The staff at ATS has more than 70 years of combined experience in the field of addiction treatment. When you make the decision to change your way of life, we can help guide you in this important transformation. The disease of addiction threatens every aspect of your life – family, friends, employment, education, health, and spiritual wellbeing – every single day. Our staff understands this and knows know how important this is.

ATS Founders, Jim and Josie Herndon

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Josie Herndon

Josie Ramirez-Herndon, Founder and CEO of Advanced Therapeutic Services and and Associates, has been working in the field of Healthcare, Behavioral Health and Addiction Services since 1987. Josie serves on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition and Women’s CEO Global Alliance. Josie is co-founder of the Admissions and Marketing Symposium and Founder of the C-Suite Symposium. Villareal and Associates, Inc is a national marketing and events agency established in 2000.

Josie found her true purpose through spiritual practice and mastering her intuition with the Archangel Gabriel and his direct guidance. Along with owning the treatment center, and consulting firm, Josie has ventured into her very own Satori Center for Well-being. Focusing on wellness and spiritual alignment is the natural expansion of her personal and career path. Making a positive difference in the field of Addiction and Behavioral Health by integrating leadership and spirituality through advocacy, mentorship, media database and events is her goal.

Jim Herndon, PA-C

Jim graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine Physician Assistant program in 2002. Currently, Jim is the Founder of Advanced Therapeutic Services, an Intensive Outpatient Program, in Rancho Mirage, California. He currently provides medical services at three local substance abuse treatment centers, Michael’s House, Bella Monte, and Sovereign Health as a Medical Consultant. Jim started working in the field of addiction medicine at The Betty Ford Center in 2002. In 2008, Jim became Medical Director of ABC Recovery. His work there includes assisting the admissions and medical staff at ABC Recovery Center to ensure quality care for the clients.

He was published in 2005 in the ASAM Journal of Addictive Diseases, having co-authored an abstract recognizing that Buprenorphine detoxification increases patient retention in treatment. This protocol has since become a nationally recognized model for opiate detoxification.

Jim has been in recovery for the last 23 years. He has continued his work with alcoholics and addicts, accessing and treating their medical needs. He is presently opening a medical office in Rancho Mirage to offer addiction and family medicine to the local community. Our team at ATS-IOP believes that people with addiction can get well and can move forward in their lives.