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Florida Team

Deb Kuzman, LCSW – Executive Director of Hanley Center

Since 1996, Deb has dedicated her entire career to the study and treatment of substance use and mental health issues affecting people of all ages. She is a certified addiction specialist who has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, director of case management, clinical supervisor, and clinical director. Deb received her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine’s Division on Addiction. Deb served as Substance Use Director at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida before coming to Origins.

 

Dr. Anna Lisa De Lima, PH.D., LHMC, NCC – Clinical Director

Anna Lisa completed her Ph.D. at in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in trauma and crisis. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). In her work as a clinician, Anna Lisa utilizes a variety of evidenced based protocols in the treatment of mental health disorders, SUDs, and trauma. These protocols include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other trauma-informed interventions. Anna Lisa has worked with first responders from a variety of backgrounds and specialties in her work as a clinician. Having worked closely with first responders in a variety of roles, and through her years of research on this population, Anna Lisa is well-versed in the unique concerns that this population faces. Anna Lisa has also presented extensively on this topic around the country.

 

Dr. Raju Mangrola, M.D. – Chief Psychiatrist

Dr. Mangrola is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in private practice for over 25 years. He is board certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, and is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Mangrola has worked in various prestigious programs as Medical Director where he served the needs of individuals with addiction and various psychiatric issues. Through his extensive work with addictive and co-occurring disorders, he brings a wealth of knowledge in evaluation and treatment. He has also been active in speaking forums addressing the issues related to addiction and the opiate crisis.

Dr. Stacy Grossman, Psy.D. – Director of Center for Brain Recovery

Prior to joining Origins in 2013, Stacy earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Florida. Her experience in the substance use disorder arena is vast and includes mental health, substance abuse treatment, and psychological testing; private practice providing mental health and testing services to adults and kids; and outpatient adult mental health clinic, teaching and training professionals in the following areas: addiction treatment in the LGBTQ+ community, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and psychopathology. Her personal philosophy and that of Headwaters were perfectly aligned with the belief that the whole person must be treated—mind, body, spirit—using resources and tools that are evidenced-based and accessible to all people.

 

 

 

Dr. Kaisha A. Thomas PH.D., LMFT, LHMC, QS, NCC, CCMHC, SAP  – Program Director of Center for Older Adult Recovery

Dr. Thomas serves as Program Director on our main campus, working primarily with older adults. Her extensive clinical and teaching experience spans more than sixteen years, and her numerous professional certifications and licensures reflect her expertise in the field of addiction. After obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from The Julliard School in 1987 and her Master of Science in dance/movement therapy from the Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1991, she earned a post-master’s certificate in mental health and aging. Five years later, she obtained both a Master of Science in mental health counseling. This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in marriage and family therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2010.

 

Vanessa Brenner, LMHC, QS – Program Director of Center for Women’s Recovery

Vanessa has been working in the treatment industry since 2011 and says with certainty that this is the best team she has worked alongside. As a valuable part of the Hanley family since October 2016, she is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Qualified Supervisor (QS). Prior to her current role as Director for the Center for Men’s Recovery, Vanessa served three years as a Family Services Counselor where she was a huge advocate for family participation in the treatment process. In her current role, she implements gender-specific programming that creates the peer-based environment men need to participate in experiential and evidence-based therapies, psychological interventions, and group therapies where they learn to lean on other men for support and accountability. Vanessa earned her bachelor’s at Florida State University and her Master of Science in Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

 

Cara O’Neill, MS., MCAP, RMHCI – Corporate Director of Alumni Services

Cara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (LMHCI) and currently working on attaining her Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Cara has held several positions during her tenure at Hanley Center, including Recovery Advocate, Admissions Specialist, Continuing Care Coordinator, Alumni Services, and Primary Counselor. She was a patient at Hanley in 2005 and credited Hanley Center as the “place that saved my life” and “the reason I walked back in the door as an employee.” In her free time she likes to watch Gator Football and perform in Improv shows.

 

Meghan Brooks – Director of Admissions

Meghan started working with Origins in 2016 as an Admissions Specialist, seven years after beginning her own personal journey as a Hanley Center patient. With a firsthand understanding of the unique struggles that patients and their families endure prior to reaching out for help, Meghan knows that the initial phone call can potentially shape an individual’s outlook and willingness to seek and sustain treatment. Meghan received her bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Central Florida. She loves working in the recovery community, especially when she can assist other women to get the expert help they need. She is grateful for the opportunity to lead a talented Origins team that is on the front lines of healing in a company fully dedicated to advancements in treatment.

Ursula Avilus, MSN, RN – Nurse Manager

Ursula received her nursing certificate from Excelsior College in Albany, New York and her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.  During her Master’s degree studies, she had a concentration in Administrative and Financial Leadership. Ursula has extensive experience in psychiatric nursing and nursing leadership. She is passionate about serving patients with mental illness and addictions and is committed to providing quality patient care.  Before transitioning to the Hanley Center, Ursula worked for the State Hospital System in Florida and served civil and forensic psychiatric patients in Texas.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Timothy Pearce – Executive Chef

In 1987, Chef Timothy Pearce began his culinary training in England. During the ’90s he apprenticed for three Michelin Starred Chefs and was working on staff when one British restaurant received the highest Michelin rating. On another exciting evening, he had the opportunity to cater to the Queen of England at Windsor Castle during the Cartier Polo Dinner. From England, Timothy traveled and cooked extensively through Australia, Southeast Asia, India, Laos and Bali. He joined the Hanley Center staff in 2009.

Chef Pearce takes great pride in creating menus that are nutrient-dense and high in antioxidants and omega-3s to help assist individuals in recovery. In addition to spending time with his young son, Timothy enjoys traveling, cycling and photography.

Steve Canterbury – Director of Operations

The physical well-being and comfort of patients and staff is the chief concern of Steve Canterbury and his team. As the Director of Operations, he oversees all maintenance, housekeeping and transportation for Hanley Center at Origins, and HeadWaters at Origins. His formidable task is to create an environment in which people can thrive whether it be by providing meticulously maintained grounds, housekeeping that is parallel a five-star hotel or seeing that patient transport occurs with unfailing punctuality. Steve is a Certified Professional Locksmith (CPL) and holds the highest level of qualification as a Certified Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician. Steve has been an integral part of the Hanley Center Family since early 1999, always in an operational role. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than 31 years, and is an avid football and baseball fan who has coached local high school baseball.