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Speakers of the Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care Panel Series - Anaheim, CA


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.

David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT
Medical Director
Center Point

Dr. Smith founded the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in June, 1967. Today, he is the Chief of Addiction Medicine at Alta Mira and the Medical Director at Center Point in San Rafael, CA, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. He is Former Executive Medical Director of the Prometa Center, in Santa Monica, California and is a past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM). Dr. Smith is also the Founder and Executive Editor of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

Dr. Smith lectures on the management, legal implications and repercussions of dependence on psychoactive drugs, including cocaine, alcohol and prescription drugs. He also speaks on the subjects of impaired and recovering physicians, substance abuse in the workplace and dual diagnosis disorders. He teaches that addiction is a primary medical illness which is best treated in a multidisciplinary integrated fashion with an abstinence-oriented model of recovery utilizing the group process and the 12-Step programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous as central to the process of recovery.

Albert Villapiano, Ed.D.
Vice President of Clinical Development

Albert Villapiano, Ed.D.,is Vice President of Clinical Development  at Inflexxion, Inc. in Newton, MA and is in charge of the behavioral health product line. He is also a licensed psychologist who received his doctorate from Boston University in 1983.  Dr. Villapiano has over 25 years of experience as a clinician, trainer, researcher, administrator and consultant.

He is a co-principal investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) grants at Inflexxion and is focused on the development and implementation of innovative processes and tools to improve the quality of behavioral health assessment, treatment and education. He has held academic appointments at Harvard University and Boston University Medical Schools, and the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Among his publications is Time-Effective Treatment: A Best Practices Manual for Substance Abuse Professionals, (2003). Chiauzzi, E., Villapiano, A., Budman, S., & Goldman, R., Center City, MN: Hazelden Foundation.

Betsy Spier
Family Therapist
Private Practice

Betsy Spier is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. She is a graduate of Antioch University, Los Angeles. In addition to working as a clinician and administrator, Betsy teaches Introduction to Counseling, Group Counseling Techniques and Community Repsonse to Alcohol and other Drugs at UCLA in the Drug and Alcohol Studies Department.

In her private practice, Betsy specializes in working with adolescents and their familes, and adults with mood disorders, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Betsy was involved in opening one of the first “dual diagnosis” programs in South Central LA in the mid 1990s. The program came out of the need for specialized treatment for women who were chemically dependent and had co-occurring mental illnesses. It still provides superior services for the community.