Bob Newton has worked in the chemical dependency field for over 32 years. He worked for the
internationally known Betty Ford center for 15 years as director of their day treatment program,
lead counselor and primary counselor. He was also part of the counseling team that helped start
the Betty Ford Center professionals program in 2001. He is also recognized as a national and
international professional speaker and seminar leader. Bob has traveled throughout the states and
other countries speaking to a variety of groups about addiction and recovery. He was a
consultant for the Seattle Seahawks Alcohol and Drug Program for 10 years.
Bob has a master’s degree in psychology with a specialty in addiction psychology and has been a
certified counselor since 1988. He has vast experience counseling with a diverse group that has
included, health care professionals, highly successful executives, professional athletes and other
high functioning professionals. Bob played with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks for an
eleven-year NFL career and was named Seahawks “Lineman of the Year” in 1980. He was a
team member on Nebraska’s 1970 undefeated National Championship football team.
In 2004 Bob appeared before US Congress as an expert witness regarding underage drinking on
behalf of Congressman Tom Osborne from Nebraska.
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.
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 co-dependency for over 16 years.
Joe is an eperienced Chemical Dependency Counselor and Co-dependency workshop facilitator with a demonstrated history of success working in the health and wellness industry. Joe is skilled in addiction recovery, co-dependency, 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 co-dependency.
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 professionals, executives and high profile patients. The CDE department was eventually converted in to 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.
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.
Yazmin attended the University of Phoenix where she received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 2011. After taking some time off to raise her newborn son, she began working for The Betty Ford Center. Yazmin worked as an Admissions Counselor, helping individuals and families in crisis, before leaving to work as a Case Manager at another local treatment center. As a Case Manager she worked directly with patients, running educational groups and helping the clients coordinate their aftercare needs. During this time, she was given the opportunity to work with Dr. Harry and has been with him over the past two years as his Operations Manager; providing help to those in need. Currently she will be pursuing her Masters this winter in Healthcare Administration and looks forward to continuing to work with Dr. Harry and his team.