Lasting Recovery - Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Center

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Treatment Team

Our award-winning, multidisciplinary treatment team includes some of the region's top physicians, licensed psychologists, psychotherapists and alcohol and drug counselors. We work together to provide evidence based psycho-educational groups for addictions and co-occurring disorders, holistic wellness education, family education, specialty consultations and medication management, when indicated.


Lasting Recovery Treatment Team


Judy Saalinger, Ph.D., MFT, CAS - Executive Director/Co-FounderJudy Saalinger, Ph.D., MFT, CAS

Executive Director/Co-Founder


Dr. Saalinger is a licensed marriage and family therapist and holds addiction counseling certification through the American Academy of Healthcare Providers. She is a respected advocate for individuals and families and has helped them heal and overcome the effects of addiction for over 30 years. Her book and curriculum, Fearless Change: Embrace the Choice to Reinvent Your Life, is an integral part of Lasting Recovery’s programs. As Executive Director, she personally assesses everyone who is interested in admitting to the program. She oversees the treatment staff and coordinates many of the clinical and administrative functions of the center.



Arthur Farkas, Ph.D., SAP - Clinical Director/Co-Founder

Arthur Farkas, Ph.D., SAP

Clinical Director/Co-Founder


Dr. Farkas is a licensed clinical psychologist and substance abuse professional. He served on the faculty of University of California San Diego Medical School and has authored/co-authored over 40 publications on addiction in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Farkas facilitates psychological testing for all of our clients, guides the development of Lasting Recovery’s program curriculum and oversees our continuous quality improvement.



Kai MacDonald, MD - Director of Psychiatric ServicesKai MacDonald, MD

Medical Director


Dr. MacDonald is board-certified in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in addiction treatment, dual diagnosis, psychotherapy, neuropsychiatry and behavioral medicine. Dr. MacDonald has been named by his peers as one of the Top Doctors in San Diego County for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In addition to his private practice, he is a Volunteer Clinical Faculty at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, UCSD, and is actively involved in re-search and teaching in a diverse number of fields, including attachment, addiction, attention deficit disorder, and oxytocin. He works with Lasting Recovery to provide community training events, the most recent titled “The Suboxone Controversy And Treatment of Opiate Dependence”.


Jeff CoxJeff Cox, MA, CATC III

Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor


Jeff Cox holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology Degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling and is a registered MFT Intern. With an AA Degree in Alcohol and other Drug Studies and a Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies, he brings exceptional knowledge, experience, and compassion to our clients. Jeff facilitates both our morning and evening adult groups. His insight, life experience, education and ability to understand the challenges of recovery and raising a family, bring balance to our clients’ treatment experience.



Chenyka RamosChenyka Ramos

MFT Intern


Chenyka Ramos is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who has been working in the field of addiction treatment and mental health for five years. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic interventions, Chenyka provides treatment to our clients who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, substance dependence and family conflicts. She received her MA degree from Alliant International University and she is certified in the treatment of domestic violence.


Administrative Team

Sheri HolmeslySheri Holmesly
Financial Services Manager


After 20 successful years in the mortgage and banking industry, Sheri wanted to make a greater impact on those around her and brought her wealth of knowledge to the health care industry. As Lasting Recovery’s Financial Services Manger, Sheri helps navigate both patients and LR staff on a daily basis. She is certified in medical billing, coding, insurance & HIPPA.




AlexTamra Walker
Director of Operations


Tamra Walker has worked in addiction treatment for eight years, supporting Lasting Recovery and other treatment facilities with excellence through her work in administration, intake and operations. As Director of Operations, Tamra oversees intake and admissions, facility accreditation and licensure requirements, compliance with health insurance contracts and human resources. Her compassion, gentleness and professionalism contribute to our clients’ treatment experience and help foster an environment of support and wellbeing.



Vivian EisenacherVivian Eisenacher
Outreach Coordinator


Vivian holds a marketing degree in Business Administration (magna cum laude). She comes to us with over 15 years marketing experience and over 7 years in the healthcare industry. Using her experience, strength and hope, she is committed to helping educate and enlighten the general public about the puzzling aspects of the addiction/recovery process and the strong correlation between anxiety, depression and alcoholism.



Administrative Assistant


Alex comes to Lasting Recovery with a background in the health care field, computer software industry and customer service. She has worked in an acupuncturist’s office, held a position at Randy Children’s Hospital, and has interfaced with company personnel to meet customer’s needs and satisfaction. Alex looks forward to working with clients, staff members and current employees of Lasting Recovery.


Medical Team



Jennifer Pursley is a registered nurse who brings a wide range of skills to our clients. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from San Diego State University and has many years as a certified holistic practioner, providing massage therapy to people in the San Diego community. She is dedicated to helping our clients with her deep healing presence and her knowledge of the medical and nursing effects of addiction.






Mike Markopoulos, MD, a general practitioner, provides physical examinations to our Partial Hosptializaiton clients. He has worked with behavioral health and addiction treatment programs throughout San Diego County for more than 30 years.



I can never thank the staff and everyone else for helping me find my way out of the addictions that were sucking the soul out of my life. They were all supportive & truly caring, available 24/7 to help. I especially liked the camaraderie & support of my women’s group. This program was a life preserver. Thank you for giving me my life and self back!!!
- Kathy S.

Call for help (858) 453-4315

6046 Cornerstone Court W. #113

San Diego, CA  92121


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