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Treatment Team

Meet our Executive Treatment Team


Nadine Khoury

Nadine Khoury
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!

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Aileen Schwartz
Director of Intake & Recruiting


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. ”

Medical Staff

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

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Dra. Johandy T. Céspedes
Medical Director


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 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 satisfactions is the positive impact I can have on a patient’s life.  There’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a smile on a patients 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.


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Ivan Abreu
Registered Psychotherapist


Ivan Abreu has a degree in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in the Dominican Republic and a Master in Science in Cognitive-Behavioural Psychotherapy from the University of Derby in the United Kingdom. He is an accredited therapist by the British  Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and he is also an EMDR certified practitioner. He runs his private practice in Santiago de los Caballeros and is also a lecturer for the Psychology Department at PUCMM. “My goal at CCRC is to provide the best treatment based on scientific evidence. We will develop the tools you will need to achieve your goals. You will be your own therapist by the end of your time with us!”


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 Masters 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 one-year Graduate Program in Trauma & Psychotherapy with the Adler Institute. Karina speaks English and Spanish fluently with some knowledge of 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 counseling, 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.”




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Victoria Russell M.A.


Victoria Russell is a Mental Health Counsellor with nearly 10 years of experience providing mental health and domestic violence counselling and services. Victoria joins Caribbean Coast Recovery Centre from Calgary, Alberta and specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Sand Tray Therapy, as well as other therapeutic techniques. Previously, Victoria has worked as a therapist at a domestic violence shelter, and has experience working with diverse demographics in group home settings with at-risk youth, residential mental health facilities and social service agencies. Victoria has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, Fredericton, New Brunswick and a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

“My heart and soul is in the work that I do-helping individuals on a daily basis overcome all types of struggles. I believe that every individual is capable of change and I am passionate about helping people realize their own potential. In terms of addiction and treatment, I treat addiction as an obstacle that can be overcome and challenged. Addiction is a journey. Healing is also part of that journey and a huge part of recovery.”

“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” –Carl Rogers



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.


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