Meet The Present Moments Family

Michele Downey

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, R.N., Master Addiction Counselor


Michele has been a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists since 1987. She is a Nationally Certified Master Addiction Specialist with the National Board of Addiction Examiners since 1991. She was a charter member of the American Christian Counseling Association and four times Certified Domestic Violence Treatment Provider for the State of California.

Her private practice specializes in treating families affected by addictions and mood disorders using a 12-step approach. She also became a member of the National Association of Forensic Counselors, as well as the National Association of Female Executives. She has advanced recovery therapy groups and specializes in mood disorders and marital/relationship issues.

James Bosch

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


James is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. His goal as a therapist is to accompany others on their journey back to wholeness. James’s style of working with clients is dynamic and in the moment. From the start he encourages his clients to draw on their wealth of existing strengths and wisdom to begin the next phase of healing. James loves to take clients out in nature and where healing often accelerates. James specializes in trauma recovery and he is a trained EMDR therapist.

James further describes his process as so: “Drawing on a variety of influences and therapeutic modalities, my purpose is to hold the flashlight as we venture into those dark places. When we bring the shadow material into the light we can fully integrate, recover and change the stories that are keeping us from living an amazing life.

Jonathan Edmett

Operations Manager


Jonathan Edmett is a man of high integrity and compassion for all those struggling with the disease of addiction. As person in long term recovery himself, Jonathan has managed large software development firm, multi-million dollar estates and still finds time to support a loving home for his family. He co-manages a dog rescue and support center for small dogs called Foster Mama’s with his loving and beautiful partner Sabrina.

Amber Korstad

Program Technician & Administrative Support


Amber is a team player with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. Amber strongly supports the recovery world and strives to create a comfortable environment for her clients. Amber helps keep the office balanced and to keep everything running smoothly.

Fay McGrew M.A.

QiGong Instructor


Fay has been teaching Qigong in San Diego for over 20 years effectively applying modernized versions of ancient health practices into integrative programs at major medical institutions such as Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, San Diego Cancer Research Institute, Silverado Senior Living for the Memory Impaired, Chopra Center, and Mind Body Medicine Mental Health program at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Phil Gallo, M.S., LAC, CPT

Physical Fitness, Acupuncture


Phil completed his Master’s Degree and medical internship from Emperors’ College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and finished his medical externship at the UCLA Ashe Center in Los Angeles, CA. Certified by the Council of Colleges of Oriental Medicine, and the AOA (Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture).

Karen Collins

Yoga & Reiki


Karen quickly fell in love with yoga and the effect it had on her body, her mind and spirit. It was during this time that she was introduced to the Twelve Step program used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Over the years she has studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Oponopono meditation, and participated in Chopra’s Perfect Health, Seduction of the Spirit and Journey into Healing.

Sydney Salt

Experiential Activities Facilitator


Sydney is a workshop creator, meditation facilitator, songstress and songwriter. Using interactive sound, song, silence and guided imagery, she provides a safe and respectful environment for clients to experience reconnection, clarity and peace of mind to navigate the next steps..

As the National Task Force Coordinator, she worked with Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) developing educational and media campaigns for world peace, was manager for Girl Scouts of America in the Rancho Sante Fe and Solana Beach School District, developing programs for self esteem and was a symposium facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream, a transformational workshop to encourage personal responsibility for a sustainable, just and thriving world.

Brandon Parkhurst & Wesley Geer

Music Expression


Brandon and Wesley are two passionate musicians who share their message of hope and talent to inspire others in recovery. Brandon is a singer/songwriter from San Diego. He has been the key songwriter for Kut U Up and Yovee for over 15 years as well as toured with Green Day, Blink 182 and Jimmy Eat World.

Kristin Wilhite, HHP

NLP, Nutrition


Kristin is a Certified Master Practitioner of Hypnotherapy and Mental & Emotional Release as well as a Certified Trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming. She helps clients through old patterns and develop new strategies for living a life in recovery.

Kathy Plaisted

Equine Therapy


Kathy Plaisted is certified as an Equine Specialist with over 30 years of horse experience. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and undergraduate studies in Organizational Psychology.

Mark & Amy Gladden

Owners


Present Moments Recovery is a dream of owner’s Mark and Amy Gladden, who want to offer those suffering from alcohol or drug addiction an opportunity to heal and grow in a loving, supportive environment. We are honored and grateful for each person that chooses to share their journey of recovery with us. We set up a Drug Rehab in San Diego North County to support a community based treatment approach for long term recovery.
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