Clinical Team

The clinical team is here to help you achieve success. Meet the team dedicated to your treatment.

Dave McKay

Substance Abuse Outreach Specialist

Dave has over twenty years of experience working with both adult and juvenile populations suffering from the disease of addiction. This experience includes having worked as the Drug Court Coordinator for three different Drug Court Programs, Intake Director for a Community Based Correctional Facility, Chief Probation Officer and as a mental health and substance abuse counselor for clients in residential settings.
Through these positions, Dave has developed the crisis intervention skills necessary to help clients with multiple diagnoses to understand the dynamics, challenges and solutions, as well as to identify and engage in necessary intervention strategies.
In his current role with the David Lawrence Center Crossroads program, Dave specializes in substance abuse community outreach, facilitating a smooth and prompt admission to appropriate and available services and programs by completing substance abuse evaluations via both telephone and/or face to face screenings. He is involved in providing education to individuals, families and organizations regarding the disease of addiction, understanding how it affects individuals and their loved ones, and how to access services and obtain the necessary help.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:

Dave earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and holds varying certifications that have assisted him in expanding his knowledge in the human services field including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Moral Reconation Therapy and Crisis Intervention Training.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Dave’s extensive work experience has enabled him to pursue what he is passionate about which is serving and helping others to improve their lives. He believes wholeheartedly in the holistic approach to substance abuse treatment which is proven to produce the most successful outcomes.

BEST ADVICE/FAVORITE QUOTE

“I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mike McDowell LMHC

Intensive Outpatient Clinician

Mike is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing clinical services in residential and outpatient care facilities for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. Within the Intensive Outpatient Program, Mike assists clients to improve self-awareness, identify strength based alternatives to impulsive, compulsive, addictive behavior patterns with the intention of finding a new way of living. Mike has experience working with a wide variety of clients dealing with mood disorders, marital conflict, PTSD, ADHD and grief issues.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:

Mike holds a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors of science from Millersville University in PA. and a Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist from CENAPS Corp. in Chicago.

Erin Lyristakis

Intensive Outpatient Clinician

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience providing substance abuse treatment since 2005 at David Lawrence Center. Within the Intensive Outpatient Program, Erin helps clients to develop self-awareness, implement positive coping skills, understand patterns of addictive thoughts & behavior, maintain a healthy lifestyle and more.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:

Erin holds a Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Alcohol and Chemical Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Adolescents and Adults

Patricia Williams

Detox Discharge Specialist

Patricia grew up in Naples, Florida and graduated from Hodges University with her associate’s degree in Bio-Medical Studies. Patricia brings a varied insight on substance use disorders because of her twenty years of experience working in emergency services in Collier County. Through her work as a NAMI certified CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Member, Victim’s and Witness Assistance Officer and a COP’s (Community Oriented Policing) it has allowed her to develop the intervention skills necessary to assist clients and families during their recovery.
Patricia helped develop and also ran the D.E.P.U.T.Y. Club (Deputy Education Program Understanding Today’s Youth). Additionally, she has devoted time to Operation Medicine Cabinet through Drug Free Collier and is now a Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts of Southwest Florida.
In her current role with the David Lawrence Center Crossroads Continuum, Patricia specializes in detox from substance use disorders. She helps facilitate a smooth transition for the clients from detox to the appropriate programs and/or safe housing during their recovery from substance use disorders.
Patricia assists Detox clients from the initial intake process and all the way through to the discharge and transition stages. Patricia also provides wellness and education services, such as guided meditation, this particular service assists clients in developing new ways to control their thoughts and feelings through breathing. Patricia utilizes innovative techniques to increase clients’ skills in asking for help, to develop rational-emotive conversations, and to grow in refusal skills for managing recovery from substance use disorders.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:

Patricia is currently completing her Bachelors in Applied Psychology and will be pursuing her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Patricia’s diverse work experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for giving back to her community and allowing her to improve the lives of others. She believes strongly in providing her clients and their families the tools that are needed so they can help themselves.

Matt Mateika

Clinician

Matt’s experience includes working with the diverse population of Florida Gulf Coast University as a counselor in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department. Through this role, Matt worked with the increasingly diverse demographic of people attending university. This work provided Matt with insight into the early stages of substance abuse and addiction among young adults as well as experience with more advanced addiction among the increasingly diverse ages of those attending college later in life. Matt also earned experience working with other mental health diagnoses that commonly co-occur with those who suffer from addiction such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.

Matt’s experience has allowed him to develop the motivational interviewing and counseling theory skills to help his clients navigate the stressful and turbulent time of early recovery. He takes pride in developing a strong therapeutic alliance and becoming a partner in his client’s work towards change.

In his current role with the David Lawrence Center Crossroads program, Matt works directly with clients using counseling theory that focuses primarily on rational thinking to increase one’s resilience to stressors and increase one’s emotional stability. He brings his common sense and easy to understand approach to counseling to both the individual and group therapy sessions in which Crossroads clients participate.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATON:

Matt has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling from Florida Gulf Coast University.

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Michelle Dion

Detox Nurse Supervisor

With 21 years of experience, Michelle is a Registered Nurse who has worked in multiple areas of healthcare, including medical/surgery, emergency room, and emergency dialysis.  Michelle worked at the Collier County Jail for four years and found her passion for mental health and the disease of addiction, and jumped at the chance to work at David Lawrence Center in 2016.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION:

Michelle received her LPN and her Associate Degree in Nursing from Vermont Technical College.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Michelle is dedicated to helping individuals be the best version of themselves by providing compassionate care to those struggling with co-occurring diagnoses, and has been trained in withdrawal management and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

BEST ADVICE/FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If you do what you love, you never work a day in your life.”

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Brandon Madia, D.O.

Staff Psychiatrist

Brandon Madia, D.O. as a full-time David Lawrence Center staff psychiatrist in Adult Medical Services. Dr. Madia is skilled in treating addictions, and also provides addiction medicine evaluations for Crossroads clients who may benefit from Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders.

Prior to joining David Lawrence Center, Madia served as a psychiatrist at The Recovery Village in Umatilla, Florida.

Education and Certification

Madia received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College in Erie, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami.

SPECIAL INTERESTS:

Madia is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Catrina Eckel

Catrina Eckel MSW

Crossroads Clinician

Catrina works as a clinician in the Crossroads Residential Addiction Treatment Program using several different treatment modalities that both empower and instill hope in her clients. She enjoys incorporating music and mindfulness activities into her group and individual therapy sessions, which allows her clients to better identify with their emotions. Catrina has an interest in using narrative therapy to help clients recognize the way they are perceiving the story of their life while helping them rewrite it in a more self-empowering light. She is currently working towards her license to become a licensed clinical social worker.

Education and Certification

Catrina’s experience with addiction started while completing her internship at an addiction treatment outpatient facility during her graduate program at Florida State University. During this internship, she discovered a passion for working in the field of addiction. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in Social Work, Catrina began working as a case manager with teenagers who were struggling with substance use. Through this work, Catrina helped clients navigate the court system, worked with their schools, and provided their families with additional resources and support.

BEST ADVICE/FAVORITE QUOTE:

“When you’re in a dark place, you sometimes tend to think you’ve been buried. Perhaps you’ve been planted. Bloom.”

Edwin Gomez

Edwin Gomez

Staff Psychiatrist

Edwin Gomez, MD joined the David Lawrence Center medical team as a part-time Adult, Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist in Acute Care Services in 2015 and became full-time in 2017.
In addition to working at the David Lawrence Center, Gomez operates a private practice in Weston, Florida and provides psychiatric services at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Prior to joining the David Laurence Center, he served as Medical Director, Psychiatrist, Case Manager, Medical Interpreter, and Admissions Specialist at a variety of treatment settings throughout South Florida in both the residential, hospital, laboratory and community based mental health treatment centers.
Gomez participated in a variety of clinical research studies. He was the Principal Investigator for major depressive disorder and schizophrenia studies. He also served as a Sub-Investigator for ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, depression, worked on general medicine, schizophrenia, substance abuse studies as well as worked on a women’s health study

SPECIAL INTERESTES

Gomez is an active member of the American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association.  Gomez is bi-lingual and speaks English and Spanish.

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