Meet the Board
Michael Cartwright – Chairman of the Board
There is no end in sight for Michael Cartwright. He has a sincere goal to provide endless resources to those who truly want to release the grip of addiction.
Known as a premiere addiction industry trail blazer, Michael Cartwright is a noted behavioral health entrepreneur. He founded Performance Revolution LLC, also known as Fit-Rx, in 2009 and from that success was then able to merge with a company named Forterus with a successful history of treating over 12 million individuals in need of addiction treatment. Another success in the industry was the founding of Foundations Recovery Network.
Soon thereafter Forterus grew and developed into AAC or American Addiction Centers being led by their Chairman of the Board, Michael Cartwright.
Michael Cartwright is a pillar in Dual Diagnosis Management and the founder of Foundations Associates. Under his management, the organization grew to include four alcohol and drug treatment facilities nationwide, including the Canyon, the leading recovery facility in Malibu, California. Certainly a highlight in Michael’s service career is when he served and testified on the Senate Help Sub-committee on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.
Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin, Ph.D, LMFT, RAS – APEX Rehab CEO – Board Member – Founder
Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder 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 15 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.
Fred Bowen – Founder – Board Member
Fred was raised in San Clemente, California. Fred was exposed to the drug culture at a very early age. By the time Fred had graduated from high school, his addiction had progressed to a point that most people do not return from. For another decade he struggled with addiction and recovery with multiple attempts at abstinence. There were periods of homelessness along with periods of high functioning and experiencing success. Fred realized, ultimately, that addiction was always in control. At the age of thirty, on death’s door, Fred had hit rock bottom and had a moment of clarity that would save his life. That clarity was the sea of change in his life.
20 years later, Fred is not able to recognize his past life in comparison to where he is now. Early on, Fred had made the decision that addiction and recovery would be his sole vocation. He started Sober Living homes and found that working with people that suffered from the same addiction would be his passion. This was the beginning of Apex Recovery.
I’m extremely proud of the person I have become simply by staying clean and having an open mind in regards to the recovery process.
Fred’s hope for anyone suffering the way he did, is to be able to find a way out of the viscous cycle of addiction. Recovery is a gift that all are entitled to. Apex can be a part of that.
Our Founders Expertise
Our founders, Dr. Matthew J. Bruhin & Fred Bowen are proud to have brought together some of the finest doctoral and licensed professionals in Southern California & Tennessee. With literally decades of addiction experience, and countless clinical hours spent researching, training and treating dual diagnosis issues, our rehab physician and psychiatrist San Diego & Nashville team are ready to help.
Despite our staff pedigree, the key difference at APEX is our team collaboration, coupled with our philosophy and humble touch. We believe every member of our team is reliant on others perspectives and insight. We treat every participant with respect and dignity, not from a place of superiority or judgment.
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