Seacrest Recovery Center has a staff that is second to none. When we launched this program, we knew that it would come down to having the right people within our organization. We have specifically chosen each member of our team to make the biggest impact on your loved one. In addition to the highest quality education, the two characteristics we look for in our team are care and compassion. These are the people we would send our own family members too.
Dr. Rachel Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey: Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida. She is also the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center a comprehensive psychological practice with therapists with a broad range of specialty areas. Dr. Needle is the Clinical Director at Seacrest Recovery Center in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Masters in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, which provides continuing education to Florida mental health professionals and Psychologists, as well to sex therapists across the world.
Dr. Needle has specialized training in the area of substance abuse. She is a professional consultant to substance abuse facilities and assists them in expanding and enhancing clinical programming. Dr. Needle also does expert trainings for staff members at residential and outpatient facilities that specialize in alcohol and substance abuse.
Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include alcohol and substance abuse including the impact of substance abuse on relationships and the family, sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a number of newspapers and popular magazines on issues related to mental health, substance use, and sexuality.
Dr. Lichtshein (“Dr. Gil”), is a Fellow of The American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As well as, a Diplomate American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Gil received his medical education at the University of Illinois, at Chicago College of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Medical College of Virginia and his Psychiatric residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship, at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Gil worked at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, in Bronx, New York as well as, Four Winds Hospital in private practice in Katonah, New York. While practicing in New York, Dr. Gil held an academic appointment of Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York.
Currently, Dr. Gil holds academic appointments at the University of Florida, College of Medicine and Florida Atlantic University, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. He volunteers his time by teaching first year medical students the skills to obtain thorough clinical history and perform physical exams. Dr. Gil has extensive experience in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment . Dr. Gil also performs forensic evaluations in various areas of the law.
Danielle Besaw, M.A., graduated from Florida Atlantic University with her BA in Psychology and from South University with Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has been in the counseling field for over five years. Danielle has worked with a mobile crisis team in Palm Beach County for the past five years and specialize in crisis intervention. She also works in a private practice with sexual offenders, victims of sexual abuse, and conducting substance use disorder evaluations. Danielle has worked at several substance abuse treatment centers conducting individual and group therapy. She understands the importance of intensive psychotherapy to explore all of the factors that have contributed to and maintained use.
In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Liz Hankin is a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida. Ms. Hankin is a Doctoral candidate from Alliant International University, formerly the California School of Professional Psychology, in Irvine, California. She completed her Master’s in Couples and Family Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Over the past, 5 years, Ms. Hankin has provided individual, group and family therapy services for families affected by drug and alcohol addiction. She specializes in Solution-Focused Therapy, and has experience working with clients with co-morbid anxiety, depression and grief as well as with general therapy.
In her spare time Ms. Hankin enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.
Trina Green, M.A. received her M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with over 1,000 hours of experience treating depression, anxiety, addictions, self-esteem, mood disorders, trauma, and personality concerns. Trina has worked with a variety of populations including children, teens, adults, religious leaders, business owners, and families.
Trina believes that emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health are all vital components to humankind and often interconnected. Her goal is to assist in helping each client reach “optimal health” through a variety of positive therapeutic approaches. She utilizes a holistic approach for those struggling with substance use disorders by assessing family, environment, career, values, beliefs, behavior, and culture. She is able to support clients in adjunctive support groups regardless of the program they are working in (12-steps/smart recovery).
Trina believes that entering into treatment and embracing the recovery process is a journey. She supports the path, distance, time, route, and vehicle her clients choose to use to get to their desired destination of health. I believe that recovery is lifelong process and helping clients develop skills they can use in their everyday life is incredibly important.
In her spare time, Trina enjoys spending time with family and friends and fishing.
Alexis Storonkin originally from New Jersey, first came to South Florida for recovery in 2010. Being in recovery herself, she understands the struggles associated with recovery and starting one’s life over. This is why Alexis is so passionate about her job. Alexis knows the importance of transitioning from being a client in treatment into a healthy, productive, honest and happy member of society. Prior to working for Seacrest Recovery Center Alexis worked as a case manager for Dr. Ken Seeley in California. She has dedicated her life to helping men and woman build a life beyond their wildest dreams and show them through her experience that it is possible. Alexis has worked in the recovery field in both Florida and California for the past five years.
Nick Spinelli was born and raised in New Jersey. For three years, he has be working in the addiction treatment field. He has a strong passion for helping addicts and alcoholics achieve long-term sobriety. From the day he got sober, Nick believes that his mission has been helping others find a better way of living.
Nick has extensive experience working in outreach helping addicts in both Florida and New Jersey. His compassion and understanding continue to drive him to help others.
Chris attended Boston College before transitioning his career to the addiction recovery field. He has spent the last four years helping others in the industry.
Chris takes great pride in helping addicts and their families navigate the road towards sobriety. His client-first approach to the admissions process, leaves a lasting impression on those that he helps. Representing our program honestly, allows clients to feel comfortable and confident that they have made the right choice for their recovery.
Chris has a genuine passion for helping others and strives to leave a lasting impression on those he comes in contact with. He feels that Seacrest Recovery Center gives him the opportunity to keep the client first, while the employees are able to grow both personally and professionally.
I grew up down here in south Florida. In high school I started playing drums and became very good at it. With a huge passion for the music industry and playing drums I ended up finding myself on many national and international tours working for and playing in bands. Somewhere along the way I was lost and in a deep seeded addiction to prescription meds. I’ve been sober since may 16 2014 and working in the addiction treatment field for 2 years. I’ve always had a giant passion for helping others find their lost voice and gain access to help from substance abuse and mental illness. I feel that working for Seacrest recovery center gives me a platform to be able to provide top quality care and treatment for those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I came to Florida in 2013 to achieve what tens of thousands of other alcoholics and addicts from the north east come for- to achieve long term sobriety. After my 4th year at Temple University in Philadelphia, I realized that no amount of family love, academic ability or athletic talent could ever keep me sober. It was only a matter of time until I met my fate like so many others do- it was either death, or to live a miserable existence searching for meaning through something outside myself. After countless detoxes and IOP facilities up north, The move down here introduced me to the treatment model, and most importantly AA. Since moving to Florida, I’ve adopted an incredible family of no-nonsense, “tell it how it is” people who hold me accountable and push me to be the best I can be. I realized sobriety has very little to do with giving up the drink or the drug, but rather improving as a human being to live the most fulfilling life possible- and being able to give that back to someone who has not yet discovered a rewarding sober way of life.