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Meeting the Challenges of 2016

Ashish Bhatt, M.D.


Ash-Bhatt-M.DDr. Ashish “Ash” Bhatt joined Sovereign Health in August of this year.   Dr. Bhatt is responsible for continued development of Sovereign’s clinical vision and for medical leadership and oversight of the company’s medical services at both the corporate and individual facility level. Dr. Bhatt is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dr. Bhatt earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) from Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic.  We spoke with Dr. Bhatt at his office at Sovereign Health, Pompano Beach, Florida.

Meeting The Challenges Of 2016

The Sovereign Health Group is in the midst of a dramatic strategic expansion.  We’re in the design and construction phase of new facilities in six states, and we have several other projects in various stages of development throughout the United States.  Sovereign Health’s unique treatment model will be replicated in each of these new facilities.  Our clinical vision aims to establish standardized protocols and streamlined processes throughout our treatment sites that will enable us to replicate quality control and evidence-based modalities of treatment. This is an extremely important and exciting phase for Sovereign, especially at a time when the substance abuse and mental health treatment industry is in dire need of quality providers.

Leading Edge Methodologies & Educational Training Sites

I am particularly excited about Sovereign gearing up to move beyond our current frame of training.  Currently Sovereign serves as training sites for many predoctoral and postdoctoral psychologists. We look forward to not just continuing but enhancing our associations with educational institutions to enforce the highest standards of clinical excellence. As we focus further on solidifying our training components, Sovereign will emerge as a hub for the cultivation of new methodologies and modalities that emerge the academic arena. We will be here to channel these advancements immediately into practice.

Evidenced Based Medicine

Addiction medicine has experienced significantly vast advancements and is expected to continue to do so. Amid such developments, Sovereign successfully manages to stay in stride as it takes on board advanced scientific and clinical leadership that is highly experienced in recognizing such change within the medical industry. Going forward, this will help us provide the best evidence-based, high-quality treatment to our patients.


Sovereign is here for its patients and because of its patients. I envision the patient treatment alliance to become an even more integral part of The Sovereign Way. It is our core responsibility to keep our diagnosis free of any assumptions, and our treatment free of any bias or judgment. We have to be sure that we can fully accept responsibility for our patients and become part of the solution that they need. This takes honesty, empathy and earning the patients’ trust. It is never about a patient being a good fit for us. What’s most important is us being the best fit for the patient.


Our treatment philosophy can be summarized in five words: “Take nothing at face value.” We never compromise on spending time for an appropriate diagnostic impression and finding the most suitable solution. It is our responsibility to assess the multiple aspects of a patient’s life, as part of an all-encompassing approach. There are several elements in play that we need to: elicit, analyze, corroborate, understand and treat.

Sovereign’s Goal

Stepping into 2016, Sovereign’s top most priority remains to be the provision of the highest level of clinical care to our patients designed to help our patients achieve solid, continual improvement in their quality of life. We want to grow without compromising care by standardizing and replicating our own unique model to deliver reproducible, consistent and reliable treatment.

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