Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin, Ph.D, LMFT, RAS – CEO
Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin is the Chief Executive Officer of APEX Recovery. Along with Co-founder Fred Bowen, Dr. Bruhin utilized his experience in the creation of high-end rehabs to construct a facility that was cutting-edge and affordable, yet lacked nothing. His vision, eye for detail and desire to lead have created an unparalleled vision for treating additive illness coupled with mental and emotional disorders. Dr. Bruhin treats every staff member and participant like family and hopes to bring his clinical and administrative vision to many.
Dr. Bruhin is a State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as an Addiction Specialist registered by the Breining Institute. Dr. Bruhin earned his Doctorate in Addiction Psychology, has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Addictive Disorders. Additionally he holds many other certifications and has tens of thousands of hours of clinical and training experience.
Dr. Bruhin has a diverse clinical training background, working in the mental health field for over 12 years. He specializes in the treatment of addiction and has specialized experience and clinical training in the treatment of prescription addiction, sexual addiction and gambling addiction. He works with many individuals and families ranging from the chronically, mentally ill, to high-level professionals, professional athletes, executives, and Hollywood film producers and TV personalities. He has developed his own specialized and effective techniques for the treatment of addiction and chemical dependency.
Dr. Bruhin loves to write, blog, and he appears regularly on network TV as a leader in the addiction field. He has worked with clients from A&E’s hit TV show Intervention, as well as the Tyra Show. Dr. Bruhin also performs local TV segments in order to get the public educated about addiction, and to break down the stigma of mental health issues. Dr. Bruhin balances his passion for work with the love of his family, enjoyment of travel, and his vintage Star Wars collection, which can be viewed in his private office.
Marybeth Zanin – Financial Director
Marybeth is a San Diego native, born and raised. She has been working in the healthcare field for over 30 years. She has an extensive knowledge in billing and collections. She has a silly, outgoing, warm and welcoming personality. Marybeth goes above and beyond for our clients ensuring every individual is well taken care of. She is a proud mommy of two puppies, Junaux and Kiley. She is an avid participant in local humane society events.
Jackie Justus – Human Resources Director
Jackie has over 10 years of Human Resources and Business Management experience in mid-size organizations. Her broad experience includes employee benefits, payroll, employee relations, and management.
Prior to joining Apex, Jackie worked at a reputable Hospice here in San Diego.
She holds a Professional in Human Resources certification through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP).
When not working, Jackie enjoys traveling and watching period Dramas.
Mallory Serbin, LMFT – Clinical Director
Mallory is a State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical supervisor with a decade of experience working in mental health. Mallory’s clinical experience includes inpatient, outpatient and private practice work with individuals, couples and families and includes program development of a residential facility serving chronically and severely mentally ill individuals. Her unique experience with this population further expanded her approach and ability to create a comforting and therapeutic environment for individuals as they navigate the various challenges. She focuses on increasing mindfulness of current situations and emotional experiences to help her clients meet their goals and created more meaningful interactions.
While completing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University, she focused on treating Substance Abuse as well as Couples Counseling. Additionally, her work with individuals suffering from depression and anxiety as well as issues of domestic violence shaped her philosophy in treating individuals and couples through focusing on emotions and the role of attaching to others. She believes it is through this focus on emotions and attachment that significant and long-lasting change develops.
Mallory’s passion is for people and their relationships. She has a deep interest in helping people achieve their potential and it is her goal to empower individuals as they search for connection, intimacy, love, and success. By helping people find the tools to cultivate their unique skills, Mallory believes we can find hope and fulfillment to overcome the struggles of everyday life.
“I bring my own life experiences to my therapeutic work and focus on developing a secure and safe relationship with my clients. Every individual has a story that is unique and special. I am passionate about understanding each person’s experiences without judgment. With compassion and sincere empathy, I can help you overcome struggles and find the insight and awareness that is necessary to create caring relationships as well as lasting happiness.”
Jill Timmer, M.A. – Program Director
Jill is excited to start work as the Program Director at Apex Recovery. Apex Recovery strives to provide strategic, outcome-driven programs designed to enhance the integrated offerings while improving satisfaction and success. Their commitment to customer satisfaction is something she’s always strived for in her own career. She’d love to bring this dedication, along with her relevant skills and experience, to their top of the line company.
Jill previously worked as a Clinical Specialist at Alpine Special Treatment Center. There, she was developing and implementing individualized treatment plans for clients with severe mental illness and assisting with clinical decisions regarding clients’ treatment at the facility. She also participated in monthly multidisciplinary treatment teams and expectations of dissemination of information to clinical staff and direct care staff accordingly. Finally, she is capable of following up with staff in violation of policy and procedure, as well as provide and uphold professional expectations and safety concerns for staff working with the clients. She also worked as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist (MHRS) for Alpine Special Treatment Center, Inc. As an MHRS, she was responsible for maintaining a caseload of 10-15 clients, where she completed documentation on the client progress and their ability to complete their goals in the program. She was responsible for a caseload of employees that she directly supervised, as well as supervising the staff she worked with on a daily basis. As a supervisor, she gave criticism as well as positive feedback. She also utilized her experience and her educational background to assist in educating and teaching those she supervised. Besides educating, it was her job duty to problem solve and participate in conflict resolution to manage and direct the staff to work towards success for themselves, as well as the clients. As the Apex Program Director, she will apply this knowledge and experience to ensure appropriate boundaries, positive strategies and solutions in working with the clients, and staff to ensure overall success in client interactions.
Jill’s current education experience has provided her with additional skill sets to work with individuals in setting and accomplishing goals, as well as provide professional guidance and assistance to those she supervises. The use of both her education and work experience will allow her to remain professional with staff as well as clients. Her current position assists her in developing and implementing treatment plans for clients who are working to change an aspect in their life that may appear challenging. Her background in the mental health field and her educational experience combined with her ability to supervise and guide staff to remain professional and follow the policy and procedural coordination that ensures a clear understanding of the company’s operations and goals, as well as the integrative strategies used within the program.
Jason Ellton – Billing & Collections Specialist
Jason has been working in the Medical Billing/Revenue Cycle industry for over 15 years. He began his career as a Patient Access Representative, his experience includes utilization coordination, government, and commercial billing/verification to try his hand at starting his own medical billing consulting company.
He has worked and volunteered to assist homeless and disadvantaged families with finding resources for health care options food resources and seasonal clothing.
Every weekend you may see Jason out and about either snorkeling La Jolla Cove, hiking 1 of 8 waterfalls in San Diego County or in the desert fishing the Great American Canal.
Cindy Bradley – Administrative Assistant
Cindy Bradley has lived in San Diego for over 40 years. She has family and community ties that run very deep throughout San Diego County. She grew up in and married into military families. She is an avid paper crafter and photographer.
When not devoting her time and energy to keeping the APEX Recovery Corporate office running smoothly from her front office desk, she can be found making the most of family time with her husband, two sons and her Beagle Brigade.
Earl Jackson – Marketing Specialist
Earl is originally from Kalamazoo Michigan where he graduated from Loy Norrix High School. He came to San Diego as a member of the United States Navy where he served aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Constellation CV-64. After his honorable discharge, he was accepted and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
Earl has an extensive background in Marketing for both large and small businesses. He was formally the Online Marketing Specialist for Wasatch Property Management. There he was responsible for all content management and collateral print development for 67 multi-family residential apartment complexes. Prior to working for Wasatch, he was a Senior Graphic Designer for Kisco Senior Living LLC where he produced all printed marketing material for 27 Senior Living Communities. Earl also spent 4 years working for the City of San Diego’s Print Shop as a Multimedia Production Specialist. He designed and produced printed collateral, digital video, web content and presentation assets for council-members and various city departments.
In his off-time, you will find Earl doing pencil drawings and oil paintings of landscapes and portraits. He also enjoys singing as a member of the Martin Luther King Community Choir and Encore Vocal Ensemble. He also regularly attends classes at the San Diego Continuing Education Department where he has earned certifications in Interactive Multimedia Development and Front-End Web Design. You can learn more about Earl by visiting his personal website: http://www.edesigns-sandiego.com.
Kyle Lewis – Case Manager
New to California, Kyle and his wife are excited to finally call San Diego home. Kyle conferred a degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona in 2015 where he developed a strong compassion for helping others on their road to recovery. Kyle is currently enrolled in a Masters degree program in Professional Clinical Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Kyle believes that by offering individuals genuine compassion rooted in empathy the potential for recovery is endless. Excited to join the APEX team Kyle is excited to walk alongside individuals on their road to a life re-imagined. Kyle is an avid scuba diver and has many logged hours diving around the world at some of the most beautiful reefs and dive sites are known to man. When he is not under the sea he also enjoys surfing and spending time with his many pets.
Jenny Gulczynski – Clinical Operations Consultant
Jenny earned her Master’s in Clinical Health Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, while in the Doctorate Program. She has over 20 years in providing services throughout the state of California to both children and adults in the Behavioral Health Field, with a specialty in Co-Occurring Disorders and Chemical Dependency. She has provided both leadership and direction to Clinical and Administrative staff as a senior manager with a direct reporting relationship to the CEO. She has been accountable for internal and external aspects of both Residential and Outpatient Programs and Service Facilities.
At APEX Recovery, Jenny has an innate and intuitive knowledge of the company’s goals, overall mission and culture, as well as of the greater industry and accrediting organizations. She maintains regulatory compliance and monitors the overall Quality and Performance Improvement Standards, Professional Standards, and Accepted Business Practices. She works closely with the CEO and the APEX team to develop, review and implement policies and procedures in accordance with the regulatory bodies that govern the facility. Her work at APEX shows the value the center places on client safety and overall satisfaction while continuously improving the quality of care and services provided.