Chief Operating Officer / Co-Founder
Pam has extensive experience working with youth, adults and families who struggle with mental health issues, substance dependency and eating disorders. 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’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 Sustain Recovery’s Residential programs in California through the Department of Social Services; Community Care Licensing, and 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.
Dr. Dorsey joined Sustain Recovery as its Medical Director after a long career 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.
Sayeh Seyedfathi is an experienced leader and financial executive with a Bachelor’s 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.
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 by 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.
Sustain Recovery changed my life in a way I never considered remotely possible. I arrived in a place where I knew nobody. Sustain Recovery gave me tools so that I never had to be alone again. I learned how to live like an adult and have genuine relationships with other human beings. I gained a sense of self respect, love, and pride from the challenges I was given by staff. I was able to work through the recent loss of my father and I achieved my goal of not taking any psychiatric medication.
I learned that life is an endless balancing act. I have to continually work on myself and my relationships with the people in my life. The staff at Sustain Recovery are all incredibly experienced and spiritual. They were available to me whether I wanted their help or not. Through their efforts and experience, I experienced the inner workings of having an intimate, loving relationship with a loving creator.
Sustain Recovery is “home” for me. I discovered a loving, caring family that helped launch me to a place I would have never dreamed and, if I would have dreamed it, I would never have believed I would be able to accomplish it.