Rafael Hernandez: President

RafaelRafael Hernandez has over 7 years of experience in the substance abuse treatment field. Mr. Hernandez has struggled with addiction himself since he was 18 years old. After admitting himself into a detox facility back in 2006, he found a passion for helping other struggling alcoholics and addicts. In 2011, Rafael opened The Lighthouse Sober Living in Port St. Lucie, FL and four years later, in 2014, he opened Revive Detox Center and Florida Life Recovery, offering multiple levels of care for anyone wishing to get help. After completing classes at Indian River State College, Rafael immerses himself in the day to day operations at both Revive and Florida Life Recovery.

I believe in every individual that walks through our doors because I was one of them.

Beth Hernandez: CEO

BethBeth Iris Hernandez brings her compliance, licensing, quality assurance, and medical billing expertise to Revive Detox Center and Florida Life Recovery by leading the company with her husband, Rafael Hernandez. In 2011, Beth was a co-founder and CFO of The Lighthouse Sober Living homes right here in Port St. Lucie, FL. After completing courses at Rockland Community College and Dominican College and earning her degree, Beth has worked in various industries including software development and pharmaceuticals. Mrs. Hernandez brings her passion for helping those in need along with her various skills from multiple industries to help lead Revive and Florida Life Recovery in the day to day operations.

I am so thankful for today, because I now get to watch broken individuals and their families heal, just as I had that chance.

Mark Hernandez, MD: Medical Director

Dr. Hernandez received his medical degree at Santo Domingo and psychiatric training at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is a certified physician investigator and has been in the private practice of psychiatry in Florida since 2001.

Dr. Hernandez specializes in the diagnosing and treatment of adults and geriatrics with depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, psychotic disorders and other psychiatric conditions. Dr. Hernandez also has vast experience in the field of research and has been a clinical research investigator in multiple psychiatric medication trials.

Dr. Hernandez also has much experience in dual diagnosing and treatment of clients with substance abuse disorders, including detoxification treatment for multiple substances. He is the Medical Director at Unity House Treatment Center in Miami. He is also affiliated with Central Florida Treatment Center and Sunrise Detox Center.

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Timothy Mayer, LMHC, QS: Clinical Director

Timothy MayerMr. Mayer started his career as a wilderness counselor working with troubled adolescents at New Dominion in Western Maryland. From there he became a Senior Outward Bound Instructor for the State of Massachusetts “ Homeward Bound” program facilitating a twenty-eight  day Outward Bound experience for Massachusetts high risk adolescents.  After graduate school at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts, he started his work with Chemically Dependent individuals and families. He was team leader for an intensive case management F.A.C.T.  team helping Chronically and persistently Mentally ill people live independent lives. He has over twenty five years of combined experience working with Substance Abuse and Mental Health clients and families in Florida. From March  2009 through June of 2010 Mr. Mayer was a gubernatorial appointee under then Governor Charlie Christ serving as chair for the Statewide Advocacy Council. In this role he was responsible for oversight of the district’s group homes and halfway houses.

Kim Ross: Director of Operations

Kim RossKim immerses herself in the day-to-day operations of Revive Detox and Florida Life Recovery, ensuring that the client and staff experience is one of balance, wellbeing, consistency, client-employee care and dedication. Kim oversees management, facilities, admissions and operations at the two Florida-based centers.  She is responsible for assuring  that the daily functions of the facilities run smoothly.

Her experience started in the treatment community as a owner of Transitional Living Facilities for Male and Females.  Her roles have been in leadership and  management which allows her to  effectively communicate and understand the needs of her co-workers and clients from both a logistical and operational perspective.

She is a mother of 5, wife, sister, a daughter and most of all a family member of a recovering alcoholic/addict.  She understands what this disease does not only to the addict but the family.  Her passion to helping people is due to the events that have occurred in her life. Kim’s family is her everything and that is what drives her every day, not only to get up but to do better.

As a result of her hard work, commitment and communication she ensures that RDC/FLC is meeting the high standards that our clients need and deserve. She makes sure that every clients feels like they are treated as an individual and not just a “head in a bed”.

I am blessed everyday to be able to work with addicts and help them through life’s journey.

Michael Ross: Director of Client Services

Michael RossMichael  has an extensive managerial background and has been working in the treatment field for 5 years. He has experience in the substance abuse field, having worked in many different capacities. While working in the field Michael has also dedicated his time and effort to carry the message to addicts/alcoholics throughout his 6 years clean and sober.  

Working for Revive Detox does not feel like going to work . It’s like being a part of family that puts client care above all other needs.

Keith Gillen, CAC: Pastor/Counselor/Primary Therapist

KeithKeith is a Florida Board Certified Addiction Counselor and a Licensed and Ordained Pastor. He completed his seminary and theology credentials at the 12 Sword Bible Institute in Michigan through the New Wine Apostolic Ministries International. He has been counseling and ministering in the substance abuse and addiction field for over twenty (20) years. He has been involved in clinical and faith base substance abuse and mental health throughout his career. In addition he has been working with the department of correction providing a multitude of faith base substance abuse solutions to help addicts that have been caught in the cycle of being institutionalized as result of their addiction. Keith has specific a skill set and experience that allows him to build strong therapeutic alliances and trust with his clients to help them find what has been lost deep down inside to bring hope, direction, and purpose in life for those who chose take this freeing journey of recovery. Are you the one to take this first step to freedom, happiness, joy, and peace that goes beyond all human understanding? Climb aboard, strap in and enjoy the ride.

Vanessa Leger, RCSWI: Primary Therapist

Mrs. Leger began her career working with at-risk youth at Project Rock, where she served as a volunteered counselor. Following this, she transitioned into the mental health field serving as a primary therapist at 2nd Chance Mental Health Center and also as a primary therapist at Phoenix Resolutions Treatment Center.

While working with clients, Mrs. Leger utilizes Expressive Therapy through art and music, Rogerian Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and also Didactic Therapy.  She also leads the women’s gender group where she facilitates group discussions that are more gender-specific with topics that include: self-esteem, domestic violence, stress management, assertive communication, and developing boundaries.

Mrs. Leger holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at Walden University with an expected graduation date in 2018.

Vanessa has a fierce passion for the field and encourages clients to be themselves so that real changes can be made.

Allison Meyer, BS: Case Manager

Allison has been working in the substance abuse and mental health field since her graduation from the University of Michigan in 2014. She has an extensive clinical and research background.  Allison handles legal, vocational, educational, and discharge planning needs, as well as assisting with medical scheduling and follow up. She also assists with therapy groups and clinical documentation.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and is currently preparing for graduate school with hopes of obtaining her masters in clinical psychology.

Mary Jean Malinowski, RN

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Jean follows her mother’s footsteps with her love for the healthcare industry.  A native of the healthcare industry for over 23 years, she began her career at the age of 30 as a Med Surg Nurse at Tufts Medical Center, working there for 5 years before working at Mass General Hospital in Boston for 14 plus years.  Mary Jean has been on the Cardiac Unit as a Cardiac Surgery Nurse for all of her career at Mass General.

Mary Jean has been recognized for her outstanding leadership roles in the organization, and has achieved National recognition by receiving awards for excellence in quality of care, a Simulation Lab Award, and Clinical Care Award.

Working in one of the busiest hospitals in the Nation and on the Cardiac Unit, Mary Jean has experienced a multitude of addicts coming in for heart issues and has witnessed first hand the effects of addition on the human body, as well as how damaging it can be on the heart.  She has witnessed more fatalities contributed to addiction then one can fathom.

In addition to her experience working in the hospital, Mary Jean’s love for this industry comes from a personal experience with addiction.  Her love and caring personality contribute to the top notch care she provides to our clients. Mary Jean attends to the client’s every need, while also relating to their loved ones and what they experience during active addiction.