M E S S A G E  F R O M  D R.  S H A R M A

Tonmoy Sharma, M.D. 
CEO, Sovereign Health Group


As we celebrate the holiday season and prepare for the New Year, I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for the contributions you have made to work we do at Sovereign Health. Each day, the teams at Sovereign Health work diligently with one primary objective in mind: to deliver the highest quality of individualized care possible to every one of our patients and their families.  We never take for granted that we would not have the opportunity to provide treatment to our patients without the help and cooperation of the healthcare professionals and other referral sources who trust Sovereign Health to treat their patients.  We understand that trust is something that is earned, not given. We honor the fact that to maintain your trust, we must consistently deliver high quality treatment services and continually strive improve the work we do across our entire organization.
2015 has been a year of strong growth for Sovereign Health. For the second year in a row we earned a spot in the Inc.5000, a list of the country's 5000 fastest growing companies.  Over the past three years Sovereign has compiled an impressive three-year growth rate of 365 percent.  In 2015 alone, we grew 596% and added close to 620 jobs nationwide. To maintain and expand our treatment service offerings and quality of care, we have added two new members to our Senior Management Team. Ashish Bhatt, M.D. joined Sovereign Health as our Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and in November, Anthony Mele, Psy.D. became our Chief Clinical Officer (CCO).  Both are making key contributions to our organization that will benefit the patients who come to Sovereign Health for treatment.  Each has contributed an article for this year-end newsletter.
On behalf of all the employees of Sovereign Health, we wish you a joyous, healthy and safe holiday season. In a time of global unrest, we hope that 2016 will bring all of us greater peace and some much needed serenity. We look forward to being of service to our patients, their families and the healthcare provides we work with. We are most grateful for your support.

Sincere Best Wishes,
Tonmoy Sharma
M E S S A G E  F R O M  D R.  B H A T T

Ashish Bhatt, M.D.


Dr. Ashish "Ash" Bhatt joined Sovereign Health in August of this year. Dr. Bhatt is responsible for continued development of Sovereign's clinical vision and for medical leadership and oversight of the company's medical services at both the corporate and individual facility level. Dr. Bhatt is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. Bhatt earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. We spoke with Dr. Bhatt at his office at Sovereign Health, Pompano Beach, Florida.

M E S S A G E  F R O M  D R.  M E L E

Anthony Mele, Psy.D. 
Chief Clinical Officer

On November 2nd Dr. Anthony Mele , a licensed psychologist with over 25 years in the behavioral health industry, joined Sovereign Health as Chief Clinical Officer.  Mele earned his doctor of psychology (Psy.D) degree from Widener University in Chester, PA. His clinical expertise includes the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders in adolescents and adults.  We asked Dr. Mele to tell us a little bit about how a kid from Philadelphia, who starts his professional life as school teach becomes the Chief Clinical Officer of a behavioral health company.

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New Injectable Schizophrenia Drug Improves Symptom Management 

Schizophrenia is a severe psychiatric illness that occurs in 1 out of 100 Americans. Often, individuals who live with schizophrenia have difficulties maintaining interpersonal relationships, careers and even independent living. 

'Tis the Season for Alcohol-Related Traffic Accidents

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season is well underway. The roads are packed with college students returning home to their parents, relatives visiting relatives and co-workers leaving holiday parties. The weather is rough, traffic is busier than ever. 

7 Ways to Prevent Loneliness During the Holidays 

The holidays are full of love, laughter, cheer, gifts, gingerbread cookies and Christmas trees, or at least according to many greeting card companies and the thousands of holiday commercials that start broadcasting the day after Halloween. 

B O O K  S P O T L I G H T

'Enjoy the Holidays' for What They are Meant to be

The holiday season along with its lights and celebrations, often brings some unwelcome guests, stress, fatigue and depression. It is of no surprise that the holidays present an accumulated amount of demands such as shopping, cooking, cleaning and entertaining among many others.

"Enjoy the Holidays: Turn Holiday Stress Into Holiday Cheer" was written by Rebecca CofiƱo to help readers recapture the magic of the holiday season. Unfortunately, recent years have seen the holidays turn into a season of stress that robs people's credit cards, time, consumes patience and drains energy. Every year individuals strive to relive the experience of joy felt as children. Yet, somehow the holidays end up spinning things out of control. Referring to the holidays as a single entity, the author presents an interesting calculation. 

P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y 

4 Myths About Schizophrenia
Common notions Surrounding the Disorder Debunked
                                                                                                      - By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

Roughly 1.1 percent of adults in the United States live with schizophrenia, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). To put that into perspective, out of the 52,964 people who visit Disney World every day, approximately 582 of these guests have schizophrenia.

The Void Social Media Fills
Instant Connection and its Effects on Mental Health
 - By Ralph Ryback, M.D.

Social media is taking over the world, as an estimated 1 in 4 people around the globe use social networking sites. The average American spends 7.6 hours a month on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram are among the most popular social media sites, while Snapchat and online dating sites such as Tinder follow closely behind. 

S T A F F  H I G H L I G H T

Joseph Raphael, Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Operations

Joseph Raphael, Ph.D., is the Director of Strategic Operations with the Sovereign Health Group. Joseph received his master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and went on to be licensed as a marriage and family therapist. He earned a doctorate at Loma Linda University with a specialty in lifestyle medicine and an MBA with a focus on healthcare administration. He is a certified health education specialist, board-certified holistic alternative psychology master and a fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Joseph is an active participant with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Healthcare Executives and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Prior to joining the Sovereign Health Group, Joseph spent 15 years as a consultant, building integrative lifestyle medicine into existing medical offices.

Joseph's passion is discussing the integration of nutrition, exercise and behavior change toward sustainable change. 
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Sovereign Health of Palm Desert Receives Certificate of Recognition from California's State Senate

San Clemente, Calif.-November 6, 2015 Sovereign Health of Palm Desert was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from California's State Senate. This esteemed recognition is in honor of Sovereign Health Palm Desert's grand opening and the ribbon cutting event that took place on October 20, 2015. Signed by California State Senator Jeff Stone of the 28th District, the Certificate of Recognition acknowledges the investment Sovereign Health has made in the Palm Desert community.
"We're pleased to receive this Certificate of Recognition from the State Senate, honoring the opening of the new Sovereign Health Palm Desert treatment facility. Our clinical team will provide unparalleled behavioral health and substance abuse treatment to patients from Palm Desert, surrounding communities and from across the country," says Tonmoy Sharma, CEO of the Sovereign Health Group. "In addition, with the opening of this facility, we've also created many new jobs for the benefit of the Palm Desert community. We look forward to our continued mutually beneficial relationship with Palm Desert."
The recent ribbon cutting took place onsite at Sovereign Health Palm Desert, drawing a large crowd of government officials, the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, and mental health and addiction advocates. Attendees expressed gratitude about Sovereign Health joining their community. Located at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, the treatment center provides an idyllic environment conducive to mental health, addiction and dual diagnosis treatment. In addition to Sovereign's evidence-based approach to treatment utilizing licensed therapists applying a broad range of treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, Sovereign Health Palm Desert will also provide 24/7 crisis intervention. In addition, clients will have the option to participate in yoga classes, hiking, equine therapy, bowling and more.
About Sovereign Health Group
The Sovereign Health Group's mission has been to provide a broad spectrum of high quality behavioral health treatment services. Sovereign Health's treatment programs specialize in addressing underlying mental health conditions by utilizing innovative and cutting edge cognitive testing, rehabilitation and evidence-based treatment modalities. One factor that differentiates Sovereign from other treatment providers has been the company's ability to offer separate mental health and addiction or dual diagnosis treatment programs at its eight facilities in Arizona, California, Florida and Utah. Sovereign's growth will continue in the coming year with additional facilities to be opened in California. The company's national footprint will also expand with the opening of facilities in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. Sovereign Health Group offers high quality and comprehensive treatment programs for adults and adolescents, including support services for family members as well.
To learn more about Sovereign Health Group and its wide range of services, please contact Wendy Allen, Public Relations Manager, at 866-827-2291 or visit www.sovcal.com.
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