Meet Matt, the culinary maestro turned compassionate leader who serves as our Director of Operations. With a background steeped in the artistry of the culinary world, Matt brings a unique flavor to the realm of healing and recovery. Matt received his Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and began his career as a cook working his way to Executive Chef in Manhattan. Having honed skills in precision, discipline, and creativity in the demanding kitchens of New York City, Matt seamlessly transitioned into the realm of healthcare, driven by a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of those battling addiction. Matt recently received his CADC-I certification from the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, Matt plays a pivotal role in ensuring the organization operates at its highest standard with a focus on The Joint Commission and DHCS compliance. Matt’s journey in the recovery field began with a firm determination to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals struggling with addiction and mental health challenges. Matt believes that by maintaining a steadfast commitment to compliance, Pura Vida can create an environment where patients receive the highest level of care, trust is fostered, and positive outcomes become the norm.