Tom Nemat, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Nemat is a co-founder and CEO of Beginnings Treatment Centers and the founder and principal attorney at the Law Firm of Tom Nemat. Tom brings his business and legal background to Beginnings along with an intense passion to eliminate the shame and stigma associated with addiction.
Prior to practicing law and pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams, Tom earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles with an emphasis in corporate law. Prior to law school, Tom graduated from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, Tom was involved in several consulting and entrepreneurial activities in conjunction with his business courses, including Technology Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning/Consulting.
Ehsan Gharadjedaghi, Psy.D.
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Ehsan Gharadjedaghi is a California-licensed clinical psychologist with specialites in couples and sex therapy, substance use addiction, complex trauma, and youth concerns. He is also the founder of multiple successful organizations including Norooz Clinic, a non-profit community mental health clinic; Therapy Impasse Exploration & Resolution Institute, a specialty training and research institute to help therapists improve their clinical skills; AlumniSuccess, a private practice startup organization for emerging pre-licensed and newly licensed psychotherapists, Couples & Sex Therapists of Orange County, a local Orange County, CA, based training institute for couple and sex therapy; TherapyCable.com, an online educational streaming media hub with the purpose of reducing obstacles to therapy and healing.
Dr. Gharadjedaghi is also on the part-time faculty of multiple OC-based private universities including Argosy University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Phoenix. Furthermore, Dr. Gharadjedaghi serves on the editorial board of Who Is Who, Inc. Health + Medicine magazine, and on the Board of Advisors at the MACP program at Argosy University, as well as a member of Orange County Mental Health Board.
Chief Communications Officer
Joe Milligan has been an active member of the recovery community for more than 20 years. A successful professional in the Healthcare and Hospital industries, he brings a new level of expertise and sophistication to Beginnings Treatment Centers as we create a new paradigm in the art and science of addiction treatment.
Tarek Greiss, M.D.
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Tarek Greiss is the COO of Beginnings Treatment Centers. He received a BA in Economics from the University of Washington then his Medical Doctorate from The George Washington University. After completing his residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology he went on to work in private practice for several years.
Dr. Greiss entered the world of addiction recovery through the front door, as a client. He is a recovered impaired professional who navigated the very difficult road to durable recovery through an intense trial and error period. Through an initial rocky course of recovery, Dr. Greiss identified the many shortcomings in traditional treatment and has worked with Beginnings Treatment Centers to develop a state of the art Impaired Professionals Program, designed to assist addicted professionals in maintaining or regaining their professional stature and attaining durable recovery.
Dr. Rafael Penunuri has over 20 years of extensive experience in detoxification and general family practice.
He has been a trusted doctor in the Southern California medical community since 1985, and is board certified with the American Board of Addiction Medicine and American Board of Family Practice since July 1985.
Dr. Penunuri is a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine.
Clinical Care Coordinator
Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and has over his professional career provided tens of thousands of hours of therapy and recovery coaching, particularly to those seeking recovery from addiction.
In addition to having served as founding clinical director of two nationally recognized residential drug and alcohol treatment centers, and now serving as consultant, trainer, and group facilitator to Beginnings Treatment Centers, he also has more than 35 years of experience in educating graduate-level clinicians. Formerly a professor of clinical psychology at Pepperdine University, he has also taught in graduate psychology programs at Loma Linda University, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Argosy University, and California State University, San Bernardino. For the past ten years, he has been Academic Effectiveness Coordinator for the School of Behavioral Sciences at California Southern University in Orange County, including helping lead the university toward full regional accreditation this past year.
Known to his clients and students as Dr. Bob, one area of career-long passion for him centers around holistic, or integrative, approaches to therapy and recovery coaching --- where the entire spectrum of human experience, from body to mind to soul and spirit, is drawn upon for its resources and nourishing contributions to healthful living. Related to this area of career interest and expertise, Dr. Bob has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of professional books, journals, and edited volumes.
A sought-after speaker, as well as prolific writer, Dr. Bob’s current research areas of interest focus on reducing shame and stigma in addiction and recovery by means of instructing clients and their families about addiction and the brain. His lifelong commitment to education also motivates his constantly working toward creating and sharing success strategies for online learning and recovery-directed aftercare, including providing openly accessible, internet-based resources for training in mindful awareness practices.
Along with his vocational pursuits, Dr. Bob has maintained an active, lifelong involvement in music, including performing locally as a jazz drummer and world music percussionist. Related to this artistic passion, Dr. Bob regularly applies his having studied popular and ethnic drumming for over fifty years by performing and lecturing widely, to both professional and general public audiences, on the connection between musical creativity, personal spiritual development, and emotional well-being.
Jennifer Lawson is the Lead Case Manager at Beginnings Treatment Center. She has a BA in Communications from Rutgers University and received her MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College.
Having had her own personal struggles with addiction, she was inspired to enter the field and help other individuals and families affected by alcohol and drug addiction. She has since become a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC-l) and has a tremendous passion for recovery and helping others.
Jenni attended Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana from 1998-2001 receiving her Bachelors in Liberal Arts. She received her Nursing Diploma in 2006 through Concorde College in San Diego, California. Jenni worked as a detox nurse at Mission Hospital, Laguna Beach from 2007-2011 then became the Nurse Assessor for the Chatham County Drug Court Program in Savannah, Georgia from 2012-2014. During that time, Jenni became a certified specialist in Rapid HIV Testing and Early Intervention Education.
She returned to the state of California in 2014 where she continued detox level nursing as a private contractor in addition to starting her own company C.U.R.E. that specializes in utilization review consulting services for small private facilities.
Zachary Willis, CAT-C, MFTi
Case Manager, Therapist
Amanda Kim, MFTi
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Marriage and Family Therapist
Soheila Norolouni received her MS in Marriage Family Therapy at Argosy University in the year 2015 and completed her trainee hours at Norooz Clinic foundation and Elite Care treatment center as a psychotherapist providing individual and group therapy
to a vast population.
Soheila has over three years of experience providing mental health services to the community as a psychotherapist intern. She is continuing her internship at Norooz Clinic Foundation, a non-profit community mental health clinic serving various populations in need of affordable mental health services and Beginning Treatment Center to serve those who seek sobriety and behavioral change to stay in recovery.
Director of Business Development
Pejman "Pej" Alaghamandan has worked in the field of addiction and mental health for nearly a decade. After finishing his Drug and Alcohol Studies in the Human Services Department at Saddleback College he embarked on a journey of working at Newport Academy, an adolescent facility treating for substance abuse disorder in Orange Park Acres as a recovery coach. He later went on to work on the front lines of treatment specifically in running detox in Morningside Recovery, Rocksolid, and Surehaven. Down the line he held various positions such as case manager, program manager, peer coordinator, and as an admissions counselor. For a period of time Pej moved to Los Angeles to open some high-end highly structured sober livings in Westwood and Bel Air named Pioneers In Recovery. He took on the roll of Program Director there and with a high sobriety success rate.
Pej later became a private life coach in Los Angeles working with some elite individuals in helping strengthen them gain and strengthen their recovery. In the last few years Pej also works alongside Earl Hightower as an interventionist and Director of Marketing at Hightower Associates. Pej takes his own personal recovery extremely seriously and makes it a point to influence anybody and everybody he interacts with that may be seeking to live a sober life.
Senior Admissions Coordinator
Patrick R Smith, LADAAC
Associate Program Director
Patrick R. Smith ICADC, LAADC, CAMF is an addiction professional that has a passion for recovery and helping others. He was inspired and encouraged by his mentors to work with individuals and families that have been affected by alcohol and drug addiction. He has been working in the field of addiction recovery for 17+ years and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals and is Certified in Adult and Adolescent Anger Management.
His Career in addiction treatment began in 2001 at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage CA. as an Addiction Specialist working on the inpatient campus and is the co-creator of the Young Adult Track specializing in work with 18-25-year-old Patients. He also excelled in working with addicted and Impaired professionals in the Professionals Relapse and Recovery Program while at Betty Ford Center. Patrick transitioned to Orange County in 20011 where accepted a position as the Program Director for Orange County Recovery Services. Patrick is a gifted lecturer, speaker, and counselor with a passion for recovery and he has been an active recovery member for over 24 years
Noah Medina is the Utilization Review Specialist at Beginnings Treatment Centers. As an Orange County native, she has a strong sense of community and a desire to help others which is what propelled her into becoming a member of the Beginnings Treatment Centers family.
Working alongside her peers, she can turn obstacles into opportunities to help others achieve their greatness.
Ana Galvan, RADT-1