Client Care

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John C. Tanner, DO, DFASAM, DABAM, CCFC, MRO
Addiction Medicine Specialist
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.

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Robert D. Maresh, MD
Medical Director & 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.

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Cathy McLoone, MS, LMHC
Clinical Director
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Cathy McLoone is the Clinical Director of Tides Edge Detox and Beaches Recovery. She has been with Beaches Recovery since 2014 and has served in many capacities within the organization.

Cathy is an Alum of Nova Southeastern University where she earned her MS in Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the state of Florida. Prior to joining Beaches Recovery, Cathy has worked in every level of care with a variety of dually diagnosed populations in the community.

Cathy’s heart is with the clients that Beaches Recovery serves. Along with her administrative duties, she consults with staff on clinical issues and makes sure that the clients know that her door is always open to them. When she is not working, Cathy enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Karen Mclean, RMHCI, MS, MSP, NCC, CAP, CCTP, EMDR Trained
Trauma Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Karen Mclean is a Trauma Therapist at Beaches Recovery Services, LLC. She has 32 years of recovery and 17 years of counseling experience. Karen specializes in Trauma and PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Grief and Mourning issues. She holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health and a Master’s of Science in Psychology. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Addiction Professional, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Karen is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and is a member of the EMDR Professional Training Association.

Karen’s experience includes diverse populations, and all levels of addiction care. She has worked in detoxification units, short-term and long-term residential, outpatient, partial hospitalization program, and continuing care programs. Karen’s first eight years were working in a long-term, non-profit, with indigent patients who have had several prior treatment experiences. During this time, she coordinated a Family Education Program and a Community Education Series; she was also a Presenter. Karen has worked in Family Health Clinics, screening and motivating pregnant women who were at risk, or who were active in addiction, obtain treatment services. She spent four years working with individuals with HIV. She has worked as a Clinical Supervisor over Substance Abuse Program in the Department of Corrections, male prison. This population is very dear to Karen’s heart. She stated, “I never realized how much trauma men, who are in prison have, until I began to hear their stories and see their pain. I will forever be grateful for the time I spent with them.”

Relationships are key to optimal growth, development, and healing. It has been Karen’s life mission to walk with, cheer for, and empower those who are hopeless, lost, and wounded. Karen provides a nonjudgmental, genuine, and safe space for the wounded to heal. Her favorite quote? “They won’t care what we know until they know that we care.” Karen believes that in contemporary society, no one needs to die of addiction – no one!

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Stephanie Ortiz, LMSW, RCSWI
Primary Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Stephanie is a Primary Therapist here at Beaches Recovery Services, LLC. With almost 10 years of clinical experience in the field, Stephanie holds a Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University. Prior to joining the Beaches team, Stephanie was as an independent therapist specializing her treatment in Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Schizophrenia, and PTSD. Stephanie has worked as a Crisis Mental Health Evaluator in an inpatient setting, as well as worked at the residential level of care internationally treating women rescued from drug and sex-trafficking.

Stephanie is skilled in working within subcultures, such as the Veteran population, having worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs while in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2020. While at the VA Stephanie treated clients in the TBI/Poly-Trauma department and Residential Rehabilitation Program for PTSD, substance abuse, and military sexual trauma (MST). During this time at the VA, Stephanie was able to see the complexities of underlying issues and unresolved trauma as it directly relates to substance abuse and maladaptive coping. Her focus is on identifying and addressing these areas of dysfunction with clients, helping them to understand their own emotional and behavioral responses, gaining an all-encompassing view of their strengths and barriers, towards successful long-term rehabilitation.

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James Price-Chandler, B.S, RMHCI
Primary Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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James Price-Chandler is originally from Richmond Virginia and has called Florida home for the last fifteen years. James spent several years working as a classroom teacher. The experience inspired him to go back to school and get his master’s degree in counseling. James attended the University of Tampa for his bachelor’s degree and Grand Canyon University for his master’s degree.

James’s passions include helping people with substance abuse disorders. He also enjoys working with adolescents and their families. James loves helping our clients set and reach their goals. In his free time, he loves to travel and go to theme parks.

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Tracey Fisher
Director of Operations
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Tracey has worked at Beaches Recovery since 2017. While she now serves as Director of Operations at Tides Edge Detox, she has served in a variety of roles, including administrative assistant and Assistant Director of Operations at Beaches Recovery.

Tracey understands how important it is for individuals in early recovery to build a strong foundation in turn focusing on ensuring effective support for the facility’s mission. She is committed and energized about making a difference in the lives of the people that come to treatment.

Tracey also enjoys working in the community as it allows her the opportunity to serve the community by giving, empowering, and helping those who cannot help themselves. In addition to working in operations, Tracey also has a strong connection to the recovery community here in Jacksonville.

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Kathleen Dougherty, RN, BSN
Director of Nursing
Tides Edge Recovery Services, LLC
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Kathleen has over 23 years experience in nursing. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has over 4 years in caring for patients with mental health issues and substance abuse.

Kathleen is dedicated to making sure all the patients receive excellent care during the detox and residential phase of their treatment. She feels she can accomplish this goal by having compassionate, empathetic, and competent nurses to provide nursing care around the clock to patients who are receiving care at Tides Edge.

Kathleen is a team player and while she deals with the administrative side of being a director, she is still directly involved with patient care as well, to make sure each patient is satisfied and receiving the best possible care.

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.

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Monique Acevedo
Assistant Director of Operations
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Monique is the Assistant Director of Operations for Beaches Recovery Services. Previously she has worked in support roles that included receptionist, driver, tech, and alumni support. Her role at Beaches places her in the day-to-day activities of directing resources to patients’ needs. She comes to her position after firsthand experience in her own life with drug and alcohol addiction and freely shares with the clients her own pitfalls and successes on the road to recovery. She knows that recovery is a daily journey that requires the support of other people and reliance on a Higher Power. She is one of the first people that new clients meet at Beaches and provides for a friendly segue into treatment programs. Clients know that she will always support them in their journey to recovery.

Monique has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Theology. Her work in theology helped her build a world view that understands brokenness as part of the human condition and often manifests itself in drug and alcohol addiction. In addition, Monique is a Smart Recovery Facilitator and a certified Life Coach.

Monique enjoys time with her Pug, Linus, walks on the beach, reading in multiple disciplines, and spending time with her family, both in Florida and North Carolina.

Christopher Colcord

Christopher Colcord
Treatment Placement Advocate
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Christopher has worked for Beaches Recovery for over four years. He currently serves as the Director of Outreach Services. His previous experience includes Lead Behavioral Technician, House Manager, Facilities Manager, and Assistant Director of the Adventure Program. He enjoys working in community outreach because it allows him to connect with a variety of people that need help and gets to assist each individual patient in finding their unique fit for a successful recovery journey. “We are all different. Therefore, our solutions look different.”

He has strong relationships throughout the recovery community and is an active member of many of the local recovery-based fellowships. His own life experiences allow him an uncanny ability to connect with clients and their families and serves as his passion in helping others recover from mental health and addiction. “My goal is to set people up for success in taking back their life and finding freedom in living sober.”

Christopher is also a certified event interventionist. He helps addicts and their families with the vital, sometimes difficult decision to enter treatment. “I personally know how hard it can be to adjust from only knowing a life of substance abuse to learning how to be of sober mind.” His goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for the client, their families, and friends.

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.

 

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Nancy Jackson, B.S
Case Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Nancy Jackson is a case manager at Beaches Recovery Services. Nancy has a wide array of experience working in mental health and addictions, including domestic violence counseling, working with at-risk youth and families, and dual-diagnosis adults at-risk of homelessness. Nancy is passionate about helping others, willing to ask the tough questions, willing to go the extra mile and place herself at the center of confusion to support those impacted by the pain and chaos of addiction.

Nancy’s role as a case manager is to conduct case management intakes upon each client’s admission. The intake consists of ensuring the client is fully knowledgeable of the services that Beaches Recovery Services has to offer, assessing the client’s needs while in treatment, providing linkages and referrals for accessing necessary resources, assisting clients with determining objectives to improve likelihood of success post discharge.

Nancy was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and is a recent transplant to Jacksonville, FL by way of San Diego, CA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Springfield College School of Human Services, Wilmington DE campus.

 

Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program

Beaches Recovery Staff Scott CretulScott Cretul, B.S.
Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
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.