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From Our CARF Accreditation Survey Findings:

"Earnest and highly dedicated, programmatic staff members love their jobs. Their exceptional enthusiasm for the work they do was palpable through the interviews conducted online and telephonically during this survey. Staff members' comments reflected that they feel empowered to help clients throughout all aspects of the organization's programs. They greatly enjoy working for the owners, whom they consider to be great leaders. They feel part of the organization, and they love the programs they have all created together.

When asked what they would do with a hypothetical $1 million dollars to improve Present Moments Recovery, staff members were hard pressed to respond, saying that they consider the organization to already be of high quality. Ultimately, their only suggestions were to install a swimming pool for the supported housing program and to use any additional funds to provide treatment to persons who could not otherwise afford it."

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Meet Our Staff of Addiction Treatment Experts

Katie Hirst, MD

Medical Director

Katie Hirst, MD

A native Californian, Dr. Hirst grew up in the Bay Area before attending Stanford University for her dual undergraduate degree. She experienced two East Coast winters while teaching high school science outside of Boston, then returned West to attend medical school at UC San Diego, where she earned honors for leadership, academic accomplishment and patient care. After graduation, Dr. Hirst completed a dual residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at UC San Diego — and founded the UCSD Maternal Mental Health Clinic during her third year of training.

Dr. Hirst soon became a regional expert in the field of Reproductive Psychiatry, caring for women with anxiety, mood disorders and psychosis during pregnancy and the postpartum period. While serving on faculty in three departments at UCSD School of Medicine, Dr. Hirst delivered local and international lectures, wrote a teaching curriculum, published articles, supervised trainees and developed the first Maternal Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program in the Southwest United States.

Dr. Hirst developed an opioid addiction following the births of her daughters via C-section in 2008 and 2011, and left academic medicine to seek treatment in late 2013. Before returning to work in late 2015, Dr. Hirst developed a personal mindfulness meditation practice, even completing teacher training. Today she is proud to incorporate her strong knowledge of psychological theory with mindfulness meditation practice in her work with patients.

Dr. Hirst is board-certified in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, and is able to provide a unique level of care that encompasses the whole patient as a result of this dual training and expertise.

Dr. Hirst balances her rewarding work with personal time devoted to recovery, family and friends. She and her family are avid explorers of National Parks, and she is an enthusiastic indoor cyclist and (slow but steady) runner.

Dr. Scott Seaman, Ed.D., LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Scott Seaman, Ed.D., LMFT

Dr. Scott has worked in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for 32 years. He has worked in a variety of mental health settings including licensed clinical work in a community hospital for 6 years, and 11 years on the North San Diego Drug Court team as a clinical therapist.  His therapeutic approach tends toward discovering and strengthening one's clarity and insight with the objective of stabilization, balance, and centeredness, allowing the client to naturally move toward an increasingly loving life, creating joy in areas of relationship, finance, health, and community.

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Nerice Kaufman, M.Div., MA, D.Min, LMFT

Therapist

Nerice Kaufman, M.Div., MA, D.Min, LMFT

Nerice has been a therapist and healthcare professional for over 35 years. She specializes in dual diagnosis, grief and loss  and relapse prevention. She has worked in a variety of settings as presenter, facilitator, individual and family counselor and spiritual consultant. This includes over one dozen in and outpatient recovery programs. In recovery herself, she has personally used, as well as taught, all traditional as well as current modalities, in particular cognitive behavioral tools for recovery.

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Amy Lajiness, LCSW
Deborah L Flamino, BS, MA,  CADC II
Neethu Jacob, PA-C
Kathryn O’Cain Meyer, M.Ed, LCAS
Kathryn O’Cain Meyer, M.Ed, LCAS
Emily McCay,  RADT
Ryan Fehlhaber, RADT
Ryan Fehlhaber, RADT
Nicholas Johnson, RADT
Debbie Johnson
Debbie Johnson 
Fay McGrew M.A.
Fay McGrew M.A.
Brandon Parkhurst & Wesley GeerBrandon Parkhurst & Wesley Geer
Brandon Parkhurst & Wesley Geer
Charlie Phillips

Yoga and Music Teacher

Charlie Phillips

Charlie recently moved to Carlsbad from suburban Philadelphia, were he owned a yoga studio and taught yoga and music therapy at a 120–bed inpatient treatment center for 15 years. Charlie aims to weave his experience, strength, and hope into his teachings to help the recovering person. His current passions are softball, bike riding, songwriting, and musical performance.

Kristin Wilhite, HHP
Kristin Wilhite, HHP
Kathy Plaisted, AMFT
Kathy Plaisted, AMFT
Emily Kilbane, Holistic Health Coach
Emily Kilbane, Holistic Health Coach
Kelley Keatly, RYT-200, RKM
Kelley Keatly, RYT-200, RKM
Mark & Amy Gladden

Get in Touch with Our Caring Team

We are waiting for your call. Don’t hesitate, pick up the phone and dial 619-363-4767 today.

Your first call will be greeted by one of our intake counselors who will be able to provide information on what program would be appropriate for your situation, as well as information about the process of getting treatment at our facility, if appropriate.

If Present Moments is the right fit for your current situation you will be speaking to Admissions Director Mark Gladden, who will be your guide throughout the process of arranging travel and undergoing an initial detox (if necessary). Mark has been the guide for dozens of men and women who have gotten their lives back by entering treatment at Present Moments. He has earned his reputation as being truly dedicated to the recovery of others. Mark will be the one to ‘show you the ropes’ when it comes to admitting to our facility for treatment

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