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BreakAway Health Corporation
JCAHO Accredited
State Certified
BREAKAWAY HEALTH TEAM
RICHARD PLASKETT
Executive Director, CEO, Owner

Richard started with BreakAway over 31 years ago, working his way through every level of its care system. In 1999 Richard bought BreakAway Health Corporation. There are few other stories of people in the behavioral health field that have displayed such dedication to help and guide children and their families to have a better quality of life. Richard’s personal ethics and devotion, to his work, is a testament to the thousands of families that BreakAway has served over the years. We are proud that our counselors and staff follow the same principles as Richard by helping our clients and their families bridge the gap of communication, heal wounds and find their own inner truths. BreakAway Health Corporation programs are designed with the whole family in mind. Where addiction is present in a family, it can and will destroy relationships. Our hope and wish is that we can help by giving you the guidance and direction to lovingly heal family wounds and broken relationships

"Be good to yourself."


CLINT W. JOHNSON, CADCA
Counselor / Life Coach

I have been in recovery since 1998. I came to BreakAway in 2008 as an intern after graduating with honors in Addiction Studies. I received my CAADAC certificate in 2009. At BreakAway I found my home. Working with people struggling with addiction has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever experienced. With love and compassion, I am known as the “great encourager.” It’s so amazing to me, to see the light turn on and a smile reappear on a person’s face. Here at BreakAway I spend a lot of time teaching an individual how to enjoy life on life’s terms.

“Catch a man a fish feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish feed him forever.” -Maimonides

BLAKE WEGNER
Community Liaison

I attended BreakAway when I was 17, and excelled due to the effort from the staff and myself. When I graduated from the program I had the dream of one day returning to do work as a counselor. BreakAway gave me a chance to become who I am today, and my goal is to give that chance to the clients here.

“Happiness is only real when shared.” –Chris McCandless


CHELSEA KUEHL
Therapist Intern

Chelsea has experience working in multiple treatment environments providing individual and group counseling to adults and adolescents. In particular she has worked in sober living, residential and outpatient settings with individuals with substance abuse issues, mental health, family conflict, codependency, communication, boundary issues, homelessness, adolescent challenges, and court mandates. Chelsea has experience running relapse prevention, life skills, anger management, boundaries, process, self-esteem, and feelings groups.

"Everything you want is on the other side of fear"
Jack Canfield


JACKSON BUCKELEW, CADC I
Peer Counselor

Jackson started his recovery journey as a client at Breakaway Health Corporation. Everything that he learned at Breakaway saved his life and prevented him from being swallowed up by his own addiction and has been working with Breakaway since March 2014. Jackson is a certified drug and alcohol counselor who also has experience with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and has a wide understanding of the effects of codependency. As primary case manager for the adult program, Jackson brings a powerful sense of empathy and compassion for those with addictions as well as mental health issues. Jackson also brings his love for fitness to the clients and helps them to experience the benefits of an exercise program. He also brings his passion for music and his knowledge of music theory to all clients who might be interested.

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
-C.S. Lewis


DR EUGENE DORSEY, MD
Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Dr Dorsey is a Senior BD Cert Psychiatrist, with extensive clinical and healthcare management experience, including general psychiatry, pharmacological research and substance abuse. He has served as Medical Director/Chief of Psychiatry at multiple hospitals and governmental agencies, including 12 years with BreakAway Health Corporation.


EMILY SVOBODA, MS
Adolescent Program Manager

The disease of addiction has profoundly affected my life. That being said, it has become my life’s passion to help those that suffer from this disease to live happy and successful lives. I love working with adolescents as I see them as our future and believe in their endless capabilities. I graduated from California State University, Fullerton with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2007 at that time I did my first internship at BreakAway. From there I went on to get my Masters of Science in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. I knew that I wanted to start my career at BreakAway because I believed in their program and knew they shared my passion. That was in 2011 and I continue to love every minute of my journey here.

Outside of work, I am all about my family spending time with my husband, beautiful baby girl and English bulldog. I love watching sports, especially hockey with my husband and Angels baseball.

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” –Maya Angelou


ANDY KELLEMS, CATC, CAMPT, CNLC
Adult Program Manager

I started working in the field of recovery over ten years ago when I began to work in an inpatient setting to help equip transitioning adults with sober living, anger management, and life skills. Seven years ago, when I transitioned into working in a nonprofit setting, I discovered a passion for working with people struggling with addiction and soon discovered an equally abiding love for working with families in recovery. After my first year, as part of the BreakAway family, I began to do case management work for both adolescents and adults. I have since taken on the role of Adult Program Coordinator. To this day my excitement in working with individuals has only grown with experience. In conjunction, so has my interest in anger management, family communication, and life skills. I am a Certified Anger Management Professional Trainer, a Certified National Life Coach, and a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor.

“I believe all things, recovery included, are richer with humor, warmth, and tremendous enthusiasm.”


CARLEE CASEY, BS
Peer Counselor / Life Coach

I have been working in the field of recovery as a counselor and case manager since 2014, however, my journey through recovery began in 2006 when I came to BreakAway myself at the age of 17 for treatment. Since that time it has been a passion of mine to work with others sharing the hope and healing that I had found for myself. I have been following my passion through school and currently hold a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I am also presently pursuing my Master's Degree in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. It is my dream to work as a marriage and family therapist with those who suffer at the hands of addiction. I am so blessed to have the honor to work in the field with such an incredible population while I continue my education.

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” –Albus Dumbledore


TIKKA BROWN , LVN
Licensed Vocational Nurse

My career began more than 20years ago as a Medical Assistant. My passion to help others, allowed me to advance my career and continue my education. I quickly worked my way from Medical Assistant, License Practical Nurse, and working toward completing school for a Registered Nurse/BSN. My philosophy has always been to learn as much as I can from every experience life has to offer. Being a student of life has afforded me the ability to always lend a helping hand to others who cannot help themselves, confident that something positive will be learned from these experiences.
BreakAway Health Corporation

3151 Airway Ave, Suite D-1

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone - (714) 957-8229

Fax - (714) 957-0244

Email - linda@breakawayhealth.com