Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer for Opus Health but before ever entering this industry, Ryan worked as a structural building inspector for an engineering firm. After getting sober Ryan knew that helping others the way he was helped was his true passion. He made the decision to go back to school to pursue a life of service to others. After getting his certification as a licensed drug and alcohol counsellor he took a job as a case manager at the facility where he got sober.
Ryan knew that he wanted to do more and make a true and lasting impact, so he quickly rose in the ladder at that facility. From clinical to operations and then to an executive position Ryan exceeded everyone expectations by leaps and bounds all while keeping the main goal of helping others in the forefront of his mind and actions. After 8 years of gaining knowledge and experience while remaining teachable, Ryan knew that the next natural evolution would be to open a facility of his own.
With Opus Health IMS detox and residential for men, Ryan’s vision came to life. An intimate setting for the personalized care of individuals struggling which substance abuse disorder. Ryan is now a husband, father and example that recovery is truly possible. It is Ryan’s main goal to inspire others to want to help people create a life they can be proud and with Opus Health that goal has become a reality.
Blake is the Chief Operations Officer at Opus Health. He grew up in Northern California and has lived in Orange County for several years, where he helps people get sober through quality addiction treatment programs.
He is passionate about working with recovering addicts as well as their families & loved ones in order to give hope to any difficult situation. He oversees the hard-working Opus staff with kindness and generosity while making sure everyone does their absolute best at providing professional care to each patient who steps into the Opus facilities.
Kim has been working in the addiction field since 2005 in clinical and administrative capacities. She served as Program Director at a prominent substance abuse facility for 5 years, then for a large prestigious Behavioral Health organization for 4 years where she served as Regional Director. She completed her undergraduate then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California Baptist University. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor with CCAPP.
Kim likes to emphasize a person-centered and strengths-based approach to her therapeutic modalities. Kim’s personal experiences and strong passion has helped many individuals and families overcome the various obstacles of addiction. Kim’s other passions include spending time with her family and traveling the world.
With over 20 years of experience working in healthcare, Christina serves as Opus Health’s Lead Charge Nurse. Christina has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including Men’s/Women’s Health, Geriatrics, Family Practice, Urgent Care, Administration, and Substance Abuse Treatment.
Her genuine passion for rehabilitation and serving as a patient advocate makes her an invaluable asset to our team. At Opus, she skillfully bridges her clinical bedside nursing skills with her administrative experience to oversee & deliver safe, quality, patient-centered care to our clients.
Christina is known among her peers & patients for her insurmountable compassion, ability to develop strong rapport, sense of humor, and non-judgmental attitude. Her professionalism, leadership, critical thinking skills and desire to meet & exceed the needs of her clients enriches the care delivered here at Opus Health.
Albert brings to Opus extensive knowledge in the field of mental health and substance abuse as he has worked in helping those to recover from addiction since 2005. His versatility in specializations spans across clinical and operational aspects of treatment with experience in program development coupled with quality client care placing importance on a therapeutic culture that enables recovery to thrive in a treatment setting.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and is CADC-III certified through California Consortium of Addiction Program and Professionals. In his free time, Albert values traveling and spending quality time with his family.
Laura comes to Opus Health with a diverse background including several years of experience as a marketing director and 4 years of experience in business development. She has an educational background in Business Administration. She’s passionate about working together with partner facilities to develop strong relationships with addiction treatment professionals locally and nationwide.
Laura is a rational thinker with an analytical business sense. She is a compassionate team player that believes in the hope of recovery, and her goal is to help those seeking recovery find a better way of life. Laura’s magnetic personality, drive, and experience working with partner facilities in the industry will ensure that Opus Health provides patients with the best care possible based on individual needs.
Taylor struggled with severe substance abuse for almost 12 years. He believes he was placed on this earth to spread love and compassion to as many people as possible while working to be an example of hope and strength to those who still struggle with addiction. He entered this field and knew right away that this is where he could make the most impact.
He has risen the ladder from tech positions to admission coordinator and now Director of Admissions. Taylor uses his experience of addiction and now recovery to connect with others and show them that they too can not only overcome but they can in fact thrive. He continues to grow his mind, body and soul while constantly looking for new ways to truly make a difference. His years of experience and innate ability to use his story as a tool to help others is what this industry needs.
Vanessa is strongly motived by her willingness to learn and help others. She has over 9 years of experience and has worked in a vast array of positions in that time. She has a superb skill in identifying the medical and social and emotional needs of her patients. Vanessa also has a comprehensive knowledge of all types of drugs and tapers.
She understands what it takes to truly assist in helping people make a lasting change in their lives from both a medical and personal point of view. Her attention to detail and genuine care for each patient is what makes her a true asset to any team.
Tasha Florentz is an LVN here at Opus Health. She was a swim coach/instructor for 20 years before she decided to go back to school and get her nursing degree. She graduated in 2012 from Stanbridge University. She was awarded Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian of her graduating class. She has been a nurse in this field for over 3 years and was has been with Opus Health for 2 years. Outside of Opus, she is an avid hockey fan and a mother to two furbabies.
Melissa has over more than 11 years of experience working in health care. From case management to diabetic care she has worked in all aspect of this industry. Her ability to see each patient as an individual and overwhelming compassion makes her an essential part of our nursing staff. Melissa has also worked in the mental health field for more than 7 years and brings the type of understanding for a dual diagnosis patient that is truly needed in the industry. That coupled with her innate sense to create lasting change in the patients are key parts to why she is such valued team member.
Katie Swytak holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and received an Associate of Science degree in Medical Assisting from Santa Ana College. As a California Certified Medical Assistant with a Clinical specialty, she has experience working in Nephrology, Urgent Care and volunteering with underserved populations. Katie is committed to providing quality care and helping Opus clients on their journey towards recovery.
Shane brings over 11 years of varied medical experience to Opus Health. He served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for a decade and is a veteran of over 20 extended medical relief missions to the most remote and poor areas of Peru and Africa. He enjoys applying his vast experience in emergency and clinical paramedicine to addiction treatment. Having been through treatment himself, Shane prides himself on empathizing with his patients and encouraging their long-term wellbeing.
He is a licensed Paramedic (EMT-P) and holds many advanced certifications, as well as being a nationally certified CPR/Advanced Life Support instructor. Shane is passionate about medicine, people and giving back. He has a personal interest in the recovery process and is proud to be working in treatment with Opus. When he is not at work you can usually find him teaching a CPR class or practicing medicine in a developing country.
Erik has been working as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 11 years. He has specialized in helping children, families, and individuals recovering from substance abuse. He began as an MFT intern at Childnet Behavioral Health Services in Long Beach, CA where he then worked for 6 years. From there he began his private practice where he worked with all ages overcome their emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges. He has experience in treating depression, ADD/ADHD, impulse control disorders, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiance, sexual and physical abuse, and addiction.
In March 2013, he became a clinical supervisor at Sober Living By the Sea in Newport Beach where he provided individual, family, and group therapy for many of the clients and employees. At Opus, he is a great help to patients and staff alike in their ongoing journey of recovery.
Rachel received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon where she was a Research Assistant in the Social Cognition and Developmental Sociobiology labs. She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. In addition to being a therapist at Opus Health, Rachel is a social worker at Ocean View Psychiatric Health Facility in Long Beach, CA. Prior to Opus, Rachel worked as an addiction treatment counselor in LA helping AB-109 clients integrate back into their community. Additionally, she served as Facility Manager at Center for Discovery where she assisted with the launch of two adolescent mental health programs in San Diego County.
Rachel is currently gaining hours toward becoming a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. When Rachel is not working, she enjoys playing with her daughter and advocating for marginalized communities.
As an Addiction Counselor Bridget Hinds comes to Opus with over 45 years of personal experience dealing with both addiction and recovery. Bridget has a sobriety date of June 18th, 1999. She has made it her life’s mission to bring hope and encouragement to the addict/alcoholic that may feel hopeless. Bridget has worked in the field of addiction recovery since 2005 and truly loves what she does!
Anthony was born and raised in Long Beach, California. After years of struggling with addiction, he moved to Costa Mesa to get clean and sober. Having had a pleasant and life-changing experience in detox, he became passionate about working in the treatment field to help other addicts and alcoholics obtain the same experience he had.
Anthony has been working in the field for 2 years and has 3 years clean and sober. He helps with running groups, new client intakes, and oversees the adherence to JCAHO standards. In his free time, Anthony enjoys playing soccer, photography, fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.
Ryan battled addiction for 8 years. Since he turned his life around, he has found many different talents and passions. One of them is helping others. He has committed himself to aid and support others in finding the same strength. In the past 2 years, he has discovered the importance of health in the mind, body, and spirit.
He inspires to exercise these newfound beliefs by devoting himself through school to become a Physical Therapist in order to serve others in a diverse but united way. He enjoys his position because it allows him to connect with his community. It also allows him to stay inspired and driven with the remarkable growth, success rate, and potential in those around him. He cherishes being a part of the solution and the Opus Family.
Tomás Oyuela holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has always had a great passion for helping others. In fact, he devoted the last decade to it. He went from performing graduate research in Alzheimer’s disease to working as a Medical Assistant at an Urgent Care Center and a Basic EMT, before finally moving on to Medical School in 2014. Along with his strong scientific background, Tomás brings his diverse cultural background to Opus. As a first-generation Argentinian who grew up in San Francisco, he can help any of our non-native speakers in Spanish, French, or Italian.
Throughout the years, Tomás has fought his own battle with substance abuse and took a break from school to move to Costa Mesa and get sober. Today, he dedicates his time to helping individuals that struggle with mental health and substance abuse here at Opus as one of our Registered Drug & Alcohol Technicians and in the community as an AA sponsor and a Recovery Coach Professional.
Brian came to California from St.Louis, MO on October 12th, 2015, which is also his sobriety date. He entered detox a broken man. He had thoughts of hopelessness, worthlessness, and was completely defeated. He had struggled with drugs and alcohol for 18 years.
Brian surrendered to his old ways of life and did some tremendously difficult work on himself. Looking back, he truly believes that it was worth it. Today he is free from the grasp his disease had over him. His goal in life is to help others understand that together, we do recover. He is currently a certified RADT-1 and is enrolled in school to earn a CADAC 3 in hopes of becoming a case manager.
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