The founders of New Moon Wellness met while working together in the public sector. As colleagues, Adriane and Natalie quickly formed a friendship and learned that they were kindred spirits who shared a similar vision. They both had a strong desire to become entrepreneurs with the freedom to create a company that embodied their commitment to high quality mental health and wellness services. They chose the name New Moon because of its symbolic meaning of setting new intentions, new beginnings and rebirth.
Natalie Madriz is a licensed clinical social worker born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and has over 15 years of experience in the field of social services and mental health. She has provided direct care to clients in various settings, including private practice, public clinics, schools, homeless shelters, probation camps, group homes, jail and court. She is currently employed by the Department of Mental Health and serves as a liaison and advocate in a Los Angeles Superior Court. Her role is to assess and refer mentally ill inmates for treatment diversion programs. Through her public service experience, she has gained practical knowledge and has a clear understanding of the complex needs of her clients. She is committed to advocating for those in need to receive high quality, client centered treatment and services.
Adriane Hughes is a Los Angeles based licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience in administration, training and direct client care in mental health. She earned her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Loma Linda, California. She has experience working with children, families and young adults and uses an eclectic approach to meet the unique needs of each client. Adriane currently works in the Los Angeles Superior Court system advocating for individuals to receive mental health treatment, in lieu of jail or prison. Throughout her career, she has found creative ways to integrate her favorite interests, entrepreneurial endeavors and clinical skills with social work. Adriane believes that change happens when people are given the guidance needed to draw on their individual strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.