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.
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 Bachelor’s in Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University and is on her way to becoming 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Donna is dedicated to remaining on the forefront of healthcare for LGBTQI 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 has not been seen before. Through case studies of experiences, Donna & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.