Pacific Assistance Group
CALIFORNIA PHYSICIAN SUPPORT & MONITORING SERVICES
About Our Team
PACIFIC ASSISTANCE GROUP provides services to California Physicians and Health Care Professionals in locations throughout California.  Members of our provider team are deeply committed to helping health care professionals recover from substance and mental health problems while helping their employers and hospitals to monitor their recovery.  We believe a physician in recovery is much safer and more helpful to patients than a physician who is unmonitored and likely still using.  We believe we have established the most experienced and qualified team in California to help with task of rehabilitating and supporting physician health. 

Each member of our Professional Support & Monitoring team brings experience and expertise to the comprehensive program needed to successfully assist impaired physicians and their employers.  No organization in California offers more experience treating and monitoring impaired physicians.  If you need help for yourself or for someone else you care about, we cover the state. 

Our treatment team throughout the state includes: 

AREA ADMINISTRATORS:

Larry Collins, MFT – Chico
Larry has been a well-known licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Chico area for the past seventeen years; he is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. For many years, he has worked in his own private practice in Chico, California and has been a group facilitator for the California Medical Board’s Physician Diversion Program for more than eleven years. Additionally, Larry runs Healthcare Professional’s Support Groups for the Maximus program for dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and allied professionals and facilitates groups for the Lawyer’s Assistance Program. Larry is a popular teacher of Psychology courses at California State University, Chico and Chemical Dependency courses at Butte/Glenn Community College. He has also served as an examiner for the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners.
 
James Conway, MFT - Los Angeles & South Bay LA area
One of the most respected names in the field of chemical dependency in Los Angeles, Jim has worked in both public and private sectors since 1972. He has formulated and directed inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, as well as free-standing day treatment centers. For over twenty years, he has served as Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for the UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program. Jim has been passionately involved with various state diversion programs since 1990, when he served on the Dental Board of California’s Diversion Evaluation Committee. He began facilitating Physician Health Support groups for the California Medical Board’s Diversion Program in 1996, at that time he was asked to start the first group for physicians with mental health problems. He currently facilitates Physician Health Support Groups in the Los Angeles area. From 2002-2007, Jim established and facilitated the first Los Angeles groups of the Lawyer’s Assistance Program. He is a founding member of the Pacific Assistance Group.

Pamela Jo Davis, MFT - San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Counties

Pam Davis is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing, supervising, and training in the Central Valley for the past 10 years. Pam was instrumental in developing and facilitating a pilot program funded by the State of California to provide chemical dependency and mental health services to rural areas in Stanislaus County. This included training and supervising employees involved in the project. Pam has also worked and provided training to several inpatient and outpatient centers as well as providing clinical services to families of addicted individuals. Currently, Pam has a private practice in Tracy, CA providing mental health and chemical dependency therapy to individuals and families in San Joaquin County for the last 5 years. She is contracted with 6 national insurance companies to provide chemical dependency counseling through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) in the State of California. In addition to her clinical practice, Pam has held a support group Facilitator position for the Medical Board of California and the Maximus Program, which includes Dentists, Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Veterinarians, and D.O.’s since 2003.  

Francine A. Farrell, MFT, CADC-II – Sacramento & surrounding counties
A professional known for her expertise in the field of chemical dependency and family therapy, Francine Farrell has been providing professional treatment services in the Sacramento area since 1986. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Francine has facilitated Health Support Groups for impaired professionals, including those referred by the Medical, Dental, Pharmacy and other licensing boards for the past 19 years. In addition to her private practice in Sacramento, she has worked in both public and private sectors to assist health care professionals as well as those in other fields, their employers, and licensing boards in rehabilitating, monitoring, and safely returning these individuals to their chosen professions. Francine has also provided consulting services in the areas of chemical dependency and family and group dynamics to employers, hospitals, attorneys, mediators, and the legal system. Deeply committed to the field of addictions treatment and family therapy, Francine has presented at dozens of conferences and professional training programs. As an associate professor and Academic Coordinator for California State University, Sacramento’s Chemical Dependency Studies Program, she was instrumental in training Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors for more than a decade.  
  
Duane Rogers, Psy.D., MFT – San Diego
Dr. Rogers received his Master of Public Health degree in 1971, later his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, and his Doctor of Psychology. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego and a member and past President of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA). He first became a Certified Employee Assistance Professional in 1987; he received his Certified Alcoholism Counselor credential in 1982. Duane has been involved with individuals struggling with substance abuse issues since 1972, when he he worked as a Senior Public Health Educator for the San Diego County Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) program. Duane has facilitated Health Professionals Support Groups for the Medical Board of California and the Maximus program since 1982; for eight years he was Course Coordinator for University of California, San Diego Extension’s Summer Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program as well as for Employee Assistance Program courses. He won the ALMACAN of the Year, for the San Diego Employee Assistance Professional’s Association in 1988.
 
Marsha Vanover, Ph.D. – Orange County & South Los Angeles County
A respected name in the field of chemical dependency, Dr. Marsha Vanover has worked in both public and private sectors since 1974. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a retired officer of the Federal Judicial System and during her career was promoted to Senior Drug/Alcohol Specialist. Marsha has been on faculty at California State University, Fullerton in the Counseling Psychology department. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Newport Beach, California since 1982; she has been on staff at a local hospital’s Chemical Dependency Center for the past twenty years. Marsha was the first clinician hired and was part of the team that designed both structure and content for this hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program, then implemented the program which runs successfully to date. Since 1998, she has facilitated Health Support Groups for the California Medical Board’s Physician Diversion Program as well as the Maximus program for other impaired healthcare providers. She provides Structured Chemical Dependency Interventions throughout California.
  
Tracy R. Zemansky, Ph.D. – San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire Areas
 

Known in the greater Los Angeles and Inland Empire areas for her expertise in the field of addiction, as well as her ability to positively challenge those with whom she works, Dr. Tracy R. Zemansky is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1992. For the past twenty-six years, Tracy has been active in developing and running addiction programs in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings, as well as serving as consultant for Employee Assistance Programs. Since 1998, Tracy has facilitated Physician Health Support groups for the California Medical Board’s Diversion Program, as well as groups for impaired professionals in the fields of medicine, industry, law-enforcement, sports, and entertainment. She currently consults throughout the United States and internationally to develop and implement Intervention, Monitoring, Short- and Long-Term Treatment and Recovery Plans for high-profile individuals. Since 1995, Tracy has taught courses on addiction, ethics, and group psychotherapy. Tracy currently works with individuals in her Santa Monica office, and runs Health Support Groups in the San Fernando Valley and the Inland Empire.

AFFILIATE GROUP FACILITATORS:

Dan Cumbra, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP - Cresent City & Redwood Coast Region

Dan Cumbra is a CAADAC Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as an internationally and federally board certified Substance Abuse Professional in the rural settings of the Redwood Coast Region of Northern California.  His commitment to the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness has been instrumental in the development and implementation of Dual Diagnosis Programs throughout the County of Del Norte.  Dan has also been directly involved in the development of numerous outpatient treatment programs over the past 12 years including: Adolescent and Transitional Age Youth Programs, Intensified Outpatient Programs,  Drug Court and Dependency Court Programs, Aftercare Programs, Psycho-Educational Programs, and other integrated services. He was also elected and served as a Regional Vice President for CAADAC (California Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors) for the coastal region of Northern California from Marin County to the Oregon Border.  In that position, he coordinated and facilitated numerous trainings and workshops throughout Northern California.  Dan’s private practice supports the opportunity to be of service as a Group Facilitator for the Pacific Assistance Group monitoring and support program, and for the Maximus program for Dentists, Pharmacists, Physicians Assistants, Physical Therapists, Veterinarians, and D.O.’s, as well as programs for the California Board of Registered Nursing.  

James O’Donnell, CADAC, CEAP – San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose Areas  
Acknowledged as an expert throughout the Bay area, Jim has served as a group facilitator for the California Medical Board’s Physician Diversion Program in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose for over twenty-six years; he has also run groups for healthcare professionals referred by the Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy, and Physician’s Assistant Boards through the Maximus Diversion program. He has been both a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Provider for over 20 years. Jim was the co-founder of the Occupational Health Services (OHS) Program, which was the predecessor to the Maximus Diversion program. Presently, Jim is the Director of Contra Costa County’s Employee Assistance Programs, with over 6000 employees eligible for services. In his role as Director of the OHS Driving Under the Influence Program, Jim has presented over 1000 programs and courses on DUI Issues. In recognition of his dedication to physician recovery, Jim was the recipient of the “Special Service Award” by the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in June, 2000.