Our Team

Your Pathway to Healing Begins with Team Blume

At Blume Behavioral Health, the cornerstone of our approach is the collective wisdom and compassion brought forth by our multidisciplinary team. Each member, a specialist in their field, contributes to creating a nurturing and empowering environment where clients can thrive. As you embark on this transformative journey, know that Team Blume stands with you, offering a seamless blend of professional expertise and heartfelt compassion. Together, we pave the way towards healing, fostering resilience, and empowering each individual to bloom into their best self. Let’s meet the devoted individuals who are the heart and soul of Blume Behavioral Health.

Basel Shadfan

Basel Shadfan

Chief Executive Officer

Basel Shadfan

Basel is a seasoned professional with over a decade of commitment to behavioral health. Graduating in 2018 with a Master's Degree in Psychology, he's dedicated to helping individuals, particularly youth, achieve healthy lives. As CEO of Blume Behavioral Health, Basel leads a team focused on providing comprehensive support for mental health challenges. His ethos revolves around community building and fostering environments that support individuals and families in need, aiming to inspire wellness and fulfillment in the community.
Alexander Hawes

Alexander Hawes

Chief Operating Officer

Alexander Hawes

With 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry and a degree in finance, is transitioning into the mental health field. Known for driving operational excellence and fostering innovation, he aims to leverage his expertise to address pressing societal challenges and promote positive outcomes in mental health. Passionate about making a meaningful impact, Alexander brings a unique blend of operational and financial acumen to this new endeavor, embodying a commitment to innovation, empathy, and excellence.
Dan Surico

Dan Surico

Chief Marketing Officer

Dan Surico

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Dan brings a unique perspective, having overcome his own behavioral health issues during adolescence. He remains dedicated to his recovery, actively working with a therapist and contributing to the field of behavioral health. Dan continues to strive for continued growth and enjoys giving back to the community. Dan received his Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, minoring in Communication and Marketing, from York College of Pennsylvania. During his time there, he discovered his passion for community relations, working with diverse populations, and building relationships with those around him.

Dr. Daniel Duel, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Daniel Duel, MD

Daniel Duel MD is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in General Adult Psychiatry with a focus on Addiction/Substance Use Disorders. As the Medical Director of an outpatient addiction clinic, he oversees a multidisciplinary team providing comprehensive care. He has extensive experience treating complex mood, psychosis, OCD, anxiety, and geriatric disorders. Dr. Duel is a UCLA graduate, trained in TMS and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In his leisure, he enjoys basketball, traveling, and family time, and is fluent in Farsi.
Dr. Howard Samuels

Dr. Howard Samuels

Clinical Director

Dr. Howard Samuels

With over 35 years of experience in addiction treatment and clinical psychology, offers personalized care to individuals and families struggling with substance use disorder and behavioral addictions. With a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, he emphasizes empowerment and provides clients with the tools for lasting recovery. Dr. Samuels' compassionate guidance inspires hope and transformation in those seeking to reclaim their wellbeing.
Brian Lutz

Brian Lutz

Program Director

Brian Lutz

Brian is a licensed marriage and family therapist with nearly a decade of experience working with diverse populations and age groups in various settings, including community mental health, treatment facilities, and private practice. He earned his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and specializes in working with adolescents and young adults. Brian's areas of expertise include addressing challenges related to chronic illness, substance abuse, family issues, and academic struggles.
Lorenzo Rocca

Lorenzo Rocca

Medical Technician Lead

Lorenzo Rocca

With over five years of experience in the medical field, Lorenzo Rocca is making a transition into the teen mental health arena as a Mental Health Tech Lead. Passionate about mental health advocacy, he aims to apply his extensive background in mental health to support adolescents facing mental health challenges. Outside of work, Lorenzo Rocca is an avid advocate for physical fitness, dedicating his free time to activities that promote health and wellness. His commitment to both physical and mental wellbeing underscores his holistic approach to supporting teens in their mental health journeys.
Taylor Yarmie

Taylor Yarmie

Business Development

Taylor Yarmie

Taylor Yarmie is a dynamic young professional with over five years of experience in business development. Currently pursuing a master's degree in psychology, she is driven by a passion for supporting adolescents' mental health. With a background in education in the arts, she brings a unique perspective to her work, aiming to integrate creative approaches into mental health interventions. As she advances in her studies, she looks forward to leveraging her diverse skill set to make a meaningful impact at a teen mental health facility.
Ramsey Shadfan

Ramsey Shadfan

Facility Manager

Ramsey Shadfan

Ramsey is a dedicated young professional with a passion for supporting teen mental wellbeing. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in psychology in hopes to get his therapy license and he brings both academic knowledge and practical experience to his role as a Facility Manager. With a background in the recovery industry and a love for the outdoors, he is committed to creating a nurturing environment where teens can thrive.