. Daniel Headrick served for eight years as the Medical Director at Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach, California. Before that, he was the Medical Director of Hoag Hospital Chemical Dependency Center in Newport Beach, California for 11 years. Dr. Dan dedicates much of his time to the care and treatment of his individual clients, overseeing their stabilization to make sure they have a sound transition to treatment and recovery. He cares for each of his clients individually as they withdraw from alcohol and other substances.
Dr. Headrick received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. He is distinguished by his postgraduate certification from the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1988, and is also an associate professor at the University of California, Irvine Medical School.
Daniel Headrick continues his training and research in the field of chemical dependency to keep abreast of current techniques and applies them in his work.
Angelina Gripp. ASW began her practice as a Primary Therapist in addiction and mental health in 2014. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC with a Major in Mental Health where she graduated with a Dean’s Recognition for Leadership, In addition, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. Angelina is also the Co-Host of “The Recovery Show with Dr Joe and Angelina” on KOCI 101.5FM and an accomplished fine Artist.
Angelina spent her social work internship from 2012-2014 as a School Social Worker working with at-risk youth and assisting in grant funding through her work in Program Evaluation of Restorative Justice versus The Zero Tolerance Progam. Angelina’s background in social work, psychology, leadership, program development, research, and extensive training in mental health are assets to her experience and passion in the field of addiction.
Angelina leads the Clinical Team at Tres Vistas Recovery, is the Primary Therapist for many of Tres Vistas clients and their families. Through her educational and clinical experience, Angelina incorporates an understanding of a sober lifestyle in her day-to-day living, giving her a deep understanding of the struggle of addiction from both an individual and a family perspective.
As the Mother and also the significant other in recovery – Angelina has an innate understanding of the family in recovery.
Practicing from an eclectic framework, Angelina incorporates Mindfulness-Based Therapy, CBT, DBT, Solution-Based, Safety-First Trauma Therapy, Art Therapy & Problem Solving Therapy into her practice.
Amanda started working in recovery 7 years ago as a CNA. Over the next several years she became a licensed nurse and was certified in the field of Drug and Alcohol Addiction. As the Program Director at Tres Vistas Recovery, she utilizes her personal recovery experience coupled with her professional experience to oversee the Admissions, Clinical and Operational programs.
She believes that acquiring passion in sobriety is a priority, along the lines of the mission at Tres Vistas. An avid hiker and Crossfitter, Amanda uplifts clients and staff alike to reach for their physical as well as emotional sobriety goals.
Desirae is a Nursing graduate of Stanbridge College and has been working since 2012 as an LVN in the field of behavioral health and addiction. She has been personal nurse and manager for multiple facilities ranging from Detox to IOP levels of care. She is IV and Blood draw certified and has been trained in IV NAD therapy and continues to gain experience and knowledge of these protocols. She maintains up-to-date on current medical procedures by continuing her education every year in the field of behavioral health.
Michalina graduated from USC with a Masters in Social Work in 2005 and has spent the past 12 years gaining experience in various aspects of social services and mental health. She began her career working with the County of Orange’s Children and Youth Services and the Welfare to Work program. She later transitioned to working with Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill with co-occurring disorders which is where she found her interest in working with individuals struggling with addiction. After a 2 year commitment working for the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Recovery Team, Michalina has returned to Orange County to work in recovery and has been providing support, guidance and mental health services to those recovering from addiction for over three years.
Michalina, a primary therapist at Tres Vistas, is respectful of the process of recovery and has a tremendous appreciation for the challenges and struggles that her clients experience on a daily basis. Her strong background in mental health with an emphasis on families allows her to help clients explore family dynamics in the context of addiction and provides a holistic, family-centered approach to addiction treatment. Michalina practices from an eclectic perspective incorporating CBT, DBT, and solution-focused therapy along with Rogerian positive regard into her practice along with supporting clients in their 12 step programs.
Morgan has been with Tres Vistas Recovery since the facility opened in 2015 as the first Resident Advisor and currently working as the Case Manager. Morgan will be completing her internship in early 2017, certifying her as a CADC 1 counselor. Besides leading client groups on living life while maintaining sobriety, Morgan assists our clients with the transition of leaving residential treatment and entering back into society with the planning of practical matters and responsibilities. Her personal experience with the struggles of sobriety have directed her towards a life goal of helping others who are afflicted with the same disease of alcoholism and drug addiction. Morgan works daily on her own personal recovery and with other women in 12 Step Programs and believes that personal recovery starts with the willingness to accept things and people exactly as they are.
Steve joined the Tres Vistas team in the fall of 2015. Prior to that he worked for several years for San Diego County as a Counselor in addiction treatment. At Tres Vistas, Steve oversees the Operations, medication documentation and client transportation for the facility. In addition to being the liaison for all Resident Advisors, Steve is in charge of making sure the Evita house runs smoothly for clients and house staff alike.
He is an avid member of the Northern San Diego county recovery community and all around outdoorsman. He also enjoys supporting his teenage daughter in her Color Guard activities.
Elisa came to Tres Vistas Recovery after years of working in the recovery field in marketing, interventions and mental health. The philosophy of compassion and empathy for the suffering addict and those in recovery, have encouraged her to be of service in her professional life as well as personal.
Along with Business Development, implementing events and promotions, Elisa also runs the Tres Vistas Alumni Program, conducts marketing for Headrick Medical Center and is on the board of Dr. Headrick’s non-profit foundation “Kids From The Other Side”.
As a trained voiceover artist and spokesmodel, she enjoys acting, improv and comedy.
Jason Wahler is a Host, Actor and TV personality who appeared on Laguna Beach, The Hills, Celebrity Rap Superstar, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, after battling through a public struggle with addiction. Sober since July 2010, Jason has dedicated his life to raising awareness towards addiction and hopes to one day change the public’s negative perception of this deadly disease. Through his hard work and dedication the E! Network did an E! True Hollywood Story highlighting Jason’s remarkable new life.
Currently, Founder and Owner of Widespread Recovery, in beautiful Laguna Beach, Ca. He also serves as the Public Relations Liaison at Tres Vistas Recovery. Jason’s goal is to set the standard in aftercare. He continually uses his personal experience and presence in the public eye to inspire people struggling with addiction and alcoholism. His direct involvement with the recovery community changed his life and allows him to be a resource for thousands of individuals who need help but don’t know where to turn.
On a regular basis Jason works with various media outlets, celebrities, young adults, schools, law enforcement, churches, and athletes in order to promote addiction education and prevention.
This led him to create Speaker’s In Recovery, a speaker’s bureau that brings together high profile individuals to speak out on addiction.
Jason, also, serves on the honorary boards of The Prism Awards, Entertainment Industry Council, The Los Angeles Mission, and The Brent Shapiro Foundation as well as contributing to the highly respected Huffington Post.
“Looking back over the course of the past 5 years I never thought I would be where I am at today. If you told me I would find my passion and motivation working in the recovery industry, I would have thought you were crazy. Today, I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
With over 25 years of cooking experience at ten residential treatment facilities, Francisco brings the knowledge, compassion and know how to better help clients in any and all nutritional needs. Originally from Mexico near Puerto Vallarta, Francisco enjoys family outings, basketball and martial arts.