Rodney Robinson

M.A. President/CEO

Rodney earned his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. He was employed in the capacity of Group Supervisor in the mental health ward for the State of California Youth Authority for a number of years. He has spent a good portion of his career working with addicted adolescents and their families at the Positive Action Center, located at Chapman Medical Center and as a Clinical Director for Coastal Mountain Youth Academy.

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Over a 10 year period of time during the 1990’s, he was employed at Focus Health Care, the most successful treatment program in the country at the time. Rodney was a member of the team of clinical intake assessors who contributed to this success by creating one of the highest conversion rates ever seen in that company in terms of getting people into treatment and then obtaining and sustaining long-term sobriety. During his stay at Focus Health Care, he was promoted into the lead administrator role and these efforts resulted in an ownership stake in the company which was eventually sold for $96,000,000.

Recently, Rodney’s contribution as Program Director at Ocean Hills Recovery, a leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Southern California, has produced success rates in long-term sobriety of almost 80% consistently over several years. He also contributed to retaining clients and long term relationships with clients which produced results in revenues that were nearly triple the size of what the company had seen in its existence before Rodney took on his role of Program Director. Rodney’s skills are vast in his ability to direct employees in a positive and self-supporting modality and create an extremely high rate of employee morale in his workplace. His experience in the mental health and substance abuse recovery field covers almost 30 years’ time. His abilities as a therapist in the drug and alcohol treatment field are evident in the vast success rates seen in his clients. His expertise in business has been consistently proven through his contributions to revenue production seen in every company he has worked for and managed. In his private practice, his clients have included several well-known actors, a Hall of Fame Director, Major League Baseball players and National Basketball Association members in the chemically dependent and dual diagnosis populations. He has been the subject of numerous radio, newspaper and television interviews and has had a portion of his life depicted in the feature film When a Man Loves a Woman Rodney has been happily married to his beautiful wife, Susie for over 21 years. They share together a blended family that loves each other dearly which includes 5 children who are very close and loving individuals. They also share 3 happy and beautiful grandchildren. Rodney’s family is of the utmost importance to him.

Vito Tassone

Chief Marketing Officer/Vice President

I have always wanted a career that would satisfy my desire to help people while making the world a better place to live in. Working with a team of highly skilled professionals that have the same passion that I do for recovery is very rewarding. It allows me to work on the front lines of addiction getting people that need help the most a chance at a new life.

Alejandro Alva

MD – Medical Director

Dr. Alva received his education at the California State University of Fullerton and the Autonomous University of Guadalajara Medical School. After he completed his education and training in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned to California to finish his residency at the University of California, Irvine.

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Dr. Alva is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists. A single specialty medical group which focuses not only on psychiatric disorders but also on dual diagnosis conditions including alcohol and chemical dependency.

Prior to Dr. Alva’s formation of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists, he was involved in multiple endeavors including inpatient and out-patient detoxification and rehabilitation work at the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Chapman Medical Center in Orange as well as multiple out-patient rehabilitation centers in Southern California. Since the formation of PNS, Dr. Alva’s focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders and chemical dependence as well as aspects of ethnicity and gender and their correlation to pathological states. Dr. Alva has over 20 years of experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director.

Dr. Alva’s expertise in adolescent, adult, geriatric psychiatry including dual diagnosis states utilizing the latest pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to treat depression (RTMS) as well as the use of anti-craving treatments make him one of the nation’s most innovative and prominent psychiatrists.

Dr. Alva is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychopharmacology, and the California Hispanic American Association of Hispanic Professionals.

Lastly, Dr. Alva understands the stigma associated with chemical dependence disorders and the societal bias against these medical conditions. Dr. Alva and his staff have a mandate to work together with rehabilitation and recovery centers to optimized and provide the best medical care available.

Jennifer Reza Sagemuller, LMFT

IMFT Clinical Director

Jennifer Reza-Sagemuller is Licensed Marital and Family Therapist that currently works as Clinical Director at 449 Recovery and runs a private practice in San Clemente, CA. Previously, Jennifer worked as bilingual therapist with Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Organization, serving various mental health and substance abuse needs for children and families in the greater Los Angeles Area.

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Jennifer graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish Language studies, Magna Cum Laude, from California State University, San Marcos. In 2009, Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP). During her time at Alliant, Jennifer also completed additional studies and attended a cultural immersion program in Mexico City, Mexico, to receive a certificate in Latin American Family Therapy and played an integral part of the creation of Society for Human Diversity on campus. In addition to her passion in serving underprivileged populations, Jennifer is dedicated to working in recovery and helping individuals transform their lives and begin to thrive. Jennifer grew up in a recovery community, as a companion with her parents in local AA and Al-anon meetings. It was back then, that her interest and passion in working in addiction began. Jennifer’s natural clinical ability, experience and dedication to the field, coupled with her compassion for others, make her a wonderful asset to any therapeutic team in a variety of settings.

Catherine Tassone

Chief Financial Officer

As a mother of two I have always worked to provide the best opportunities for my family. I have always found joy in jobs that I have been able to give back. Having a son in recovery I saw a need to help the average family that is battling addiction with their loved one. We created 449 Recovery to do that. By providing an alternative to the conventional treatment model we get to help the families that would normally be overlooked. Our work and my part in it remind me every day that we can make a difference in the world. We at 449 Recovery are committed to doing exactly that.

Susie Robinson

Director of Operations

I have been the Director of Operations at 449 Recovery for the past two years and I love being the first face new clients see. Making them feel at home and loved is my priority. My five kids and seven grandkids keep me cooking and on my toes when I’m not at work.

Cindy Tassone

Director of Compliance

I am proud to be a Board member at 449, I’ve been part of the this organization from the beginning. I’m very grateful to 449 recovery for giving me the opportunity to give back to those in need.Cindy has 35 years of executive experience in the fields of Information Technology and IT consulting.

Agostino Tassone

Director of Facility Management

Recovery starts from the moment you walk in the door of the recovery center that you choose. Often times, if you are not immediately comfortable and do not feel safe you will not have a positive experience. At 449 Recovery I have made it my mission to make sure that we provide a safe, healthy and loving environment. I am dedicated to making 449 Recovery a place that a client wants to call home.