Meet our Orange County facility experts! Drug treatment staff knowledgeable and experienced in facilitating rehabilitation programs for substance & alcohol abuse.
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 CATC-i IOP Lead Case Manager
Substance abuse industry experience – 4 years as CATC-i. Asociates degree in Sociology and a Substance Abuse Certification from California State University Fullerton. I have participated in 3 clinical internships within the last year per my education. My bachelors in the science of human services with an emphasis in mental health and substance abuse will be completed in December of this year. I start my doctoral program (in psychology) in January of 2020 at Alliant International University in Irvine. I have been awarded a total of 3 scholarships within the last year for my academic achievement (Michelle’s Place Scholarship, Dr. Sandra Russel Group Leadership Award, and Timothy S. Ray Scholarship). I have maintained a 4.0 throughout my college career, and I have been on the dean’s list, presidents list, and honor roll through the duration of my education. I am also president of CSUF’s Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Student Association.
Robert Glover, CATCI , IOP Counselor
Robert Glover is a registered Substance Use Disorder Counselor, and has 25+ years combined experience working in the fields of Health & Wellness, Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Injury Prevention, Physio-Therapy, and Addiction Medicine. He has a BA in Physical Education (Exercise Science), and an AS in Health & Human Services (AOD). Robert has helped hundreds of people to experience better health and wellness. He is dedicated to helping/coaching clients to achieve sobriety, better health and wellness, and celebrate recovery. Robert enjoys engaging in a variety of activities including exercising, eating, reading, watching movies, volunteering, relaxing, and spending time with his family.
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
- Donna Cho – RN
- Michael Rose, RADT-I, Support Staff
- Lisa Gillette, RADT-I, Detox Tech
- Karl Jackson, 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