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Vanessa Richards

Clinical Director

LMHC

About Me

Vanessa Fernandez is the Clinical Director at The Recovery Team who works with clients with substance abuse and mental health issues. Vanessa works closely with the clinical team to ensure the best treatment plan and care is provided to all clients. Vanessa utilizes an eclectic approach with cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to best work with this population. Vanessa is passionate about the work she does and truly believes that at the core of every addict and alcoholic, is the need to build a relationship with oneself in order to build a sense of self and purpose. Vanessa believes in a multidisciplinary approach in treating the client as every case is individualized to meet that client’s needs. Vanessa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. Vanessa holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education Clinical Mental Health from Florida International University.

Diane Dinkens

Lead Therapist

BSW, CAP

About Me

Diane began her professional career in substance abuse counseling with The Recovery Team in June 2002.  In addition to providing substance abuse counseling, Diane supervised the Behavioral Health Technicians, served as a DUI evaluator, and in 2005 became DUI Program Director. Diane successfully earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, a Certified Addiction Professional and International Certification, and Reciprocity Consortium from the Florida Certification Board.  Diane worked as a Primary Therapist for many years using her own personal journey and professional expertise in gaining trust and rapport with the clients served.  In 2021, Diane was promoted to a Lead Therapist, displaying a strong ability to positively lead her team and collaboratively work with the clinical director. Diane has continued to demonstrate a profound passion and care for the clients served, empathy, compassion, dedication, and a strong commitment to help each and every client seeking help in fighting the disease of addiction.  She is respected by her constituents and all those who work alongside her.  She is a strong-willed and ambitious employee and a tremendous asset to the growing success of The Recovery Team.

Raquel Morales-Bello

Primary Therapist

MS

About Me

Raquel Morales is a primary therapist who works with Residential Clients. Raquel believes in helping to create awareness of the disease model of addiction, as well as the possibility and fulfilment of change. Raquel has worked in treatment for several years and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, as well as SMART Recovery Certified. Raquel holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Tamoya Merritt

Primary Therapist

MS

About Me

Tamoya Merritt is a Primary Therapist who specializes in addictions. Tamoya works with diverse afflicted populations to gain freedom from the debilitating bondage of mental illnesses and trauma. Tamoya is distinguished by providing a voice to the silenced, shining light on what has been hidden, and empowering the discouraged. Tamoya has supported hundreds of those in recovery since she entered the field. She has changed many lives and planted even more seeds. Tamoya is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida and has experience as a case manager. Tamoya holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

Dvora Paper

Primary Therapist 

MS

About Me

Dvora began her career in substance abuse in 2015. During this time, she worked in numerous different roles, including behavioral health technician, case management, and group facilitator. In 2020 she became a primary therapist. Dvora earned a Bachelor of Psychology with emphasis on addiction from Kaplan University and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Along with her expertise in counseling, Dvora brings her 10 years of personal experience with substance abuse and recovery. Dvora uses various types of therapy and specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and empathy. In 2021 she started working at The Recovery Team as a primary therapist. She has become a great asset to our team, diligently working with clients to overcome barriers to success while finding healing of mind, body, and soul.

Doyline Kreegel

Primary Therapist

MSW, RN

About Me

Doyline graduated from Florida International University in 2018 with a Master of Social Work degree. After graduation Doyline worked as a group facilitator, a primary therapist, and as a clinical supervisor in both an inpatient mental health and substance use disorder community center. She has experience working with a variety of mental health issues including substance use disorder, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, crisis intervention, and trauma. Social work has given Doyline the opportunity to take a more holistic approach in working with individuals. She hopes to continue to support individuals by helping them explore ways to improve both their physical and mental health.  

Alexandria Agostinelli

Primary Therapist

MS

About Me

Alexandria Agostinelli is a Case Manager at The Recovery Team who works with clients with substance use and mental health issues. Alexandria works individually with clients to coordinate a plan from admission to discharge. As a case manager she assists clients with needs that may arise while in the treatment and assists in setting up a plan for when they are ready to return home.  Alexandria is a Registered Family and Marriage Intern. She received her Masters degree from Pepperdine University in California.

Rochelle Belair

Primary Therapist

MSW

About Me

Rochelle Belair is an experienced Case Manager with over 5 years in the field of Social Work. Driven by a spirit of compassion and wanting to propel success in others, Rochelle works closely with clients to assist in meeting their needs and ensure they have the services required to maintain long term sobriety upon discharge. Rochelle has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from Florida International University and is currently working to obtain her Master’s of Social Work in May 2022.

Vera Bellamy

Primary Therapist

MS

About Me

My name is Vera J. Bellamy. I am a Primary Therapist at the Recovery team. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in French Literature and a Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. My areas of interests include humanistic and psychodynamic therapies, as well as mindfulness, cognitive approaches, and neuroscience. My goal is to help clients become curious and invested in their own growth and transformation on a spiritual, emotional and mental level. I feel fulfilled when clients feel heard and validated through the therapeutic process. In my free time, I like to exercise, read, play with my dog, travel, go to museums, write, meditate and create beauty. I speak three languages fluently.

Alvin Hagans

Primary Therapist

MS

Benita Robinson

Client Care Manager

About Me

With two decades of experience in the substance abuse field, Benita has developed an
expertise in several areas of the ever-changing industry. Like the industry, Benita’s roles have expanded over the years. Benita was recognized for many years for her knowledge of medical necessity guidelines, and expectations of the insurance industry while at the same time not compromising the quality of client care or compassion of the clinical providers. More importantly, her expertise developed a recognized successtul collaboration between insurers and providers leading to more successful treatment outcomes. Today Benita has taken on a more clinical role as The Recovery Team’s Client Care Manager. Benita recognizes the importance of family, social networks, community systems, and self-help groups in the treatment and recovery process. Understanding the value of an interdisciplinary approach to addiction treatment, she now has the role of the advocate for the client. Benita and her team provide a successful case management plan that thoroughly and critically examine community resources to determine whar forms of assistance are avallable and ho case management efforts can help clients attain necessary assistance.

Rosie Ehrenfeld

Clinical Intake Coordinator

MSW

About Me

Rosie Ehrenfeld is a therapist who works with newly admitted clients to complete their initial clinical assessments, ensuring comprehensive information gathering to promote the highest quality care. Rosie believes that all humans are worthy and capable of recovery. Rosie has worked hard at making sure clients feel held and supported during the orientation process, easing the normally chaotic and daunting process of transitioning to a rehabilitation facility. Rosie holds a Masters’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work and graduated summa cum laude.

Serena Gali

Primary Therapist

Meryl Comins

Primary Therapist

Amber Cheldelin

Case Manager

Kesya Flores Gonzalez

Case Manager

Operations


Albert Parker

Director of Operations

About Me

Albert Parker is the Operations Manager at the Recovery Team, who has worked in the recovery field for over 8 years. He graduated from University of North Carolina at Wilmington with degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources. He oversees all the day-to-day operations, working closely with the clinical and medical teams to ensure all patient needs are being met. As the Operations Manager he oversees any logistical needs for the facility across Residential, PHP, IOP and OP. He is committed to the patient’s recovery and development at the Recovery Team and is always available day and night to make sure patients are receiving the highest level of care.

Medical


Dr. Jose Toledo

Medical Director

About Me

Dr. Jose Toledo is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991. He completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City. In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled “Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence” from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head Neuropsychiatric Addiction Clinic. Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and detoxification treatment. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone). Dr. Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine

Sayan Graham

Nurse Practitioner

APRN

About Me

Mrs. Sayan Graham is an Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, board-certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), with over 13 years of experience in the healthcare profession. She has completed her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing degrees at Kaplan University with a graduate program focused on the adult and geriatric population. She also received a Certification in Forensic Nursing at Kaplan College. Mrs. Graham has worked with Substance Use Disorder for over 10 years. She is Certified in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Medications for Addiction Treatment/Substance Use Disorder with the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She has also worked in dermatology, performing medical and cosmetic procedures. Mrs. Graham is an active member of the South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses and the American Nurses Association. She provides safe, quality, effective care to individuals of the adult and geriatric community. Mrs. Graham desires to provide the highest quality of care driven by compassion, resolve, and competence.

Michelle Desantis

Nurse Practitioner

APRN

About Me

Mrs. Sayan Graham is an Adult/Gerontology Michelle is a board-certified APRN with over 17 years of experience in emergency and acute psychiatric care services. She is committed to empowering her patients to participate as an integral part of their own care plan. She believes an involved patient is a successful patient.

Samantha Wasicsko

Director of Nursing

BSN, RN

About Me

Samantha Wasicsko is the Director of Nursing who manages all aspects of the medical department for The Recovery Team. She is a Registered Nurse who received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Barry University. Samantha has spent the last 12 years working in Substance abuse and mental health disorders. She excels in management, compliance, and has assisted with opening 3 new facilities throughout her career. Samantha focuses on leading the nursing team to provide quality patient care.

Braulio Mariano

MD – Psychiatry