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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - San Jose, Calif.

Jennifer Golick, LMFT
Clinical Director
Muir Wood Adolescent & Family Services

Jennifer Golick received her Master of Arts degree from the Sonoma State University, where she graduated with honors as part of Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. For many years, Jennifer worked as a therapist in a non-profit mental health agency, working with underinsured and uninsured children and families.  Jennifer also created and implemented the first agency-based animal assisted therapy program, and utilized that modality in the treatment of adults with chronic mental illness.

Jennifer was most recently employed as clinical director of a well-respected 55-bed residential substance abuse treatment center in the Napa Valley.  Her specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing focusing on helping individuals and families identify problematic patterns of thought to affect systemic change.  She is also a seasoned public speaker, and has been a featured keynote speaker with organizations such as State Compensation Insurance Fund, Healdsburg District Hospital, North Bay Worker’s Compensation Association, and Marin Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment.

Pamela Alba, MA
Senior Director of Clinical Services
Bayside Marin and Azure Acres

Pamela has 20 years of experience in multi-disciplinary treatment for addiction, mental health disorders, and process addictions. She has a specialization in treating post-traumatic stress disorder, Somatic Experiencing, family systems and she holds a yoga teaching certification. She has worked in environments immersed in the 12-step tradition as well as programs such as Bayside Marin that provide multiple options for one to choose their next steps toward a balanced and vibrant life.

Pamela brings experience from the best addiction treatment centers in the country to Bayside Marin and Azure Acres through program development, staff training, in addition to the implementation of evidence based practices and the CRC Care model. She has appeared on “The Dr. Drew Show” and “Addicted”.

Krista Gilbert, Ph.D
Michael's House Treatment Center

Krista Gilbert has focused on the treatment of addiction and mental health issues since the late 1980s. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling and a Ph.D in depth psychology with the constant focus of working compassionately with adolescents and adults who have both addiction and mental health issues.

Krista has a long history in clinical practices that are proven to be effective for those with co-occurring disorders, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She uses these treatment methods to concentrate on the underlying issues of co-occurring disorders, such as grief, loss and trauma, as well as organic causes that may have previously undermined successful recovery.

Krista’s commitment to providing the best patient care for each individual has been her guiding desire throughout her career, and today she brings this commitment to Michael’s House, where she believes that a truly integrated treatment approach, the best clinical practices, excellent clinical staff, a supportive recovery community and a healing environment comprise the foundation that is essential for success in recovery. A personal connection to treatment and recovery gave Krista an early start in the field. She was still a teen herself when she started to work with a counseling center for teens and ended up on the board as an adolescent liaison. Today, that early aptitude has grown into a wealth of experience.

Krista is a popular speaker and is particularly passionate about DBT, Motivational Interviewing and integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. At the end of the day, what keeps Krista going are the stories of success—when she receives emails and letters of thanks or messages that former patients have reached certain levels of recovery and are getting 60-day, one-year or two-year chips. She takes the work very personally, and it’s moments like that which make it all worthwhile.

Jes Montgomery, MD
Psychiatric Director
Gratitude Program, Pine Grove Behavioral Health

James C. “Jes” Montgomery, MD began working in the field of Chemical Dependency in 1985 as a Family Physician, Addiction Medicine Certification in 1987, becoming Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2009. After returning to LSUMC in New Orleans in 1992, he completed a psychiatry residency in 1995 and attaining board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1999.

Since 1997, he has worked in residential treatment, including professionals with licensure issues related to addiction and boundary violations.  After 8 years as the Medical Director for Santé Center for Healing, he became the Psychiatric Director for Pine Grove Behavioral in their residential Sex Addiction Program.  He was certified as a Sex Addiction Therapist and Supervisor by IITAP in 2011, having first trained in Treating the Sex Addict in 1988.  His work in addiction has focused on the family and the long-term aspects of recovery, as well as the acute intervention and diagnosis. 

He has worked with multiple addictions throughout his career, including sex addiction, eating disorders and gambling addiction.  Dr. Montgomery has presented in the areas of pharmacology in addictions, boundaries and ethics, sexuality, sexual trauma and sexual addiction, sexuality and spirituality, grief and LGBT issues.

Douglas J. Edwards, MBA
Publisher of Addiction Professional

Douglas J. Edwards is publisher of Addiction Professional, having formerly served as editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional.  Edwards has been serving the addiction treatment community since 2000 in multiple editorial and marketing roles.  Edwards will serve as moderator of the discussion.