Our Team

When it comes to matters of mental health treatment, the clinical staff is where the true difference lies

Whether its focus is on drug & alcohol addictions, mental health illnesses, dual-diagnosis disorders or anything of the like, the effectiveness of a treatment center is largely determined by the quality, experience and dedication of its staff. In that spirit, we can truly affirm that our clinical and support staff is among Southern California’s finest. As you browse through our staff bios below, you will notice we have also included certification numbers for all of our LMFT’s and AMFT’s. We do this because:

  • We have a steadfast commitment to integrity & transparency
  • We are proud and honored to have each & every one of them on staff with us
  • Considering the importance of selecting the right mental or behavioral health recovery option, we strive to further simplify the due diligence process for you should you choose to do so

Should any question arise regarding staff information on this page, or for any reason, please call us 7 days a week at: (760) 777-7720


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    Kelly Lewallen

    CEO & Clinical Director

    LMFT #37832

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    Gregg Homme


    Man sitting on a gray sofa in a well-lit room.

    James Gallegos

    Clinical Director of Mental Health Program

    AMFT #138738

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    Jane Gaunt

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #41412

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    Donna Angel

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #124103

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    Michael Tripet

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #91096

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    Kasey Rissman

    Affiliated Professional

    LPCC #9950

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    Madeline Stevens

    Affiliated Professional

    LPCC #1123

    Dietician at Deserrt Marriage and Family Counseling in Palm Springs, CA

    Sara Kashlan



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    Katharine Homet

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #142324

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    Claudia Cabrera

    Associate Clinician

    AMFT #133133

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    Adriana Gomez

    Associate Clinician


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    Brittany Ruiz

    Associate Clinician

    AMFT #136940

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    Naylanie Vargas

    Behavioral Technician

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    Isabel Bojorquez-Lopez


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    Wyatt Lewallen

    Associate Clinician & Director of Admissions & Business Development

    AMFT #129490

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    Linda Hale

    Facility Manager & Human Resources

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    Patricia Rivera

    Insurance Manager

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    Therapy Dog

    V.P. of Treat Acquisitions

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    Therapy Dog

    Anxiety Specialist

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    Gerardo (Tito) Benitez

    Billing Specialist

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    Liza Ramil

    Admin Office Assistant

    A woman with short hair wearing a sleeveless pink top and white pants sitting on a chair outdoors with a clear sky in the background.

    Zenaida Salinero

    Admin Office Assistant

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The team at Desert Marriage & Family Counseling would be happy to assist you in any difficulties that you might be experiencing as a couple or individual. Contact us today for an appointment.