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

Elaine Power is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Nationally Certified Counselor with 7 years in the mental health field. She spent several years providing therapy services in the schools of the Central Valley, allowing her to see first-hand how the fields of childhood trauma, family systems, and addiction all overlap. She is passionate about keeping our clinic on the cutting edge of addictions recovery and incorporating trauma-informed, evidence-based therapies such as EMDR, CBT, and DBT. She brings great compassion and warmth to her interactions with every patient and will be excited to welcome you to the clinic. After escaping the Valley heat, she enjoys exploring the Central Coast with her husband and daughter.

Maureen McGuire

Our Masters Level Clinician and Outreach Manager cultivates valuable provider relationships and opportunity for community impact and engagement.

Maureen McGuire has over 30 years experience working as a clinician and behavioral health practitioner on the Central Coast of California. Maureen first worked with juveniles engaged in criminal behavior through Santa Barbara County Probation Department. She successfully managed a large cross section of clients and families as a field officer, and wrote very involved criminal investigation reports for the court. After finishing graduate school, Maureen interned as a marriage and family therapist in private practice and non-profit organizations specializing in client victims of child abuse struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was through work with victims that she first directly observed the link between trauma and addiction. After moving to San Luis Obispo, Maureen supervised the first Deferred Entry of Judgment Program in the county and wrote the guidelines for the new program.

Maureen went on to make clinical assessments and resource referrals for high needs inmates paroling to counties on the Central Coast through the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. There she worked primarily with clients suffering from severe mental illness, gay and transgender clients suffering from HIV/AIDS, and veterans struggling with Substance Use Disorders and PTSD. After state budget cuts forced the closure of the parole office, Maureen began teaching preventative health education classes through local hospitals while developing her own unique curricula for wellness getaways. Maureen then developed the CARF approved Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program curricula for Substance Use being utilized at the clinic. Maureen promotes an integrative approach to treatment with an emphasis on motivational interviewing methods and solution focused treatment as well as the use of research supported alternative therapies and techniques for long term healing.

Maureen believes the biopsychosocial approach (mind-body interventions) to treating addiction at Ken Starr MD Wellness Group is key to long term recovery, and the wellness services available offer the tools necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tiffany Kutchai, BSN, RN

Our Registered Nurses provide the highest quality of nursing and infusion services to ensure you experience a safe, comfortable, and restorative visit.

Tiffany has been a nurse for going on twenty years. She has spent most of her career in the Emergency Room, ICU and Surgery departments and the last seven years as a Trauma Consultant helping hospitals all around the country prepare for their Trauma Designation visits.

Tiffany is currently an Infusionist for Ken Starr MD Wellness and a Major Pharmaceutical Company. She is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society and feels it’s extremely important to keep up to speed on the cutting edge of Infusion Care and Eastern and Western Medicine in general.

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