These are just some of our many caring team members:
As CEO and owner of The First Step Health Foundation Inc., I put the safety and well-being of our patients and staff above all else. I never forget that we are dealing with people’s lives, and I spend much of my day obsessing over how we can improve, as there is always room for improvement in any organization. I also recognize that sometimes the smallest things can make a huge impact in a client’s day – whether it is the comfort of our form-fitting mattresses so that our clients can have a good night’s sleep, to ensuring that our staff gives frequent smiles to our clients and notices anything that could be made more comfortable for our clients, to offering encouraging words throughout the day.
Director of Operations
I started my exposure to the community as a professional bail bonds agent for over 14 years and noticed that a lot of the people I was releasing from the jail had an underlying addiction. I always wished there was something I could do or some way I could help in changing their lives. My grandmother struggled with addiction, which I noticed in my early childhood. I believed this is what helped guide me to the field of addiction. I developed a passion for working with and helping those seeking recovery. I eventually got in the field of substance abuse as a Behavioral Health Technician and immediately took on a caring, loving and understanding approach to the field. My years of experience and dedication helped me build real world results to better lives for both the clients and their families. When I’m not working, I love to travel.
“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius
Director of Nursing
In the Nursing field since earning her RN in 2013, Lily has a passion for the care and treatment of the patients placed under her supervision. Earning her Bachelors in Nursing in 2017, she has continued to strive for better patient care through constant self-improvement and the furthering of her knowledge base. Raised in Miami, Florida, Lily enjoys running in her spare time as a natural way to de-stress.
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein
I was born in the great city of Chicago and raised by an outstanding single mother who always instilled in me the importance of being kind to others. Nursing is one passion of mine because there is no greater feeling than being able to help another person. Working with people who struggle with addiction is a passion of mine because I lost my grandfather to alcoholism. Remember the darkest hour is just before the dawn, don’t give up!
Christina holds a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern, Dance Movement Therapy Intern.
She attained her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) known as one of the most influential programs in North America and internationally. Christina works from an Expressive Arts Multi-Modal approach. She has professional dance experience, writes poetry, performs spoken word and has experience in drama/acting. She uses her many talents and abilities and integrates all of her art interests within her Art & Dance/Movement Therapy practice. Christina has been accepted into the 92Y Harkness Dance Center’s Alternate Route Dance Movement Therapy program in New York. She is in the process of becoming a Registered Dance Movement Therapist in addition to obtaining her License in Mental Health Counseling in the state of Florida. She uses the multi-modal approach to provide a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing. Christina believes that this process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.
Outreach and Business Development
I am Catherine Daniels. I am a woman in recovery who has struggled with addiction and also work in treatment. I have a passion and love for helping others in need who suffer from addiction. I know how hard it is to let the drugs and alcohol go, but I also know how great life is when you do let them go. There is help and we at the First Step Health Foundation are here to help !
Outreach and Business Development
I am Adam, on the First Step Health Foundation Outreach Team. I work with clients to help get them into the facility. I help coordinate with our therapists for individualized aftercare and discharge plans of each client. I assure safety measures are being met to help ensure effective treatment. I also maintain close relationships with South Florida’s top providers in the healthcare and treatment industry. I am proud to work at First Step Health Foundation, where clients are treated with respect and dignity. I work with each client individually and help them with every step. I believe in treating the whole person with knowledge and support.
Behavioral Tech (BHT) Supervisor
Arneisia came to First Step Health Foundation as our Behavioral Health Technician Supervisor. She assigns daily shift tasks, trainings, and scheduling for the BHTs and ensure the compliance of these tasks. Arneisia has been in the field for 5+ years and enjoys helping others. Having a few bumps in the road as a troubled teen, she completed a 2-year substance abuse therapeutic community program, which gave her a deep understanding of the recovery process. She has first-hand knowledge of what truly works and is able to empathize with the client. Arneisia completed Addictions Academy as a Certified Recovery Coach, and this gave her the ability to guide and support a person in recovery from addiction and help prevent relapses.
When asked what sets First Step Health Foundation apart from other facilities, Arneisia says “I love the fact that our facility is truly about the client and their recovery.”
Senior Behavioral Tech
Hello, I’m Michael, one of the great behavioral health techs here at First Step Health. I am a single parent of a beautiful nine-year-old girl named Malisia. I love lazy Saturday afternoons at the pool and Sundays filled with Pittsburgh Steelers football, but my passion is to help the still sick and suffering addict to recover…