7 Reasons To Seek Addiction Treatment
Substance use disorder, which is more colloquially known as drug addiction, is a serious mental...
Our founders dreamed of a place where those suffering from chemical dependency could renew their commitment to sobriety, restore their capacity for healing, and recover from the physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma of addiction. RECO Intensive is that place.
We are honored to have such an incredible team of professionals working together to guide clients in creating brighter futures. RECO prides itself on being motivated to help clients recover in a way that is intentionally collaborative with each aspect of our program. From our primary therapists, to our specialty practitioners, to our ancillary service providers, our staff exemplifies the highest standards and best practices in addiction treatment.
The founder of RECO Intensive, RECO Institute, and RECO Trust, David works with a tireless enthusiasm to create a more progressive approach to addiction treatment. A native Atlantan, Dave was...
With 15 years in recovery himself, Brian exemplifies the possibilities that are created in overcoming addiction. A compassionate and perseverant spirit, he brings with him over ten years of experience...
A member of team RECO since our founding, Chris wears multiple different hats within his role as Director of Operations. An architect of the program, he aids in designing personalized...
The founder of RECO Intensive, RECO Institute, and RECO Trust, David works with a tireless enthusiasm to create a more progressive approach to addiction treatment. A native Atlantan, Dave was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, and was later forced to reconcile with the reality that his life would be cut short as a result of his disease. By the age of 14, he had become apathetic toward his own health, and had begun abusing illicit drugs on a daily basis.
In 2008, after combatting several years of intense drug addiction and countless setbacks in his recovery, Dave committed himself fully to achieving sobriety. Following an excruciating two-month detox period, he completed 70 days in rehabilitation, before relocating to a long-term sober living facility in Delray Beach. Today, he continues to make his home in South Florida as he thrives in his recovery, and also serves as a resilient advocate for the sober community.
After both attending and working for multiple treatment programs himself, Dave acknowledged a need to bridge a significant gap in the domain of early recovery. Fueled by his experiences, David set out to improve upon existing standards for transitional care. He soon launched his own Residential Housing Facilities, known as the RECO Institute; from there, his dream program only continued to grow.
Through the evolution of RECO Institute, RECO Intensive, and RECO Trust, Dave and his team have endeavored to create a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows clients the opportunity to reclaim for themselves the life that addiction has stolen.
As he maintains his own sobriety and positively impacts the sobriety of others, Dave believes deeply in the potential of each client—past, current, and future—who enters RECO’s program. Little by little, he recognizes their individual revolutions toward recovery, and celebrates in their success.
A proud leader of team RECO, in his spare time Dave enjoys playing softball, sampling different cuisines, cementing his status as a certified movie buff, and surfing.
With 15 years in recovery himself, Brian exemplifies the possibilities that are created in overcoming addiction. A compassionate and perseverant spirit, he brings with him over ten years of experience in the addiction and mental health field. As the Director of Community Outreach, he develops and nurtures connections with the community at-large, facilitating positive experiences for all those involved with RECO.
On a daily basis, he coordinates referrals, cultivates marketing strategies, and oversees alumni services and event planning, ensuring that everything is executed with clients’ and families’ best interests in mind. In the dedicated journey of his own recovery, he finds his interactions with clients—and his ongoing involvement with their sobriety—to be the most rewarding aspects of his job. Outside of his role at RECO, Brian enjoys spending time with his son, perfecting his serve on the tennis court, and pursuing the best cups of coffee in Delray.
A member of team RECO since our founding, Chris wears multiple different hats within his role as Director of Operations. An architect of the program, he aids in designing personalized treatment plans, and also facilitates weekly group sessions, including Motivational Mondays and A Hero’s Journey. Dynamically invested in each client’s progress, he is consistently responsible for ensuring smooth transitions, addressing client concerns, and maintaining communication with all members of the team.
With over eight years of prior experience working in treatment, he holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling, and is an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. After observing the trauma of addiction within his own family, he became compelled to help others experiencing similar crises. Today, he remains steadily aware of each client’s struggles and successes, and utilizes his training and experience to motivate growth. Beyond his role at RECO, Chris is also a pastor, and enjoys spending time with family and playing and watching sports.
With over five years of experience in the addiction treatment field, Dr. Alexander Scheuermann brings to team RECO an approach to medicine that is tailored to fit each patient’s needs. After pursuing specializations in neurology, emergency medicine, and supportive oncology, he began practicing exclusively within the RECO Intensive Outpatient Program. As Medical Director at RECO, he regularly consults with patients throughout their participation in the program, and recognizes the progressive transformations they make, both in their personal health and in their overall recovery from addiction. Dr. Scheuermann, who attended Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and trained at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, is committed to providing excellent care to all RECO clients.
With over 40 years of experience as a board-certified psychiatrist and one of 12 doctors at Boca Regional Hospital and Delray Medical Center who specialize in psychiatry, Dr. Charles Norris brings a wealth of knowledge in addiction psychiatry, general psychiatry, and neurology to team RECO. After receiving his medical degree from The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont in 1975, he started his practice in Boca Raton, FL where he won multiple awards including the Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award (2012-2018) and The Patient’s Choice Award (5-year Honoree). Now as the Head Psychiatrist for Team RECO and armed with the facts that addiction rarely comes as a solo diagnosis, he regularly meets with our clinical and medical staff developing patient care. Dr. Norris also meets with our clients one on one using his extensive background to help them facilitate the transformation necessary to heal.
A Delray Beach native, Kathleen has been practicing in psychiatric and addiction medicine since graduating PA school in 2018. With a passion for helping those suffering from addiction and mental health issues, her goal is to provide patients with an empathetic and caring approach for healing and recovery. She comes with significant experience in detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Growing up in Delray Beach, she has seen firsthand how the recovery community has grown is proud to be a part of the RECO team and we are proud to have her. When Kathleen isn’t working you can find her rollerblading, traveling, trying new restaurants and playing pickleball.
Molly comes to RECO with nearly 15 years of experience helping clients and their families with the struggles of substance use disorder. After attending St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, Molly received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling and went on to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor where she would then eventually find RECO. Her background as a great leader and as a supervisor makes her the perfect fit on our clinical team here. As our Clinical Director, Molly oversees all therapeutic programming for our clients and has her own clients she meets with and treats. When Molly isn’t making sure groups start on time or meeting with our therapists you can usually find her traveling, spending time with her friends, or hanging out with her doggo.
Enthusiastic and motivated to encourage clients in their recoveries, Lucy joined team RECO as a Case Coordinator in 2016, before transitioning to her role as a Primary Therapist. Each day, she provides excellent standards of care while facilitating group and one on one therapy sessions. As she works directly with clients, she recognizes their daily advances toward transformation, and plays a critical role in the therapeutic process of early recovery. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she identifies with RECO’s mission to support those who have lost hope, and appreciates the opportunity to walk alongside clients on their path toward recovery. Outside of her position at RECO, Lucy enjoys traveling to new destinations, preparing recipes from different cuisines, practicing yoga, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.
Emily Kilgore-Torres has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). With a special focus on CBT and mindfulness, while Emily may be new to the field she brings a fresh perspective, energy and outlook on substance use disorder and how best to serve our clients. As a primary therapist here at RECO, Emily meets with her clients once a week helping them to facilitate the transformation they are looking for in their lives in conjunction with our therapy groups. When Emily isn’t here at RECO you can usually find her exploring new places, kayaking, video games, and doing anything artsy.
A dedicated horseback-riding instructor since 1991, Nongae Johnson brings nearly 25 years of experience to her position as Equine Specialist. As a certified member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, she is a seasoned professional, and has experienced firsthand the incredible healing that equines can create in our lives. During her Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy sessions, she guides clients in making connections with their equine partners, and consistently recognizes impactful, therapeutic triumphs that occur. As her clients learn from their equine partners, she enjoys sharing in their restorative practice, and provides gentle, personalized direction throughout the process. Outside of her role at RECO, you will find Nongae at the ranch, riding—her life’s work is also her life’s passion, and she is thrilled to spend her days guiding others in their relationships with equines.
A dedicated equine specialist, Rhonda is an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) certified member of our team, and works every other week with our clients in an equine therapy setting. The leader of Equine Assisted Healing, Rhonda believes deeply in the healing power of equines, particularly in matters related to mental health and well-being. A proud advocate of RECO, Rhonda can be found at the RECO Ranch caring for and facilitating sessions with one of our several therapy horses.
With over ten years of experience working in the behavioral health industry, Erika joined team RECO as our Billing Liaison in 2017. As she works to ensure proper billing procedures, Erika communicates with staff, families, and outside agencies regarding coordination of benefits and insurance policies. With a tireless attention to detail, she plays a key role in facilitating seamless transitions throughout the timeline of treatment, and is available to field client or family questions at any time during the process. Motivated to help others through her work, Erika also enjoys spending time her with her family, seeking out the latest sushi spots, and exploring local attractions off the beaten path.
As a RECO alumna herself, Veronica brings a supreme dedication to the enduring community that she has remained a part of throughout her sobriety. In her role as a Case Coordinator, she upholds and maintains communication with clinical staff, aiming to foster an atmosphere of teamwork and continual support. From day to day, she checks in with current clients, facilitates intakes and medical appointments, and ensures the comfort and well-being of all those involved in the program. Her empathetic and understanding nature resonates with clients, and her determination and commitment is a terrific asset to our qualified staff. As she moves through her own recovery, she is grateful to have the opportunity to give back the compassion that was so freely given to her during her experience in treatment. Originally from Peabody, MA, she enjoys beach days, shopping trips, and hanging out with her pup, Layla.
With nearly 10 years experience in the substance use disorder field, Brent comes to RECO ready to help new clients navigate their time in treatment. Brent works directly with our admissions teams talking to potential clients, seeing if they are a good fit for RECO and helping them make the transition in their recovery. Chances are, if you have called RECO you have spoken with Brent. When he isn’t guiding our clients through intake, or helping them find the perfect treatment fit you can usually find Brent with his family hiking, fishing or golfing.
Stephen comes to RECO with 5 years experience in the field. With a personal background that brings compassion and understanding to all those suffering from addiction, Stephen is the perfect person to talk with those looking for help for the first time. Like anyone on our admissions team, you have most likely spoken to Stephen on the phone or during intake here at RECO. When he’s not answering the phone you can usually find him listening to podcasts or audiobooks!
A native Floridian hailing from Jupiter, Hunter’s personal experience in recovery makes him an ideal fit for team RECO. As a behavioral health technician, Hunter brings compassion to every client that steps through our doors. With a passion for helping he is able to show our clients how to facilitate the change necessary to stay sober for life. When he isn’t working you can usually find him hanging with his friends, his dog, or playing video games.
As our property manager, Bill not only maintains the quality of our clinical offices, residences and well, just about everything, he maintains the positivity that has become the defining energy of team RECO. A former chef and restaurant owner, and the literal climber of many mountains, just ask him about it, Bill ensures that nothing is out of place. When something breaks, he is there to fix it; when something needs to be touched up, he is there to spruce it up. Without Bill, RECO wouldn’t be RECO and while he is mainly behind the scenes, most of our clients are used to seeing him around, as he improves the quality of their stay with us.
Motivated throughout his career to serve others, George joined team RECO after 21 years of employment with the Florida Department of Corrections, with significant focus in substance abuse and behavioral concerns. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he served during the Gulf War as a Marine Infantry Squad Leader. As the Director of Residential Services, he is responsible for overseeing the maintenance of all RECO Residences, as well as ensuring proper documentation, client safety, and staff communication. His attention to detail, strong work ethic, and commitment to clients and fellow staff creates an atmosphere of security and well-being amongst the RECO community. A native Floridian, George enjoys riding motorcycles, kayaking, and hanging out with family and friends in his spare time.
Guy started with team RECO recently but he is no stranger to helping those with substance abuse. With over 14 years of experience in the field, Guy brings a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and dedication to his role. Having nearly seen it all, Guy is readily equipped to help our clients in any situation. With a simple mission of treating people the way you would like to be treated, Guy brings laughter, joy, and understanding to our clients on a daily basis through his own kindness.
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