Our Staff

Qualifications Of Bayshore Retreat And Our Staff

Bayshore Retreat is a in-patient, residential drug and alcohol treatment facility licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families Services and accredited by The Joint Commission. Not only has Bayshore met the stringent guidelines of these departments, it regularly passes numerous health and safety inspections, receiving high marks in all.

Our 3 to 1 ratio of staff to clients, proves CARE  is number 1. 

Bayshore Retreat’s staff has many years in dealing with drug and alcohol addiction and the issues that accompany it. Their experience stems from personal, some having dealt with addictions personally and/or with family members. It’s also from having worked in numerous other rehab centers and seeing what was ‘good’ and ‘not good’. The program at Bayshore Retreat combines the best elements from these experiences in a effort to provide a ‘one stop’ – ‘one to one’ program that will work for each individual. A real chance for recovery and a lesser chance of relapse in an atmosphere that’s caring and comfortable.

CLINICAL STAFF

  • Our Medical Director is Dr. Steven Donchey, MD, FACP. He has worked with Bayshore Retreat since 2011 as well as being on staff at North Okaloosa Medical Center in Crestview, FL. Dr. Donchey has 31 years of experience practicing medicine. He specializes in internal medicine, including disease prevention, wellness, substance abuse, mental health, emergency internal medicine, critical care, orthopedic surgery, fracture care, sports medicine injuries, arthritis, and hospice care. He completes the initial physical upon admittance to Bayshore Retreat. He then evaluates the blood tests results and works with administration and clients to ensure they receive the appropriate medical treatment to promote physical and mental wellness. Additionally, he is on-call 24 hours a day to assist with any medically related questions.
  • Our Clinical Director is Stephanie Butler. Stephanie has been with Bayshore Retreat since 2012. She has 16 years of experience in the mental health field with the last 10 years focusing on addiction. Other areas of focus include trauma and abuse, eating disorders, anger control and family therapy. Stephanie graduated with her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology from the University of Alabama Birmingham. She also graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling and Human Systems as well as an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.). Stephanie is licensed in the State of Florida (LMHC) and is a national board certified counselor (NCC). Stephanie has also obtained the designation of MCAP, Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional by the Florida Certification Board. She conducts individual therapy sessions with each client at least twice a week and leads weekly group sessions. Her experience and insight help clients discover the underlying issues that contributed to the addiction, as well as those that will be faced when the client leaves.
  • Consulting Psychiatrist, Dr. Eric Goldberg, DO has been offering his expertise at Bayshore Retreat since 2014. He has over 21 years of experience practicing medicine, 20 of those with a specialty in addiction, in addition to running a successful private practice in Destin, FL. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Specialties. We are honored that Dr. Goldberg takes time out of his busy schedule to offer group counseling weekly and is available individually for medication management, when needed. He works closely with other members of the clinical team to provide knowledge and support in treatment planning.

PEER COUNSELING AND BEYOND

    • An important part of our program involves “Life Skills” which is coached by Steve Noble. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology from Florida State University and is currently working on a Master of Science (M.S.) in counseling. Steve joined the Bayshore Retreat team in 2017 and works closely with Stephanie as an integral part of the clinical team to teach clients’ necessary life skills required to lead a sober life. It’s also the key to helping find the reasons for the addiction and how to best deal with those reasons. Steve also helps with resume building, job searches, and facilitates the course work portion of the program.

BEYOND THE NORM

      • Group facilitators offer different approaches. Bayshore Retreat doesn’t preach or push – unlike most rehabs that only offer a Christian based or 12 step methodology as their program, we have several counselors who facilitate our group sessions, each with extensive counseling background, among those are:
      • Pam Walker, EdD has been one of our group therapist since 2013. She has 26 years of experience with behavior modification and cognitive therapy as well as experiential therapy. She has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Masters of Education (M.Ed.) from Georgia State University. She also has a Doctorate of Education (E.D.) in Behavioral Science from the University of Sarasota. Pam is relatable, down to earth and forthcoming. Clients enjoy her insight and honest feedback.
      • Susan Shelton, LMHC, is another group therapist who has worked with Bayshore Retreat since 2013. In addition, Susan has almost 10 years of experience in the mental health field with a focus on trauma and addiction. She has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology and Counseling. Her approach is direct and firm yet empathetic and warm.
      • Pamela Pesante is the newest member of our clinical team. She facilitates weekly groups with a focus on spirituality and personal insight. Pamela is a Certified Life & Recovery Coach, as well as a Master Reiki Practitioner. She earned her certifications through Recovery Coach Academy, recognized nationally as the original and leading recovery offering of its kind. Pamela’s unique skills and experience make group a great learning experience.
      • Other professionals embrace the Bayshore philosophy and facilitate addiction education and guest group counseling.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

      • Teri Sarkozy is our Registered Dietitian and Yoga Instructor. She has been with Bayshore Retreat since 2011 and assists in developing proper eating habits, as well as teaching yoga for all skill levels weekly. She comes to Bayshore Retreat because of the passion she finds there Teri has over 29 years of experience in teaching medically complex nutrition issues. She is registered with American Diabetics (L.D.) and has obtained an advanced certification as a Certified Nutrition Specialty Dietitian. Teri works closely with our chef to review our menus for optimizing nutrition as we heal our bodies with food. She teaches weekly yoga classes at Bayshore. Her classes are inclusive and she views the yoga mat as a magic carpet where you can follow your own journey. Teri owns a successful Yoga studio in Niceville, FL. She comes to Bayshore Retreat because of the passion she finds there.
      • A weekly deep tissue Massage is eagerly awaited by each client. Mae McDonald, Licensed Massage Therapist makes a special visit to Bayshore Retreat for our clients each week. While this may seem like a luxury, it’s actually just another way of ridding the body of toxins and helping the it recover from the damages of drugs and/or alcohol addiction While this may seem like a luxury, it’s actually just another way of helping the body recover from the damages of drugs and/or alcohol addiction.

OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

      • Our Chief of Operations is Megan Deane. She is also an operating partner and manages daily operations. Megan has been with Bayshore Retreat since the inception and was instrumental in its concept and development. She has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Hospitality Management from the University of West Florida and over 15 of years experience in residential addiction treatment. Her knowledge, training and expertise are crucial to all aspects of Bayshore Retreat. Megan wears many hats and plays a vital role consulting with the clinical team to ensure all client needs are met.
      • Our Executive Chef, Mark Willis, completes the daily meal planning and preparation. His vast experience stem from his culinary training and degree from Louisiana Tech in Shreveport, Louisiana and having served as Executive Chef at Basmati’s Asian and Sushi Restaurant, Marina Cafe, Beachwalk Cafe and Summer Kitchen. Additionally, he helped open Compass Rose Grill in Valparaiso, Florida. Mark has been awarded numerous Golden Medal awards in Culinary Arts. Mark provides fine dining experience for the clients at Bayshore Retreat. Finally ,and equally important, are his daily supermarket trips to ensure clients receive the freshest meals that also meet their dietary needs and desires.
      • In addition, our support staff such as Raina Feaster with EMT training and others are there for our clients with 24-7 to handle tasks from admissions, to managing the sauna therapy, excursions, and other daily activities.
      • Finally, there’s Judy… the mother, the one who answers the calls 24/7. She’ll be the first to tell you there’s still a lot about certain drugs and addiction that she doesn’t know. But you can be assured she will find the answer from Megan, Stephanie, Dr. Donchey or any of the countless Bayshore resources.

We take the fear out of rehab. Help is only a phone call away…. Call 850-687-6831 today or email jbutler@bayshoreretreat.com