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.
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.
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.
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.
Christine Hensley, AMFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Christine is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Her philosophy : “Whether its relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, loss or stress that is causing your pain, I want to help. I believe in customized and creative solutions for people. Everyone has a different personality and a unique set of problems, so everyone’s path to healing should be designed differently. I use CBT, EFT, DBT and other scientifically proven methods of treatment. We will find a way to utilize your individual strengths and help you to better cope with the battles you are facing. I believe that it’s never too late to re-create the life you want to live.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daniela Anaya, RADT
Jason Le, BA