My career includes both health care management and clinical work as a behavioral health therapist. I began my professional career with a master’s program at UCLA combining public health and business administration. I went on to enjoy a health care administration career spanning 42 years and incorporating management jobs in health professional education; planning cancer research centers; county health services (as a planner, as a Skilled Nursing Facility Administrator, and ultimately as Local Mental Health Director); hospice services; voluntary health care associations; psychiatric inpatient, emergency room, outpatient, and consumer-run services; and wraparound programs for youth and families involved with probation, mental health, and child protective agencies. I have also served as the Regional Director of the Alzheimer's Association in the Coachella Valley of California and a therapist for students at the community college level.
Those years also saw me volunteering on boards of the American Lung Association, non-profit mental health organizations, the San Diego Hospice, National Alliance for Mental Illness chapters in San Diego and the Coachella Valley, the Mental Health Association, a UCLA Alumni Association regional chapter, the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – Desert Chapter, and All-Desert Wellness Centers.
Licensed in California and Wisconsin as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) (in California only), my clinical career has included inpatient units, psychiatric emergency rooms, outpatient behavioral health, private practices, homeless shelters, children’s grief groups, a full-service mental health center in the high desert of San Bernardino County, California, services to persons with Alzheimer's disease and their families, and adjunct faculty/clinical therapist at the College of the Desert.
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