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Bryan Alzate serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Bryan has a vested passion to assist those struggling with substance abuse. He is an active member of the recovery community with over 13 years substance abuse free. Bryan attended Florida Atlantic University before co-founding the United Recovery Project. With more than 10 years of experience working with addict and alcoholics in the substance abuse field, Bryan leads by example with passion and conviction. Bryan brings his professional experience as well as his own personal experience and strength to provide hope to those affected by addiction.
Kayla MacDonald has been in the field of drug and alcohol treatment since 2012. She has held a number of different job titles within the industry that precede her current Role as Chief Operating Officer. The majority of Kayla’s career has been focused on developing staff, departments, and quality assurance to be more efficient and to maintain the highest standard of care. Kayla is passionate about the operational functions within addiction treatment and the ways in which these initiatives have a positive impact on the client experience, staff, and organization. Kayla takes pride in building strong, collaborative teams of personnel and encouraging a fun, friendly, and positive work environment that helps us provide our clients with high-quality substance abuse treatment. Kayla has been in long term recovery herself and is passionate about the healing process and making the most of second chances in life.
Dr. Mantero as he likes to be called is a graduate of University of Sevilla School of Medicine in Sevilla, Spain. He graduated Medical School in 1981 and commenced afterwards his career as Medical Professional. Subsequently Dr. Mantero earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry and a Master’s in Public Health & Epidemiology at the University of Miami Medical School. He was a faculty for over 15 years at the University of Miami School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. He also served as a leader in the Behavioral units at different local hospitals in Miami including Cedars Hospital, Mercy hospital, Kendall Regional Hospital, Southernwind Hospital where he concentrated in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (Addictionologist). Dr. Mantero serves as our Medical Director for all our levels of care including detox and PHP/IOP/OP programs and oversees the entire medical staff including APRN’s, RN’s and LPN’s.
As National Director of Quality Assurance, Alexia works alongside other members of our Leadership team to ensure that our programs, policies, and procedures meet industry and best practice standards. Alexia strives to make sure that United Recovery Project remains a group of facilities that stand apart from all others, providing an experience rooted in excellence for clients, staff, and visitors alike. Alexia has worked as a behavioral health professional for the last ten years developing clinical programming, implementing performance improvement strategies, and providing leadership to some of South Florida’s most respected institutions. Alexia is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida and holds two masters degrees from Columbia University.
Adam joined United Recovery Project as the VP of Admissions in 2018, whose responsibilities include managing the admissions and outreach team, overseeing insurance benefits, pre-assessments, and ensuring the process from the initial phone call to the client entering our facility is done with exceptional customer service. Adam was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, raised in Lexington, Kentucky and relocated to South Florida in 2008. Adam studied at the University of Cincinnati and Broward College prior to entering the behavioral healthcare industry in 2012. Adam previously worked for an addiction treatment center for 6 years where he gained his experience and leadership. Being in recovery himself, he wanted to help others achieve the same freedom. Adam takes great pride in his teams’ approach as they compassionately guide our clients towards their first step into recovery.
Patrick started working in the substance abuse treatment field as a Behavioral Health Technician. Patrick, being in recovery himself, loves helping others by sharing his experience with not only being an addict in the grips of addiction, but also as someone living life clean in recovery. Patrick started at United Recovery Project as an Outreach Coordinator and worked his way up to Admissions Director by strengthening his ability to communicate with people in need as well as their families in the treatment process. Patrick is originally from Austin, TX where he attended the University of Texas. He began his journey of recovery in South Florida. He believes positive energy and never giving up are his strong suits.
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Jeffrey Smith was raised and educated in Central New Jersey before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. Once he was honorably discharged Jeffrey went on to a career in Logistics Management before becoming personally affected by the disease of addiction. Jeffrey has lived in South Florida for over 10 years and has worked in the behavioral health and substance abuse field for the last 9 years. Jeffrey saw that the utilization review process had become sterile and impersonal, where the patient and client was lost in the medical terminology and rhetoric. What this produced was a scenario where patients and clients were unable to receive the level of care they needed, because the insurers were more apt to think of the patient and client as a number and not a person. Jeffrey believes and implements a personal approach to the utilization review process that ensures integrity, ethics, and compassion.
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Alyssa is our Director of Finance who joined the team in September 2018. Alyssa brings 12 years of experience in accounting, finance, and management. Her education and experience bring a wealth of knowledge to United Recovery Project. She is inspired by the dedication and devotion of the staff here at URP. She believes mentoring and uplifting staff is crucial in the success of a company.
Floyd Rogers was born and raised in Ohio and relocated to Florida 2013. He has a strong background in maintenance with over 15 years of experience in the industry working on rental properties, commercial properties, and treatment centers. Floyd is responsible for the grounds and maintenance repair of all URP facilities. In his personal time, he enjoys nature adventures, spending time with his family, and fishing.
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Ashleigh comes to United Recovery Project with nearly a decade of experience in behavioral health care and 6 years specifically in substance abuse treatment. Ashleigh received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Keene State College, a master’s degree in clinical social work from Florida Atlantic University and is a Certified Addiction Professional. Ashleigh believes in a holistic view of addiction recovery and uses strengths-based and client-centered interventions to help clients overcome their unique challenges and move toward their goals. As the Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program and psychotherapist, Ashleigh oversees daily outpatient program operations and ensures that all clients are supported in reaching their greatest potential.
Yuta was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to South Florida as a child. He began his journey of recovery in 2010. He brings to United Recovery Project his experience of working in the field of addiction in multiple facets of operations over the previous years. He graduated from the Academy of Addiction Professionals in 2013 and since then has used his passion for recovery to help the next sick and suffering addict or alcoholic.
Charlie joined United Recovery Project as an Admissions Coordinator in early of 2018. Soon after that, he was promoted to Client Care Specialist, whose responsibilities include assisting the clinical team with client care, coordinating the admissions process, liaison between clients and families, and making sure all clients enter our facilities safely. Charlie is a born and raised South Floridian who is an active member of the recovery community. He is genuinely vested and passionate about helping others whom struggle with substance abuse. As a native South Floridian, Charlie is an ardent Miami Hurricanes fan.
Ali is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Florida who is passionate and dedicated to helping those battling the disease of addiction. She believes in the healing power of connection, making it her mission to foster a strong therapeutic alliance and relationship with all of her clients.
Ali approaches therapy from a humanistic perspective, taking the stance that everyone is capable of reaching their full potential in life. Her goal as a therapist is to help her clients develop a stronger, healthier sense of self and assist them in accessing and understanding their emotions, in order to create meaning in their lives.
Ali believes in meeting each individual client where they’re at in their recovery process, therefore she utilizes an eclectic approach to treating her clients. As a therapist trained in Gestalt Therapy, Ali helps her clients to face reality, take accountability and responsibility over their lives, increase their self-awareness into destructive patterns of behavior, improve their ability to remain in the present moment and resolve any unfinished business or emotional blocks that may be contributing to their continued substance use.
While her therapeutic foundation is rooted in Gestalt Therapy, Ali also employs cognitive behavioral interventions, motivational interviewing strategies and person-centered techniques to facilitate growth and change with her clients.
Ali comes to the United Recovery Project with several years of experience working in the Addiction/Dual Diagnosis Treatment field. She has worked with a diverse population of clients on various issues such as substance abuse, PTSD, trauma, childhood abuse, grief & loss, combat related stress, depression, anxiety, anger, relational distress, defiance towards authority, treatment resistance and relapse proneness.
Ali received her B.A. degree in Psychology at Florida Atlantic University. She attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University, where she acquired her M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling. Ali received training in Traumatic Incident Reduction therapy (TIR) and is currently pursuing her MCAP.
William is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Certified Recovery Residence Administrator from the Florida Certification Board and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor through IC&RC. William also holds a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University. William enjoys helping other’s that struggle with addiction to find a new way of life and incorporates 12 step principles into his philosophy.
Micah B. Goldstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He brings to the United Recovery Project family over 30 years of experience practicing the art of social work in a variety of locations and with a diverse client population. Micah received his BSW from the University of Kansas in 1985 and his MSW from Yeshiva University in New York City in 1989. There he worked in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn with chronic multi problem families. In 1990 he had his first experience in the field of addiction working in two different residential treatment programs, Contact Pride Site in the East Village and Phoenix House on Wards Island. In 1994 he moved to Miami Beach, FL and took a job as a clinical social worker on the geriatric psychiatry unit of the then Miami Heart Institute. He became an LCSW in 1995. In 1996 he began facilitating group psychotherapy in numerous partial hospital programs and intensive outpatient programs. He also received his certification as a qualified social work supervisor. In 2000 he opened his own private practice on Miami Beach specializing in, among other things, the treatment of mood disorders. He then returned to facilitating groups at the partial hospital program of Larkin Community Hospital in Miami. In March of 2017 he was hired as a group facilitator at United Recovery Project. In August of 2018 he was offered an opportunity to increase his role and responsibility at URP and became a primary therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
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