Welcome Kevin Sousa

Welcome Kevin Sousa

Welcome to Kevin’s Clinical Corner. I feel honored and privileged to carry on the work and vision of Dr. Carly Rogers as the new Clinical Director of JMMF.

My hope is that in this section of the newsletter, you will find some exploration of common behaviors and challenges that can appear acutely in the populations that JMMF serves, but that we all experience in some way almost every day.

Whether it is anxiety, fear, worry, stress, guilt, shame, we will look at what the body does, how it holds these emotional states, and what the brain does when it experiences these feelings, in order to gain insight and understanding around our sense of self.

We will also take a look at some common interventions we can use to give ourselves some relief from these often challenging and painful thoughts and experiences. It is important to delve into why we have these feelings so we can work towards developing a different relationship with them, and to ask ourselves what these feelings and behaviors are telling us as they arise.

Thanks for checking into Kevin’s Clinical Corner. I’ll see you back here in April with some thoughts on anxiety and why it is so similar to the feeling of excitement.

Jessica Ripley is a certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist currently earning her MA in Psychology. She plans to utilize her skills and knowledge to start her own Group Surf Therapy for Substance Abuse Program called Waves of Recovery. At each of our Ocean Therapy sessions, Jessica is kind, considerate and dependable. She is dedicated to ensuring our athletes have a successful day in a supportive and healing environment. She unfailingly brings a smile to the ocean with her stoke for surfing and gives the most heartfelt hugs. Find Jessica at every Camp Pendleton session; she’s our ray of sunshine!

JMMF Past & Future

JMMF Past & Future

It’s an exciting time at the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation! From our humble beginnings as a community-based non-profit dedicated to honoring the life and spirit of Jimmy Miller, we’ve grown into an international leader in the alternative therapy world. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Dr. Carly Rogers and countless others, our Ocean Therapy Program is recognized around the world as the de facto protocol in surf therapy.

We started out in 2005 pioneering Ocean Therapy with children in the LA foster care system. Based on the amazing results, we extended our programming to help U.S. Marines in the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, which expanded to include veterans from all branches of the military, including women-only Veteran’s sessions. We now conduct close to 50 Ocean Therapy sessions annually touching thousands of lives in the process.

Based on our past success, our vision for the future is rather simple: We want to help as many people as possible experience the healing power of the ocean. To that extent, JMMF is embarking on a multi-phase expansion plan that includes:

  • New population groups including the addiction/recovery communities, mass public and terrorism victims (survivors)
  • Penetrating deeper into depression, anxiety and substance abuse programs with active duty military and veterans
  • Adding Southern California locations (northern LA County, Orange County, and San Diego), East Coast, the Pacific Rim and potentially other international beaches
  • Offering additional sports and activities in the alternative therapy realm

This expansion plan will require additional resources and leadership, and I’m grateful to accept the reins as the Chief Executive Officer of JMMF to lead us into the future. I’m even more excited about the amazing core team we have assembled to carry out our mission.

Nancy Miller


Kris Primacio


Kevin Sousa


Jodi Flicker


Gregor Sarkisian


Katie Shea


In addition to this amazing team, we have the JMMF Board of Directors, a dedicated group of individuals, some of whom have been with us since day one. We also plan to add new Board members. Additionally, we are creating an Advisory Board and a Healthcare Advisory Board to help further progress our vision to be a leading organization in alternative therapy.

We invite you to join us to contribute your time, talent and treasure as we heal others and ourselves, one wave at a time. Please contact me anytime to climb aboard on this exciting adventure!

Grateful for your past and future support,
Andy Dellenbach
E: andy@jimmymillerfoundation.org
M: 310-968-4259

13th Annual Surf Festival

13th Annual Surf Festival

Over 100 surfers, from groms to pros, participated in the 13th Annual Jimmy Miller Surf Fiesta on Sunday at 40th Street in Manhattan Beach. Scoring was based on averaging the best rides by each surfer on the five-member teams. The surf was small and fast, but an offshore wind created plenty of opportunities for fun rides. Sponsors included the LA Kings and Fresh Brothers Pizza, who provided lunch. The Jimmy Miller Foundation provides ocean therapy for the physically and mentally ill, including military veterans. The therapy includes surf lessons for wounded veterans from the Veteran’s Hospital in West Los Angeles and at Camp Pendleton.

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