Mr. Ray Estefania is the former Director of South Miami Hospital’s Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. His current role is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Family Recovery Specialists (Miami, FL), an intensive outpatient program for adolescents and young adults that also provides concierge crisis/case management and intervention services for all ages. Mr. Estefania has been working as an addiction counselor for nearly 20 years and was formerly the Adolescent Program Supervisor at Suburban Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He has worked extensively as drug abuse counselor and alcohol abuse counselor, interventionist and as a family therapist in the field of addiction treatment. Mr. Estefania is a considered an expert in the field and frequently provides education and training to physicians, nurses, other mental health professionals, teachers and school administrators on topics related to addiction and recovery.
Mr. Estefania earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and his graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida, an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Intervention Professional. In addition, he has received intensive training and supervision at the University of Miami’s Center for Treatment Research on Adolescents Drug Abuse (CTRADA). Mr. Estefania also has extensive education and experience working with many other mental health issues. He has specific experience working as an adolescent counselor but is also comfortable working with adults as well. Ray is also very culturally sensitive and is accustomed to working with individuals and families from very diverse backgrounds.
Over the span of his career, Mr. Estefania has also been very involved in the prevention of substance abuse in children. He has organized and implemented numerous substance abuse prevention programs in both public and private schools in the Washington D.C. and South Florida regions. He has acted as a consultant to numerous independent schools to address the issue of student alcohol and substance abuse. He has coached thousands of parents on ways to prevent substance abuse in children. Mr. Estefania is also in private practice in the South Miami area providing psychotherapy, recovery coaching, parent effectiveness training, as well as intervention and placement services to adults, adolescents and families.
He is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and a member of the Network of Independent Interventionists. He was selected to be a member of the City of South Miami’s Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking and Drug Use as well as a member of the Board of Directors for Informed Families, The Florida Family Partnership. Ray is also a member of the Advisory Board for The Health Information Project, a school based health education program which increases awareness and access to healthcare for students in Miami Dade County schools. Mr. Estefania is a frequent speaker to schools, parent groups and community organizations and has been a guest on both radio and television programs on various topics including prevention, parenting, addiction and recovery.
Ana Moreno is psychotherapist working in South Miami, Florida and Co-Founder of Family Recovery Specialists, a program that provides addiction treatment and consulting services. She had been working in the field of substance abuse for over 11 years in a hospital based program where she served as a senior adolescent counselor and supervisor of the program. Ana has worked extensively with adolescents, young adults, and family members who have been affected by the disease of alcohol and drug addiction. Ms. Moreno also has vast experience in working with the parents of addicted teenagers and young adults. Ms. Moreno earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Addiction Professional and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the state of Florida. Ms. Moreno is a frequent speaker at public and private middle and high schools. Ms. Moreno has been an expert guest on radio and television dealing with the topics of adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Ana is fully bilingual and has vast experience working with families from diverse, multicultural backgrounds and often travels to Latin America to provide education to professionals, community organizations and parent groups. She is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and is also a Daring Way Certified Facilitator.
Ms. Moreno contributed to a study titled Synthetic Cannabinoid Use: A Case Series of Adolescents. This article was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health in October of 2011. To read the article please click here.
Ms. Moreno was interviewed by WSVN in a news story about the dangers in our own homes. There has been an increase in the abuse of prescription medications and over the counter medications by teens and young adults. To learn more please click here.
Parents dreams for the children is for them to accomplish more than they did. What happens if your child is struggling in school? What can a parent do to help their teenagers complete their high school education? Here are some tips:
Parents dreams for the children is for them to accomplish more than they did. What happens if your child is struggling in school? What can a parent do to help their teenagers complete their high school education? Here are some tips
Dr. Hugh Humphery completed residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also under the auspices of Duke University Medical Center, where he served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Humphery earned his medical degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to attending medical school he earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from Lawrence University and from Florida International University. Dr. Humphery is an alumnae of Markham College in Lima, Peru.
Upon completing his training at Duke, Dr. Humphery relocated to Miami where he joined the faculty of the department of psychiatry at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Assistant Professor. Dr. Humphery is a clinical researcher at FIU’s Center for Children and Families. He also established a private psychiatry practice in 2011 where he sees children, adolescents, and young adults. A billingual practitioner (English/Spanish), Dr. Humphery’s areas of research and interest include Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, Consult Liaison (CL) psychiatry, and sleep medicine.
Dr. Humphery joined Family Recovery Specialists as Medical Director in 2011.
Diana Garcia received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Florida International University and is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida. She has been working in the addiction field for the past three years providing treatment to adolescents and adults presenting with co-occurring disorders. Her experience ranges from working with juveniles involved with the legal system to an inpatient residential program for adults. Through her experience with the legal system, she has been able to provide much needed support and intervention to adolescents in order to prevent further escalation of their addiction. Most recently, she was working with a dually diagnosed, high socio-economic population in an inpatient setting. She has had significant experience working with multicultural clients and is fully capable of providing services in Spanish. She is dedicated to helping her clients and their families through their journey of recovery. In addition, she is a certified SMART Recovery Facilitator and a Daring Way Facilitator.
Leslie Gil is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. As a DBT therapist, she facilitates the adolescent DBT skills training group at The Counseling Group, a private practice in Miami, Florida. In addition to working with adolescents, she also works with adults, individuals and families. FRS is proud to announce Leslie is now part of our team and will help us to bring valuable DBT skills to our patients and families.
Before entering into private practice Leslie worked as a substance abuse counselor at Here’s Help in Miami. While at Here’s Help she worked with teenagers and adults who were court often mandated to receive treatment. She provided group and individual therapy with a focus on relapse prevention, drug education and improving coping skills for her young clients.
Her clinical focus is to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, relational issues, substance abuse and emotional augmentation. She facilitates a DBT skills training group at Family Recovery Specialists. The group offers skills training to both patients and their families. Leslie is able to weave crucial DBT components like mindfulness, validation, distress tolerance and emotion regulation into the various treatment options provided by FRS. We hope to help clients become more self aware of their emotional experience and develop ways they may use those skills effectively in their recovery. FRS is excited to have Leslie on our team and we look forward to continuing to improve our services so we can provide the latest in evidence based treatment for our clients.
Dr. Nodarse obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Florida International University in 1975, with a major in education. She became a school teacher for Dade County Public Schools, and in 1976, was awarded a full scholarship from the University of Miami. In 1978, she obtained a Master's Degree in Education, focusing on exceptional student's needs.
In 1990, after teaching for 15 years, she went back to school and obtained a Master's Degree in School Psychology, from the Miami Institute of Psychology. Once a licensed school psychologist, she worked at an educational/psychiatric center for children and adolescents for 16 years. During that time, Dr. Nodarse went back to school and obtained a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has been in private practice since 1996 specializing in children, adolescents, and young adults. She does individual and family therapy, and a variety of psycho-educational assessments to determine an individual’s level of functioning, treatment needs, and appropriate interventions. Dr. Nodarse has been working as a consulting school psychologist with FRS since 2011.
Daniel Yero is currently a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida and is working toward his certification in addiction counseling. He has been working for the past 3 years in the Miami area, providing addiction treatment to adolescents and young adults. His experience in the field of substance abuse ranges from working with at-risk youth to adults across all socio-economic statuses. He is also bilingual and is very comfortable working with individuals and families from very diverse backgrounds. For about 8 years prior to entering the field of substance abuse, Daniel worked with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis he taught academics and life-skills to this population. He also provided parent effectiveness training, teaching parents to use key skills in dealing with the many challenges faced by families with Autism. Daniel earned both his undergraduate degree in Psychology and his graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University. He also received specialized training in Applied Behavior Analysis and has effectively used these skills with substance abusing young people. Daniel is now a primary therapist at Family Recovery Specialists having joined the team in October of 2014.
Eden McDowell received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies and is currently completing her Master’s thesis in Art Therapy and Creativity Development at Pratt Institute. Over the years, Eden has worked with individuals and families in a variety of clinical settings, including Family Recovery Specialists, Miami Children’s Hospital, and The Oliver-Pyatt Centers. Eden specializes in using the creative process to encourage emotional expression and exploration, promoting psychological growth and overall health and well being. Eden provides case management for our program and also runs some art therapy/creative expression groups for our adolescent and adult clients. Eden grew up in Miami, attended Ransom Everglades High School and is quite accustomed to working with families from very diverse backgrounds.
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