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Team

 

Harry L. Haroutunian, M.D., Physician Director

Dr. Harry earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, California Academy of Family Physicians, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Medical Association, American Board of Addiction Medicine, and American Board of Family Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Family Physicians and American Board of Addiction Medicine. He serves on the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for the Screen Actors Guild, on the Substance Abuse Advisory Board for the American Bar Association’s Lawyer Assistance Programs, and on the Advisory Board for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, supported by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation.

 

mandy-neeble-dr-harryMandy Neeble-Diamond, Psy.D., Neuropsychologist

Dr. Mandy Neeble-Diamond is a licensed Clinical Forensic Psychologist and prides herself on being a hands-on leader. Dr. Mandy draws upon her extensive background as a Psychologist, providing individual therapy, group therapy, crisis counseling, forensic evaluations and diagnostic testing.

Dr. Mandy’s unique background includes a strong forensic basis having worked at Twin Towers County Jail in Los Angeles, Chino State Prison, and California Youth Authority. Dr. Mandy worked with the severely mentally ill, violent offenders, and the incompetent to stand trial program. In addition, she has worked closely with the Los Angeles and Orange county court systems, providing diagnostic testing for defendants.

Dr. Mandy specializes in substance-abuse, dual-diagnosis clients (specifically those who suffer from bi-polar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, and/or anxiety disorders while also qualifying for a diagnosis of alcohol dependence and/or a specific drug of choice or poly-substance abuse). Dr. Mandy has worked within the substance abuse field for over thirteen years. She has worked as Clinical Director of multiple facilities and has designed dozens of programs to help clients and their families heal.

She received a degree in Psychology at Chapman University and completed her graduate work, a doctorate of clinical psychology (Psy.D.) with a concentration in forensics, at Argosy University, an institution accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Mandy has twins (boy and girl) which are her pride and joy.

 

Sherry Ellison, Ph.D., Psychologist

Dr. Ellison has over 20 years’ experience in the mental health field.  She has worked on the crisis team at Desert Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department, psychologist at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center and has extensive experience in treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.  Dr. Ellison also specializes in treating PTSD with Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART).

 

 

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Melissa Yarbray, LMFT Counselor

Melissa Yarbray, is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over 20 years providing treatment for addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. She specializes in individual, couples and group therapy and integrates various psycho-therapeutic models and techniques that enable her to establish an honest and compassionate therapeutic alliance with her clients. In addition to maintaining a private practice she worked at The Betty Ford Center as an addiction counselor for 18 years including positions of Lead Counselor in their Intensive Outpatient and then Day Treatment levels of care. She developed expertise in addressing issues specific to chemically dependent high profile clients and professionals in high risk, safety sensitive positions when working as therapist in the Professional Program at Betty Ford Center along with Dr. Harry.

She has been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, REBT, solution focused therapy, narrative and family systems therapies with specialties in anxiety, trauma/abuse, grief and loss, spirituality, self-esteem, life transitions and aging-elder issues. Excelling in group therapy, Melissa enjoys facilitating two and three-day intensive workshops with focus on codependency, boundary setting skills, and relating these issues to relapse prevention, developing healthy relationships, and finding the authentic self. Melissa received her Masters degree in Psychology from Chapman University with undergraduate study in cultural anthropology at Beloit College, Wisconsin, including 2 years overseas study at University of Beirut, and work in Switzerland. She is an active member of the state and local chapters of California Association of Marriage Family Therapists, in addition to the 12 step recovering community.

Melissa’s passion for helping her clients with a nonjudgmental approach is based on her past experiences both personal and professional, with her understanding that therapy is most often difficult and painful. She feels gratitude that she can be part of another person’s journey towards health, healing and growth that requires vulnerability and trust. She focuses on identifying and changing self-defeating behaviors and attitudes that are no longer serving the client, and educates and supports clients in replacing them with ones that are more aligned with client’s authentic, true self.

joe-boss-newJoe Boss, CADC II, ICADC, Director of Outpatient Services

Joe Boss is a Certified Addiction Counselor II, (CADC ll) and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), registered with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Joe attended California Coast University and College of the Desert and has actively worked as an addiction professional in the field for nine years at the Betty Ford Center and ABC Recovery Center. Joe has been dedicated to his own recovery from addiction and codependency for over 16 years.

Joe is an experienced Chemical Dependency Counselor and codependency workshop facilitator with a demonstrated history of success working in the health and wellness industry.  Joe is skilled in addiction recovery,  codependency, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy, psychology, and crisis intervention.  Joe is a seasoned healthcare services professional with a deep passion for helping individuals and families heal from the devastating effects of addiction and codependency.

 

Phillip Hamburger, CADC II, SAP, Sober Companion Professional

Phillip has over seven thousand hours of counseling experience. He is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II), a Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and he has over fifteen years working in substance abuse and behavioral health. Phillip is uniquely qualified as one of the top sober companions/coaches/transports in the field.

Phillip had a long and successful career in the corporate world. After getting sober in 2003, he changed his vocational path and dedicated himself to working in the field of recovery and treatment. His experience includes; coordinating alternative sentencing for over seven years at Beit T’Shuvah, (one of the largest faith based nonprofit treatment centers in the country), serving as the COO at Recover Integrity, and providing independent pro bono alternative sentencing services to private individuals throughout Los Angeles County.

Over the past fifteen years Phillip has provided his expertise to Dr. Harry Haroutunian, Beit T’Shuvah, Recover Integrity and others. Phillip enjoys an excellent and well-deserved reputation. His strong personal integrity and his heartfelt compassion set him aside from others.  His schedule is flexible and permits him to travel on a moment’s notice and for any length of time.

Ambra McInerny, Executive Personal Assistant

Ambra started working at The Betty Ford Center in 2009 as a Technician, running groups and managing between twenty to forty patients. In 2010 she started working in the medical unit, managing the patients in detox. Ambra worked in the medical unit from 2010 to 2015 where she moved from a Technician to a Customer Service Technician, specializing in creating a safe and comfortable atmosphere for new patients, while also handling scheduling and medical staff needs. In 2015 Ambra was hired by Dr. Harry, as the Administrative Assistant for the Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program where she worked directly with all levels of professionals and executives.  The CDE department was eventually converted into the Mental Health Department where she became the Clinic Coordinator in charge of coordinating schedules for a staff of nine Physicians, as well as the entire patient population. In 2017, after nine years at the Betty Ford Center, Ambra came to work for Dr. Harry as his Personal Executive Assistant.  Today she is the Office Manager with a support staff and oversees the business operations.

Jackie Hicks, Administrative Assistant

Jackie brings over 30 years of business experience to Dr. Harry’s organization.  Her friendly demeanor and exceptional communication skills build and maintain strong professional relationships. 

Jackie moved from the Midwest in 2002 and found an interest in real estate. She knew she wanted to chart a path by helping others and was able to assist in navigating her clients through challenging markets and their investments. 

In 2011 Jackie worked as a personal assistant for 6 years before being given the opportunity to be a part of Dr. Harry’s team. 

Jackie continues to pursue acts of kindness and has given back to her community for over the last 5 years by tutoring elementary children. 

Like many others, Jackie has seen firsthand the devastation that addiction can inflict on family and friends.  She has also witnessed the fabulous changes that can be made when people receive the necessary treatment.  Jackie is an extremely passionate, conscientious individual dedicated to helping Dr. Harry provide a positive, comfortable environment for all patients.  

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