Meet the Exist Team

Meet the Exist Team

Program Founder + Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Courtney Tracy, LCSW, PsyD, CCTP, C-PD

Dr. Courtney Tracy is the Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Exist Centers. She is a USC-trained, licensed doctoral-level clinician with over 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Dr. Courtney developed Exist Centers because for a long time, she didn't want to exist (due her own personal substance use and mental struggles.) Now, she serves the team by ensuring every decision made in our programs is made with excellent clinical client care in mind.

Dr. Courtney is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Certified Personality Disorder Treatment Provider (C-PD). She holds a Masters in Social Work and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Courtney has a proven track record of success in founding and directing co-occurring (mental health + substance use) treatment centers, developing and implementing evidence-based and purpose-driven clinical programs, and advocating for mental health reform. 

Dr. Courtney is also an award-winning mental health public figure who has spoken at national conferences, been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times and the LA Times, and is respected by both her clinical field and the general population.

 A SoCal native (born, raised, and currently residing), Dr. Courtney prides herself on treating the communities she and her family live, work, and play in. Dr. Courtney has been with her husband for 18 years and they have two young children.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jerry Vaccaro, MD

Bio coming soon.

Clinical Director

Kayla Nozaki

Kayla Nozaki is our Clinical Director, starting her career as an intern therapist in 2013. Since then, she's held various positions in the behavioral health sector, including Therapist, Program Director, Clinical Director, Admissions Director, and Executive Director. Her work has covered substance abuse and mental health facilities, the CDCR prison system, and psychiatric facilities, demonstrating her broad expertise.

Kayla has a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, focusing on Trauma and Crisis, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her education and experience equip her well for her role at Exist, where she is a key player in our mission to prioritize human care and support. Kayla is known for her passion and dedication to this mission, making her an invaluable part of our team.

Her leadership is instrumental in guiding our efforts to provide compassionate and effective care, aligning with our core value of putting humans first.

Program Director

Robin Morrisette, CADC-II

Robin is a seasoned professional with over 14 years of invaluable experience in the treatment industry. Her compassion and upbeat personality shines through in her work, making her a trusted guide on the path to recovery. Robin's educational background as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and unwavering work ethic have paved the way for her remarkable journey from Support Staff to Case Manager and into leadership positions at various treatment centers in Orange County.

As Program Director, Robin finds her greatest fulfillment in leadership roles where she can guide and inspire her team and the clients we care for. Robin's true passion lies in helping others discover purpose and meaning in their lives through the journey of recovery. Her dedication to this mission is unwavering, making her a trusted advocate and mentor for those seeking a brighter future.

Robin cherishes the meaningful connections she builds with the clients and is passionate about guiding them in their journey of recovery.

Case Manager

Hazel Flores

Hazel works as a Case Manager at Exist Centers with a decade of experience in behavioral health. She's studying for a Bachelor's degree in Community Psychology and holds certifications as an Alcohol and Drug Technician, Medical Assistant, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Technician. Hazel's job is to help patients navigate their treatment by connecting them with necessary services like housing and employment, using her own experiences with anxiety and depression to provide empathetic support.

She's known for her problem-solving skills and ability to improve care and operations. Outside work, Hazel enjoys meditation and spending time with her family. Her goal is to keep growing professionally and personally, using her skills and understanding to help others in their journey towards mental wellness.

Operations Manager

Alan Massie

Alan has battled with addiction for over 20 years. In 2009, he made the decision to face his fears and enter drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Now, with 14 years of sobriety, he is able to focus on his passion and give back to those who still struggle. Alan has worked in the addiction treatment field for the past 13 years, He has held various positions in the field from Support Staff to Program Manager, and Health and Safety Officer.

Alan’s unique experience holding several different positions allows him to help facilitate a smooth program for all clients while in treatment. Alan’s ability to interact with the clients is unsurpassed. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He is able to connect with each and every client, meeting them where they are at in their recovery journey.

He leads by example, and he is looked up to and held in the highest of regard by the clients and staff alike.

Admissions Coordinator

Erica Smith

Erica brings over two decades of experience in healthcare, with a specialized focus on behavioral health and substance abuse since 2018. With a profound understanding of the challenges individuals and families face in the realm of addiction and mental health, Erica is uniquely positioned to provide compassionate and effective support.

Having personally navigated the journey of recovery and experiencing the loss of a loved one to addiction, Erica possesses a deep insight into the needs of both clients and their families. The firsthand experience informs Erica’s approach, allowing her to offer tailored guidance and support to individuals seeking recovery and their loved ones.

Throughout Erica’s career, she has demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of others by leveraging her expertise in healthcare and behavioral health. Her dedication to providing holistic care and navigating the complexities of addiction and mental health challenges has earned her the trust and respect of both clients and colleagues alike.

As a seasoned professional in the field, Erica continues to advocate for accessible and comprehensive behavioral health services, striving to create a supportive environment where individuals can thrive on their journey to wellness.

To learn more about Exist Centers Outpatient Treatment Programs, call us at (949) 342-6011 or email us at [email protected].

To learn more about Exist Centers Outpatient Treatment Programs, call us at (949) 342-6011 or email us at [email protected].