Ken Starr M.D., FACEP

DIPLOMATE OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF ADDICTION MEDICINE

Board certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine

Dr. Starr is an authority in the field of Addiction Medicine and Wellness. Since founding the clinic in 2012 after the overdose death of his brother, he has been committed to helping patients achieve lasting sobriety and improve the quality of their lives. Dr. Starr utilizes medications, supplements, traditional and non-traditional therapies that help people overcome chemical dependency and live the lives they know are possible.

His current areas of interest include advancing drug and alcohol detox methods, facilitating long term recovery, IV nutritional programs for optimal health, and Men’s health programs.

Dr. Starr’s passion about NAD therapy has enabled the clinic to become the most experienced provider of NAD treatments on the West Coast. He has introduced nutritional IV Infusions into the practice so all patients can affordably and comfortably work towards their wellness goals.

Dr. Starr is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He takes a personal and compassionate interest in each of his patients and is easily available for patients and their families at all times.

Dr. Starr is currently on staff at French Hospital in San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande Hospital and Cottage Santa Ynez Valley Hospital in Solvang.  He works with Dignity Health and the County of San Luis Obispo to improve the care of patients who could benefit from Addiction Medicine specialty care.

Elaine Power, LMFT, NCC, SAP

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Elaine Power is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Nationally Certified Counselor with 7 years of experience in the field.

After finishing the Masters in Counseling program at Fresno State, she completed the additional educational and experiential requirements to earn the Nationally Certified Counselor credential.  This is a mark of her commitment to the highest standards of practice because of the stringent ongoing education, examination, supervision, experience, and ethical requirements.

She spent several years providing therapy services in the Special Education classrooms of the Central Valley, specializing in children with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SED).  This allowed her to see first-hand how the fields of childhood trauma, family systems, and addiction all overlap.  

In 2018 she became trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for trauma and PTSD that has been recognized as an effective form of treatment by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. She is excited to offer this approach, which can also be effective in removing the positive associations with alcohol or substance use. 

Her approach to treatment relies heavily on the learning model of addiction. She sees recovery as a new set of skills to be learned, a lot like learning to ride a bike:  the important question isn’t whether or not you can do it (because we believe you certainly can)— it’s what coaching, support, and training will you need?  What creates the optimal environment for you to learn new skills, try them out, and prepare for challenging situations?  

Having seen people make positive changes toward health and wellness time and time again, she has complete confidence in the ability of each person to build the happy, fulfilled, sober life they seek.  She brings great compassion and warmth to her interactions with every patient and is excited to welcome you to the clinic.

Lara Beeson

Lara Beeson is a highly adept and seasoned Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist possessing and enriched and comprehensive 18 years of invaluable medical field and mental health experience in a milieu of settings. She graduated Summa Cum Lauda with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Behavioral Science from Vanguard University prior to completing a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University. Lara earned academic honors from the Psi Chi Honor Society and holds an Academic Honors Lifetime Membership in addition to Clinical Memberships with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Central Coast California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CCCAMFT).

In 2013, Lara received education in the practicum and required training in EMDR per the requirements of the EMDR International Association. Lara is also an experienced DBT Therapist, utilizing the Marsha Linehan DBT Skills Training model in group and individual sessions. Prior to accepting the Clinical Therapist position at Ken Starr MD Wellness Group, Lara had worked at all levels of psychiatric care including inpatient, residential treatment, community mental health, outpatient, and private practice in both secular and non-secular institutions.

Over the last six years she has consistently worked in co-occurring disorders. Lara is passionate about working with clients that seek treatment for extensive trauma and PTSD, addiction, chronic loss, unprocessed grief and bereavement, spiritual exploration and healing, chronic pain, relational issues, and professionals in mental health and physical medicine seeking treatment. In her work she helps clients uncover key values, strengths, and skills that lead to a shift in a more optimal direction of authenticity, healing, and wellness. The evidence-based treatment approaches Lara utilizes and incorporates in client treatment plan consist of CBT, DBT, EMDR, Solution Focused, Narrative and Experiential Therapies.

Lara values cultivating healthy therapeutic relationships with clients while helping them promote and increase their autonomy. She is well versed in educating individuals, couples, families, and communities; engaging them in psychoeducational and interpersonal growth yielding experiences with vigor and pursuit of holistic balanced lives.

April Zariczny

April Zariczny has a Humanistic approach to therapy.  She believes we all have the ability to transform, heal and move towards a greater level of wellness in our lives.

The events we experience impact us in a holistic way – physically, cognitively, spiritually and emotionally. Integrated Body/Mind approaches to therapy offer us a holistic way to heal. The challenges and experiences that may later manifest as roadblocks that can impact their capacity to be fully present in life and can hold us back from achieving our full potential. Her holistic approach integrates Experiential practices such as Art Therapy, Narrative Yoga, Somatic and Embodied Mindfulness practices

April graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University.  During her time as a student at HSU she was a grief therapy research assistant to Dr. Lizabeth Eckerd Ph.d.  She and her team presented their research findings at the 10th Annual International Psychology Conference at Stanford University in 2009.

She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA in 2014. She also holds a Yoga Teaching Certification from the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, India and is currently working towards an international certification as a Yoga Therapist.

Prior to her employment at Ken Starr Wellness Center, she has worked as a therapist since 2013 in a variety of settings including Community Based Counseling Centers, Elementary Schools and International Yoga and Wellness Retreats.

She offers an experiential approach for learning and cultivating new coping skills to develop awareness and insight.  Her work focuses on helping clients to better manage stress and navigate their emotions by integrating new skills and tools within a Solutions Focused Methodology.  She provides clients with a safe space to explore their inner landscape. assisting in gaining deeper understanding and empowerment with each step of the therapeutic process.

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