Dr. Joshua Flatow

Dr. Joshua Flatow

Medical Director

Dr. Flatow is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. His experience includes crisis stabilization in the emergency setting, inpatient management, counseling, and substance abuse treatment.

Dr. Sara Jackson MA, PsyD

Dr. Sara Jackson MA, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jackson is a passionate and driven bilingual psychologist who has received her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology. Having completed her Doctoral Clinical Dissertation on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Dr. Jackson has extensive knowledge in the treatment of addiction and trauma. Always in the forefront of her profession, she continues her education with latest training’s available. Dr. Jackson utilizes cutting edge, evidence based treatments including, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Austin Gillespie

Austin Gillespie

Director of Admissions

Austin comes to First Responders First with several years of experience in the recovery industry. As Admissions Director, Austin will oversee the entire admissions process. From your initial contact with FRF, to coordinating and arranging your transportation to and from our facility and even assisting with insurance verification, Austin handles it all. He will work with your family and loved ones to insure the process of reaching out and receiving help is as easy and smooth as possible.

Stan Sorenson

Stan Sorenson

Lead Therapist

Born and raised in California, Stan Sorensen survived some turbulent childhood experiences including physical, emotional and sexual abuse; school trauma; and then the ravages of
active duty in the US Navy during the Viet Nam war. Upon discharge from the Navy, he found himself lost, alone and deeply depressed, living in a foreign country suffering with serious bouts of hopelessness and despair. Alcohol and isolation seemed to be his only relief from pain. Fortunately for Stan, he read a book on recovery that inspired him to seek sobriety and healing, which then led to a career as a mental health professional. For the past 50 years, Stan’s journey from despair has taken him through a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sophia University in Tokyo; a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and licensure as a MFT in California; 10 years of practice in an acute care hospital; 6 years overseeing residential treatment for children and adults; 10 years of work in psychosocial rehabilitation; and 9 years of creating and directing a healing center for adults recovering from childhood abuse and other life traumas with an emphasis on holistic treatment, integrating treatment of mental, substance, and physical disorders.

Tiffany Warren

Tiffany Warren

Director of Operations

With over 15 years of administrative experience, Tiffany comes from a family of First Responders. She has served as a “custody assistant” for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has two years experience in a substance abuse facility. Her certifications are numerous and include a RADT-I (registered alcohol drug technician), CPR and AED certified as well as training in first aid. Tiffany is also furthering her education and is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with an emphasis on drug and alcohol counseling.

Mark Hellsund

Mark Hellsund

In-house Chef

Mark’s intense passion for food and cooking is evident to anyone who steps into the kitchen at FRF. His creative and scrumptious dishes include everything from American Classics to the flavors of Cuba. When our chef is in the house, the aroma of baking cookies and homemade bread fill the air. Mark’s specialty dessert? Homemade cupcakes!