Meet Our Staff

WELCOME TO SHEER RECOVERY

Sheer Recovery, a BeWell Network Center, is one of the most sought-after substance abuse and mental health facilities in the country.  Sheer boasts an established team of licensed professionals and clinicians dedicated to success in recovery.  Life Acquisition is our motto.  We believe recovery goes beyond the addiction, recovery is about getting your life back. Sheer Recovery has an emphasis on both mental health and substance abuse. The mental health aspects of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and ADHD as a co-occurring disorder is a primary focus of the recovery plan.  Our social model is based on client care and the success of each individual.

MEET OUR STAFF

Scott Ward

Chief Operating Officer

About Scott

Michael Parsons

Head of Admissions

About Michael

Dr. Alejandro Alva, MD

Medical Director

About Dr. Alva

Lisa Merry

Regional Director, LMFT

About Lisa

Robin Morissette

Detox Director, CADC II

About Robin

Alan Massie

Operations Director

About Alan

Mitch Highley

Counselor

About Mitch

Scott Ward

Chief Operating Officer

Scott brings 25 years of well-rounded and diverse executive management experience. He is passionate about helping individuals and families achieve a myriad of personal goals, no matter the scale. He has worked with many senior executives with Miramax Films, DreamWorks Pictures, Universal Pictures, and television network associates. His dedicated work with Sunspire Health and his years with Foundations Recovery Network has ideally positioned him for BeWell’s role as Chief Operating Officer.

He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Art and holds a degree in business. Scott is a Certified Anger Management Facilitator and is a Certified Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Recovery Specialist.

Michael Parsons

Head of Admissions

Michael started in the healthcare field as a resident advisor in an industry leading substance use program eventually working his way into admissions. He later served as Director of Admissions for a Los Angeles based outpatient center. Michael is driven by a passion for assisting families and individuals in their efforts to obtain quality treatment with an eye on positive long-term results. Michael brings a unique background to admissions having worked in middle market healthcare investment banking where he was staffed on numerous behavioral health care deal flows and brings a wealth of knowledge in appropriately leveraging data to inform client care and proper admissions processes.

Michael earned his Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance with honors from California Lutheran University. In his free time Michael is an avid PC builder and guitar/gear enthusiast.

dr alejandro alva

Dr. Alejandro Alva, MD

Medical Director

Alejandro Alva, MD, is the founder, chief medical officer, and CEO of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists (PNS) and Medical Director for Sheer Recovery. Dr. Alva is a pioneer in Neurostar TMS treatment, psychotherapy, clinical testing, addiction, and mental health.

Dr. Alva earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and completed medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He then returned to California, where he completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Irvine.

To keep up with the latest advancements in psychiatric care, Dr. Alva maintains active membership in a number of professional medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the California Psychiatric Association, as well as multiple others.

He is also a member of several specialty organizations and boards, including the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, and the American Board of Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Alva is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and bicultural. He believes that it is his duty to reach out to the Latino community as well as the general community. To help him understand the mental health barriers facing different ethnic populations, Dr. Alva is active in the California Hispanic American Medical Association and the American Association of Hispanic Professionals.

Lisa-Merry

Lisa Merry

Clinical Director, LMFT

Lisa Merry is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years in the treatment industry and 26 years of personal recovery. Her professional career has given her unique experiences to assist in creating treatment programs that are based on ethical and evidence-based modalities, for both substance abuse and mental health programs. She has been a leader in the Christ-Centered recovery program at Saddleback Church, called Celebrate Recovery, for over 25 years. Lisa has a passion for helping people overcome addiction and mental health issues through compassion, education, and finding purpose in their lives. Lisa is thrilled to be part of the Sheer Recovery Team and helping to encourage, motivate, and develop our family of staff.

Robin-Morissette

Robin Morissette

Detox Director, CADC II

Robin has over 10 years’ experience in the treatment industry. Her compassion, leadership qualities, education, and work ethic have given her the opportunities to rise from support staff, to Case Manager to managerial positions at various treatment programs here in Orange County. Robin has a passion for helping others overcome their addiction and find purpose and meaning in their lives.

Alan-Massie

Alan Massie

Operations Director

Alan has battled with addiction for over 20 years. In 2009, he made the decision to face his fears and enter drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Now, with eight years of sobriety, he is able to focus on his passion and give back to those who still struggle with the disease. Alan has worked in the addiction treatment field for the past seven years; he has held various positions in the field from support staff to program manager. Alan’s unique experience holding several different positions allows him to help facilitate a smooth program for all clients while in treatment. Alan’s ability to interact with the clients is unsurpassed. He is able to “connect” with each and every client and he wears his heart on his sleeve.  He leads by great example and he is looked up to and held in the highest of regard by the clients and staff alike.

Mitch Highley

Counselor

Mitch battled substance abuse for over 12 years, the same age when he first picked up. Having over 10 years of sobriety he has used his experiences to connect and build relationships with clients that inspire growth. Mitch holds a bachelor's degree from Adams State University in Sociology and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADTP). He is known for being authentic and genuine in his mission to help those in the throes of addiction. He has had various roles in his career from Support Staff, Case Management and Program Supervisor that has given him the experience to lead Sheers program as a director.