We have assembled an unrivaled team of counselors, therapeutic and administrative professionals. Together, we bring decades of experience in connecting people with real solutions and lasting change. We are more than just clinicians, counselors, and mentors. We are driven by a fundamental belief that change is available to anyone who wants it and is willing to work for it. Our role is to help people find the solutions they seek, by closing the gap between rehab and real life. We share a heartfelt commitment to helping people get free of whatever has been holding them back, so they can live a life they are truly proud of.
Stephen Cameron MD.
Dr. Cameron stumbled into the field of addiction medicine in 2004 while living in Juneau, Alaska. Addiction quickly grabbed his deeper interest, “addiction seemed to perfectly reflect so much of what was wrong about a misguided materialistic society.” It became increasingly obvious to Dr Cameron that people use substances to find relief from unresolved traumas of childhood and early adulthood. In the short term, substances work; in the long term, they only deepen and prolong suffering. Substances are a proxy for the happiness and contentment that we all long for, the happiness that can sometimes seem so very distant. Dr. Cameron’s goal is to help people regain that seemingly lost contentment. Dr. Cameron is also an avid student of non-dual, an experiential exploration of the nature of consciousness and reality.
Christi O’Conner, NP-PP
Medical Nurse Practitioner
Christi is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a career emphasis on psychiatry. She graduated from nursing school in 2012 with her BSN, and shortly after earned a doctoral degree in nursing from Montana State University. She has 8 years of critical care nursing experience and specializes in mental health as a provider. She believes that treating mental illness involves personalized care that is unique to each individual and requires attention to the genetic, environmental, and situational factors. Christi has personal and professional experience in the field of addiction medicine and specializes in treating underlying co-occurring mental health disorders. She creates individualized treatment plans for each patient and is passionate about assisting patients with defining and achieving their goals.
Sean Nelson, CADC-II
Sean started his counseling career teaching Recovery Yoga. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II) in the State of Oregon. Throughout his career he has emphasized a holistic approach to recovery, combining body and mind. Currently Sean is the SLO Recovery Yoga Instructor, carefully teaching and encouraging those who seek a deeper understanding of themselves.
Todd Flynn, MA, CADC-II
Todd Flynn holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology. His career has taken him to a variety of different professional experiences from correctional institutions to private and public clinics. Throughout his career Todd has promoted and encouraged evidenced-based practices as well as community support groups. Todd believes each individual needs individual care and understanding. Dedicated to excellence, compassion and constant self-improvement, he offers experience, strength and hope to the still suffering.
Laurie Ellett, LCSW, CADC-II
Mental Health Director
As a veteran in social services, Laurie knows that people suffer through traumatic events and other circumstances that lead to substance use, mental health symptoms, and maladaptive coping habits. Current research indicates using a variety of evidence-based practices to help people heal and move to a next chapter in their lives. Laurie uses familiar methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI), but as she says, “the most important thing I can do is to be a good listener to better understand an individual’s situation and build a strong and collaborative therapeutic relationship.” Laurie graduated from the University of Oregon (Bachelor of Arts, Sociology) and Portland State University (Master of Social Work) as a prerequisite to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Oregon and Washington.
Pam Bond, CSWA, MSW, CADC I, CRM
Mental Health Supervisor
Pam has a Bachelor of Social Work with a focus on serving individuals with mental health and co-occurring disorders. She has five years of experience in treating substance use disorders as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Recovery Mentor. Pam is committed to treating each patient with unconditional positive regard and attending to their mental health well-being. Pam loves to live mindfully, cook, and eat healthy foods, and mindfully walk her 14-year-old dog.
Jonah Berger, CADC II
Jonah has worked in the field of addiction and recovery for over 15 years. Throughout this time, he has developed an understanding and belief that true suffering is caused by a soul in distress. Jonah believes that addressing the missing pieces of the soul is essential to supporting individuals on their journeys. These pieces include love, community, and the recognition of beauty in all things, including life’s struggles. Jonah practices patient-centered, mindfulness-based approaches to recovery that encourage healthy choices, goals, and passions.
Stephanie Hanna, CADC I
Stephanie has been in the recovery field since 2016 and has a passion for overall wellness. She is committed to helping others recognize their worth and unconditional value. As Stephanie puts it, “My goal is to show people how worthy they are of love and that they are accepted just as they are." Stephanie enjoys time outdoors with her family and 2 kids and lives a very active lifestyle.
Dave Crosby, CADC I
Dave has worked in the field of addiction and recovery since 2017. Throughout this time, he has worked in several treatment settings and believes IOP programs are one of the most effective ways to treat addiction. Dave believes in treating the whole person through compassion, understanding, and identifying core belief systems to best support individuals in their process. Dave practices Motivational Interviewing as an integral approach to therapy and holds a CADC-I.
Lisa Vesley, CADC-R
Lisa is a Certified Recovery Mentor and CADC-R who has graduated from PCC with an Associates of Applied Science in Addiction Studies. She has been in recovery since 2017 and comes to SLO with a passion for sobriety and the spiritual connection that is made possible with a clear mind and heart. Lisa is driven to emphasize the importance of compassion in daily life, encouraging others to find their strengths and their own unique voice. Lisa is a published poet and enjoys sharing poetry with all who will listen.
As an SLO Recovery Center Alumni and now a recovery mentor, Jeremy strives to pass on the same help he received to the people still suffering from substance use disorder. Jeremy is a full-time student at PCC working on a transfer degree to PSU for Psychology and is a CADC candidate in the state of Oregon. He is passionate about helping those still suffering to walk a path of self-discovery and works every day to gain the knowledge, wisdom, and skill to be of service.
Jason is known in the recovery community for his expertise in Sober Living homes. He has helped numerous people over the years, getting them back on their feet. His main drive and passion is helping the newcomer navigate through the struggles and challenges of early recovery. Jason recognized a much-needed resource for treatment was missing in the Portland Oregon area and teamed up with experts in the field to open Sober Living Oregon Recovery Center.
Director of Admissions
As a person in long-term recovery, Troy has a passion for helping the still suffering addict/alcoholic. He is responsible for developing and maintaining referral networks and resources on a local level and oversees all admissions at Sober Living Oregon. Troy has always advocated for all who seek help, regardless of common obstacles that often confront those seeking treatment.
Known for creating the TV show Gold Rush on Discovery Channel, Todd has a heart for helping people. Being part of SLO Recovery Center has opened up an opportunity to explore new ways to get involved in the sober community.
Patt Ochoa has worked closely with addicts and families of addicts throughout his career in order to help motivate change to occur. He has been a Program Coordinator, Adolescent Drug/Alcohol Counselor, Alumni Coordinator, as well as Program Director before becoming Outreach Director SLO. Patt got sober October 23, 2002 and began working with young people by putting on events, dances and conventions for them throughout the West Coast. Patt is also the founder of 11:11 Intervention Inc., and 11:11 Coaching, which has helped many make the decision to go to treatment.
Serenna Beers MA, CADC III, QMHP
Operations / Compliance Officer
Serenna joined SLO Recovery Center in June 2021. She has a master’s in Psychology and Addiction and is an EMDR trained trauma specialist. She uses her training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and incorporates this form of trauma treatment into the work she does with SLO Recovery Center. Serenna has worked with every aspect of treatment from administration to clinical services and brings that experience to our staff and patients. Her clinical expertise is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), crisis Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Relapse Prevention.
Justina is a Certified Recovery Mentor originally from Denver, Colorado. She moved to Portland to continue her recovery journey, and has been sober since 2018. She provides support to both the SLO patients and the staff by assisting our executive team. Justina is also a mother to a beautiful baby boy, Luca and she adds kindness, wisdom, and passion to the SLO Recovery experience.
Megan is a native Oregonian with an extensive background in accounting and human resources. She brought her skills and enthusiasm to the SLO family to help grow and develop the team. Megan leads an active lifestyle and is passionate about faith, family, and recovery. She is a unique and integral addition to the center, and her work serves both patients and staff alike.
Jaclyn moved from Montana to Portland in 2017 to start her life in recovery. She began at Sober Living Oregon in 2019 and is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Jaclyn loves the outdoors, fitness and brings recovery experience and a contagious laugh to the patients and staff at SLO Recovery Center.
Cherie has been a certified accountant for 25 years. She brings experience and a passion for recovery to the SLO Recovery team. Her positivity and enthusiasm for a better life are contagious throughout the center.
Morgan, originally from Kauai, Hawaii, began her recovery journey in 2019 after moving to Portland, Oregon. Her dedication to making others smile and consistently provide a safe and welcoming space for patients to recover is a priority. Her kindness is infectious, and her willingness to help makes her a valuable addition to the SLO family.