Cynthia Rinker, LMFT (MFC 37,017), CSAT-C and Co-founder
My name is Cindy Rinker. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and co-founder of Blue Rock Institute. I started my career in psychology after graduating from the University of California, Davis. I then received my Master's degree from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. On a personal note, I am an age-group endurance triathlete and runner who loves to work in the yard and spend time with my pets, friends, and family.
I have spent the last 20 years working with various populations in the mental health field. I have worked in residential facilities for emotionally disturbed children and adults with severe mental health diagnoses. I also worked with battered women and their children. After completing my Master's degree, I worked for Alameda County's, Department of Children and Family Services for 13 years as a child welfare worker, supervisor, and program manager. Beginning in 2009, I returned to direct service, counseling primarily sexual offenders which naturally expanded to include people who were struggling with similar issues of sexual compulsivity but not involved in the criminal justice system.
After working in systems that only respond to crises, I became interested in preventing people from getting "involved in the system" using a positive and holistic approach. Blue Rock Institute was created with that goal in mind. My goal is to help others learn how to take control of their own lives and help them reach their full potential.
Charles A. Flinton, Ph.D. (PSY 16095) and Co-founder
I am a psychologist and co-founder of Blue Rock Institute. I began working in the field of mental health in 1984 in upstate New York. After completing my studies in psychology and philosophy at the State University of New York, I moved to California and obtained my doctorate in psychology in 1997 at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I strive to maintain balance in my life by remaining physically and psychologically active. I am actively involved in research related to human sexuality and treatment. In addition, I am an avid endurance motorcyclist, dog-owner, and family man.
Professionally, I have spent 25 years performing forensic evaluations regarding sexual crimes. In the recent years, I have noticed a rapidly growing number of men and women who have lost everything in their lives because they failed to make healthy choices in their lives when the warning signs were there. Many of these folks are good people, without prior criminal histories who have found themselves caught up in the legal system because they continued to push the limits of acceptable sexual behavior. My goal with Blue Rock Institute is to assist people develop healthy lifestyles and happy lives while at the same time prevent lifelong consequences associated with compulsive sexual behavior.
Douglas Tucker, M.D.
Dr. Tucker is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, where he serves on the faculty of the Program in Law and Psychiatry. In addition, he maintains a private practice in clinical and forensic psychiatry in Berkeley. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan, and his residency training in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Tucker completed fellowships in consultation-liaison and forensic psychiatry, and has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general, forensic, and addiction psychiatry, as well as by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. From 1990 to 1995 Dr. Tucker was Medical Director of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at the West Los Angeles Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, where he was involved in research and clinical care of veterans with both severe mental illness and substance abuse.
Dr. Tucker has extensive clinical and forensic experience with sexual offenders, and has evaluated numerous offenders for potential civil commitment as Sexually Violent Predators in California and Washington. He also works with defense attorneys on sex cases, and treats sexual offenders in his private practice with a focus on antiandrogen and other psychotropic medication treatment. He is a frequent consultant on civil and criminal legal matters involving a broad range of psychiatric issues, including offending and sexual boundary violations, substance abuse, impaired professionals, criminal responsibility, competence to stand trial, standard of care in psychiatric and addiction medicine malpractice, psychological damages and disability, employment issues, and corporate liability, among others.
Manuel Villacorte, MS RD CSSD
I, Manuel Villacorta, am a nationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian with more than 16 years of experience as a nutritionist, and a respected and trusted voice in the health and wellness industry. I am the founder of Eating Free, an international weight management and wellness program, and one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country. I am the author of two books, Eating Free: The Carb-Friendly Way to Lose Inches and Peruvian Power Foods: 18 Superfoods, 101 Recipes, and Anti-aging Secrets from the Amazon to the Andes.
I have served as a national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2010-2013), and currently act as a health blog contributor for The Huffington Post, an on-air contributor to the Univision television network, and a health and lifestyle contributor for Fox News Latino. I am the owner of San Francisco-based private practice, MV Nutrition and the recipient of five "Best Bay Area Nutritionist" awards from the San Francisco Chronicle, ABC7 and Citysearch.
While born and raised in Peru, I have made San Francisco my home. I earned my bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and my master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. I have been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for my research and contributions to the field of dietetics.
Paul Kinney, Kinney Multisport
Hi, my name is Paul Kinney. I am a USA Triathlon Certified Level 1 Coach, a USA Cycling Level 2 Coach, and Team in Training Certified Tier 2 Triathlon Coach. I have been training athletes since 2001. I have since expanded my offerings to include cyclists, runners, and walkers through the creation of Kinney Multisport in 2009.
I enjoy racing triathlons, ranging in distance from sprint to full Ironman races, off-road triathlons, duathlons, century rides and bicycle racing. I am a five time Ironman finisher with a 10:47 PR (personal record) at IM Canada 2011 and four time 5 pass Death Ride finisher. Other interests include auto racing, in which I began competing at various levels in 1990, travel, and anything outdoors.
My approach to coaching involves creating a program that maximizes an athlete's available time with focused heart rate and/or power based trainings to help an individual be efficient in their workouts. My second approach involves creating an individualized training program with continuous two-way communication between coach and athlete that allows for workouts to be highly customized.
Efficiency and measured progress help maintain motivation.