Arroyo Grande, California

General Specialty

Addiction Medicine
Drug Detoxification
Emergency Treatment
Medication Assisted Treatment
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment

Specialty Focus

Addiction Medicine
Death Evaluations
Drug Detoxification
Drug Withdrawal
In Custody
Management Treatment
Methadone Expert
Substance Abuse Treatment

Dr. Ken Starr is board-certified in Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He’s an expert in substance abuse treatment, including detoxification and medication management. Dr Starr has extensive expertise in Suboxone (buprenorphine), Vivitrol (naltrexone), and methadone. He owns and operates an outpatient treatment program while managing several residential detoxification and long-term programs.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Addiction Medicine at California Northstate University College of Medicine.
Medical Expert Reviewer for the Medical Board of California.



  • 1988-1992 B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder. Molecular Biology
  • 1993-1997 MD Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Post-Doctoral Training
  • 1997-2000 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. El Paso, Texas Residency in Emergency Medicine


  • 2011-2024 Chief Medical Officer for Lionrock Behavioral Health.
  • 2015-2017 Founding Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for The Haven at Pismo. 2017-present French Hospital Medical Center. San Luis Obispo, CA. Director of Addiction Medicine Services
  • 2017-present Arroyo Grande Hospital. Arroyo Grande, CA. Director of Addiction Medicine Services
  • 5/21-12/31/21 California Medical Provider Bicycle Health
  • 3/1/22 -present Medical Director for Phoenix Counseling Center Phoenix, Oregon
  • 11/21-present Medical Director of New Hope Recovery in Modesto, CA. State licensed Inpatient residential and detoxification facility.
  • 9/12//22- 5/1/23 Founding Medical Director of Align Recovery in Sonoma, CA. Detox and Residential Program. Sonoma, CA.
  • 5/1/23-Present Medical Director and Supervising Physician. Twin Bays Inc. DBA Morro Bay Recovery. Morro Bay, CA. 40 bed licensed residential and detoxification facility.
  • 9/18/23 -Present Medical Director. REAP/DAAC. Santa Rosa, CA. Overseeing Buprenorphine product services, Program development and Improvement, Consulting with Mid-levels on MAT Service delivery. Attending and participating in weekly team meetings.
  • 2/1/24- Present. Medical Director D&Js Counseling and Support Services. Santa Maria, CA.

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