Our Team

Unparalleled Clinical Experience

The team at Defining Wellness Centers is made up of the brightest and most dedicated individuals in the behavioral health space. Our employees are our best resource, showing passion and purpose for the work that they do. Trained in a trauma-informed, experiential approach, everyone on the team is focused on helping our clients to heal and define wellness.

Founders

Justin Daniels

Chief Executive Officer,  Co-Founder Defining Wellness Centers

“By offering customized treatment programs we can truly put the individual first. From art therapy to outdoor activities, we incorporate all of the aspects of a healthy and well-balanced life. That’s how we help our patients not only find hope, but happiness again.”
—Justin Daniels

Wellness Philosophy

Justin’s life purpose is in helping people to be well in all areas of their lives.

Passions

Defining Wellness Centers is a labor of love for him, his wife Robin, and their two sons, Christopher and Cameron.

Background

His own journey has taken him through addiction and into recovery, and he has found fulfillment in helping others to find their own path to wellness.

Experience

Justin has owned and operated behavioral health programs for over 10 years and brings knowledge and experience along with a progressive philosophy to the treatment space. 

Affiliations

Justin is the author of an Amazon Bestseller “No More Vodka in my Orange Juice”.

Robin Daniels

Chief Operating Officer,  Co-Founder Defining Wellness Centers

Providing a safe space for clients and their loved ones to engage with one another and to create a plan for healthy support is a tremendous part of our treatment approach. Robin’s work and commitment to this can be seen in every detail throughout the Defining Wellness campus. She consistently demands excellence across all aspects of client care.

Wellness Philosophy

Family Therapy and our Family Program are important elements of the Defining Wellness Centers treatment program. Family engagement is encouraged as it often benefits all involved.

Addiction and mental health diagnoses impact everyone – loved ones have suffered along with the client receiving treatment. 

Passions

Robin and Justin entered the behavioral health space over a decade ago and have owned and operated behavioral health treatment programs in different areas of the country.

Experience

Robin’s background in education helped to prepare her to work in the behavioral health field, as often mental health diagnoses and learning disabilities go hand-in-hand. She has been able to contribute her knowledge to craft programs that clients can understand and engage in through a variety of mediums, including verbal, visual, and kinesthetic.

Education

Robin has a dual degree  in psychology and education.

Affiliations

Robin was Chief Operating Officer at Clarity Way, there she designed and implemented the programs used today.

Christopher Daniels

Creative Director, IOP Office Manager

Christopher’s creative touch is woven throughout the campus, website and social media.  His work is a cornerstone of our campus and program experience.

Wellness Philosophy

Beauty, art, and creativity help feed the mind to better improve the human experience.  

Passions

Christopher also enjoys working with clients at the Intensive Outpatient office in Flowood where he provides them the support during their wellness  journey. 

Education

Christopher has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and currently enrolled in Masters program New York Film Academy.

Cameron Daniels

Business Development

Cameron was instrumental in the development of the Wellness Philosophy and program elements for the Defining Wellness.  

Wellness Philosophy

Cameron’s goal is that each client has a transformative experience while in treatment so that they can truly begin to heal and move forward in a life of wellness.

Passions

Cameron is passionate about utilizing his knowledge and personal experience to facilitate helping others.

Experience

Cameron has experience in the behavioral health field on both sides of the fence. As both a patient and a provider, Cameron is able to help guide others to a place of wellness.

Affiliations

Cameron is currently writing a book about his own path of recovery and hopes that it will inspire others to live a life of wellness. 

Leadership Team

Cassandra Sierra

M.S., M.S., LMHC, LPC, QS, CAP ICADC, Chief Clinical Officer

Cassandra is committed to the health and safety of our clients. She is renowned for her works throughout the Southeast and facilitating the success of health professionals nationally. 

Wellness Philosophy

Together we are an army for Wellness. Cassandra provides training classes and CEU’s for mental health and substance abuse professionals. 

Passions

Be of Service to others in need. Cassandra has served on the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County and served on the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board for two years. 

She is the co-founder of the Miracles Club, Inc. The clubhouse serves the recovery community by providing 12 step recovery meetings and other community education programs to alcoholics, addicts and their family members. 

Background

Cassandra was the Founder/Chief Clinical Officer of Wellington Counseling and Associates, Inc and New Options of Royal Palm Beach, Inc. which opened its doors in August 2005. 

WCA rebranded to Elevations Health, LLC., with three locations in 2016 and was sold in 2018.

  • Wellington, FL 
  • Coral Springs, FL
  • Austin, TX

 

Affiliations

Founder/CEO of Sierra Treatment Consulting Group. Through this group  Cassandra has assisted up and coming treatment centers meet regulatory and compliance through the Department of Children and Families and Joint Commission Accreditation.

  • Wellington, FL
  • Coral Springs, FL
  • Austin, TX
Experience

Cassandra was employed by the Palm Beach County Health Department for over 19 years. She served as the Staff Development and Training Manager and provided training for over 1,100 employees. 

In October 2018, Cassandra became the Director of Mental Health Services of the Recovery Team Behavioral Health in Palm Beach County (RTBH). RTBH provides primary mental health services to persons affected with mental health illness. Their mission is  to re-integrate patients back into society and provide them with coping mechanisms to manage their disability.

Education

Cassandra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Studies and a double Master’s degree in Human Resource Development and Administration from Barry University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in Tampa, FL.

Affiliations

Founder/CEO of Sierra Treatment Consulting Group. Through this group Cassandra has assisted up and coming treatment centers meet regulatory and compliance through the Department of Children and Families and Joint Commission Accreditation.

Accreditations
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Professional
  • International Certified Addiction Counselor
  • Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist
  • Certified Domestic Violence Facilitator

Dr. Paul Pyles, MD

Medical Director

He serves as a team leader providing inpatient care to veterans presenting with a variety of co-morbid medical and psychiatric conditions. 

Wellness Philosophy

“Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” — Michel de Montaigne

Passions

Helping heal those who served.

Background

He previously served as medical director for a treatment center in Biloxi where he provided medication-assisted treatment for clients suffering from opioid use disorder. 

Education

Dr. Paul Pyles is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and has over 30 years experience in the medical field. 

Affiliations

Rick Traylor

Executive Chef

Harvesting healthy local and organic choices facilitates healing at the cellular level. Nutritional wellness is a cornerstone of our program and the pride of Chef Rick’s lifes work.

Wellness Philosophy

Good food feeds your body. Great food feeds your body and your spirit. 

Sharing, preparing, and enjoying meals is one of the many ways humans connect. It’s through this seemingly simple daily activity that we can help transform lives. 

Passions

Chef Rick’s culinary passion reflects the growing trend towards a healthier lifestyle. Rick’s preference is to allow for natural food choices without compromising taste.

Experience

Chef Rick brings over 20 years of premier culinary and nutrition background. His career spans a wealth of exclusive restaurants and country clubs, such as Reunion Country Club, Jackson Country Club, Tupelo Country Club and Tre Amici Italia Ristorante.  

Education

Rick studied at the Greenville Vocational and Technical Center where he learned to develop his own unique style and flair.  

Brian Percox 

Business Development 

Brian joined the Defining Wellness team in 2020. He brings decades of experience to help facilitate our outreach and partner programs.

Wellness Philosophy

Brian’s experience of being raised in a home with alcoholism has provided him a unique experience and perspective of the effect  Alcohol and Drug Addiction have on the family as a whole. Having overcome his personal struggles with addiction and becoming a successful businessman, he had a vision of mentoring men who were in prison directly related to their struggles with addiction. 

Passions

Brian is a highly sought out International speaker on the topic of alcoholism who leads a quiet life fathering two children- Quincy and Max. He spends his free time in study, mentoring men who struggle with addiction and enjoying golf. 

Background

Brian spent his youth as a competitive and steadfast Gymnast, which shaped his drive for success.  He spent 15 years as a National Sales Representative for one of the largest Marketing Companies in the Northeast. His passion for marketing led him to opening up his own Marketing Company in 2007. 

Affiliations

After two decades of success in the marketing industry, he made a career change to become the CEO of one of the nation’s top Drug and Alcohol Treatment providers for chronic relapsers. 

Accreditations

Brian has been recognized by one of the world’s largest 501c3 service providers as having been both an innovator and pioneer into bringing recovery-based programs into a lockdown setting in a meaningful and effective way.

Beth Fisher

Wellness Lab and Special Events Coordinator 

Beth facilitates art groups for therapeutic emotional release and mood improvement. Through this work, she helps others to identify and address the challenges that are affecting one’s ability to be their best self. 

Wellness Philosophy

Beth helps clients create a healing environment for their mind, body and spirit by offering  state of the art biotechnology to support them from a cellular level. This process focuses on teaching how to meditate and better access the body’s healing ability. 

She channels her energy towards helping others realize their potential and define their personal wellness path to thrive in life. 

Passions

Personal health struggles led Beth down a path that taught her to listen to her body and look for the root cause of health problems instead of masking them with pills. 

Her personal journey to resolve her health issues naturally resulted in her path to Wellness. This gave Beth a new found passion to share this knowledge and help others heal their body. 

Education

Beth graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in education.  I have always been very passionate about helping others. Her  journey started by helping young children thrive in school and enjoy learning by getting them involved in their education.

Leslie Golden

Client Support Specialist Supervisor

Leslie supports clients through a variety of activities, including facilitating groups and activities on-site. 

Wellness Philosophy

Leslie strives to create and foster an environment that lends to personal growth.   

Passions

She is passionate about helping clients as they begin to navigate early recovery. 

Leslie is also responsible for supervising and scheduling all Client Support Specialists (CSS). She knows how to utilize the skill set of each CSS to create a cohesive team.  

Experience

Her prior leadership experience has taught her how to adapt to the communication and learning styles of others in a meaningful, productive way.  

Matt Bellisario

Director of Admissions

As the director of Admissions Matt works to enable a successful patient onboarding experience. 

He and his team strive to ensure every client receives a chance at a better tomorrow. 

Wellness Philosophy

Matt believes in drawing from his own experiences to help others succeed in their path to Wellness.

Passions

Matt is a person in long term recovery using a multiple pathway approach to define his own wellness from substance use, trauma, and grief.  We are excited to have Matt’s recovery and professional experience on the team. 

Education

Matt carries a Bachelor Degree from Penn State University in Human Development. 

Affiliations

Matt is a Certified Recovery Specialist with professional experience as Director of Programs for a Recovery Community Organization with 2 Recovery Centers from multiple counties in Pennsylvania.  

Experience

Matt has previous inpatient experience as Business Development, Admissions, Advancement, and Aftercare.  

Todd Thompson

Business Development

Todd works to help people find a path to achieving and maintaining their best life. His dedication to recovery and creating a path to a better life through Wellness facilitates recovery without boundaries.

Wellness Philosophy

Recovery is a case by case journey. It begins with identifying the needs of the individual and providing them with their best treatment option solutions.

Passions

Todd enjoys discussions about where science and spirituality meet. 

Experience

In 2005, Todd began working with Life Interventions as an interventionist, placing clients in an appropriate level of care on a case by case basis. He opened Arch Recovery Network in 2018 to further his efforts and assist first responders with crisis calls pertaining to behavioral & mental health needs. 

Through his work, he also facilitates educational programs and services for municipal court offenders and Mississippi drug courts. 

Education

Todd graduated from MSU with a degree in psychology. 

Affiliations

He is an active member in the local recovery community and is extremely knowledgeable about MS substance abuse treatment resources. 

Carver Brown

Case Manager, Interventionist

As part of the recovery team, Carver assists clients and their families navigate the world of early recovery. He is proud of the work he does developing aftercare plans to enhance client outcomes.

Wellness Philosophy

He prides himself on guiding addicts in their recovery and is even certified as a Peer Support Specialist. 

Passions

Carver is a passionate family man and cherishes his roles as  husband to Beth and father to Alex.

Experience

Carver is a certified Recovery Coach Trainer with CCAR the Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery, is a Grief Recovery Specialist trained by the Grief Recovery Institute and is a Structured Family Recovery Counselor as well as a Love First Interventionist.

Background

Carver also travels the country conducting Back to Basics seminars taking thousands through the Steps for 12 Step fellowships, other addiction treatment centers and recovery groups.

Affiliations

Carver serves on the Board of Directors of TPAS Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services.

Lauren Kirschberg

Program Coordinator, Interventionist

Lauren is responsible for creating a strong culture by creating programs where alumni share their stories with clients.

Wellness Philosophy

Lauren promotes lasting recovery by supporting those in alumni services and ongoing care.

Passions

Lauren is also a certified Recovery Coach through the Connecticut Community of Addiction Recovery (CCAR) and a Structured Family Recovery Counselor. She is an avid gardener and loves working in horticulture and garden design at Defining Wellness. 

While working in the garden, clients and alumni can experience a sense of grounding, mindfulness, and purpose. 

Background

She started her career in the addiction recovery industry in 2010 alongside Carver Brown.

Experience

Lauren received her Intervention Training through Debra and Jeff Jay of Love First. She and Carver Brown have worked with countless families looking to help their loved one via intervention and treatment placement. 

Education

Lauren received a degree in Adult Development, Social Work and Family Systems at the University of Alabama.

Affiliations

Lauren was a consultant for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS) for many years which is an organization that brings professionals who work in recovery support nationwide together to share ideas.

Amanda Bernardino

Human Resource Coordinator

Our people are what makes this program a best in class Wellness provider. Amanda works to ensure we hire and train the best. She implements organizational structure for our most valuable resource – our people.

Wellness Philosophy

“Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success..” – Henry Ford

Passions

She is a self-professed Excel queen, copier whisperer, and manages human resource functions, coordinates schedules and aids in marketing and compliance.

Background

Amanda has a background in human resources, compliance, marketing, real estate, and finance and uses her organizational skills to keep things running smoothly at Defining Wellness.

Experience

Amanda attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Education

Amanda attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. 

Clinical Team

Zach Thompson,  LPC

Clinician 

Zach is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose clinical interests include Jungian analysis and other depth psychology modalities to treat anxiety, depression, unresolved grief, family discord, and spiritual disillusionment. Zach also practices Brainspotting, an intervention that heals underlying traumas by working with the body and the brain via specific eye positions. Other professional interests include utilizing the teachings and practices of Thich Nhat Hanh, exercise/body movement interventions, and analytical meditation — all aimed at improved mental health and a deeper understanding of self. Zach’s personal interests include running, reading, music, and animals.

Angela Alford, LMSW, CCTP

Clinician

As an experienced, clinical social worker, Angela is effective at working with clients with a wide range of backgrounds with exceptional communication, planning, conflict resolution, and crisis management skills. She is academically trained with a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Angela has an extensive background and understanding of child development and systematic family relationships over the life span, in addition to the symptoms and diagnosis of clinical disorders, interventions, and several evidence-based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS).  Angela has professional experience working with various different populations, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, United States’ veterans, military families, and children in a clinical setting, as well for advocating for suicide prevention and mental health.

Jasmine Snow, LPC

Clinician

Jasmine is a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Jasmine is eclectic in her therapeutic approach and uses a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and person-centered therapy to meet the individual needs of her clients. Her professional interests are dialectical behavior therapy, experiential therapy, substance use, grief, and trauma. Jasmine utilizes a strength-based, holistic approach by exploring and educating patients on how the mind, body and spirit are interconnected. 

Olivia Martin, LPC

Clinician

Olivia earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling at Mississippi College.  Her professional interests include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution focused therapy and mindfulness. Olivia specializes in behavioral issues and family conflict as well as administering various psychological tests with clients in crisis situations.

Keoni Enlow

Adventure Coordinator

Keoni provides adventure activities for clients and is certified in building low ropes courses and facilitating both low rops and high ropes activities. He also designed the Labyrinth and Meditation Garden, which is used as a tool for promoting personal, psychological, and spiritual transformation.  Keoni helps clients both physically and mentally to  find inspiration, solve problems and reduce stress. He is passionate about recovery and utilizing his adventure skills and training to help those in treatment to heal and find wellness.

Jamie Johnson

Singer/Songwriter

Jamie Johnson was a guitarist and vocalist for three-time Grammy nominee The Grascals. He’s played shows at the Grand Opry in Nashville, Tennessee as well as sang alongside country star Dolly Parton. During that time Jamie battled with alcohol addiction and risked losing his fame and family.  After receiving treatment he turned his life around and made it his mission to use his musical talents to help others who struggle with addiction.  Jamie believes creating music can help individuals express their thoughts and feelings that seem difficult to address.

Joseph Jordan

Clinician

Joseph is responsible for managing our regional clinical outreach and service delivery to hospitals and institutions that would require assessment services.  He was first introduced to the hospitals while working in hospice. Over the years Joseph has developed a relationship with hospitals such as Merit Health, Jackson Memorial, UMMC, and St. Dominic Hospital.  Joseph holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mississippi College.  His clinical focus includes the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy.

Nicole Andrews

Executive Assistant/Case Manager

Nicole Andrews has a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mississippi College. She is the administrative assistant and case manager  for Defining Wellness. In this position, Nicole works closely with the executives, HR coordinator, and clinicians. She serves as the primary contact for visitors and strives to create a calming, and welcoming environment for all who come to Defining Wellness. Listening and helping others are some of her strongest attributes.  Nicole has over 10 years of personal experience in the recovery community, and three years professionally. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family, friends, and her dog Leroy, yoga, and continuing to increase her knowledge about trauma and addiction treatment.

Additionally, we have a full staff of nursing, housekeeping, client support staff and culinary team that complete our  team.

Our Full-Time Staff & Support

Defining Wellness offers a full staff to help our clients on this journey. Our employees are chosen to support both the Wellness Mission and complete the Defining Wellness Centers team. We love working with friendly, supportive, people who love their careers and the ability to change lives.

Nursing

Housekeeping

Client Support Staff

Culinary Team

If you’re interested in being part of making a difference check out the Employment opportunities page

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