There are a variety of elements that determine the effectiveness of a residential and/or outpatient addiction treatment center. Among those elements, the clinical staff is absolutely the single most important factor throughout the overall rehabilitation process. From the initial interventionists to the therapists, counselors, physicians and so on, the staff must be “A-Number-One” if the facility is to truly excel in helping the clients. We invite you to take a moment and learn all about the amazing professionals behind the scenes that help make Turning Point Treatment Center, Inc. one of Orange County, California’s finest treatment facilities.
Jeff Benon – Executive Director
Experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Skilled in Organizations, Customer Service, Coaching, Strategic Planning, and Business Development. Strong business development professional with a Associate’s degree focused in certified drug and alcohol counselor from Saddleback College.
Tori DeGroote – Administrative Director / Program Director
Tori DeGroote has over 9 years of experience in the addiction field holding a myriad of positions from:
- Developing alumni departments and continuing care programs.
- Serving as a marketing and outreach director.
- Building community connections.
- Serving as an addiction counselor and sober coach.
- Executive Program Director, developing administrative and compliance driven programs.
She is currently undergoing mental health and addiction interventionist training as well as working on her master’s degree in Social Work. Tori currently holds a bachelor’s degree in business as well as a CATC-III/CADC-III in addictions counseling. In addition, Tori serves as a Board of Director on several non-profit groups whose mission is to provide prevention, education and resources to families who struggle with addiction. Having over 10 years of personal recovery, Tori understands what it takes to obtain long-term sobriety and is a community activist who is committed to helping others achieve freedom from addiction.
Gregory Davenport LMFT, SUDCC
I’m Gregory Davenport. I have over four years of extensive experience working in the substance abuse field. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and a Substance Use Disorder Certified Counselor with the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs. My education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, and a Master of Science in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Over the years, I have experienced several trials throughout my life, and I feel stronger knowing that I have overcome them. These trials have ignited within me the passion for inspiring others and sharing the good news that change exists through hard work and dedication. I am dedicated and ready to serve those who have a desire to create change within themselves, surrender their instant gratifications, and have a willingness to be challenged to push through barriers that keep them from living their life to the fullest. Pursuing such change can alleviate the guilt, shame, and anxiety, which allows for healing. Although healing feels far away, I believe in it just as much as I believe in my clients. I can genuinely say that it’s an honor to be a part of my client’s journey to freedom.
Tammy Occhippini – LMFT
Tammy Occhipinti is a self described as “ an Agent of Change” and “a warm and caring professional” with 15 years and thousands of hours of providing positive, high-quality psychotherapy and life coaching for individuals, couples, families, children and adolescence.
Her specialties include: Substance Abuse and Dual Diagnosis management (Creating a fulfilling and healthy life free of chemicals), Healthy Habits Weight Loss (Permanent Weight Loss from the Inside Out, Managing Emotional Eating, Losing Weight and Keeping It Lost), stress management, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, grief and loss and proactive life coaching. Tammy is skilled in creating and facilitating workshops, group therapy, and corporate consultations on topics such as successful stress management, team building and healthy dynamics, anger management, effective conflict resolution, and positive communication skills.
Since graduating from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Psychology in 1994, Tammy has strategically identified and refined the most effective motivational, solution-focused, positive therapy techniques and interventions necessary to bring about permanent and positive change—sustained change from the “inside out”!!!
Donna Cho – RN
Donna Cho has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 year. Earned my Registered Nursing degree from Middlesex College. Sher received her Bachelors degree in Health Administration from Chapman University and has worked the last 8 years with behavioral health and substance abuse.
Mike Torricelli – Interventionist
Experienced Interventionist with a demonstrated history of working in the health wellness and fitness industry. Over 700 successful interventions facilitated. Coaching, Crisis Intervention, Family Therapy, and Case Management. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) focused in Business Administration and Management, General from San Diego State University-California State University.
Sierra Flynn B.S., CATC3 Program Director
My name is Sierra Flynn and I received my Bachelors in Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from California State University Fullerton. I graduated with honors and have received 6 scholarships. I am a level 3 certified substance abuse counselor through CADEE. I am currently a doctoral student at Alliant International University pursuing a clinical degree in psychology. I have worked in the field of addiction for almost 5 years. Some of my research consists of childhood trauma and how it is related to increased substance use. I have assisted hundreds of clients along their journey of recovery, and I find great joy in helping clients reach their maximum potential.
K. Mitchell Naficy, M.D., MPH Turning Point Consulting Medical Director
Dr. Naficy is a Board Certified Family Physician with over 25 years of clinical experience. In 1985, he graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Microbiology and French Literature. In 1986, he enrolled at the Universidad Central del Caribe, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. In 1990, he received his Medical Doctor degree. In 1991, Dr. Naficy completed his post graduate training at the University of Southern California Medical Center. In 1998, he completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.
Mike Kelly, Consulting DNP
- Jamie Landis RADT1 Detox / Residential Facility
- Lisa Gillette, RADT-I, Detox Tech
- Warren Taft, MD, Consulting Medical Director
- Inpatient Treatment / Rehabilitation
- Alcohol Rehab
- Stimulant / Depressants Treatment
- Opiates / Narcotics Treatment
- Heroin Treatment
- Benzodiazepines Treatment
- Hallucinogens / Inhalant Treatment
- Psychiatric evaluations / Dual Diagnosis
- Dual Diagnosis disorders found in the DSM IV Manual
- Prescribe and monitor psychotherapeutic medications if needed
- Executive Treatment