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Shawn Leon

CEO

Shawn has been an officer and director of Ethema Health Corporation since November 2010 and served as the President of all the Company’s subsidiaries including Addiction Recovery Institute of America. He was the founder and co-creator of the program used at the very successful Greenestone Clinic in Canada (previously owned by Ethema and sold in 2017).

Prior to joining ARIA, Shawn specialized in real estate development and public company finance.  Shawn graduated with Honors in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1982. Shawn and his family are major shareholders in the Corporation.

Dr. Bob Rajcoomar, MD, MPH

Medical Director

Dr. Bob Rajcoomar is an experienced medical practitioner; who has been in practice for decades in the field of primary care and addiction medicine in Palm Beach County. He is a senior professor of Health Sciences at Palm Beach State College and he’s also been the medical director for several addiction centers in the past.

Dr. Rajcoomar was in private practice and maintains a hospital affiliation at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL. He has served in numerous positions and advisory roles and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Rajcoomar served in the U.S. military as a physician and a Major in the Medical Corps.

He completed his M.D. degree and Family Medicine residency training in Canada. He attended the University of Miami for his post-graduate studies where he earned his M.P.H. degree. He is certified in both addiction medicine and family medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Rajcoomar is married, has two children and two grand children. He enjoys gardening, fishing, traveling and playing his guitars. He is easy going and loves to take care of patients. He is happiest when patients under his care return to their normal lives with their families and as productive members within their communities.

Seeta Rampersaud, MsAc

Director of Finance | Human Resources

Seeta is the Director of Finance/HR for Addiction Recovery Institute of America, LLC. While she may be new to behavioral health but she is a seasoned accountant with 20+ years of experience and 10+ years of hospitality experience. Her professional journey includes that of venue management, hotel management, and several other industries. Her prior experience, both educational and work, enables her to utilize her accounting and her HR administrative skills to resourcefully manage small business cycles.  Seeta received her MS with a concentration in Controllership in 2011 and a BS in Finance from Oakwood University in 1998.

Seeta is a strong believer in cooperative management, fair work practice and that diversity is the spice of life.  She believes in striving for excellence and being the best version of herself. She is also an active member of Origin Ministry. She currently leads the hospitality and finance teams. She enjoys mornings on the beach with a great cup of coffee, reading, poetry, and traveling. She is the proud mother of her 17-year-old son.

“Good is the enemy of Great” Jim Collins.

Mark Fortune, MCITP, CCNA

Director of Information Technology | Marketing

Mark was born and raised in the tropical island paradise of Trinidad & Tobago, he grew up in Brooklyn, NY and settled in South Florida almost 20 years ago. He has worked in and around the substance abuse industry for just as long in various support positions providing him with extensive experience and working knowledge in the field.

As our IT Director Mark has been responsible for the complete build out of ARIA’s IT infrastructure from day one. He excels in rapid response and practical resolutions. While his quick wit and out of the box thinking shines best when an “uh oh” happens. He carries himself in a very jovial zen-like manner that makes him an excellent addition to the ARIA family.

Mark provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, and secure information technology environment throughout the ARIA Campus. He’s well versed in many areas as he provides support for academic research and technology, delivery of IT infrastructure and services, information security systems and compliance, administrative systems, and client support services.

Prior to joining ARIA, Mark spent 10 years in information technology roles in and around substance abuse treatment. Most recently, he served as the Director of Information Technology for another facility located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Mr. Fortune holds a BA in Computer Science and Network Security as well as numerous specialized IT Certifications.

 

Salvatore Pace

Executive Director

Sal has 25+ years of combined experience in the financial services and healthcare sectors.  Sal began his career on Wall Street holding various senior management positions during his 18-year tenure.  Sal spent the last 10+ years in the behavioral health field and learned the business of substance abuse treatment from the ground up.

Prior to joining ARIA, Sal was most recently the Director of Operations at a large treatment center with three subsidiaries and an aggregate capacity of 300+ beds and 120+ employees. Sal is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration, which includes managing staff and developing strategic business plans in collaboration with the CEO.  Sal exhibits great leadership with a terrific work ethic, outgoing demeanor, and emphasizes teamwork and cooperation to motivate people to work at optimal efficiency.

Jessica Torres, RN

Director of Nursing

Jessica received her BS in Nursing from South University.  She began her career at a detoxification center in Juno Beach, Florida.  As the company expanded, she was quickly promoted to Nurse Manager, and then the Director of Nursing.  In 2015 Jessica became the sole Utilization Reviewer for four out-of-state treatment centers in addition to continuing her duties as Director of Nursing.

Jessica worked in a mental health unit of a nationally recognized hospital where she became highly skilled in the acute phases of psychiatric illnesses.  Jessica’s goal is to promote positive client outcomes through a holistic-care approach.

Denise Hill, MA, CAP

Clinical Activities Coordinator

Denise has her Masters in Human Services with a concentration of Marriage and Family and is a Certified Addictions Professional. Denise has a passion for helping clients begin working on their deepest secrets. As the Clinical Activities Coordinator, Denise shares her 19 plus years of sobriety helping clients begin to work on what she calls treasure chest work.

Denise facilitates a myriad of groups while exposing clients to a plethora of material ranging from life skill to relapse prevention. Denise believes group therapy coupled with sober activities serves to help clients laugh and have fun during their journey back to life from the grips of addiction. Denise embraces the journey of life and is excited to support others as they traverse unfamiliar terrain.

Faye Williams

BHT Supervisor

Faye has over 20 years experience in the field of addiction. Faye has herself been sober for over 8 years.  As a Tech Supervisor, she provides assistance to the clinical, medical and executive teams. Faye oversees the daily operations for the female clients at the Addiction Recovery Institute of America Facility.

She supervises our female Behavioral Health Technicians and ensures the safety and comfort of our clients. Faye was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is extremely passionate about sobriety and helping those who are suffering. Faye’s passion is a result of her own personal experiences with addiction and her belief that everyone deserves a fighting chance at recovery.

Dr. Rick Stephan, PhD.

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Stephan is a clinical neuropsychologist and philosophical counselor specialized in substance use disorders, cognitive remediation, meta-analytic and neuroimaging research,  philosophical psychology, and psychotherapeutic interventions using applied psychophysiology. He is a published author in many peer­ reviewed journals including the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and the leading international expert in executive dysfunction and impulsivity in addictive disorders.

He received his clinical training from the Neuropsychiatry Department of the University of California San Diego and the Mount Sinai Medical School and Hospital in Manhattan.  He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stephan’s experience also includes extensive neuropsychological and diagnostic assessments, leading process and psychoeducational groups, teaching and academic achievement, and philosophical and existential psychotherapy.

Stuart Azoulay, MA, LMFT, MCAP

Clinical Director

Stuart is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, a Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and is a Masters Certified Addiction Professional.

Stuart connects with clients by listening and exploring each person’s unique situation completely free from judgment. Stuart’s approach is eclectic. He treats each client as the unique individual who they are. Stuart utilizes different therapeutic techniques with clients until he finds what works because each individual will respond differently to different techniques.

Throughout his career, Stuart has provided counseling to those struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, self-mutilation, ADHD, relationship difficulties, life transitions and family changes including divorce and death. All of these issues greatly affect a person’s ability to thrive. Stuart helps his clients work through these challenges and make positive changes.  He specializes in working with substance abuse clients at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care.

Stuart strives to bring forth his clients’ strengths, increase their self-awareness and empower them to better make decisions that will positively shape their lives. He explores helpful ways of relating to challenges and offers constructive ways of dealing with them. Stuart discusses possibilities for preferred ways of living with his clients to promote their continued success as they transition from struggling with addiction to striving in recovery.

Anthony Rotolo

BHT Supervisor

Anthony is our male BHT Supervisor at Addiction Recovery Institute of America. He hails from a small town on the southwestern side of Pennsylvania and through his journey of personal recovery he has made South Florida his home. Anthony has been working in the field for over two years. Through working his own program of recovery he will God willing be celebrating his 4 year anniversary this April. Anthony connects with our clients well and can relate to them through his own story of recovery. He is a firm believer in open and honest communication and boundaries with clients. Anthony has work experience in different fields making him well versatile. He has years of managerial experience stemming from various positions held since he was 18 years old. He doesn’t expect anybody to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. He believes in the clients come first mindset and that support from everyone when early in sobriety is key to long term success. Anthony enjoys going to the beach, working on cars and just spending time with his dog at home.

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