Chapters Capistrano Rehab Center
Chapters Staff has over 200 years of Combined Experience and Clinical Excellence in the Addiction Treatment Field. Below you can find our full time staff.
Dr. Sharon Stafford, PhD – Therapist
Dr. Stafford is a clinical psychologist with years of experience with child, adolescent, and adult populations. She obtained her BA from USC, her MA from Notre Dame and her PhD from CSPP San Diego. She has worked as a program director for inpatient child psychiatry, a clinical director for a dual diagnosis treatment center, and in the ER, cardiology, and inpatient/outpatient psychiatry in hospital settings. She has also worked as a research coordinator in the area of chronic pain. As clinical supervisor Dr. Stafford provides program oversight, clinical supervision and facilitates groups and individual sessions as well as provides patient education at Chapters Capistrano.
Shauna Forsythe – Therapist
Shauna obtained her BA in psychology from The City College of New York as well as her M.A in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Shauna has experience in group and family sessions as well as individual care. She utilizes a wide range of approaches through CBT, EFT and solution focused therapy. Her empathetic and motivational approach provides her patients with a strong sense of guidance and genuine care throughout their journey to sobriety.
Matthew Beck, MA, AMFT, APCC – Primary Therapist
Matthew is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor.He completed his Master of Arts degree inPsychology from California Southern University in 2016, and he completed hisBachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2003.He joined Chapters Capistrano in 2018 after working in the chemical dependency unit at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA. Matthew uses a multi-modal approach; he is a solution-focused, cognitive behavioral therapist with a person centered, experiential approach. He supports clients with unique connectedness and unconditional positive regard. He cultivates a safe and secure therapeutic environment in an effort to address core issues that support negative thoughts processes which drive unhealthy behavioral patterns. Matthew has a passion for working with clients in recovery and his dedication to the field has inspired and motivated clients to seek out continued growth, development, and success post-treatment.
Sandra Thomas – Case Manager
Sandi graduated from Cypress college with an Associate Degree in Human Services and a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Sandi is both certified in CAADE and CCAPP as a level II Counselor. She has worked in the field of addiction and counseling since 2008 with experience in facilitating and leading groups utilizing self-awareness, evidence-based material and processing, and solution focused discussion. Her warm and compassionate spirit combined with her tenacity in the field provides clients with a sense of support and community.
Joseph Pruitt – Case Manager
Joe started his own journey to recovery in 2015. Finding that helping others struggling with substance abuse was extremely rewarding. He jumped into working in treatment in early 2016. Beginning his work as a Behavioral Health Technician, he was promoted to a Lead Technician, then to the role of Case Manager as a result of his work ethic, compassion, and love for client care. Joe studied Philosophy and Secondary Education at St.Clair County Community College and is currently continuing his education in the pursuit of a degree in nursing. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer through NASM, with a specialization in Fitness Nutrition and Corrective Exercise.
Joe uses his life experience, along with a philosophical foundation, to help reach clients in a relatable way. He focuses on creating healthier lifestyles, changing perspectives, and finding and implementing appropriate coping skills.
Dr. Alejandro Alva – Medical Director
Yvette Elpido – Nurse Practitioner
Yvette Elpidio received her Master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis on family practice from the California State University at Long Beach. She is Board Certified through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Yvette has been working as an Nurse Practitioner in the psychiatric field for many years with Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists after completing her MSN degree. She also provides treatment and care for patients with substance abuse and addiction.
Prior to this she worked as a registered nurse for five years before going back to school. She has worked in a varied number of specialized settings which include: telemetry, oncology, medical-surgical, home health and hospice. Yvette has also been instrumental in clinical research having worked for three years as an infusion nurse for ATP Clinical Research.
Valuing education, she works as a preceptor for Touro University. Yvette worked with nursing students as a clinical instructor for the Cerritos College nursing program.
Yvette’s focus is on clinical care looking to provide patients a wealth of expertise, knowledge and a personal warmth in a very real humanistic and holistic approach.
Jennifer Knowles – Charge Nurse
Shelby Hickey, B.A. – LVN
Shelby is a Licensed Vocational Nurse who embodies compassion and strives to provide the best possible care for clients. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University where she soon discovered her passion for nursing after volunteering at a local hospital. After returning to Orange County, she decided to pursue a career in nursing at Stanbridge College. Shelby has experience in various areas of nursing including geriatrics, school nursing, mental health, and addiction. Throughout the recovery process, she ensures that clients are in optimal health and is very supportive in assisting with any medical concerns. She is committed to promoting wellness education, and advocating healthcare needs. Shelby is very grateful to be involved in a client’s journey to sobriety as they continue to take steps into a healthy lifestyle.
Sheena Patel – LVN
Usiel Gutierrez – LVN
Kimberly Prosser – LVN
Laura Svette – Art for Healing Group Facilitator
Brianne Koenig – Yoga Instructor
Liz Post – Massage Therapist
Edmund Erickson – Acupuncture Specialist
Bernie Wolfe – Certified Fitness Trainer
Jennifer DeVore – Clinical Director
Manuel Perez – Director of Operations
Manuel Perez has extensive background helping clients in the medical field and healthcare industry. He got his associates certification in clinical research in 2005 and also got certified as a medical assistant and an E.M.T.
He did his internship at Costal Community hospital of Tustin and has also done numerous clinical research studies for big pharmaceutical companies helping patients find medication to help deal with Mental illness, Autism, PTSD, Bipolar, Depression. He has been working in treatment since 2012 and has helped over3000 clients fight their addiction and begin their journey in sobriety. He takes a lot of pride and is passionate about making a difference in peoples life’s.
Chad Daugherty – CEO
Chad is a certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC II) with over a decade of experience working in the field of recovery. Chad’s optimistic approach is individualized and creative to help each client reestablish exactly who they truly are, work towards finding peace, and perfect self expression. Chad believes in instilling the confidence needed to face the many challenges ahead with emphasis on meditation, spirituality, and learning to give back to the community.