The Clinical Team
Dr. Ash Bhatt, Medical Director (M.D)
Ash Bhatt, M.D. joined The Recovery Place, Inc. as Medical Director from the University of Miami where he filled multiple roles in addition to being an Assistant Professor. Dr. Bhatt is a Board Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is also a Board Certified Diplomate by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he was recently appointed to the courtesy faculty at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, at the rank of Assistant Professor. “I am looking forward to working with the clinical team at The Recovery Place,” said Dr. Bhatt. “I was drawn to the treatment center by the passion of the people working here and their commitment to the highest standards of quality patient care. We all share the same goals, and are deeply committed to assisting our clients to lead sober and productive lives.” Dr. Bhatt adds, “I am pleased that I will be able to utilize my training and skills in an environment that places high value on serving the needs of our client population.”
Barbara Hernandez, Assistant Clinical Director (B.A., M.S., L.M.H.C.)
Barbara is a clinician in our Traditional Addictions Program. Ms. Hernandez is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. Barbara received her Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University as a Psychology major. She received her Masters of Science degree majoring in Mental Health Counseling from Carlos Albizu University. Ms. Hernandez has worked with clients in a variety of settings, providing treatment to patients who suffer from chronic and severe mental illness. Barbara’s cultural background is Hispanic and she speaks Spanish fluently.
David Levin, Assistant Clinical Director (LCSW, CMHP, CAP)
David was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; however, considers himself a native Floridian after moving here in 1976. He earned his Bachelors Degree in the field of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, FL., and his Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University, located in Miami Shores, FL. David is recognized and certified by the State of Florida as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Mental Health Professional. Additionally, David is recognized and certified both statewide and internationally as a Certified Addictions Professional. The focus of David’s research in both his Undergraduate and Graduate Programs was chemical dependency, and he is extremely passionate and devoted to helping individuals afflicted with chemical dependency.
Learn more about our new Assistant Clinical Director in this Interview with David Levin.
David LeClair (B.A., M.S.W., L.C.S.W)
David is a clinician in our Traditional Addictions Program. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida. He is also recognized by the State of Florida as a Certified Addiction Professional. Mr. Leclair has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Empire State College with a major in Human Development. David also holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Barry University. He has nearly 20 years of experience working with addicts, alcoholics, ex-offenders and clients with co-occurring disorders.
Edi Hernandez (BS, M.S., N.C.C.)
Edi is a primary clinician that specializes in treating clients in our Dual Diagnosis Program (A person who has both an alcohol or drug problem and an emotional/psychiatric problem is said to have a dual diagnosis.) She earned her bachelors degree at the University of Florida with a major in psychology and a minor in religious studies. Ms. Hernandez holds a Masters of Science degree from Barry University with the dual specializations of marriage, family & couples therapy and mental health counseling. She is also recognized as a nationally certified counselor. Edi is highly skilled in working with clients who are seeking spiritual or religious guidance. Ms. Hernandez has extensive experience working with clients of all ages.
Learn more about out dual diagnosis primary clinician in this Interview with Edi Hernandez.
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Charlotte Day, Christian Program Director (B.M., C.A.P.)
Charlotte is a primary clinician and the director of our Christian Addictions Program. Ms. Day obtained her bachelors degree in Music and Vocal Performance from Houston Baptist University. She is also recognized by the state of Florida as a Certified Addictions Professional. Charlotte is the founder of The Community Women’s Restoration Ministry in Pompano Beach, Florida and is a featured Christian speaker for various retreats and faith based organizations. Ms. Day specializes in addictions education, Christian counseling, Biblical studies, and the twelve-step model of addictions rehabilitation. She has been a spiritual leader in the North Broward community for over a dozen years.
Learn more about Charlotte's dedication to our Christian Addiction Programs in this personal interview: An Interview with Charlotte Day
John Reeck, Lead Recovery Coach
John is the primary clinician assigned to clients during the Residential phase of their treatment. Mr. Reeck initially began his career at The Recovery Place working on our Technical team. His passion, devotion, and commitment to excellence propelled this young man very quickly to a position of Residential Housing Supervisor. His gifts in working with clients new to the treatment process were evident and word quickly spread that the message and character of John’s counsel was precious.
Learn more about John Reeck and his role at The Recovery Place here: An Interview with John Reeck
Tatiana Dallos, Primary Clinician
Tatiana received her Bachelors Degree in psychology from the University of Florida and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Dallos has worked with a diverse population individuals and families. Her wide range of experience includes working with clients afflicted with relationship problems, family dysfunction, substance abuse issues, sexual trauma, and eating disorders. In describing her therapeutic approach, Tatiana states “I believe in a client-centered, humanistic therapy approach. I believe that the way to create success is to provide individualized treatment tailored to the needs, character and cultural background of the client. I endeavor to create a secure, nurturing environment where my clients can achieve growth through genuine, unconditional positive regard, and empathic understanding.” Ms. Dallos is fluent in Spanish and English.
Alexia Touboul, Primary Clinician (Ed.M., M.A.)
Alexia is a primary clinician in the traditional addictions program. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Florida International University, and 2 Masters Degrees in psychological counseling from Columbia University. Alexia has worked with a very diverse population through her schooling and career, ranging in both cultural aspects and diagnoses. She has treated individuals and families struggling with anxiety, depression, chemical dependence, cognitive impairments, trauma, marriage/relationship problems, and adjustment issues to name a few. Alexia focuses on applying Person-Centered principles to both individual and group therapy; “I believe a strong therapeutic relationship is the backbone of any successful treatment. Providing clients with a nurturing, safe, and non-judgmental space in therapy allows the client and clinician, as a team, to overcome the obstacles that have kept the client from living a happy, healthy, sober life.”
Lystra Lewis, Primary Clinician (B.S., M.S.)
Lystra was born in Trinidad and Tobago, the southernmost island of the English speaking Caribbean. She migrated to South Florida in 2009 to continue her educational pursuits after working with families for several years as a Certified Mediator in Trinidad and Tobago. She earned her Bachelors of Science in the Social Sciences from Andrews University in Michigan and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. Additionally Lystra is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern with the Florida Board of Clinician Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists and is pursuing the Addiction Professional Certification (CAP) program.
Janice Del Pilar, Christian Clinician (M.S.)
Janice is from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. From an early age Janice was driven to help people in need, and at 16 years old completed missionary work between the Haiti and Dominican Republic borders. This experience greatly moved Janice and strengthened her relationship with God. Janice grew up with an Autistic cousin, who was more like a brother to her. Witnessing the struggles her family faced as they coped with her cousin’s condition and his poor prognosis, Janice became fascinated with the science behind physical and psychological therapies. Janice obtained a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Puerto Rico and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at University of Miami. Janice was honored when she was given the “Most Outstanding Graduate Student” award, from the Department of Education and Psychological Studies at UM. Janice had the privilege of completing clinical practicums at The Wellness Community, The Thelma Gibson Initiative, and The Children’s Bereavement Center.
It is an honor and privilege for me to work with recovering addicts and alcoholics at The Recovery Place. I am a Christian clinician with a genuine desire to help addicts walk with God as they pursue recovery. I have the privilege to of witnessing miracles on a daily basis. I take my job seriously as I know the disease of addiction has claimed the life of many good people. I pray that I can follow God’s will as I dedicate my life to his work. It is a blessing to be a part of the TRP team.
Shiran Cohen, Primary Clinician (M.S.)
Shiran is a primary clinician working in the traditional track at The Recovery Place. She received her Bachelors Degree in psychology from Florida International University and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Carlos Albizu University. Ms. Cohen has worked with a diverse population of individuals. Her wide range of experience includes working with clients suffering from eating disorders, substance abuse issues, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, as well behavioral issues such as codependency and impulse control. Ms. Cohen is fluent in English and Hebrew.
Tuyet Nguyen, Primary Clinician (B.A., M.S.)
Tuyet is a primary clinician in our Traditional Addictions Program. Tuyet began her career in the mental health field by completing her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of South Florida with a major in Psychology. She then earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Tuyet utilizes a unique systemic therapeutic approach to help clients promote change and insight to their problems and situations while they undergo a transitional or difficult period in their lives. She works in collaboration with her clients to explore and highlight their strengths and resources. Tuyet has experience in working with individuals, families, and couples from a diverse population of social, cultural, and ethnic background. Some focus of therapy has been on parenting, substance abuse, trauma, mental illness, grief and loss, depression, life transitions, motivation, anxiety, self-esteem issues, anger management, marital and relational issues, and social difficulties.
Courtney Singer, IOP Clinician (M.S.)
Courtney is the Intensive Outpatient Clinician here at the Recovery Place. Ms. Singer received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Florida State University and Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Singer has worked with a diverse population of individuals with dual diagnosis. Her range of experience includes working with clients afflicted with chronic and persistent mental health issues, substance abuse issues, inter-personal relationships, and intellectual deficits. Courtney’s therapeutic orientation can be described as eclectic but always with a focus on cognitive behavioral approaches.
Eloisa Dacruz, Student-Recovery Coach (C.A.C.)
Ms. Dacruz was born and raised in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Ms. Dacruz mothered 3 boys and worked as a union carpenter for 9 years prior to her life spiraling out of control as a result of her chemical dependence. Through a series of events Ms. Dacruz came to Florida to change her life and find recovery. “I am blessed to say 6 years later I have found peace of mind and serenity through fellowship and amazing people who guided me to where I am today”. Ms. Dacruz has been working in the field of Addiction for just under 4 years, and has been with The Recovery Place the past 2 1/2 years working as a C.D. Tech. Ms. Dacruz is currently a student of The Institute of Addictions Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida studying for her C.A.C.
The Recovery Place has given me a great opportunity to work as a Recovery Coach which is helping me learn more about helping others on the job as well as in school. Today I have a career that I love. My Goal is to continue my education and help others find a solution and the strength to live a life in recovery.
William Grayson, Recovery Coach (C.A.C., B.H.T.)
Mr. Grayson’s early childhood was spent in a supportive environment that offered him everything he could possibly need to aspire to any level of accomplishment he so desired. As the turbulent 1960’s stormed America, Mr. Grayson found himself caught in the wave of an anti-establishment mindset. With this, came an attitude of defiance that manifested itself in anti-social and destructive behavior. This became apparent when Will began to engage in illicit drug use. These behaviors worsened over a course of twenty years. During this time, Will lost his marriage, children, and self-esteem. During this personal storm, Will also experienced the tragedy of his daughter passing away. This event only served to propel Will further into the throes of his addiction. After many years of bouncing between institutions, and becoming homeless, Will found himself at his bottom, he realized that if he kept living this way, he would not survive. After his last stint in jail, faced with substantial incarceration, Will knew that he would try with all the courage he possessed to bring about a positive change. While in jail, Will was exposed to a twelve-step program. As he became more involved with the program, he felt a sense of freedom for the first time in years. With each new day came a different revelation, and Will knew that he had found the bridge back to sanity. As he acquired more clarity, it became apparent to Will that he truly wanted to help others.
Melissa Miller, Primary Clinician (B.S., M.S., MBA, RMHCI)
Melissa is a second-generation Floridian born and raised in South Florida. Melissa obtained her dual-degree undergraduate degree in English and Business from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl. Upon return to South Florida, Melissa completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fl. Melissa felt especially connected to the concept of human growth and organization holding several positions in the field of event management. She felt compelled to complete her second graduate-level degree in the field of counseling due to the enigmatic impact of personal and professional motivators. Melissa completed a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Melissa has worked with both adolescent and adult substance abuse populations. In addition, she excels at providing a nonjudgmental, therapeutic environment conducive for introspective awareness and growth. Melissa is currently a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the State of Florida and is working towards full licensure.
Ira J. Williams, Recovery Coach (CBHT, Licensed Ordained Minister)
Ira is the recovery coach/pastor of the Christian Program. Mr. Williams began his career in the helping profession after attending two years of junior college, where he received his Associate of Arts Degree. Ira concluded his academic career at the University of Miami studying social science, as well as one and a half years at the institute for addiction studies. Mr. Williams has been working with persons afflicted with the disease of addiction in several capacities over the past ten years and he truly believes that:
G-D called me into full time ministry work seven years ago, with drug and substance abuse outreach being the focal point of my ministry. My faith in G-D and the 12 step treatment process has allowed me to have a significant impact on the lives of those with the disease of addiction.
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