Orange County Treatment Center Staff

Introductions

Orange County Staff

You’re not alone.

At the outset, the journey through rehab can seem lonely. The tough work of repairing one’s self after years of abuse requires turning one’s self over to the care of others. Contacts with friends and family, people who have been familiar for years, are temporarily lost. The outside world, with its ambience and routines and noise, which fills in the gaps, goes away for a bit. This is not always a bad thing; many people who have never dealt with addiction often wish for quiet and isolation.

Sovereign Health is staffed and managed by experts from the fields of treatment, psychology, therapy and medicine. We have the tools and strategies you need to help you through this difficult time in your life, and we will be by your side as you face a new, more gratifying life beyond 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.

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Clinical Staff

Manish Sheth, M.D., Ph.D., DABPN

Program Director and Co-Founder of Achieve TMS

Dr.Sheth

Manish Sheth, M.D., Ph.D., DABPN, is the Program Director of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Sovereign Health of San Clemente. Dr. Sheth and Sovereign Health work together to offer alternative treatment, known as (TMS), for patients with treatment resistant depression and other conditions at the company’s headquarters. Dr. Sheth is certified, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (DABPN) and is a Certified Correctional Health Care Provider (CCHP). He is also certified in the fields of psychiatry and addiction medicine. He received his M.D. from the South Gujarat University in Surat, India and his Ph.D. from the University Of San Diego School Of Medicine in California. It was at the School of Medicine that he also completed his residency in adult psychiatry. Dr. Sheth is medical director of the TriCity Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, medical director at the Achieve TMS Center and medical director of Ketamine Therapy at Achieve Medical Center. His background as the former clinical director of genomics and his work with genetic technology, helps him to create individualized treatment for each patient. In addition to offering individualized treatment, Dr. Sheth provides cutting-edge care to his patients by combining neuromodulation, the noninvasive electromagnetic stimulation of specific brain areas, and neuropharmacology. Dr. Sheth embodies many of the core values of Sovereign Health, helping patients not only recover, but continue healthy and thriving lives following treatment.

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 Snyder

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 UC Irvine Medical Center and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the California Medical Association. Dr. Snyder worked for several years as a 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.

Tom Wilkinson

Associate Program Director

Tom Wilkinson

Tom has been in the addiction treatment field for over 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of chemical dependency and dual-diagnosis treatment. Tom has held Senior Leadership positions at some of the largest treatment centers in Orange County and has a well-deserved reputation for honesty, integrity and having a true essence of caring and compassion for each patient. Tom is also an accomplished lecturer and educator. He joined Sovereign Health in September 2015.

 

Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D

Chief Clinical Officer

Anthony J. Mele

Dr. Anthony Mele, a licensed psychologist, brings almost twenty-five years of clinical expertise and executive leadership on both the provider and payer sides of behavioral healthcare.

Dr. Mele’s wide range of clinical expertise includes: the assessment and treatment of co-occuring mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescents and adults, the use of telehealth to manage chronic medical conditions, and the development of non-pharmacologic interventions for individuals with cognitive impairment. Dr. Mele is a frequent speaker and trainer in these areas.

Dr. Mele’s extensive executive leadership experience in managed behavioral and physical healthcare includes serving as the founding Chief Clinical Officer of a national behavioral health managed care organization and as the national director of Wellness and Preventive Health for a health insurance managed care organization. In these positions, Dr. Mele assumed responsibility for ensuring that the Utilization Management and the Quality Improvement programs successfully met the healthplan’s financial and quality goals. Under Dr. Mele’s leadership, utilization management, contracting and network management, and quality management initiatives and programs were successfully created and implemented.

As the Regional Director of Preventive Health and Director of Disease Management for AmeriChoice, a United Health Group Company, Dr. Mele developed a Special Needs program and oversaw the creation of a comprehensive Disease Management program in asthma, congestive heart failure, diabetes, sickle cell, and HIV/AIDS. In this capacity, Dr. Mele obtained increases in HEDIS performance scores while achieving financial goals and earning state-based performance incentives.

Dr. Mele served as Chief Clinical Consultant to the AmeriChoice Management Services Organization and created the preventive health, utilization management, case management, and telehealth programs for this company.

A two-time grant recipient in the area of telehealth, Dr. Mele established the AmeriChoice telemedicine program in Pennsylvania and led its nationwide expansion for United Health Group. Dr. Mele created clincial pathways and quality metrics that integrated telemedicine into disease management programs and obtained on physician reimbursement for telemedicine services.

Dr. Mele established a behavioral health Company that grew into a network of outpatient geriatric behavioral health services and served as the Company’s founding Executive Director. As the Executive Director, Dr. Mele established financial, clinical, and quality goals and systems consistent with federal, state, and local regulatory standards and third-party payor requirement. From its inception in 2010, this Company now provides behavioral health services across the lifespan in over 40 locations.

Albert Thompson

NAD Clinic Medical Liaison

Albert works with patients at our nutrition-assisted detox clinic in San Clemente. Albert holds two bachelor’s 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.

Admin Staff

Jamie Deans

Senior Director of Strategic Development

Jamie Deans

Jamie Deans is the senior director of strategic development at Sovereign Health Group, based at the company’s headquarters in San Clemente. 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 Palms Beach, Florida. In 2006, Jamie accepted the position of Director of Communications at Talbott Recovery in Atlanta. 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.

Judy Sylvia

Senior Director of National Admissions Strategy, Corporate

Judy Sylvia

Judy Sylvia is the Senior Director of National Admissions Strategy for the Sovereign Health Group. Ms. Sylvia received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from San Jose State University in California. Ms. Sylvia has extensive experience with leadership positions in the field of behavioral health and recovery. One of her previous position includes being the Vice President of the Access Systems and Call Center at Elements Behavioral Health in Long Beach, California. She also has experience as Director of the National Resource Center of CRC Health Group and Director of Admissions for Camp Recovery Center. Ms. Sylvia excels in setting up new systems in companies to produce results, while also being adept at cross-functional leadership and performance management. She ensures that each caller will benefit from having a conversation with one of our representatives and through these customer-centric interactions, the company can serve patients in the best way possible.

Adrienne Stratton

Outreach Director

Adrienne Stratton

Adrienne Stratton is Sovereign Health of California’s outreach director, keeping organizations and advocacy groups informed about the wealth of services Sovereign provides nationwide. With over 25 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment, Adrienne uses her background in business development and outreach marketing to promote the Sovereign brand.

Adrienne holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University and an alcohol and drug studies certificate from Saddleback College. In addition to her duties at Sovereign, Adrienne maintains a private consulting firm.

Guy Bezzar

Patient Services Manager

Guy Bezzar’s passion in life is helping others to the path of recovery, the same path that he walks every day. He has held nearly every job in the recovery field over the past 10 years, working extensively as a sober coach and companion. In describing his position and how patient care advocacy works, Bezzar says, “It’s our job to keep the patient in treatment until they want to be in treatment.