Dr. Joseph Mott earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences at Gannon University (a three-year pre-med program) and went on to study medicine at the Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now the Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He did an internship at Hahnemann Hospital in internal medicine before completing a residency in anesthesiology at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. After finishing his training in anesthesiology, he moved to San Francisco, California, to practice anesthesiology and later completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He was board certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine.
During a ten-year hiatus from medical practice, he attended the University of San Francisco School of Law, earned a JD, passed the California Bar exam and became a licensed California attorney. During this time, he also studied meditation and Buddhist philosophy through the Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies and developed a daily meditation practice.
He recently completed another fellowship training program in addiction medicine at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, during which he trained under physicians at Loma Linda’s Behavioral Medicine Center, the Kaiser Fontana Chemical Dependency Recovery Program and the Betty Ford Center. He is board-certified in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and he is also certified as a medical review officer by the American Association of Medical Review Officers.
Dr. Mott’s interests include LGBTQ issues in recovery, mindfulness practices, exercise, smoking cessation, specialized recovery programs for licensed professionals and medication-assisted treatment, as well as some holistic approaches to treatment for substance use disorders. He is committed to the notion that there are many roads to recovery, and he serves on the Board of Directors for LifeRing Secular Recovery.