Alejandro Alva, M.D.,

Medical Director

Besides the Medical Director at 12 South Recovery, Dr. Alva is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists.  PNS is a single specialty medical group which focuses not only on psychiatric disorders but also on dual diagnosis conditions, which include alcohol and chemical dependence.

Prior to Dr. Alva's formation of PNS, he was involved in multiple endeavors including detoxification and rehabilitation work both inpatient and outpatient including the VA Medical Center In Long Beach, Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Chapman Medical Center in Orange as well multiple rehabilitation centers.  Since the formation of PNS, Dr. Alva's focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders and chemical dependency, as well as aspects of ethnicity & gender and their correlation to pathological states.  Dr. Alva has over 20 years of experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director.

Dr. Alva understands the stigma associated with chemical dependence disorders and the societal bias against these medical conditions.  Dr. Alva and his staff have a mandate to work together with 12 South Recovery to optimize and provide the best medical care available.  In addition, Dr. Alva and his associates believe in forming relationships to create a true comprehensive bio-psychosocial-medical environment to maximize the recovery process.