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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 & DIRECTORS

 

Larry Collins, LMFT   

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, LMFT 

One of Los Angeles’s most respected names in the field of chemical dependency, Jim has worked in the public and private sectors since 1972.  He has formulated and directed hospital programs, both inpatient and out patient, as well as free standing day treatment centers.  For more than thirty years, he served as the Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for the UCLA Extension Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate program.  Jim has been passionately involved with various state diversion and Health Professionals Programs since 1990, when he was asked to serve the Dental Board of the State of California as a member of the Diversion Evaluation Committee. In 1996, he was approached by the Physician’s Diversion Program of the Medical Board of California and asked to facilitate its first Health Support Group for Physicians with Mental Health problems.  He continued to work with this group, in addition to the Health Support Groups for physicians with chemical dependency problems in the greater Los Angeles area until October 2013. In 2002, he was asked to serve the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) as a facilitator, and he established the first groups in Los Angeles. After expanding to four groups weekly, he resigned LAP in February, 2007. He is founder and Board Member of Pacific Assistance Group, started in 2007, to serve the needs of health professionals with addiction and/or mental health concerns, who require or choose more individualized attention and focus than is currently being offered in other monitoring programs. In 2013, he re-located to Oregon. There, he became involved with PRN (Professional Recovery Network) of Oregon and other health care professional programs. PRN of Oregon is a voluntary recovery support program for a number of Health Professionals and Attorneys. 

Pamela Jo Davis, LMFT

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, LMFT, CADC-II 

 

Known for her expertise in the field of substance use disorders, process addictions, recovery monitoring, 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 25 years. She has worked to assist licensed professionals, their employers and licensing boards in rehabilitating, monitoring, and safely returning these individuals to their chosen professions.  Francine has also provided consulting services to employers, hospitals, attorneys, mediators, and the legal system.  A dynamic and entertaining speaker, she 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.  A founding member of Pacific Assistance Group, Francine served as the first President of PAG.  In addition to working with Health Care Professionals, she also provides monitoring and support services to airline pilots, executives and parents through her private practice. Francine currently works with individuals, couples, families and groups in her Sacramento office while administering PAG groups in San Jose, San Francisco, Redwood City, Oakland and Santa Rosa.   

Duane Rogers, Psy.D., LMFT 

Dr. Duane 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.

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. 
Known for her expertise in the areas of addiction/recovery and trauma, as well as her ability to positively challenge those with whom she works, Dr. Tracy R. Zemansky is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, licensed MFT, and certified Sex Addiction Therapist- Supervisor. Tracy has been in private practice in Los Angeles since 1992; for the past 23 years she has been active in developing and running addiction programs, teaching, and consulting with hospitals, medical groups, and Employee Assistance Programs. Tracy facilitated Physician Health Support groups for the California Medical Board’s Diversion Program from 1998-2008; she also specializes in working with impaired professionals in the fields of healthcare, industry, law-enforcement, and entertainment. She currently consults throughout the US and internationally to develop and implement Intervention, Monitoring, Treatment, and Long-term Recovery Plans for high-profile individuals.  Tracy has particular expertise in Psychological Testing and Assessment, including Forensic and Collaborative Evaluations. She currently works with individuals and groups in her Santa Monica offices while administering PAG Groups in San Fernando/San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire, and Santa Barbara. 

AFFILIATE GROUP FACILITATORS:

Dan Cumbra, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP

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.   

Bill McCausland, Ph.D.

Bill McCausland, Ph.D. is a California State licensed psychologist and board certified in the treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive use disorders by the APA Practice Organization College of Professional Psychology.  His clinical psychology doctoral dissertation research was in the area of substance abuse.  He has been a healthcare professional group facilitator since 1984.  His groups have been mainly composed of physicians, pharmacists and dentists.  He was the Counseling Program Supervisor at Sonoma County Alcohol Services for ten years.  This was followed by being a staff psychologist and therapist at the Kaiser Permanente Chemical Dependency Services program for twenty-three years.  Dr. McCausland is very conscious of co-occurring difficulties that may exist in association with substance abuse.    

 Jim O'Donnell, CADC  

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.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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