Keith brings 24-years of sobriety and more than 23 years’ experience in the field of chemical dependency and treatment to Advanced Recovery Solution. His expertise includes program start-up, development and advancement; operations; marketing and outreach; counseling, case management and treatment planning; and staff development and administration.
Keith’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, both from University of Phoenix. Keith is also a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor with the state of California. Keith is a person of vision and clarity which enables him to bring success and growth wherever he goes.
Susy has over 15 years’ experience in the addictions field. Advanced Recovery Solution fulfills a longtime dream of Susy’s to ensure people in need receive high quality and expert care with respect, dignity and compassion.
Most recently, Susy was the Financial Manager for a multi-level treatment program located in Riverside, CA. Her duties and expertise not only covered daily financial functions but included assisting in many operational tasks and activities. Her interaction with clients and families enabled Susy to witness firsthand the devastation caused by addiction and solidified her desire to continue to help others in their recovery process.
Mary Lou is the founder, owner and President of “The Latest Thing,” a 12-step recovery store located in Newport Beach, CA since 1989. Mary Lou also graduated from the Interior Designers Institute, Newport Beach, CA. Mary Lou oversaw the design and decoration of our luxurious and comfortable residence. Mary Lou’s expert eye and attention to detail shows throughout the facility making sure our clients feel the comfort and warmth only a loving home can offer.
Mary Lou attributes having grown up in a family with addiction problems and being a life long member of Al-Anon as leading her to discover her innate passion for helping those seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol. Mary Lou says she is blessed to be able to provide a safe and caring place for those hurting from the pain of addiction.
Nelson Pierce came to California to get sober at the age of twenty. He attended Saddleback College in Mission Viejo and UC Irvine where he studied Human Services and Sociology. Nelson worked in several treatment centers being a certified case manager. After working in the industry for several years in California, Nelson moved back home to Arizona to help people with alcohol and substance abuse issues. Nelson engulfed himself so deeply into the recovery world he quickly learned how to perform in each vital role of a treatment center from being an operations tech to working his way to Executive Director. Nelson has been very comfortable in leadership roles, having had a successful career being the Director of many political campaigns, Nelson was equipped with the necessary leadership skills to be able to handle high stress and quickly changing situations. Nelson accredits the grace of a Higher Power and counts his blessings that he is a part of something so genuine and substantial.
Karla Solis is a Licensed Vocational Nurse and Healthcare Administrative Executive. She has over 15 years of combined clinical, operational, billing and compliance experience in both private and federally funded medical, mental and behavioral health care settings. Previously, as the Director of Compliance for a Federal Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC), she was responsible core tasks which included monitoring regulatory changes, drafting policies, performing audits and providing education. She recently led ARS in the successful accreditation for JCAHO and pursues other avenues to bridge the gap in the in-depth needs of patient care while maintaining the level of medical compliance to ensure the security and goals of the business and clients. In her spare time, Karla supports programs that address homelessness and provides services for people with mental and/or substance use disorders.
Laurie has worked in the addiction field for over 25 years. During this time she has managed Recovery Hospitals specializing in detoxification, co-ed residential/out-patient, Men’s residential/outpatient treatment facilities and Women’s residential and outpatient treatment facilities and Dual Diagnosis treatment programs.
Laurie’s list of credentials include; Certified Recovery Program Manager, California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor II by the Indian Alcoholism Commission of California and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Laurie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services; a Master of Arts Degree in Marital and Family Therapy; and finally, earned her Ph.D. in Psychology, specific to the dually-diagnosed population.
For over 25-years, her passion has been working with the dually-diagnosed addict/alcoholic and forensic population. Working in an ethical and forthright manner assisting them to recover from this life-threatening disease and overcoming stigmas and barriers. Laurie has always seen herself as a champion for all those coming through the doors as their staunchest advocate.
Kellie is a graduate of California Association of Addiction Recovery. She decided to start working in the recovery field six years after she got sober. Kellie is currently working toward taking her state exam to become a CCAPP licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor. She brings a working knowledge of the 12-Steps and 12-Traditions to her clients as well as the clinical education that she has obtained. She believes that everyone wants to be heard, everyone deserves to be listened to, and every addict is worth saving. After enjoying 20 years of sobriety, she states giving back is the only life she knows; and being a member of the ARS Team is the best form to do so.
Kirstin Cautillo knew she wanted to be a substance abuse counselor since her early youth. Addiction had been a part of her world since she could remember. Kirstin’s passion for helping people who struggle with the deadly disease lead her to attend the California State University of Long Beach and received her Bachelors in Psychology. When Kirstin graduated, she moved to Wisconsin where she worked as a mental health counselor. When Kirstin became certified as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, she felt blessed to be able to help people not only with her education but her experience in the personal process.
NaRai Bowen is a Certified Physician Assistant who completed medical school at the University of Charles Drew of Medicine and Science. During medical school and residency at Charles Drew Medical and UCLA, She received extensive training in treating a wide range of internal medicine and psychiatric disorders utilizing both medication management and psychotherapy. Over the past six years, Ms. Bowen has been in addiction medicine and psychiatry where she has found her true passion in addiction medicine. Ms. Bowen elected to spend a significant portion of her years working at substance abuse treatment facilities in Orange County to maintain specialized training in the field of chemical dependency. This experience allowed her to treat psychiatric patients who have a comorbid substance abuse diagnosis.
Everardo Mejia is a Certified Physician Assistant with over ten years of experience in Family, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Everardo graduated with a BS in biology from California State University of Los Angeles and completed his physician assistant program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Everardo has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who are suffering from chemical dependency, mental health disorders, and dual-diagnosis issues, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Beyond the science and practice of medicine, Everardo especially enjoys connecting with patients as individuals, educating them and making sure their needs and concerns are heard.
Joshua Castro grew up always wanting to have a career that allowed him to make an impact in peoples lives. He went to EMT school and worked for a 911 Company for two years and then went to Rio Hondo Fire Academy, where he graduated and got hired with Highlands 20 Initial Attack Fire Crew in Loomis, Washington. There Josh acted as the Lead EMT for the crew. Josh then got into the recovery field and instantly found a passion in the healthcare industry and the direct impact he had on every individual that came into this facility. Josh started as a graveyard healthcare tech two years ago and has gained so much experience in the field along with preparing the Healthcare Department for JCAHO. Josh is now the Lead Healthcare Technician at ARS and truly enjoys coming to work every day to help these client reach their goal of sobriety.
Emily Bagaybagayan received her LVN license in April 2017. Before obtaining her LVN license, she has worked in Home Health caring for the elderly for four years, worked as a Medical Biller for two years and volunteered over 300 hours at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange in which she was an Advisory Board Member from 2013-2015. While Emily’s main passion is nursing, on her off days, she enjoys traveling and going to Disneyland. Her long-term career plan is to further her education and earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. “My most important contribution to nursing is my positive outlook on life, enthusiasm and the ability to offer hope to clients and their families. That is truly my passion in life.”
Brittney Martin is currently a Health Care Technician at Advanced Recovery Solution. Her educational background includes actively pursuing a Masters degree at California Baptist University; A Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Tuskegee University, and a Licensed Vocational Nurse diploma from North-West College. Brittney believes when human beings experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. Her great passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic, stressful experience, which is how she found herself in the world of addiction. Brittney’s hope is to help her clients find healthy perceptions of themselves, and strengthen their relationships so that they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, and safe individuals.
Michelle graduated from Intercoast college with a certificate in Alcohol and Drug counseling and has been working in the profession for over four years. After 30 years of working in the Tooling industry, Michelle decided to change careers out of a desire to give back and to help those afflicted with the disease of addiction. Coming from a place of personal recovery, Michele remembers, “6 years ago I found myself trapped in the world of addiction, my life spiraling out of control. My family and friends convinced me to seek treatment if I wanted to live. In treatment, I was able to finally discover myself, someone that was lost for so many years.” Michele proudly has five years of recovery now and uses her experience to walk others down the path of recovery. Michelle enjoys using creative arts, music, and outdoor experiences when working with clients and continues to show every client the same compassion and empathy that helped her get sober.