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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Dr. Carlos Torrellas, MD, FACMQ
Medical Director
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Dr. Torrellas has served as Medical Director for several organizations such as Beaches Recovery, Success TMS, and Community Rehabilitation Center. His professional experience includes general medical and psychiatric care of chronic and acute inpatients, outpatients, clinics and individual psychotherapy, adolescent program, alcohol and substance abuse, detox and rehabilitation, deaf and mental illness, geriatrics, neurology, and liasson psychiatry.

For his service, Dr. Torrellas received the Physician of the Year Award in 2003 by the Nation Congressional Committee Physician’s Advisory Board, the 2003 Dr. Gaston Acost-Rus Medical Excellence Award, the 2003 Hispanics Achieving Community Excellence Award (HACE), and the 2008 Sterling Governor’s Award.

Dr. Torrellas received his B.S. in Biology from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, his Doctor of Medicine from El Universidad Central Del Caribe School of Medicine, and his Psychiatric Residency at Austin State Hospital in Texas. His passion is helping people with depression. He wants his patients to feel empowered because their symptoms leave them feeling powerless. One of his most important roles as a psychiatrist is to instill hope for his patients.

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James W. Griffis
Chief Executive Officer
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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James W. Griffis is a Healthcare Executive with over 40 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Jim began his career in the Navy, serving honorably for 22 years. During his career he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Science, with a minor in Chemical Dependency, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Behavioral Health Psychology.

His last 5 years of Naval service was spent as a Certified Alcohol Treatment Specialist. Following Navy retirement, he has served in various executive positions, including a number of CEO positions of multiple national treatment organizations. From 2004 through 2015 he worked as a consultant to many treatment organizations around the country, as well as in Belize and Mexico.

Jim was instrumental in the development of The Refuge Treatment Center in Central Florida, and was consulting there from 2005 to 2008 as their Operations Director. He consulted with Wekiva Springs Hospital and Tenbroeck Ocala Hospital, serving as CEO of both facilities in 2004. The treatment centers opened with immediate success. From 2014 to present he has been with Beaches Recovery Services, ensuring efficacy, and serving as Chief Executive Officer.

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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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Danielle Hardwick
Director of Nursing
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Danielle Hardwick is the Director of Nursing for Tides Edge Detox and Beaches Recovery. She has been with Tides Edge since 2018 and previously served as a staff nurse and Lead nurse within the organization.
She began her nursing career as an LPN over 11 years ago and has been in the field of substance abuse treatment from the beginning. As a recent graduate of Jersey College, she accomplished her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Prior to joining Tides Edge, Danielle has worked in a variety of roles within the mental health/substance abuse community. She now manages a team of amazing nurses and medical staff who provide extraordinary care to our clients in need.

Danielle has focused on Mental Health and Addiction in her career and considers it her calling. She brings loyalty, reliability, passion, dedication, and honesty, all vital in a person with her responsibilities. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. Her favorite quote by Maya Angelou- “As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

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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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Hallel Saine, RCSWI, MSW
Primary Therapist
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Hallel is a Primary Therapist at Beaches Recovery Services, LLC. With over five years of clinical experience in the field, Hallel holds a Master of Social Work degree from University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Prior to joining the Beaches team, Hallel has held roles such as, Crisis Mental Health Evaluator, Child Protective Investigator in Sexual Abuse and Human Trafficking, Supervisor, Project Coordinator, and Mental Health Therapist. Hallel has experience working in inpatient, outpatient, medical, substance use, homelessness, and integrated behavioral health care grant settings. Hallel also has extensive knowledge working with substance use, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, co-occurring disorders, and trauma disorders.

As a social worker and therapist, she is passionate about guiding others to healthy coping and self-liberation through empowerment and confidence. She believes in taking a collaborative approach to helping others reach their goals.

Hallel is a Florida native. In her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, and spending time with her family. Her favorite part about working for Beaches Recovery is being a part of the recovery journey.

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Jason Bowen
Director of Operations
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Jason has worked for Beaches Recovery for 7 years. He has served multiple roles in our organization including Lead Behavioral Technician, Facilities Maintenance Technician, and Facilities Manager. Jason is currently our Director of Operations.

Jason is a Jacksonville native. In his free time, he enjoys surfing, recovery, and spending time with his family. His favorite part about working for Beaches Recovery is the constant contact with newcomers and seeing people recover.

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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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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.

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Tamera Colcord
Admissions Coordinator
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Jacksonville native Tamera Colcord joined the Beaches Recovery team as Admissions Coordinator in September 2022. Her heart for people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction comes from her own journey of recovery. Tamera is passionate about helping ensure everyone has access to treatment and services. She celebrates every admission, knowing that the work she does today allows people the opportunity to have a life free from the bondage of addiction.

Tamera’s work does not end when she clocks out for the day. She is an advocate in her community for women recovering from addiction as a mentor and provider of peer support. Tamera also volunteers her time and resources to multiple organizations, supporting women coming out of human trafficking and women in need of safe housing.

Tamera is a mother and a wife. She enjoys playing softball with her recovery-based, adult softball league locally and traveling to tournaments throughout the country. You can find Tamera lying on the beach, soaking up the sunshine in the summer months. She is also a die-hard FSU fan, draping herself in garnet and gold during the football season.

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Kelly Licausi
Clinical Assistant/UR Coordinator
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Kelly is our Clinical Assistant and UR Coordinator. She is a Jacksonville native and graduated from Terry Parker High School. She is a proud mom of two daughters and her sweet dog Misty.

Kelly has been with Beaches Recovery since 2017 and has served many roles. She has worked as our insurance verification specialist, case manager, and now her current position is clinical assist and UR coordinator. She loves working for Beaches and seeing the personal growth of our patients from start to finish. Kelly loves witnessing others benefit from recovery which makes her grateful for her own sobriety.

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Gabrielle Alter
Clinical Intake Coordinator
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Gabrielle is originally from Long Island, New York. She attained her Master’s Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She started working for Beaches Recovery in the beginning of 2017. Gabrielle has always been one to dive in and help, which allowed her roles to advance over the years. She looks at the entire person clinically, past, and present, and hopes to help that person become more self-aware and guide that person in making healthier decisions.

Gabrielle has worked with a variety of populations using art therapy at different lengths of time and different levels of engagement. Some of those populations include dually diagnosed court mandated teenage females, individuals with developmental delays of varied sorts, adults dually diagnosed in a day treatment centers, and time on the inpatient children’s psychiatric ward.

Outside of work, Gabrielle loves to soak up the sunshine on beautiful days. She truly enjoys cooking if she has company over. However, most of all, she loves to play with her new puppy Bella.

Richard Rendell Medical Manager

Richard Rendell
Medical Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Richard Rendell is the Medical Manager at Beaches Recovery. He has been at Beaches Recovery in various positions since June of 2017. He graduated from FSCJ with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. He worked in adult critical care and organ transplantation for 25 years at the bedside and in management.

Richard works with our clients, providers, and pharmacies to assure all our clients receive the appropriate medications. He completes client evaluations and helps assure the medical office functions at the highest level possible.

In his spare time, he is involved in the local recovery community, enjoys cycling, and pursues his lifelong love of live music by attending concerts and festivals whenever and wherever possible.

Case Managers

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Rex Mock
Case Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Rex Mock is a Case Manager at Beaches Recovery Services. He has been in the field of addiction treatment for 30 + years. He has worked as a counselor, Director of Counseling, Director of Admissions and was on the board of the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association for several years.

As a Case Manager he is one of the first faces that a new client sees. He attempts to bring a sense of humor into recovery and believes in “Keeping it Simple.” Throughout their journey he attempts to connect them to the services in treatment and after they have discharged so that they can be successful on their road to recovery.

Being in recovery for over 40 years, he enjoys collaborating with people who are trying to pull their lives together. It is never boring and often extremely rewarding.

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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.

 

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Zach Campbell, B.S.
Case Manager
Beaches Recovery Services, LLC
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Zach Campbell is a case manager for Tides Edge Recovery. Zach understands firsthand how addiction can turn a person’s life upside down, and how difficult it can be to get connected to the right resources. As a case manager, Zach connects each client with these resources so they can be successful after treatment. “I know how hard it is to start over while getting sober and how important it is to know someone has your back when you’re not at 100% yet.”

Zach is an active member in the local recovery community and his experience with helping those trying to get sober is what motivated him to work in treatment. Zach understands how crucial it is to provide a positive experience for the newcomer so they can see that a life in recovery is far more rewarding than one in active addiction.

Zach graduated from Flagler College with his Bachelors in Psychology. A Florida native, Zach grew up in the Orlando area, moved to St. Augustine for school, and has lived in Jacksonville since 2017. When not working, Zach enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working with electronics, and going to the gym.

 

Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program

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Scott 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.