TEAM

Dr. Jose Toledo

Jose R. Toledo, M.D., Medical Director

A well-rounded and accomplished individual, Jose R. Toledo, M.D., is the Medical Director, CEO, and Founder of Neurodiagnostics*, which was established in Stuart, Florida in 1993. In 2011 he founded New Life Addiction Treatment Center.
Dr. Toledo  is a neurologist with 25 years of experience and has been in private practice since 1991 on the Treasure Coast of Florida.  Dr. Toledo completed his neurology training at the State University of New York and his Fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.  He also completed 24 months of acute inpatient psychiatry at the Western Missouri Mental Health Center, University of Missouri in Kansas City.  In 2008, Dr. Toledo participated in and was certified in the continuing medical education activity entitled Buprenorphine and Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Dependence from The Medical University of South Carolina during which began his quest to found and head New Life Addiction Treatment Center.

Dr. Toledo is a brain specialist with particular competence in addiction medicine and out-patient detoxification treatment. He is certified to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone).  He incorporates his background in neurology into the addiction field . Dr Toledo is member/fellow of The American Medical Association, The Florida Medical Association and The American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Jennifer Rae

Jennifer Rae, President/Director of Admissions

A passionate and dedicated Director, Jennifer Rae brings heart and compassion to her role as our Director of Admissions, with over 10 years of experience in the Healthcare field. A key player in the development of New Life’s program she has made it her life’s purpose to ensure that each and every client’s medical, Emotional, and spiritual needs are exceeded while here. Her dedication begins from the moment she is contacted, gently guiding clients and their families through the intake process, through the insurance verifications and authorizations, an often cold and thoughtless process she ensures clients and their families’ emotional needs are priority number one, then personally ensuring that their transition from home to treatment is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Aurelio Ayuso, MSW, LCSW, CAP, ICADC, Chief Operating Officer/Clinical Director

Aurelio has been working with those that suffer from the disease of addiction adult and juvenile alike for over 10 years, beginning in the United States Navy where he proudly served for 20 years working with those that were succumbed by addiction due to trauma and continuing his passion for helping those in need locally in Central Florida. Specializing in Addictions and Trauma, he has worked first as a therapist then as the clinical supervisor to both, the Juvenile and Adult Drug Court programs in Brevard County.Aurelio has been instrumental in developing substance abuse treatment programs directly tailored to help those that also suffer from complex trauma due to their addiction. He has been recognized by several organizations for his forward thinking and ability to tailor treatment to individuals in the most restrictive environments. Mr. Ayuso received his Graduate Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as Certified Addictions Professional in the State of Florida, and Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor. Aurelio specializes in the treatment of Addiction, Trauma, and Abandonment using strength based strategies deeply rooted in Solution Focused, and Mindfulness Therapies. Aurelio brings his passion and dedication to New Life Addiction Treatment Center developing curriculums that foster the belief that through addressing the mind, body, and spirit together, the Disease of Addiction can be addressed successfully.

Moniqua

Moniqua Pryor, Administrative Assistant

Ms. Pryor is perfectly positioned in her role as Administrative Assistant between the Port St. Lucie treatment team and our clients and their families.She usually can be found at the epicenter of our office where her 5+ years of experience working at Liberty Medical laid the groundwork for her successful management of a myriad of expectations from colleagues and clients.Originally trained as a tech, and how to monitor Neurofeedback, she has an understanding of many aspects of the treatment team needs.Ms. Pryor is the definition of considerate, compassionate, and professional, as she handles whatever comes her way with grace, dignity, and a smile. When not at New Life, you can find Ms. Pryor advocating for young women, and children, as a guardian ad litem, or fulfilling her role on the youth board at her church.She continues her education in the field of therapy, thus allowing her to grow with our team.

Doreen Collins, Outpatient Coordinator

Doreen brings over 15 years’ experience in the field of Management, first as a government contractor serving those who serve and later in the medical field providing care to clients through scheduling and the often times stressful financial requirements, her compassion and dedication is what has drawn her to join our team in 2012. Since then she has been an integral part of the Outpatient Suboxone program ensuring clients have a compassionate and caring advocate there to serve their needs and be a liaison between them and the medical staff.Prior to joining us here at New Life, she resided in New Jersey area where she proudly served on various government departments until her transition to Florida in 1992.

Medical

Dr. Ney F. Andujar, M.D., Psychiatrist

Compassionate and motivated, psychiatrist Dr. Ney F. Andujar graduated from the Univ Nac’l Pedro Henriquez Urena, Esc De Med, Santo Domingo, Dom Rep in 1988. He works in Port Saint Lucie, FL and specializes in Psychiatry. Dr. Andujar is affiliated with Port Saint Lucie Hospital. You can now find Dr. Andujar at Port St Lucie Hospital, running his private practice, or at New Life Addiction Treatment Center aiding patients with addictions.

He joined New Life in September 2014. Since then, he has helped change the life of many people suffering from the disease of addiction. Dr. Andujar is motivated by the countless patients who suffer and who can be helped by good and compassionate care, which is just what he delivers.

Lisa Perrotta

Lisa Perrotta, RN, Medical Nurse

Lisa has over 15 years of experience as an RN, with an extensive background in cardiology. The past 5 years of her career has been spent working in the psychiatric field with a strong focus on substance abuse. Under the direction of Dr. Jose Toledo, Lisa ensures that all clients are as comfortable as possible throughout all levels of care.

Corrie Thomas

Corrie Thomas, MS, RD, CSO, LD/N NUTRITIONIST

Corrie earned her Masters of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University, and is a Board Certified Oncology Dietitian.Her background includes sports and exercise nutrition, private practice, consulting for substance abuse facilities, eating disorders, coordinating home nutrition support for tube feeding patients, and teaching continuing education courses for medical professionals.Corrie has worked with people of all ages, from pediatric through geriatric care.She has a special interest in tailoring nutritional programs to help each patient achieve their individual goals.

Clinical

Lisa Thurston

Lisa Thurston, L.P.N, Utilization Review Nurse

Lisa works with the insurance companies, helping clients receive their full benefit while in treatment. She has extensive experience in the addictions field. She has worked at the Florida Center for Recovery, Choices Recovery Center and Unity Recovery Center. She has held several positions including Director of Admissions, Case Management, Crisis Addiction Line and Utilization Review as well as working in a detoxification setting.

Wendy Grennan

Wendy Grennan, MS, LMFT

Wendy Grennan, MS, LMFT, graduated with a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family from University of Rhode Island in 2012. She has experience working with severe mental health and substance abuse in hospital and outpatient settings. At the center of her foundation, Wendy employs a cognitive behavioral approach, as well as solution focused and systemic. When Wendy is not working she enjoys traveling and reading.

Garland

Garland (Odie) Anderson, MS, RMHCI, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Odie Anderson, is a 22 year United States Navy veteran, who left the military in 2012 to pursue his life’s dream of helping people. He has worked in the education, coaching and helping fields his entire career. He was an electronics technician by trade, having the knack for solving very complicated problems with ease and confidence. Odie takes a systemic approach to helping others and gets to the core of the issues that are hampering his clients’ lives. He has worked as a middle school teacher, behavior health technician, clinical intern in an adolescent residential treatment facility, as a pastor and as a primary therapist in an adolescent residential treatment facility. He holds a Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Mental Health Counseling and is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the state of Florida. He is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the South Florida Association of Christian Counselors (SFACC). He resides in Port St Lucie, FL with his wife and two children.

Jenifer

Jennifer Garcia, MS, RMHCI, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern

Jennifer Garcia is a passionate professional who strongly believes her purpose has been designed to help people and animals. Her journey began at Johnson & Wales University where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She then continued on to Palm Beach Atlantic University, to earn her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Jennifer has a history of working in juvenile detention centers, in home and school settings providing applied behavior analysis therapy and behavior modification. Most recently, she has worked as a therapist at a residential treatment facility that focuses on assisting those with co-occurring disorders. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution- Focused, and family systemic are among her preferred therapeutic approaches. She has an energetic and empathetic approach that contributes to her ability to build rapport with her clients, and team members. Jennifer has contributed to the evolution of pet therapy within two facilities, which has been observed to be highly effective. She has a fun, loving black lab, Kaleb, who is a certified therapy dog, and will be occasionally co-facilitating groups and sessions! Jennifer is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, in the process of becoming a certified animal-assisted therapist and is actively working to fulfill Florida’s requirements to become licensed as a Mental Health Counselor.

Cathy Sonier

Cathy Sonier, Case Manager

Cathy has over 15 years of experience as a Mental Health Counselor with a background in Family Therapy. The past 5 years of her career has been spent working with a strong focus on substance abuse. Cathy aids clients in the Intensive Outpatients Program, aiding in the transition from daily treatment to lower level of care.

Chase

Chase Herrera, Group Facilitator/Case Manager

Chase graduated in 2015 from the University of Toronto as a certified addiction counselor, since graduation Chase has worked in the field of addiction and mental health as Case Manager and a Group Facilitator. Since 2011 Chase has been involved public speaking to High School, college students and families affected by addiction and mental health.

Heather Morehouse, MS, EAGALA Certified, Equine Assisted Psycho-Therapist (Mindful Trails)

Heather has been busy working with families since her graduation from Stony
Brook University in NY with a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Family Studies.
She worked with community based agencies and the health insurance companies as an
advocate/supervisor for NYS Child Health Plus Program assisting children to gain health
insurance for 10 years. After moving to Florida, Heather pursued her interest in horses
helping people. She received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield
College as she earned her Certification in the field of Equine Assisted Psycho-Therapy/ Equine
Assisted Learning. She became certified by Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
(EAGALA), the Model in Equine Assisted Psycho-Therapy. Heather completed her internships in
MHC and her EAGALA training while working in addiction treatment centers. Heather has
teamed up with Sue Copeland, owner of Hopes, Dreams and Horses, to incorporate her passion
for Solution Focused Interventions and her strong background in substance abuse counseling
with the healing power of horses. Heather brings compassion and the ability to see beyond
the behaviors of addiction to assist in the healing of her clients.

Jio

Jiovanni Casado-Pernell, Neurofeedback Technician

After working in many different areas of addiction and mental health fields, Jiovanni has found her calling and passion in Neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is an evidenced based clinical treatment that relies on technology to monitor and visualize brain activity, and is used to aid a variety of conditions such as addiction, emotional disturbances, attention-deficit disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Jiovanni brings her dedication and experience to the New Life Team to help those overtaken by addiction gain control of their lives once again.

Admissions

Chris

Christopher Senecal, Admissions Coordinator

With over 5 years of experience in the addiction and mental health fields, Christopher has served in many roles. This includes Case management, Lead admissions coordinator, Alumni director, Intake coordinator, and Group facilitator. Furthermore, Christopher was a sober companion who traveled the United States to help those in desperate need of making the transition from actively using to committing and getting help in treatment. Christopher has a passion for helping clients take the next step in their recovery and guiding them through this difficult yet rewarding life changing process. Active in recovery, Christopher applies the same principles to our clients that he practices on a daily basis.

Richard

Richard Malone, Admissions/Outreach Coordinator

Rich has been dedicated to the substance abuse field for over 5 yrs. As a self-motivated and passionate member of our team, Rich works hard to ensure that our clients transition into, and out of treatment, is as smooth and stress free as possible. You will always find Rich with a smile on his face and an infectious positive attitude. During his downtime, Rich enjoys quality family time with his wife and two amazing sons.

Client Care

Richard

Rashard Alston, Client Coordinator

Rashard brings his passion and dedication for helping others to our team. A Consummate professional with 10 years of experience working with those suffering from mental health challenges and addictions. Well versed in every aspect of our facility from Admissions to Discharge, he brings a unique perspective to his role as our Client Coordinator. Taking pride in ensuring the client’s stay is as comfortable and stress free as possible, whether it’s scheduling sober fun activities or ensuring they are able to celebrate their spiritual beliefs, he makes it his life’s goal to help our clients acclimate to a strange environment with a friendly and considerate approach.

Thomas Collins, Transporter

Mr. Collins has over 20 years of experience in transportation and logistics infrastructure systems in commercial and government sectors. First in the military where he served proudly for 12 years and continuing his penchant for organization in the private sector until 2013 when he joined the New Life Team where he bring his skills of organization and transportation coupled with a heart for others, he personally greets each client when they get off the plane and gives a warm smile letting them know “I’m here for you” ensuring they get to their destination safely and comfortably.

Matt Krogh, Recovery specialist

Matt has been working in the substance abuse and mental health field for nearly 8 years in various different capacities. He has a wealth of experience based knowledge in the field of addiction and human interaction. Matt has worked in nearly every area from top to bottom but his true passion lies in the interaction with clients on a daily basis. We are proud to have Matt as our Lead Group Facilitator where his experience and education can be utilized to help clients from all backgrounds begin their journey to sobriety and lasting happiness.

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