About Us

The Professionals Treatment Program (PTP) at Center for Professional Recovery is designed specifically to provide state of the art substance use disorder and mental health treatment for licensed health care professionals, judges and lawyers, pilots, business professionals and other executives who would benefit from and contribute to this milieu.

Our PTP is modeled to meet the needs of State Physician Health Programs (PHPs), who have set a standard of excellence for evaluation and treatment programs for physicians and other licensed professionals under their supervision. By setting high standards for evaluation and treatment, PHPs have stimulated the emergence of a system of care that has the highest success rates ever documented from addiction treatment (79% – 92% totally abstinent for years following treatment). The Professionals Treatment Program in Santa Monica has taken the best components of this system of care and designed an ideal program that provides evidence-based therapies within a complete continuum of care while preparing our clients for their best chance at long-term recovery.

Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE)

Additionally, and independent of our PTP program, our team conducts multidisciplinary comprehensive diagnostic evaluations (CDE’s) utilizing a carefully selected team of experts selected to meet individualized needs for any evaluation. This evaluation is independent of our professional’s treatment program and is conducted with transparency. It is thorough, fair and confidential. The goal of an evaluation is to determine whether a disorder exists, based strictly on standard criteria. If a disorder is present, the evaluation team makes appropriate recommendations aimed specifically at helping the professional achieve recovery with as little disruption to their professional life as possible.

Professionals

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Dentists
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Lawyers
  • Judges
  • Chiropractors
  • Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Private and Commercial Airline Pilots
  • First Responders
  • Executives

We've Walked in Your Shoes

The staff at the Professionals Treatment Program (PTP) knows first-hand the stresses of working in high-pressure careers and many on our team have lived with the devastating consequences of addiction. We know too well how irregular and long work hours, working in an environment that produces trauma, having recurring workplace pressures, or having easy access to medications can alter one’s mental well-being and bring one to a state of seeking drugs or alcohol for relief. We also understand the shame and guilt that professionals often feel while they are in the grip of an addictive process that they are unable to conquer with their own resources. Many professionals affected by substance use disorders do not know where to turn. It can seem impossible to find a place for genuine healing.

Because of our experience and focus working with professionals, most of whom are highly educated and motivated, we understand how distressing and disruptive these issues can be in your life. We provide the right atmosphere including being treated with peers, premium and evidenced-based treatment modalities and programming for genuine, personal, and meaningful recovery.

Dr. Gregory Skipper, Medical Director of The Professionals Treatment Program has been researching, creating, and evolving professional treatment for over 30 years. Additionally, he has participated in thousands of interventions and evaluations for professionals. Proper evaluation requires experience, finesse, hard work, dedication, and a firm commitment to the highest levels of integrity and ethical conduct. Our evaluations are thorough, fair, and based on established diagnostic criteria. He, along with our extensive team of treatment professionals are ready to create the evaluation or recovery plan that best fits your needs.

Our Staff

Gregory Skipper

Gregory Skipper M.D. Medical Director

Dr. Skipper is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a certified medical review officer. He previously served as medical director for the Alabama Physician Health Program and was on the council that created and oversaw the Oregon Health Professionals Program. Dr. Skipper was the primary innovator of ethyl glucuronide (EtG) testing and is an expert in alcohol biomarkers and drug testing. He was a principal investigator of the National Physician Health Program Blueprint Study, funded by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, and is the author of many articles regarding drug testing, physician health, and contingency monitoring. Dr. Skipper was formerly medical director of Springbrook Hazelden, and he was a chief advisor to the development of the professional’s program at Promises, Betty Ford Center and Bradford Health Services.

Matt Goldenberg

Matt Goldenberg D.O. Associate Medical Director

Matthew Goldenberg D.O. is double board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, and is a certified medical review officer (MRO). He is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders and has provided addiction psychiatry consultations to some of the nation’s top addiction treatment programs. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Goldenberg is an active author, researcher and invited speaker at local and national conferences. He volunteers his time as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Goldenberg completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship through UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, and psychiatry residency at Banner University Medical Center of the University of Arizona, in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed medical school at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a native of Los Angeles.

SallyAnn Cross

SallyAnn Cross, MSW, LCSW Executive & Clinical Director

SallyAnn Cross is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in addiction medicine and behavioral health. She has earned a master’s degree in both multicultural counseling and social work, and has worked in both the public and private sectors in multiple roles, such as executive director, clinical director, department administrator, and primary therapist. SallyAnn has formal training in relapse prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, schema-focused therapy, trauma therapy, attachment theory, 12-step and harm reduction. She is a proud native Buffalonian, and she attributes her training in the field to the outstanding mentors she worked with throughout her career. SallyAnn believes that the healing process begins with treating clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. Her belief as a therapist is to raise a client’s level of awareness to the power that they possess and support them in developing a stable, sober path to a life filled with joy.

John Pustaver

John Pustaver, MDiv, MA Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation Program Director

John Pustaver, MDiv, MA, completed his undergraduate education at Arizona State University majoring in fine arts. After serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for ten years, John found his spiritual path within the 12-Step recovery community and retired from active ministry. John then completed 60 hours of MFT coursework while working at the Betty Ford Center’s professionals program. He became the director of their Clinical Diagnostic Program after learning the science and art of conducting professional evaluations. John has been involved in professional assessments and treatment for fifteen years and has found a unique way serving professionals in crisis. John’s responsibilities with the Center for Professional Recovery include directing and overseeing professional evaluations, including the collection and review of collateral information. He is also responsible for remaining in contact with referents and preparing the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) final summary report for the CDE Team.

Strategy for Success

The Professionals Treatment Program treats professionals by helping them conquer their addiction by providing them with tools to confidently return to their careers in optimal health. Our program was developed by a team of world-renowned experts in the treatment of professionals who understand the need for accurate diagnoses, respect, trust, confidentiality and personalized treatment plans. Our team of specialists understand the unique needs of the professional client with licensure and employment requirements. Our multidisciplinary team is fully prepared to work with all state licensing boards, well-being committees, professional health programs and employers to ensure the best chance for a seamless transition back to their profession after completion of our program.

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