Acting Clinical Director / 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.
Jaki Neering, MSW has a loving & progressive approach working with the LGBTQI community. 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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, 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.
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 to 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 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.
Donna is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of healthcare for LGBTQI+ individuals by challenging age-old traditional systems. Donna encourages her staff by providing continuing education to commit a standard of care for the LGBTQI+ 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 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.
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 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.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Leah has fifteen years of experience in community outreach from a variety of fields including environmental education, social justice, nonprofit management 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.
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 apart of the creative approach to treating addiction.