That’s what our clients call us, years after they’ve stayed. Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves; they’ve been down the same harrowing path, so they understand exactly what you’re going through.
Come meet the family: a close-knit staff of attentive, experienced therapists and techs who care deeply about YOU—and your life-long recovery.
Passion: Directing and overseeing the entire clinical program. Guiding (and watching in awe) as people transform themselves during recovery – by figuring out and processing their underlying issues. Working with a motivated team of people who care about the clients’ well-being and recovery. I love helping people live the life that they were meant to live!
Background: Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counseling
Unique strength: I specialize in working with clients who have co-occurring disorders. I approach therapy from a client-centered approach.
I have seen an increase in the importance of the body in psychology, neuroscience, philosophy of mind and psychopharmacology over the past twenty years. This challenges the orthodox view in cognitive science. It downplays the traditional ‘mind-as-computer’ approach and emphasizes the role of interactions between the brain, body, and environment. I look at the current relationship between orthodox cognitive science and the study of mental disorder, and consider the implications all of them in my practice.
Director of Nursing and Admissions
Paul has been working in the field of psychiatric and substance abuse in multiple different capacities for over 25 years. Paul attended Arkansas State University and holds degrees from Miami Dade College and HCI College. Starting in the field as a tech, Paul gained his nursing license and went on to work as medication nurse, then on to charge nurse. Paul was promoted to Director of Utilization Review at a 100 bed facility in Miami and held that position for several years. After moving to Tennessee to explore Home Health and Tele health nursing for 2 years, Paul returned to Florida to again work in the field of substance abuse. Paul has been with the Core Centers since its beginning in 2015 and currently oversees the medical as well as admissions departments. Paul is an avid rock climber and outdoorsman. He believes his calling is to help those that suffer from the disease of addiction.
Neha Royal has been in the recovery community of South Florida for several years. She has a passion for helping others in any way possible. She demonstrates this passion on a daily basis by helping the newcomer who is just getting started in their recovery process, and guiding them through sobriety. She makes herself completely available 24 hours a day for clients and takes pride in her working relationships. Neha dedicates her life to her work and believes it is her responsibility to keep hope alive; the same way that it was kept alive for her. Recovery and employment experience have afforded her the internal drive to achieve excellence, a passion to be a voice for the voiceless, and shed a positive light on substance abuse recovery.
David Duffy has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree with a minor in Public Administration and a Master of Social Work degree, both conferred from Florida International University. David is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over a decade of direct practice experience working in substance use and mental health treatment at every level of care. David is a former Clinical Director of Integrated Residential Services of 5 years at a 120 bed dually diagnosed treatment center serving clients referred from the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Corrections. David is trained in the evidence based practices of Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety. David embraces a solution focused, strength based model of therapy that allows clients to access and amplify their internal and external strengths in a supportive therapeutic relationship that fosters an environment of change that allows each client the space to become their best versions of themselves. David promotes the use of mindfulness, spirituality, fitness, nutrition and social support development/12 step engagement as areas of practice for clients to implement for a holistic journey of wellness and recovery.
Stephanie Catalano has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Florida State University and a Master of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Public Speaker, and Published Author. Stephanie has over 5 years’ experience providing care in substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment, this includes providing therapy at all levels of care. In addition, she has worked with children and families in the Dependency System and at-risk youth. Stephanie believes the most effective way to help an individual is through building a strong therapeutic alliance. She is committed to providing the best quality of care and prefers to focus on strengths and solutions to assist the individuals she has an opportunity to work with through their journey of healing and recovery. She believes in the power of love and connection and has a strong passion and desire to empower individuals as they work towards becoming aligned mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Chris is a former client of the Core Centers who has dedicated himself to making sure others have the same opportunity to turn their lives around. As an active member of the recovery community his passion for his clients and other recovering addicts is evident in everything he does. Chris believes that the best way to show his gratitude for his recovery is by guiding others along the journey. To him there is no greater joy than watching someone who once struggled begin to thrive. As someone who believes this is his true calling in life Chris prides himself on always being available to his clients and never giving up on anyone; just as no one ever gave up on him.
Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor
Jean Mary Mongeois is the Lead Tech at the Core Centers. A role he took in 2019. Jean has a bachelor degree in supervision and management. Jean‘s love and passion is to help people while they are going through their journey. What motivates Jean is to work hard and provide excellent services to meet the needs of the clients he serves.