COO

Pamela Bryan

Chief Operating Officer / Co-Founder

For over 25 years Pam has been a leader and a top-performing manager credited with combining implementation, oversight, and program development expertise to deliver substantial services in the substance recovery market.  Pam has extensive experience working with youth, adults, and families who struggle with mental health issues, substance dependency, and eating disorders.

Pam’s skills are extensive and include organization, communication, leadership, operations delivery maintenance, policy network development, record maintenance, and staff training. Pam handles all aspects of licensing and administration of Sustain Recovery’s Residential programs in California through the Department of Social Services; Community Care Licensing. She also manages Sustain Recovery’s Outpatient program in California through the Department of Health Care Services, as well as accreditation and oversight.

Pam brings a significant amount of experience working with youth and families and shares a deep commitment and passion to helping others find their road to recovery.

    Recovery Counselor

    Gusto Sollas

    Recovery Coach

    Gusto Sollas has an extensive background in helping adolescent and adult clients in the chemical dependency field for over twenty-five years.

    Gusto's extensive experience in the field of addiction allows him to be an empathetic and effective leader when it comes to practicing sobriety and teaching others how to maintain as well as sustain a sober life. Gusto has worked in adolescent probation as well as out-patient counseling and believes that the in-patient approach is the most effective way for an adolescent to achieve the necessary emotional displacements and rearrangements needed to gain new ideas, emotions, and attitudes which are essential at sustaining recovery. 

    All who know Gusto find him to be extraordinarily passionate about his work, to have a wonderful sense of humor, and to enjoy a good meal and walks on the beach. 

      Chief Clinical Officer

      Dr. Yvonne McSkimming PhD, MA, CACCF, RCC

      Consultant

      Dr. Yvonne McSkimming is a top-performing executive with over 35 years of experience in the social service industry. Yvonne has been credited with combining implementation, oversight, and business development expertise constructing programming, recognized as exceptional in the highly competitive social service market. With a Ph.D. in Social Science (focused on social media, addiction, and mental health for youth) and a Master’s degree in Leadership / Psychology.

      Yvonne blends her diverse skill set to provide strong expertise in clinical counseling, group/seminar work, collaborative planning, strategic/risk management, policy/program development, outcome/evaluation management, staff recruitment/retention, network development, and quality improvement. Dr. McSkimming has been nominated for a Women of Distinction Award and been awarded a Women in Spotlight Award for her contribution to the social service industry.

      Dr. McSkimming is working with Sustain Recovery as the Chief Clinical Officer providing direction and support for all therapeutic/clinical services.  

        Recovery Counselor

        Stephanie Lambrecht

        Recovery Counselor

        Stephanie Lambrecht is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton where she earned her BA in Human Services.  Stephanie was an executive in the restaurant industry and decided to make a career change to follow her dream of working with adolescents that struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. 

        Stephanie has worked at Sustain Recovery as a recovery coach and recovery counselor for over 4 years.  

          Therapist

          Brian Goldstein

          Therapist

          Brian Goldstein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#115778). He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, CA, and completed a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Brian is interested in many aspects of psychology including clinical practice and research. Brian's graduate research was primarily focused on the investigation of the impact of trauma on those with borderline personality disorder. Prior to his position at Mainstay Recovery, Brian completed graduate training at Airport Marina Counseling Services in Los Angeles, CA, where he worked with a wide range of clients in a community mental health setting. Brian worked as a Primary Therapist at Mainstay Recovery, an OP/IOP chemical dependence treatment facility in Costa Mesa, CA, as well as with the Center for Discovery in Newport Beach, where he was a primary therapist and worked with both adolescents and adults who struggled with eating disorders and primary mental health. His most recent position is with Sustain Recovery Services, where he works primarily as an individual therapist and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) trauma therapist.

          Having worked in residential, outpatient, and private practice settings, Brian has a unique ability to offer support, compassion, valuable experience, and a healthy relationship where a client can heal and grow in a way that is personalized to them. The focus of his work is providing therapeutic services to adolescent and adult individuals who struggle in areas including addiction, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Brian is incredibly passionate about helping clients discover new things about themselves and move towards their most authentic life.

          Brian is incredibly passionate about helping clients discover new things about themselves and move towards their most authentic life. His approach is empathic, attentive, and thoughtful. Brian has a focus on creating a safe space by establishing mutual respect and trust. He comes from an attachment-based, integrative approach consisting of dynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, relational approaches, EMDR, and sensorimotor psychotherapy.

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            Donata T Senda, MA, LMFT (LMFT # 114304)

            Therapist

            Donata is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of hands-on social work and clinical experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and seniors struggling with mental illness, substance abuse, and process addictions, self-harm, eating disorders, suicidality, and other behavioral and emotional issues pertaining to all areas of their lives.  Donata works from an individualistic holistic approach, being sensitive and aware of cultural, spiritual, and aspects of client's lives which can impact their daily functioning of each individual in a unique way.

            Donata attained a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University. She also has a Masters in Social Work from the London Metropolitan University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Social Policy from Middlesex University (UK). Donata’s areas of training, specialty, and interests are in crisis intervention, trauma,  CBT/DBT Skills, Somatic Experiencing and Family Systems, and Attachment-Based Family therapy (ABFT).

            Donata is eclectic in her approach to working with various communities and draws from humanistic, existential, integrative, solution-focused, and family systems modalities.  Donata’s philosophy is that she meets each individual exactly where they are at. Donata’s expertise is in working with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, substance abuse, process addictions, cross addictions, trauma and PTSD, and family systems.

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              Jacqueline Liscano, MA, LMFT (LMFT #122092)

              Therapist

              Jacqueline is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has spent most of her internship/associate work with adolescents as well as young children beginning in 2012. Jacqueline also has experience with adults struggling with addiction and mental health issues but has a special spot in her heart for adolescents which has resulted in her returning to the adolescent population.

              Jacqueline attended California State Long Beach where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from National University.

              Jacqueline is married and enjoys time spent with her husband and family and enjoys self-care, such as gardening. Jacqueline also loves to travel and is hoping to visit all 50 states within the next 10 years.

                Founder Sustain Recovery

                Kyle Carter – RADT I

                Co-Founder

                Kyle Carter resides in Aliso Viejo, California where he sits in leadership roles on several public service committees, focused on young persons in recovery.

                Carter’s professional career began in sales and marketing which lasted for over nine years, most recently with New York Life as a licensed Life Insurance agent.  Carter began his career in substance abuse treatment working as a Care Coordinator at Newport Academy in Orange, CA.

                Working with young people, Carter was able to utilize his own personal experience with recovery as well as training received from top professionals to advance his career and become a recovery coach. Concurrent to his employment in the treatment field, Carter attended school at Saddleback College earning a certificate of achievement for Drug and Alcohol Studies.

                Carter’s passion for working with young people in recovery, combined with his training and education working in the industry has led him to collaborate with other respected professionals to build a program bridging the gap between treatment and aftercare. Sustain Recovery was then created as a transitional living program for young adults to provide that level of care needed to sustain long-term recovery.

                  Co Founder Sustain Recovery

                  Sayeh Seyedfathi

                  Co-Founder

                  Sayeh Seyedfathi is an experienced leader and financial executive with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management.

                  She is an energetic, forward-thinking individual with a creative personality. She encompasses high ethical standards and is well-organized, self-directed, "politically savvy" and a team player.  She has been an active participant in the public school system as PTA president, Vice President, and treasurer.  She has received awards from the PTA and the school community for her leadership and commitment to youth.

                  She has been involved in the world of recovery since 2009 and is bringing her business talent and desire to help families together to be a part of this revolutionary concept in young people’s recovery.

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                    Dr. Eugene Dorsey

                    Medical Director

                    Dr. Dorsey joined Sustain Recovery as its Medical Director after a long career in clinical and administrative medicine. He has directed research programs in the pharmaceutical industry, served as Chief of Psychiatry at multiple hospitals, and as Medical Director for a large public mental health agency.

                    Dr. Dorsey currently practices psychiatry from offices in Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Corona, and is Medical Director for another substance abuse program in Costa Mesa. Dorsey is board certified in psychiatry and administrative psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

                      I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

                      Megan
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