Kat Sorensen

B.A.

CEO

A Colorado native, Kat grew up in a suburbs of Denver and earned her degree in business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In 2015, Kat left a successful career in enterprise software sales and moved to Southern California where she decided to follow her heart to work with others in the world of addiction treatment. Although she’s always been passionate about working with other people, it wasn’t until she overcame her own battles with substance abuse that she found her calling to work with others suffering from addiction.

Kat understands how hopeless and lonely life can be when in the grips of addiction.

Her goal is to help others see that life doesn’t end when we remove drugs and alcohol from our lives, but it ACTUALLY begins. Her primary purpose is to equip clients with the knowledge, life skills, spiritual tool kit, and emotional support to produce a meaningful character transformation.

When Kat is not working with those suffering from addiction, she enjoys cycling, weight lifting, hiking, traveling, going to the beach, going to sporting events, spending time with her family and dogs, and experiencing life to the fullest, one day at a time.

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”

― Tony Robbins

Alex Eonta

Director of Admissions

Bio Coming Soon

Venice Sanchez

Psychiatrist, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Sanchez  is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist, currently practicing in Newport Beach.  Her main goal is to help her patients work towards regaining control over their lives and over their struggles with mood and thought imbalances and addiction. She treats psychiatric disorders  but specializes in detox and rehab care, addiction, dual diagnoses, PTSD, telepsychiatry, and treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and post-partum/breastfeeding. It is important for Dr. Sanchez to educate her patients regarding their illnesses and to discuss all treatment options to create a cooperative and informed therapeutic environment.

Dr. Sanchez completed her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles, her Medical Degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and residency training at University of California, Irvine. She is board-certified and is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Matthew Beck

B.A, M.A., LMFT

Clinical Director

Matthew is a licensed marriage and family therapist who is passionate about building the lives of those suffering from addiction. His professional goal is give each and every client the tools necessary to maintain a successful and sober lifestyle post-treatment.

Matthew uses a variety of clinical modalities and prefers a person-centered, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused approach to therapy.

John Hunter

Program Administrator

John came to California in 2005 from Colorado Springs CO. Today, John has nearly 15 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 15 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.

John loves to work with people new to recovery and brings that love to Laguna Shores residents. John is excited to be part of the Laguna Shores team. The staff and his friends affectionately refer to him as “Pops.”

Paul Gregory

RADT, CADC-I

Case Manager

Paul strives to develop meaningful connections with individuals who struggle with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders to help them improve their lives and develop a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Paul is consistently inspired by the profound transformations he has witnessed while working in the addiction and co-occurring disorders field. He is honored to provide guidance in this process and always does his best to serve people with utmost integrity and compassion.

Paul has earned many credentials and awards, including:

  • RADT (CCAPP certified)
  • CADC-I (CCAPP training)
  • Saddleback College graduate in Drug & Alcohol Studies certification (4.0 GPA)
  • AOD Award – Eating Disorders

Lauren Gerena

B.A.

Case Manager, Breathworks

Lauren Gerena is a counselor and case manager for Laguna Shores Behavioral Health. Lauren studied counseling at the Training Institute for Addiction Counseling, graduated from her bachelors program at the University of Delaware, and completed graduate level work at Georgetown University.

Using creativity and healing modalities like breathwork, Lauren facilitates experiences for clients to help them reconnect to their feelings, body, and self-awareness.

Josh Hamburg

CADC-CS, ICCS

Certified Counselor, President

Josh has been working in recovery since 2013 and has a comprehensive understanding of the addiction treatment industry. His extensive knowledge and insight comes from experience in many positions including resident assistant, house manager, detox resident assistant, court liaison, intake assistant, operations supervisor, drug and alcohol counselor, case manager, director of business development, clinical supervisor, clinical director, and program director, as well as consulting for various facilities and programs. Josh currently leads the Board of Directors at Laguna Shores.

In his private life, Josh enjoys hanging out with his wife, Stacey, watching sports, and attending music festivals and concerts. Josh estimates he has seen between 1,500 and 2,000 live concerts!