Melissa LegereCOO & Co-founder, LMFT
Melissa Legere, LMFT graduated cum laude from California State University, Fullerton with her master’s degree in Counseling. Melissa has 12 plus years of experience as a License Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) working in many different settings from hospital inpatient and outpatient programs, residential detox and treatment facilities, to utilization review departments. She has extensive experience in developing programs and is always challenging the status quo when it comes to treating individuals. She has specific training and experience in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Melissa excels at supervising intern therapists and ensures their development. Melissa founded and created the Program at California Behavioral Health which provides truly individual care based on each person’s own experience and desire. She is a co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Director for California Behavioral Health.
Paul Del VacchioCEO & Co-founder
Paul has over 30 years’ experience in finance, human resources, administration, and operations with the hospitality and healthcare industries. He has spent the past 12 years in the healthcare industry working with American Addiction Center, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Delphi Behavioral Health and now has founded California Behavioral Health. He has a track record for operational, financial and clinical success in the healthcare substance abuse treatment industry. He has founded CBH on the principles of a safe environment, dignified treatment and exhibiting the utmost respect toward everyone while provider the very best opportunity toward long term recovery.
Hedley GreenMarketing Director
Hedley joined CBH having previously worked in operations at two other treatment centers here in Southern California. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position having been the CEO at a medical device company and the EVP of business development at a full-service marketing agency exclusive to the mental, behavioral and substance abuse industry. He has an extensive background in banking, finance, administration and operations and hold degrees in Finance and consumer and business law earned during his time in the UK. As Marketing Director at CBH, Hedley handles the marketing and the HR administrative duties at the facility while maintaining a supportive presence among our residents.
Dulce received her Bachelor's in Health Sciences from California State University, Hayward. After 8 years of working in the Healthcare Management world, she recognized she wanted to work with people on a much deeper level. Dulce earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Touro University. Dulce brings a great deal of life experience to this work enabling her to connect with her clients on a variety of levels and in both an empathetic and meaningful way. She has experience working with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Dulce incorporates value-oriented techniques into treatment, encouraging clients to explore their unique qualities. She believes that therapy is not about diagnoses or "one method fits all," and understands the importance connection plays in the healing process. She strives to provide a safe place where you can explore your deepest concerns, work through your challenges, and come out on the other side feeling empowered.
Kim utilizes a humanistic approach helping people find their own inner strength and motivation to realize their goals and maximize their well-being. She has experience working with children, adults, couples, and families and is passionate about helping individuals and families suffering from addiction. Kim is a systemic, relational therapist understanding that addiction is a family and social malady and strives to help those suffering from addiction to (re)build healthy relationships to feel connected to others instead of substances.
Adam retired from Military Service in 2013. Adam earned his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Redlands. Adam brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to his work and connects with his clients on multiple levels. He has experience working with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Adam understands humans are unique, and highlights this to empower his clients to explore, grow, and be healthier in their lives.
Amber AlvarezNursing Supervisor
Amber is a Licensed Vocational Nurse born and raised in Coachella Valley. She graduated from California Nurses Educational Institute in 2015. She has worked in the medical field for over 18 years with extensive experience in case management and mental health. Amber's strong sense of duty, dedication to serve, and willingness to provide care to all residents is what drives her toward medical excellence.
Chef ED came from humble Beginnings. The introduction to the flavors and aromas in his family kitchen and with the warmth and sustenance of home cooked meals. Has been all over Southern California cooking up great dishes, cooking for elementary kids to top Hollywood Names, and now calls the Coachella Valley home. Subtly combining respect for fresh produce with creative recipes, Chef ED can create a cuisine that is authentic, delicious and light, based on our earth's treasures. Hospitality and great food have been the key goal to chef ED’s success. Here at CBH he takes care of everyone special dietary needs or any food allergies with most care. Very loved by past and current clients.
Heather LyonsCare Manager
Heather joined California Behavioral Health as Care Manager when it first opened having worked in the healthcare field and specifically addiction for the last 4 years. During this time, she has developed a passion for supporting our residents and helping in the transition from treatment to outpatient and sober living. The journey began for Heather after completing a medical assistant and family medicine at Loma Linda Hospital where she learned the value of working collaboratively within a team medical professionals and support staff. As Care Manager Heather is responsible for the CBH aftercare program, State compliance, admissions, and alumni follow up. In this role she works daily with the residents and supporting the Clinical team. Heather enjoys spending her free time with family!
Patrick Visgilio, Driver. Patrick was born in Vicenza, Italy. He grew up overseas in such places as Germany, Spain, and Japan. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the Far East exposing him to many different nationalities and cultures. He attended the University of Maryland in Munich, Germany and Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California where he earned an Associate’s Degree. Patrick was a small business owner for ten years prior to becoming a team member at California Behavior Health. He enjoys interacting with people and loves to see them meet their full potential.