Our treatment team is made up of experienced specially trained therapists, case managers, nursing staff and behavioral health technicians, all of whom have the necessary skills, diversity and qualifications to guide you and your family through the healing process.
Sergio is an EMDR-trained licensed mental health counselor and certified addiction professional in the state of Florida, as well as an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor. His passion and vision are in helping individuals and families that have been affected by the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. He has had success in creating strong, cohesive and collaborative teams and facilities. Sergio graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a master’s degree in education, specializing in mental health and rehabilitation counseling. He is also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society.
Sergio has over 15 years of experience treating mental illness, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in all levels of care. Throughout his career, he has received several recognitions, including Sierra Tucson “Gratitude for Giving, Compassion Award” in 2016; “Above & Beyond” Award from Elements Behavioral Health in 2015; “Employee of the Year” from Miami-Dade County in 2007; “Appreciation Award,” Lindsey Hopkins Education Center-School Advisory Council in 2010; and “Appreciation Award,” Miami-Dade County, Mayor and Board of County Commissioners in 2009. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
Loren Miller, RN
Loren was born in Queens, NY and grew up on Long Island. She moved to Florida in 2006 and began her nursing career at Palm Beach State College and the Academy for Nursing and Health Occupations in West Palm Beach. In her spare time, she raises and cares for her five children.
Beth Miskiewicz, CAC, CRRA
Beth is a certified addiction counselor and certified recovery residence administrator for the state of Florida. She moved to South Florida from New Jersey in 2014 and started working at Lucida soon after as a client care coordinator, then as a case manager. Her current responsibilities include overseeing the residential department, ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for all of our clients from admission through discharge. Beth holds an associate’s degree in addiction counseling and is currently working on a bachelor’s degree.She is an avid lover of animals and arranges a volunteering opportunity for the clients to participate in at a nonprofit animal shelter each month.
Marlene brings over 20 years of experience in business operations to her role as operations manager at Lucida Treatment Center. Her diverse background also includes positions as an adjunct professor, small business owner, Fortune 500 team leader and executive chef. Marlene’s strengths are operations, finance, leadership and hospitality, however her most valuable asset is her willingness to get involved and help. During your stay at Lucida you will see a ‘hands on’ Marlene, ‘out and about’ with her contagious smile, working diligently to ensure that your stay is a positive one. Marlene says, ‘I have great respect for our clients and their needs, and will always go the extra mile to make all feel welcome and safe.
Alexander Kay, MSW, LCSW
Utilization Review Manager
Alexander is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida with 12 years of experience in acute mental illness and addiction. In his clinical practice, he specializes in dual diagnosis, trauma work and crisis stabilization, using various modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy, as well as EMDR. He earned a Master’s in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. After serving for over five years at the Institute for Mental Health at St. Mary’s Medical Center in the roles of mental health therapist, intake specialist, Baker Act coordinator and discharge planner, Alexander transitioned to managed care, working for the Centene Corporation as utilization review manager. Alexander is committed to advocating on behalf of every client at Lucida in order to obtain insurance payments from all major payers in the managed care industry.
Noam Koenigsberg, MD
Dr. K is a board certified psychiatrist who graduated from the University of Miami Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in New York City. He specializes in medication management to treat psychiatric issues and integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a personalized approach tailored to each individual.
Katrina Verdon, Psy.D
Biography coming soon.
Melina Gennaro, LMFT, CAP
Melina was born in Brazil and attended St. Thomas University in Miami where she earned a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. She is EMDR-trained and a certified addictions professional. Melina has extensive experience working with clients diagnosed with substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, trauma and gender issues.
Masud Ahmad, ARNP
Ryan Celestina, M.Ed., RMHCI
Ryan was born on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao and moved to Florida in 2007 to attend college. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master of Education in counselor education from Florida Atlantic University. A part-time professional songwriter, his lyrics have been on the radio here in the U.S. and in Curaçao.
Laura Ward, LMHC, CAP
Laura has been working in the field of substance abuse and mental health for over a decade and has helped develop women’s and trauma programming. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and completed her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Naropa University. Laura has trained in transpersonal and Gestalt transpersonal psychology, experiential therapies, psychodrama, and holistic breath work. She is passionate about helping people struggling with addiction, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, and mental health disorders.