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At Center for Professional Recovery, our highly-skilled and compassionate staff are extensively trained in chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health treatment for professionals. Our perspective is uniquely different than that of most treatment centers, as many of us have walked in your, or your patient’s shoes, and thus have first-hand experience with professional treatment and recovery. With our distinct and combined specialties, we demonstrate unwavering compassion and provide comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans utilizing a broad range of evidenced-based therapeutic modalities.

Gregory Skipper MD

Gregory Skipper MD

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.

Matthew Goldenberg D.O.

Matthew 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, MSW, LCSW

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 patients with compassion, dignity, and respect. Her belief as a therapist is to raise a patient’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, MDiv, MA

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, remaining in contact with referents and preparing the Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluation (CDE) final summary report for the CDE Team.

Dr. Stephen Odom CEO/Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Stephen Odom

CEO/Chief Clinical Officer

Stephen Odom is a distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with more than 25 years of expertise in the field. Currently, he serves as the CEO and CCO of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of the Center for Professional Recovery, Avalon Malibu, Simple Recovery and Avalon Integrative Wellness. Within the vast scope of his professional career, Stephen is a pioneer in the addiction treatment industry, and remains grounded by the guiding principle that people can and do recover. Stephen holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior from Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA), a master’s in experimental psychology (University of Tennessee), a master’s and doctoral candidacy in clinical psychology (Palo Alto University), and a doctorate (Ph.D.) with a focus in healthcare administration (Capella University). He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in the state of California. Within his executive leadership role, Stephen’s compassionate and therapeutic approach has enabled him to connect not only with his clinical teams but each patient who walks through the door.

Laura Dorin, MA

Laura Dorin, PhD

Dr. Dorin is a licensed psychologist specializing in comprehensive, empirically based, fitness-for-duty evaluations in cases referred by licensing boards, regulatory agencies and professional organizations involving substance abuse, and/or sexual misconduct. She did her undergraduate work in psychology at UCLA, received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California Graduate Institute, where she obtained psychoanalytic training in early attachment, object relations theory and the assessment and treatment of primitive psychopathology.

Dr. Dorin has served as a court-ordered 730 child-custody evaluator conducting comprehensive evaluations to determine parenting plans for the courts in post-divorce, high-conflict cases.  She is the author of the article, Evaluating Juveniles in Custody Disputes, published in the Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology, 2002.

Dr. Dorin has extensive inpatient experience (Del Amo Hospital, Charter Hospital, Bellflower’s Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital, Suncrest Hospital) and outpatient experience (private practice, Torrance, CA, 1990-present) conducting psychological assessments and psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, and families.

Mary Ann Rege, MA, LMFT, TMF

Mary Ann Rege, MA, LMFT, TMF

Mary Ann Rege, MA, LMFT, TMF Mary Ann is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Trained Mindfulness Facilitator through UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She holds a specialized master’s degree in Affirmative Psychotherapy which she implements when working with the LGBTQ+ population. Mary Ann takes a holistic, strength-based approach to recovery and wellbeing. She is a Trained HealthRHYTHMS® and SoulCollage® Facilitator who utilizes empowerment drumming and Jungian art modalities to tap into the power of the right brain for healing. Mary Ann has completed the Teacher Foundational Training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention through the University of California, San Diego. As a mindfulness-oriented psychotherapist, she passionately teaches those struggling with substance use disorders how to pause, step out of habituated behavior, and make skillful choices. Mary Ann’s approach blends classical mindfulness teachings, drawn from her training in Kyoto, Japan, with secular mindfulness and compassion practices.

Angela Aiello, LMFT, Ph.D.

Angela Aiello, LMFT, Ph.D.

Dr. Aiello earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Dr. Aiello specializes in substance abuse, attachment disorders, trauma, personality disorders, and mindfulness, and is considered a leader in 12 step spirituality. In addition to psychodynamic and relational therapies, Dr. Aiello is also trained in EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, attachment-based therapy, CBT, DBT, various Relapse Prevention models, and the somatically based Trauma Resilience Model (TRM).

Dr. Aiello has held positions from Primary Therapist to Clinical Director in a number of in-patient facilities around Southern California and is particularly proud of her work with physicians, dentists, nurses and other professionals with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, California.

Elizabeth Davies-Ulirsch, MA, CSAT, EMDR, PCCI

Elizabeth Davies-Ulirsch, MA, CSAT, EMDR, PCCI

Elizabeth specializes in helping individuals dealing with the effects of childhood trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), internet addictions, intimate disorders and drug and alcohol addiction. Her clinical work is focused on addressing the issues while helping individuals learn how to be in relationships in a healthier, more life-affirming way. Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals.

Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, CFMHE

Judy Ho, Ph. D., ABPP, CFMHE

Dr. Judy Ho is a board licensed clinical psychologist, a two-time board diplomate of American Board of Professional Psychology and the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, and a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University. Her clinical experiences include working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and forensic settings, and as an expert witness in criminal and civil proceedings.

Dr. Ho is considered an expert in psychology and is regularly requested to share her knowledge with the public on various television networks and programs such as CBS (The Doctors), CNN, HLN (Dr. Drew), Fox (Daily Helpline, Fox 11 News), Discovery Channel, Lifetime, ESPN, A&E , Oxygen , NBC (Nightly News), ABC (Eyewitness News), CBS (The Doctors, Evening News), and KTLA news.

Dr. Ho received her bachelors of arts degree in Psychology and bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, and her masters of sciences and Ph. D. from the San Diego State University/University of California San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and is a two-time recipient of National Institute of Mental Health’s National Research Services Award.

Laura McLauchlin, LMFT

Laura McLauchlin, LMFT

Ms. McLauchlin has been involved in the addiction recovery field since 2010, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Southern California. She has taken on the roles of an individual and family therapist, group facilitator and clinical director. For three years she worked heading the family program at Promises Professionals Treatment Program, working exclusively with professionals, primarily with doctors, lawyers and executives who were dealing with substance use disorders and mental health issues. She is excited to be working with the CPR staff serving this client population once again.

Ms. McLauchlin specializes in substance use disorders, depression, anxiety, and in working with couples and families.

Ms. McLauchlin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Los Angeles where she worked as a therapist for their on-campus program for academically gifted teens entering college.

Ms. McLauchlin currently maintains a private practice on the west side of Los Angeles and continues to work in outpatient settings for addiction recovery and mental health.

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