Changing lives.

Our Mission

C.O.R.E. stands for Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Experience At CORE, we offer an array of treatment services. Our motto is “Recovery with Respect”. C.O.R.E. Medical Clinic, Inc. is a family run business that treats opioid dependence utilizing evidence-based medications.

Who we are

CORE is active in the Sacramento community in the following ways:

We interact with various agencies and government organizations to help drive important drug policies regarding addiction and opioid use disorder treatment.

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Educating the community

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Providing resources

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Consultations

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Providing treatment

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We are proud of our team!

Congrats to
Dr. Summers!

Our very own Dr. Summers has received an award from the California State Treasurer Fiona Ma in recognition for his hard work and dedication to the opioid addiction field. We couldn't be prouder to have him on our team!

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Meet the team!

Recovery with Respect!

To give our patients the best help they deserve,
we have the best team in place!

Meet Our Founder,
Dr. Stenson!

In 1973, Dr. Stenson began treating opiate addicts while a psychiatric resident at UCD School of Medicine at our current location. In 1980, he was one of the founding partners in Bi-Valley Medical Clinic to contract with the county to treat  the 150 methadone maintenance patients in that program.

In 2009, Bi-Valley divided and C.O.R.E Medical was formed to continue the operations at 2100 Capitol Avenue.  Dr. Stenson, the owner, is board certified in 'Psychiatry and Neurology' and 'Addiction Medicine'.

He has always been involved in educating others about opiate addiction, conducting numerous community workshops and is finalizing a book, titled, MOUD, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, The Basics, What Each Patient, Support Person, and Staff Should Know.

Meet our Compliance Director, Cynthia Giddings!

Cynthia Giddings, ASW, Compliance Director.  Cyndi graduated University of Nevada with her Master’s Degree, has been in the field 14 years and is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Cyndi has worked for C.O.R.E. for 9 years  with over 5 years as the Pregnancy Counselor Specialist. Cyndi’s passion is advocating for MAT, building partnerships within the community, helping mothers to regain custody of their kids and facilitating change.

Meet our Program Director, Garrett Stenson!

Garrett Stenson is the Program Director.  He graduated with a degree in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University in 1997 and earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from CSUS in 2001.

Garrett has served as a Program Director in the field since 2004 and has over 25 years of experience in MAT. Garrett enjoys interacting with patients and doing presentations in the local community to help reduce stigma in our patient population, which they too frequently experience.

Meet our Business Services Director, Marshall Stenson!

Marshall Stenson is the Business Services Director.  Marshall graduated with a Business Degree from Cal State University of Monterey Bay.

He has been working in the Medication Assisted treatment field for over 20 years in various roles from HR assistant to Clinic Manager before becoming the Business Services Director.  Marshall has spent significant time engaging different payers to cover treatment to help expand access to Medication Assisted treatment.

Meet our Clinic Manager,
Sally Wynn!

Sally Wynn, Dr. AD, Clinic Manager.  Sally earned her Doctorate Degree with the Breining Institute, has been a certified substance use counselor for over 27 years and has worked for C.O.R.E. for over 7 years.

Sally developed and co-authored curriculum for the first known counselor training manual and creation of the first known counselor certification for MAT counselors.  Sally has a passion for helping the patient recover and cultivating counselors to better meet the patient where they’re at.  

Our amazing history.

1973

The owner of C.O.R.E., Dr. Stenson, worked at the 2100 Capitol Avenue clinic in 1973 when it was run by UC Davis Medical Clinic.

July 2009

Dr. Stenson continued to run the MAT clinic under Bi-Valley until CORE spun off on July 1, 2009.

May 2019

In May of 2019, C.O.R.E. opened our second location in West Sacramento (3990 Industrial Blvd.) and treats approximately 1000 patients between the two clinics.

2019 - today

C.O.R.E.’s work with opioid dependent patients is guided by the awareness that addiction is an illness and that our patients merit respect and attempts at understanding, as do any patients suffering from any disease..

Our staff are compassionate, demonstrate a willingness to listen and offer guidance through our patient’s recovery journey. Attempting to understand our patient's experience with patient centered treatment is the basis of our helping efforts.  
Our population of patients have a history of being stigmatized more than any other patient group.  We strive to ensure these biases and stereotypes are not involved in treatment. It is this overall philosophy that guides the various services C.O.R.E. provides.

We love our amazing patients!

A grateful patient dedicated this poem
to our beloved CORE Team.
Who I was before
How much I'm now blessed with
I love my clinic CORE

The people there who touched me
Brought me from drowning back to
shore Helping so many around me
I love my clinic CORE

And when those who need it most
Go to them instead of score
They receive help with dignity
I love my clinic CORE

A Dr and his whole family
Gave of themselves and so much
more Saving lives in their community
I love my clinic CORE

They fight on the front lines
They're the stuff of legend and lore
Fighting in the ring of cruel addiction
I love my clinic Core
An army of counselors
Many having fought themselves
before Now bring others to recovery
I love my clinic Core

In my daily life
I'm lost to opiods no more
I now survive and thrive
I love my clinic CORE

If you feel lost and all alone
Stuck in a life out of control
There's a better life beyond addiction
I love my clinic Core

It is not always easy
Just find a way to their doors
A whole new life truly awaits you
I'll forever love my clinic CORE

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