Meet the Team
Our highly trained medical directors and counselors are ready to serve you.
Dr. Joseph Frawley, M.D.
Co-Founder & Medical Director
Dr. Frawley is a board certified internist and certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been treating chronic pain over the past five years, and is Co-Founder of Recovery Road Medical Center.
Dr. Sherif El-Asyouty, M.D.
Co-Founder and Medical Director
Dr. El-Asyouty is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of addiction. He serves as the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Recovery Road Medical Center.
Donald Vercellini, PhD
Dr. Donald Vercellini graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno before completing his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in clinical neuropsychology at the California School of Professional Psychology. He received and completed a doctoral internship at the VA’s Joint Ambulatory Care Center, Pensacola, a joint project between the VA and the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, Naval Air Station Pensacola, and Navy Hospital, Pensacola where he worked closely with colleagues from psychiatry, pharmacy, neurology, primary care, suicide prevention, chaplaincy, and addiction.
He has received training in chronic and serious mental illness including complex trauma, PTSD, suicide risk assessment, crisis intervention, and psychotic spectrum disorders as well as mood and personality disorders, group therapy, couples and family therapy, neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, and polytrauma. Dr. Vercellini has conducted and presented research in the neurocognitive assessment of brain-injured patients, the relationship between family structures, adverse childhood experiences, attachment, and dysregulation, the effects of martial art practice on depression and anxiety, the role of emotional contagion in the perception of anger and has taught graduate level group psychotherapy.
Dr. Vercellini is a lifelong practitioner of traditional martial arts and a 6th degree black belt who incorporates mindfulness and traditional martial/eastern philosophy into his clinical work.
Susan Lauwers, MFT
Susan Lauwers, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, experienced in a broad scope of mental health issues including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationships, and trauma. Sue has been on staff at Recovery Road Medical Center for the past five years, where she is currently facilitating the evening dual diagnosis group. She has also developed and teaches Yoga for Recovery classes which are included in the curriculum for Recovery Road’s program. In addition to her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology acquired at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, Sue spent two years studying Somatics (Mind/Body Connection) with Richard Heckler at the Strozzi Institute, a world- renowned training center for embodied leadership. She has been active at Santa Barbara City College, where she has worked as a teacher, a counselor, and advocate for international students. While working in the Drug and Alcohol Counseling program, she developed a curriculum and taught classes in Movement for Recovery and Relationships in recovery, which combines psychology, somatics and yoga.
Sue has been a certified Yoga instructor for more than 30 years. She has also worked as a Counseling and Child Development Specialist for Sojourn Services. Recently, Sue has become a practitioner of Quantitate EEG (brain mapping) and Neurofeedback, which has shown to be successful in treating people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, PTS, ADHD, stress reduction, and a variety of issues. Other universities attended include the University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the in Koninglijk Kunst Academy, in Ghent, Belgium, where she studied as a Fine Arts Major. She also acquired a Marketing Certification, from UCSB. Sue loves intellectual and physical activities, travel, has lived in a variety of cities around the world and has a flair for languages.
Ronald V. Park II, MA
Mr. Park is a registered Psychological Assistant currently finishing his dissertation, Factors of Influence in the Recovery Process, at California Southern University. Mr. Park graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Master’s degree in Psychology. Since graduating in 2001, Mr. Park has been an academician, teaching and doing research, as well as pursuing the clinical practice.
Mr. Park taught for and performed research at three major Universities from 1999 through 2014. Topics of interest include Effects of alcohol and other drugs on memory and performance in humans and rats; the relationship between language and thought, and recovery of function after traumatic brain injury. Mr. Park worked in pediatric neuropsychological practice for six years before transitioning to treating substance use disorder and eating disorder fulltime in 2013. Mr. Park began to focus exclusively on clinical practice in 2014 and continues to refine his focus within a clinical practice to the area of recovery.
During his graduate preparation, Mr. Park has received graduate-level training in assessment and treatment of addiction both process and substances, trauma, suicide risk, psychotic disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, and traumatic brain injury. He has also been trained in the use of group therapy, individual therapy, psychological assessment, and research methodologies as tools to individualize the most appropriate treatment for the patient. Although his orientation is Cognitive -Behavioral, Mr. Park uses therapeutic tools and techniques as appropriate to the patient and the individualized needs.
Mari is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. A graduate of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, she has been working in mental health since 2004.
Mari’s initial experience was gained at Sojourn Services where she held the dual role of clinician and program manager for several programs providing in-home intervention to parents and young children as well as training staff on trauma-informed care.
Adriana joined Recovery Road as our Utilization Reviewer. Over the years, she has gained interest in becoming a therapist and is looking forward to pursuing her life-long goal of helping others with mental health and substance abuse. Her medical background is in the orthopedic field with a well-known local orthopedic surgeon. She received her Associates Degree of Science in Medical Assisting in 2009. She is excited about the experience and knowledge she is gaining within our practice and is looking forward to serving you and your loved ones.
During her free time, she enjoys being with her family, cooking and baking, walking her dogs, volunteering in her community and making others smile…and laugh
Kelli Sullivan is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has practiced in Santa Barbara since 2002. She brings to Recovery Road her expertise in working with patients with addiction, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders. She has extensive experience in working with patients and their families.
Kelli received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California Santa Barbara. During her college years, Kelli worked as a program coordinator for the United Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County. There she realized her passion for working with youth, their families and the therapeutic benefits of being in nature. She developed an after-school homework program as well as camping programs, fundraising and providing scholarships for at-risk youth to attend trips to National Parks throughout California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. She was then a graduate of the California State University Northridge Counseling Psychology program, writing her thesis on Wilderness and Mindfulness Therapy. Kelli began her clinical work at The Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Project Recovery program. There she worked in their Perinatal and Dual Diagnosis programs facilitating groups. She then took on the position of a Program Coordinator for Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, managing the Court Mandated Batterers Treatment program as well as facilitating groups and individual sessions at their shelter for women and children.
After being at Domestic Violence Solutions for five years, Kelli transitioned on to Recovery Road Medical Center, facilitating dual diagnosis groups. With that experience she helped to create their young adult track, closely working with local universities and colleges. At Recovery Road, Kelli continued her path in helping young people and their families in crisis. Kelli found a particular interest in working with college-aged people struggling with trauma and personality disorders as well as addiction and mood disorders. Kelli has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. In 2013, Kelli was also a Primary Therapist/ DBT therapist for One to One Treatment. She also facilitated CBT/ DBT groups at Mission Harbor Behavioral Health in 2018. With a passion in working with a team as well as facilitating groups, Kelli is excited to take on the role as Clinical Director at Recovery Road Medical Center.