Difference Makers in Addiction Treatment
Servant Leadership Approach
At Lakeview Health, servant leadership is both a philosophy and a set of ongoing practices. Instead of one person holding the decision-making power, we believe in sharing power. Our addiction treatment specialists put the needs of others first and help people develop and perform as highly as possible. Below is a chart that shows what servant leadership looks like within the Lakeview Health organization.
What Servant Leadership Means For Lakeview Health
Senior leadership at Lakeview Health share the belief that the addiction treatment specialists are the experts in their specific jobs. They are the people who are most familiar with their duties and with our patients’ needs. Servant leadership means that employee feedback is welcome, suggestions encouraged, and recommendations taken seriously so that as an organization, our practices and needs of the medical & psychiatric team and clinical staff are understood and addressed. Leadership trusts our employees and listens to them. We believe that all staff members are leaders, each contributing to making a difference because they are able to identify challenges and offer solutions. When our staff is empowered to make day-to-day decisions, we know our patients and families receive the best care possible.
Philip Warrick, LMHC started his career in the field while working as a Substance Abuse Counselor at an inpatient facility in Tampa, Florida focusing specifically on treatment for professionals in the medical field. He also served as a Field-Therapist in the Orlando area working with children struggling with Dual Diagnosis Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Philip started as a therapist at Lakeview Health in 2016, and was promoted two years later to clinical manager of The Star. He is responsible for supporting the Clinical team to ensure patients develop the healthy foundation necessary for long term recovery, and acts as the department’s liaison providing communication ensuring patients receive the high quality of care Lakeview Health stands for. Philip earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida prior to earning his master’s degree in counselor education – mental health counseling from the University of South Florida. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP) designation.
Alicia holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Mercyhurst University and an advanced degree in Clinical Social Work from Florida State University. Alicia joined the Lakeview Health team in May 2015 as a graduate level intern. Alicia took on a full time position as Patient Advocate following her internship and has recently transitioned into a therapist role in 2016. Alicia’s previous work experience includes Communities In Schools of Jacksonville where she worked with at-risk youth and their families in the public school system. Alicia is also a certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance and has taught yoga, mindfulness and meditation in substance abuse facilities, women’s centers, and inner city schools.
Andrew Johnson is a therapist at Lakeview Health. He earned his bachelor’s in political science from Middle Tennessee State University and a second bachelor’s in psychology from Tennessee State University. He received his master’s in addictions counseling from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addictions Studies. Prior to joining Lakeview, Andrew worked in addiction intensive outpatient and detox programs. He is a Certified Addictions Professional and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Andrew has been trained in 12-Step Facilitation, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Ashley Harms, RMHCI, CAP, CRC joined Lakeview Health as an Aftercare Coordinator in 2014. Since then, she worked her way through the ranks to become a therapist for The Star at Lakeview Health. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and is a Certified Addiction Professional and a Certified Recovery Coach. She has been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 2012 and has experience in working at both adult and adolescent inpatient treatment facilities. Ashley is also a person in long-term recovery and recognizes her sobriety date on January 13, 2012. She enjoys inspiring other people to live sober, happy lives and to find their life’s meaning.
Bart is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, having earned a Bachelor degree in Organizational Management and a Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Bart is a Certified Life Coach, Accredited Financial Counselor, and a Master’s level Certified Addiction Professional, with extensive experience as an addictions counselor, mental health counselor and family therapist, both in an inpatient and outpatient basis. He has a passion for helping individuals and couples find healing through an individualized approach that integrates some of the most effective therapeutic modalities, and equipping his clients to use their God-given power to pursue their life’s purpose. Bart has been living in Central Florida since 1991, together with his wife and three children.
Brianne earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in marriage, couple, and family therapy from the University of Central Florida. Brianne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Prior to Lakeview Health Brianne has worked in a community counseling clinic, private practice, and outpatient program for substance abuse. Brianne has experience with addiction, anxiety, depression, trauma, and family conflicts. Brianne joined the Lakeview Health team in October 2017 with a full time position as a primary therapist and is committed to helping patients address underlying issues and move forward in their lives.
Ken Wynn graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counselor Education. Prior to joining Lakeview, he worked as the Regional Director of Psychological Health with the Navy Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program, as well as Child Guidance Center, private practice, and numerous substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment centers. Ken has over seven years’ experience working in substance abuse treatment and case management, as well as nearly seven years working with families.
Nancy holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Duke University and an advanced degree in counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She joined Lakeview in March 2016. Previously, Nancy worked in residential substance dependence treatment and a group private practice in Gainesville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked with eating disorders. Nancy is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern.
Rebecca Garcia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She is also credentialed as a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP). Rebecca has been licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida since 2011. She has worked in the outpatient setting since 2009 and has gained expertise working with a variety of mental health issues, including dual diagnosis. Rebecca believes in utilizing a strength-based holistic approach to addiction treatment.
Skylar Hollabaugh earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University of North Florida. She completed her clinical internship at the University of North Florida Counseling Center, gaining experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, codependency, relationship issues and psychosocial stressors. Skylar joined Lakeview Health in 2014. As a primary therapist, Skylar is dedicated to helping patients understand and work through their core issues to overcome addiction. Skylar is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Jim Evanger holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned his Masters of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. He grew up in suburban Chicago, where he lived most of his life before moving to Florida in 2007. From start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, he has over 25 years of leadership experience in diverse businesses, including as CEO of companies starting from scratch and challenging turnarounds. Jim is passionate about implementing exceptional patient care and sees the value of building a team that shares that commitment. He enjoys his free time with his wife of almost 25 years and their two children.
Dr. Jorandby graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Florida. For seven years, Dr. Jorandby worked as a staff psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Viera, Florida. After completing her an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Jorandby became Medical Director for the dual diagnosis unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. She also served as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. After relocating to Washington, DC, Dr. Jorandby worked as the Chief Psychiatrist of a mental and physical health clinic, where she held the position for four years before joining Lakeview Health. Dr. Jorandby one of less than 200 physicians in the United States who is dual board certified in addiction medicine, and psychiatry and neurology.
Jamie Stevens began her career at Lakeview Health as a primary therapist before being promoted to clinical director, then transitioning into her role as VP of Operations. She is responsible for ensuring all facilities run smoothly, clinical programming, and day-to-day operations. Jamie graduated from the University of North Florida with a master’s degree in health science, and is a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and a certified addiction professional (CAP).
Sara Holt has more than ten years of experience in various capacities of human resources, and holds both a professional human resources certificate (PHR) and a SHRM-CP certification. She joined Lakeview Health in 2013 as the human resources recruiter before being promoted to director of human resources. Sara leads the human resources team to ensure Lakeview Health remains a center of excellence and employer of choice. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources and business management from the University of North Iowa.
Stephanie Smith began her career at Lakeview Health in 2004 as a mental health technician. She worked through the ranks holding positions as a medical records clerk, admission coordinator, and medical records manager before being promoted to the director of business office in 2012. Stephanie is responsible for providing quality customer service, medical records compliance, and the admission process pertaining to benefits once a patient is admitted to Lakeview Health.
Dr. Ellen Ovson, M.D., FASAM joined Lakeview Health in 2017. She has more than 18 years of experience in addiction medicine and is board certified in internal medicine and certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. As Lakeview Health’s medical director, she leads the entire medical team and serves at the authority on all medical issues. Dr. Ovson earned her undergraduate degree at Emory University and graduated from medical school at the University of Alabama. She did her internship at Charlotte Memorial Hospital in North Carolina and her residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, AL. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Society of Addiction Medicine, where she held several leadership positions.
Kacie Sasser has 16 years of nursing experience with a special focus in nursing administration and working with individuals with addictions and mental health disorders. She is responsible for leading the nursing and behavioral health technician teams at Lakeview Health. Kacie earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University and her master’s in nursing and family nurse practitioner at South University in Savannah, Georgia.
Amanda Jack is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with dually diagnosed patients since 2002. As Lakeview Health’s clinical director, she is responsible for overseeing clinical services, creating clinical programming, and leading the clinical, patient advocate and wellness teams. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Ball State University.
Sarah Franklin joined the Lakeview Health clinical team in 2013. She is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and works with patients struggling with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Miami University and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of North Florida.
Cass Sidone graduated from Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, where she competed on the woman’s varsity tennis team. Since graduating, she’s held numerous sales and key account manager positions, including working with clients in the pharmaceutical and biotech fields. Cass’ passion for health and helping others fight for their lives is what drew her to Lakeview Health’s holistic approach to heal those affected by substance abuse disorder. In her spare time, Cass is either on her yoga mat, at the driving range, or watching the latest episode of Game of Thrones with her two dogs.
Territory: North Carolina
Crystal Shlifer joined Lakeview Health in 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and interdisciplinary social science from Florida Atlantic University, and is a certified addiction professional in the state of Florida and an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor. Her education and experience provides her with extensive knowledge of the clinical, operational, and business development aspects of the addiction treatment field. Crystal also sits on the board of directors for the EAP and Behavioral Network of Florida.
Territory: South Florida
Kaitlyn earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Welfare from the University of North Florida. She is now planning to further her education by pursuing her Master’s Degree in Social Work in hopes to become a therapist. Kaitlyn has been a team player at Lakeview Health since 2014 in which she first gained experience in medical records before transferring to a case management role at the Women’s Program, The Rose of Lakeview.
Katie Armstrong has years of experience developing and marketing programs in the healthcare field. She is the cofounder of the PACE Center for Girls and remains active with the local PACE program. She is active in prevention and education organizations in Jacksonville, and serves on the board of Northeast Florida Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NEFCADA). She is also active in the Health Council of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University.
Territories: North Florida, Southeast Georgia
Kyle earned his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. Kyle began working at Lakeview Health in 2016 as one of our Behavioral Health Associates, and eventually transitioned into his current role as a Patient Advocate at The Star, Lakeview Health’s men’s facility. His responsibilities as a patient advocate include assisting patients with any issues that may arise while their in treatment, including legal troubles, housing, and other financial obligations. Kyle also works as a graduate level intern counselor at both The Rose, Lakeview Health’s women’s facility, and Stepping Stone Center for Recovery.
Andrea graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in psychology. She has five years of experience working in both the clinical and business aspects of mental health treatment, including managing a psychiatric residential facility. Most recently she was the human resources and marketing director for a Louisiana-based addiction treatment facility. Andrea assists professional referrals, families and individuals access treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.
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Alexandria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Rivier University. She plans to further her education by pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching for Health Education in hopes of providing education of mental health, substance abuse, and eating disorders to middle and high school students. Alexandria joined the Lakeview Health team in October 2018 as a Patient Advocate. Previously, Alexandria’s worked for the Derry Cooperative School District, where she worked closely with children of the public school system. In her spare time, Alexandria volunteers walking the beach to document and photograph sea turtle nests annually from April through October.
Lexie Leehan, CRC is the Alumni and Aftercare Supervisor for Lakeview Health. As an alumna of the program, she truly understands what our patients go through while they are here and after they discharge. Originally from a small town in Northwest Pennsylvania, Lexie made the decision to completely change her people, places and things, and come to Jacksonville, Florida to begin her journey in recovery. After completing treatment in January 2015, she went to a local sober living in Jacksonville and started engaging with our True North Alumni support groups and events. In 2017, Lakeview Health hired Lexie as the Aftercare Coordinator at the Rose knowing she would be able to use her personal experience to help other women. Lexie believes Lakeview Health gave her the knowledge and the tools she needed to stay sober, and says she feels honored to pay it forward to patients during their stay with us and afterwards as True North Alumni.
Mary Johns joined Lakeview Health in 2017 as a Behavioral Health Associate. She transferred to the case management department where she now works as a Patient Advocate at The Rose of Lakeview. She helps patients with their employment, legal, and financial needs. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Flagler College in Psychology. She is passionate about encouraging others and helping them find hope and freedom in recovery.
Melodie Wegner adds a special element to her role as an Alumni Coordinator because she is also an alumna of the program. She credits having the support of Lakeview Health’s alumni program and aftercare services as a major reason why she has maintained her sobriety. Melodie understands being amongst peers in recovery allows them to be more transparent and open not only in times of struggle, but also in successes. She believes it is a privilege to be in this role because she has a deeper understanding of what it takes to be successful in recovery having gone through and applied what she learned in treatment at Lakeview Health.
Morgan Johnson relocated from Los Angeles to Jacksonville, Florida in search of a better life. As a person in recovery she brings compassion, empathy, and a true understanding of what it’s like to seek help for substance abuse. Morgan is extremely active within the Jacksonville community and spends most of her free time volunteering at detox facilities, homeless shelters, and helping trauma survivors find local resources. With Morgan’s combined sales experience and her personal journey, she has a passion for helping others find treatment for their addiction. A few of her favorite things are improv classes, snuggling with her pups, and singing horribly while cleaning her house.
Territories: Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, FL
Rex Taylor, CRC is an Aftercare Alumni Coordinator assisting patients in setting up aftercare resources in their local area such as sober living, individual therapy, psychiatrists, or intensive outpatient services. His experience as an alumnus of Lakeview Health motivated Rex to become a Certified Recovery Coach and pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services with a focus on addiction. When he isn’t working with patients and sharing his recovery journey, Rex enjoys spending time with his wife and son.
Robert Reece graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Throughout the course of his career, he has worked in sales and marketing, primarily in the southeastern region. Robert has more than 15 years of experience in the medical field, and turned his focus to addiction and substance abuse the last decade. His work in addiction treatment includes a two year assignment in Australia and New Zealand, educating doctors and clinicians on new treatment protocols for opioid addiction. At Lakeview Health, Robert continues his passion and helps referral sources get their patients access the best treatment for substance abuse and the co-occurring conditions often accompanying this disease.
Territory: South Georgia, South Carolina
Ryan Teague, CRC is an Alumni Coordinator using his own personal journey through addiction for a unique and individual approach to helping people recover. He considers helping the newcomer find the path to long-term recovery a privilege and necessary for his own recovery. Born in St. Louis, he moved to Jacksonville Beach as a child and calls it home. Ryan believes the best part of Lakeview Health’s alumni program is the focus on all aspects of recovery – support groups, serving the community, and the personal access alumni have to recovery resources.
As a person in long-term recovery himself, with numerous years of experience in the fields of mental health and substance abuse, Seth lives his passion for helping others and their loved ones find hope during their time of need. His work as a public health advocate and community liaison provides a vast network of resources to the Lakeview team and those they serve. Seth is an avid traveler, adventurer and outdoor enthusiast, writer, landscaper, and Green Bay Packers fan.
Territory: Arizona, West Coast
Stephanie Mangiante graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and has worked in behavioral and mental health care for a decade. Most recently, she served as an Outreach Manager for a national company treating primary mental health conditions, as well as dual-diagnosis disorders. In addition to her training and experience, Stephanie has a passion to see patients improve their overall health and reach sobriety. With this, she works closely with patients, their families, and their clinical team to ensure access to treatment for substance abuse and dual-diagnosis disorders.
Territory: Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC
Taylor Livoti graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer sciences from New Mexico State University and a Master’s in Educational Administration from Houston Baptist University. Taylor most recently worked as a territory manager in Houston for a pharmaceutical company, developing and building relationships with OBGYNs, pediatricians, family practice, gastros, internal medicine and urgent care offices. Taylor utilizes her relationships in The Woodlands to educate the community on addiction, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis disorders. She loves working as a branch of the healthcare industry and helping people find their way to sobriety.
Territory: The Woodlands
Tory Mintz graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. She received her Chemical Dependency Counselors License in the state of Ohio while working at a local detox program upon graduation. Tory most recently worked as the Ohio Territory Outreach Manager of a national behavioral health company with facilities treating primary mental health, primary chemical dependency, sex addiction, and eating disorders. Tory continues to use her expertise at Lakeview Health by working with referral sources to help their patients and clients access treatment for substance abuse and dual-diagnosis disorders. She loves the work she does and is passionate about helping those on their journey to recovery.
For nearly ten years, Stephen has been committed to helping families and individuals struggling with addiction and behavioral and mental health find the care and support they seek. His broad experience in business development, community outreach, admissions, and operations, as well as his journey through long term recovery has given him the tools needed to communicate and collaborate effectively with hospitals, treatment centers, and other healthcare providers to ensure positive outcomes and a healthy continuum of care.
Kate has been in the behavioral healthcare field for over a decade. She believes that mental health and substance use disorders need to be addressed through education, awareness, and comprehensive treatment. She has a passion and commitment to bring professional, caring people together.
Kate grew up on the East Coast, but after college first pursued a career in the entertainment industry, which over 17 years took her to California, London, and Florida before returning to the East coast to work in the Behavioral Health/Addiction treatment field. Kate now resides in Vero Beach, Florida, with her British husband John and their rescue Redbone Coonhound Mick “Jagger.”
Kate has worked on a national level as well as maintaining a territory in Florida and the DC, Maryland and Virginia region.
Tyeler Viel joins Lakeview Health as the Senior Regional Customer Service Representative supporting the Dallas and Oklahoma communities. Tyeler brings more than a decade of experience working in the mental health and education sector, first starting her career out as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in California. While helping families was rewarding work, Tyeler knew her true passion was to be out in the community sharing resources and connecting so she made the shift to business development. Tyeler’s love for outreach can be traced back to her pre-professional days of promoting programs that she deeply cared about. Being a “go to” community resource, supporting others and making a positive difference in this world is what matters to her the most.