Shirley Ingram, MA, LMHC, MCAP, is most passionate about the field of therapeutic professions, which she has over 25 years of experience in. A lifelong Floridian, she is highly skilled and dedicated to helping individuals overcome trauma and struggles with the debilitating effects of mental health illnesses and addictions. Shirley is driven by a genuine desire to help others to find inner peace and harmony. Shirley specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
EMDR is a worldwide recognized effective treatment for trauma. EMDR Therapy is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from other treatment approaches, that are skillfully employed that helps the mind heal from psychological trauma.
Erin has been working in the field of substance abuse since 2010 and is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and a Certified Practitioner in Rapid Resolution Therapy.
Erin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Erin utilizes a client-centered approach to empower clients to overcome their personal obstacles and develop a life that’s worth living. Using a combination of evidence-based interventions, such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing and DBT, Erin assists her clients in making changes necessary to look toward the future with excitement and hope. Erin approaches each client as the unique individual they are and creates a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore any issues that may be keeping you from moving forward in life.
Jaki Neering, has a loving & progressive approach working with the LGBTQIA+ community. Jaki graduated from Barry University in 2016 with a Master of Social Work degree. She is currently a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern and will soon be a licensed therapist. Jaki believes in the power of trauma-informed interventions, which recognizes human vulnerability but focuses on finding strengths, resources, and capacity for healing and recovery by promoting factors that will enhance a person’s resiliency.
Through her inspirational approach, Jaki has a passion for empowering marginalized populations. She is devoted to serving the LGBTQ population while on the journey of self-discovery, self-love, and long-term sobriety. Jaki assists individuals in finding their voice and advocates for self-expression. Additionally, Jaki believes in the transformation of recovery and is passionate about helping others find their truth.
Alicja has been transitioning from the role of Director of Operations to a therapist role at Inspire Recovery with a demonstrated history of working in the addiction and mental health care industry within the LGBTQIA+ population. Alicja’s focuses on LGBTQIA+ advocacy, addiction recovery, LGBTQIA+ rights and education as well serving as a board member on Transpire HELP (not-for-profit dedicated to raising fund for the LGBTQIA+ community in recovery, TranspireHelp.org).
Alicja originated from a background of studies in art and design which created an individual passion for authenticity in recovery and helping each individual take a mindful and creative approach to living. In pursuit of becoming a licensed clinical social worker and researcher, focusing not only on the individual but the much needed macro community work within the LGBTQIA+ population.
Courtneè has recently joined the team here at Inspire as the new Recovery Advocate Lead. She relocated from Statesboro, Georgia to West Palm Beach, FL and is continuing to pursue her career goals as a Mental Health Counselor. Courtneè has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for three years. After graduating with a bachelor’s in Psychology from Georgia Southern University, she quickly began working as a case manager with adolescents in recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. Realizing her passion for the field, Courtneè began working as a Substance Abuse Counselor treating the adult population in southeast Georgia.
Upon graduating with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Courtneè plans to work towards obtaining licensure. Courtneè is very passionate about advocating for clients and helping others. She looks forward to building her platform while serving the LGBTQ community.
Dr. Norine Rosado is a native of Puerto Rico but grew up across the country in different states including Hawaii, California, Florida and Puerto Rico. She is a Family Medicine Board Certified Physician. Dr. Rosado began her studies by completing her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Florida State University and then studied at Ponce School of Medicine to obtain her medical degree. She then moved to Miami, Florida to attend the oldest Family Medicine Residency in the country at Jackson Memorial Hospital / University of Miami residency.
She has worked with underserved populations her entire career, as well as patients of all ages from infants to geriatrics. Dr. Rosado currently runs her primary care clinic located in West Palm Beach, Florida. As of January 2017, she is the Medical Director for Inspire Recovery.
Sima Alavi is a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Business Owner. She began her career in 1995, after graduating from the University of Miami and continued on to earn her master’s degree in the field of mental health with a specialization in both children and adults. Her focus is in rehabilitation, detoxification, and recovery for both inpatient and outpatient treatment centers.
Through evaluation and stabilization, she targets treatment for individuals experiencing a crisis situation and those who seek the need for immediate intervention. She works collaboratively with fellow psychiatric health practitioners to provide the best care for her patients.
Carmen is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Board Certified as a Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition, Certified LEAP Therapist (dealing with adverse food reactions), and is Enrolled in an Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy Certification Program. Carmen graduated from Florida International University, Magna Cum Laude. Her vast experience places her in a unique position to teach a comprehensive amount of nutrition information in an easy to understand way. She feels that nutrition and food are at the center of a healthy lifestyle. Carmen strongly believes that food has a quintessential role in health. She enjoys teaching people that healthy food is delicious and fun.
Carmen engages her students through a variety of methods that include active participation, the creation of recipes and food demonstrations. When Carmen is not busy teaching and helping her patients to better health, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her wave-runner, gardening, and reading. She is passionate about everything related to food. She loves to cook, bake, and sprout vegetables and beans. Most importantly, she likes to eat her exquisite menu creations.
With over 10 years of experience, Aiden Collazo operates a private practice and advocates on behalf of South Florida’s GLBTQA+ community. Aiden is a master’s level social worker and will be a licensed therapist soon. Aiden is also a Florida Board Certified Sex Therapist. Among his areas of expertise are case management and clinical advocacy for Transgender individuals, couples, families and their allies.
Aiden is a client-centered therapist who provides support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. In addition to being a prominent GLBTQ affirming therapist, Aiden publicly speaks on the topics of affirmative practice with GLBTQ individuals with an emphasis on clinical advocacy for the Transgender community.
Sue Neering is an Integrative Therapist and Educator, licensed in Massage Therapy, a Certified Reiki Master / Teacher and Certified Hypnotist. Sue is also a Transformational Life Coach. Sue’s integrative approach includes Inner Child work and the Law of Attraction. Additionally, Sue is a Certified FirstPlay® Educator — teaching parents storytelling combined with gentle touch to foster attachment and bonding.
She specializes in practicing Integrative Therapies within the Addiction Recovery Community. Integrative Therapies includes, but are not limited to, Meditation, Guided Imagery, Intuitive Guidance, Breathing Exercises, and Reiki / Energy Work. At Inspire Recovery, Sue leads our clients in mindfulness groups. She approaches therapy with her original and compassionate style. She offers unconditional support while providing a safe atmosphere for clients to explore self-awareness and self-love. Mindfulness meditation is an integral tool in the recovery process. Sue is a masterful teacher of the art.
Brian Ritter is a sincere healer who uses medicinal moving meditations to help people live up to their full potential. He is a Tai-Chi Certified and Gamma Breath Certified practitioner who has been practicing Tai Chi, Qi Gong, breath work and meditation for the last 11 years and teaching these practices for the past four years. Brian graduated from the University of Central Florida, UDF, with a degree in psychology. His gift comes from cleverly crafting groups which inspire and deliver synergistic elements and profound wisdom.
Donna is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of healthcare for LGBTQIA+ individuals by challenging age-old traditional systems. Donna encourages her staff by providing continuing education to commit a standard of care for the LGBTQIA+ community with addiction & mental health issues that have not been seen before. Through case studies of experiences, Donna and her staff educate hospitals & treatment facilities throughout the country.
Donna received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Florida Atlantic University and went on to independently become proficient in web programming and marketing. Donna spent 10 years working in print and web media for the behavioral healthcare industry, developing a strong alliance and passion to aid the recovery community, specifically serving a gender spectrum providing a safe space for transgender folks & others within the LGBTQIA community.
This initial profession in behavioral healthcare has connected Donna to many local and national treatment centers and formed the catalyst for Donna to open a center that could focus on helping members of the LGBTQIA community in recovery. As a part of the LGBTQIA community, Donna is concerned about the well-being of her peers and ensuring that anyone who wants to recover from addiction has a safe space to grow.
Ms. Joyce Matera is a Certified Recovery Coach Trainer and Recovery Coach, certified by CCAR. Joyce has been an active member of the recovery community for the past 32 years. Joyce has been an impelling representative of the LGBTQ community, serving as a Board Member of LAMBDA North, a 12 step clubhouse for the LGBTQ community. She is an active member of NALGAP and WIN “Women in Network.” Ms. Matera, along with Inspire Recovery, is an effective affiliate of Compass Business Alliance and many pride organizations.
Working in the treatment field for the past five years, she has brought considerable awareness of the plight and difficulties that the LGBTQ community has experienced in the world of treatment and recovery. Prior to her recent passion in the field of recovery treatment, she had a 21-year career in finance and insurance.
George received his Master’s in Integrated Marketing Communication from Boston’s Emerson College in 2000 and relocated to South Florida in 2001. After thirteen years working in the luxury retail sector in Palm Beach, George wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and has been working in the field of treatment center admissions since 2015.
As a founding member of Voices of Pride, the local gay men’s chorus, he is well ensconced in the LGBTQ community. At Inspire Recovery George oversees admissions from outreach to assessments.
Leah has been with Inspire Recovery since our doors opened in July 2015. Leah has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Before joining Inspire Recovery, she was involved in community organizing for environmental and social justice causes, including equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Her artistic input helped to lay a foundation for the creative approach that is integrated into the Inspire Recovery clinical program. As the Community Outreach Coordinator, Leah oversees all of the print and web-based outreach materials and media projects for the center. Leah has created our LGBTQ+ Cultural Awareness presentation and is the trainer who presents our education series. She is a group facilitator at Inspire Recovery, leading a Recovery Through Journal Writing group and Leadership & Activism in the LGBTQ+ Community group. In May 2018 Leah completed a 760-hour certification course through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a practicing Health Coach.
Together with our National Outreach Director, Joyce Matera, Leah is able to provide LGBTQIA+ training for your facility. Call us today to set up a presentation.
When the idea of Inspire Recovery started to move from a vision to a physical location where our center continues to thrive in West Palm Beach, Florida, the individuals who originally co-founded Inspire are among those who believed our mission could save the lives of many. We thank each co-founder for their commitment to Inspire Recovery – we simply could not have built our center without you!
When Donna had the vision to open Inspire Recovery it was based on the immense need for an LGBTQ-specific center in South Florida. Donna spent 10 years developing marketing outreach materials for the treatment industry and noticed that while more LGBTQ people were seeking help, there appeared to be a lack of facilities that provided LGBTQ-specific therapies. Donna decided it was time to create a safe space not only for LGBTQ individuals to get effective addiction treatment but a place where the LGBTQ community in recovery could grow from.
Donna greatly appreciates the partnership that the original co-founders provided to establish Inspire Recovery.
Carlene is an action-oriented health care leader with a strong track record in driving organizational improvements and implementation of best practices. She has superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex tasks. Originally from Jamaica, has been a Florida State resident for 32 years, 15 of which were spent as a resident of Palm Beach County. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Accounting in 1986 and a Master of Accounting in 1995.
Carlene started her Healthcare Accounting Career as a staff accountant at Northshore Medical Center in Miami in 1989 and moved up the ranks to become the first African American female CFO at Tenet South Florida in March 2008.
Dr. Daniela received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine and has had Continuing Medical Education at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Daniela has been practicing Internal Medicine for over a decade and she has two state-of-the-art facilities in both West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Island, including a holistic juice bar at her Palm Beach Island location.
Dr. D joined the Inspire Recovery Team as a co-founder and also served as our Medical Director until January 2017. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her two children.
Lirim has 26 years experience in the investment and development of quality businesses in both restaurants and the healthcare industry. Lirim is a native of Macedonia and has been a resident of Palm Beach County for 17 years. Lirims’s passion for food and community are the driving forces behind his dedication to making a difference in the lives of others. As co-founder of Inspire Recovery Lirim is proud to be a part of the creative approach to treating addiction.