Therapists

Beaches Recovery Staff Michael ConnollyMichael Connolly, M.Ed, LMHC
Clinical Director
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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As the Clinical Director for Beaches Recovery, Michael Connolly manages the clinical staff and creates Beaches’ comprehensive therapy curriculum. Because of Beaches’ individualized treatment plans, his work touches every client that comes through the door. Michael’s extensive experience in the treatment sector, especially in family systems, benefits Beaches clinicians, clients and their families.

Prior to Beaches, Michael was Director of Behavioral Services at a 120-bed treatment facility in Jacksonville, managing all clinical programs and staff. Previously, he honed his skill set working at the reputable Child Guidance Center, and for two local Employee Assistance companies where he provided both organizational and clinical services to numerous local and nationally top-ranked companies. Michael has also maintained a small private practice since 2005 where he specializes in providing counseling and consulting for couples and families that are in need.

“I am thrilled to bring my leadership and counseling skills to Beaches Recovery,” says Michael. “My clinical perspective first views an individual within the family system. Then, I apply a variety of treatment modalities that provide clients with a foundation for lifelong recovery.”

Michael has his BS in Psychology and Sociology from Jacksonville University and was awarded an M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. His training includes REBT, CBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Glasser’s Choice Theory.

Heather McGinnis, RMHCI, MCAP
Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Heather McGinnis is a mental health professional with experience treating individuals living with substance abuse disorders and a variety of co-occurring mental health illnesses.

Heather utilizes a person-centered approach and implements skills of motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapy with her clients. Coming from a background working with families, Heather understands the benefits of including family in addiction treatment through contact and regular family therapy sessions. Heather believes in a holistic approach to therapy which is why she is so thrilled to be part of the Beaches team.

When she is not working, Heather enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Heather obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Florida State University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida.

Beaches Recovery Staff Rick TitusRick Titus, LMHC, CAP
Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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After a successful career in insurance and sales, Rick went back to school for his Master’s and began working at a community mental health facility. Since then, he has never looked back. With 20 years in the recovery field, he has a wealth of experience and expertise, and continues to stay current through continuing education.

As a therapist at Beaches Recovery, Rick finds that clients respond to his use of humor in his approach to treatment. He also believes that the more clients understand about the illness of addiction, both the physical and emotional aspects, the better their chances at recovery.

Rick says one of the best things about Beaches Recovery is, “we introduce sober fun to people in recovery. We show them surfing, equine experiences, sports, movies, and more – all this within a community of people who are going through the same things. Learning how great it is to be sober, and helping them navigate the slippery situations they will encounter.”

Passionate about recovery, Rick is also active in the Jacksonville community. He presented a seminar entitled “When the 12 Steps are Not Enough,” about treating the whole person: emotional, relationship, physical and even employment. “That’s what we do at Beaches Recovery,” he states.

Rick has a B.A. from University of Florida and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Florida. He is also a Certified Addictions Professional.

He has been married for 28 years and enjoys he enjoys movies, reading, sports and family time.

Beaches Recovery Staff Jill GrayJill Gray, MA, LMHC, EMDR
Trauma Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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With almost ten years’ experience in addiction treatment, Jill has served as Trauma Therapist at Beaches Recovery since 2015. She conducts groups for men and women, as well as individual therapy.

Jill uses education about trauma and addiction to help clients in the recovery process. Through her groups, she provides clients with space to tell their story, gain empathy and trust. “It gives them a voice and speaks to their experiences,” says Jill.

With a certification in EMDR, Jill uses this modality when clients are stuck with trauma and PTSD symptoms. She is body mindful driven and is able to connect with clients beyond talk therapy.

“The thing that’s different about Beaches Recovery is that everyone here, from the technicians to the clinical director, truly care about what happens to clients when they leave. I love seeing our alumni come back to lead meetings at Beaches,” says Jill. “As you hear from many people at Beaches, it’s not a job. It’s a passion.”

Jill holds a B.A. from the University of Florida at Jacksonville and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Argosy University in Tampa.

Originally from Clearwater, Florida, Jill is busy with her toddler and getting ready to have another baby soon. Conscious of her health and fitness, she enjoys exercise, yoga and weightlifting.

Beaches Recovery Staff Ashley Harrold

Ashley Harrold – LMHC
Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Ashley Harrold is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is experienced in treating individuals struggling with chemical dependency and a wide variety of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety and grief. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient counseling settings as well as crisis management. Ashley has completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and implements these techniques into her therapy sessions.

Ashley strongly believes in treating addiction through a multi-faceted clinical approach that incorporates treatment of the individual and family. She utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy emphasizing rapport, honesty, consistency and compassion within her treatment. On a personal note, Ashley enjoys crafting, sports, her two dogs and spending time with family and close friends.

Ashley obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.

Beaches Recovery Staff Ashley McLoone

Cathy McLoone, LMHC
Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Cathy McLoone is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. After earning her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2009, Cathy McLoone went on to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2013.  Her work in behavioral health and substance abuse for adults began in 2007.

Since then, she has worked in private practice as well as inpatient and outpatient services.  Cathy utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Through these techniques, she emphasizes the need to meet the client “where they are” in terms of accepting that they have an addiction and what changes they are willing to make in order to address it. On a personal note, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Catherine earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.

 

Beaches Recovery Staff Christina RaningaChristina D. Raninga, LMHC
Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Christina Raninga is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida with experience working with clients who struggle with a wide variety of mental health diagnoses and chemical dependency.

Before joining the Beaches Recovery team, Christina provided mental health and addictions counseling services in various outpatient and inpatient settings, including working with the homeless population in the Jackson Beach area. Christina believes in using evidenced-based practices and interventions. On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working out, playing sports, practicing her faith, and is also a musician.

Christina D. Raninga earned both her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and her Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida.

Kaylee McCallan, RMHCI
Therapist at Tides Edge
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Kaylee McCallan is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern who obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Gardner-Webb University and a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. After completing a year-long internship at Beaches Recovery Services, Kaylee obtained a full-time position as the Primary Therapist at Tides Edge Recovery. Kaylee’s experience primarily entails working with adults with dual diagnoses, and she utilizes several evidenced-based approaches including MI and CBT. She believes that her compassion and empathy allow for a working therapeutic relationship and guides the treatment to be individualized for her clients. Kaylee is originally from Melbourne, Florida and on her personal time enjoys surfing, skating, the beach, movies and spending time with her family and dog.

Admissions

Beaches Recovery Staff Sara Mackelburg

Sara Mackelburg
Admissions Specialist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Sara is an admissions specialist at Beaches Recovery. She is one of the first people that you will encounter on your journey to recovery at Beaches. Dedicated to helping others change their lives through recovery and sober living, Sara is here to listen to your concerns and answer any questions that you may have concerning recovery at Beaches.

Her knowledge of the programs offered at Beaches ensures that each client who enters the program will have services that meet their individual need for medical, clinical, housing, and activities that will help them on their road to healing and a life full of hope.

Sara is CPR certified and enjoys learning new things and finding ways to contribute to her own personal growth as well as that of others. She also enjoys all things artistic. These include photography and tattoo artistry.

 

Beaches Recovery Staff Chris Bailey

Christopher D. Bailey, Ph.D., MA
Director of Tides Edge
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Chris Bailey is the Director of Tides Edge at Beaches Recovery. He is a well-versed healthcare professional with more than 10 years of clinical experience. Chris has provided both mental health and substance abuse related services in an array of environments, to include outpatient, correctional, psychosocial rehabilitative, partial hospitalization, and inpatient settings. Chris also possesses considerable experience in strategic planning and organizational development.

“What makes Beaches special is that they meet people where they are and wrap services and holistic treatments around them. This creates an atmosphere that impacts and empowers people to become happy, healthy and contributing members of society. What I enjoy most is seeing the transitions that people go through to get there.” Chris is an avid football fan who loves the Dallas Cowboys and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Chris earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Webster University, as well as a doctoral degree in management from the University of Phoenix.

 

Beaches Recovery Staff Michelle LeonMichelle K. Leon, LMHC, NCC
Director of Intake
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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As Director of Intake at Beaches Recovery, Michelle is responsible for assessing all incoming clients prior to entering treatment. Upon a client’s arrival, Michelle completes their admission process, which includes various clinical assessments utilized to create an individualized treatment plan specific to the client’s personal goals for recovery. Prior to her current role, Michelle was the Lead Therapist at Tides Edge Recovery, where she continues to oversee the clinical program.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the awe-inspiring transformations that occur within a client when they obtain a life in sobriety,” says Michelle. “There’s a heart and pulse at Beaches Recovery; unlike any other program I have ever seen before. All of the staff are passionate about recovery and helping individuals gain and maintain sobriety – from those who receive the first call from a prospective client to the individuals who stay connected with the clients engaged in our alumni program.” Michelle adds, “The clients who come to our program feel that pulse and know they will be supported throughout their recovery process.”

Michelle holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from The College of Brockport, SUNY. She is currently a PhD candidate working on her doctoral degree in Addiction Psychology from Capella University.

A Los Angeles native, Michelle is an avid hockey fan and loves going to hockey games. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time at the beach.

Beaches Recovery Staff Spencer Finchem

Spencer Finchem, RMHCI
Utilization Review Specialist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Spencer Finchem is a utilization review specialist with Beaches Recovery, LLC. After struggling with the powerful disease of addiction, Spencer has been in recovery and has been helping others maintain a sober and healthy lifestyle. He believes all clients can engage in a life of recovery with encouragement, support, and knowledge of the disease of addiction.

His motivation for working in this field is to help others positively change their lives, as others once helped him. In his free time, Spencer enjoys golf, running, and competitive online gaming.

Spencer Finchem earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Florida.

 

Client Care

John C. Tanner, DO, DFASAM, DABAM, CCFC, MRO
Medical Director
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Dr. John Tanner, DO is an addiction medicine specialist in Jacksonville Beach, FL and has been practicing for 35 years. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983 and specializes in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, and more. Dr. Tanner believes in a holistic approach that includes a healthy lifestyle, even though his focus and practice is on addictive and behavioral health care. He believes that he must listen to his patient and understand what they want that he has to offer. As an educator of physicians, Dr. Tanner believes that patients will benefit from being educated about the brain disorder that afflicts them so that they are better motivated to achieve their true goals in life. Dr. Tanner is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, one of 233 Fellows of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for the University of Florida College of Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors for both the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. One of Dr. Tanner’s passions is training and educating physicians on the topics related to addictions and behavioral health. He is a very sought out speaker and travels often to provide his expertise, experience and research regarding addiction medicine.

Robert D. Maresh, MD
Psychiatrist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Dr. Maresh is a board certified psychiatrist who attended medical school at Texas A&M University. He completed his general psychiatry residency, a fellowship in substance abuse, and a fellowship in psychoanalysis at Tulane Medical Center.

Dr. Maresh was an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Tulane Medical School for 14 years. He worked full time at the VA Hospital of New Orleans for 16 ½ years where he ran the Methodone Clinic for 2 years, The Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Clinic for 11 years, and the PTSD inpatient program for 2 years. At Tulane Medical Center, Dr. Maresh specialized in treating patients with borderline personality and dissociative identity disorders using long term psychotherapy.

Dr. Maresh believes that not all people who abuse drugs or alcohol are the same. Some started abusing substances to have fun with their friends while others to lessen their untreated anxiety, problems, depression, or mania. Some have a history of trauma and use substances to forget or not feel. Dr. Maresh believes that most of our patients are more mentally healthy than they think they are. Anyone can get addicted to drugs or alcohol, and anyone addicted to drugs or alcohol can get sober if he or she is willing to do the work.

Angela Locklear, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Angela is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in substance abuse, pain management and internal medicine as an FNP. She was born in Jacksonville Florida and moved to Saint Augustine in 2002. She completed her BSN at Jacksonville University and went on to earn her MSN at the University of Florida. Continuing medical research remains important to Angela and allows her to stay on the cusp of evidence-based diagnosis and treatment. She has found that working in substance abuse has been very rewarding. Helping others gain and maintain sobriety offers her pride in her current role with Beaches Recovery. For leisure, she spends her time with her family which includes her husband, four daughters, and one granddaughter. When time allows, she enjoys traveling with her husband.

Beaches Recovery Staff Theressa Holton

Theressa Holton
Client Care Coordinator 
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Theressa has worked at Beaches Recovery almost since the first day it opened. While she now serves as Client Care Coordinator, Theressa has served in a variety of roles, including house manager, assistant director of facilities, facilities manager. She enjoys her work in the Client Care department because it provides her with opportunities to make positive impact on the clients. She is known for building strong relationships with the clients while they are at Beaches and also with keeping in contact and supporting clients as they transition into their new life of recovery. Theressa’s positive attitude, encouragement and continued support have impacted many lives.

In addition to working in admission, Theressa has also built the alumni program into a connected and active group. She is regularly in contact with past clients and encourages them to return and chair meetings at Beaches Recovery. She is also an active and contributing member of the Jacksonville recovery community and is often seen at community events. Once a month she goes camping with current clients and also accompanies them to meetings out in the community.

“I’m happy that clients can see me as another woman in recovery. They can look me in the eye and say, me too,” says Theressa.

Theressa is a Certified Smart Recovery Facilitator.

She was born and raised in Jacksonville, is an avid camper and sun worshiper.

Case Managers

Beaches Recovery Staff Sharon Thomas-Ray

Sharon Y. Thomas-Ray, B.S.
Lead Case Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Sharon Thomas-Ray is a Lead Case Manager with Beaches Recovery. At Beaches, we understand that being in a new environment and meeting new people can be stressful. As a Lead Case Manager, Sharon is among the first people that our clients meet upon arrival. She works with individuals to create their very own road map to recovery, introduces them to our highly qualified team of experts and continues to work them with right through completion of their recovery program. Case managers often serve as a liaison between clients and families, as well.

Sharon has been working in the field of addictions since 2000. Her roles have included intake worker in both a treatment and methadone center setting as well as support staff in a detox center. Sharon also worked as a drug court counselor, conducting groups and preparing reports for the court.

Sharon states “There is such a heartwarming satisfaction that comes from watching an individual fully grasp the concept of recovery and living a new healthy lifestyle.” On a personal note, as a local to the area, Sharon enjoys taking full advantage of Florida’s beach life.

Sharon earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies from Springfield College and a Medical Assistant Certificate from Concorde Vocational School of Medical Assisting.

 

Beaches Recovery Staff Sara DeckSara Deck
Case Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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As a Case Manager at Beaches Recovery, Sara helps clients plan for discharge. She begins her work with clients almost from the first day they arrive at Beaches. Sara has worked in the treatment field for almost 5 years, beginning her career working at a halfway house.

“Staying involved in the community is one way for clients to maintain their sobriety. I set them up with as many resources as possible so that when they leave, clients have options. It also creates healthy habits,” says Sara.

Sara also researches sober living homes and finds medical providers for clients in their own community. She also sets them up with resources to assist with legal issues, insurance problems, disability – even employment concerns. She arranges appointments with a therapist, so that when clients discharge, they already have a therapist ready or have treatment prepared at an Intensive Outpatient Facility.

Sara is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in counseling at Florida State College of Jacksonville.

She was raised in Jacksonville, and is actively involved in the recovery community, and enjoys yoga and the beach.

Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program

Beaches Recovery Staff Scott CretulScott Cretul, B.S.
Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program Director
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Scott Cretul is the Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program Director at Beaches Recovery. He brings his enthusiasm for the outdoors combined with his dedication to the recovery field to this unique program. As a part of Beaches’ holistic approach to healing, clients enjoy trips to the beach and wilderness for recreational activities including surfing, fishing, hiking, and camping. These unique opportunities offer new ways to have fun and explore a healthy and active lifestyle.

Scott’s goal is to get our clients to engage in new experiences and to find something they can become passionate about.  “Once they catch their first fish, they are truly excited and are immediately asking when they can come back and do it again.  Florida is one of the best locations in the world for fishing.  I love to teach our clients to surf and to stand up on a wave for their first time. In these moments, I catch glimpses of real smiles, that reflect true happiness and accomplishment. When I take a group out camping, it gives them a chance to connect with the wilderness.  There is a healing power in nature. I’m committed to helping our clients see the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit.” On a personal note, in his free time, Scott enjoys surfing, fishing, and water photography and is active in the recovery community.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from the University of North Florida.  He is a certified Wilderness First Responder and Clinical First Responder.  He holds American Red Cross certifications in CPR and Water Rescue.

Executives

Beaches Recovery Staff Patricia Yost

Patricia Yost, BS
Chief Executive Officer
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Patricia Yost is the Chief Executive Officer at Beaches Recovery, LLC.  Her extensive experience includes Director of Operations at Beaches Recovery, sober living house management and client services. Patricia has been with Beaches since it’s inception and uses her exceptional organization, planning, and people skills to oversee all aspects of operations at Beaches.    

“The thing I love about working here is watching the changes in our clients as they grow in sobriety,” said Patricia. She also finds joy in working with the variety of dedicated  staff and others who come together on behalf of our clients. Ms. Yost is an invaluable asset to our Beaches Team of remarkable talent.

Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders (Speech Pathology & Audiology) with an undeclared minor in Psychology. She has continued graduate studies in this area and still enjoys Seminole Football.

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