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Director of Operations
Nadine is responsible for ensuring the premises are operational, ready to receive and serve our clients. She has over 15 years of experience in managing her own aesthetic and real estate company. Nadine has a wide knowledge of experiences and cultures.
“My goal at Caribbean Coast Recovery Center is to offer a well-maintained rehabilitation center where it will be possible for our clients to start a new life surrounded by professionals”.
At Caribbean Coast Recovery Center we are here to help you start a new life!
Aileen spearheads the intake department to ensure every client who calls receives an attentive and compassionate experience as they make the life-changing decision to go to a recovery center. Whether you are in crisis or you are calling about a loved one in need, the goal of the intake department of the Caribbean Coast Recovery Center is to make sure you are heard and helped. With a degree in Communications & Cultural Studies and a background in interviewing, news media, crisis and human resource management, she brings a unique perspective to the intake process, at ease with people from every walk of life.
”When someone calls us, either hurting or hurting for someone they love, I know what it means at a deep level. Everyone deserves the right to be more than just their struggle, they are more than this. They are often good, complex people who are messing up and need help to get back on the right path. I support them through the first step of the critical process of their own recovery. We take great care to ensure each person gets a lot of attention and individualized care for their needs and this starts with the intake process. That first call is often a very brave act that comes from a place of pain. I take the responsibility very seriously of the trust the clients and their families place in us. I know with certainty that when I send them to our center, they will be very well taken care of as they detox, face their addictions and work on their underlying issues with our team’s skilled assistance. ”
Our licensed and certified medical team includes a Registered Medical Doctor and Registered Nurses who are available to provide care and support. During the initial detox, all our clients are monitored 24/7 in their own private room. Our medical personnel implement the most effective evidence-based practices and are committed to providing comprehensive and individualized care to each client
Dra. Johandy T. Céspedes
Biography Studied at the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago and graduated in 2008 as a Doctor in Medicine. Dra Céspedes is also certified in Nutriologist and Dietitian Pediatric. As part of her experience, she’s also a Medic on many movie set and films. Dra Céspedes, was also invited to Maryland to participate at the 47th ASAM Annual Conference for Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science including a separate course for Pain and Addictions. “My passion is to serve! One of my biggest satisfaction is the positive impact I can have on a patient’s life. There’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a smile on a patient’s face”. “Being a Doctor is not limited to a few hours in the clinic. Being a Doctor is a lifestyle. You must be ready to put in the hours and make a lot of sacrifices. When you are as passionate about your job as I am, it’s normal to put your personal life aside to help others”. At Caribbean Coast Recovery Center, we give our best to bring out the best in you!
Studied at the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago and graduated in 2008 as a Doctor in Medicine. Dra Céspedes is also certified in Nutriologist and Dietitian Pediatric. As part of her experience, she’s also a Medic on many movie set and films. Dra Céspedes, was also invited to Maryland to participate at the 47th ASAM Annual Conference for Innovations in Addiction Medicine and Science including a separate course for Pain and Addictions.
“My passion is to serve! One of my biggest satisfaction is the positive impact I can have on a patient’s life. There’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a smile on a patient’s face”.
“Being a Doctor is not limited to a few hours in the clinic. Being a Doctor is a lifestyle. You must be ready to put in the hours and make a lot of sacrifices. When you are as passionate about your job as I am, it’s normal to put your personal life aside to help others”.
At Caribbean Coast Recovery Center, we give our best to bring out the best in you!
At Caribbean Coast Recovery Center our international team of therapists/interventionists have years of experience in the very delicate work of assisting the family and the substance abuser to access recovery. Our treatment team has been carefully selected because of their skill level, passion for the field, and commitment to clinical excellence. Our team consists of a Psychotherapist and Addictions Counsellors. Each team member is trained to provide education and support to the family, to communicate with and counsel the substance abuser, and to provide treatment recommendations, as well as a thorough discharge plan.
Karina Inzunza M.A.
Karina has over twenty years of clinical experience working in many different community settings, hospitals and centers for addiction and mental health for men and women. She has a Human Services Counselor diploma, a degree in Women’s and Equity Studies and a Master’s degree in Leadership Strategic Direction. In addition, Karina has trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist in Anxiety and Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder & Psychosis and Anger & Addiction. She is currently finishing a Graduate Program in Trauma & Psychotherapy with the Adler Institute. While working, Karina has been taking further courses in Rethinking Trauma with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine. Karina speaks English and Spanish fluently with working knowledge in Portuguese.
“I have extensive experience developing and managing treatment plans for highly complex patients with serious mental illness and substance abuse issues. I have worked within a multiple modality therapeutic approach aiming to reduce symptoms and allowing individuals to access a better quality of life. I am experienced in one to one supportive counselling, withdrawal management and harm reduction approach.”
“I bring to the team a compassionate approach with a strong inclusive practice and highly developed problem solving, interpersonal communication and team-building skills.”
With a diploma in Addiction Recovery, Lori has 16 years of clinical experience working in the addiction recovery and mental health field. She has spent her career in a variety of facilities, working with a diverse demographic, including families, “at risk” youth, pregnant and/or parenting mothers, women and couples.
Lori brings to the table, experience in withdrawal management, outpatient and residential treatment, relapse prevention/after-care, individual counselling and interventions. She is versed in a wide variety of modalities including, Harm Reduction, DBT, CBT, 12 Steps (abstinence), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Final Common Pathway Theory.
“The thing that I love most about recovery is that it is very individualized. Everyone’s needs are specific and unique to themselves and their experiences, and guiding a person on that journey…. helping them to recognize their own power and seeing them grow within that knowledge, is an absolute gift.”
Maria Pla M.A.
Maria is a clinical psychologist who graduated from UNIBE (Universidad Iberoamericana de Santo Domingo) and has a Master’s degree from Universidad de Barcelona (UB) in psychological intervention specializing in eating disorders, obesity and other addictive conducts. She also has a diploma in the Life Project. Maria is a systemic therapist trained to work with families and individuals regarding labour pressures, fiscal, sexual and psychological abuse, co-dependence, self-esteem and more.
Maria is compassionate, positive, and optimistic about every person’s recovery process and those supporting it.
OFF-SITE CONSULTING THERAPY TEAM
Dionne brings with her a Diploma in Addiction Recovery, coupled with 15+ years focusing on Addiction and Mental Health.
She prides herself on being energetic, client-focused, passionate and very spiritual.
Dionne has a strong foundation working in the frontlines of addiction, skilled doing one on one addiction recovery counselling, as well as developing and facilitating group recovery plans.
She has been professionally recognized in her field as being a leader in both men and women’s transitional housing, and strongly believes that “getting clients back on track” is primarily a trauma-informed solution-based approach.
Utilizing the DBT and CBT model; Dionne understands the link between feelings and behaviour, and has applied this relationship while facilitating interventions, working within addiction treatment programs, detox centers and aftercare programs.
As a certified level 2 REIKI practitioner; the most gratifying element of Dionne’s recovery occupation: is the opportunity to meet individual clients where they currently are, and working with them towards achieving a happy and healthy goal of where they want to be.
Jim Spradbrow, B.A., CCAC
Jim brings over 28 years of clinical experience in the addiction/mental health field. His background includes working in hospital based, psychiatric, community treatment, day treatment and residential settings. Jim is recently coming from Newfoundland where he was the director of a residential addiction treatment facility. He is trained and utilizes many different treatment modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming , 12 steps and Time Line Therapy. Jim has extensive experience in not only treating alcohol and drug addictions but is trained in treating various process addictions including gambling, sex and video games and many others.
“Reaching out for help is a big step to take and is the first part to an amazing journey we call recovery. I have been helping people struggling with addictions for over 28 years and this is where my true passion lies. Being able to offer guidance, tools, support and most importantly hope to those in addiction is a precious gift. What I have learned over the years is everyone that struggles with addiction has a unique story and one particular method may not be the best option for everyone. With my extensive experience in the field, I am able to offer different approaches and guidance to help get you back on track and on the road to a successful recovery”
Michele Kennedy is a Primary Therapist who offers compassionate care for individuals living with addiction.
Michele believes in recovery. Michele is hopeful, optimistic and familiar with the impact the recovery process has on the individual and those supporting the individual’s journey. By building safe, trusting relationships the healing can begin.
Michele has supported individual recovery in many different treatment settings, using a range of treatment modalities to guide the helping alliance. Michele has received training in Person Centered Care, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Crisis Intervention.
Michele holds a diploma in Social Services and is completing her degree in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo. Michele is a Master level Suicide Intervention Trainer, a Tobacco Cessation Specialist, a Safe Spaces Trainer and Certified in Leadership and Management.
American Society of Addiction Medicine
ASAM is a professional society representing over 3,000 physicians and associated professionals dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment; educating physicians, other medical professionals and the public; supporting research and prevention; and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.