Our highly experienced Domus Retreat team consists of caring, non-judgmental and specialized professionals. Our healthcare team will work closely with you to help you get where you need to be. We understand this is a challenging and maybe scary phase in your life and we are here to hold your hand so you can successfully reach a full recovery from opiates and alcohol. Our commitment is your success and well being, and we want to help you achieve this.
David Livingston MA, M.F.T., is a licensed psychotherapist. He has been working with Waismann for close to 20 years. He is also the Director of the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness Inc. Mr. Livingston graduated from University of California Los Angeles, and recieved his Masters degree from Antioch University Los Angeles. He is also Certified in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic studies.
Mr. Livingston brings a vast amount of experience and insight into the many causes of unwanted opioid dependency. He believes in helping each person understand why they are struggling with chemical dependency and then what behaviors will move them toward the life they want. Mr. Livingston is very interactive and brings insight and empathy at a time where patients often feel vulnerable. All patients are treated respectfully with an understanding that their treatment will be tailored to their individual needs.
Mr. Livingston is a member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California on the treatment of chemical dependency. He was an adjunct professor at Yosan University Los Angeles.
Jaman Eley is a licensed vocational nurse and drug and alcohol counselor with 20 years of experience in addiction treatment. He has worked at Domus Retreat for over 13 years. He has a passion for helping people in every area of life and has helped thousands on their journey to recovery. He understands that addiction treatment is a highly individualized process and constantly looks for ways to tailor treatment and treatment goals to suit each client’s specific needs.
Alexis began acting at the age of 5, and has since been following her dream, allowing her performance background to infuse her career choice of becoming a Drama Therapist. She graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts in 1999, and then four years later, received her B.A. in Musical Theatre from UCLA. After performing professionally in LA for several years, she followed her instincts to New York, and attended NYU where she earned her M.A. in Drama Therapy. While in New York, she worked with at-risk high school students, homeless mentally disordered adults, and the aged and infirm at Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care. After returning home to California, she was hired at her high school alma mater, OCSA, to pioneer a Drama Therapy class, and teach this subject to seniors in the Integrated Arts Department. She also works with the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County, where she facilitates a weekly Drama Therapy group for adults with Down Syndrome.
Satch Purcell is a licensed acupuncturist and occupational therapist who has provided acupuncture and Chinese medicine services to clients at Domus Retreat since 2009. He sees clients in private practice and is also the program director of the occupational therapy assistant program at Stanbridge University. Satch earned a Masters in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University in 1997, as well as a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2004. He is a certified acupuncture orthopedic specialist and is certified in the use of physical agent modalities by the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Satch has taught Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, and various clinical sciences for 17-years.
Acupuncture and Opiate Detox Support
Acupuncture and related modalities have provided interventions for addiction since the opium epidemic in China that became prominent in the seventeenth century. Today, acupuncture is used to assist with the cravings, withdrawal symptoms, and many of the physical and mental sensations associated with opiate detox. Additionally, many individuals seeking assistance with opiate issues have a history of chronic pain. By providing clients with an acupuncture experience in a comfortable, well-supported environment, those individuals have the opportunity to learn about new options for managing pain in their post-opiate life upon returning home. Needles are not the only option! While acupuncture is Chinese medicine’s go-to modality for detox support, there are non-needle based options that are also effective. If an individual is not comfortable with the idea of acupuncture, it can be comforting to know that there are alternatives available at Domus Retreat.
Heather is a native Californian who moved from San Francisco for the Southern California sun. She has worked in the mental health field since 2009. In 2015 she obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has since been working to help patients recover from drug addiction. She has a passion for helping people and enjoys seeing the transformation that takes place when patients receive the proper care for their condition.
My name is Louis Pavan, and I have had the pleasure of working with the Waismann Method for 12 years. I began my career working with individuals in need of physical assistance as a volunteer and have continued in a professional capacity throughout my employment and formal education. I am at ease communicating with all levels of personnel, clients and their families and find the fields of both addiction counseling/treatment and human services to be both personally rewarding and challenging.
My background consists of a variety of different professional capacities. As a crisis intervention counselor, my role included being responsible for assessing and triaging a substantial volume of mental health and contract calls. Including, providing counseling and support to individuals in need and intervention for those at risk.
From that position, I took employment as a case manager in a long-term drug and alcohol treatment facility. Furthermore, I also provided case management and counseling services to males within the legal system, whose primary diagnosis was substance abuse. My duties included individual and group counseling sessions, treatment plans, reviews, intake and discharge planning.
I obtained my position as a clinical patient assistant with the Waismann Method and Domus Retreat, in May of 2006. I was able to attain my counseling certification through the state of California and have been certified as a counselor since 2012.
Serving our clients has been a wonderful experience both personally and professionally. I look forward to continuing serving in a helpful capacity with the Waismann Method for years to come.