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Meet Our Staff

Kat Sorensen

Kat Sorensen

B.A.

CEO

Alex Eonta

Alex Eonta

Director of Admissions

Venice Sanchez

Psychiatrist, MD

Medical Director

Matthew Beck

Matthew Beck

B.A., M.A., LMFT

Clinical Director

John Hunter

John

Hunter

Program Administrator

Bailey-Perry

Bailey Perry

RADT-I

Assistant Program Director

Heather Deranja

Heather Deranja

RDN/ RADT-I

Nutritionist

Tamzen Lorence

Tamzen Lorence

E-RYT 500/ RADT-I

Holistic Practitioner

Morgan Brizendine

Morgan Brizendine

CATC-I

MFT Trainee

Jonah Bautista

Jonah Bautista

LVN

Annette Thomas

Annette Cody

RADT-I / CATC Trainee

Case Manager

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

CATC-I

Case Manager

Jordan Ebach

Jordan Ebach

Lead Technician

Lucy

Lucy

Client Care Coordinator

Kat Sorensen

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

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

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

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.”

Bailey Perry

Bailey Perry

RADT-I

Assistant Program Director

Bio Coming Soon

Heather Deranja

Heather Deranja

RDN/ RADT-I

Nutritionist

Bio Coming Soon

Tamzen Lorence

Tamzen Lorence

E-RYT 500/ RADT-I

Holistic Practitioner

Bio Coming Soon

Morgan Brizendine

Morgan Brizendine

CATC-I

MFT Trainee

Bio Coming Soon

Jonah Bautista

Jonah Bautista

LVN

Bio Coming Soon

Annette Thomas

Annette Cody

RADT-I / CATC Trainee

Case Manager

Bio Coming Soon

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

CATC-I

Case Manager

Bio Coming Soon

Jordan Ebach

Jordan Ebach

Lead Technicia

Bio Coming Soon

Lucy

Lucy

Client Care Coordinator

Bio Coming Soon