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A review of the addiction and co-occurring disorder specialists currently on staff at Futures of Palm Beach

Valerie Jackson, CEO

_MG_3018 Valerie JacksonAs the CEO of Futures of Palm Beach, Valerie Jackson is deeply committed to ensuring that all clients seeking help for drug and alcohol substance use disorder are treated to a superior level of service at every stage of the treatment experience. With over 25 years of experience in the Healthcare Management field, Ms. Jackson brings with her an extensive background and experience in Strategic Planning, Financial Management, Operations, Public relations and Marketing, Human Resources, Medical Management, Public Policy, and Regulation. Valerie holds a BA from University of Miami, and obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration, and a MS in Human Resources.

During her career, Valerie has been the CEO of many hospitals in Florida, where she has gained significant experience in acute medical and psychiatric care. In addition, Ms. Jackson has been a Healthcare Consultant to many healthcare facilities and physician practices, to assist them in maximizing their operations. As well, as being active in many community agencies and charitable organizations during her career, Valerie currently is a governor appointee and represents the Public on the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

Drew D’Alessandro, Director of Operations

_MG_6684 Drew DalessandroDrew D’Alessandro joined Futures in December 2012 as the Director of Operations. Before joining Futures, Drew was a part of the GMH Capital Partners team for five years and oversaw the operations of a 140 unit Class A multi-family housing community in the Philadelphia area. With moving away from multi-family housing and moving to the sunshine state, Drew will apply his experience in facility operations and customer service to Futures’ program. Drew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing at Pennsylvania State University.

Clinical Staff

John C. Maguire, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, Clinical Director

_MG_6997John MaguireJohn has over 20 years business experience working for both public and private corporations during which he earned his MBA. It was through his career endeavors John discovered his passion for helping others. He returned to school and earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology, leaving behind corporate America to begin his venture in the field of therapy. John utilizes an integrated approach in therapy to aid clients in establishing a connection between their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. He believes in educating, empowering and exploring beliefs with clients to assist them in gaining insight and a deeper understanding of their values and worldview, allowing them to begin the healing process and to build a strong foundation for a healthy future through self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion.

Moira Howard, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, Primary Therapist

_MG_9235 Moira HowardMoira joined Futures of Palm Beach in early, 2014. Her career began in substance abuse and mental health in 2007. Moira studied for her Bachelors and Masters Degree locally at Palm Beach Atlantic University. While completing her education, she obtained experience working in the mental health field. Working as a therapist and a director at various treatment centers in Palm Beach, Moira was able to develop her skills. She has trained in various styles of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR and Psychodrama. Moira continues to tailor her style to fit the needs of each individual. She chooses to use evidence-based treatment methods in sessions.

Moira assists clients in developing coping skills, which includes increasing their their capacity for emotional regulation and self-acceptance. In the group setting, Moira has trained in Psychodrama, an active and creative therapeutic approach developed by Dr. Jacob Moreno. Psychodrama can be used in a group or individual setting and it is helpful for trauma, grief, addictions and other issues. Moira is passionate about this style of therapy and frequently uses it.

Believing in the mind, body and spirit connection as a method to further the healing process, she became a Registered Yoga Instructor by attending a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. This ancient practice has been used to build strength, increase focus and deepen meditation. Moira is grateful for the opportunity to teach Yoga at Futures. As a yoga instructor and therapist, Moira has seen breathing techniques and yoga postures heal individuals in multiple ways. It brings Moira joy to guide and assist individuals on a journey towards finding their true selves.

Laura Pigott, LMHC, CAP, Primary Therapist

_MG_6221Laura Pigott
Laura Pigott joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Primary Therapist in October of 2014. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a Certified Addiction Professional. Laura holds a Masters of Arts, Professional Counseling degree from Liberty University. She began her career as a mental health counselor, working with children who were diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Prior to joining the clinical team at Futures, Laura’s experience included several years of counseling at another highly regarded treatment center in South Florida, treating adults battling the disease of addiction in residential and IOP levels of care. At Futures, in addition to one-on-one counseling, she leads process, Stress Management and recreational therapy groups. Laura’s theoretical orientation is eclectic and includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-centered approaches to therapy.

Brooke Keffner, MA, CAP, ICADC, Primary Therapist

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Brooke Keffner joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Counselor and Case Manager in early 2015. She holds a Master of Arts, Creative Arts in Therapy and Counseling degree from Drexel University, where she specialized in Art Therapy. Brooke credits her arts-focused education for the creative therapeutic approach she brings to her position. An approach that has proven successful in helping clients gain insights into their recovery plan options and relapse-prevention strategies.

Prior to joining Futures, her behavioral health professional experiences included therapist roles at various clinical settings in Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania – before relocating to Southern Florida in 2012. At Futures, aside from counseling clients in a one-to-one setting, she regularly conducts psychotherapeutic groups and leads a Women’s Processing Group weekly. Brooke works closely with primary therapists, clients and their family members to ensure that aftercare plans support goals put in place for healthy and happy sober living.

Rudy Shrier, MS, RMHCI, Primary Therapist

Rudy Shrier
Rudy Shrier joined Futures of Palm Beach as a primary therapist in 2015. He earned his Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, which is also where he earned his undergraduate degree. Rudy has completed training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) – a form of therapy that has been researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma – and is currently working toward certification. He views EMDR as a therapy that holds great promise for enabling individuals who have survived trauma to move beyond obsessive reliving of painful experiences, toward a more productive, healthy mindset.

Rudy is driven to provide compassion, comfort and transformational education to people who suffer from substance use disorder and their family members, who too are afflicted. His focus is on helping people understand their natural strengths and realizing that they can experience freedom from labels that they or their loved ones may have attached to them.

Rudy is a lifelong resident of South Florida and proponent of warm climates and living near the water.

Julia Valente, MS, LMHC, Primary Therapist

Julia Valente
Julia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Florida. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Julia studied clinical psychology, physiological psychology, and social psychology at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Nova Southeastern University, specializing in Health Care Education and Human Services Administration.

Julia has experience working with gender-related issues, addiction disorders, eating disorders, co-occurring disorders, chronic mental illness, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma-related issues. Her approach to therapy is client-centered – and she believes that the therapeutic process is a means to release a person’s personal healing and growth potential. Julia utilizes Mindfulness, DBT, CBT, REBT modalities to help clients better understand their thoughts, emotions and behaviors.

Cathleen Wallen Beauseigneur, LCSW, QS, CAP, ICADC, CH, Primary Therapist

Originally from Buffalo, New York, Cathleen Wallen Beauseigneur has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. Cathleen earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from State University New York at Buffalo and was elected to Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities in 1997. She has worked at all levels of addiction treatment, including inpatient care, intensive outpatient care, outpatient care and private practice. Cathleen has held several positions throughout her career including Clinical Director, Assistant Director, Clinical Supervisor and Primary Therapist.

Cathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Addiction Professional, Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Licensed Qualified Supervisor in Mental Health and Social Work.

Cathleen’s goal in psychotherapy is to find ways to maximize a person’s overall psychological well-being, quality of life, and self-fulfillment. Her interests include weight training, spin classes, Zumba, cycling and continuing education courses.

Tim Murphy, MS, LMHC, Primary Therapist

_MG_0759 Timothy MurphyTim Murphy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who brings 25 years of business and “real world” experience to his behavioral health profession. Tim’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with substance addiction, impulse control disorders, anxiety, depression, and trauma.  His core belief is in the holistic approach to healing the mind, body, and soul. Tim’s passion is to help those struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety and depression, to realize a life of true freedom and abundance.

Prior to working at Futures of Palm Beach, Tim gained experience in the substance abuse field as a primary therapist at another local, well-respected South Florida treatment center. His behavioral health internships included working with adults and families at Christ Fellowship Church and with young people at Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Originally from Upstate New York, Tim has been a Florida resident for the past three decades and is happy to remain a Floridian moving forward.

Erin Dowling, MS, RMHCI, Primary Therapist

 

_MG_0738 Erin DowlingErin Dowling joined Futures of Palm Beach as a primary therapist in 2015. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Erin has worked in the field of behavioral health and addiction since 2010. Her experience includes primary therapist roles at all levels of care, including Intensive Outpatient (IOP), PHP and Residential.

Her approach toward treating the disease of addiction includes DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and assorted evidence-based treatment modalities. Erin places emphasis on creating a nonjudgmental, safe environment for clients to process their underlying issues and develop a healthier perspective in order to live more fulfilling lives.

Erin is a lifelong Florida resident and enjoys athletics, yoga and nature photography.

Katie Dalo, MSW, CPC, Case Manager

Katie Dalo initially joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Case Manager in the residential program in March of 2014. Katie holds a MSW from a small, Strengths Based program in Boston, Massachusetts and is also a Certified Life Coach. She began her professional career as an in-home therapist for children that have been Baker Acted after experiencing significant trauma in their environments. In this role, Katie learned to collaborate with multiple professionals to ensure wraparound services for her clients and their families.

In December of 2015, Katie transitioned into her current position as a Case Manager within the Futures of Palm Beach Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), helping to launch the new IOP center located in West Palm Beach. Here, Katie runs group therapy and assists clients individually with vocational skills, legal challenges, sober living referrals and acclimating to sober life outside of treatment. From week to week, Katie contours groups to conform to specific client needs that arise on a daily basis. This includes processing, relapse prevention, DBT skills, art therapy, mindfulness exercises, teambuilding and “sober fun” activities. Katie prides herself on compassionate, client-centered care and thrives on finding new ways to help people maximize their capabilities.

Chris Burke, Case Manager

_MG_0798 Christopher BurkeChris Burke originally joined Futures of Palm Beach in March of 2015, as an Admissions Specialist before transitioning into his current role as a Case Manger. Prior to Futures, Chris worked in admissions at other treatment centers, following a lengthy, successful career as a financial advisor.
He holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Florida and is currently enrolled in a graduate program, studying professional counseling toward his Masters degree. Based on his experience, Chris maintains a viewpoint that “the least amount of distraction creates the best possible outcomes” – and shares this paradigm with clients when recommending aftercare plans.
A lifelong Floridian, Chris is an avid surfer and a loving father to his three boys.

Kylie Pelton, Case Manager

Kylie PeltonKylie Pelton joined Futures of Palm Beach in August 2014. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida. Prior to becoming a case manager, Kylie served as a highly-respected member of the RA staff, assisting clients with orientation to the treatment center environment and early recovery. As a case manager, she collaborates with primary therapists to help in identifying, establishing, and communicating clinical recommendations for continued care following residential treatment.

Kylie has a wealth of experience in human behavior and has volunteered at two different North Palm Beach County elementary schools for the much of the past decade. A Jupiter, Florida native, her passions lean to the outdoors – as an avid water sports participant and an activist for animal conservation, including ongoing beach cleanup initiatives.

Ginny Sale, Case Manager

Ginny SaleGinny joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Case Manager in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University – and will graduate with a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University in May of 2016. Ginny has worked in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. Prior to case management and counseling, she performed services in a wide variety of roles, providing her with insights into the many aspects involved in behavioral health. Her previous positions include those in administration, admissions, business development, social services and family counseling.

Ginny brings a passionate approach to her work – drawing on past experiences to become a valuable resource for individuals and families suffering from substance use disorder. Prior to joining Futures of Palm Beach, she trained under Michael D. Lukens, Ph.D., working with individuals and families suffering from the impact of trauma, abuse and/or unresolved grief and loss. There she learned about a therapeutic approach considered to be: Emotionally focused, existential, psychodynamic, family systems, attachment based and client-centered.

Originally from Virginia, Ginny has been a Palm Beach County resident for that past 15 years – and says that Florida is now her home. She is an avid animal lover, former volunteer and foster mom for abused, neglected and/or homeless animals. Ginny has two dogs, who she adores.

Ashley Blake, Case Manager

 

_MG_0750 Ashley BlakeAshley Blake joined Futures of Palm Beach in January of 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with an academic minor in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Upon completion of her degree, she accepted an opportunity to work with at-risk adolescents at a national non-profit organization. Ashley proved to be a leader among her peers and was appointed Lead Behavioral Youth Counselor. In this role, she established a running recycle program during her tenure.

Ashley’s passion for helping individuals recovering from the disease of addiction led her to accept her first case manager position in 2013. Her experience in holistic therapy includes performing as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist for one of the nation’s top substance abuse programs. She is dedicated to promoting long-term recovery for clients by building continuing care plans that emphasize life skills and support for early recovery. Ashley’s compassion and professionalism enable her to evoke a positive change in those around her, while also developing a network of strong relationships with quality aftercare providers.

She is currently seeking her Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, which will allow her to continue providing a higher level of patient-centered care. As a new resident of the state of Florida, Ashley enjoys the beach and warm weather year-round. Her other passions include photography and writing.

Medical Staff

Gloria Dunkin, MD, Medical Director

Gloria DunkinDr. Gloria Dunkin received her MD from the University of Iowa and completed her General Psychiatry Residency and her Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital. When asked what inspired her to specialize in this field of medicine Dr. Dunkin responded, “The decision to make addiction psychiatry the central focus of my career was based on my observation that patients with this affliction often demonstrate vast improvement in a relatively short period of time when expert treatment is combined with their desire to change. The greatest satisfaction I have ever experienced is that of seeing my patients return for anniversary ceremonies celebrating their years of sober living. It is a testimony to the triumph of the human spirit over adversity and a reminder to me of the way in which the sound application of psychiatric principles can change lives for the better.”

Dr. Dunkin has more than 15 years of experience in the addiction treatment field and has held the position of Medical Director at two prior prestigious institutions. She is currently a member in good standing with the Florida Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Linda Spencer, Director of Nursing

_MG_6670 Linda SpencerLinda Spencer, Director of Nursing, joined the prestigious Futures substance abuse disorder treatment facility in November of 2013 and has been in the nursing field for over twenty- four years. She completed her Associate in applied Science degree at the college of Du Page, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1989. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, in 1999, from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Linda Spencer, RN, then continued her education by obtaining her Master Degree in Nursing, in 2006, from Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Linda Spencer, MSN, BSN, RN has extensive nursing experience in the acute medical area, psychiatric nursing with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric population, as well as hospice nursing, diabetic teaching and substance abuse. She has previously held the Director of Nursing position at a nationally well renowned substance facility in the West Palm Beach area since May of 2006.

She is a member of the Florida Nurses Association, American Association of Diabetic Educators, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and the Palm Beach County Director of Nurses Association.

Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner

_MG_3097 Diane Esposito

Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) in the field of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing who joined Futures in 2015.  She began her career in Nursing in 1983, going on to specialize by completing a graduate degree (MSN) in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Adelphi University in 1996 as well as a Ph.D. in Nursing from Barry University in 2013.

Dr. Esposito employs a holistic approach with a focus on the body, mind and spirit of her patients.  She has worked in a number of settings in both inpatient and outpatient programs, with individuals and families across the lifespan dealing with addiction and other mental health disorders   Dr. Esposito has instructed nursing students in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing since 1996, at Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Esposito serves as a board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Palm Beach County, as well as for the Florida Chapter of the APNA, where she seeks to promote Mental Health advocacy in her role as an educator and clinician.  At Futures of Palm Beach, she provides psychiatric evaluations with diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring disorders such as depression, trauma, anxiety or other mental health problems.  Identifying and treating these conditions is an essential component of treatment in order to promote the individual’s recovery.

Marketing and Admissions

Laura Kunz, Outreach Director

Laura Kunz joined Futures of Palm Beach as Outreach Director in 2015. In her role at Futures, Laura’s responsibilities include community outreach, referent relationships, business development; along with training and mentoring outreach staff.

Since 2009, she’s worked in the field of substance abuse and mental health – helping families and individuals in need – and building relationships with many of the nation’s most respected behavioral health professionals. Additionally, Laura Kunz founded two addiction resource groups.  One is online and currently has close to 300 members from the Florida and Southeast behavioral healthcare communities.  The other is in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and serves parents of addicted children.

Laura’s passions include spending time outdoors, any creative project, and being a wife and mother to her young daughter.

Grace Bechtel, Director of Admissions

_MG_6246Grace BechtelGrace Bechtel Joined Futures of Palm Beach in October 2014 as the Director of Admissions. Supervising a team of Admissions Coordinators and Insurance Verification Specialists, her efforts are aimed at managing an admissions process that is efficient and comforting for the individual seeking treatment.

Born and raised in Palm Beach County, Grace graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Psychobiology. Prior to joining Futures, she held titles of Director of Admissions & Assistant Director of Admissions for other esteemed South Florida dual-diagnosis treatment centers.

Client Care

Omar Kamal, MA, MS, Program Director

_MG_6718 Omar KamalOmar Kamal has been a team member of Futures of Palm Beach since its inception.
He is the Program Director at Futures with a master’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in English Studies/Culture. Since 2008, Omar’s professional involvement in the field of psychology has been primarily within the role of management; focused on providing optimal care and services to clients. As a Program Director, Omar oversees the center’s Resident Assistants, providing guidance and education, in order to promote the safety and the well-being of residents. Omar also acts as a coordinator between multiple departments within Futures of Palm Beach to ensure that clients receive a consistent, integrated and productive experience.

Ryan Miller, MSW, Director of Alumni Services

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Ryan Miller joined Futures in September 2012. Before joining Futures, Ryan worked in residential and IOP settings as a case manager and counselor, and is a nationally certified recovery coach.  Ryan sits on the Board of Directors and performs the role of co-leader for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). TPAS is a non-profit professional organization committed to the continued development of best practices in the area of alumni programming.

As Director of Alumni Services, Ryan is involved in developing programming and maintains regular contact with clients and families, as they adjust to post-treatment life. Furthermore, he facilitates individual and group support for our Alumni and frequently coordinators sober outings, events, and meetings. Ryan graduated with honors from the University of Florida and completed his Master of Social Work with honors at Barry University.

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Lorraine Kozlowski, CHT, CLC, Hypnotherapist

Ms. Kozlowski received Certifications in Hypnotherapy from The National Guild of Hypnotists, The American Board of Hypnotherapy and The Florida Society of Professional Hypnotherapists. She brings 20 years of experience to Futures, working with clients on an individual basis for relaxation, visualization of goals and to release anxiety and control cravings. Ms. Kozlowski has also worked as a case manager and presents exemplary standards in recognizing the unique needs of each client.

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