Alyssa Panis

Quick Stats

  • Starting Point: It all started when Alyssa responded to a Craigslist ad in 2013 for an administrative role.
  • Making It Work: Her job involves creating an atmosphere for growth, training newbies, and spotting areas for improvement.
  • Community Connection: They’re all about fostering a supportive community at Barn Life, not just during treatment but also after, so mental wellbeing endures.
  • Off-Duty Pursuits: When not at Barn Life, you’ll find them exploring, goofing around with their kid, practicing feng shui, enjoying karaoke, or immersed in a Rom Com.

On My Bucket List

  • Take drum lessons
  • Learn wood working
  • Travel to Greece, Thailand, Japan
  • Study Bazi

On My Bookshelf

  • Heavenly stems and earthly branches
  • The Working Genius
  • Consolations by David Whyte
  • The slow regard of silent things by Patrick Rothfuss

What Led Me to Barn Life

In my pursuit for something more meaningful, I responded to a Craigslist ad in March of 2013 for an administrative assistant. Back then, “holistic healing” wasn’t as trendy as it is now so Barn Life, for me, was my path towards a newfound way of life that I had a thirst for.

It was through the support of the company that I was able to receive education in medical billing. Simultaneously, I watched and observed while the clients underwent this beautiful transformation looked like “joy” and felt like “calm”. The transformation that I’ve witnessed made me a believer in the approach, which, only strengthened my dedication to the company’s continued success.

Through my experience and exposure to this industry, the financial side of the industry, and recognizing patterns, my contributions keep our company current with the needs of our population. I am involved in the risk management, compliance, development, and involved in other ventures within our niche. I am in a position now where i can really influence a culture that models my true values and beliefs.

My Role At Barn Life

To clients, I’m a listener and an advocate for a meaningful treatment experience. Though I do not directly solve client problems, my role is focused on the cultivation of an environment and culture that will support growth for staff and clients.

I solve problems for the company, examine/create processes, provide training of new hires, observe and assess any gaps in care, identify trends and work towards a better program.

What I Love Most About My Work At Barn Life?

The barn is a place where you have the freedom to be curious, collaborative and be a part of a team.
From a client perspective, I love that the barn tears down any bias of what a mental treatment looks and feels like. Our environment evokes creativity and curiosity. I also love the outdoor/rustic vibe and how much material is available for creative expression.

On a larger scale, the Barn Life community model the behaviors of a healthy community that is supportive of people who struggle with mental health. I’m hoping that the style of support that is modeled while clients are in program become the standards in which our graduates live by once they discharge. Community is crucial to sustaining mental wellbeing.

What You Might Find Me Doing Outside Of Barn Life

I love to explore new places. I also love to be a kid with my kid. I’m a practitioner of classical feng shui and forever a student of Chinese metaphysics. I love karaoke, D&D, and anything crafty. I also enjoy data, I love a good Rom Com or psychological thriller, and love working with my hands.


We are in-network with all PPO plans. We are proudly a certified Tricare provider. We are now able to work with Magellan Health/Blue Shield of CA HMO plans.

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Hear From Those We've Impacted

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Barn Life is uniquely special. As someone who has had long stretches of sobriety with "traditional" communities and methods, Barn Life stepped in when I started struggling during the pandemic and said "traditional" methods failed to help.The staff here are exceptional. This is a truly subjective statement, but it is my honest opinion that the people from the owner (Hi Matt!) to EVERYONE else works there because they believe in the work and want to share the tools they found.Barn Life and their little sibling, Peer Mental Wellness were the launchpad from a shell of an existence to person with self-love/respect, and a life-mission of personal development.

Steven D.
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Best for someone looking for spiritual healing in addition to their mental health healing.

Luka P.
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Barn life is probably one of the most amazing facilities you could ever attend when it comes to mental illness. This was the first place that popped up when I was searching for help and I’m so thankful that it did. The environment is very therapeutic, the staff is awesome, and the group discussions and activities were so helpful in me understanding what I was experiencing. Do not hesitate to be a part of this place. It’s literally a game changer. I was only there for 6 weeks but I wished I stayed at least 6 months. Ever since returning home, I’ve been much happier and my perspective has changed dramatically. I’ve done things and participated in events at my college that I never thought I would be able to do. This place is truly amazing and I’m forever grateful that I found this place.

Ariana E.
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Through trial and error of trying to stay sober this program is definitely the most caring and supporting of them all if anyone needs help and is willing to help themselves I suggest barnlife they will for a fact give you the push you need and the tools to keep you going

Mason T.
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My daughter has been at Barn Life Recovery now for two months. It was my last resort to send her 9 hours away from me. She has been in drug and mental health rehabs in and out for two years. This was my last stitch effort to save my daughter and get her back to herself. Alyssa and I spoke multiple times before deciding. Their willingness to do everything for her and the different teams they have work with them is amazing. My daughter is happy again and clean and sober. She loves it there in their outpatient program. They restore your faith in humanity. They help restore someone who is broken in so many places to themselves. They have put the light back in my daughters eyes. They are committed to helping each person who truly wants the help. They assist in helping them get jobs and be responsible members of society. I recommend their program to anyone wanting to recover from drug, alcohol and mental health.Thank you to all the people at Barn Life who have made my daughter smile and bring the light back to her eyes. I am truly grateful.DawnaLee

DawnaLee W.
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I am alumni from Zen Recovery Path / a great place , and live a happy healthy life ever since / great peaceful place to recover // Namaste

Michael M.



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