Annual Executive C-Suite 1-Day Symposium – Speaker Information

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Harry Nelson, JD
Pete Nielsen, MA, CADC-II
Stampp Corbin, MBA
Mel Pohl, MD
Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup. Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present.
Don Kurth, MD, MBA, MPA, DFASAM
Don Kurth grew up in northern New Jersey and has been a resident of Rancho Cucamonga, California for almost 30 years. He received his education at Columbia University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude from Columbia College in 1975, and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1979. He also studied medicine at Oxford University on scholarship from International College of Surgeons. He received his post-graduate medical training at Johns Hopkins and UCLA, and subsequently became board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In addition, Dr. Kurth received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2007 from Loma Linda University and his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in 2008 from the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. Dr. Kurth has served as Associate Professor in both the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and School of Public Health. He has been the recipient of the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse from 2003 to 2006. In addition, he is the recipient of the Johnson Institute’s “America Honors Recovery Award” and the Father Martin’s Ashley “Professional Excellence Award.” Don also holds the title of Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM), an honor held by only 300 physicians worldwide. Dr. Kurth has also published numerous articles on recovery and healthcare policy. He has been active in organized medicine, having served on the Council on Legislation of the California Medical Association in addition to having served as the Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association. On the state legislative level, Don is the creator and founder of the California Society of Addiction Medicine’s Legislative Day and has worked on many pieces of legislation including Proposition 36, SBIRT, repeal of the UPPL, medical care for incarcerated addicts and alcoholics and state parity legislation. Dr. Kurth was recently invited to speak before the State of Montana State Senate and House of Representatives regarding their battle to repeal the much abused medical marijuana laws. Following his testimony both houses did in fact repeal medical marijuana in the State of Montana but unfortunately their pro-marijuana Governor vetoed the repeal. On the national level he also created the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Legislative Day. He was instrumental in the passage of national addiction parity, the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Dr. Kurth has been active in his community as well, serving as Mayor of Rancho Cucamonga from 2006-2010. He has also served as President of both the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Kurth currently serves as Medical Director of Social Model Recovery Systems, a non-profit umbrella organization in Los Angeles and Orange Counties which operates 14 separate addiction treatment programs, seven residential and seven outpatient programs.
Evan Amarni, MS, LAADC-CA
Evan Amarni is the CEO/Executive Director of Multi Concept Recovery, a CCAPP Credentialing Board Member, an Interventionist, and a Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Trainer (CEBTT) which integrates the science of emotions with contemplative practices. He believes by introducing an alternative method to achieve and sustain recovery while still offering the traditional method of addiction treatment people will, themselves, feel empowered, make the decision that will work best for them, and sustain their recovery. He realized after being in long term recovery himself for over 10 years that something was missing and he began to find comfort and ease in practicing the philosophy that CEB educates and encourages. He has come to realize that we are all at war with our emotions and his hope is that people will begin to learn more about emotions, how much influence they have over every experience, and begin to build more constructive relationships with their emotions.
Elizabeth Irias, MS, LMFT
Elizabeth Irias, LMFT, is the founder and president of Clearly Clinical, an affordable podcast-based national behavioral health Continuing Education program approved by the APA, CPA, NBCC, NAADAC, CAMFT, and CCAPP. She has specializations in Utilization Review, Clinical Documentation, and Quality Assurance, and works closely with clinical teams across the country to reduce documentation-related liability risks and improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and Utilization Review outcomes. An adjunct graduate professor at Pepperdine University, Beth is an engaging professional conference speaker, and she provides dynamic, targeted presentations for conferences, seminars, universities, and mental health providers. She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders.
Robert Scholz, MA, LMFT, LPCC
Robert Scholz, M.A. is dually-licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Robert has served in many leadership roles over his 20+ years in the field. Recently, he has started a new company offering psychotherapy and training/consultation services to mental health companies, educational institutions and community organizations. Robert spent a decade of his career at Pepperdine University’s Counseling Center as the Assistant Director and Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator and teaching in Pepperdine’s graduate psychology program. Robert regularly provides consultation and training to organizations and at national conferences across many topic areas, including: resiliency building in psychotherapy, crisis intervention/postvention, effective responses to traumatic events, feedback-informed treatment (FIT), threat assessment/management and motivational interviewing. He has also co-authored several publications on the topics of disaster mental health, motivational interviewing, counseling men, forensic mental health and systemic responses to sexual violence.

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