Syddell Wight - Lead Residential Coordinator

Syddell has been in the residential caregiving field for over 15yrs. She currently is going to Grossmont College to receive her associates in Administration of Justice and one day hopes to run motivational groups for individuals in need of rebuilding a solid, healthy foundation for their new sober life. She stands whole heartedly behind the choice for sobriety due to experiencing firsthand the hardships of what addiction can cause. She is proud to be a part of Apex and what Apex stands for.

You can catch her during her spare time soaking up the rays in San Diego with her three boys and supporting them during their basketball, football, soccer and baseball games. She also enjoys playing sports herself and going on random adventures with her family and friends.


Kim Gilkey - Residential Technician

Kimberly is a California native, and has lived in Southern California her entire life. After visiting Coronado for a family wedding, she decided to make San Diego her home. Kimberly was raised with strong family values and would describe herself as a compassionate and caring person. She has always enjoyed working with people, and helping people through whatever they may be walking through. After graduating high school, Kimberly knew that she wanted to work in the helping profession and decided to pursue substance abuse counseling. In 2014, Kimberly graduated from Mueller College of Holistic Studies with an Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification and is a California Registered Alcohol and Drug Trainee. After completing an internship at Veterans Village San Diego, Kimberly felt called to further her education and pursue a Bachelors of Social Work, which she is in process of completing at Brandman University.

On her down time, Kimberly can be found volunteering with many ministries within her church including working with disadvantaged youth in the local communities, as well as walking through life with other young, married couples. She enjoys spending days with her husband and dog, as well as trying new cuisines at local San Diego restaurants.

Brandon Whitaker - Residential Technician

Brandon has been in the healthcare industry since late 2015 when he began his training as a medical assistant. Previously Brandon had served in the United States Navy and upon discharge had been looking into a change in career path. He went into school first for Information Systems Technology and then decided that he would like to look into healthcare instead. After finishing school as a medical assistant Brandon worked in psychiatry under an administrative role.

Outside of his professional life, Brandon spends nearly all of his time with his wife, kids and extended family and works with computers and networking when he gets the chance.






Erik Weiser - Residential Technician

Erik Weiser graduated in 2016. He was born in New York and moved to San Diego in 2000. He chose to go into the medical field because it is his goal to become a medical doctor and work in the organization Doctors Without Borders. He is very familiar with drug addiction and addiction behavioral tendencies. For a very long time, since 2000, it has been something he has witnessed and dealt with among many friends. Erik loves to workout at the gym, surf, rock climb, listen to music, and capture photographs.









Francisco Rodriguez - Residential Technician

Francisco Rodriguez is a Medical Assistant with 6 years’ experience. Francisco graduated from high school while he was in the California Department of Corrections, and graduated with his Medical Assistant Certification from San Diego College. Francisco decided to become a medical assistant because he wanted to help people, and specifically works at Apex Recovery because he wants to help people who have been through the same stuff he has, and has been working for Apex for 2 years. Francisco is also the Office Manager for Dr. Jerry Ayers, who works closely with Apex. Francisco is proud to say that he has 9 years clean and sober. He likes to spend his free time with his family and dog.






Jamie Duenas - Residential Technician

Jamie Duenas has always enjoyed helping people so she ventured into the medical field and absolutely fell in love with it. She plans on pursuing her RN sometime soon. She has four beautiful kids. She recently moved here to San Diego and loves the whole environment. Working here at Apex has been such a wonderful experience.