After he completed his education and training in Guadalajara, Mexico, he returned to California to finish his residency at the University of California Irvine.
Dr. Alva is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists. A single specialty medical group which focuses not only on psychiatric disorders but also on dual diagnosis conditions, which include alcohol and chemical dependence.
Prior to Dr. Alva’s formation of PNS, he was involved in multiple endeavors including detoxification and rehabilitation work both inpatient and outpatient including the VA Medical Center In Long Beach, Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Chapman Medical Center in Orange as well multiple rehabilitation centers.
Since the formation of PNS Dr Alva’s focus is on the latest treatments available for psychiatric disorders and chemical dependency as well as aspects of ethnicity and gender and their correlation to pathological states. Dr. Alva has over 20 years of experience in serving the medical community in various capacities; as a patient advocate, clinician, researcher and medical director.
Dr. Alva’s expertise in adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry including dual diagnosis states utilizing the latest pharmacological and nonpharmacological approaches to treat depression (RTMS) as well as the use of anti-craving interventions which include oral, injectable and implantable treatments make him one of the nation’s most innovative and prominent psychiatrists.
Dr. Alva is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Orange County Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Association, the American Board of Forensic Medicine, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the American Board of Psychopharmacology, the California Hispanic American Medical Association, the New York Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Hispanic professionals.
Lastly, Dr. Alva understands the stigma associated with chemical dependence disorders and the societal bias against these medical conditions. Dr. Alva and his staff have a mandate to work together with rehabilitation and recovery center to optimize and provide the best medical care available.
Dr. Alva and is associates believe in forming relationships to create a true comprehensive bio-psychosocial-medical environment to maximize the recovery process.