We are running the center like a family…
CEO & Founder
Family. It’s what inspired Imelda Wellington to found Beachside Rehab, and it’s what lies at the heart of the center’s success today. Having faced addiction in her own family, and having worked through her own recovery with Al-Anon, Imelda truly understands what it takes to get sober and stay sober. A big part of what it takes, she says, is a strong family.
That’s why Imelda created Beachside to be a place where recovering addicts not only get the best, most appropriate, highly individualized therapy and clinical care, but also a veritable haven where staff members collaborate like a supportive family to meet client’s individual health, emotional wellness and spiritual needs. Since nature can be as crucial as nurture, Imelda chose Beachside Rehab’s North Hutchinson Island location, with its calm atmosphere and tranquil surroundings, to provide the perfect oasis for peace and healing.
Imelda works alongside the program director to ensure that every client benefits from a collaborative, holistic, “family” approach that can offer freedom from the grip of addiction – once and for all.
Dr. Paul R. Hebig, MD
Dr. Paul Hebig, medical director for Beachside Rehab, is a psychiatric specialist with nearly a dozen years of diverse medical experience. He assists clients in their recovery process by partnering with them to develop the safest evidence-based treatment plan for their individual needs. His nonjudgmental approach is one that helps clients discover in themselves the strength and courage essential to their living sober, happy lives.
Dr. Hebig earned his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida, and completed his subsequent fellowship at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
Dr. Hebig holds dual board certification in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His areas of special expertise include attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD), bipolar disorder/manic depressive disorder, depression and depressive disorder, insomnia, schizophrenia, and sleep disorders.
Tabitha Grant, LMFT, MCAP
Chief Clinical Officer
As clinical director for Beachside Rehab, Tabitha’s mission is to offer patients empowering support. The right kind of encouragement and unconditional love, says Tabitha, is absolutely essential to patients’ finding the courage and strength to overcome their past hurts and achieve their personal goals.
A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), Tabitha earned her master’s degree in the discipline from Liberty University. In addition, as a certified master’s-level addiction professional (MCAP), she holds a 3-year/6000-hour specialization from the Florida Certification Board. She is also a trained specialist in eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapeutic approach proven effective in the treatment of various types of psychological trauma. Tabitha is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Tabitha’s 11 years of experience include serving as a child therapist in Tampa, Florida, where she worked with children in the foster care system, and with their families as well. A former family counselor for the Salvation Army, Tabitha has also provided therapy for abused and neglected children of parents struggling with substance abuse issues. In addition, she has offered both substance abuse recovery counseling and marriage and family counseling to adult couples affected by addiction.
Michal Andries, LMHC, CCFP
Michal Andries, primary therapist at Beachside Rehab, says she finds deep satisfaction in working directly with clients to help improve their lives. Respecting each person and eliciting his or her strengths, Michal adds, is key to developing highly effective, individualized recovery plans.
A licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), Michal earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology and certificate of advanced studies in psychotherapy from Ghent University in Belgium. Her additional studies include time and stress management, hypnotherapy, orthotherapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She is also a certified compassion fatigue specialist (CCFP).
Michal’s diverse experience and expertise include family therapy with a specialty in grief counseling, solution-focused counseling, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relaxation, and sports counseling. Multilingual (English, Dutch, German, and French), Michal has assisted clients in general hospital, psychiatric hospital, and private practice settings in both Belgium and the United States. Prior to joining Beachside Rehab, she worked with children and adolescents, and with adults, including those seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction.
Dr. Jamie Guerrero, PhD, CP
Dr. Guerrero, a primary therapist for Beachside Rehab, brings to his role a wealth of experience helping diverse clinical populations address life challenges. Committed to integrating emotional and cognitive understanding while simultaneously encouraging creativity, Dr. Guerrero employs a number of action experiential methods to foster authentic responses to experiences and situations. His methodology is rooted in connecting with clients to elicit honest emotions sometimes repressed during more traditional therapy.
Dr. Guerrero earned his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky; his dissertation focused upon risk and protective factors that predict substance abuse among Hispanic adolescent subgroups. During his two-year post-doctoral internship at the renowned Lukens Institute, he worked with clients suffering from all forms of addiction.
Also a certified psycho-dramatist (CP), Dr. Guerrero has employed psychodrama in non-clinical, as well as clinical settings, including discouraging bullying among young children and adolescents, examining gender role stereotypes and date rape prevention strategies with college students, training master’s level therapists, and helping major brand companies understand consumer’s emotional connections to products.
Stacey Howe, MSW, CAP
As a primary therapist at Beachside Rehab, Stacey works hard not only to provide her clients with outstanding and compassionate care, but also to educate them about mental health issues. Patient education, she says, is integral to understanding and effective decision-making, and vital to encouraging self-management and overall recovery.
A native New Yorker who has called Florida home for more than two decades, Stacey earned her master’s degree at Barry University in Miami and subsequently became a licensed clinical social worker with the State of Florida. She is a certified addiction professional (CAP) who is also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR).
Stacey has more than 15 years of social services experience, including work in the areas of child welfare, mental health and substance abuse treatment. She has also provided home counseling services to children in the juvenile justice system.
Timothy Murphy, LMHC, MCAP
Tim Murphy, a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and primary therapist for Beachside Rehab, worked for years as a finance manager for large corporate insurance companies. Eventually, says Tim, he changed careers to follow an “increasingly powerful call to make a greater, more personal difference” for those around him.
In addition to his finance degree from Alfred University in New York, Tim earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University, as well as a master certified addiction professional (MCAP) designation from the Florida Certification Board. He has been working with individuals and families with substance abuse and mental health disorders since 2012, and his client service includes the Children’s Home Society.
Identifying and addressing underlying contributing factors to all types of addition (including pornography and sexual addiction as well as substance abuse) are areas of special expertise for Tim. He considers marital stressors, career pressures, and work/life balance as he develops trusting therapeutic relationships. Tim also engages clients’ family members as part of their support system. This comprehensive approach, says Tim, is vital to empowering clients to overcome emotional and psychological obstacles and achieve personal goals.
Valerie Richards, LMHC, CST, EdS
As a primary therapist at Beachside Rehab, Valerie Richards says her primary goal is to equip clients with the tools they need to discover their best selves and live their best lives. Specializing in sex therapy, out-of-control sexual behaviors (including sexual abuse and sex addiction), relationships (including both couples and parent/child), and substance abuse, Valerie provides non-judgmental support and therapy to help her clients move beyond whatever specific challenges they face.
Recognized by the State of Florida as both a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and certified sex therapist (CST), Valerie earned both her master’s and educational specialist degrees from Florida State University. She also trained in sex therapy at the Post Graduate Sex Therapy Training Institute in Palm Beach, Florida, and is designated as a qualified supervisor for mental health counseling statewide.
Valerie has more than 17 years of experience as a mental health professional. She has provided both inpatient and outpatient treatment, offering counseling/therapy for clients in forensic, social service and private practice settings, as well as in substance abuse facilities.
Mark Sears, MA, LMHC
“Nothing significant happens in our lives outside of them,” says Mark Sears, licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and facilitator of substance abuse/addiction recovery groups at Beachside Rehab. He’s talking about relationships, and that is why Mark emphasizes relational counseling with his clients. Relationships that fail to meet expectations can lead to debilitating stress, frustration and/or resentfulness, says Mark; empowering clients to establish and maintain mutually satisfying relationships can be essential to recovery and overall emotional well-being.
Mark earned his master’s degree in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Florida. His professional experience includes working for a group home for teens, for children’s homes in Honduras, for a private practice serving diverse clients, and – most recently – at a substance abuse treatment facility serving both inpatients and outpatients.`
No matter what group he serves, Mark follows a non-judgmental approach, without absolute disregard for age, race, belief system or sexual orientation. “We are all human beings who deserve dignity and respect.” It’s a premise, Mark says, that forms the very foundation of meaningful relationships.
Coordinator of Recreational Activities, Director of Alumni Outreach, SMART Recovery Facilitator
Michael Jasnwieski wears a lot of hats at Beachside Rehab. Maybe that’s because, as someone who’s in recovery himself, he knows that there’s also a lot that goes into getting and staying sober. For example, Michael understands that physical activity is an integral part of overcoming addiction. He knows that real recovery begins after you pack up, leave treatment, and transition back into your normal life. He gets that staying connected can keep you accountable. And he believes that sharing your addiction story can save a life – maybe even yours.
As coordinator of recreational activities, Michael makes sure there are always lots of choices for keeping active, including kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga, nature walks and local field trips, horseback riding, and pretty much any sport that involves a ball. As director of alumni outreach, he stays in touch with past clients, running Beachside Rehab’s alumni Facebook page and planning alumni events. And as SMART Recovery facilitator, he takes every opportunity to share with current clients his own experiences with self-management and recovery training (SMART recovery), his personal chosen method for overcoming addictive behaviors.
Diane Kingsley, RD, LDN
With a self-professed passion for helping others, Diane brings an easy-going, non-judgmental approach to her work as Beachside Rehab’s nutrition counselor. She practices medical nutrition therapy, and offers evidence-based nutrition counseling that ensures her recommendations are invariably supported by cutting-edge science. Diane’s commitment is not only to help clients learn about proper nutrition, but to guide them as they change unhealthy habits and behaviors.
A licensed and registered dietitian with more than two decades of experience in nutrition, Diane earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics from Keiser University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is also a licensed massage therapist with credentials from the Alpha Institute School of Massage. She has earned continuing education credits at the Upledger Institute, the US Kinesiology Institute of Chapel Hill, and Life Mastery Institute.
Diane is a firm believer in giving back to her community: She volunteers as a preceptor for dietetic students and travels to third world countries on medical missionary trips. On her most recent trip to Chiapas, Mexico, she provided nutritional education to the indigenous Tzotzil Indians.
Assistant to the Clinical Director
Nichole Lewis says that helping people recover from alcohol and addiction treatment is more than just a job. As assistant to Beachside Rehab’s clinical director, Nichole performs a variety of duties vital to ensuring that the center’s atmosphere is invariably one of empathy, encouragement and overall support. Being an integral part of a team committed to such meaningful work, she says, is indeed her passion.
Nichole brings to her role more than four years of experience working to promote recovery for clients undergoing addiction treatment. She previously served as a behavioral health technician (BHT) manager and subsequently, as a case manager; she thereby brings invaluable knowledge and experience to her current work.
Despite being a Pennsylvania native, Nichole identifies as an ocean-lover who has evolved into a “true Floridian” grateful to live and work in paradise.