The Clinical Team
Dr. Ash Bhatt, MD – Regional Medical Director
Ash Bhatt, MD 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.”
Tiffany Moss, LMHC – Assistant Clinical Director
Tiffany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker here in the State of Florida and serves as one of the Assistant Clinical Directors at The Recovery Place. Tiffany received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Social Work from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Tiffany holds a wealth of experience working with diverse populations including those with substance abuse, trauma, PTSD and numerous other mental health diagnoses. Tiffany is certified in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and especially enjoys working with the dually diagnosed client population. Tiffany is a native of Brooklyn, New York but has lived in Florida for the past 10 years.
Dr. Francisco Cruz, MD – Psychiatrist
Dr. Francisco Cruz, MD, is a Board Certified Diplomat of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Cruz, who is fluent in both Spanish and English, began his medical training at UNIBE School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic which served as the primary foundation for his cross-cultural knowledge of both physical and mental illnesses. After earning his Doctor of Medicine degree, Dr. Cruz entered his Psychiatry residency training at the reputable Menniger Clinic/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and further went on to complete his training at the University Of Illinois at Chicago.
Prior to coming to The Recovery Place, Dr. Cruz was a staff psychiatrist at Access Community Health Network in Chicago, Illinois. Within an integrated community healthcare setting, Dr. Cruz provided mental health services treating a broad spectrum of patients suffering from mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders as well as substance use disorders. Over the past 7 years, Dr. Cruz has been dedicated in providing evidence based pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions to achieve the best possible results for his patients. His professional interests include substance abuse/co-occurring disorders, personality disorders, and psychodynamic psychiatry. His personal interests include music, cycling, and travel.
Jonathan Benz, MS – Director of Christian Program
Jonathan Benz is an author, clinician, ordained minister, and leadership consultant. In relationship with influential individuals in South Florida, New York City, and Washington, D.C., he specializes in team leadership, task efficiency, crisis management, and conflict resolution. He has served as a leadership consultant to various agencies in both the US and UK. He teaches spiritual living to people in life transitions.
Jonathan is an eloquent public speaker, known for his wit, wisdom, pragmatic approach and ability to persuade diverse populations to achieve specific goals. He has carried his message of strategic, spiritual living to 40 nations, is a Certified Addictions Professional, and holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology.
Debra D’Ottavio, MS – Director of Nursing
Debra, joined The Recovery Place in 2012. She has extensive and progressive management experience and has worked in the psychiatric, substance abuse and mental health fields in NYS hospitals and Veterans hospitals in Vermont and Miami, Florida. Debra holds a master’s degree from New York University in Health Care Administration, Policy and Planning. She is happy to be working for The Recovery Place and proud of her team of nurses who provide quality care and attention to our client population 24 hours / day.
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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 Ed.M., MA – Primary Clinician
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.”
Ian Jackson – Clinician
Ian Jackson was born and raised in New Jersey but has lived in South Florida for the past four years. Ian received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. His majors were Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. After completing his bachelor’s he relocated to South Florida to pursue a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University.
Ian has been working with diverse populations dating back to his first internship at MSMC. He assisted students in high school with behavioral issues to develop better life skills in order to continue to develop into adults. During his internship at Nova he treated clients who were dually diagnosed, meaning they have been diagnosed with a mental disorder along with a substance disorder. Ian believes in treating clients from a person centered approach. In his won words Ian states, “I believe that the first and most important step is developing a healthy therapeutic relationship that provides trust, empathy and safety”. Ian is deeply passionate as a counselor and is fully dedicated to the client being able to realize their potential in order to improve themselves and ultimately develop independence.
Vincenzina DiSalvo – Clinician
Vincenzina DiSalvo is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and is a primary clinician at The Recovery Place. She attained her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Barry University while continuing on to complete the Master’s program of Science in Marriage and family therapy at Saint Thomas University. In addition Vincenzina completed a two year intensive clinical hypnotherapy certification.
Within her work, she is extremely passionate about integrating a humanistic and experiential approach, which provides a safe and supportive milieu for personal growth and transformation. She utilizes a heart-centered modality in which her “compassion and authenticity “are key components in modeling and facilitating change for her clients and their families. Vincenzina is committed to making treatment and the recovery process a positive experience for her clients. Her hobbies include cooking and meditation.
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Lilliam Rodríguez, PhD – Family Program Coordinator & Primary Clinician
Dr. Lilliam Rodriguez received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Carlos Albizu University. Consistently working with a diverse population of individuals and families, her wide range of experience includes working with clients afflicted with substance abuse, family dysfunction, co-occuring disorders and trauma. Additionally, she has taught undergraduate courses as adjunct faculty and conducted psychological evaluations in private practice. Dr. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish and English. While she is a native of Chicago, Illinois she has lived in Florida for the past 5 years.
Jessica Cohen, LCSW – Therapist
A South Florida native, Jessica is a therapist in the traditional program at The Recovery Place. After receiving her master’s in social work and child welfare certificate at Florida Atlantic University, Jessica became a licensed clinical social worker in the fall of 2013. Having worked with a diverse population suffering from abuse, neglect, trauma, depression and anxiety, she found her true passion in working with those who suffer from the disease of addiction.
“I use a mix of a client-centered approach and empowerment therapy model to help clients find their strengths and get them back to leading a healthy, sober lifestyle,” Jessica says. Working with children and families of addiction, she specializes in helping to bring the family back together and enhance their understanding of the disease. To prospective clients, Jessica adds: “I understand how difficult the process of recovery is and I am looking forward to taking the first step to recovery with you.”
Amanda Shuebrook – Case Manager Supervisor
Amanda joined The Recovery Place as Lead Case Manager in July 2013. Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Child Behavioral Services from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. Ms. Shuebrook has over 10 years of experience working with children, adults and families afflicted with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, developmental disabilities and brain injuries. Prior to joining The Recovery Place team, Amanda worked as a social worker for Adult Protective Services.
John Reeck – Lead Recovery Coach & Alumni Coordinator
John Reeck is living proof that hard work and determination pay off. In 2008, John began his tenure at The Recovery Place as a Housing Technician. From day one, John put in his blood sweat and tears to help The Recovery Place grow and make his commitment clear to everyone around him. Before long, John was promoted to Residential Housing Supervisor – a position that allowed him to develop the supervisory skills and systems to support the program’s growth.
Knowing that his heart and soul were devoted to helping addicts struggling with active addiction, he started a course to obtain a certification in addiction counseling. Eager to learn about the field of treatment for addiction and mental health, John made his intentions clear: When the opportunity arose, he wanted to be a Clinician. When The Recovery Place opened their Residential level of care, John was given the opportunity, under supervision of the Clinical Director, and was promoted to Residential Clinician.
John has worn many hats throughout his employment at TRP; John is currently the Lead Recovery Coach and the Alumni Coordinator for TRP. From the early days when John started working at The Recovery Place, the Clinical Director gave him a fitting nickname: Relentless. John never gives up. Often when clients want to leave treatment, they only need to get through one more day before they have a change of heart. Knowing how critical each day is, John goes to great lengths, to make sure clients don’t give up on themselves. John embodies the same principles that he tries to instill in his clients, namely humility, gratitude, motivation, sincerity and helpfulness. As he has grown, what drives John is his personal understanding of the disease of addiction and his deep concern for his clients.
Clients know if you’re sincere. They’re judging you from the moment you sit down with them, and if you’re not coming from a place of care and concern, you’ve lost them. For those who don’t get this, I know what lies ahead. I have seen too many people overdose and die from this disease. I am willing to do whatever it takes to help someone gain freedom from the hell of active addiction.
John has recently taken on the role of Alumni Coordinator in addition to his job as Lead Recovery Coach. The Alumni Program has grown tremendously. The Alumni Program meets monthly in South Florida for Alumni speaker meetings and dinner. There are Quarterly events that are held for the South Florida Alumni. John travels to the North East and holds Alumni meetings for our clients that return home there and are doing well. The Alumni Program is our way of continuing to support our clients as they move forward in their treatment and recovery – John is with them every step of the way!
Learn more about John Reeck and his role at The Recovery Place here: An Interview with John Reeck
Eloisa Dacruz, CAC – Recovery Coach
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 CD Tech.
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.
Ms. Dacruz is currently a student of The Institute of Addictions Studies in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida studying for her CAC.
William Grayson, CAC, BHT – Recovery Coach
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 mind-set. 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.
Craig Stevens – Recovery Coach
A certified addictions counselor graduate and ordained minister, Craig Stevens is a Recovery Coach at The Recovery Place. Although he provides services to all three of The Recovery Place programs, Craig specializes in Christian Recovery, working primarily with TRP’s Christian Program. Craig has personally experienced the devastation of addiction and the triumph of recovery.
Working in this field for the past three years, he has watched people make the necessary changes in their lifestyles and connect with a power greater than them. Currently, Craig is looking forward to becoming a certified addictions counselor. “I am so excited about what life holds in store for each and every one of us as we move forward,” Craig says.
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