New Dawn’s multidisciplinary staff collaborates on every treatment plan, and at every level of care. This holistic approach not only provides recovery tools from many different perspectives, but also ensures that the recovery process is a stable and consistent one. Please see the list of our staff categorized by either program or leadership.
Suzanne Pereira Phd, CADC II
Clinical Programs Director
Suzanne has extensive experience in the field of Substance Use Disorders. Over the course of thirty plus years she has served in such roles as a Counselor, Educator/Instructor, Program Supervisor, a treatment center Director, a Methadone Clinic Director and a Business Consultant. Each of these roles focused on helping individuals who were seeking help with a Substance Use Disorder and the families of those individuals.
Suzanne began her counseling career in 1985 at San Jose Hospital working with adolescents with co-occurring diagnoses involving both a substance dependency and a psychiatric diagnosis. Suzanne supervised Driving Under the Influence programs for approximately eight years, working her way up from a counselor/educator position. She left the DUI programs to become the Director of a 44-bed residential treatment program serving individuals with a substance use and psychiatric disorder.
As a consultant Suzanne developed workshops for couples who were court ordered to receive education and counseling for domestic violence charges. She also worked with females who needed to receive education and counseling based on domestic violence charges. The programs she developed were approved in Alameda County and met requirements for individuals who had been convicted of domestic violence. The groups were client centered and educational teaching individuals how to successfully communicate without violence.
Suzanne has been teaching classes for the University of Pacific’s Substance Abuse Certification program since 2009. She has taught both in the classroom and online for the University, teaching students who want to become Substance Abuse Counselors. She has taught, Counseling, Assessment, Treatment Planning, Co-occurring Disorders, Working with Criminal Justice Clients and Communicable Diseases for the University of the Pacific. Suzanne was an Instructor for InterCoast College in Sacramento, teaching the entire curriculum for individuals studying to become certified as Substance Use Disorder counselors. Additionally, she taught Psychology 101 for Kaplans Undergraduate Criminal Justice degree program.
Suzanne is a graduate of Antioch University where she received her B. A. in Psychology with a minor in marketing. She has a Master’s degree (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and Social Work from Antioch University. While completing her Masters in Psychology she studied Somatic Psychology and was trained to observe and understand how movement and relationships impact a person’s life. Suzanne received her PhD from California Institute of Integral Studies in the Humanities from the School of Transformative Learning. Suzanne’s doctoral dissertation was published by VDM, “A Transformative Journey of Recovery: Eight Women’s Life Stories of Resilience and Recovery” and by UMI, a dissertation publishing company.
Suzanne would tell you her life’s mission is to help individuals who are suffering from addiction, in the many forms that it presents itself. She has dedicated herself to learning and teaching about addiction and recovery and lives a spiritual life inspired by the twelve steps of recovery.
Dr. Steve Sugden, Psychiatrist
Medical Director for Chemical Dependency Treatment Programs
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Dr. Susan Garcia-Swain, Board Certified Addictionologist
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