Alta Mira In the News

May 18, 2014

Dr. Steve Batki Co-Authors Editorial Regarding Use of Medication in Alcohol Use Disorder

editorial pdfIn the April issue of American Journal of Psychiatry, Alta Mira’s Consulting Physician in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine Steven Batki, MD, and research colleague Dave Pennington co-authored an editorial regarding interesting new developments in medications for alcohol use disorder. While medication is often readily employed for major psychiatric conditions such as mood, thought and anxiety disorders, it is employed much less frequently for alcohol use disorder—despite the prevalence of the disorder and the availability of effective medications.

In the editorial, Batki and Pennington review research they feel presents a promising step toward helping the medical community personalize medication based on patient goals and specific genetic factors.

You can read the full review article in The American Journal of Psychiatry here: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=1853441

Dr. Batki, Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, has over 30 years of medical and psychiatric experience and is listed as one of the top doctors in his field by US News and World Report. In addition to meeting the psychiatric and addiction medicine needs of Alta Mira clients, Dr. Batki is Chief of the Substance Abuse Program at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine, where he also serves as Director of the Addiction Research and Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Programs

Posted in:

August 6, 2013

Alta Mira Treatment Programs Announces New Executive Director

SAUSALITO, CA – May 30 – Alta Mira Recovery Programs is pleased to announce that Drew Paxton has joined the facility as its new Executive Director. Mr. Paxton will be responsible for managing day to day clinical, operations, admissions and facility staff.  In addition, he will serve as a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Alta Mira’s parent company, Constellation Behavioral Health.

Mr. Paxton was most recently employed as Chief Marketing Officer for OneHealth Solutions, Inc., a technology company dedicated to connecting individuals dealing with chronic medical and behavioral conditions, including addiction and co-occurring behavioral health disorders.  Before OneHealth, he served as CEO of Alta Mira Treatment Programs under a prior ownership group. Mr. Paxton’s career spans three decades including his early work at prestigious management consulting firms, such as The Boston Consulting Group and L.E.K. Consulting.  Additionally, he ran global marketing for the QuickBooks brand at Intuit, and later managed the marketing, business development, and admissions departments at The Betty Ford Center.  Mr. Paxton also served as Clinical and Executive Director for Betty Ford’s nationally recognized 90-Day Program.

“Having worked with Drew at the Betty Ford Center, I personally know his deep appreciation for recovery and compassion for substance dependent individuals and families,” said Alta Mira’s former Executive Director, Cherlyne Short Majors, Ph.D.  “It is joyful for me to hand the reigns to Drew, a person of extensive experience and high integrity.”

Dr. Majors will be assuming her new role as Chief Development Officer at Alta Mira’s parent company, Constellation Behavioral Health, where she will be responsible for corporate strategy, business development, and innovative initiatives.

“Drew is a perfect culture fit for Alta Mira, a true servant leader,” said William Morrison, CEO of Constellation Behavioral Health. “I am looking forward to working with Drew to manifest our vision for Alta Mira to become one of the top addiction and dual diagnosis treatment programs in the world.” “I’m thrilled to be returning to Alta Mira. I look forward to working with the world-class team that has been assembled and continuing to build upon the strong foundation that has been created,” said Mr. Paxton.

Mr. Paxton received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and French from Stanford University.  He also holds a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing and International Business from Harvard Business School.

About Alta Mira

Alta Mira is a residential addiction and dual diagnosis treatment center that blends proven clinical therapies with extensive neuropsychological testing, customized treatment planning, and a broad range of holistic services and experiential therapies to deliver one of the most comprehensive treatment programs in the world.  Located in a magnificent and serene setting overlooking the beautiful San Francisco Bay, Alta Mira offers a “brain healthy” treatment model supported by The American Society of Addiction Medicine which addresses the neurobiological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction.

For more information about Alta Mira and its programs, please visit our website:

www.altamirarecovery.com

CONTACT: Christi Cessna

Vice President of Business Development

ccessna@altamirarecovery.com

520-437-5305

Posted in:

August 6, 2013

Constellation Behavioral Health Announces Founding Leadership Team

SAUSALITO, CA – May 30 – Constellation Behavioral Health, an organization dedicated to developing specialized treatment programs for individuals suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders, is pleased to announce the formation of its founding executive team, including Chief Executive Officer, William Morrison; Chief Development Officer, Cherlyne Short Majors, Ph.D.; and Vice President of Business Development, Christi Cessna.

“Our goal at Constellation is to develop world-class treatment programs in markets where we see room for innovation and opportunities for improvement in the quality of clinical care,” said Mr. Morrison. “To do that, we have assembled a team of extraordinary individuals that share a common set of core values, a commitment to our mission and decades of experience leading nationally recognized addiction and behavioral health treatment programs.

Dr. Cherlyne Short Majors will join Constellation as Chief Development Officer responsible for corporate strategy, new business development, and innovative initiatives. For the past two years, Dr. Majors has served as Executive Director for Alta Mira Recovery Programs, Constellation’s flagship addiction and dual diagnosis facility. A widely respected behavioral healthcare professional, Dr. Majors has over 28 years of addiction and behavioral health experience at prestigious treatment facilities including The Betty Ford Center, Cirque Lodge and Charter Behavioral Health where she held executive-level positions.

“I am inspired to be able to pursue my passion for innovation and development of new treatment programs within the Constellation portfolio,” said Dr. Majors.

Christi Cessna is joining Constellation as Vice President of Business Development, responsible for leading the company’s national business development team and generating awareness for Constellation’s facilities, Alta Mira Recovery Programs and Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services. Ms. Cessna joins Constellation from Sierra Tucson where she worked in a number of clinical, business development and marketing roles for the past 15 years.

“The opportunity to contribute to such a committed management system is a high point in my career. I have been fortunate to work with programs that aim high and Constellation is no exception. I look forward to supporting the growth of our treatment programs,” Ms. Cessna said.

~~~~~~~

About Constellation Behavioral Health

Constellation Behavioral Health is dedicated to creating innovative treatment programs for addiction, behavioral health and co-occurring disorders. Constellation programs include its flagship facility, Alta Mira Recovery Programs, a nationally recognized adult residential dual diagnosis treatment center located in Sausalito, CA, and Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services, a premier residential treatment program for adolescent boys struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring issues located in Sonoma County, CA. Each Constellation treatment facility has its own unique brilliance while sharing a common set of principles including clinical excellence, best in class service, evidence based treatment, highly credentialed and experienced staff, a spirit of innovation, and a full continuum of care. We aim to provide, inspiration, strength and hope for our clients so they can create meaningful lives and realize the infinite possibilities available in recovery.

For more information about Constellation Behavioral Health and its treatment programs visit: www.constellationbehavioralhealth.com

CONTACT: Christi Cessna, Vice President of Business Development
ccessna@constellationbh.com | 520.437.5305

Posted in:

January 4, 2013

Dr. Steven L. Batki Named One of The Best Addiction Psychiatrists

December 3, 2012

Dear Dr. Batki:

We are pleased to inform you that you have been selected by your peers to be included in the Best Doctors in
America® 2013 database. The selection process is based upon an extensive, impartial, peer-review survey that
involves thousands of doctors nationwide.

Being named a Best Doctor is a singular honor. Only those who earn the consensus support of other physicians
are included, resulting in a registry of the top five percent of U.S. doctors. Physicians cannot pay to become a
Best Doctor, nor do we pay physicians for inclusion.

This prestigious community of physicians is utilized by Best Doctors in a variety of clinical programs focused
on ensuring the right diagnosis and treatment. Through our services, 30 million individuals globally have the
peace of mind of knowing that they have immediate access to the best minds in medicine. Also, the community
provides services to a variety of philanthropic efforts focused on medically underserved international
communities.

We would love for you to become an active member of this growing community.

Once again, congratulations on your exceptional achievement. We look forward to working with you as an
active member of our community.

Sincerely,

Lewis Levy, MD
Vice President Corporate Medical Quality
Best Doctors, Inc.
100 Federal Street 21st Floor
Boston, MA 02110
P: (617) 226-3607



Related News: Alta Mira’s Own Dr. Batki Ranked One of U.S. News Top Doctors for Addiction

Posted in:

February 3, 2012

William Hanna, Psy.D. presents at Alta Mira’s February ViewPoints luncheon

William Hanna, Psy.D. , presenting a topic entitled “Personality Disorders: Clinical Principles Concerning Character Psychopathology ” at Alta Mira’s ViewPoints luncheon, February 2, 2012.

 

Posted in:

March 30, 2011

April Viewpoints Event Features AM Clinical Director Ben Eiland

We will be hosting the April installment of our Viewpoints Series, a monthly educational and networking luncheon held at Alta Mira. April’s luncheon will be taking place on Thursday, April 7, beginning at noon and ending at 1:30 pm.

Alta Mira’s Clinical Director Ben Eiland will be speaking on the topic of “The Enneagram: De-Pathologizing the Addicted Person.” Addicts and Alcoholics commonly enter treatment with what appears to be an Axis II Personality Disorder. Often what appears to be a personality disorder is a result of long term use of drugs, alcohol and trauma. The Enneagram is a typology made up of nine basic personality types designed to help people recognize and understand overall patterns in human behavior. The use of the Enneagram helps the individual understand their personality and leads to acceptance of self and can act as a relapse prevention tool. The Enneagram does not put people into boxes—it reveals the box and the way out.

Ben Eiland has been in the chemical dependency treatment field for over 35 years. Throughout his career he has had the privilege of being a director of both inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment programs, for both adults and adolescents. He is the past director of substance abuse treatment services for the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic and was the co-founder of Integrated Counseling and Consulting Services, specializing in relapse prevention and domestic violence.

Ben has been a trainer and consultant in such areas as chemical dependency treatment, co-occurring disorders treatment, domestic and workplace violence. He has provided training and consulting for such diverse organizations as the American Indian Training Institute, Maui Social Services, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bar Association.

Ben has taught at a variety of educational institutions over the last 32 years and is currently an adjunct faculty member at JFK University in Orinda, and the College of San Mateo, where he teaches courses for individuals who are pursuing a career as a certified addiction counselor. He is currently on the board and is the President of the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators.

Please RSVP

Due to our luncheon’s growing popularity, we need to keep an accurate RSVP list.  Please RSVP by Monday April 4th if you plan to attend.  Also, if you did reply but your plans change, please let us know.

If you would like to attend the event, simply reply to this email with your name and email address. Additionally, if you have friends or colleagues that would like to attend, please send their contact information to events@altamirarecovery.com.

Directions

Our address is 125 Bulkely Avenue in Sausalito.  For directions, see below.

From the North:

  • From US 101 South, take the exit toward Marin City/Sausalito and follow the exit for 0.3 miles
  • Turn left at Donahue Street and drive 0.2 miles
  • Take the 1st right onto Bridgeway/Waldo Point and continue to follow Bridgeway for 2.0 miles
  • Turn right at Princess Street and follow for 0.1 miles
  • Take a slight right onto Bulkley Avenue. Alta Mira will be on your left in 0.1 miles at 125 Bulkley

From the South

  • From US 101 North, take the Alexander Avenue exit, which is the second exit after the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Follow Alexander Avenue for 1.2 miles, until it turns left and becomes South Street. Follow South for 476 feet
  • Take a slight right onto 2nd Street and follow for 0.2 miles
  • Take the 3rd right onto Richardson Street and follow for 249 feet
  • Richardson will curve to the left and become Bridgeway. Drive on Bridgeway for 0.4 miles
  • Take the first left onto Princess Street and follow for 0.1 miles
  • Take a slight right onto Bulkley Avenue. Alta Mira will be on your left in 0.1 miles at 125 Bulkley

Posted in: ,