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.
Director of Clinical Excellence
Dr. Meghan Marcum is the Director of Clinical Excellence at Sovereign Health in San Clemente. Dr. Marcum will ensure the highest standard of clinical care across multiple Sovereign Health facilities as well as introduce and oversee psychological assessment as a standardized part of the clinical programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and a doctorate in psychology from Argosy University with a specialization in clinical psychology. She completed her post-doctoral training at Sovereign Health and advanced to the position of Associate Clinical Director. Dr. Marcum has also worked in the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. She has developed an interest in helping those with co-occurring disorders by examining substance abuse as it relates to neurological changes over the course of the illness.
Group Medical Director
Dr. Omar Faruk is the Group Medical Director at Sovereign Health Group, working out of Sovereign’s San Clemente facility. He is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in addiction medicine. Dr. Faruk earned his medical degree from Dhaka Medical College. He completed his residency in internal medicine from 2002 to 2005 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. He has since served as the chair of the Department of Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. Dr. Faruk is a certified Medical Review Officer (under 49 CFR part 40) and actively licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts, Florida and California.
As the Group Medical Director, Dr. Faruk directs clinical and medical services at all Sovereign Health facilities nationwide. He advises, reviews and maintains medical standards with the aim of assuring the highest quality of medical and clinical care are provided to Sovereign’s patients. One of his most important duties at Sovereign is serving as an active member of the Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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.
Katie Wingert is a Board Certified Neurofeedback Practitioner with Biofeedback Certification International Alliance and with Sovereign Health in San Clemente. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach with a focus on cognitive functioning, addiction, eating disorders, personality and neuropsychology. Since 2009, Katie has worked in residential and non-residential treatment for addiction, eating disorders and mental health as well as autism spectrum disorders and ADHD treatment. She has provided neurofeedback services for non-clinical purposes with athletes and peak performance as well as neurofeedback for executives for increased productivity in private practice settings. Katie enjoys speaking with others about the brain and its role in personal growth, helping others understand how the brain can be trained and changed with neurofeedback, mindfulness and meditation.
Senior Director of Strategic Development
Jamie Deans is the Senior Director of Strategic Development at Sovereign Health Group, based at the company’s headquarters in San Clemente, Calif. Jamie brings with him an extensive background in executive leadership, corporate communications, strategic planning and program development and implementation.
Jamie’s broad experience in broadcast journalism culminated in his position as an Emmy-winning editor and producer for network programs including ABC World News Tonight, 20/20 and Dateline NBC. In 1993, Jamie joined Morgan Stanley as Vice President of Global Multimedia Services where he developed editorial and video production services for the distribution of the firm’s institutional research materials. These services allowed for real-time distribution of this content across multiple platforms including the Internet and CATV to 46 offices in 23 countries.
A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamie decided in 2003 to devote his expertise to the addiction treatment field. Wanting to learn the field from the ground up, his first post was as a case manager at the Hanley Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. In 2006, Jamie accepted the position of Director of Communications at Talbott Recovery Campus in Atlanta and, in 2008, he joined Elements Behavioral Health. During his tenure with Elements, he founded and served as Executive Director of Professionals Treatment at Promises, additionally taking on responsibilities in corporate communications and business development.