Our Story


Sierra Meadows Behavioral Health is a locally owned and operated organization. The vision for this company began from first hand experiences, witnessing the tragic effects of a community with unmet behavioral health needs. Sierra Meadows Behavioral Health was founded in April 2018 with the mission of addressing the mental health disparity in Fresno County. 

Dr. Matthew Tatum received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. Early in his career, he played a key role in helping develop two integrated behavioral health departments for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Fresno County. In 2015 he assumed the Executive Director role at First Steps Recovery. There he grew a single, six bed residential drug and alcohol treatment center into a six bed detoxification facility, 16 bed residential treatment center, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program, and 30 bed sober living program. Expanding services such as this is a passion and life’s work for Dr. Tatum. His goal for Sierra Meadows is to expand services to the entire Central Valley and be able to provide care for all those in need. 



Emily Gomez, LMFT is a graduate of California State University, Fresno. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology-Exercise Science in 2002 and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Counseling-Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. She is experienced in working with both adults and adolescents using eclectic, holistic, and evidence-based techniques. She has worked in a variety of settings, including psychiatric, private practice, residential substance abuse and Intensive Outpatient. She has a passion for group therapy, in particular, because she believes that one’s connection to others is the foundational healing element of most emotional/mental struggles. She works to maintain balance in her own life by spending lots of time outdoors, staying active, and looking for fun ways to spend time with the important people in her life.



Shaun Tucker has lived in Fresno throughout his entire life. With close ties to the communities of  

Fresno and Clovis, he has built a network of family and friends that he wants to serve. Shaun knows firsthand how important it is to meet the growing Mental Health needs of the Central Valley. He has worked with some of the best drug and alcohol treatment centers in the central valley and knows what it takes to find the right path back. He is married with 5 kids and is a very active and positive influence in the community.

Community Partnership

We are excited to announce the opening of our not for profit collaboration Sierra Meadows Foundation. The foundation has been established to provide financial assistance to those in need. Follow the link below to find out more about this program or to donate.