The Parkdale team is well diversified both personally and professionally. Fields of formal training include Family Medicine, Nursing, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Legal, Family Therapy, Psychiatry, Pharmaceuticals, Business, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine. Several team members also have personal and intimate experience with chemical dependency or substance abuse. This has provided a firsthand perspective on legal issues, professional concerns, licensing and credentialing advocacy, addiction, treatment, and most importantly, successful recovery.
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DR. DAVID CUMMINS
M.D., FASAM, Medical Director
David Cummins, MD, Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr Cummins is the Medical Director for Parkdale Center. He is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has extensive experience in treating patients suffering from substance use disorders. Following best practice guidelines set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and using the latest evidencebased treatment modalities, Dr. Cummins has helped develop the most comprehensive and seamless program for addicted professionals in the country. Using timetested treatments and cutting edge alternative therapies, his program succeeds by focusing on prevention, treatment, longterm monitoring, advocacy, and reentry into the workplace. Dr. Cummins also works closely with multiple local, state, and federal agencies to ensure employee protection and client compliance.
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APN, MBA, MSN, CRNA, ACIT, Executive Program and Professional Reentry Director
Rodrigo has been a direct care provider in the health care field for more than 20 years. He has experience in emergency management, intensive care, surgical services, and anesthesia. He is currently a member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General task force; a delegate to the National Safety Council, and has held faculty positions at Evanston Northwestern School of Anesthesia, Ivy Technical Community College – Nursing Department, and Valparaiso University School of Nursing. Rodrigo has extensive experience in the field of addiction, treatment, management, advocacy, and recovery of the highly-accountable recovering professional. Rodrigo is sought out for his engaging and powerful speaking presentations geared towards bringing to light the "silent epidemic" of addiction. He has educated thousands of families, state employees, individuals, employers, and professional organizations on the addicted professional and how this person affects every aspect of society. As the Parkdale Executive Program director, he is responsible for providing residents with the most effective, comprehensive, and progressive treatment program possible. One such component is the unique Professional Reentry Program that begins on day one and is designed facilitate future reentry into the resident's chosen profession.
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MBA, BSN, RN, CADAC II, LAC, Executive and Family Services Director
Claudia has more than fifteen years of direct patient care experience as well as managerial and recruitment experience. She has focused much of her career in research and development of programs, policies, and procedures to improve patient outcome and maintain employer compliance. Claudia obtained her MBA degree, graduating with honors, with a focus on health care administration, specializing in assistance of professionals in need. She currently is an appointed member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General's Prescription Drug Task Force. Claudia has firsthand knowledge of addiction and recovery through the eyes of a non-addicted loved one and family member. Her training as a certified addiction drug and alcohol counselor (CADAC II),Registered Nurse, and licensed addiction counselor (LAC) along with her very personal and intimate knowledge of the situational circumstances the family members often experience has helped forge one the most seamless, comprehensive, and resourceful family programs in the country. Her unique skill set will be invaluable for the professionals and their families, as the individual networks through the myriad considerations, obstacles, and potential consequences associated with workplace addiction.
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CURTISS ALBERT ALVAREZ
LMHC, LCAC, MAC, CADC-R, Substance Abuse Counselor
Curtiss is known in the profession as “Albert”, he has served in the addictions profession since 1988 and as a Mental Health Professional since 1976. Albert is a well-known clinician throughout Indiana in his leadership roles on many committees, as a trainer of the Case Presentation Examiners, as an instructor of the addiction courses at IVY Tech Community College, as one who helped develop addiction courses for IVY Tech and Master level coursework for I.P.F.W, of Fort Wayne, as one who helped develop state licensure, and as a long time tutor and mentor of students in the process of becoming an addiction counselor. Albert is very proud to be known as an advocate of the addiction community so as to maintain the integrity of the addictions profession and to give the best possible service to those we serve entering the recovery process. Licensed Clinicians has been a life long goal of Albert to safely promote the safety and highest professional treatment to be given to the suffering addict. Albert’s leadership allowed him to serve twice on the National Board of Directors of N.A.A.D.A.C, The National Association of Addiction Professionals; and twice as the president of the state affiliate of N.A.A.D.A.C, first with I.C.AA.D.A (2000-2004) and second with I.A.A.P (2012-2014). He is currently on the Board of Directors of Indiana Association for Addiction Professionals, serving as a chair of the Steering Committee and a member of the Ethic and Marketing Committees. Albert has worked as a lead clinical therapist with various treatment centers throughout the state in his capacity as a Clinical Addiction Counselor. Albert was practicing Holistic Approach and treating Co-Occurring Disorders long before it became fashionable to do so. Albert’s Master of Divinity from the top program in this degree (St. John’s University) testifies to this approach. Among his credentials, he maintains a license as a Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (R-Reciprocal) (IC-RC). Among his previous credentials, he was trained as a certified group psychotherapist (with the American Group Psychotherapist Association), Certified Clinical Supervisor (with I.C.A.A.D.A & I.A.A.P), Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor( with I.C.A.A.D.A) and Certified Addiction Counselor II (with I.A.A.P) Albert did his postgraduate courses in Addictionology at Webster and Andrews University. He also attended and completed the prestigious New England School of Addiction Studies and studied under the Co-founder of Family Group Therapy for Addiction Recovery. Albert attends several conferences and trainings yearly to stay at the top of his profession. He is happy to be a recovered family member who owes a lot to Al-Anon. Albert is a highly skilled professional who is proud to be a team member of Parkdale. Giving the very best professional service that rebuilds lives in recovery!
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DR. CHRISTINE P. KURTZ
DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Our most recent clinical addition is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in the PHP/IOP program providing psychiatric evaluation, psychotropic medication management, and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with addiction. Christine is a Doctor of Nursing Practice who graduated with the highest distinction from Valparaiso University. Prior to that, she acquired her Masters of Science degree with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Rush University, Chicago Illinois. She served as Practitioner/Faculty with Rush University for most of a decade and is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Valparaiso University since 2005. She has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1988 and is certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Kurtz is also a long-time member of the member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
MS. KAREN ENSIGN, MS, MSW, LCSW
Family, Social, Behavioral Therapist
Karen brings more than twenty years of experience in individual and family counseling to the Parkdale team. By utilizing evidenced-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she has remained on the forefront of treatment for the struggling professional. Karen also is experienced with diagnosing and managing the addictive, social, familial, and stressors associated with the professional suffering from substance use disorder. In addition, she remains committed to education concerning the effectiveness of proper coping mechanisms and following the client through the multiple stages of early diagnosis and recovery. Karen is a leading proponent in the congruent treatment of the family as well as the patient. Her dedication to treating and maintaining the family nucleus is a crucial component in the overall wellness of the recovering professional. She also is recognized by the court system as a leading expert. Her official work as a mediator has been instrumental in navigating through the myriad of legal issues often associated with addiction.
DR. STAN LELEK, PSY. D.
Stan Lelek, Psy.D., CADAC, NCACII, is a licensed clinical psychologist with both state and national certifications, contributions, and recognitions. Dr. Lelek is a previous ICCADA board, testing committee, and ethics committee member as well as the case presentation chairman. Dr. Lelek has previously held faculty positions in the department of Psychology at Ivy Technical State College and Purdue University, North Central. He has provided services for multiple community mental health centers and continues to collaboratively work with a large number of local, state, and national groups to provide resources to those struggling with substance use disorder. Dr. Lelek’s specialties include chemical dependency, substance abuse, trauma, and dissociation with a special interest in the addicted professional. By adhering to industry standards, utilizing cognitive testing parameters, and assisting in the development of individualized and progressive care plans, Dr. Lelek is an invaluable addition to the Parkdale team.
Behavioral Health Tech
Irene Martin joined the Parkdale team as a volunteer in October 2015. Her primary focus is assisting those in early recovery to help establish the tools, resources, and support needed to begin their individual journey of sustained sobriety. As a testament to her dedication and commitment to those in need, Irene officially became part of the Parkdale Clinical where she continues to excel in her role as the Behavioral Health Tech. Irene’s personal journey in addiction and recovery began 14 years ago when she personally learned the tool that she now shares with others. So moved by this experience, she dedicated her life to recovery, service to others, and preventative education. With her Associates degree in Applied Science in Human services as well as her Certification in Addiction Studies, Irene is poised to be a valuable asset to those she is fortunate to work with. Estimated date of attrition for her Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor credentials (CADACII) is July 2016. Irene utilizes her vast personal experience as well as her formal training to help those who need it the most. Her areas of focus include abstinence based programing, 12-step recovery, direct peer support, spirituality, and altruistic service work.
Kelly Bishop Bohren MSW, LCSW, RYT
Kelly teaches yoga and meditation at Parkdale. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist. Kelly has a certification in Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy, is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200hr level, and is also a Certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor. Additionally, Kelly has had extensive training in mindfulness and meditation and also Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Kelly began her work with addictions over 20 years ago while working with homeless youth in Portland, OR. Here, as a Federal Program Administrator, she learned and also trained others in best-practice approaches for advocacy, treatment and prevention. At Parkdale, Kelly teaches Yoga and Meditation from an evidence-based perspective. She weaves western psychology with eastern philosophy to create a holistic approach to mind-body healing. Yoga is meditation in motion and is used for those interested and when appropriate to accelerate an individual’s awareness of the relationship between their thoughts, emotions, behaviors and ways of relating to others. From a neurobiological perspective yoga and meditation help to regulate the autonomic nervous system, lower resting variable heart rate, and develop new neuropathways. The translation of the Sanskrit word “yoga” literally means to “yoke” or to unite. The recovery process from addiction is very much about union. Individuals integrate their fragmented selves into wholeness, and thus, no longer crave relief from unresolved pain. Kelly is co-founder and owner of Thrive Center for Integration and Healing where she sees patients for outpatient psychotherapy and yoga services with a specialization in process addictions. She teaches vinyasa yoga classes and provides restorative yoga workshops at several different studios in the area. She has been on faculty at the Indiana University School of Social Work, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, and has provided consultation and presentations at numerous conferences and events on various topics related to mental wellness and evidence-based interventions.