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Our Clinical Team

Dr. Venice Sanchez

Medical Director

Orange County

Dr. Christian Small

Medical Director

Sacramento

Dr. Katie Hirst

Medical Director

San Diego County

Dr. Ian Johnson

Medical Director

Sacramento

Dr. David Sisemore

Psychiatrist

Sacramento

Lauren Cabaldon

M.A.

LMFT #102540

Chief Clinical Officer

Brittany Barger

M.A.

M.A.Ed, LMFT #94167

Akua Academy Director & Clinical Supervisor

Sean Bezdek

MBA

LMFT #39275

Regional Director

Sacramento

Kristen Smith

Program Director, Orange Ave Residential Substance Abuse Program

Sacramento

Dr. Sarah Dewey

Program Director Koa Men's Residential

Orange County

Emily Majano

M.S.

AMFT #113842

Program Director

Lani Women’s Residential

Eaman Saadatifard

B.A., CADC-ll

Program Director

San Diego County

Stacy Tessler

M.A., AMFT #99298

Clinical Program Director

San Diego County

Daun Bauman

LVN

Detox Manager

San Diego County

Megan Ahrens

LMFT #114314, APCC #6614

Program Director of Akua Strong

Long Beach

Beth Dammeyer

BS, RADT I

Case Manager

San Diego

Sarah Floyd

M.S., AMFT

Program Therapist

Orange County

Ellyn Silverman-Linnetz

R.D., M.P.H.

CEDRD Health and Wellness Specialist

Kindra Kuntz

MS, AMFT

Program Therapist

San Diego County

Leslie Chappelle

CADC-I

Case Manager

Orange County

Coleman Geater

RADT-1

Program Manager

Orange County

Elaine Johnson

MA, APCC

Program Therapist

Orange Ave. Substance Abuse Program, Sacramento

Amber McBride

Yoga Teacher and Sound Healer

San Diego County

Caroline Campbell

B.S., HCHT

Harp Therapist

Orange County

Kellyn Pappas

L.Ac., Ph.D.

Acupuncturist

Orange County

Sarah Khatib

CYI, RADT-1

Yoga Instructor

Madison Nees

CYT

Breathworks Facilitator and Somatic Practioner

San Diego County

Brandon Dopplick

RADT-1

Case Manager

Koa Men’s Residential Program

Ashley Pitts

AMFT

Program Therapist

Koa Men’s Residential Program 

Jessica Cornea

AMFT

Program Therapist

Koa Men’s Residential Program

Hannah Steffenino

MFT Trainee

Program Therapist

Koa Men’s Residential Program

Travis Frederick

RADT-1

Case Manager

San Diego County

Author

  • Kristen, is a clinical content writer and enjoys writing about evidence-based topics in the cutting-edge world of mental health and addiction medicine. She is a family medicine physician and author, who also teaches and contributes to medicine board education. Her passion lies within educating the public on preventable diseases including mental health disorders and the stigma associated with them. She is also an outdoor activist and dog enthusiast.

Recovery Starts Here!

If you or a loved one is struggling with a depressive disorder or substance abuse & addiction disorder, AKUA Mind & Body can help. Our helpline is available 24/7 and our Admissions Counselors will help determine which program is right for you.

The AKUA Mind & Body solution

AKUA Mind and Body is a full-service treatment program that offers a wide range of “east meets west” treatment modalities for many different populations struggling with codependence disorder and other mental health and substance use disorders. AKUA Mind & Body treats co-occurring disorders and works diligently with each client and their family to ensure that treatment is specifically tailored to their needs, and not just their disorder.

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