Testimonials by Treatment Experts

David Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT

David E. Smith, MD

“Across the United States substance abuse in all its forms is a leading cause of morbidity and morality. In Northern California there is a major lack of high quality adolescent treatment programs. Scott Sowle has been responsible for the development of nationally recognized treatment programs for adolescents and their families. Muir Wood is an exceptional program that addresses the key elements in effectively treating adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring issues.”

— David Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT
Immediate past Medical Director, state of California, Alcohol and Drug Programs; past President, American Society of Addiction Medicine

Kathy Ketcham, Adolescent Treatment Expert


“Muir Wood is a place of light and hope, offering a comprehensive program of treatment adventure-based therapy, academics, and family involvement that sets the gold standard for gender-specific adolescent treatment programs. If only every young person struggling with alcohol and other drug problems could spend time at Muir Wood where kindness, trust, and respect are established as the keystone of life-long recovery.”

— Kathy Ketcham
Adolescent Treatment Expert
& Best Selling Author, “Teens Under the Influence” & “The Spirituality of Imperfection”

Steven Batki, MD. Addiction Psychiatrist

Steven Batki MD 2x2.5 official 12-17-12

Muir Wood’s extensive family program and gender-specific setting are models for the effective treatment of adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The comprehensive and integrated treatment approaches are key components necessary to address the needs of this specific population.

— Steven Batki, MD
Addiction Psychiatrist
U.S. News & World Report Top Doctors 2013