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OUR CLINICAL TEAM

 

Dr Baumkirchner, Psy.D, PA. Inspire RecoveryDr. Brandi Baumkirchner, Psy.D, PA

Psychologist

Dr. Brandi Baumkirchner is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy and specialized services to a diverse population of clients. She earned a Master’s Degree and Psychology Doctorate (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. “Dr. B” provides individual, group and family psychotherapy to clients at Inspire Recovery. She also has a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. As a clinical educator, she provides training for staff as well as patients with multicultural sensitivity within diverse populations such as the LGBTQ community. Dr. Baumkirchner is a specialist in eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, substance abuse, trauma, women’s issues and relational problems.

Having worked at numerous treatment centers for both eating disorders and addiction, she has extensive experience with complicated co-occurring disorders at various levels of care including from inpatient and residential care all the way to outpatient care. Dr. Baumkirchner’s clinical specialty areas, combined with her compassionate nature and creative energy, greatly serve clients with whom she works. Dr. Baumkirchner is honored to be part of the staff at Inspire Recovery.

Shirley Ingram, EMDR Specialist, Inspire RecoveryShirley Ingram, MA, LMHC, CAP

EMDR Specialist

Shirley Ingram, MA, LMHC, CAP, 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 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.

Dannie CollinsDanielle Collins, MSW

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Danielle Collins graduated from Florida Atlantic University (go Owls) with a Master’s of Social Work degree in 2017. Previously, Danielle worked with Compass—the only LGBTQ community center in Palm Beach County—for three and a half years as a Lead Medical Case Manager. Danielle continues to volunteer with Compass during major events, everyday activities, or just chatting with the youth.

Danielle is also training for the SMART Ride, a 165-mile bike ride from Miami to Key West which donates 100% of the money raised to designated organizations that provide services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Danielle is passionate about recovery and in helping people in their recovery process and their approach to sobriety. At inspire, Danielle is a therapist who does one-on-one therapy and runs groups daily.

Jaki Neering, MSW

Registered Clinical Social Work Intern

Jaki Neering is a Registered Clinical Social Work Intern, Jaki graduated from Barry University in 2016 with a Master of Social Work degree. 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.

Dr-Norine-Rosado-Inspire-RecoveryDr. Norine Rosado, MD

Medical Director

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, ARNP

Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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 Dragan, RDN, LDN

Inspire Nutritionist

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. 

 

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Alicja Majer

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Alicja Majer provides the extra attention necessary for ultimate client care at Inspire Recovery. Alicja provides exceptional support to our clinical team by administering the kind of operational oversight that helps our facility run smoothly and effectively day after day.

Additionally, as a client advocate, Alicja communicates all clients’ needs, appointments and personal check-ins with the clinical and medical team to ensure there is a clear line connecting to all needed resources inside and outside of the agency.

Alicja has a background of studies in art and design and she is currently finishing up her social work degree at Florida Atlantic University. Alicja aspires to become a licensed therapist, focusing not only on the individual but the much needed macro community work within the LGBTQ+ population.  Alicja is passionate about authenticity in recovery and helping each individual take a mindful and creative approach to living clean and sober.

Brittany Writght BHT Inspire RecoveryBrittany Wright, BHT

Behavioral Health Technician

Brittany has been working in treatment centers in South Florida for the past five years. At Inspire Recovery Brittany overseas client needs from their food to transportation, as well as, being an integral part of the function of our clinical team. Brittany is a volunteer at Guardian ad Litem (GAL).

GAL volunteers are trained, court-appointed advocates for children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Brittany is pursuing an Associates degree in Human Services at Palm Beach State College. This degree is a part of Brittany’s career path in becoming a licensed therapist.

 

GROUP FACILITATORS

Sue-Nerring-Inspire-RecoverySue Neering, LMT

Sue Neering is an Integrative Therapist, licensed in Massage Therapy, a Reiki Master / Teacher and Certified Hypnotist. 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. 

Gloria Levenussia

Gloria has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry in South Florida. She received a Bachelor of Health Services in Healthcare Administration and she has a nurse assistant license in the state of Florida. Additionally, Gloria is a member of The International Association of Counselors and Therapists and is a Certified Meditation and Stress Management Instructor, and she also has a body wrap license with the State of Florida. Gloria is an international spiritual guide and holistic healthcare provider with more than 20 years practicing and teaching spiritual development, mastering the areas of Reiki, Karuna Reiki, Spiritual Shaman, Angelic Practitioner, Reconnection Healing and The Reconnection, Modern Hypnosis, Crystal therapy and Aromatherapy.

Gloria is originally from Honduras, the House of the Maya, Lenca and other indigenous tribes that still exist in the area today. Gloria started developing her spiritual skills at a very early age while living in Honduras with the ancestral traditions her Indigenous grandmother taught her. Gloria uses her positive and inspirational holistic healing expertise to guide our meditation groups, helping clients to inspire their personal growth and development to find balance and inner peace through lifelong mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. 

Rolando Chang Barrero

As a professional artist who primarily works in painting and photography, Rolando Chang Barrero, maintains a working art studio and emerging artists exhibition space called ActivistArtistA at the Boynton Beach Art District. Rolando also owns and operates The Box Gallery, in West Palm Beach. When Rolando originally started the ActivistAristA space in Boynton, he offered the creative, sober space to the community to join him in the process known as the “Art of Recovery,” whereupon the recovery community utilizes the arts to cope with and process all of the emotions and experiences tied into shifting from using drugs and alcohol to living a clean and sober lifestyle.

After years of facilitating the Art of Recovery sessions, Rolando now facilitates a therapeutic “Art of Recovery” group at Inspire Recovery, inviting our clients to open up to creative explorations as a vehicle to navigate aspects of 12 Step recovery.

Brian Ritter, Group Facilitator, Inspire Recovery

Brian Ritter

Brian Ritter is a sincere healer who uses medicinal moving meditations to help people live up to their full potential. He 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.

 

 

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Alicja Majer

Alicja has a background of studies in art and design and she is currently finishing up her social work degree at Florida Atlantic University. Alicja aspires to become a licensed therapist, focusing not only on the individual but the much needed macro community work within the LGBTQ+ population.  Alicja is passionate about authenticity in recovery and helping each individual take a mindful and creative approach to living clean and sober.

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Donna Weinberger, CEO, Inspire Recovery

Donna Weinberger

CEO, Co-Founder

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, securing a strong alliance and passion to aid the recovery 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 LGBTQ community in recovery. As a part of the LGBTQ 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.

Carlene Williams

CFO, Co-Founder

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. 

Joyce Matera

National Outreach Director

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 club house 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. 

Al Knighton

Admissions Coordinator

Al Knighton has been directly involved with the admissions process at Inspire Recovery since the day we opened our doors. There are many past and current clients who can note Al as being the first person they spoke to when searching for treatment in South Florida. Al has witnessed many motivated individuals achieve sobriety. Al beams with pride when speaking of phone calls with former clients calling to thank him and informing him of their sobriety. Watching clients get their family, job and life back is the most rewarding part of his job. Al is devoted and passionate about assisting those who suffer from addiction put back the pieces of their life.Al is also a Client Advocate at Inspire Recovery.

When clients are having a tough time, they can rely on Al to be supportive, as well as, be real with them about their experience. Client Advocates at Inspire are instrumental in the quality of care we provide. Clients need to know that our entire staff are here to support their recovery, and our Client Advocates can assure those who need extra care that they have a community at Inspire to rely on.

George Lyndon, Admissions Coordinator, Inspire Recovery

George Lydon

Admissions Coordinator

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.

Danielle HazelcornDanielle Hazelcorn

Housing Coordinator

Danielle joined our team in August of 2016. As the Housing Coordinator at Inspire Recovery, Danielle oversees the Inspire Living facilities and client finances. Danielle is currently pursuing a degree in Mathematics at Florida Atlantic University. As an ally to the LGBTQ community, Danielle is passionate about supporting LGBTQ individuals. She loves to see our clients express their personalities and grow in a safe environment at Inspire.

Leah Rothschild, Community Outreach, Inspire Recovery

Leah Rothschild

Community Outreach Coordinator

Leah has fifteen years of experience in community outreach in a variety of fields including environmental education, social justice, and event production. Leah has been a dedicated member of the team since Inspire Recovery opened in July 2015. She oversees our creative marketing and outreach materials, including the content and design of all print and web media. As a writer, Leah is able to put into words what Inspire provides for our clients, helping others catch the vision and mission of our treatment center. Leah has created an LGBTQ Cultural Awareness presentation to assist in teaching other clinicians and staff within the treatment industry about the LGBTQ community. Together with our National Outreach Director, Joyce Matera, Leah is able to visit your facility. Call us today to set up a presentation.

Lirim Jacobi

Co-Founder

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.

Lirim’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.

 

Dr. Daniela Dadurian, MD

Co-Founder

Dr. Dadurian 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 took the position as the Medical Director when we opened our doors in July 2015. Although she is no longer the Medical Director, she continues to be a part of the Executive Team behind Inspire Recovery.