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dR. Michael bISHARA,md

MEDICAL consultant

Dr. Michael Bishara, MD is board certified addiction specialist and an internist in Riverside, California. He is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Hoag Memorial Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital, Riverside Community Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center, Knollwood Psychiatric & Chemical Dependency Hospital. He is an assistant clinical professor at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, he completed his internship at New York University and his residency training in Internal Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He has been in practice of addiction medicine for 33 years. We are honored to have Dr. Bishara's expertise, care and knowledge for our clients at South California Road to Recovery.  

  Angelika Panova, LMFT, PMHNP-RN

Clinical Director

Angelika Panova is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is  Clinical Director for South California Road to Recovery.  Angelika is specialized in treatment of various forms of addiction and co-occurring mental health problems; she practices psychiatric nursing and continues her research in the field of mental health and addiction. Angelika works patiently with clients and their families. She currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Santa Ana, where she uses an advanced Neurofeedback training for various forms of addiction and psychological issues. Angelika utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to help her clients including EFT, DBT, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Couple and Family Therapy as well as Motivational Interviewing. She is a member of the professional organizations such as Western Psychological Association (WPA), American Psychological Association (APA), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT), American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA). "I am honored to serve clients at  South California Road to Recovery and enjoy working with our great team".

Veronika

ADMINISTRATOR

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Veronika has an invaluable skill set that includes an extensive knowledge about addiction, administrative and management experiences working at large corporations. She has love for fashion and style, an open and cheerful personality. Veronika is a dedicated and compassionate individual who is focused on helping those in need of finding treatment. Veronika's number one goal is to assist current clients and family members find the best help available. Additionally, she has an experience working with alumni clients as well as an event planning and referral management. Veronika is dedicated to help clients go through treatment as smooth as possible, while lending supportive, compassionate and tender care.

CATHERINE CATO, CADACII-1CADC

CASE MANAGER

Catherine obtained her counseling credentials in 1999 from the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CAADAC), now CCAPP.  Catherine’s experience is multifaceted,  she has worked with an age demographic from adolescents to adults, including family treatment. Catherine has a vested interest in working with people suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. She knows through personal experience how devastating it can be for people entering treatment. Her wealth of knowledge comes from working in multiple treatment modalities. Catherine's effective rapport with the clients we serve is the cornerstone of her success at South California Road to Recovery. We are honored to have Catherine on our team. “I am excited and motivated to be a part of the South California Road to Recovery Treatment Team. 

Jennifer Marin, MATC,catc ii

SENIOR dRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELOR

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Jennifer has graduated  with her associate degree and drug and alcohol counseling degree in 2015. Currently, she continues with her education in counseling with an emphasis in Addiction and Mental Health. Jennifer is well-spoken, energetic, confident, and personable counselor with wide breadth of experience.  Jennifer is a passionate counselor.“I am inspired and proud to be a part of the incredible team at South California Road to Recovery!”  She brings wealth of experiences to our program, and we are fortunate to have Jennifer as a member of our clinical team. 

RICHARD VELIS, CATC

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELOR

Richard is experienced alcohol and drugs counselor who focuses on helping  our clients to recognize their complex issues and addictive irrational behaviors.  Richard is compassionate and knowledgeable counselor.  He takes time to understand each client's individual story; he helps our clients to develop lasting coping skills, rational thinking and personal goals in the process of recovery. 

 

LISA SANBORN

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELOR

Lisa is a graduate from Inter Coast College where she achieved Honors in the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program. She is also working towards a degree in Criminal Justice. Lisa has been working in the addiction field for 5 years. She has worked with a diverse population in residential and detox settings. Lisa enjoys guiding clients through the Stages of Change associated with addiction and recovery. She has a genuine love for the clients who struggle with the disease of addiction. Lisa is enthusiastic to be a part of South California Road to Recovery team.

Marco barriga

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELOR

Marco has graduated with his Bachelors Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in substance abuse and chemical dependency from Grand Canyon University in 2015.  Marco is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. Marco has personal experience in recovery and has a passion to help our clients pursue a sobriety lifestyle. Marco is a young and motivated counselor who shares his energy, compassion and knowledge with our clients. “I believe everyone deserves a second chance in life and I am glad to be at South California Road to Recovery to help those in need”.