Miriam Barkley, CCRN, RN
Chief Executive Officer
Miriam Barkley knows firsthand what it’s like to live a life controlled by addiction. she spent 17 years in and out of rehab, entering treatment for the final time in 1999.
In 2005 Miriam graduated from the nursing school at Broward College at the top of her class. Shortly after graduating as an RN, Miriam lost her 19-year-old son to an overdose. Amidst the heartache, she felt compelled to honor his memory, so she dedicated her life to helping young adults and their families overcome addiction and founded Choices Recovery in 2013.
In 2014, Miriam created Wellness Counseling—an intimate program with a low staff-to-client ratio—to deal with issues such as trauma, self-esteem building, life skills and family involvement while implementing integrity, responsibility and 12-Step-based support in order to help the chronic relapser find a path that leads to lifelong recovery.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky, MD
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky is the medical director at Wellness Counseling Center. Dr. Satulovsky oversees the medical and psychiatric care of the clients while they are in treatment, and his role is vital to the team. He specializes in the fields of addiction medicine and geriatric psychiatry as well as his own private psychiatry practice.
Dr. Satulovsky uses his background as a former Chief Medical Officer in the Antarctic and Air Force bases as well as the scientific bases in Shetland Islands. He has trained at Cornell-affiliated residency programs in New York (Lincoln Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University) and at the site of AA’s foundation (at Ignatia Hall at St. Thomas Hospital in Ohio).
Mental Health Counselor Intern
Jason Bleakley is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Florida Atlantic University and received a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Jason has a versatile background working with addiction, severe and chronic mental illness and court-mandated clients. Currently, he is finalizing the process of becoming a licensed mental health counselor and nationally certified counselor.
Jason specializes in working with clients with co-occurring disorders. He approaches therapy from a client-centered perspective, incorporating motivational approaches, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy. He has provided group counseling and individual therapy for adults and adolescents.
Jason continues his professional development with the American Counseling Association, National Board of Certified Counselors and Nova Southeastern University’s Counseling Student Organization in order to bring the best and most current practices to his clients.
Ladonna Robbins was raised by an alcoholic and has dealt with the disease of alcoholism her entire life. She received an Associate’s Degree in 1986 and went to work for the court system in Broward County. In 1992, she crossed the line and became an addict herself. In 2004, Ladonna got sober and started over from the bottom. Over the next few years she worked as a Behavioral Technician at several treatment centers before deciding it was time to do more.
Ladonna graduated from the Academy for Addiction Professionals in 2013 as a Certified Addiction Counselor and has been working as an Addiction Counselor since then. Ladonna loves working in treatment and recovery. She has found her calling—to help addicts and alcoholics learn a better way to live and develop coping skills to achieve their goals—and believes the clients see that too.