At Sovereign Health, we offer specialized mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis disorder treatment tailor-made for the unique issues of each patient. Our comprehensive programs begin at admission, where our expert staff conduct a thorough assessment for any potential co-occurring conditions in order to create an accurate diagnosis so that each patient gets the right treatment.
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. 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.
Group Clinical Director
Patrick Aleknavicius, Psy.D. is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both California and Minnesota. He has been with Sovereign since December 2013. His personal areas of interest and passion include the use of psychological testing to aid in diagnosis and treatment, the use of time-limited evidence based therapy interventions, integrating the interventions targeting brain wellness and health with more traditional psychological interventions, and the interplay between psychological diagnosis and treatment and emerging technology. Dr. Aleknavicius’s focus at Sovereign is to provide big-picture clinical overview, direction, and guidance to the different clinic locations, ensuring an identity unique to each location while maintaining fidelity to The Sovereign Way of treatment.
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.
Brain Mapping Specialist
Leeanne Marquez is a pre-doctoral candidate in applied clinical psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Her clinical emphasis is in neuropsychology and Jungian therapy. Leanne holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She has 7 years of experience providing neurofeedback and biofeedback treatments for anxiety, depression, trauma, attention deficit disorders, addictions and TBI. Leeanne takes an integrative approach in combining neurotherapy with psychotherapy, increasing the chance of a successful recovery for the patient at Sovereign Health’s San Clemente, CA facility.
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.
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.
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.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Specializing in Holistic Treatment
Larry 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.