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Advanced Addiction Treatment in South Florida

Ambrosia Treatment Center’s highly experienced team of addiction specialists, board-certified doctors, nurses, medical psychiatrists & addiction counselors provide best in class advanced addiction treatment here in West Palm Beach, FL. With over ten thousand success stories at our South Florida location, our addiction specialists not only know what works but have the insight, know-how and hands-on experience needed to treat alcohol and substance abuse addictions successfully.

Clinical Team

Mary Knutson

Advance Practice Nurse

Cassandra Szuba

Primary Therapist PSL

SharLandria Washington

Primary Therapist SI

Michael Naldona

Primary Therapist SI

Marilyn Napoleon

Clinical Supervisor SI

Christina Sandavol

Operations Supervisor PSL

David Hargreaves

CRSS

Case Manager

Alexandria is passionate about helping others like her find a new way of life thru recovery.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I built my future”

Education

High School Diploma – Eufaula High School

Years in the Field

3 Years

Personal Journey

I am a recovering addict with a history of substance abuse in my family, and so I understand how the addict and the family suffers at the expense of this disease.

Adelle Altidor

Primary Therapist

Adelle methods are backed by a master degree in Mental Counseling Studies from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Her upbeat, friendly and engaging personality helps her connect with each and every person that walks through the door.

“”You can not heal in an environment where you got sick.””

Education

Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling – Walden University

Bachelor of Social Work – Florida Atlantic University

State of Florida Child Protection Certificate

Certificate of Completion Risk Assessment

Certificate of Completion Confidentiality & HIPPA

Certificate of Completion Substance/Drug Abuse Training

Certificate of Completion Corporate Ethics

Certificate of Completion Child Protection Services

Certificate of Completion Child abuse in the home

Certificate of Completion Domestic Violence

Certificate of Completion Eating Disorder

Certificate of Completion Elder Abuse

Years in the Field

14 Years

Personal Journey

Helping others get sober is my life mission. I love what I do and will continue to do it for as long as I can.

Sean Duane

LCSW, CCTSA, CCTSI

Director Clinical Services

Sean is a masters-level therapist on a mission. He combines his passion with proven methods and promising new-age techniques like adventure-based counseling to promote trust, self-care, and a new way of living.

“By learning self-love and how to care for ourselves on a daily basis, we can confront our disease and start living meaningful, special lives.”

Education

  • Master’s in Social Work — Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s in Business — Loyola University
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Addictions — Trauma Institute International
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Individuals — Trauma Institute International

Specialties

Adults

Years in the Field

4 Years

Personal Journey

I work in addiction treatment because I have this crazy idea that my purpose is bigger than just my life.

Dotty Lerum

LICDC, CCS, CAC, ICADC

Wellness Counselor

Dotty has worked in addiction treatment since 1977 and maintains the highest international and Florida-specific certifications for addiction professionals. She puts her heart and soul into helping each person (finally) stay sober.

“I care about each and every person, but I don’t accept excuses. It’s often been years of lying, denying and manipulating. This is where those behaviors end. Once you get on the right path, you just have to keep walking.”

Education

  • Florida Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Counselor — International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
  • Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • Certified International Co-Occurring Disorder Professional

Specialties

Trauma, Young Adults

Years in the Field

41 Years

Personal Journey

I got sober in 1975. Helping others take that same honest look inwards is my life’s purpose.

James English

MS, CAS, LMHC

Primary Therapist

James is a masters-level therapist with nearly 20 years of professional experience and 30 years of personal experience in recovery. He has a gift to leave even those most unreachable with a lasting, life-changing hope.

“If you’re trying to drown your sorrows in drugs and alcohol, know that sorrows know how to swim.”

Education

  • Master’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Florida Certified Addiction Specialist
  • Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Specialties

Young Adults, Families

Years in the Field

18 Years

Personal Journey

I have been sober for nearly three decades. This is not my profession, this is my passion.

Brenda Ott

LADC, CAC, ICADC

Primary Therapist

Brenda is backed by both state and international certifications, as well as over 40 years of personal recovery. Her decades of experience includes teaching addiction treatment in hospitals and dealing with the most chronic cases.

“Everyone comes in overwhelmed, but looking to make big change quickly. This is where the process starts. Where you learn to harness and hold on to hope.”

Education

  • Florida Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • Certified Addiction Counselor — International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
  • Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
  • Certified International Co-Occurring Disorder Professional

Specialties

Adults

Years in the Field

31 Years

Personal Journey

My work gives meaning to my decade-long personal struggle with addiction. It’s in my blood to help others.

Glenn Sime

CAP, CAMS-II, CCTSA

Primary Therapist

Glenn is a certified addiction therapist meeting both state and international standards. His enlightenment, patience and positivity are contagious.

“Getting sober isn’t about changing who you are. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself. It’s about progress, not perfection.”

Education

  • Bachelor’s in Human Services— Indian River State College
  • Certified Addiction Professional — International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
  • Certified Anger Management Specialist II — National Anger Management Association
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist Addiction — Trauma Institute International

Specialties

Adult

Years in the Field

7 Years

Personal Journey

A life not lived for others is not a life. Every day I’m inspired by the transformation and healing that is happening here.

Alexandria Voyles

Case Manager

Brian Wood

MHC, LMHC

Art Therapist

Brian is a masters-level counselor with 16 years of experience in mental health and a lifetime of experience creating art. Each session deals with a specific topic like anger, stress or goals. You visualize yourself successfully dealing with stress or achieving your goals. If you can visualize success, you can attain it.

“If you’re feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color.”

Education

  • Master’s in Mental Health Counseling — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Specialties

Specialist

Years in the Field

8 Years

Personal Journey

Art therapy transforms pain into beauty. I make art when I can’t gather the words to say.

Medical

Dr. Pamela Tambini

MD, Addiction, Internal Medicine

Chief Medical Director

Dr. Pamela Tambini is the Chief Medical Director for Ambrosia Treatment Center , and she is double board-certified in Internal and Addiction Medicine. In addition to her role as our Chief Medical Director, Dr. Tambini continues to practice Internal Medicine at the prestigious VAMC WPB. Dr. Tambini graduated at the top of her class on the Dean’s List from Medical School. Upon graduation, she was admitted into the highly selected, nationally renowned residency program at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. Since 2013, Dr. Tambini has successfully helped patients from all over the world to optimize their health through better preventative, primary, and addiction medicine. Dr. Tambini focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic. Her specialization in addiction, prevention of the onset of disease, management of sports injuries, and optimal physical and mental health has been a great asset to Ambrosia.

Dr. Tambini maintains an active lifestyle to promote physical and mental wellbeing; while trying to lead by example for her patients. Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Tambini studied pre-med and psychology. She received a full scholarship to play Division I basketball while in college and continues to be an avid CrossFit participant.

Dr. Tambini finished her third and fourth year of med school at the University of Miami. Dr. Tambini completed her Internal Medicine Residency through the University of Miami at JFK Medical Center and Veteran Affairs (VA) in West Palm Beach, FL.

“”That which does not kill us makes us stronger.””

Education

Medical School & Residency

Ross University School of Medicine

Medical School

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Internal Medicine

Certified in Internal Medicine

FL State Medical License

MS State Medical License

Specialties

Dr.Tambini specializes in the following: Allopathic & Osteopathic Physicians / Internal Medicine Internal Medicine/ Addiction Medicine

Years in the Field

Dr. Pamela Tambini has primarily specialized in Internal Medicine for over 8 years.

Personal Journey

Dr. Tambini finished her third and fourth year of med school at the University of Miami. Dr. Tambini completed her Internal Medicine Residency through the University of Miami at JFK Medical Center and Veteran Affairs (VA) in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Tambini now works as an Academic Hospitalist at the VAMC and with addiction medicine. Dr. Tambini intently applies her impressive resume towards working as the medical director at Palm Beach Elite and treating each patient admitted.

Andrew Hope

DC

Chiropractic Therapist

Chiropractic care isn’t just about cracking backs. Studies show it can reduce muscle, joint, bone or connective tissue pain better than many medications. With over 30 years of experience, Andrew has mastered how to use the power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

“You don’t have to be injured benefit from chiropractic care. The preservation of health is always better than waiting to cure damage. Anyone is one chiropractic adjustment away from a good mood.”

Education

Chiropractic Medicine — Lincoln Chiropractic College

Specialties

Holistic

Years in the Field

31 Years

Personal Journey

Chiropractic care is one of the few areas of medicine that can address the whole body, enhancing our ability to think, move and perform.

Mary Knutson

Advance Practice Nurse

Bio coming soon!

Operations

Ronnie Hanley

CRSS / CRRA

Operations Supervisor

Ronnie Hanley has extensive training from the MedVance Institute. His military training has instilled great discipline, leadership, and hard work ethic values which he applies every day as the operation supervisor at Ambrosia Treatment Center.

“Difficult roads often lead to worth while beautiful destinations”

Education

MedVance Institute:  Medical Assistant Program

Florida Community College Center for Anti-Terrorism and Navy Security Forces

Specialties

Management

Years in the Field

8 Years

Personal Journey

I enjoy serving my community and giving back.

Brian Wood

MHC, LMHC

Art Therapist

Brian is a masters-level counselor with 16 years of experience in mental health and a lifetime of experience creating art. Each session deals with a specific topic like anger, stress or goals. You visualize yourself successfully dealing with stress or achieving your goals. If you can visualize success, you can attain it.

“If you’re feeling blue, try painting yourself a different color.”

Education

  • Master’s in Mental Health Counseling — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s in Psychology — Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Specialties

Specialist

Years in the Field

8 Years

Personal Journey

Art therapy transforms pain into beauty. I make art when I can’t gather the words to say.

Kelly Hettema

CRSS

Operations Supervisor

For Kelly, recovery is in his DNA. Sober for more than 8 years, he provides structure and an example to motivates change, even after years in addiction.

“I would rather go through life sober, believing I am an alcoholic, than go through life drunk, trying to convince myself that I am not.”

Education

Florida Certified Recovery Support Specialist

Specialties

Adult, Operations

Years in the Field

6 Years

Personal Journey

I’ve stayed sober since 2010. Recovery is not just my job, it’s my lifestyle.

Benjamin Geigus

Alumni Advocate

An alumni himself, Ben is relatable and realistic. He understands the fears and challenges of never having lived as an adult without addiction. He’s passionate about building real friendships and helping build stable futures, leading by example.

“If you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.”

Education

Diploma — Pottsgrove Senior High School

Years in the Field

1 Year

Personal Journey

I picked up my first drug at age 14 and didn’t stop until I was 24. I use my own story to show that if I can beat this, anyone can.

Executives

Kelsey Cianciulli

BA Social Work

Director of Admissions

Kelsey has been with Ambrosia Treatment Center 8 years establishing a remarkable and successful career as the Director of Admissions. Being passionate about offering substance abuse help, she began to climb her way up the corporate ladder by nurturing her connection with those suffering from substance abuse dependency. Since starting to work at Ambrosia in 2013, she has honed her communication and management skills to provide attentive assistance to clients and their families suffering from the illness of addiction. She is passionate, compassionate, and hospitable to clients, alumni, families and team members she deals with.

Kindness and courtesy are at the root of a positive customer service experience.”

Education

Bachelors in Social Work — Palm Beach State College, Florida

Specialties

Management, Healthcare and Client Relationships

Years in the Field

9 years

Personal Journey

Kelsey became Director of Admissions at Ambrosia Treatment Center over a three-year course of progressing through the ranks in the admissions department. Before taking the title of Admissions Coordinator and then Admissions Supervisor, Kelsey worked in the substance abuse field for about two years. Having gained direct experience within the recovery community by working as a resident manager at a South Florida sober living organization prior to working at Ambrosia Treatment Center.

Sean Duane

LCSW, CCTSA, CCTSI

Director Clinical Services

Sean is a masters-level therapist on a mission. He combines his passion with proven methods and promising new-age techniques like adventure-based counseling to promote trust, self-care, and a new way of living.

“By learning self-love and how to care for ourselves on a daily basis, we can confront our disease and start living meaningful, special lives.”

Education

  • Master’s in Social Work — Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor’s in Business — Loyola University
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Addictions — Trauma Institute International
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist for Individuals — Trauma Institute International

Specialties

Adults

Years in the Field

4 Years

Personal Journey

I work in addiction treatment because I have this crazy idea that my purpose is bigger than just my life.

Our Mission

Ambrosia strives to inspire those struggling with addiction and mental health, their families, our employees and society at large to live with hope and purpose.

Our Values

Passion | Integrity | Quality | Empathy | Respect for All People | Personal Accountability | Constant Improvement

 

Our Locations

West Palm Beach  |  Singer Island  |  Port St. Lucie  |  Jupiter

Our Promise

We are committed to finding help for anyone that calls and providing a full course of treatment once admitted, regardless of insurance decisions.

We Accept Most Insurances

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