The Clinical Team

Ash_BhattDr. Ash Bhatt, MD – 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.”

David LevinDavid Levin, LCSW, CMHP, CAP – Assistant Clinical Director

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.

Jonathan Benz, MS – Christian Program DirectorChristian Program Director, Jonathan Benz.

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.

Picture of The Recovery Place Director of Nursing, Debra D'Ottavio.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.

TatianaTatiana 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.”

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TuyetNguyen Tuyet Nguyen, MS – Primary Clinician

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.

Picture of The Recovery Place Primary Clinician, Daniel Leyva.Daniel Leyva, MS – Primary Clinician

Daniel is a primary clinician in the traditional program. He obtained his Bachelors degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish from Florida State University, and his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Daniel approaches therapy from a Person-centered framework in order to build rapport, gain trust, and provide clients with a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space. He believes that the client-therapist relationship is the defining catalyst that will assist the client in enacting the change necessary to live a happy, successful, and drug free life. Daniel is currently pursuing Licensure in the state of Florida and working towards becoming a Nationally Certified Counselor.

John ReeckJohn 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

EloisaDacruzEloisa 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.

WillGraysonWilliam 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.

Picture of The Recovery Place Recovery Coach, Craig Stevens. Craig Stevens – Recovery Coach

I have lived in Fort Lauderdale Florida for the past 25 years. I served my country in the United States Army. I volunteer in the community at elementary schools reading to the students there. Caring for the recovering person is my passion, I’ve been at The Recovery Place for two and a half years; I started out as a Housing Technician and worked my way up to become Senior Technician. In 2013, I was promoted to Recovery Coach. I have embraced the vision of The Recovery Place and I have witnessed the change and recovery of thousands of addicts and alcoholics. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than what I do . I’m currently in school to get my Certification in Addictions Counseling; I began these courses so that I can better serve the clients that come to The Recovery Place. I work on the Christian track here at The Recovery Place – and outside of work, I’m a active member in my church and community.

Picture of The Recovery Place Lead Case Manager, Amanda Shuebrook.Amanda Shuebrook – Lead Case Manager

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.

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