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


    Kelly Lewallen

    CEO & Clinical Director

    LMFT #37832

    Gregg Homme


    Raylene Amador

    Clinical Director of Eating Disorder Program

    AMFT #120801

    James Gallegos

    Assistant Clinical Director of Mental Health Program

    Behavioral Technician

    Jane Gaunt

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #41412

    Donna Angel

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #124103

    Michael Tripet

    Affiliated Professional

    LMFT #91096

    Kasey Rissman

    Affiliated Professional

    LPCC #9950

    Madeline Stevens

    Affiliated Professional

    LPCC #1123

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

    Sara Kashlan



    Katharine Homet

    Associate Clinician

    AMFT # 128661

    Claudia Cabrera

    Associate Clinician

    AMFT #133133

    Adriana Gomez

    Associate Clinician


    Shantay Silva

    Lead Behavioral Technician

    Nicole Gallegos

    Behavioral Technician

    Brittany Ruiz

    Behavioral Technician

    Naylanie Vargas

    Behavioral Technician

    Jillian Ellison

    Behavioral Technician

    Erika Aldana

    Behavioral Technician

    Isabel Bojorquez-Lopez


    Wyatt Lewallen

    Director of Admissions & Business Development

    Linda Fish

    Facility Manager & Human Resources

    Patricia Rivera

    Insurance Manager


    Therapy Dog

    V.P. of Treat Acquisitions


    Therapy Dog

    Anxiety Specialist

    Gerardo (Tito) Benitez

    Billing Specialist

    Savanna Unzicker

    Insurance Coordinator

    Liza Ramil

    Admin Office Assistant

    Zenaida Salinero

    Admin Office Assistant

    Marina Martinez


Contact Us

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.