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Meet Our Team

Your Allies in Recovery

The road to recovery is not one that anybody can walk alone. At Dana Point Rehab Campus, you or your loved one will be able to lean on a compassionate team of addiction therapists and clinicians throughout the recovery process. Our interdisciplinary team closely works with each and every client to establish goals and develop a truly personalized treatment plan.

Every member of our staff is committed to our mission of providing the highest level of personalized care. Whatever fears you may have about tackling struggles with drug or alcohol abuse, at Dana Point Rehab Campus, you can count on our dedicated team to support you through every step of this journey.

Team Members

Christian Small, M.D. – Medical Director

Dr. Small is uniquely qualified to treat both medical and mental health conditions. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at UCSD. He holds Board Certification by the American Boards of Psychiatry, Preventative Medicine (Addictions) and Family Medicine. He personally trains and mentors the best mental health providers in the treatment industry and has gained a reputation as a thought leader in the area of addiction medicine.

Dr. Small, MD is board certified in addiction psychiatry, general psychiatry and family medicine. He is one of a handful of doctors in the US who have the experience and training to treat full spectrum medical and psychiatric illness. Dr. Small has become a leader in delivering evidenced based addiction practices, medical and psychiatric care to patients suffering with addiction. Dr. Small was previously employed by the Veterans Administration in La Jolla as an addiction psychiatrist and at the University of California San Diego. He is a graduate of the University of Hawaii John A Burns School of Medicine and completed a residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine at UCSD. As our Medical Director, he ensures that our clients receive the best medical care possible addressing each person’s unique needs. He does this to bring about the best outcomes possible.

Rodrigo Richen, LMFT | Clinical Director

Rodrigo Richen, LMFT has over 15 years of experience as a therapist. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2008. As the leader of our Clinical team, he brings his compassion and innovation to ensure that our Clients receive the best care possible. This is done through evidence-based treatment that is customized to each person’s unique needs. He is skilled in individual, couples and family therapy. Rodrigo utilizes person centered, psychodynamic, solution focused, emotionally focused therapy (EFT), structural family therapy and motivational interviewing to treat addiction. He has extensive knowledge and experience in providing trauma informed therapy for clients with PTSD. Rodrigo is a gifted jazz musician and a passionate soccer player. His greatest joy comes from being a father and a devoted family man.

Tami Tucker, PhD | Executive Therapist and Clinical Strategy

Tami L Tucker, Ph.D. is an Industrial Psychologist. Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Management Consultant. She has been a licensed psychologist for over 25 years and began her research in the area of Industrial psychology prior to that. She consults to large Fortune 100 companies and small organizations as an Executive Coach and Management Consultant specializing in the pre-hiring assessment. She brings her dedication to performance optimization and assessment to the field of recovery in an effort to expand the approach and tools used to treat addiction. Dr. Tucker has developed a program that is specialized for each client through psychological assessment not only to determine underlying co-occurring disorders but to also assess cognitive and personality variables as we seek to optimize knowledge and skills within our clients as they fight addiction.

John Biroc, Ph.D.

Dr. Biroc has been a college professor, Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor for recovery centers in Southern California. He has also been a consultant for the film industry and a motivational speaker for major corporations. When he initially started to run groups in addiction treatment centers, he noted that some key, engaging components were missing from the group requirements and he began to add some of his training and studies to enhance the empowerment and experience of the clients with a focus on improved outcomes.

He holds two master’s degrees (theatre and psychology) and a doctorate from USC in Psychology. Dr. Biroc blends the concepts of intellect and creativity in his approach to recovery and has taught at UCLA, California State University, Northridge, and Antioch University. In addition, he has worked as a contract therapist for mental hospitals in California. With a background and passion for theatre, he also worked with rock bands, has been acknowledged in articles in the Los Angeles Times, Boulder Times, the London Sunday Express, Toronto Star, Baltimore Sun, and the Orlando Sentinel, and appearances on MTV and radio shows around the country. He is pleased to be with Dana Point Rehab Campus and is helping to innovate and advance addiction treatment practices.

Janie Montiel, AMFT | Therapist

Janie M. Montiel graduated with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Janie has spent over 3000 hours working with traumatized children, adolescents, adults, and families in a clinical setting. Janie has facilitated group therapy for the batterers’ intervention programs, child abuse treatment program, anger management, and outpatient substance abuse treatment. Janie is EMDR trained and experienced in utilizing this unique tool to aid the natural healing ability of the brain and body post-trauma. Janie is passionate about understanding the impact of early childhood adversity and the effect upon the developing brain and the implications for adult health and well-being.

What happens when you are traumatized and how can EMDR help?

Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it. However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed.” Such unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form rather than in a verbal “story” mode. This limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brain’s cortex where we use language to store memories. The limbic system’s traumatic memories can be continually triggered where you experience new events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can, therefore, become inhibited, EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.

Heather Deranja | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Heather is a registered dietitian nutritionist, author, cognitive behavioral specialist, personal trainer and founder of Nutrition Vixen. As part of our interdisciplinary treatment team, she utilizes a functional approach, helping our clients personalize their nutrition for optimal health by combining the science of nutrition with the psychology of eating to create lasting results. Through individualized nutrition assessments ,nutrition coaching and lab testing, individualized custom plans are created for each client. She shares her message with our clients in a way that is easy to consume and inspires sustainable action. She has a focus and specialization in gastrointestinal health, autoimmune diseases, and sports performance utilizing plant-based diet therapy, educating on benefits of gluten-free and dairy-free diet approaches. She uses her expertise in helping clients achieve the very best outcomes in their mental health and addiction treatment.

Real Stories From Real People

Recovery Stories
  • “I am proud of both myself and the friendly CRC staff for helping me get my wings back! Thank you, I will never forget how selfless and kind you all were in helping me throughout my journey!”

    Cale M.
  • “I was a difficult client but received the individual attention you promised. The Psychologist on staff was a great help to me. I received the care I was promised and have much hope for the future. I would recommend Dana Point Rehab Campus to anyone.”

    Nursing Professional
  • “Dana Point Rehab Campus helped me to find my purpose to live a happy and healthy life I have always dreamed of.”

    Jonathan H.
  • “The custom-tailored approach and the competent and caring staff made me both comfortable and productive.”

  • “I will pray for you to continue to have the zeal u will need, to keep saving people from despair and addiction”

    Mother of Alumni
  • “It’s given me a strong base and confidence in my current recovery, as well as more enjoyment of day-to-day life”

    Retired CEO
  • “This place helped me start to find the cause of my addiction and managed to sincerely save me from myself while providing me the training and skills needed to combat this in the future.”

  • “Coming to DPRC was one of the best decisions I have made in my life.”

    Mark H.

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