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.
JUDY SAALINGER, Ph.D., MFT, CAS
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
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
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 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 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.
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.
JENNIFER PURSLEY, RN
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.
MICHAEL MARKOPOULOS, MD
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.