Treatment Team (Archive)

PACE Addiction / Behavioral Health Treatment Team


Lenny Segal LMSW, MBA - Executive Director/ Founder
It has been Lenny’s dream to create a treatment center that focuses on the specific needs of men in recovery. Lenny holds a double Masters Degree in both Clinical Social Work and Business Administration. With over 14 years of experience in the addiction field, Lenny has dedicated himself to helping people overcome obstacles that prevent them from living fulfilling lives. For ten years, Lenny was a primary therapist at the prestigious Cottonwood Tucson, specializing in the treatment of young adults. For several years, Lenny has been actively involved in community service projects. He is a regular public speaker, educating students at both middle and high schools about the dangers of alcohol and drug use.Lenny brings a unique blend of clinical and personal experience to PACE Recovery Center. Lenny is able to empathize with the challenges his Clients are experiencing. At the age of 19, Lenny received an intervention immediately followed by treatment. It was this defining moment that cemented his direction both personally and professionally. Lenny believes that recovery is challenging at any age, but there are specific barriers a person encounters as a young adult. Through his experience and sound clinical practice, Lenny assists his Clients in developing strategies to better navigate themselves through the journey of recovery.Lenny’s expertise is in the treatment of individuals who suffer from co-occurring / dual diagnosis issues. He understands the importance of addressing underlying issues that have caused his Clients challenges and personal loss in their lives. It is Lenny’s belief that by targeting and overcoming these precise issues, a person will maintain ongoing recovery. It is Lenny's passion to help an individual work through recurring life struggles and share with them his experiences, strength, and hope. At PACE Recovery Center, Lenny takes an active approach in helping the Clients and their Families move towards their goal. He believes in the power of positive projection and energy. Lenny is a firm believer that a Positive Attitude Changes Everything (PACE).
 
Dr. Brooke Buccola, PsyD, LMFT - Clinical Director
Dr. Buccola has joined Pace Recovery Center in the role of Clinical Director after a number of years working in the field of addiction and recovery. Dr. Buccola is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in the treatment of chemical and behavioral addictions. She completed her Psy.D and Masters Degree at Alliant International University of Irvine, California and received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach where she graduated with honors. Dr. Buccola has had the privilege of working with many treatment centers throughout Orange County, and has created and implemented many aspects of their clinical programming throughout the years. With an eclectic approach to therapy, Dr. Buccola gravitates toward a post-modern theory with aims at empowering the individual to reclaim his or her life from addiction. Previous to entering the addiction and recovery field, Dr. Buccola worked with victims of domestic violence at the Women’s Transitional Living Center. At WTLC she worked with both women, their children, ran education and process groups, and facilitated the Personal Empowerment Program classes for court mandated victims of Domestic Violence. Currently, Dr. Buccola maintains a successful private practice in Newport Beach, California helping individuals, couples, and families with an array of presenting problems.
 
Tricia Marzullo, Ph.D. - Therapist
Dr. Tricia Marzullo (Dr. Trish) is a doctor of psychology. She comes to PACE with extensive experience in working with men who struggle with dual diagnosis issues having worked in several different treatment facilities. Her training includes the science of substance abuse/dependence, sex addiction, media/video game addiction, co-dependency, shame and trauma, ADHD, grief, depression, personality disorders, anxiety, fractured relationships, adoption, abuse, sexual identity, and psychosis. Prior to her training in addiction, Dr. Trish studied at California State Long Beach where she received her Bachelor's in Psychology. She completed her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University with a focus on internationalism and multiculturalism. Her studies included travel to Mexico City and India on immersion programs which focused on cultural competence. She completed her dissertation on the evolution of the culturally competent therapist and conceptualized that each family is their own culture and worthy of individualized treatment. She applies this philosophy within the treatment of addiction. Dr. Trish believes that 12-step programs provide a structure for addicts while also considering each persons unique journey through treatment, sobriety, and recovery. Dr. Trish has worked with children and their families at Western Youth Services in Anaheim, college students at Saddleback Community College, as well as adults of diverse ages/races/religions. She effectively joins with clients and she has been described as being 'compassionate', 'caring', 'understanding', and 'a good listener'. Using narrative theory to guide her practice, she believes that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance because it is where trust and safety can be created to foster the types of changes clients desire. Cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness beliefs, strategic interventions, motivational interviewing, and a systemic world view also inhabit her therapy sessions as agents of change. Dr. Trish believes it is an honor and privilege to assist people in achieving their goals and looks forward to witnessing the positive changes clients make in their lives. In her free time she enjoys being active outdoors, watching movies with her husband, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
 
Joanna T. Savarese, Ph.D. - Neuropsychologist/Clinical Psychologist
Joanna Savarese, Ph.D. is a formally trained neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist, and co-founder of San Diego BrainWorks in San Diego, CA. Dr. Savarese has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitals, schools, family clinics, rehabilitation facilities, private practice, and medical hospitals. Dr. Savarese has particular expertise in neuropsychological and personality assessment with individuals, children and adolescence experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, memory problems, and symptoms of ADHD. Dr. Savarese provides individual and family therapy (depression, anxiety, substance abuse, family conflict, behavior problems, parenting) and helps parents work collaboratively and successfully with their child, teenager, or young adult. She has been a consulting member of the PACE team since 2012. She works collaboratively and effectively with PACE staff to understand the neuropsychological/personality testing results and to use that information to further tailor treatment to each individual. Dr. Savarese is authentic and genuine and forms a strong personal connection and relationship with her clients and their families. Her approach is a combination of straightforward and supportive and she is known for being very effective when working with difficult situations. Dr. Savarese synthesizes information from neuropsychological and/or personality testing to create an effective treatment plan that is useful and practical. She frequently lectures in the community on Understanding Neuropsychological Evaluations, Dementia, and Learning and the Brain. She has written articles for Parenting Magazine and most recently wrote several features for the textbook The Neuroscience of Learning: Principles and Applications for Educators (2014). Dr. Savarese is the co-chair of the Neuropsychology committee for the San Diego Psychological Association and is involved in the Autism Tree Project Foundation. She is passionate about getting her clients the right treatment they need and setting them up for a successful future.
 
Lisa Lipton, LMFT - Therapist
Lisa Lipton is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over twelve years of counseling experience helping teenagers, young adults and their families.Her undergraduate degree was obtained at California State University Northridge, receiving a B.A. in Psychology. Lisa attended Phillips Graduate Institute in Encino, California, where she graduated with an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy.Working for an outpatient non-profit organization for 6 years provided Lisa with the opportunity to work with a dual diagnosis population, addressing both substance abuse issues and mental health disorders. Lisa's experience working at a Therapeutic Boarding School for children and youth ages 10-16 for three years, as a Treatment Coordinator and Therapist, has given her residential placement and milieu knowledge. Co-facilitating Parent Seminars and Family Workshops, to help families have a better understanding of the challenges their children face, were an integral part of the healing and recovery process. In addition to writing numerous articles, Lisa is presently a part-time adjunct professor at Woodbury University, teaching a course on Marriage & Intimacy. Being married and the proud mom of a five year old son brings a personal perspective to her work. One of Lisa's favorite past-times is to hike the beautiful trails of California with her two little Pomeranian dogs Hercules and Samson.
 
Alyssa Christensen, MFTi, PsyD. Student - Therapist
Alyssa Christensen graduated from The University of Arizona with a B.A. in Psychology. She then moved to California to pursue her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Marital and Family Therapy Specialization. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree to advance her studies in the field. Her practice includes, individuals, children, couples, and families. Where her passion lies, is working with young adults. Alyssa believes that this is a crucial time in their lives. Intervening effectively can help them navigate towards a life that is both meaningful and rewarding. Her therapeutic approach is establishing trusting and genuine relationships with her clients. Alyssa has helped so many people develop insight into their self-destructive behavior, which has led them to long-term recovery. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys working out, exploring beautiful California, and spending time with her friends, family, and Pomeranian
 
Will Sanchez, MFTi - Therapist
Will has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University. His future scholastic goals include continuing his education and pursue his Doctorate degree. He earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Concordia University, Irvine. He completed his practicum hours working at Silverlake Medical Hospital in Rosemead, gaining invaluable experience as a counselor for adults with various chronic mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. Will has a long history working with the young adult population. He coached high school soccer at Newport Harbor High School for 5 years and worked for the City of Costa Mesa with the teen recreation programs for many years as well. Will has worked as primary therapist at the adolescent and adult treatment center level for the last several years. Specializing in addiction, adding an experiential approach to therapy both individually and the group setting, Will hopes to help recreate positive life experiences with PACE. Will believes in a Client centered approach to when he works with the Men at PACE Recovery Center. His groups are both informative and fun.
 
Amy Field, LMFT, CAS - Continuing Care Coordinator
Amy has worked in the addiction recovery field for over 26 years. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Addiction Specialist. She also holds certificates in Domestic Violence Training and Prolonged Exposure Trauma Training from the Center for Deployment.Amy discovered her passion for helping others while counseling teens at risk in school based programs and observing these teens hunger to learn more about self-esteem building skills. Her further experience in the addiction field led her to facilitating Chemical Dependency Family program helping families impacted by addiction. Then for the past 6 years Amy has developed and managed Intensive Out Patient treatment program.She continues working as a consultant developing Out Patient Chemical Dependency programs along with in her private practice. Amy has also specializes helping those struggling with Sex and Love addiction. She currently facilitates weekly men's sex addiction and women's codependency groups. She has over 27 years of experience with her own recovery program and offers a blend of 12-Step experience along with therapeutic support. Her treatment philosophy is rooted in Albert Einstein's outlook, “Trying to solve a problem with the same mind that created it doesn’t always work.” She is a supporter of the Animal Assist League and Heritage House for women.
 
David St Clare, MS - Case Manager
David St Clare is a supervised clinical intern who is currently completing his Masters Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling at Capella University. David has over 26 years of personal recovery experience working with a wide array of individuals who are beginning their journey of recovery. David has an interest in a variety of counseling theories including CBT, Motivational Interviewing, REBT, and SFBT as they specifically apply to working with individuals suffering from addictions related issues. David believes in utilizing a holistic approach which integrates evidence based interventions with 12-step facilitation in order to provide unique and effective treatment to each individual client.
Sean Kelly, CDC, RRW - Case Manager
Sean began working in the treatment field as an interventionist in 1995. He is a Chemical Dependency Counselor with a specialization in Mental/Co-Occurring Disorders. Over the last 17 years, he has helped hundreds of individuals seek treatment from drugs and alcohol. Sean is a proven expert in coaching individuals who are resistant to change seek long-term recovery. It is his hands on approach that is most valuable to the Clients at PACE Recovery Center. Sean’s gentle demeanor creates an environment for the Clients to connect with feelings and vulnerabilities that have prevented them from maintaining sobriety. Sean is also a Marine who proudly served our country. It is this background that helps him teach the Men of PACE Recovery Center how to accomplish goals, create discipline, and develop accountability.Sean’s own personal struggle with addiction allows him to meet the Clients where they are at in their own recovery, and help guide them on their recovery journey. Sean is an active member in the recovery community. His philosophy is to treat people with love, dignity and respect. It's this mentality that allows him to create an alliance, which allows for the therapeutic process to take place between him and his Client. This relationship empowers the Client to gain the skills necessary to recover from drugs and alcohol.Sean studied at Centaur University to become a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor.
 
Ava Daugherty, CADCA - Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Ava entered the treatment field in 2011 as a residential house manager and office administration for a treatment center where she became a strong liaison between the clients and the clinical staff. Ava has been able to bring a fresh perspective to PACE Recovery Center along with a unique blend of experience and talents: organizational and interpersonal skills and a passion for people. She exhibits a strong commitment to working with diverse, and often challenging, populations and is a strong influence and a positive example of recovery for our clients here at PACE. She brings with her, like many others working at PACE, her own personal recovery and is extremely passionate about guiding others in their journey to obtain a happy, fulfilling, and productive life. Ava studied at Centaur University to become a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.
 
Andrew Colucci, RRW - Lead Resident Manager
Andrew is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to Southern California to seek treatment for his own personal struggles with substance abuse issues. It was through his own recovery journey that he recognized a passion for helping people. Currently in school to receive his college degree, Andrew enjoys helping others to achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Andrew understands the importance of incorporating a solid Twelve Step program of recovery, as well as a lifestyle that is centered around physical fitness and exercise. In his free time Andrew enjoys mountain biking, weightlifting, and taking road trips throughout California.
 
Carlo Medina, BA Psychology - Experiential Coordinator
A California native, Carlo began his career in the recovery field in 2005 working with transitional age youths and adults with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. Carlo's specialty is coordinating and formulating treatment plans with other health care professionals, providing vocational preparation and training, life skills training and developing solid working relationships with his clients. He is also extremely passionate about physical fitness and nutrition, and believes it is an important component in a person's recovery. In his free time, Carlo is an avid surfer, boxer and traveler for most of his life and is committed to share his passion for health and wellbeing.
 
Matthew Miler - Resident Manager/Twelve Step Liaison
Matthew was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Southern California where he is a full time student at Orange Coast College. Matthew is passionate about the Twelve Steps of recovery. He has experienced the positive changes that his involvement in a solid recovery program has brought to his own life. It is the combination of both his personal and professional experience that allow him to help Clients better cope with the stressors associated with early recovery. Matthew regularly speaks at local men’s detox centers and recovery programs throughout Orange County. In his free time Matthew attends the local gym, health food stores, and martial arts classes. Matthew aspires to be the best he can be, and enjoys enthusiastically helping the Clients at PACE Recovery Center do the same.
 
Victor Calzada - Resident Manager
Victor joined the United States Marine Corps right out of high school in 1995. He proudly served as a heavy weapons operator. While in the service, Victor was recognized for his, honor, courage and commitment. While serving in the United States military, he learned the important characteristics of working as a team.After his tour in the military, Victor worked for the Correctional Systems for 6 years as a Correctional Officer. Victory was known for his keen ability to listen and help them problem solve any issues they might have been experiencing. An area that Victor is passionate about is working with people who have substance abuse issues.Victor has had his own personal struggles with chemical dependency issues. He believe that the combination of opening our hearts and minds, with the right guidance, we can overcome our issues. He believes 12-step program is an excellent template to follow for a long-term recovery. In his spare time Victor enjoys spending time with my family. He is a proud father of 3 wonderful children. My hobbies are repairing electronics and restoring antiques.
 
Jordan Emerson, JD - Marketing/Outreach Director
Jordan received a BS in Public Relations as well as a BS in Journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2003. He is recently graduated from law school and received his Juris Doctorate degree from The University of Arizona. Previous to attending law school, Jordan worked for five years at Cottonwood treatment center in Tucson, AZ in marketing and business development. While at Cottonwood, Jordan traveled the country more than 26 weeks a year, learning about the Nation’s top treatment facilities and practitioners, and brings that knowledge and experience with him to PACE Recovery Center. With his vast network of practitioners around the country, Jordan is able to connect patients with doctors and therapists in most parts of the country when they return home. While traveling for Cottonwood Jordan was able to witness firsthand hundreds of treatment facilities across the country. Based on these experiences, Jordan has been able to pinpoint exactly what is needed in a treatment center to ensure patient success. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys spending time with his family and two dogs. He enjoys cooking, reading and practicing yoga. He is also an avid sports fan and you will always catch him watching U of A games and following the Buffalo Bills.
 

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Hisham Korraa, M.D. - Psychiatrist
Dr. Hisham Korraa, M.D. is a UCLA trained psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy and medication management for adults and adolescents. With a heavy emphasis on addressing the individual, Dr. Korraa’s treatment focuses on variables that would impact the individual’s development and coping patterns over the course of the years.Dr. Korraa developed a special interest in helping individuals overcoming their chemical dependency issues and addressing underlying core struggles to focus on growth and health. Dr. Korraa works well with several different chemical dependency programs in Orange County including PACE Recovery Center and he maintains a strong relationship with his patients well after their acute recovery period.Dr. Korraa did his undergraduate training at University of Houston. He later graduated from Texas Tech School of Medicine. He then specialized in Psychiatry at the reputable UCLA/Sepulveda Training Psychiatry Program. Being exposed to several different facilities in the Los Angeles area (with much exposure to veterans in the greater LA VA and Sepulveda VA program), Dr. Korraa became well versed in PTSD and chemical dependency. In addition to psychopharmacology and individual therapy, Dr. Korraa is one of the very few physicians who also specializes in both the transcranial magnetic treatment of depression and deep brain nerve stimulation of obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Korraa has been awarded multiple awards over the course of the years. He has been recognized by his patients with several “Patient’s Choice Award” and “Compassionate Doctor Recognition”. He has also been recognized as among the best rated doctors in the area.

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