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A Safe Place To Start A New Journey.

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to equip our clients with the knowledge, life skills, spiritual tool kit and emotional support to produce a meaningful character transformation necessary for sustained long-term recovery. Together we work diligently with our clients to uncover, discover, and discard; to unearth the authentic self in each client, healing the underlying causes of addiction.
With a client-focused philosophy that acknowledges and embraces the unique strengths, experiences, and needs that each person brings to the treatment process, New Leaf Detox and Treatment is uniquely prepared to provide the life-changing care that will empower men and women to overcome their chemical dependence and mental health issues and make the other changes that will support their successful pursuit of happier and healthier futures, free from the constraints of addiction.
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We view sobriety and recovery as a process of change and transformation. Our name, New Leaf, is a metaphor for the change and transformation that begins for our clients when they commit to walking through our doors, and for our commitment to helping them turn over a new leaf, in all the ways we can.

Deeply sensitive to the challenges and the courage it takes for someone to walk through our doors.

We offer professional knowledge, understanding, respect, caring, and support, and commit to helping them through their journey to reclaim their lives through addiction treatment best practices and exemplars in evidence-based standards of care.

We see each person as an individual, with their own narrative and backstory, with unique and singular needs that need to be met with specialized, individualized treatment. We listen to your needs to help you begin your journey to full recovery. 

Our Vision

We wish for everyone who walks through our doors to receive the full array of tools, specific treatment, and vital resources they need to live their best life, free of pain and addiction. 

Our Detox & Rehab Facility in Orange County

Experienced Professionals Dedicated To Your Success

Our Staff

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Dr. Sanjai Thankachen - Medical Director

Dr. Sanjai Thankachen graduated from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medicine in 2000. He completed his residency in psychiatry in 2008 from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in New York, where fifty percent of his rotations were at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. After his residency he worked at Ventura County Medical Centers in an adult out-patient setting and now lives in Orange County, California. Dr. Thankachen is currently working with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists in an out-patient practice, as well as working at multiple in-patient psychiatric and medical units bringing his patients the most advanced health care treatment in psychiatry. Dr. Thankachen sees patients with an array of disorders, including depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, anxiety, and dementia-related problems. Dr. Thankachen is also involved in professional organizations and societies in good standing including the American Psychiatric Association, Indian Medical Association, and the Karnataka Medical Association.

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Dr. Tami Tucker - Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Tami Tucker has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Organizational Psychologist for over 20 years. She has been working with clients struggling with addiction in both inpatient and outpatient settings for the length of her career. She applies her unique skill set to not only treating those with co-occurring disorders, but as a consultant in helping organizations develop and improve programs. She mentors, trains, and supervises interns as they earn their clinical hours toward being licensed. Her approach to supervision and training is to ensure that these therapists thoroughly understand the standards of care in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders and that they provide state-of-the-art therapy techniques/approaches so that their clients have the best chance to not only recover from their addiction but optimize their lives.

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Josh Hamburg - Chief Executive Officer

Josh graduated from University of California, San Diego Extension in 2015 with a Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling. He graduated from Saddleback College in 2016 with an Associates of Arts in Psychology. He received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton in 2020. Josh is a Certified Addiction and Dependence Counselor – Clinical Supervisor and Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor (CADC-CS, ICCS).

Josh has been working in recovery since 2013 and has served in multiple capacities in drug and alcohol treatment —as 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. He provides consulting for various behavioral health organizations on Start-Up, Licensing and Accreditation, Staffing, and general Program Development. Josh serves as our Chief Executive Officer. 

In his private life, Josh enjoys spending quality time with his son, watching sports, playing poker, and attending music festivals and concerts — Josh estimates he has seen between 1500 and 2000 live concerts.

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Alex Hall - Chief Operating Officer

Alex is a passionate and driven leader in the behavioral healthcare field, with a history of clinical work and a litany of experience through every role that exists in the world of treatment work. Alex has honed his skills over 7 years by working as a house manager, operations manager, drug and alcohol counselor, Director of utilization review, Admissions director, Business development director, executive director, and eventually arriving at the position of Chief operating Officer through years of dedication and strong work ethics for New Leaf. Alex is an Internationally certified Drug and alcohol counselor 2 (ICADC-II) and has spent years honing his clinical skill set. Alex is proud to represent New leaf Detox and treatment and dedicates a large amount of energy to ensuring the Quality of care and company culture remains at the highest of standards. In his free time Alex spends the weekends traveling to ride downhill mountain bikes and ski and is currently in education to be certified as an open water Rescue Scuba Diver. He maintains his motivation for work through providing a good life for his partner and his blue nose Pitbull named Benny. 

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Ashley Gerken - Clinical Director

Ashley has worked in Behavioral Health treatment since 2013. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at Urbana University after obtaining a lacrosse and academic scholarship. She completed her Master’s in Forensic Psychology and has obtained full licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor. She is currently completing a doctorate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ashley has worked as a Primary Therapist since 2015, with a concentration on treatment of substance abuse, mental health, and trauma. She is trained in somatic trauma approaches, EMDR, and is always open and seeking additional training to best provide an individualized treatment for each client that she works with. She is passionate about working with those suffering with addiction as well as volunteering with veterans as well as LGBT+ community.

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Christine Hughes - Director of Administration

Christine has worked in the treatment industry since 2015.  She has worked as a Detox Technician, House Manager, Driver, Support Staff and Quality Compliance Officer before joining the New Leaf team in March of 2020.  Christine has a passion for helping others and is in the process of furthering her career as an Emergency Medical Technician which she received and is looking into opportunities for paramedic. She is well established in the Orange County recovery community, and in her free time enjoys riding horses, snowboarding, enjoying her three beautiful children, and going to the gym.

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Antonio Anderson - Primary Therapist

Antonio brings to New Leaf over twenty years of experience in the mental health field. His passion is to close the gap held by many between Faith and Psychology and He provides therapy, counseling, life coaching, public speaking and is a Pastor in Orange County. Antonio holds a BS in Psychology from Long Beach State University, where he was a scholar-athlete playing Rugby, a Master’s in General Psychology from Grand Canyon University, an earned Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Capella University, and a Master’s in Social Work from Walden University. Antonio is also a published author, a gallery artist, a foodie and travels the world with his family in the offseason.

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Taylor White - Behavioral Technician and Medical Liaison

Taylor has worked in the treatment industry since 2021. She worked as a Driver and Detox Technician before joining the New Leaf team in February of 2023. Taylor works as a Certified Medical Assistant with hopes of becoming a Registered Nurse. She is involved in the Orange County recovery community and in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends, family, husband, and dog.

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Rebecca Booth - Lead Counselor

Rebecca (Becky) Booth is a Substance Use Disorder Counselor at New Leaf Detox & Treatment Center. She is responsible for facilitating  educational/support groups as well as completing care plans for the clients. Becky received her BA degree in Art History from California State University, Northridge in 2012. She continued her education completing a degree in Alcohol and Drug Studies receiving her Substance Use Disorder Certification Counselor II-Clinical Supervisor (SUDCC II– CS) in 2018. Becky has over 5 years’ experience in the field of substance use disorders with previous jobs as a House Manager, Operations Manager, and Intern Supervisor. She is an independent consultant working as a Group Facilitator at several treatment centers, completes health risk assessments, and performs Compliance/Quality Improvement audits. Becky particularly enjoys pursuing excellence which meshes well with her Quality Improvement work and her desire to continue with her education. On a personal note, Becky received her private pilot license in 2015 and is currently pursuing her instrument rating. In addition, she is taking classes in nursing but also has great interest in public health and data management.

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Jonathan Poyer - Case Manager and Counselor

Jonathan Poyer, born and raised on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawai’i. I have been working in this field for over 5 years in various roles. Began my journey in the industry as a House Manager/BHT and shortly became a Program Supervisor, and then a Program Manager for a MH/SUD facility, in Orange County. Recently completed my internship and the Drug & Alcohol studies program at Saddleback College, and have been working as a CATC-I Case Manager ever since. Upon completion of that program, I have shifted my focus in school to nursing in the hopes of becoming a RN in the near future. 

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Lauren Carter - Behavioral Technician

Lauren Carter was born & raised in Yorba Linda, California. She enjoys painting and anime. She has worked in the mental health & substance abuse industry for 2 years. Her identified strengths are unwavering compassion, organization skills, and willingness to learn.

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Bryce Poirier - Program Manager

Bryce Poirier is the Program Manager at New Leaf Detox & Treatment. He is responsible for overseeing the overall day-to-day operations of the detox and residential program, assuring compliance with Federal, State, County and local laws and regulations as well as establishing safety and security policies. In addition, he provides management of the health services, case management services, and support services provided to clients and their families. Bryce works in close collaboration with the clinical staff to ensure each client receives the appropriate care and treatment consistent with the program’s requirements. Bryce is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has over 10 years’ experience in drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities with previous jobs as a Detox Technician & Operations Manager. Over the years, he has worked with numerous teams and a vast array of clients during the course of his career to ensure an effective continuum of care.

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Rashad Eddings - Client Care Supervisor and Alumni Coordinator

Rashad Eddings is an intriguing and ambitious young man who embarked on a transformative journey when he moved to Southern California in 2018. Faced with personal struggles and a desire to overcome his past, Rashad’s primary goal was to maintain sobriety and create a better life for himself. Through numerous obstacles and challenges, he found the strength and determination to achieve his sobriety milestone on January 2, 2019, marking a significant turning point in his life. With a renewed sense of purpose, Rashad redirected his focus from the streets to becoming a beacon of hope and support for the younger generation. He recognized the importance of being constantly available to those who still struggle with addiction and other challenges, aiming to provide guidance, understanding, and encouragement to help them overcome their own obstacles. Rashad’s passion for making a positive impact extends beyond his personal journey. Today, Rashad Eddings continues to inspire and motivate others through his unwavering commitment to sobriety and his relentless pursuit of personal growth. His story serves as a testament to the transformative power of determination, resilience, and the unwavering belief in the possibility of a better life. Rashad’s dedication to being constantly available to the new generation, combined with his love for beach days, the gym, and rugby, creates a unique and inspiring narrative that encourages others to find their own path to fulfillment and success.

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Tisha Rodriguez - (Graveyard) Lead Behavioral Health Technician

Tisha has been with New Leaf Detox since March of 2020. Her 12 years of experience in the treatment industry has made her a valuable member of the team focusing on management, administration, employee development and bilingual communication.  Tisha has a Bachelors in Psychology and Medical Technicians license and is CPR/First Aid certified.  At home she is a mother of 4 beautiful children and enjoys baking and cooking. She hopes to go back to school to become an LMFT.

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Tracey Wilson, LVN - Licensed Vocational Nurse & Medical Liaison

Tracey was born and raised in San Juan Capistrano has been working in the medical field since 2014. After obtaining her LVN license she decided to pursue a career in addiction and substance abuse disorders. Tracey has a working knowledge of 12 step programs and is passionate towards a life of sobriety and helping others.  Working in the field of Addiction and alcoholism truly is her passion and lives by the principles daily. Tracey is a graduate of Orange County Drug court program and still volunteers time giving back as much as she can. At New Leaf she is not only an on-site nurse, but also as a medical liaison, she’s constantly making sure clients get personalized care and also the long term care they need as well. The work doesn’t stop after 30 days. In Tracey’s free time she loves a good true crime podcast, riding her Peloton, and of course loving her fur baby Loki.

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