Daniel is the Chief Executive Officer for Pacific Sands Recovery Center. He is a former active-duty Marine who grew up in Knoxville, TN. While in the Marine Corp, he honed his skills in communications and leadership. Daniel moved to Orange County and started working his way up in the substance abuse industry. He worked as a director for a large treatment facility for several years while establishing a sober living community in Huntington Beach that focuses on helping young men develop life skills early in their sobriety. Daniel has been personally affected by alcoholism and has made it his mission to help others find a better way to live.
Our diverse team of addiction treatment specialists have years of hands-on expertise and personal experience in treating substance abuse disorders and mental health issues. We understand that it takes hard work to transition from treatment to recovery in the real world. That’s why we are committed to providing our clients with personalized care that is compassionate, supportive, and provides each client with the skills and tools to live a full and rewarding life in sobriety.
Conor has worked in every field of the recovery industry including compliance, admissions, marketing, and operations. As a co-founder of a sober living community, he has designed the operations for 30 clients living in a healthy environment. This community facilitates the adjustments needed to develop and maintain a healthy and productive lifestyle.
Conor is an expert at managing teams and communicating with clients like they are people—not just addicts or alcoholics. He likes to spend one-on-one time with clients to discuss past, present and future plans once a week while in the care of the Pacific Sands Recovery Center. Conor is the face and voice the clients get to know and learn from throughout their stay
Chase grew up outside of Atlanta, GA and graduated from the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree. Chase has worked in the behavioral health field for over 5 years at a medical billing company, so he understands the complicated ins and outs of health insurance. He has a ton of compassion for people struggling with addiction, alcoholism, and mental health issues based on personal experiences. He believes that everyone deserves a chance at sobriety and that each individual is worth the fight, regardless of the situation. He strives to treat each person that comes in as an individual and part of the Pacific Sands Recovery Center family!
Shannon Santhon, LMFT
Clinical DirectorView Details
Shannon is a licensed marriage family therapist in the addiction and mental health field. For over 20 years, Shannon has been providing individual, family, and group therapy to individuals and their families living with addiction. Throughout her career, Shannon has helped countless clients in early recovery discover the tools and strength to continue their sober journeys. She continues to be inspired by staff and clients working toward sobriety in harmony.
Detox SupervisorView Details
Natalie has worked in the recovery field for seven years, after achieving sobriety eight years ago. She wanted to use her personal experience to help others find hope, and be an example for what is possible in a life of recovery. Natalie is dedicated to helping each client at Pacific Sands Recovery Center find growth and strength in recovery.
Shauna Maldonado, LVN
Detox NurseView Details
Shauna currently works as a detox nurse at Pacific Sands Recovery Center. Her journey in addiction treatment began several years ago when she saw a real need to help those in the addiction community in a meaningful way. Shauna’s passion for helping people overcome drug and alcohol addiction is her motivation to become a nurse practitioner — so she can continue to help people change their lives for the better.
David Pham, LVN
Detox NurseView Details
David brings five years of medical experience to Pacific Sands Recovery Center. He began his career as a medical assistant, but wanted do more good for his patients, and provide more comprehensive and client-focused care. David went back to school to become a nurse and has since poured his dedication for treatment and care into helping each of our clients take their first steps toward their new lives.
Noe Castaneda, LVN
Detox NurseView Details
Noe brings compassionate understanding to the rewarding work of addiction treatment. Noe thrives on helping our clients overcome addiction, change their mindsets, and find sobriety. Noe helps support Pacific Sands Recovery Center’s mission of creating personalized approaches to help our clients and their families create new lives in recovery.
Case ManagerView Details
Leah has always felt called to help people. After she began her own recovery journey eight years ago, she knew that she wanted to help other people struggling with substance abuse. Leah currently holds a CADC 1 and is working toward her CADC 2. For the last seven years, Leah has been helping clients overcome addiction and live meaningful lives in recovery.
Business DevelopmentView Details
Katie has worked in the treatment industry for the last 5 years. She is currently working on obtaining a masters degree in psychology at Cal State Fullerton in hopes of becoming a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. Her personal experience, combined with her educational goals, has developed into a passion for helping others.