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  • Inpatient Facility,Intensive Outpatient Therapy,Outpatient
    Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Aftercare and Sober Living, Intervention, Family Care and Guidance, Relapse Bootcamp, Sober Living, Integrative Aftercare & Case Management
  • 117 SE Seminole Street
    Stuart, 34994
    FL

Waters Edge Recovery Stuart, Florida is Recommended by Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide™

Waters Edge RecoveryWaters Edge Recovery of Stuart, Florida is one of the top addiction treatment centers and drug rehab facilities in the country. Their beautiful facility is second only to their experienced, professional and caring staff who are dedicated to providing each of their guests with the individualized attention and treatment they need to succeed in conquering their heroin, drug and substance-abuse addiction. Waters Edge Recovery has been prescreened and approved for recommendation by Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide based on high standards. To learn more, visit the discussion forum community topic “Waters Edge Recovery, Stuart, Florida – Clinic Review – Recommended by our Online Community“.

Waters Edge Recovery is one of the world’s leading behavioral health and substance abuse treatment center . Their drug rehab facility offers a full spectrum of individualized treatment and specialty care for adults (18 plus) and their families. Services include Inpatient & Outpatient Care, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), Aftercare and Sober Living, Intervention, Family Care and Guidance, Relapse Bootcamp, Sober Living, Integrative Aftercare & Case Management and more.

Waters Edge Recovery is nestled alongside the St. Lucie River providing one of the most beautiful and scenic environments, promoting peace, relaxation and serenity. Their location is no accident and is conducive to their holistic approach to recovery. This includes nutritional counseling, exercise, art and music therapy, meditation and recreational activities.

Waters Edge Recovery Facility

The Waters Edge Recovery treatment center and residential housing for guests are steps away from each other, making getting back and forth from the house to the clinical office much easier and faster. The accommodations for guests are two beds per room. Select rooms have a water view overlooking the beautiful Saint Lucie River near Martin County. Waters Edge Recovery provides individualized attention and care and thus, they maintain only a small number of beds to keep treatment intimate. Waters Edge Recovery believes their clients should be treated as guests not patients. Thus, they keep it small so that everyone is on a first name basis.

Waters Edge Recovery Treatment

Waters Edge Recovery

Treatment guests receive is Waters Edge Recovery’s number one priority. Respect and dignity are a must and staff members pay close attention to each individual’s wants and needs. This approach promotes the self-confidence that many addicts lost early on in their drug addiction. Waters Edge Recovery’s primary goal is to make a long-term impact and difference in the lives of each guest, their families and their loved ones, promoting long-term, lasting recovery. The staff at Waters Edge Recovery considers it a privilege to be part of the life changing and healing process of each guest’s holistic recovery.

bullet1 Waters Edge Recovery offers various levels of care, starting with the highest level called Day/Night Treatment with Community Housing.

bullet1 Waters Edge Recovery provides After Day/Night Treatment, guests will start to integrate into the community, obtain a sponsor if they have not already done so, and gain a support system and a job. While doing so, they will receive treatment at the Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Level of Care.

bullet1 After completing IOP, our clients will then move into Outpatient as a step down. This level of care allows the individual an opportunity to interact with the real world environment while still receiving ongoing support for therapy.

In collaboration with the guest’s input, Waters Edge Recovery’s clinical staff will develop an individualized holistic treatment program tailored to each client’s unique needs. Safe and supportive sober living in a structured sober living home is highly recommended at this level of treatment with an ongoing connection to attending groups, assistance with job searches, resume building, and implementation of coping skills paired with individual/family therapy.

Waters Edge Recovery Targets Specific Needs

Waters Edge Recovery treatment efforts are targeted to address specific needs, with specialized offerings that focus on:

bullet1  Drug and Alcohol Abuse
bullet1  Opioid & Heroin Addiction
bullet1  Trauma
bullet1  Addiction to Pain Medication
bullet1  Family Relations
bullet1  Understanding the Brain Chemistry of Addiction
bullet1  Progression of the Disease of Addiction
bullet1  Introduction To the Twelve Steps
bullet1  Spirituality
bullet1  Stages of Change
bullet1  Focus On Co-Occurring Disorders and the Effects On Addiction and Recovery

Exceptional Medical Care

Waters Edge Recovery understands that addiction is not only a social and emotional crisis, but it is also a physical health crisis for many of their guests.  Therefore, Waters Edge Recovery goes over and above traditional addiction treatment services in the extensive level of medical care they provide all their guests as part of their standard service during all levels of treatment. This includes:

bullet1   The Medical Director is a psychiatrist who works closely with all clients and conducts a full psychiatric review on admission.
bullet1  They have trained medical staff in their units every day of the week.
bullet1  They also provide full internal medicine services weekly for clients and their families within our facility.
bullet1  All clients enjoy pain management (non-opioid) services daily which include yoga, massage, movement therapy, chiropractic, cupping and acupuncture.
bullet1  Waters Edge Recovery employs a trained and certified dietician and nutritionist for client’s dietary needs.

Accreditations and Achievements

Waters Edge RecoveryWaters Edge Recovery has been approved for recommendation by Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and for membership in the elite National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers (NAATC). The NAATC’s primary mission is to raise the bar of excellence for treatment centers and set standards ultra high. Only an elite class of drug rehab facilities are qualified for NAATC membership. To learn more about the NAATC, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/naatcorg. The NAATC website is almost complete.

Waters Edge Recovery is a JCAHO accredited facility. The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission ® is an accreditation that is nationally recognized as the premier symbol of quality for addiction treatment. This accreditation reflects our commitment to meeting the highest performance standards for patient treatment and care. The Joint Commission’s behavioral health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, quality improvement measurement experts, and individuals and their families. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance. To learn more about the Joint Commission and Waters Edge Recovery’s JCAHO accreditation, click here.

Waters Edge Recovery has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can read their review by clicking here.

Why Waters Edge Recovery is Recommended

An addiction treatment center is only as good as their staff. And Waters Edge Recovery is as professional, dedicated and genuine as they come. William, Founder and Publisher of Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide has spoken to staff members, former guests/patients and has spent a lot of time diligently researching and investigating this facility. As a recovering addict, William is very thorough and only approved treatment centers he personally believes in and would send his family to for recommendation. They must also meet high standards. William was very impressed and felt that Waters Edge was an excellent fit for both Kill the Heroin Epidemic Nationwide and the National Alliance of Addiction Treatment Centers.

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Waters Edge Recovery Review - by Pina (Lou's Mother)

My son finally found the right door and he had the courage to knock. It has made all the difference in his world to him and everyone he touches. My prayers have been answered!”

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Waters Edge Recovery Review - Toby (Jacob's Mom)

Waters Edge Recovery was an answer to my prayers and a dream come true. Struggling for over a year in Massachusetts to find a bed, let alone a long term program, for my 23 year old son was a nightmare. The mission statement that says they individualize the program is an understatement!!! The staff from Lou, Barbara (the most amazing Counselor), all the Techs, and the staff in general tended to all my son’s needs whether it was emotional, physical or social. He went there alone as a stranger/addict and came out sober with a family!!! They have a wonderful support network that led to a smooth transition for my son to continue on his path to long term sobriety and keep tabs on him. Listening to parents in my support group complain about their children’s programs I know that I found a gem here!!! You gave him the tools and the rest is up to him. From a mom’s perspective, due to the amazing communication you offered, I knew he was in good hands and that kept my sanity. I will forever be eternally grateful!!!

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Waters Edge Recovery Clinic Review - Carene H

I don’t think I could have had a more caring and honest therapist than Angie to help guide me through the recovery process. Her experience driven insight paired with an intelligent understanding of mental health and addiction makes a combination for progress. She truly has a passion for helping people. Thank you Angie!

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Waters Edge Recovery Review - Nate G

Hi Lou! Just wanted to thank you for all the help and guidance you have given me. You truly have been a God send and for that I am truly grateful. I had to share my testimony. Thanks again

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Waters Edge Recovery Review - Nicholas W

Angie is one of those therapists who when you first sit down with to talk about recovery, you know you’re in good hands. She has a demeanor about herself that let’s you know right off the bat she takes recovery seriously not only because she cares about you, but because she has been there herself. Angie is straight and to the point; she knows that there is no time to be messing around with people’s lives. At the same time she is also compassionate and understanding. It’s all of these things combined that make Angie a great therapist for recovering addicts and alcoholics. I would highly recommend Angie for anyone seeking help.

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Waters Edge Recovery Clinic Review - Jacob

A Florida alcohol and drug rehab center offering holistic care. We accept insurance to make your recovery affordable. Call us today to get the best help.

Waters Edge Rrecovery Clinic Review - Eric

In this patient testimonial, Eric shares his experience and why his stay at Waters Edge Recovery changed and saved his life.

Waters Edge Rrecovery Clinic Review - Emily

In this clinic review video, Emily shares her experience with Waters Edge Recovery. A Florida alcohol and drug rehab center offering holistic care. We accept insurance to make your recovery affordable. Call us today to get the best help.

Waters Edge Rrecovery Clinic Review - Delaney

In this video, Delaney shares her experience and what it was like for her at Waters Edge Reovery. She is very happy with the treatment she received and recommends it to anyone in need of addiction help. A Florida alcohol and drug rehab center offering holistic care. We accept insurance to make your recovery affordable. Call us today to get the best help.

Kitchen Drawer Drugs

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments every day for misusing prescription opioids. From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million people died from drug overdose and that figure has nearly quadrupled since 1999.

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

In my recent article the opioid epidemic, how parents can help: We keep our guns in a gun safe and our opioids in a kitchen draw I discussed how, for adolescents, a significant point of access to narcotic pain medication is leftover pills from a prior prescription. I suggested how

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Opioids… pain management & drug addiction – the layman’s view

Whereas there is plenty of news coverage highlighting the opioid overdose epidemic spreading throughout the country and the world, and most people know someone touched by addiction, the education available to the public on the drugs involved is fragmented. Many non-profit organizations and public officials, who are highly concerned with

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Consumers Called On To Take A Stand Against Prescription Drug Hikes

With the never ending barrage of disturbing news coming at Americans each day, perhaps one of the more troubling subjects to hit the headlines is the rising cost of prescription medication. Pharmaceutical drug pricing is not regulated by any governmental agency. Coupled with this fact is the reality that high drug prices impact

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State of Recovery

Waters Edge Recovery Chief Development Officer, Jef Mullins, was invited to present to industry executives at the first annual State of Recovery conference held at the Diplomat Hotel July 21st and 22nd . State of Recovery 2016 featured 30 speakers, including celebrity author Mariel Hemingway, former NFL star Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson and over

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Carfentanil Among Drugs Causing Overdose Deaths

As law enforcement, medical personnel and elected officials come together to appeal to their communities to avoid heroin, fearing it may be cut with the analgesic fentanyl or the sedative Carfentanil, overdose deaths continue to rise at an increasingly alarming rate throughout the country. As black market drug suppliers find ways to produce

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Smoking – I thought we were beating it!

One of the most recent examples of public health campaigns actually making a difference are the anti-smoking initiatives. As a result of drives to raise awareness of the hazards of smoking and a rise in support offered around smoking cessation, we have enjoyed a significant drop in the USA from the

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Addiction: Families Terrified of Each Other

Being in recovery myself, people often ask me what it’s like to be craving a drink or a drug. It’s hard to imagine if you haven’t gone through it; hard to communicate clearly to someone fortunate enough to have not been trapped inside it. Like a color-blind person trying to tell you

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Drugs: Teaching our children about what they are putting into their bodies.

According to a new report on July 14 th from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which analyzed data from 101 U.S. hospitals between 2010 and 2015, a total of 456 synthetic-cannabinoid overdoses were recorded at these sites and, more worryingly, this number is rising. Although such overdoses represent a

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Children really do emulate parents where alcohol is concerned.

Parents of teenagers generally are convinced that their children pay no attention whatsoever to them. Actually, this is not true at all, which can be a good, or a bad, thing. A study recently published in the July issue ‘Prevention Science’ magazine* highlighted how parents behavior around each other and their children

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Tyler Gorman

  • About Tyler Gorman
  • Tyler started his work in the behavioral healthcare industry fourteen years ago, when one of his family members needed assistance. He took a personal interest in researching the industry and finding out what factors separated a quality, effective organization from an average one. He gradually came to the conclusion that the only way he could ensure that his family member received genuine, long-term, quality treatment, was to create a new type of treatment facility, where the client comes first in every decision made regarding their care.

    Tyler is the Founder and current President of a highly successful group of ‘boutique’ behavioral healthcare facilities across the US. Having built this extraordinary facility from the ground up, Tyler has learned first-hand what is involved with establishing a world-class treatment organization, while developing its reputation as a leader in the substance abuse treatment industry.

    Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and left a successful career in the financial services industry to pursue his dream of helping others. His passion is evidenced through his exemplary leadership and the success of the organizations that he has helped to build and grow.
  • About Tyler Gorman
  • Tyler started his work in the behavioral healthcare industry fourteen years ago, when one of his family members needed assistance. He took a personal interest in researching the industry and finding out what factors separated a quality, effective organization from an average one. He gradually came to the conclusion that the only way he could ensure that his family member received genuine, long-term, quality treatment, was to create a new type of treatment facility, where the client comes first in every decision made regarding their care.

    Tyler is the Founder and current President of a highly successful group of ‘boutique’ behavioral healthcare facilities across the US. Having built this extraordinary facility from the ground up, Tyler has learned first-hand what is involved with establishing a world-class treatment organization, while developing its reputation as a leader in the substance abuse treatment industry.

    Tyler holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and left a successful career in the financial services industry to pursue his dream of helping others. His passion is evidenced through his exemplary leadership and the success of the organizations that he has helped to build and grow.

Tyler Gorman

Jef Mullins

  • About Jef Mullins
  • Jef is a highly experienced behavioral health and addictions therapist and executive with double diplomas in Psychodynamic Counseling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and the University of Hertfordshire. He has a BA Honors Degree in Linguistics and the History of Ideas, the highest award attainable in the United Kingdom in Leadership and Management of Care Services. Jef has also received the Level 15 Effective Personal Leadership Award from Leadership and Management International.

    Jef has lived, worked, trained and lectured all over the world, including being a headmaster in Spain, Treatment Director at TTP Counseling of 16 addiction treatment centers, and Head of Training and Development at the prestigious Promis Clinics in the UK. He has also been the Care Quality Commission Registered Manager for six different facilities. Professionally, Jef’s gratitude for his own recovery drives his passion for high quality care that treats all clients as people with individual dreams, pain and aspirations.

    As our Chief Development Officer, Jef is responsible for leading positive change within the organization in a way that consistently improves not only the quality and creativity of our programs, but also the ongoing mission to make Waters Edge continues a caring, learning environment for all the special people who work here.

    “It was without hesitation that I moved to the USA to join Waters Edge Recovery, as I was moved by its culture of embracing each individual person, with love and compassion for their suffering and a genuine recognition of each client’s unique potential.”

    One of his favorite quotes is: “The world breaks everyone and, afterwards, some are strong in the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway
  • About Jef Mullins
  • Jef is a highly experienced behavioral health and addictions therapist and executive with double diplomas in Psychodynamic Counseling from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and the University of Hertfordshire. He has a BA Honors Degree in Linguistics and the History of Ideas, the highest award attainable in the United Kingdom in Leadership and Management of Care Services. Jef has also received the Level 15 Effective Personal Leadership Award from Leadership and Management International.

    Jef has lived, worked, trained and lectured all over the world, including being a headmaster in Spain, Treatment Director at TTP Counseling of 16 addiction treatment centers, and Head of Training and Development at the prestigious Promis Clinics in the UK. He has also been the Care Quality Commission Registered Manager for six different facilities. Professionally, Jef’s gratitude for his own recovery drives his passion for high quality care that treats all clients as people with individual dreams, pain and aspirations.

    As our Chief Development Officer, Jef is responsible for leading positive change within the organization in a way that consistently improves not only the quality and creativity of our programs, but also the ongoing mission to make Waters Edge continues a caring, learning environment for all the special people who work here.

    “It was without hesitation that I moved to the USA to join Waters Edge Recovery, as I was moved by its culture of embracing each individual person, with love and compassion for their suffering and a genuine recognition of each client’s unique potential.”

    One of his favorite quotes is: “The world breaks everyone and, afterwards, some are strong in the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway

Jef Mullins

Kristin Gallucci

  • About Kristin Gallucci
  • Kristin brings to Waters Edge Recovery a wealth of experience at the highest level of business in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, food service, healthcare and communications. She has had a distinguished career in marketing and advertising, including serving as EVP of a leading communications agency in New Jersey and as the global business leader for those agency relationships with Fortune 50-500 companies.

    She has worked across all forms of media, having secured countless national media placements, including Good Morning America and the Today Show, as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

    Kristin brings over 15 years of marketing and branding expertise to the position and oversees internal and external communications efforts, digital marketing and non-profit initiatives such as The Protector Project. She does this with the help of her incredibly talented support team.

    Her passion is fueled by her desire to give back to the community, having initiated a number of community programs at Waters Edge Recovery including Working Wheels, which provides bicycles to those in recovery who are in need of transportation to their jobs.
  • About Kristin Gallucci
  • Kristin brings to Waters Edge Recovery a wealth of experience at the highest level of business in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, food service, healthcare and communications. She has had a distinguished career in marketing and advertising, including serving as EVP of a leading communications agency in New Jersey and as the global business leader for those agency relationships with Fortune 50-500 companies.

    She has worked across all forms of media, having secured countless national media placements, including Good Morning America and the Today Show, as well as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

    Kristin brings over 15 years of marketing and branding expertise to the position and oversees internal and external communications efforts, digital marketing and non-profit initiatives such as The Protector Project. She does this with the help of her incredibly talented support team.

    Her passion is fueled by her desire to give back to the community, having initiated a number of community programs at Waters Edge Recovery including Working Wheels, which provides bicycles to those in recovery who are in need of transportation to their jobs.

Kristin Gallucci

Justin Anderson

  • About Justin Anderson
  • As Chief Operating Officer, Justin immerses himself in the day-to-day operations of Waters Edge Recovery, ensuring that the client and staff experience is one of consistency, care and harmony. Justin oversees management, facilities, and operations at the two Florida-based treatment centers, overseeing 100+ staff members and a 72+ bed capacity; all while ensuring Waters Edge has proper resources to fulfill its critical work of saving and transforming lives.

    As a result of his dedication and hard work, Justin was able to make important contributions to the organization’s successful application for Joint Commission Accreditation. He also spearheaded several expansion projects as our success and admissions grew. His dedication to meeting the high standards that our clients need and deserve resulted in this rapid progression in the organization. Justin has established an exemplary track record of leadership development and building high performing teams.

    Justin’s experience allows him to effectively communicate and understand the needs of his co-workers and clients from both a logistical and therapeutic perspective. After his personal journey to recovery took him through more than 15 different rehab programs, he understands that each client should feel that they are treated as an individual, “not just a another client passing through.”

    Outside of his professional commitments at Waters Edge, Justin has an ongoing commitment to his own recovery, and is a regular speaker at events and meetings. He also serves as a mentor to young males in early sobriety, and has achieved certification as an AMA intervention specialist.
  • About Justin Anderson
  • As Chief Operating Officer, Justin immerses himself in the day-to-day operations of Waters Edge Recovery, ensuring that the client and staff experience is one of consistency, care and harmony. Justin oversees management, facilities, and operations at the two Florida-based treatment centers, overseeing 100+ staff members and a 72+ bed capacity; all while ensuring Waters Edge has proper resources to fulfill its critical work of saving and transforming lives.

    As a result of his dedication and hard work, Justin was able to make important contributions to the organization’s successful application for Joint Commission Accreditation. He also spearheaded several expansion projects as our success and admissions grew. His dedication to meeting the high standards that our clients need and deserve resulted in this rapid progression in the organization. Justin has established an exemplary track record of leadership development and building high performing teams.

    Justin’s experience allows him to effectively communicate and understand the needs of his co-workers and clients from both a logistical and therapeutic perspective. After his personal journey to recovery took him through more than 15 different rehab programs, he understands that each client should feel that they are treated as an individual, “not just a another client passing through.”

    Outside of his professional commitments at Waters Edge, Justin has an ongoing commitment to his own recovery, and is a regular speaker at events and meetings. He also serves as a mentor to young males in early sobriety, and has achieved certification as an AMA intervention specialist.

Justin Anderson

JoAnna VanVleet, D.O.

  • About JoAnna VanVleet, D.O.
  • JoAnna VanVleet, D.O., is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, subsequently graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. VanVleet graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Dr. VanVleet completed her four year psychiatric internship and residency training through Henry Ford Behavioral Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a year-long fellowship with subsequent certification in Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. VanVleet is the Medical Director for Waters Edge Recovery Center in Stuart, Florida as well Florida Psychiatry Associates, an outpatient private practice in St. Lucie West, Florida serving the entire East Coast of Florida as well as Central Florida.

    Dr. VanVleet is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on several committees on behalf of the Florida Psychiatric Society. She is also a member of The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine.

    Dr. VanVleet is married and resides in the St. Lucie West area. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, exercising, and other activities with family and friends.
  • About JoAnna VanVleet, D.O.
  • JoAnna VanVleet, D.O., is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, subsequently graduating with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. VanVleet graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Dr. VanVleet completed her four year psychiatric internship and residency training through Henry Ford Behavioral Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a year-long fellowship with subsequent certification in Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. VanVleet is the Medical Director for Waters Edge Recovery Center in Stuart, Florida as well Florida Psychiatry Associates, an outpatient private practice in St. Lucie West, Florida serving the entire East Coast of Florida as well as Central Florida.

    Dr. VanVleet is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on several committees on behalf of the Florida Psychiatric Society. She is also a member of The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine.

    Dr. VanVleet is married and resides in the St. Lucie West area. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, exercising, and other activities with family and friends.

JoAnna VanVleet, D.O.

Iesha Richards

  • About Iesha Richards
  • Iesha is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Masters Addiction Counselor. She is a United States Veteran whose passion for treating those struggling with addiction grew as she witnessed fellow service members as they lost those things that they most valued in their lives as a result of their struggles. She also spent years overseas as a civilian assisting military members and families whose struggles were negatively impacting their overall wellbeing.

    Iesha’s expertise is used to assist individuals with becoming aware of their thinking-patterns, how these patterns affect their lives, and promote change, where change is best for a healthier life. She currently leads our Protector Project Program; that exclusively serves First Responders, acknowledging their unique needs and preferences with sensitive focus on trauma and the need to return quickly to their personal and professional lives.

    Iesha believes that all humans have the power within themselves to live fulfilled and happy lives, but it may take tough change to become our greatest selves.

    Two mottos she lives by:

    “When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” And “Let go of the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can.”
  • About Iesha Richards
  • Iesha is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a certified Masters Addiction Counselor. She is a United States Veteran whose passion for treating those struggling with addiction grew as she witnessed fellow service members as they lost those things that they most valued in their lives as a result of their struggles. She also spent years overseas as a civilian assisting military members and families whose struggles were negatively impacting their overall wellbeing.

    Iesha’s expertise is used to assist individuals with becoming aware of their thinking-patterns, how these patterns affect their lives, and promote change, where change is best for a healthier life. She currently leads our Protector Project Program; that exclusively serves First Responders, acknowledging their unique needs and preferences with sensitive focus on trauma and the need to return quickly to their personal and professional lives.

    Iesha believes that all humans have the power within themselves to live fulfilled and happy lives, but it may take tough change to become our greatest selves.

    Two mottos she lives by:

    “When you can’t change the direction of the wind, adjust your sails.” And “Let go of the things you can’t change and focus on the things you can.”

Iesha Richards

Lou Agudo

  • About Lou Agudo
  • Because we’ve “been there,” our method of recovery takes on a different approach and comes from the heart. It utilizes the brain to inspire our guest to seek a better life. We actually call it the “Common Sense of Recovery.”

    With more than 32 years in recovery, my life has been a blessing and a gift. My resolve to assist alcoholics and addicts on their journey into real life remains unwavering. My life experiences and diverse educational background has afforded me the know-how and the privilege to work with individuals as they realize their immense potential, value and worth. Please don’t be discouraged by past failures. Remember that each experience represents a unique opportunity for learning.

    I have been on this journey and know and believe that a life filled with the promise of happiness in recovery is possible and that individuals can successfully navigate life’s challenges. Achieving and maintaining long-term recovery requires a new life perspective, one that empowers you to heal with acceptance, enlightenment, and compassion for other human beings. You will walk a path you have never walked before because I believe you can. I know it works, I have been there… it is part of my education as much as was Stony Brook University and Universal Brotherhood Movement.

    My philosophy is empowering. My vision for you is breathtaking and my mission is solidly founded on the knowledge that you too can find yourself and a place where you belong with the help of others.

    Take a leap of faith and allow my experience to guide you and mentor you through your early drug treatment recovery… you have nothing more to lose and infinite wisdom and knowledge to gain.
  • About Lou Agudo
  • Because we’ve “been there,” our method of recovery takes on a different approach and comes from the heart. It utilizes the brain to inspire our guest to seek a better life. We actually call it the “Common Sense of Recovery.”

    With more than 32 years in recovery, my life has been a blessing and a gift. My resolve to assist alcoholics and addicts on their journey into real life remains unwavering. My life experiences and diverse educational background has afforded me the know-how and the privilege to work with individuals as they realize their immense potential, value and worth. Please don’t be discouraged by past failures. Remember that each experience represents a unique opportunity for learning.

    I have been on this journey and know and believe that a life filled with the promise of happiness in recovery is possible and that individuals can successfully navigate life’s challenges. Achieving and maintaining long-term recovery requires a new life perspective, one that empowers you to heal with acceptance, enlightenment, and compassion for other human beings. You will walk a path you have never walked before because I believe you can. I know it works, I have been there… it is part of my education as much as was Stony Brook University and Universal Brotherhood Movement.

    My philosophy is empowering. My vision for you is breathtaking and my mission is solidly founded on the knowledge that you too can find yourself and a place where you belong with the help of others.

    Take a leap of faith and allow my experience to guide you and mentor you through your early drug treatment recovery… you have nothing more to lose and infinite wisdom and knowledge to gain.

Lou Agudo

Barbara Heggers

  • About Barbara Heggers
  • Bringing more than 17 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment to Waters Edge Recovery, Barbara Heggers is our Team Leader. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor and has continued her education over the years to better enable her to treat patients.

    A dynamic and creative counselor as well as a Reiki Master, Barbara offers clients emotional healing while relieving stress and anxiety naturally. Her main focus in helping clients is to empower them learn to love themselves. “I believe the key ingredient to recovery is love. If we choose to love ourselves a little bit more each day, we are less likely to participate in behaviors that will harm us”.

    Barbara teaches her clients the tools they need to build their self-esteem and self-worth. This enables them to better address difficult situations in their lives and not feel the need to run to drugs or alcohol. She connects on a deeper level, knowing the pain that they carry as well as the hope that the future holds.

    One of her favorite quotes is, “The choices we make determine our destiny.”
  • About Barbara Heggers
  • Bringing more than 17 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment to Waters Edge Recovery, Barbara Heggers is our Team Leader. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor and has continued her education over the years to better enable her to treat patients.

    A dynamic and creative counselor as well as a Reiki Master, Barbara offers clients emotional healing while relieving stress and anxiety naturally. Her main focus in helping clients is to empower them learn to love themselves. “I believe the key ingredient to recovery is love. If we choose to love ourselves a little bit more each day, we are less likely to participate in behaviors that will harm us”.

    Barbara teaches her clients the tools they need to build their self-esteem and self-worth. This enables them to better address difficult situations in their lives and not feel the need to run to drugs or alcohol. She connects on a deeper level, knowing the pain that they carry as well as the hope that the future holds.

    One of her favorite quotes is, “The choices we make determine our destiny.”

Barbara Heggers

Anthony Chambers

  • About Anthony Chambers
  • Anthony Chambers is a Personal Power Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer and we are honored to have him work with our clients at Waters Edge Recovery.

    Anthony has too many awards to mention here, but many highlight his work at a community level with young, underserved populations. Anthony founded the High Desert Youth Center in Southern California, which later evolved into the first independent Charter school, serving at-risk youth within a community of over 400,000 residents. In 2003, he was noted as one of the Top 10 most influential African Americans in the High Desert Community of San Bernardino, California, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Pentecostal Bible College of Tuskegee, Alabama, West Coast Campus, for his service to the community. He is the author of Power Up Your Faith and Take Charge of Your Life!

    In a word, Anthony’s work with our clients is transformational and his workshops are principally designed to inspire our clients to uncover and embrace their inner resources, vocalizing and inspiring power and hope in our clients.

    Jef Mullins, our CDO, describes Anthony’s contribution to our client journey: “Our task is to create a safe, professional, organized and loving space for our clients. Anthony then inspires them to feel and think OUTSIDE OF IT.”

    Anthony works at a group and one-to-one level with our newest clients and supports them to understand that they have exceptional strength and talent that has so far been wasted in the service of addiction. He helps them to redirect those resources towards a future defined by service to others, personal success and confidence. Anthony says of his approach “I direct our clients to the awareness that all they hope to be, they already are, and must learn to point their attention there. I help shift their focus to accept this as a new reality and to understand they don’t have potential, but are potential becoming aware of itself.”
  • About Anthony Chambers
  • Anthony Chambers is a Personal Power Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer and we are honored to have him work with our clients at Waters Edge Recovery.

    Anthony has too many awards to mention here, but many highlight his work at a community level with young, underserved populations. Anthony founded the High Desert Youth Center in Southern California, which later evolved into the first independent Charter school, serving at-risk youth within a community of over 400,000 residents. In 2003, he was noted as one of the Top 10 most influential African Americans in the High Desert Community of San Bernardino, California, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Pentecostal Bible College of Tuskegee, Alabama, West Coast Campus, for his service to the community. He is the author of Power Up Your Faith and Take Charge of Your Life!

    In a word, Anthony’s work with our clients is transformational and his workshops are principally designed to inspire our clients to uncover and embrace their inner resources, vocalizing and inspiring power and hope in our clients.

    Jef Mullins, our CDO, describes Anthony’s contribution to our client journey: “Our task is to create a safe, professional, organized and loving space for our clients. Anthony then inspires them to feel and think OUTSIDE OF IT.”

    Anthony works at a group and one-to-one level with our newest clients and supports them to understand that they have exceptional strength and talent that has so far been wasted in the service of addiction. He helps them to redirect those resources towards a future defined by service to others, personal success and confidence. Anthony says of his approach “I direct our clients to the awareness that all they hope to be, they already are, and must learn to point their attention there. I help shift their focus to accept this as a new reality and to understand they don’t have potential, but are potential becoming aware of itself.”

Anthony Chambers

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