About Recovery Road
Dr. Sherif El-Asyouty is a board certified psychiatrist
and also certified by the American Board of Addiction
Medicine. He had been practicing in Santa Barbara since
2003. Dr. El-Asyouty started his medical career as a resident
in General and Neuro Surgery where he was exposed to a
wide array of medical and surgical experiences. He then
switched to Psychiatry and joined the program at the University
of Louisville, KY, where he finished his training in General
Psychiatry. He then went to the University of Vanderbilt
for additional training in Addiction Psychiatry. There
he trained under a nationally recognized physician in
the field of addiction, Dr. Andy Spickard , III.
Dr. El-Asyouty practiced in Kentucky as a staff psychiatrist
in both inpatient and out patient settings. This experience
increased his interest in this field and his conviction
regarding the importance of developing a dual diagnosis
program to improve the outcomes of both addiction and
psychiatric treatment for patients who suffer with both
conditions. He also developed a deep appreciation for
the value of the team approach and communication. He
last served in Kentucky as the Medical Director of West
Lake Behavioral Health Program.
Since his move to Santa Barbara he became aware of the
great need for a program that can treat people with Dual
Diagnosis, Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Dependence
and Chronic Pain.
Dr. El-Asyouty and Dr. Frawley met while Dr. El-Asyouty
was working as a staff psychiatrist at the Santa Barbara
Cottage Hospital. Both doctors shared a lot of ideas
about addiction and patients care. They agreed that in
order for care to be based on an individualized assessment
of needs, a multidisciplinary program like Recovery Road
Medical Center was needed.
Dr El-Asyouty is currently in private practice where
he sees patients with Psychiatric, Chemical Dependency
and Chronic Pain conditions.