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About Us

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists was founded on a simple principle: To treat our patients like we would treat a family member, with care, compassion and understanding.

Dr. Alejandro Alva is the Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists. He founded PNS to provide the highest quality treatment in the field of psychiatry. PNS serves as a model of exemplary mental health care for children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

Dr. Alva's pioneering vision of PNS integrates the latest advances in psychoanalysis, psychology, scientific research, social and behavioral therapies, neurochemistry, psychopharmacology as well as non-pharmacological modalities (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) with the purpose of treating mental illness including chemical/alcohol dependence.

Dr. Gustavo Alva is the director of clinical research and he has served as a principal investigator for many years conducting investigation in a myriad of neuropsychiatric conditions; Alzheimer's and other dementias, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic conditions as well as multiple others. As a clinician and investigator, Dr. Alva's focus is on the genetics, neuroimaging, and latest treatments available for each of these conditions, as well as aspects of ethnicity and their correlation within clinical situations.

We are proud to have participated in the development of a great majority of treatments available to patients today.

Our health care professionals include top-trained psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants with expertise in treating adults, children, adolescents and seniors. Our clinical team takes a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to care. We provide excellent administrative support. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care and continue to be at the forefront of the most current research & treatment programs available for you and your loved ones.

PNS is committed to making treatment accessible and is in-network with most insurance carriers.

PNS staff enhances the well-being of persons with mental, neuropsychiatric disorders and chemical dependence through optimal clinical care via residential care, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient services, if a more intense approach is needed, we have an ample net of inpatient referrals. PNS treats people who suffer from a wide array of cognitive, behavioral, emotional and chemical dependence/Alcohol disorders. PNS strives to deliver the highest standard of mental health care available to our patients anywhere.

Dr. Alva and associates continue to be at the forefront of the most current research and treatment programs available for you or your loved ones.

Attention New Patients

The New Patient Packet will provide what you need to get started. To download the New Patient Packet click on the link below

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Yvette is wonderful...

She is sharp, efficient and able to assess my needs. She will not waste your time. I never wait longer than 15 min ( max) to see her. I highly recommend her:) She also is flexible with adding and changing appointments

-Evelyn D. La Habra, CA

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Dr. Alex Alva Excellent Doctor...

Excellent doctor, very considerate to patients needs. Listens to patient and family members. From www.healthgrades.com

-Lakewood, Feb 1st 2017

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Dr. Alex Alva Great Psychiatrist...

He's a great psychiatrist and was able to get me on medications that changed my life. A God send. From www.healthgrades.com

-J.R.W Irvine, Oct 10th 2016

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Dr. Alex Alva Amazing Human...

Amazing human an angel from God! I have seen many doctors no one helped me like he did , the combination of medication and his attitude towards life is what helped me! From www.healthgrades.com

-Monterey, CA May 4th 2016

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Dr. Gus Alva is one of the Best Psychiatrist...

Dr. Alva by far is one of the best psychiatrist I have seen. He is very to the point, firm and has great communication skill and comforting language. From www.google.com

-Susan Irvani

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Dr. Gus Alva is Awesome...

Awesome Dr. I've had many ups and downs and he sticks at my side through out all these times. I read about all the office issues but very few offices are 100% perfect. From www.google.com

-Sheila Jacobson