Our mental health technicians help to make APEX the rehabilitation facility it is today.  Below you can find a biography on some of our substance abuse technicians, and other facility staff, working with our patients and treatment center.  

Rebecca Whitacre, Case Manager

Rebecca was born and raised in San Diego. Her family has played an instrumental part in motivating her life path. There has been an extensive line of teachers in her family and education has always been important. Rebecca spent a few years at the Community College. She immersed herself in Human Service classes and fell in love with Social Work. She achieved her Associate’s degree’s in both Social Work and Alcohol and Other Drug Studies (AODS). She has strong ties to the recovery community and enjoys being of service to our patients.

Currently, she is a student at San Diego State University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Mental Health. She aspires towards working in the Mental Health care field specifically working with people with co-occurring disorders. Recently, her life has changed and she has a new purpose. She is happily married and became a mom to a handsome little boy. They love to have family excursions and enjoy outdoor activities together. She enjoys spending time with her 1-year-old and her husband. Presently she is teaching her son to swim. In her leisure time, she likes to go to the beach, attend community festivities, and exercise at the gym.

Pedro Cuevas, Residential Technician

Pedro Cuevas, Residential TechnicianAfter serving in the USMC and trying out the medical assistant program at UEI College, Pedro discovered his passion for supporting individuals through their times of emotional crisis and trauma. Additionally, Pedro has a passion for helping individuals view life through a more positive point of view.

Pedro is currently attending South-Western College to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Afterward, he plans to transfer to a University so he may fulfill his goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Pedro is an avid foodie, loves coffee, dogs, and making people laugh. Finally, Pedro truly believes that life is a precious gift worth living and that the love and forgiveness of others and ourselves is the key to happiness and redemption.

James Ketara, Head Chef

James Ketara, Head ChefChef James was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland, and his time spent serving in the United States Navy has allowed him to see and experience other countries. Becoming a chef allowed him to travel from coast to coast, learning, experiencing, and passionately pursuing and attaining many goals that chef have in common. Chef has worked in Michelin starred restaurants, and cut his culinary teeth under a decorated Italian chef in his hometown.

Chef James’ dedication to creating new and recreating old cuisine are his focal point right now. Being a chef for clients with different tastes, dietary needs, and expectations are something he is grateful for and is dedicated to exceeding those expectations whenever possible. Chef James is well versed in some of the most progressive dietary lifestyles people seek to utilize for vitality and overall health. In fact, Chef James is working on a Keto lifestyle right now.

Having trained in France and Italy, working his way from the east coast to west has trained him well. It has also immersed him, at times, in a career that gambles with excesses. Working with the clients at Apex allow him to see the brighter side of despair, addiction, abuse, and hopelessness. Recovery.

Holly Rolfe, Residential Specialist RADT

Holly Rolfe, Residential Specialist RADTHolly was born and raised in Montana.  She moved to California in 2005 to pursue her graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena where she received her Master’s in Theology and a Master’s in Recovery Ministry.  She has a deep understanding of the benefits of a holistic approach to recovery-focused upon mind, body, and spirit.  She is currently a Registered Drug and Alcohol Technician having completed her course work at UCSD for Drug and Alcohol Counseling.

She is passionate about holding space for those struggle not only with addictions of all kinds but the struggles of mental health as well.  Holly lives by the belief, “There is always hope in recovery.”