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Elements Experts in the Media

Many of our clinicians are published authors and go-to experts quoted regularly in the national media. When you come to an Elements program, you benefit from the expertise of some of the most well-respected names in addiction treatment.

Here are some examples of the level of expertise you get when you choose an Elements treatment program:

David Sack, M.D

CEO, Elements Behavioral Health

David Sack, M.D., CEO of Elements Behavioral Health, is actively involved in programming at every one of our Elements programs. Dr. Sack brings a level of clinical sophistication to each treatment program that is unparalleled in the treatment field. His rich background in both research and treatment enables Dr. Sack to enrich each program and ensure that every decision made takes into consideration the impact on clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Sack has made delivering clinically sophisticated treatment his life’s mission, and his expertise in this area has made him a sought-after expert by the major media. He is often quoted in major newspapers (NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post); appears on television shows such as The Doctors, Dateline NBC, and Good Morning America; and writes a regular column for The Huffington Post and Psychology Today, as well as for PsychCentral.

Recent articles by Dr. Sack include, “Acute Stress and PTSD: Sandy’s Longest-Lasting Devastation,” “What Is Your Teen Really Doing at School?” and “Does Willpower Play a Role in Addiction Recovery?

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Senior Vice President of Clinical Development

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health. In addition to founding the Sexual Recovery Institute, he has developed clinical programs for The Ranch, Promises, Right Step, and numerous other facilities. He has served as a media specialist for CNN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Today Show, among many others, usually discussing either sexual addiction or the intersection of technology and human relationships. He is the author of Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction and Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, and coauthor with Dr. Jennifer Schneider of Closer Together, Further Apart: The Effect of Technology and the Internet on Parenting, Work, and Relationships and Untangling the Web: Sex, Porn, and Fantasy Obsession in the Internet Age. He is a regular contributor to Psychology TodayPsychCentral.comCounselor Magazine, and The Huffington Post.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Senior Science Advisor

Dr. Peeke is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “Fight Fat after Forty,” “Body for Life,” and “Fit to Live.” Her newest New York Times bestseller is “The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction,” the first consumer book describing the new science of food and addiction and detailing a holistic, integrative plan for lifelong recovery.

The combination of Dr. Peeke’s knowledge and her trademark energy, wit and humor makes her a sought after expert by the media. She has appeared on ABC News, The Katie Show, ABC Nightline, Larry King and the CBS Early Show, among others. Dr. Peeke is also co-host of RadioMD’s weekly HER Radio Show and is a TED conference speaker.

Dr. Peeke is board certified in internal medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine. A rarity among physicians, she is a Pew Foundation Scholar in nutrition and metabolism, which she completed at the University of California at Davis. While a senior research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Peeke helped identify the relationship between chronic stress and excess fat inside the abdomen.  She was also the first Senior Research Science Fellow at the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Peeke serves as national spokesperson for the American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine global initiative. She has been recognized by the National Library of Medicine as one of America’s leading physicians in its touring exhibition, The Changing Face of Medicine. Dr. Peeke is WebMD’s lifestyle expert and the chief medical correspondent for nutrition and fitness at Discovery Health TV. She is also featured on the award-winning National Body Challenge series, and is the host of the Could You Survive? series.

Jason Powers, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer at Right Step

Jason Powers, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Right Step, has an amazing story of overcoming addiction to become the leading addiction addictionologist in Texas and author of “When the Servant Becomes the Master.”

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP

National Clinical Trauma Consultant

Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP, is a leading authority in the treatment of trauma, having worked in this area for over 30 years. Dr. Courtois is a Board Certified Counseling Psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Maryland. In addition to maintaining a private practice in Washington, DC, and training clinicians on trauma-informed care, Dr. Courtois is directing the development of guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma for three professional organizations and has been appointed to the American Psychological Association’s Guideline Development Panel for post-traumatic stress disorder. She co-founded The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program in DC, a specialized inpatient and partial hospital program, where she was Clinical and Training Director for 16 years.

Dr. Courtois has received international recognition for her work, including numerous awards from professional organizations. She has published her work in a number of scientific journals and written or co-edited eight books on healing from incest, child sexual abuse, complex traumatic stress disorders and other types of trauma and on spirituality and trauma. Dr. Courtois is active in a number of professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, where she is past-president of Division 56, Psychological Trauma.

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