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Staff

Deja Gilbert, PhD, LMHC, LPC

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Deja Gilbert received her PhD in Human Services in Counseling Studies and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Dr. Gilbert began her career in the addiction treatment field over 14 years ago as a primary counselor, where she first witnessed the positive impact quality therapy coupled with a compassionate, dignified approach can have on changing the lives of her clients and their families. This experience, along with her commitment to provide the highest level of addiction treatment care, has driven Dr. Gilbert to establish and operate multiple treatment programs and facilities across the east coast.  As COO of Futures of Palm Beach, Dr. Gilbert’s focus includes enhancing and expanding the clinical and medical programs, overseeing regulatory compliance, driving operational growth, and providing strategic leadership and demonstration of exceptional service to its clients and staff.

Gloria Dunkin, MD

Medical Director

Dr. 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.

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Drew D’Alessandro

Director of Operations

Mr. D’Alessandro joined Futures in December 2012 as the Director of Operations. Before joining Futures, Mr. D’Alessandro 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, Mr. D’Alessandro will apply his experience in facility operations and customer service to Futures’ program. Mr. D’Alessandro received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing at Pennsylvania State University.

Elizabeth Potts

Director of Admissions

Elizabeth Potts serves as the Director of Admissions for Futures Recovery Healthcare. For over a decade, she has worked with leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, addiction physicians, non-profit substance abuse programs, mental health organizations, insurance providers and numerous behavioral health management groups with the singular focus of facilitating quality care.

Futures and Elizabeth understand that navigating and finding quality treatment providers without a map or a guide can be daunting. The urgency and complexity of many admission situations also requires efficient and compassionate communication. Elizabeth’s years of relationship building and experience have created a vast understanding of clinical and medical programming, logistics, insurance and financing options in an ever-changing marketplace. She brings all of this to Futures to make the journey a little less arduous for those who are ready to seek help.

Beyond her direct responsibilities to Futures, Elizabeth has dedicated herself to the advocacy of addiction and mental health policy. At the state level, she has represented the interests of behavioral health providers by serving on the Board of the Florida Behavioral Health Association, and acting as Chair of their Business of Behavioral Health Division. To make a difference in the local community, Ms. Potts graciously invests her time as an Advisory Board Member of the Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs organization and as a member of the Executive Board of Wayside House.

Her bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Liberal Arts and post-graduate studies in education and marketing enhance her value to the dynamic leadership team at Futures.

Clinical Staff

Laura Pigott, LMHC, CAP

Primary Therapist

Ms. 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. Ms. Pigott 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, Ms. Pigott’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. Ms. Pigott’s theoretical orientation is eclectic and includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-centered approaches to therapy.

Brooke Keffner, MA, ATR-BC, CAP, ICADC

Lead Therapist, Futures Outpatient Center

Ms. Keffner joined the Futures of Palm Beach team in early 2015. She holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. Ms. Keffner is a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), and an Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (ICADC). Ms. Keffner credits her arts-focused education for the creative therapeutic approach she brings to her position as Lead Therapist at Futures Outpatient Center. Ms. Keffner began her career in the mental and behavioral health field 11 years ago as an art therapist, where she first experienced the transformative power that a compassionate, client-centered, humanistic therapeutic relationship would have on her clients. Ms. Keffner worked as an art therapist at various clinical/hospital settings in Southern New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and South Eastern Florida, before she joined the Futures team. At Futures Outpatient Center, aside from counseling clients in a one-to-one setting, Ms. Keffner conducts psychotherapeutic groups, including a weekly art therapy group. Ms. Keffner works closely with clients and their family members to ensure that their continuing care plans support goals put in place for a healthy and happy sober life.

Rudy S. Shrier, MS, LMHC, CCTP

Primary Therapist

Mr. 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. Mr. Shrier 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. Mr. Shrier 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.

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

Julia Valente, MS, LMHC 

Primary Therapist

Ms. Valente 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. Ms. Valente 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.

Ms. Valente 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. Ms. Valente 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, Ms. Beauseigneur has been working in the fields of mental health and addiction for over 20 years. Ms. Beauseigneur 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. Ms. Beauseigneur has held several positions throughout her career including Clinical Director, Assistant Director, Clinical Supervisor and Primary Therapist. Ms. Beauseigneur 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.

Ms. Beauseigneur’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.

Caroline Faifman, MS

Primary Therapist

Mrs. Faifman joined Futures in the spring of 2016. She earned her Masters of Science Degree in Applied Psychology from Lynn University, and her Bachelors of Arts degree from University of Colorado Boulder. Mrs. Faifman has studied at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, Massachusetts to become trained and certified in various modalities of mindfulness and yoga. She is also a certified holistic health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, NY.

Mrs. Faifman is an Adlerian therapist, utilizing a holistic approach. Adlerian therapy is humanistijc, socially oriented, and goal-directed. Adlerian therapy focuses on encouragement of the individual’s strengths and assets to foster positive change. Mrs. Faifman works with clients individually, as well as couples and families. She also runs weekly experiential mindfulness groups, including therapeutic drumming groups.

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.

David McPherson, LMHC, NCC

Primary Therapist

Mr. McPherson joined Futures of Palm Beach as a Primary Therapist in 2017. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Mr. McPherson earned his Masters Degree in Community and Addictions Counseling from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to joining the clinical team at Futures, Mr. McPherson worked in acute psychiatric care and residential substance abuse treatment settings.

Mr. McPherson enjoys working with clients around a variety of issues, including co-occurring psychiatric disorders, trauma, recovery, life transitions, and family dynamics. He uses an eclectic approach in working with clients, drawing from cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, psychodynamic, and other therapies to meet the unique needs of each of his clients. Mr. McPherson works collaboratively with clients to create a space that encourages honesty, authenticity, connection, and growth.

Chris Burke, MS, CAP

Primary Therapist

Mr. Burke has been working with those recovery for over 30 years and has been with Futures of Palm Beach since March of 2015. Mr. Burke is a Certified Addiction Professional with the State of Florida and has held several roles in the treatment field at the Detox, Residential and Intensive Outpatient Program levels of care.

Mr. Burke holds a Master of Science degree from the Grand Canyon University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida. One of Mr. Burke’s goals in treating clients is to help “quiet their mind and steady their spirit.” He maintains a viewpoint that “the least amount of distraction creates the best possible outcomes” – and shares this paradigm with clients as they move through the continuum of substance abuse care.

A lifelong Floridian and resident of the area, Mr. Burke is a loving father to his three boys and is an avid surfer.

Ashley Blake

Case Manager

Ms. 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. Ms. Blake 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.

Ms. Blake’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. Ms. Blake’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, Ms. Blake enjoys the beach and warm weather year-round. Her other passions include photography and writing.

Samantha Camaerei

Case Manager

Ms. Camaerei earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Camaerei started her career working with severely and persistently mentally ill, coordinating services to integrate clients to the community from hospitals and facilitating a dual diagnosis sober support group twice a week for a non-profit organization.

In 2014 Ms. Camaerei decided to move into the substance abuse field and relocate her family to Florida. Ms. Camaerei has a passion for helping clients develop their coping skills, as well as setting up a continuing care plan that meets their needs in early recovery.

Her passions include yoga, stand up paddle boarding, essential oils and playing at the beach with her sons, husband, and German shepherd.

Medical Staff

Teodora C Walker, ARNP, MSN, AGNP-C, PCCN

Nurse Practitioner

Teodora Walker is a Dual-Certified Adult /Geriatric Primary Care medical provider, with 25 years of experience in medical field in: Neurology, Psychiatry and substance abuse, Cardiology , Nephrology. She Joined Futures of Palm Beach in January 2016 as medical ARNP.

She has a Degree in Adult Primary Care and Gerontology from Wayne State University in Michigan, and BSN/MSN degrees from Wayne State University in Michigan. She has credentials and certifications in Progressive Acute Medical Care with 20 years of hospital acute care experience. She is also experienced and licensed in healthcare in USA and Europe

Other notable highlights include being an Active Certified Nurse Practitioner License in the State of Florida, a Member of Golden Key International Honor Society and Sigma Theta Tau International , Lambda Chapter,  and a Member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioner and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Diane Esposito, PhD, ARNP

Nurse Practitioner

Dr. 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 PhD 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.

Karla J Griffin, ARNP-BC, MSN

Nurse Practitioner

Karla has over 33 years in the nursing, holistic health, recovery, medical field and psychiatric field. Her areas of expertise are Family Practice, Wellness and Holistic Health, Psychiatric/Addiction Medicine, Healing Touch/Energy Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care. She holds a Master’s degree and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Karla is certified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner nationally and in the state of Florida.

She works closely with our Medical Director and staff in assessing, diagnosing and treating clients both psychiatrically and medically. She assists in detoxing clients, medication management, medical and psychiatric health, continued evaluation, follow up and referral after treatment is complete to provide a healthy and safe continuum of care for each client.

Parool Desai, ARNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Parool Desai is a Board Certified ARNP in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, specializing in adults with co- occurring disorders, mental illness and substance use disorders.

She completed her  undergraduate and graduate Nursing  degree from New York University.  Mrs. Desai is certified in addictions through IntNSA and is a member of American Association of Addiction Medicine.  She has worked as an Adjunct professor at New York University earlier in her career.

Mrs. Desai has been providing psychiatric services to a culturally diverse outpatient and inpatient population for the last 17 years, including psychiatric therapy for a respected  transgender clinic in New York City. Other notable career highlights include working in psychiatric hospitals, specializing in clients with HIV and co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric dx/trauma, as well as working in various substance abuse treatment centers throughout South Florida.

Outreach and Business Development

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Laura Kunz

Outreach  Director

Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Ms. Kunz’s passions include spending time outdoors, any creative project, and being a wife and mother to her two young children.

Vance Johnson

Community Outreach Spokesman

Prior to joining Futures, Mr. Johnson was selected by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft as a wide receiver from the University of Arizona. Mr. Johnson played his entire NFL career for the Denver Broncos from 1985 to 1995 and assisted the Broncos on three consecutive trips to the Super Bowl. Throughout his college career, Vance was also a world-class long jumper. In 1982 he won the NCAA championship and won the gold medal at the junior Pan American games. In 1984 he just missed making the Olympic track team, finishing fourth and becoming the alternate in the long jump at the 1984 United States Olympic trials in Los Angeles.

Now celebrating three years of sobriety, Vance offers hope to the struggling addict and their families by sharing his own journey from addiction through treatment and the strength of his faith. Mr. Johnson advocates for athletes seeking addiction treatment help, and speaks at prisons, schools and other public and private forums.

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Stephen Watts

Outreach Coordinator

Stephen Watts has been an addiction treatment professional for many years including a long stint as a counselor and interventionist. Stephen has been involved in marketing and business development for the past 16 years and enjoys meeting new people in the field as well as maintaining some really special relationships with others. What drew Stephen to Futures is the opportunity to represent an excellent treatment program with a staff that truly cares about the client and a company that treats their employees with dignity and respect.

Stephen lives with his wife and family in Memphis, Tennessee where he is involved with the recovery community, serves on the board of Mid South Sober Living a not for profit agency that provides sober living residences and generally hangs out with a lot of different folks. Stephen enjoys reading, being at home with his family, movies, and of course University of Memphis sports of any kind.

Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC

Clinical Outreach Professional

As a Clinical Outreach Professional, Kim focuses on community relations, relationship cultivation and intervention services in Florida and the Northeast. Kim has 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment field, most recently as CEO and Founder of Got Real Recovery (which owned Butterfly House), one of the first FARR Certified Recovery Residences for women.

Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional and the 60th Certified Trauma Therapist in the Country. As a Board Certified Professional Counselor Kim has been facilitating interventions for most of her career. Specializing in women’s issues, trauma, family, motivational intervention, building community and outreach, Kim combines her own personal experiences with her education and training to provide a unique blend of clinical care for individuals and families.

Kim’s clinical approach is to provide support and pragmatic feedback that helps clients resolve problems and move through long-standing unhealthy life patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to develop a course of action most appropriate for each client.

Kate Black

Community Outreach Professional

Kate has over 9 years of experience in the behavioral health care field and will leverage her professional skillset to cover outreach in the Northern Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. markets. Her focus is engaging in community outreach, enhancing referent relationships, and enriching business development strategy.

After college and pursuing a successful career in entertainment filled with worldwide travel, Kate returned to her east coast roots to embark on a new professional path in addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare. Her passion for the field rests upon a belief that addiction can be overcome through education, awareness and comprehensive treatment.

Outside of her commitment to bring professional, caring people together, Kate enjoys the company of husband, John, and 100 pound rescue dog Mick “Jagger” in Vero Beach, Florida.

Tameka Ellis

Clinical Outreach Professional

Tameka brings more than 17 years of behavioral health experience, and experience working in diverse treatment settings, with her to Futures.

In addition to her clinical and counseling background, Tameka has strong expertise related to addictive and co-occurring disorders, didactic trainings, academia, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), human resource consulting, behavioral health administration, and organizational development.

Tameka received her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Tameka is passionate when it comes to helping families and individuals struggling with addiction and believes customer service should illuminate throughout all phases of treatment.

She will be focusing primarily on reinforcing existing, and cultivating new, relationships within the state of Georgia.

Client Care

Omar Kamal, MA, MS

Program Director

Mr. 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, Mr. Kamal’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, Mr. Kamal oversees the center’s Resident Assistants, providing guidance and education, in order to promote the safety and the well-being of residents. Mr. Kamal 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

Mr. Miller joined Futures in September 2012. Before joining Futures, Mr. Miller worked in residential and IOP settings as a case manager and counselor, and is a nationally certified recovery coach. Mr. Miller 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, Mr. Miller 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. Mr. Miller graduated with honors from the University of Florida and completed his Master of Social Work with honors at Barry University.

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Brian Corbitt

Wellness Director

Mr. Corbitt has been with Futures of Palm Beach since our grand opening and has over 20 years of experience as a certified fitness/personal trainer coupled with 15 years of Physical Therapy training and is also CPR and EMT certified.

Mr. Corbitt ‘s background in training is a diverse mix of Strength and Conditioning Training, Sports Specific Training, Core, Stability Training, Corrective and Preventative Exercise/Post Surgical Rehabilitation, Physique Enhancement, Program Design. In addition to creating individual wellness programs for our clients, he also coordinates and leads outdoor group activities.

With a philosophical focus on the mind and body connection of continual lifelong learning, Mr. Corbitt works toward enhancing the well-being of clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier and positive life.