As a recovery center we have on our staff a psychiatrist, physicians assistants (PA’s) who specialize in psychiatric/mental health, an LMFT, substance use counselors, medical assistants (MA’s) and non-clinical support staff. The PA’s are an important component to our mental health team as they are educated for both physical and mental health.
Our offices offer counseling, therapy, psychotorpic medications to assist with behavioral/mental health management, medication management, and substance use treatments including MAT for opioid use disorder, and to help with treating alcoholism.
Accepting CenCal/Medi-Cal and Magellan Health.
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Darron T. Smith - Ph.D., PA-C, DFAAPA
is a US Army veteran and board-certified physician associate with a wealth of experience in primary care, behavioral health, and integrative medicine. He completed his medical training at the University of Utah in 1996 and later completed his Ph.D. at the University of Utah in 2010. Dr. Smith is presently a faculty member at the University of Memphis in the Department of Sociology, working with undergraduate and graduate students. He combines the roles of clinician, scholar, researcher, thought leader, and educator to find evidence-based solutions for people with mental illness. His unique background lends him a deep understanding of social and environmental factors that underscore mental illness.
Dr. Smith’s overall areas of research focus on how systemic race-based discrimination affects healthcare outcomes, especially for communities of color. His latest research and practice intersect the study of applied neuroscience (neurofeedback therapy) and psychedelic research (MDMA, Ketamine, Psilocybin) with victims of childhood trauma. Dr. Smith is a distinguished fellow and member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research (ISNR). He is also a board member with the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association (APPA) and a member of the Racial Equity and Access Committee for Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic and Plant Medicines.
Will Cable - Physician Associate
Will has been practicing medicine for over 11 yrs. Most of his career was spent in Emergency Medicine. In 2018, Will’s professional interests began to shift, and he started pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology. Around that same time, he began working in Addiction Medicine. He is also currently working on becoming a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. His areas of interest include substance & process addictions as well as personality disorders.
Will is a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. During his enlistment, he was stationed in England, Germany and with the 10th Mountain Div. He has served on several deployments as a Combat Lifesaver and Military Police Officer.
In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors with his two boys. He is an avid chess player and likes to trail run. Once a year, he travels to poverty-stricken countries to volunteer setting up medical clinics and providing free medical care.
Victoria Wolf - Substance Abuse Counselor
Born and raised in Santa Maria, Victoria has a wide range of education and experience in Substance Abuse, Case Management and Social Services. Victoria Graduated from Allan Hancock College and earned a degree in Associate of Science and a Associate of Arts. Victoria earned a certificate in Alcohol & Drugs Studies, Family Studies and a certificate in Human Services.
Victoria is currently working on a bachelor’s degree. Victoria has over 35 yrs experience in the field and has worked for various counties in social services and substance abuse, housing authority, juvenile hall, jails and prisons. Victoria is bi-lingual, bi-cultural. Victoria currently holds certification with CCAPP, CADTP and Breining Institute.
Sam Safaee - Physician Associate
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Rick most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer of a large medical practice with over 50 locations in five states. In this role he was responsible for non-medical operations, location expansion, weekly cash budgeting, and creating large scale liquidity events. Prior to that, Rick was the Chief Financial Officer of Paul Mitchell Hair Care products where he worked for over 25 years as the company grew from its early stages to a global consumer brand. Rick also served as the Executive Vice President for a consumer branded conglomerate responsible for all facets of the day to day operations and finance of three divisions.
With wide-ranging experience in Business Development, Franchising, Finance, Operations, Customer Service, Real Estate and Technology driven sales, Rick has consulted and served on Boards in the Cosmetic, Technology, Distribution, Consumer Products and Medical industries. He has been a Keynote Speaker and seminar presenter through-out the nation and continues to enjoy educating. Rick earned his Certified Public Accountant’s license in California with KPMG and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Business.