About Our Staff

Your recovery is our mission. That’s why we carefully selected each member of our highly qualified staff to deliver safe, effective patient-centered care and personalized treatment plans to meet each patient’s specific needs.

Treatment at The Recovery Village is led and supported by experienced, highly-qualified addiction specialists including board-certified medical directors, addictionologists, licensed mental health counselors, licensed social workers, registered nurses and more. Collectively, our staff holds over 3,000 professional credentials.

Learn more about our team below, including their medical credentials and professional background.

Abby Morris

Abby Morris

Medical Director

MD

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Abby Morris is a board-certified psychiatrist with diverse experience in community mental health, substance abuse, inpatient and private practice settings. She is responsible for all inpatient care, training...

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Brandi Filppula

Brandi Filppula

RN

As the director of admissions at Next Generation Village, Brandi Filppula values the opportunity to develop relationships with and change the lives of patients and families. Brandi spent 10 years as a hospital-based nurse focusing on critical care in emergency departments. Now in recovery from...

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Dana Giblock

Dana Giblock

LCSWMSWBS

Dana Giblock, LCSW, has led an energetic and impactful career in social work for nearly 20 years. A University of Tampa (BS) graduate, Dana’s devotion to helping people strengthened as she completed her...

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Doug Paul

Doug Paul

Clinical Director

Doug Paul has been providing treatment for substance use disorders since 2007. At Orlando Recovery Center, he directs all clinical operations on-site, along with programming at Maitland Outpatient and Next Step Village, a nearby sober living community. His dedicated leadership and advocacy for...

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Daniel Roa

Daniel Roa

Associate Medical Director

DNP

As the medical director associate for The Recovery Village Ridgefield, Daniel Roa promotes an inclusive culture within the medical community. Believing that everyone should feel welcome to access treatment, Daniel's dedication has helped countless people throughout the Pacific Northwest...

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David Sloan

David Sloan

Clinical Director

LMHCCAP

As an integral part of the leadership team at The Recovery Village Palm Beach, David Sloan draws on his experience as a clinical director for various treatment facilities since 2014. As a manager, he is responsible for leading therapists, counselors and behavioral health technicians. His...

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Hunter Mefford

Hunter Mefford

Chief Marketing Officer

Hunter Mefford is the Chief Marketing Officer of Advanced Recovery Systems, LLC, parent company to The Recovery Village. Since joining The Recovery Village in 2015, he's overseen marketing efforts that’ve helped Advanced Recovery Systems educate millions across...

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James Buck Runyan

James Buck Runyan

Executive Director

LMFTLPC

James D. "Buck" Runyan leads the operations of Orlando Recovery Center by developing key staff competencies and overseeing each department within the facility. He has worked as a therapist and administrator at each level of care, providing a unique understanding of...

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James Drury

James Drury

Medical Director

DO

Dr. Drury has been involved in the care and treatment of children, adolescents and adults with mental health and substance abuse issues for over 30 years as a psychiatric attendant, registered nurse, and psychiatrist. He is actively involved in the care and...

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Jonathan Eisenberg

Jonathan Eisenberg

Chief Development Officer

JDMBA

Jonathan Eisenberg oversees acquisitions, development and marketing for ARS. Prior to joining ARS in April 2014, Jonathan worked in Credit Suisse's Mergers and Acquisitions departments across a wide range of industries including healthcare, technology and consumer / retail. Representative...

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Jodi Russo

Jodi Russo

Executive Director

Jodi is a graduate of Allegheny County College and the University of Phoenix, with degrees in psychology, human service management and phlebotomy. With nearly 20 years of experience in direct patient care and operational management within the behavioral healthcare...

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Julie Spang

Julie Spang

As director of nursing, Julie Spang oversees Next Generation’s full team of nursing and behavioral health technicians. This work includes instituting procedures and safety guidelines that ensure clients are well cared for from intake to discharge. Six years of clinical...

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Jeffrey Weinheimer

Jeffrey Weinheimer

Medical Director

MPHDO

For over a decade, Dr. Jeffrey Weinheimer has forged an impactful career in the public health field. A University of Alabama graduate, Dr. Weinheimer served in a diverse range of roles including chief resident during his hospital-based residency and lead...

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Kevin Wandler

Kevin Wandler

Medical Director

MD

Kevin Wandler holds multiple positions at Advanced Recovery Systems. In addition to being the chief medical officer at Advanced Recovery Systems, he is the medical director at The Recovery Village Ridgefield and at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. With more than 30 years of experience in...

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Laura Clarke

Laura Clarke

Senior Vice President of Operations

Laura Clarke is the Senior Vice President of Operations for Advanced Recovery Systems. Laura is responsible for overseeing the successful management of each ARS treatment facility and recovery residence, always prioritizing quality patient care, above all else. Laura...

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Lena Wooton

Lena Wooton

Lena Wooten, the clinical director of The Recovery Village Columbus, provides a compassionate approach to each patient and helps them work toward long-term recovery. Each encounter with Lena showcases her expertise in substance use disorder treatment. She empowers...

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Lewis Gold

Lewis Gold

Chairman of the Board

MD

Lewis Gold, MD Co-Founded Sheridan Healthcare in 1994 and was Executive Vice Chairman and on the board of directors of Sheridan Healthcare. Dr. Gold served on the board of directors since the company's inception and was instrumental in their multiple financial transactions, including an IPO in...

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Mitchell Eisenberg

Mitchell Eisenberg

Chief Executive Officer

MD

Mitchell Eisenberg, MD co-founded Sheridan Healthcare in 1994. He has served on the board of directors since inception and as its chairman and CEO from 1994 to November 2012. From November 2012 until November 2013 he served as its executive chairman and then as a director until the completion...

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Melissa Browning

Melissa Browning

Director of Nursing

RN

Melissa Browning oversees Orlando Recovery Center’s nurses and behavioral health technicians, while ensuring state and federal compliance for quality patient care. As an experienced registered nurse and leader, Melissa has spent more than 14 years helping people heal in a wide range of...

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Michael Griggs

Michael Griggs

Senior House Manager

Michael R. Griggs is the senior house manager at Next Step Village. Mr. Griggs assists the program manager and is responsible for overseeing daily operations at Next Step Village Maitland and support of Next Step Village Eustis. He is a graduate of The Recovery...

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Marisa Hall

Marisa Hall

Director of Nursing

RN

Marisa Hall is the nursing director at the IAFF Center of Excellence, where she oversees patient care and staffing while serving as the facility risk manager. As a nurse, Marisa listens empathically, acts with compassion and serves with purpose. As a leader, she ensures that each member of her...

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Nanci Stockwell

Nanci Stockwell

Clinical Director

A dynamic leader and award-winning business strategist, Nanci Stockwell brings years of industry experience in behavioral health care to her role at Advanced Recovery Systems. As chief clinical and education officer, she develops and implements effective, evidence-based programs of care for...

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Robert Fishman

Robert Fishman

Vice President of Admissions

Robert Fishman is the vice president of admissions at Advanced Recovery Systems, a position he has held since May of 2013. Robert prioritizes customer service by ensuring a seamless experience for patients, insurance providers and other partners. Before joining the ARS team, he was the...

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Samuel Bennett

Samuel Bennett

Director of Nursing

RN

Samuel Bennett is a registered nurse who specializes in the fields of addiction, dual diagnosis and psychiatric patient care. He earned his Associate of Science from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, his Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mercy College of Ohio, and is currently pursuing...

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Tiffany Bell

Tiffany Bell

Medical Director

Dr. Tiffany L. Bell is a Central Ohio-trained physician in Psychiatry. She currently practices Addiction and General Psychiatry in Columbus, Ohio. She has a background working with a multitude of mental health conditions and substance dependencies. Dr. Bell has worked and trained in broad and...

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Todd Feasel

Todd Feasel

Clinical Director

LPCC

With over 20 years of experience working with clients living with mental health and substance use disorders, Todd Feasel brings a wealth of experience to The Recovery Village Columbus. As the clinical director, Todd leads and supervises a team of counselors who provide group, individual and...

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Timothy Huckaby

Timothy Huckaby

Medical Director

MD

Dr. Timothy Huckaby, Medical Director for Orlando Recovery Center, is a clinical expert, and a triple board-certified physician in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Anesthesiology. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Huckaby completed his residency in...

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Troy Nielsen

Troy Nielsen

Executive Director

CAPLMHCMSBS

As director of operations at Next Step Village, Troy brings more than 20 years’ experience working in the fields of mental health and substance abuse dependency. He has held positions in Juvenile Justice and Dual Diagnosis facilities as a therapist,...

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Allison Walsh

Allison Walsh

Vice President, Business Development & Branding

MBA

Allison Walsh is the Vice President in charge of Business Development and Branding for Advanced Recovery Systems, LLC. the parent company of The Recovery Village. Allison is responsible for all community outreach, partnership development, continuing education, and...

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Carey Sebera

Carey Sebera

Executive Director

LCSWEsqLASW

Carey Sebera is, above all, an advocate. As the executive director of The Recovery Village Ridgefield, she oversees the clinical, nursing and medical operations at one of the leading behavioral health care centers in the Pacific Northwest.

Carey brings a diverse collection of...

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Denise Josey

Denise Josey

Medical Director

MDMSMPH

Dr. Denise Josey has dedicated her career to social justice, studying mental health and chronic pain and mitigating the opioid crisis in suburban and urban areas. She holds board certifications in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and Addiction Medicine. 

As an active member...

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Stephen Perme

Stephen Perme

Clinical Director

Stephen Perme is the clinical director at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. With more than 18 years of experience in treating mental health and substance use disorders, he has incorporated evidence-based techniques, like cognitive-behavioral therapy, in helping individuals of all age groups...

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Shannon Smithwick

Shannon Smithwick

Director of Nursing

RNMSN

Shannon Smithwick is The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake’s nursing director. She focuses her efforts on patient welfare as she leads the nursing staff and supports the executive team. She is dedicated to improving client care through risk management and positive leadership. Before...

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Tony Santa

Tony Santa

Executive Director

MBACQM

Tony A. Santa has been a part of the South Florida behavioral health community for over 30 years. He is dedicated to engaging with community resources to ensure every individual receives the help they need to sustain recovery. Tony believes in holistic treatment for patients living with mental...

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Mary Val Lee

Mary Val Lee

Clinical Director

Mary Valerie Lee is the clinical director at Next Generation Village, where she previously served as the lead therapist. During her time with Next Generation Village, she has created and implemented structural changes, supervised therapists, and been an advocate for mental health. She is also...

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Jennifer Logan

Jennifer Logan

Clinical Director

As the clinical director at The Recovery Village Ridgefield, Jennifer Logan ensures quality care and client satisfaction for every person that attends treatment at the center. She manages the clinical team and frequently reviews processes to provide a safe and encouraging environment for staff...

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Marc Rattigan

Marc Rattigan

Executive Director

As the executive director of the IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery, Marc Rattigan promotes positive team interactions to support exceptional patient care for IAFF Members. Marc comes from a long line of firefighters, including his father, uncle, and...

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Colleen McCleery

Colleen McCleery

Executive Director

With more than 30 years of experience in the behavior health field, Colleen McCleery is the executive director of The Recovery Village Columbus. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor with supervision certification. She is a...

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Angela Thackery

Angela Thackery

Director of Nursing

RN

Before serving at The Recovery Village Palm Beach, Angela Thackery was the director of nursing at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in Colorado. She is responsible for overseeing the nursing team to provide excellent care for each patient. As a nursing professional, she is committed to...

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Robert Ochsner

Robert Ochsner

Medical Director

MD

A native of Colorado, Dr. Robert Ochsner completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated Magna Cum Laude in erythropoietin (EPO) biology with a minor in biochemistry.

Dr. Ochsner received a Health Professions Scholarship through the United...

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