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.
Marie earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from The College of New Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience in every facet of behavioral health care and is responsible for overseeing Elements Behavioral Health facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida.
Wendy Doran, MD
Dr. Doran is a board certified psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist who has been practicing since 1998. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.
Dr. Doran completed her medical training at the University of Miami in 1994, and her psychiatry residency training at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in 1998, where she was chief resident of psychopharmacology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Doran returned to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she was assistant director of the mood disorders program. Dr. Doran then directed a private psychiatric practice in Boca Raton, Florida, for 15 years, with a specialization in mood and bipolar disorders. She also treated anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, psychiatric disorders unique to women, and psychotic disorders. For the past three years, Dr. Doran has been focusing on the treatment of substance use disorders, addictions and dual diagnosis.
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.
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.
Jorge has a professional background in both luxury hospitality and residential treatment admissions. He has extensive experience working with complicated clinical cases and is accustomed to working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Jorge earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. Prior to his current position, he worked as an admissions counselor at Lucida. Jorge is bilingual in Spanish and English. He is committed to upholding the highest standards in customer service and clinical care during his daily interactions with clients and constantly strives to exceed clients’ expectations.