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.
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 and future operations...
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...
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 master's degree in social work (MSW) at Barry University, achieving LCSW status.
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...
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 the globe impacted by...
James Buck Runyan
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 client needs and development...
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 treatment of his patients and utilizes...
Chief Development Officer
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...
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 field, Jodi's true passion lies...
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 experience working as a...
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 investigator while obtaining a Master's of...
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...
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 has more than 30 years of...
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 people to overcome personal...
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...
Chief Executive Officer
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 of...
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...
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 Village in Umatilla and Next Step...
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...
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...
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 admissions...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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, Clinical Director, and Program Administrator....
VP of Business Development & Branding
As the Vice President of Business Development for Advanced Recovery Systems, Allison spearheads the national business development department, nurtures and maintains key relationships for the organization, oversees brand development, and creates and implements educational outreach and prevention...
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 experience in...
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 of the...
Stephen Perme is the executive 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...
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...
Mary Val Lee
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 a...
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...
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 past...
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 helping...
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...
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 States...
Matt Mantone has joined Advanced Recovery Systems as our new Executive Director of The Recovery Village Cherry Hill at Cooper. Matt brings 15 years of leadership experience in both residential and outpatient substance abuse services.
Matt holds a bachelor’s in social work from Rutgers...