George Sarkis Degirmendjian is a sincere and humble individual. His previous passion was within the culinary arts paradigm. From this, he also merges healthy eating, mindfulness, and lifestyle onto his art as a chef. This is testimony to the nature of his approach, which is not only applying the sole source to sustain life but to do so in a way where we are developing in a positive direction as well. When it comes to client care, Mr. Degirmendijian attends with a warm heart and dedication to providing the space for growth. In his own words, “I want my clients to feel that they are safe and receiving genuine care. Whether they see me as a mentor, older brother, and/or caretaker, all that matters to me is if they regain a sense of trust and connection to a place they can call their healing home”. It is very common and easy to make claims within a person through words and descriptions, but Mr. Degirmendijian’s clear attendance to a passion that involves nurturing one’s life (through the art of healthy eating) is a component that is solid, and the choice of our passion speaks louder than words. Furthermore, his current dedication to recovering individual/family connections relieve him from many biases and speculations within the confines of business, personal bias (recovery “my way because it’s the best way,”) and many other unfortunate agendas from this field of practice. Lastly, he is a loving son, brother, family man, and has now dedicated his life to continue his brother’s legacy and to make his mother proud. This in itself, leaks onto the company as a whole and most importantly, crafts an overall energy that is naturally contagious to the clients.
Chief Executive Officer
Hai Nguyen, MFTI, is the Clinical Director of Avedis Treatment Center. Hai started at Avedis as a part-time therapist and quickly moved up to primary therapist. In that position, he had responsibility for the whole gamut of clinical work, providing therapy, documentation, family program presentation, mediation, and the day-to-day work of creating connection within the facility. He then moved to become the program and clinical director, where he continued to deliver his clinical approach while at the same time working in parallel with setting the tone for a collectively progressing program. This includes ideas for client outings, topics for group therapy, activities in which capture the recovery component through one’s natural experiential journey and planning multiple areas of the company’s function. Hai now continues to serve as the program/clinical director and in that capacity, he is responsible for all of the clinical functions of the facility, the programs continued functions/quality of treatment care, and his ultimate goal has no destination, but a promise to collectively learn new ways of applying quality care to clients through new techniques, technology, and therapeutic modalities.
While in grad school, he was an onsite therapist at a middle school, high school, and ran multiple group therapies with teens involved with substance abuse, decision making, and anger management. He currently resides in Torrance, Los Angeles, with his family, looking forward to a sunny day to hit the beaches of Southern California.
Hai is also an associate faculty member of psychology, sociology, philosophy, and critical thinking at Ashford University and ICDC College. In addition to online teaching, Hai has completed over 10000 hours in therapeutic practice with diverse populations, including individual, group, children, and adolescent populations, and is certified in chemical dependency and as a licensed marriage and family therapist. He also upheld a position at BetterHelp.com where he provided therapeutic services to individuals and couples through an online platform, which resulted in another form of a great learning journey.
Rafael Lopez has been a highly regarded clinician in the field of addiction for over 4 years and transitioned to become the human resources manager of Avedis Recovery. It is his deep desire to help save the lives of people who are suffering from substance use dependency. He began his journey as a clinician in the heart of South Central where he would work with both adults and adolescents. Rafael’s passion is to help clients and their families heal and rebuild their lives while assisting all staff members in career development.
Human Resources Manager
Paula Lopez graduated from Inglewood High school in 2002. Paula pursued her dream to enroll back into college where she graduated and received her AA degree from Drug addiction and mental health, she also has a degree in Nurse assistance and Dental Assistance but no career took place like becoming a counselor and helping others. Her goal was to help others in addiction and plant a seed to each in every addict, since she experiences addiction in her past, she wanted to give back to the community of addicts that suffers from Alcohol and drugs. Paula has a thriving interest in helping people reach their healing goals, not only does she enjoys watching others heal but enjoys her job description. She has one enjoyable 1 year working for Avedis recovery, where she wakes up daily, ready for work and not just another day of work. Paula was hired as a case manager for this lovely company where she wanted to expand her experience to the next level, she was working in the past a Tech position, sober Living manager, and Lead Teach. She has 5 years of experience working in a substance abuse atmosphere. In the beginning, she was scared and began to question herself was she good enough for her new position as a case manager. She began to humble and become more open-minded to suggestions where she allowed herself to grow and learn to take suggestions from others. Paula was offered a great opportunity to become a program manager at Avedis. When she accepted the position, she had no idea what she was getting herself into. Now I can say she enjoys the work and accepts feedback from others. She always reminds herself that in order to be a leader, you must sometimes allow yourself to be led by others.
Eugene Shobey has been married for three years. He has five sons and 6 grandkids. He enjoys swimming and spending time with his wife. He serves as a program manager at Advedis Detox and a drug counselor at Avedis Recovery.
Education: ICDC College, Lawndale, CA 03/2010 – 02/2011 Lawndale, CA 03/2010 – 02/2011. Alcohol and Drug Counseling Diploma – Training included but not limited to: Alcohol and Drug Counseling Diploma, Pastoral License – Tacoma Christian Center2010-ICDC College: Student of the Month, Outstanding Efforts & Perfect Attendance. Certificate HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention & Air – Blood-borne pathogens training –DASA approved course. Dedication to the Community and Help in Social, Education and Business Causes. Training included but not limited to: Psychoactive Drugs, Pharmacology & Case Management, Law & Ethics, Prevention, Education, Outreach & Referral, Individual Group & Family Counseling. Personal & Professional Growth. Disciplining young men and women, Excellent communication skill, and the ability to implement programs, the ability to facilitate in group settings. Tacoma Christian Center, Jail Ministry Supervisor
Vincent Dugan – My Recovery journey began in 2008, after many years of abuse, fast women & fast money. I was led to recovery by the barrel of a 357 handgun pointed at the back of my head after praying that my life would be spared & promising that I would make a change if my life was spared, only having some college education & a hard time finding employment due to bad choices in life which lead to two felonies only making it more difficult to find a career. Well, shortly after my life-changing event, I saw an ad for a trade school for drug & alcohol counselors. I thought, hmm after years of consuming drugs and alcohol and learning the negative effects. I figured OKAY let’s give this a try. I enrolled at ICDC college for drug counseling, started attending AA & NA meetings, and working the 12 steps.Now I am a certified drug and alcohol counselor and have been since 2011, as a cherry on top after graduation I began teaching at the same trade school I attended. I currently am still working in the field of addiction after earning my CCAPP certification. By helping guide others on their recovery journeys, I’m pleased to say that I have become a positive role model and an asset to our community.