Orange County Treatment Center Staff

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Orange County Treatment Center Staff

Clinical Staff

Dr. Omar Faruk

Group Medical Director

Dr. Larry SnyderDr. Omar Faruk is our newest Group Medical Director at Sovereign Health, joining our fine tradition of premier mental health care. Dr. Faruk is board certified for internal medicine and board eligible in addictionology. He graduated in 1995 from Dhaka Medical Medical College in Bangladesh with a bachelors of medicine and surgery as well as a doctorate (MBBS/MD). Dr. Faruk also did his internship there until 1996 and took on a residency from 2001 to 2005 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

Dr. Faruk is the former president and CEO of Experience Wellness Centers LLC, an addiction treatment center in Massachusetts. He also served as the chair of the medicine department of Mercy Medical Center in Massachusetts.

As our Group Medical Director, Dr. Faruk directs and operates all clinical and medical services at Sovereign Health Facilities. In this role he supervises medical staff and ensures the basic goals and objectives of health care facilities as required by federal and state laws. He participates in creating and maintaining future and current medical and financial goals of Sovereign Health Group. One of his most important duties is serving as an active member of the Board of Directors for our organization.

Larry Snyder, M.D.

Medical Director, Family Medicine and Addictionologist
Specializing in Dual Diagnosis, Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine and a Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Dr. Larry SnyderDr. Snyder received his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He is a clinical faculty member at the UCI Medical Center and a member of the American Academy of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice and the California Medical Association. Dr. Snyder worked for several years as medical consultant to Capistrano by the Sea Hospital in Dana Point, treating eating disorders, chemical dependency and dual diagnosis conditions. He has served as the Medical Director of Sovereign Health of California since its founding. With extensive experience in both addiction and eating disorders, Dr. Snyder has become an invaluable resource to hundreds of patients and their families suffering from addiction, bulimia, anorexia and overeating. He has a special interest in Mindfulness Meditation and its application to all of the above disorders.

Dr. Blanca Cervantes

M.D. Psychiatrist

Dr. Blanca Cervantes works with patients at Sovereign Health’s San Clemente, CA location. Dr. Cervantes attended UCLA for undergraduatestudies and attended medical school at the UC-San Diego School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the University of California, Irvine, and practices psychiatry in Long Beach, CA.

Albert Thompson

NAD Clinic Medical Liaison

Albert works with patients at our Nutrition-Assisted Detox Clinic in San Clemente, CA. Albert holds two bachelor degrees in nursing and history from California State University, Long Beach, and has 28 years of varied medical experience. His work history includes military services, emergency rooms, homeless outreach and other treatment facilities. Albert makes sure that each NAD patient at Sovereign has the safest, most comfortable experience possible.

Stephanie Uhlenhopp

NAD Clinic Medical Liaison

Stephanie is a licensed nurse who graduated from American Career College, and is part of Sovereign’s medical team at the Nutrition-Assisted Clinic in San Clemente, CA. Prior to Sovereign Health, Stephanie worked at Progressive Resources leading family support groups. Stephanie also has 5 years of experience working as a community advocate for adults with physical and mental disabilities.

Kayla Wolf

NAD Clinic Medical Liaison

Kalyla is an LVN and part of Sovereign Health’s medical team at the Nutrition-Assisted Clinic in San Clemente, CA. Prior to Sovereign Health, she worked as a phlebotomist in Arizona. While in nursing school, Kayla was a professional caregiver and found that she loved working with people and helping them heal.

Captain Larry Smith, CAS, ALPA EAP REP

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Specializing in Holistic Treatment

Larry SmithLarry Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1977 with a major in Business Management and a minor in Psychology. He is currently certified under CAARR – California Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Resources. He is also certified in EEG Neurotherapy. As an Airline Pilot Association Representative, he has over a 10 years experience working with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In that capacity he guides pilots with addiction problems through a rigorous recovery program and recertification process.
Larry’s extraordinary passion for recovery is indicated by his work as an author, lecturer, columnist and radio talk show host. His book, ‘Captain Larry Smith’s Daily Life Plan Journal’ has been endorsed by Dr. Joseph Pursch, MD and TV’s Dr. Drew Pinski, MD.
Larry is a retired Air Force Officer and Fighter Pilot. He has accumulated over 20,000 hours of flying time and is currently a 747-400 pilot for a major international airline. Larry attends the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego CA.

Admin Staff

Ben Kaneaiakala

Ben Kaneaiakala

III, MBA, M-RAS, CATC Title: Director of Special Projects

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Guy Bezzar

Patient Advocate

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Clay Niles

Director of Operations

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