David is the founder of Balboa Horizons Recovery Services, and has served as President since 2007. He is a 20-year member of the recovery community and has a passion for service. As President, David provides hands on leadership with every element of Balboa Horizons—facilitating property acquisitions and financial structures, tax compliance, employee management, client admissions etc.
In addition to helping those struggling with addiction, he has been involved with the Orange County homeless shelter, United Way, and the Special Olympics. David also provides consultation services with other small business owners regarding planning and management. However, his work with Balboa Horizons has been, by far, the most satisfying and important work of his life—he finds great satisfaction in helping those who have lost hope find their way to recovery.
David believes an essential piece of recovery is the recognition that a fulfilling life is available to those who are willing and ready.
CADC II, NCAC, CIP, RN
As Executive Clinical Director, Burr oversees clinical operations at Balboa Horizons. He has worked in healthcare since the mid-1970s and has worked in state-licensed inpatient addiction treatment centers and detoxification facilities as a nurse, counselor, program developer and director, educator, and director of admissions since 2003.
Burr is a Board Registered Interventionist through the Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board (AISCB), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC II), a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor (NCAC), Certified Intervention Professionals (CIP), and a Registered Nurse. He is a member of the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), and past President of Network of Independent Interventionists (NII). He also served on the boards of NII and PALM (Problems of Addiction in Labor and Management). His experience and knowledge of the intervention, treatment, and recovery process has given him the resources and skills necessary to implement comprehensive, effective recovery plans for clients and their families.
Burr believes an essential piece of recovery is the participation of the entire family in the recovery process.
Katy serves as the Admissions Director for Balboa Horizons. She has almost 12 years’ experience in working in the substance abuse field in roles ranging from Admissions Director to Financial Administrator, Insurance Administrator, Business Development, and Program Director.
Responsible for overseeing the admissions department, screening and assessment of prospective clients, coordination of admissions, verification of benefits, appropriate client intake and maintaining relationships in the community, Katy is passionate about helping others find their path to recovery and assisting them through the process.
Katy believes an essential piece of recovery is finding out who you are, and being the best at it.
MD (Medical Director)
Dr. Elizabeth Roberts has been caring for the patients at Balboa Horizons for over 5 years. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Dr. Roberts is responsible for the evaluation and diagnosis of every patient who comes through our program and manages the psychiatric medication for all of Balboa Horizons clientele. She has been practicing psychiatry for over 25 years. Her passion for protecting psychiatric patients from the harmful effects of being over-medicated by doctors has inspired her writings. She has published a book and articles on the subject of patients being mis-diagnosed and over-medicated. Her publications brought her to the attention of a House Sub-committee who was investigating the harmful effects of psychiatric medications on children as it follows them into adulthood. Dr. Roberts was invited to testify in Washington DC as an expert witness before this House Committee on the damaging effects of mis-diagnosis and over-medicating of psychiatric patients. Dr. Roberts has appeared on The Oprah Show, The Today Show, ABC News in Chicago, CBS News Los Angeles, NBC News in San Francisco and CNN. She was featured as the addiction expert on the educational video: “Think Don’t Drink.” Her radio appearances include: Washington Post Radio, Washington D.C.; The Milt Rosenberg Show, Chicago; The Pete Wilson Show, San Francisco; Positive Parenting, San Francisco, and others. Dr. Roberts has been published in the Op-Ed pages of The Washington Post and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and quoted in other publications such as the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times. She is the author of the book: “Should You Medicate Your Child’s Mind.” Dr Roberts completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, her Medical Degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago, her Psychiatric Residency at the University of Hawaii and her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Dr. Roberts believes an essential part of addiction recovery is addressing a person’s mental health issues with a measured approach and not with an abundance of sedating or dangerous psychiatric medications.
David comes to Balboa Horizons with 28 years in healthcare finance experience, eight of which are specifically in the recovery industry. As Chief Financial Officer, he brings his considerable experience to oversee all financial operations of Balboa Horizons.
Most recently, David served as Vice President of Finance for Elements Behavioral Health where he was responsible for oversight of corporate and financial operations while facilitating tremendous growth—helping the company grow to one of the largest behavioral health companies in the nation. He has a Masters from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
David believes an essential piece of recovery is learning to live a balanced life.
As IOP Director, George is responsible for crisis management, one-on-one client counseling sessions, as well as facilitating psychoeducational group sessions, and overseeing the entire Balboa Horizons IOP program.
A Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor with over 16 years in recovery, and 20 years experience in sales, he parlays his business acumen into helping clients develop life skills and a workable plan for the future. Through volunteering, George found his life’s purpose in helping other people with their personal recovery.
George believes an essential piece of recovery is learning how to form authentic relationships.