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Our Team

Drug and Alcohol Detox Facility in Costa Mesa

Dr. Ali Kohzad

PharmD., Owner/CEO

In 2009, I graduated pharmacy school and continued my career at CVS Pharmacy. After working as a pharmacist for 6 years, and witnessing first-hand the destruction of our society by the opioid epidemic, I decided to make a life-changing decision. I could not continue to be a part of the problem and morally had to make a change in my career. I decided to quit my job and pursue a business license in the recovery industry. I learned quickly how difficult yet rewarding the fight is on this side of the fence and for the last 5 years, I have dedicated my life to helping people on their road to recovery.

Angelina Gripp

Clinical Director LCSW

Angelina grew up in Australia, immigrating to the USA in 1995. She began her practice as a Primary Therapist in addiction and mental health in 2014. Angelina has a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC with a Major in Mental Health where she graduated with a Dean’s Recognition for Leadership. In addition, she has a Bachelor of Science Degree in sychology. Currently Angelina is completing a Ph.D in Depth Psychology with a concentration on Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices.

A background in social work, psychology, leadership, program development, research, and extensive training in mental health are assets to her experience and passion in the field of addiction and mental health.  Leading teams as the Clinical Director from 2015 to 2020, both as a leader, part of a treatment team as well as actively practicing as a clinician from 2014 has been a part of her journey of experience in the field in the addiction & the mental health field. Currently Angelina is the Founder of Arena Therapy Services, LLC, a mental health and addiction aftercare practice, in addition to consulting as Clinical Director to substance abuse treatment centers.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Angelina practices first from a Person-In-Environment perspective preferring an integrative treatment model approach to treatment.  She believes that mental health care requires a whole person approach. Angelina’s therapeutic modalities include Depth Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Therapy, CBT, DBT, Solution-Based, Safety-First Trauma Therapy, Art Therapy & Problem Solving Therapy. Her primary area’s of expertise are dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, addiction, PTSD, & trauma.

Seanmichael Farrell

Program Director, C.A.T.C.1

I believe that every human being needs love and compassion in order to heal and grow. After a lifetime of addiction and hurting people, I got sick and tired of failure and suffering. I found that helping others helped me, that practicing love and compassion for others brought an abundance of both into my life. At the Duck House I use my experience as an addict and as an addiction counselor to ensure the quality of care needed to assist individuals self actualize the skills which will assist them in their recovery.

Laura Pickering

Admissions Coordinator/ RADT 1

I like working in this field because I enjoy building connections with the clients and seeing them realize that their life is worthy of rebuilding.

Ashley Montes

COO, LVN, RADT

I work in this field because my whole life I’ve had every obstacle come my way and I’ve triumphed. Now I have the opportunity to give back to a stigmatized and marginalized community that desperately needs love and support. I get to be someone who impacts their lives and use my skills to help them thrive in life.

Brittany Poe

Compliance Director, B.A. in Communications/PR, RADT 1

As a child, I was exposed to a lot of homelessness and through my church and family, we volunteered in feeding the homeless on skid row all throughout each and every year. As I got older, I volunteered at numerous nonprofits in the LA and OC area. Helping people has been a passion of mine that was not only instilled in me at a young age, but became something I wanted my career to be into adulthood. I was so lucky to have found The Duck House when I did. While I get to help turn people’s lives around, in turn, they have changed mine.

Peter Olivas

B.A. psychology, Case manager

My name is Peter Olivas and I am the lead case manager at The Duck House LLC. I have been working in the addiction recovery field for over seven years. I graduated from Santa Ana College with associate of arts degree in psychology with high honors 2014. After graduating, I attended California State University, Fullerton and graduated cum laude in the fall of 2017 with bachelor’s degree in psychology with minor in human services with an emphasis in substance abuse. The reason I got into this field is that I have witnessed numerous family tragedies over the years because of the disease of addiction. I am openly passioned about helping others who struggle with substance use although I am also a recovery addict with 11 years clean and sober. I have held numerous positions over the years, but I am profoundly thankful to be working in a field that I have such a deep connection in assisting other individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction.

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