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The Team 2018-05-14T17:18:11+00:00
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Dennis Farmer

Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Farmer was raised in Shafter, California, a small farming town in Central Valley. At 24, Dennis took an entry level position with the State of California, and promoted through the budgetary and accounting areas to become the Head of the Accounting Department for Kern Valley State Prison. Experiences during his tenure included activation of two prison facilities, managements of budgets and fiscal policy, coordination with legislative accounting and budget affairs, internal control development and implementation, financial security audits, executive level administration of accounting, finance and budget policy.

Through his late 20’s, his struggle with alcohol became more pronounced; and by his early 30’s, alcohol began to affect his personal and professional life. After divorcing his first wife of less than two years, whom he shares a son with, he married for the second time. After less than two years of marriage, Dennis divorced for the second time, from his wife who he had a daughter with. His addiction to alcohol was becoming even more significant in personal choices, though he had not yet come to accept that he had a problem. At this point, even his professional life began to suffer, so he checked into a facility for the first of three stays in rehab. It would be the third and final stay that finally “stuck” and when he began the real process of recovery. This recovery stay lasted 60 days. This was truly the first time he embraced the recovery process, the 12-steps and most importantly, his reinvestment in his faith. Upon arriving for treatment, he was down to 135lbs with pancreatitis and an enlarged liver. He knew was just steps away from losing his life.

It was during his time in treatment that the idea of Legacy Village was born: a vision for an accessible, affordable place where people received quality treatment, assistance and sober living. A full circle of recovery-related services that can support the individual, and foster a real community-feeling among the clients and alumni.

After leaving the state of California, Legacy become his primary professional pursuit. Over the past two years, Legacy Village has developed into the example of treatment and recovery services available today. Today, Mr. Farmer is remarried and with his wife, Erica they are proud to actively participate in life, including with his son, daughter and two step-daughters – a prospect unthinkable during the grips of addiction.

”It is with an unapologetic faith in God, and a daily adherence to the 12 steps, that I remain sober – just for today, and that I’m able to actively participate in Legacy and in Life. Through the services we offer, I’m able to give back, the solution that I found, to others who still suffer. We’re not just providing help or a way to get clean or sober – we’re giving people a change to recreate a Legacy, for them and their families.”

Dr. Vinod Sodha, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Vinod Sodha has been actively practicing Psychiatry in Ventura, Orange, Los Angeles and now Kern counties, and has been in practice since 1980.  Dr. Sodha trained at the University of Louisville.  His vast experience includes diverse settings: Outpatient Clinics and Residential Treatment Programs, and he specializes in the treatment of dual-diagnosis patients.

Today, Dr. Sodha has assembled an experienced team of Psych Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologist and Medical Doctors to form a TeleHealth organization, GPSPodCare.com.  This cost-effective, high-quality treatment system has given multiple facilities, including Legacy Village, access to years of experienced practitioners to the benefit of each client served.

As the Medical Director at Legacy Village, Dr. Sodha oversees the Mental Health and Medical needs of our clients, which diligence and dedication to their recovery.

Dr. Steven Huerta

DNP, PMHNP-BC

Dr. Huerta has more than 20 years of experience in the field of Psychiatry, including patient care and clinical research.  As a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), he is a board certified Psychiatric-mental Health Nurse Practitioner and has been involved in more than 30 clinical trials – both in the academic and private sector.  As part of his involvement, Dr. Huerta planned, designed, implemented and completed an analysis of trials related to pharmaceutical and device studies.

Dr. Huerta has worked in a multitude of clinical arenas, including Mental Health and Substance Abuse, both in Outpatient and Residential settings.  His goal is to provide the best possible patient care and to serve his community.

Dr. Eunice Bisong

DNP, AANPCP

Dr. Eunice Bisong is a Certified Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Master/ Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Phoenix and is National Certified by American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). Dr. Bisong continues to have an enthusiasm for learning and thus completed her Doctorate of Nursing practice (DNP) and Psychiatrist Mental Health Practitioner at Brandan University. Dr. Bisong also serves as an Assistant Professor at various Universities. She has a diverse background in helping people with chronic medical/terminal diagnosis, psychiatric disorders, and chemical dependency issues. Her heart and passion is not only in caring for others but assisting clients in transitioning to wellness. She worked with all populations of mental health and helped establish better quality care at the LAC/USC Psychiatric Emergency room. The joy of working in a private practice is being able to establish long term friendship with clients, aid clients in discovering individualized treatment plan that better suits their needs, and constantly looking for ways to promote mental health in the community.

Becoming an agent of change for the health of the under-served and striving to eliminate health disparities by providing access/ delivery of healthcare services has being a mission of mine. Integrating my clinical experiences and sharing knowledge to clients are an essential practice for changing the current health climate of the under-served. My goal is to utilize research and innovation to place emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and promotion of healthy.

Denny Moss

Clinical Director, LMFT

Denny Moss spent the past several decades within the realm of counseling psychology, where he served at various levels of responsibility at numerous social service agencies and in private practice.

He strongly believes in the powerful potential of the counseling experience, to not only make a positive change in the lives of his clients and patients, but in his own life as well.

Denny’s biggest and most important fulfilling lifework, however, has been within the Recovery Movement. Legacy Village’s vision aligns directly with his, in this regard and has afforded him a golden opportunity to continue this important work. Outside of helping individuals, Denny is a former surfer, a beachcomber, sailor and a professional musician.

Denise Farmer

Housing Director

Denise Farmer has more than 3 decades of providing care, transition and housing assistance to various groups in need, throughout the Kern County Community. From the supervision and oversight of local youth, to the technical and special needs of the local developmentally disabled, Denise has a broad knowledge of providing individual care in specialty markets.

After a long care in the non-profit sector, Denise joined Legacy Village. Her dedication to client success, her ability to help individuals clearly define and achieve goals, and her extensive property management resume all allow her to give Legacy Village an upper-hand in meeting the housing and aftercare needs of those in recovery.

Denise is a graduate of Shafter High School, in Shafter, California and a lifelong Kern County resident. She has been active in the community, from advocacy to fundraising for dozens of causes and concerns during her 30+ year career. Her dedication and desire to use these skills in the recovery industry has been driven by personal family experiences with individuals who struggle with addiction.

Daisy Graven

Clinical Supervisor, CADC – CAS

Daisy Graven spent her youth, from 16 to 32 in active addiction, struggling with abusive relationships and trouble by activity in gangs – she felt there was no way out.  Towards the end of her active addiction, as things do with this disease, her circumstances worsened.  The gang had replaced her family, and drugs were a way of life.  That all changed when she entered a life of recovery.

After completing treatment and beginning to put the pieces of her life back together, Daisy decided to further her education, and to give back.  She gained her GED, then went further to complete her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.  Wanting to be part of the recovery community in a larger capacity, Daisy obtained her Certified Addiction Specialist Certification from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and began work helping other addicts and alcoholics.

Daisy has worked with a number of different populations, and with people from all backgrounds.  Her dedication and perseverance in the field of addiction treatment is an asset to the clients she serves.  Daisy began her career with Legacy Village in 2017 and today serves as the Supervising Counselor for the Oregon Street Recovery Center.

Monquiz Wedlow

B.S. – National Client Relations & Sales Manager 

Mr. Wedlow is a graduate of Michigan State University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and Criminal Justice.  After chasing the dream of playing in the NFL, Mr. Wedlow used the skills he learned to excel as a Director of Business.  Originally from Saginaw, MI, his previous titles in the Behavioral and Mental Health fields include: Sales Executive, Corporate Director of Business Development and now, with Legacy Village, National Client Relations & Sales Manager.

During each of his previous positions, Mr. Wedlow continued to advance his knowledge and skills in the Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency field. Today, with more than a decade of hard-earned resources at his disposal, he works to foster a welcoming environment in which individuals struggling with addiction can recovery.  Mr. Wedlow takes a “hand-on” approach to working with families and individuals to ensure the highest quality experience for families and individuals during the most difficult moments of their struggle with addiction.

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