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Qualified, Experienced & Caring Therapists

Pacific Solstice is founded, owned, and run by a team of licensed, qualified, and caring mental health professionals with advanced degrees and decades of experience in the fields of substance use disorder and behavioral health.

Frustrated by the lack of quality, reputable, and ethical intensive outpatient treatment programs for our own private-practice patients, our team of professionals joined together to form our own. As Pacific Solstice, we collaborate to provide individuals and their families with state-of-the-art treatment, innovative therapies, and a genuine passion for helping our patients live happier, healthier lives. We’re not here to make a profit, but to make people whole again.

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Dr. Evan Fewsmith


Dr. Evan Fewsmith is the Founder and President of Pacific Solstice. He holds both a Masters Degree in Marriage Family and Child Therapy, as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed mental health professional with 20 years of experience in the field of substance abuse and mental health. His experience also includes work with domestic violence shelters, probation camps, drug courts, and family mental health clinics. He specializes in depression, anxiety, chemical/alcohol abuse and dependency, adult survivors of abuse and trauma.

He is the Co Founder of Strength in Support, a nonprofit for veterans and their families. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (MFC # 39289).

Dr. Fewsmith is both an effective and passionate agent of change not only due to his decades of education training and clinical experience, but also from his own personal recovery from childhood sexual abuse/trauma, a severe learning disability, and over 28 years of sobriety from a 12 year long drug and alcohol addiction.

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Dr. Ryan Wright

Board Certified Psychiatrist and Addiction Medicine Specialist

Dr. Wright is a Board Certified Psychiatrist currently practicing in Newport Beach, CA. He provides general psychiatric services for adult patients who are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, or thought disorders. For every new patient, Dr. Wright provides a comprehensive initial psychiatric assessment and offers subsequent mental health treatment including medication management and individual psychotherapy.

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Tom Buckley, BSW, CADC II

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Buckley is the Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Solstice Behavioral Health in Laguna Hills, California. At Pacific Solstice, he also works as a Programs Director and supervisor for drug and alcohol counselors. He is a leader in the Southern California behavioral health community as a result of his 15 years of experience in the field. Mr Buckley is a sought after public speaker and presenter on various topics related to mental health, addiction, ethics, etc. His clinical work as a drug and alcohol counselor (CADC II) and Social Worker combined with his education, training and experience in community outreach, business development, and marketing make him a unique leader of both our clinical and outreach teams. Tom also is a husband and father of twin teenage sons, which also aids him in understanding the struggles of our young clients, as well as their parents in our Young Adults Program.

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Aimee Dunkle

Harm Reduction Consultant

Amiee Dunkle is both the Founder and Executive Director of The Solace Foundation of OC. The Solace Foundation has been been a major source of lifesaving measures in Orange County’s current opiate epidemic. The Solace Foundation has been directly responsible for educating, certifying, and distributing naloxone to thousands of residents. As a direct result of these good works, there have been over 1,900 reversals, in just the past three years alone. These lives that have been saved have allowed individuals suffering from mental health and chemical dependency issues to have a second chance at life.

The Solace Foundation has had a significant impact on our county, and is the direct result of one woman’s personal tragedy being turned into a movement to assist those who are still suffering. We are extraordinarily privileged for Aimee to be such an important part of our team.

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Alana Model, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Alana is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies from the University of Arizona and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy emphasis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Alana has completed training for Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma/various conditions at the EMDR Institute.

Alana provides outpatient individual and group psychotherapy for adults and families in the treatment of mental health, chemical dependency, and relationship issues. Alana’s experience includes working with at-risk youth as well as with adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders and addiction. Alana is skilled in working with clients with dual diagnosis - addictions or dependencies that may be influenced by mental health issues (depression, anxiety, grief, schizophrenia, trauma from abuse, PTSD) and vice versa. Alana utilizes a variety of treatment approaches based upon clients’ needs including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, and Bowenian Family Systems Therapy. Alana has a passion for working with individuals of all ages who are struggling to communicate and get their needs met within their interpersonal relationships. Alana’s warm, supportive nature has led her to provide great healing and empathetic care in the work she does with each of her clients. She strives to make a positive difference - no matter how big or small - in the lives of everyone she comes in contact with.

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Abby Vinson MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Abby Vinson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has received her Masters Degree in psychology from California State University, Northridge. Specializing in addiction and trauma, Abby has vast experience working with substance abuse and dual diagnosis at prominent treatment centers, such as Promises, Authentic Recovery Center, and One to One Treatment. Abby has worked in community mental health at Airport Marina Counseling Service. Currently in private practice in West Los Angeles, Abby provides psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples. Abby is in the process of completing her doctorate at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Abby has also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and participated in the program in mindfulness at MARC/UCLA.

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Jessica Aguilar, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jessica is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azuza Pacific University.

She is passionate about guiding individuals experiencing life’s trials and tribulations, to discover or rediscover his or her true genuine self. She believes that in exploring our history, behavior patterns, and communication styles, we are better able to understand our past and learn to create a healthier and more enjoyable future. Therapy can be challenging, but together we can work through the current struggles you are experiencing. She has experience and training as a domestic violence advocate, treating individuals and adolescents who are facing anxiety, depression, conflicted relationships, and grief.

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Katie Bryan MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Art Therapist

Katie Bryan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Board Certified Art Therapist. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including an inpatient addiction treatment center, a residential treatment for adolescent girls, a non-public school, a suicide prevention center hotline, and a community mental health center. She now works in a private practice with locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. Over the course of her clinical work she has often marveled at the way that art-making can help people illuminate many facets of themselves.

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Rachel Hoover, BA, RADT

Operations & Admissions Manager

Rachel is a Registered Alcohol and Drug Technician and holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.

Rachel guides individuals through the admissions process, provides case management for those in our program, and acts as the liaison with family members. She helps to maintain facility standards, interagency relationships and quality client care. She has experience in the Veteran community through working with the nonprofit, Strength in Support, which provides free counseling services to members of the military and their families.

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Gillian Poe

Certified Yoga and Wellness Instructor

Gillian has been cultivating her personal practice and passion for yoga for over 15 years, exploring various styles and techniques to heal and strengthen the mind, body and connection to spirit. In 2010 she became a Yoga Alliance certified instructor through Yoga Works. Most recently she trained with Richard Miller and the team at the Integrative Restoration Institute in iRest Yoga Nidra, a transformational practice bringing healing and deep peace. Gillian is committed to making yoga accessible to everyone, and her classes reflect her compassionate and intelligent approach to instruction. She is passionate about empowering students on their unique and personal journey through the practice. “It is a great honor and pleasure to help my clients discover their authentic practice and the many benefits of yoga. Working with new and beginner students is a joy for me, as I get to share the gift of the practice and watch their transformation unfold. This is a wonderful exchange on both sides.” Gillian’s background in Corporate HR and wellness program management as well as culinary and nutrition training allows her to offer a holistic approach to corporate and private clients seeking additional support on the path to total well-being.

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Daniela Anaya, RADT

Psychology Intern

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Jason Le, BA


It’s time. Get help.

Call (949) 200-7929

Don’t put your life on hold any longer. Call today to speak confidentially with a qualified Pacific Solstice counselor from our Orange County treatment center.

We’ll help you take the next step toward putting your life back together. You don’t have to give up hope. And you don’t have to take this journey alone. Recovery starts with a simple phone call.

In Network Insurance

Pacific Solstice is in network with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Tricare, HMC, Multiplan, & Health Advocate Solutions

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Insurance coverage

At Pacific Solstice, we believe quality mental health services and addiction treatment should be accessible and affordable. We accept a wide range of PPO insurance providers, including the ones listed below. At this time, we do not accept Drug Medi-cal, Medicare, or Medicaid.

BlueCross BlueShield
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Pacific Solstice Events

Treating The Epidemic: Harm Reduction & Narcan Training
3/13/19 from 1:00-2:30 PM.
Hosted by Pacific Solstice

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