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Cameron Park Counselor Helps Families 'Find Harmony'

02/27/2015 04:28PM ● Published by Amber Foster

Debra Sabino – photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

3108 Ponte Morino Drive
Suite 118, Cameron Park
916-304-4712, 530-848-7765

Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?

It definitely found me. In my work as an episcopal priest, I helped families navigate a variety of conflicts, including specific issues people with elder parents were not prepared to deal with (caregiving, driving, finances, etc.).

What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?

I worked at a dog kennel when I was 13 years old. My job was to bathe and groom dogs, which I loved, and clean kennels, which I didn’t love. I made $2 an hour and rode my bike there every day after school and on Saturdays; I learned the value of a good work ethic and that sometimes the owners were harder to handle than the pets!

How are you involved with both the community and your customer?

I’m part of the Mature Leadership Council, which sets up programs for people over the age of 50 at the Cameron Park Community Center. I also continue to serve as an episcopal priest at Church of Our Saviour in Placerville.

Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?

One of my role models is Desmond Tutu. Tutu’s work in the area of forgiveness and letting go of past hurts, while not condoning the one who inflicted the pain, is an important part of the work I do with family members.

What’s your hidden talent?


What’s your biggest job perk?

Helping families work together to see beyond immediate conflict and find harmony. Sometimes issues from the past have to be addressed and new methods of communication have to be learned. It’s hard work for family members, but incredibly rewarding to help them navigate those choppy waters.

What’s your favorite place to eat out locally?

Papa Gianni’s Ristorante.

What’s your opinion of Style Magazine?

The material is always relevant and interesting.

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