At California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas, we understand how challenging facing the disease of addiction can be on both the addicted person and their loved ones. That’s why our California Highlands Addiction Treatment Vistas team is determined to bring you the very best in addiction treatment care. The staff at CHAT Vistas is composed of both highly experienced and caring addiction treatment professionals. With years of first-hand clinical experience and a dynamic approach to addiction treatment at their disposal, our staff is ready and willing to help you and your loved ones gain the priceless peace of mind that comes hand-in-hand with long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
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Christopher has over 22 years of experience in the addiction and mental health field. As a licensed psychiatric technician, he has worked for state and county programs, forensic psychiatric hospitals, grant-funded programs, as well as local treatment facilities. Over the course of his career, he has worked as admissions director, utilization review director, and executive director for facilities of all sizes. Christopher’s experience and leadership focus on management and delivery of healthcare services along with effective communication to successfully utilize resources and to provide quality patient care.
Christopher is passionate about delivering appropriate care that is centered on patient dignity and ensures the use of best care practices by caregivers and providers. He is also passionate about patient and family education in order to empower self-advocacy and a strong support network. His extensive knowledge of inpatient treatment services and outpatient services such as PHP/IOP gives him the ability to understand the continuum of care that is needed for successful treatment in today’s ever-expanding health care field.
Christopher holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration from Grand Canyon University and is currently working on completing his master’s in health care administration. Christopher has completed course work as a certified alcohol drug counselor and is waiting to take his state certification. Christopher enjoys camping, working on cars, and gadgets.
Dr. Christian Small is uniquely triple board certified in Psychiatry (ABPN), Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and Family Medicine (ABFM), as well as ASAM/CSAM Certified.
Dr. Small is among a handful of doctors in the US who have completed additional training to acquire the skills necessary to treat the full spectrum of medical and psychiatric illnesses. His treatment philosophy is founded upon the idea of a mind-body connection, that true healing takes into account both the physical and emotional needs of our clients.
Dr. Small completed his residency training at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he currently holds the title of Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor.
He acted as an addiction psychiatrist for the Veterans Administration in La Jolla prior to co-founding Bold Health Medical Group, an outpatient clinic specializing in personalized medical, psychiatric, and addiction treatment in Encinitas.