Meet the Staff of Pacifica Recovery

Daniel O’Connell, MSW

Daniel O’Connell, LCSW

Clinical Director

Daniel O'Connell is a transatlantically trained clinical social worker; he holds a MSW in social work from USC and a BA in social work from Greenwich University, in the U.K. He has been formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by the Beck Institute, with additional training in Brief Crisis Intervention Therapy. Daniel additionally holds both a B.A. and associates degree in Fine Art.

Daniel has worked in the field of behavioral health since 2003, building his experience amongst a diverse spectrum of service users ranging from complex child protection cases, through learning difficulty and elderly clients, to mental health and substance abuse.

Daniel is skilled in working with a range of presenting issues, including: domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial and environmental issues, LGBTQ clients, physical and mental illness, addiction, dual diagnosis, and loss.

AJ Botwin, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Botwin brings to Pacifica Recovery over thirty years’ experience in addiction treatment and is a revered expert in medication assisted therapies. Dr. Botwin graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in 1984 and has been in practice for 29 years. He completed a residency at Karl Menninger School Psychology.Dr. Botwin is successful in diagnosing and treating the underlying psychiatric conditions that often result in patient relapse if unattended.

Dr. Botwin has worked for numerious nationally recognized treatment organizations including both Sunspire Health and Foundations Recovery Network. Dr. Botwin works with each patient personally from the time they enter our facilities until their discharge, regardless of their duration in treatment. This approach ensures continuity of psychiatric care throughout the continuum.

Stacy Creacy

Admissions Director

Stacy Creacy brings fourteen years of experience in both admissions and utilization review to Pacifica Recovery Centers. Stacy was instrumental in successfully propelling the Orange County based luxury rehab Balboa Horizonsfrom a small service provider to a large scale operation is a few short years.She was also instrumental in spearheading the growth at Oasis Treatment Center in Anaheim. Her vast experience has helped her to develop an impeccable reputation within the industry. Stacy’s compassionate dedication to patient success is unmatched.

Jeff Anderson, CADC-CS, ICCS, ICADC

Jeff Anderson, CADC-CS, ICCS, ICADC


Jeff Anderson has worked in numerous capacities during his over ten years in the addiction treatment field. His experience includes medium to large scale operations and clinical oversight in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Jeff Started his career at ABC Recovery Center where he had his first position as Chief Operations Officer, which he parleyed into his progression to head of operations for the national addiction treatment organization Sunspire Health. In addition to working in local and national treatment organizations, Jeff worked as an international accreditation surveyor with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for several years. Jeff is active in all areas of the business including licensing, accreditation, operations, IT management and software development, and clinical product improvement.

Carrie Bates

Carrie Bates

Western Clinical Outreach Director

Carrie Bates started her first career as a teenager winning three Olympic gold medals and two National Championships in swimming. Carrie attended the University of Texas prior to her long career as an executive at Nike. Carrie began her work in the addiction treatment industry in 2013, after her own personal battle with addiction. Carrie is currently the Western Director of Clinical Outreach at Pacifica Recovery Centers. After holding multiple positions within the treatment field Carrie has recently turned her attention to working directly with clients and their families by helping them find the services that best fit the needs of the individual.

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