Growth is a treatment program for adolescents located in southern California,
with an emphasis on a healing and learning experience for the whole family. As
a company their mission is to understand the pressures that children face in
today’s world and include their most vital support network – their family – in
healing the root causes of the issues they are struggling with. Their approach
helps the whole family understand how they can best support the success of
Dr. Joilyn (Joy) Lewis and John Lewis started Adolescent Growth and its sister organization GrowthExtended in 2005 and 2012 respectively. Both facilities help adolescents and adults with eating disorders, mental health and substance abuse challenges. They offer residential treatment, support workshops and weekend family workshops. AGI has had great success working with kids who are in need, and now they’re working on opening a new facility. Despite the fact that they’re growing and have been for years, Joy and John still couldn’t find funding from a traditional source. They came to Pacific Community Ventures for working capital, and we were excited to help.
operates locations in Commerce, CA (six bed adolescent eating disorder
facility) and Sherman Oaks, CA (six bed adolescent eating disorder facility). They
also offer eating disorder, mental health and substance abuse treatment to
teens 12 to 17 years old for men and women. AGI is adding a 3rd location in
Concord, CA due to the large number of Bay Area hospital referrals. GEI has two
locations: in Los Angeles, CA (six bed adolescent mental health/substance abuse
facility); and Lake Balboa, CA (six bed adult mental health/substance abuse facility).
Both GEI facilities also serve adolescents and adults, men and women,
specializing in providing mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Carlos Cuellar has worked as a veterinarian for 35 years. In that time, he’s owned both Veterinary Clinics of the Bay Area (in Concord) and Adobe Pet Hospital (in Mill Valley). After running the businesses for over a decade, he sold the practices last year to move on to new things. Even after closing his clinics, working with animals has always continued to be a passion. At the start of 2019, Carlos decided to purchase Dog Dynasty – a dog grooming, boarding, and training company in Pleasanton.