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.
Sovereign Health of California offers a highly specialized team of qualified and licensed professionals with diverse clinical experience in behavioral health and addictions. The team consists of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, licensed therapists, a registered dietician and counselors. Our staff will create your unique program to improve your mental and physical health, helping you get back to life.
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.
Sovereign Health is excited to introduce its new Clinical Director for its flagship location in San Clemente; Dr. Lesley Davis. Dr. Davis has just begun as the Clinical Director in San Clemente and Sovereign is looking forward to a long and successful time with her. Dr. Davis has a very long history in the field of psychology. She has a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, an APA approved University. Dr. Davis completed an APA approved internship at the University of Idaho Counseling and Testing Center in 2007 and her post-doctoral hours at the Azusa Pacific University Counseling Center in 2008. Dr. Davis has also been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2006. She uses a variety of techniques, specializing in EMDR, Expressive Art Therapy Practitioner and Play Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Humanistic-Existential Therapy. Her treatment area specialties include working with abuse and trauma (including rape, molestation, sexual & physical abuse), eating disorders, spirituality issues, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and women’s issues. Dr. Davis joined Sovereign after working as the Training Coordinator with Vanguard University Counseling Center, supervising 14 master’s and doctoral level students. She also operates her own private practice, and was an adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sovereign Health Group hopes you will join in our excitement in welcoming Dr. Davis to lead our high quality clinical team in San Clemente.
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.