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


Tori DeGroote, Administrative and Program Director – Mission Viejo, CA / Counselor
Tori DeGroote, CATC IIITori DeGroote has over 6 years of experience in the addiction field building alumni and continuing care programs, serving as a marketing and outreach manager, building community connections as well as serving as a lead case manager and AOD counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business as well as a CATC III in addictions counseling. Having over 8 years of personal recovery, Tori understands what it takes to obtain long-term sobriety. Her passion remains in the addiction field assisting patients and family members with long term recovery as well as being an active advocate providing addiction prevention, education and awareness programs throughout the community.

Karen Rippy Ph.D, LMFT VirtualTherapy4Couples – Consulting MFT therapist

Karen RippyDr. Karen Rippy, been providing sound advice and guidance for 30+ years. I pride myself in having family-friendly rates, flexible scheduling and prompt phone/texting responses. I am especially helpful with high intensity conflicts and offer intensive therapy sessions.

My counseling services include marriage and divorce counseling, co-parenting, child custody conflict, “Affair – Repair”, anger management and forensic psychology.

  • Nationally Recognized Marriage-Friendly Therapist
  • Expert Children and Teen Counseling
  • Parenting Angry, Confused and Defiant Teens
  • Discernment Counseling for Couples “On The Brink”
  • Stress –Anxiety – Anger Management
  • Blended family struggles
  • Child Custody Conflict
  • Modern Addictions

John Hunter – Operations Manager 
John HunterJohn came to California in 2005 from Colorado Springs CO. John has over 12 years’ experience in all aspects of Recovery Home administration and brings nearly 30 years business experience with a national food chain. John also has an AA degree in business from Blair Business College. A family man, John and his wife Regina have five children and thirteen grandchildren to whom they are deeply committed. John is very active in the Orange County sober community and believes deeply in the process of spiritual recovery. He John loves to work with people new to recovery and brings that love to Turning Point Treatment Center residents.

Ian Ashby CADC II – Director of Intensive Outpatient Program 
Ian is a native of Huntington Beach, Ca. Ian has been working in the substance abuse field since 2012. Ian has experience as lead case manager, overseeing quality assurance, billing, developing programming curriculum’s, supervision of staff as well as clinical training’s and program management.
As IOP Director, Ian is responsible for crisis management, one-on-one client counseling sessions, facilitating psycho-educational group and overseeing the entire outpatient Turning Point Treatment Center program. Ian is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor who has earned his CADC II. Ian has a sobriety date from 2008 and has overcome his own struggles. His life experiences combined with clinical expertise enables Ian to relate to his clientele with empathy and professionalism. Ian is passionate and demonstrates the knowledge to meet each client where they are at individually developing a plan ensuring the highest level of client care is adhered to.
Ian has found his life’s purpose in helping other people with their own personal journey in recovery.

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.


Clinical Team:

  • Consulting Dr. Warren R. Taff, MD – Medical Director / Consulting Physician
  • Mike Kelly, DNP

Services Offered

Joint Commission Accredited

Turning Point Treatment Center, Inc.