Addiction Medicine Specialists

Alana Sasaki, MD

Alana Sasaki is the Medical Director and founder of Kai Shin Clinic. The clinic has been open since June 2016, following the unfortunate passing of Prince, Minnesota’s Music Legend. Dr. Sasaki found it disheartening that it was so difficult to seek help for those battling opioid addiction here in Minnesota. This propelled her to found and establish Kai Shin Clinic. Dr. Sasaki attended John A Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii from there went to the University of Minnesota St Joseph’s Family Medicine residency. Following this, she accepted a position on the MICD inpatient unit at St Joseph’s Hospital, as an attending addiction specialist.

Three years later, she was offered a position with Allina Health, where she was the lead addiction physician with oversight and development of the addiction medicine (detox unit) at Mercy Hospital, Unity Campus. In her time at Allina she was instrumental in designing the OTP (Opioid Treatment Program and consulting for their outpatient addiction medicine clinic).

Following this, she decided to focus more on outpatient and to continue to pursue her passion for addiction medicine treatment in the twin cities. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, a fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a diplomate in the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Sasaki has extensive experience managing all continuums of care in addiction, from the most complicated detoxes, inpatient, and outpatient services. She is a highly competent and compassionate physician, who seeks to heal and “meet her patients”, where they currently are in their recovery, while guiding with sound medical practices.

In her spare time you will catch her at the dog park, with her border collie Rocky and hound/mix Betsy. She has a love for travel and cooking.

Roger Laroche, MD

Roger Laroche, MD is a triple board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine. He completed Medical School at the University of Minnesota in 1987, Psychiatry residency at Mayo Clinic in 1991, and an Addictions Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in 1992.

He relocated to Bradford, PA to become medical director for the state’s first Dual Diagnosis (MICA) Unit for the Regional Medical Center’s Psychiatry Department. Over the next 20 years he established the region’s first: hospital-based Opiate Treatment Program; Intensive Outpatient Addiction Treatment Program; and a Center of Excellence designation for the Psychiatric and Addictions hospital units.

Returning to the Twin Cities, he joined Allina Health as the system-wide medical director for Addiction Medicine, and developed an OTP/Suboxone program, an outpatient Addiction Medicine Clinic, and Addiction Medicine Unit, and a hospital protocol for management of complicated alcohol and opiate detoxifications.

He’s involved with the American and Minnesota Societies of Addiction Medicine, and resides in St. Paul, MN, enjoying sports events and family time with his wife and four kids.

Danielle Wang, MD

Danielle Wang attended Creighton University for medical school and then went on to complete a residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota’s St. Joseph’s program. After completing residency she went on to work in her home state of Montana at Billings Clinic for two years before returning to the Twin Cities and working another two years for Allina Health. Dr. Wang from early in her career had a passion for treating those with addiction. While doing her residency at St Joseph’s Hospital, her interest in addiction treatment grew, as part of her responsibilities were to cross cover the addiction unit. This led her to treat and move into her practice a subset of patient’s specifically seeking addiction treatment. In her time in primary care, she developed a following of patient’s whom sought her out as she had a firm understanding of addiction. Ultimately, this is what guided her to step out of primary care, and into addiction medicine full time. Her passion for treating addiction and making it a forefront priority, in care, has sought her to join Kai Shin Clinic.

Dr. Wang enjoys traveling, water and snow skiing, and spending time with her two dogs, a wheaten terrier and a cockapoo. She is accepting new patients.

Cindy Morey, Psy.D., MBA, ABPP, LP

Dr. Morey is a licensed clinical health psychologist. She has experience with medical, mental health, and substance abuse populations. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota and received her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology. She is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She has been practicing as a Clinical Psychologist for 14 years. Dr. Morey also earned her MBA in Healthcare Management in May of 2017.

Dr. Morey is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has led trainings in Motivational Interviewing within her organization and throughout the community. She specializes in health psychology, geropsychology, mental health, substance use, management, consultation, and supervision. She has been an instructor in the Integrated Behavioral Health program at the University of Minnesota since January 2015.

Patrick Parker, MA, LMFT

Patrick Parker, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Minnesota state-approved supervisor for MFT, LPC and LPCC candidates. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2005, Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in 2009.

Mr. Parker worked with the University of Minnesota, Fairview for over 10 years from 2007-2017. Working on multiple mental and chemical health units with most of his time spent working with families in inpatient and outpatient settings.

He joined Kai Shin Clinic in 2018 to further work in the MICD patient population. He has a strong commitment and passion for addiction treatment. He is a dedicated scholar and lecturer.

Mr. Parker is committed to working with patients from a client-centered approach with a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Health (DBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.

He is involved with the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapy where he sits on the board as an at-large board member and committee chair of the Public Relations committee. Patrick resides in Minneapolis, MN, enjoying riding bike on the local trails, sports events and family time.

Angela Studt, MPS, LADC, LPCC

Angela Studt, MPS, LADC, LPCC is a board-certified Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Angela received her both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s of Professional Studies degree in Integrated Behavioral Health from the University of Minnesota.

Angela has six years of experience working with individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental illness, which were often accompanied by other complicating factors such as brain injuries, learning disabilities, and cognitive challenges. She has spent the last 4 years at People Incorporated’s Huss Center for Recovery in a variety of roles (alcohol and drug counselor, mental health professional, and clinical supervisor) where she has developed a person-centered approach to assist individuals in achieving their goals. She has significant experience using skills/approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Bradley Conley, MA LADC

Bradley Conley, MA LADC is a graduate of Alder Graduate School with a Master’s degree Adlerian Psychotherapy, majoring in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. Mr. Conley gained experience working with People Incorporated’s Youth ACT team, Beauterre Recovery Institute, and Ellie Family Services, all the while addressing mental health, substance use, and other behavioral challenges. He interned for his LADC at Fairview Riverside Lodging Plus program and Huss Center for Recovery in 2015, and then for his MFT at Anchor House IRTS women’s facility and Beauterre Recovery Institute in 2016-2017. Recognizing that unresolved developmental, complex, and shock trauma lies at the root of many of our emotional and behavioral difficulties, Mr. Conley has developed a trauma-focused, mindful, holistic, somatic, and systems-oriented approach to understanding issues and developing solutions for the individual and their loved ones. Mr. Conley is available to work with individuals, couples, and families of any definition who have experienced adversity that has changed the way they relate to the world and to themselves.

In addition, he personally understands the stigma many face when seeking aid for mental health and substance use: “Turning toward yourself is a moment which holds what you may not expect: pride, not shame; empowerment, not belittlement; and courage, not cowardice. I look forward to building a relationship with you and those who share your life.”

Veasna Pho

Veasna “V” Pho graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s in Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health. He is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and is currently in supervision for his Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure. Mr Pho. has worked as a clinician in the behavioral health field since 2012 and has experience in a variety of settings that include inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, and in the social services division of a government agency. He decided to join Kai Shin in the fall of 2018, to continue to work in addiction medicine, he has a strong interest in the field and is highly dedicated. Many of his patients cite that “V” is compassionate, caring, and very easy to work with. In his short time at the clinic, he has a strong patient following.

Mr. Pho specializes in the treatment of substance use, Co-Occurring Disorders, mindfulness-based stress reduction, grief and loss counseling. In his spare time, Veasna enjoys camping, reading, creative writing, and road biking. He is accepting new patients.