Meet Our Rehab Center Staff Members

Executive Staff

 

Greg Wolpert, NCIP
FOUNDER

Greg is a National Certified Interventionist Professional, and has over 25 years of experience in the addiction field. As Greg navigated his own journey of recovery it became apparent to him that the traditional 12 Step Programs were not achieving the desired results.

Greg’s research and passion to help others were the driving forces behind the creation of a treatment program that would address and treat the disease of addiction holistically. To that end, Greg created Synergy’s Holistic Treatment Model utilizing a mutli-modal approach that would address and treat the person’s body, mind and spirit.

 

Barry_WolpertBarry Wolpert, BS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Wolpert holds a Business Degree from Northeastern University College of Business Administration. Mr. Wolpert spent thirty-five years with Eli Lilly and Company. During his career he held a number of positions in a variety of disciplines. Two such disciplines were neuroscience and medical managed care, which required special training at the University of Michigan Medical Center,  The Hospital Research and Development Institute at Community Hospital, and the Aetna Insurance Managed Care Division. Mr. Wolpert has developed a long term understanding of the health care industry and applies this knowledge to daily operations of Synergy Group Services, Inc.

 

David_LiporaceDavid L. Liporace, D.O.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr. David Liporace is an acclaimed physician who has maintained a private practice in Internal Medicine since 1989. During his years of private practice Dr. Liporace has blended the finest aspects of traditional and holistic medicine to serve his patients. Dr. Liporace is board certified and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In addition, Dr. Liporace holds several academic positions, including Clinical Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine. He is also a Clinical Instructor at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a national educator of his peers, Dr. Liporace lectures across the country on such topics as Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Major Depressive Disorders, Sleep Medicine, Men’s and Women’s Health, and Cardiovascular Diseases. Dr. Liporace also serves as a Clinical Consultant for several pharmaceutical companies and has participated in all phases of FDA sanctioned clinical research.

 

Lisa_LiporaceLisa S. Liporace, MSW, LCSW
CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida State University in 1991. She has been licensed in the State of Florida as a Clinical Social Worker since 1994. Lisa has over 20 years experience as an individual, family, and group therapist specializing in the areas of chemical dependency and dual diagnosis. She also has experience in treating addictive disorders related to eating and gambling. Additionally, Lisa worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry receiving extensive pharmacological training on medications used to treat numerous mental health disorders.

 

Clinical Staff

Jana Keene, MSW, LCSW
PRIMARY THERAPIST

Jana received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University. She holds a Bachelors degree from The University of South Florida. Jana has extensive experience working as a therapist with clients with substance abuse issues. She gained much of this experience while working with the Substance Abuse Awareness Program. Jana also has experience working as a therapist in a psychiatric hospital where she was able to develop her skills as a therapist utilizing both art and play therapy techniques. Jana also does individual, group and family counseling.

 

Elizabeth_McDonoughElizabeth Z McDonough, LMHC
PRIMARY THERAPIST

With a BS in Psychology, a Masters of Education/ Mental Health Counseling, and as a Certified Personal Trainer Elizabeth understands the importance of creating a symbiotic balance of fitness, lifestyle, and personal well-being. While working as a personal trainer, she received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. Elizabeth as worked extensively in the area of substance abuse and eating disorders, providing individual, group and family counseling. Elizabeth utilizes goal oriented counseling techniques to provide support and motivation.

 

Stephanie Pinkham, MSW, LCSW
PRIMARY THERAPIST

Stephanie received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Duquesne University. Stephanie has served children, families and adults with bereavement, behavioral, mental health and substance abuse issues working within hospital, home and community based programs. Stephanie’s therapeutic interventions include gaining clarity of goals while creating strategies and tools to reach them within individual and group therapy. She also enjoys utilizing Art Therapy techniques acquired during her years facilitating grief and loss groups at Hearts and Hope, Inc. She has also earned her Level 2 Reiki Certification. Stephanie provides a supportive environment for clients to realize their own strengths and potential in order to fulfill their personal goals.

Mary-Joe Rivas
PRIMARY THERAPIST

Mary-Joe received her master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern University. Mary-Joe has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, and mindfulness techniques. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, and interpersonal difficulties. She completed her clinical training and internship program at the Children’s Home Society of Florida which serves underprivileged families. Mary-Joe strives to create an empowering, supportive, and creative environment for each client. She maintains a strong interest in wellness and nutrition-related activities and is a certified yoga instructor and dedicated yoga practitioner.

Holistic Drug Treatment Staff

Leslie K. Gonzalez, MA, RD, LD/N ADS
DIRECTOR OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Leslie has a Holistic Health Graduate Degree from Western Michigan University, and is a Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. Leslie also holds a Masters Degree in Dietetics, and an Undergraduate Degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Florida. Leslie combines her education and experience to provide a holistic approach to assist clients with detoxification and the healing process. Leslie Gonz has been trained in biofeedback technology as well.

James_HanlonJames Hanlon, AP
ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN

Jim is an observer, student, and teacher of the human condition. He is keenly fascinated by this time in history that we are all active participants in, and what the divine psyche requires of our consciousness to evolve and prosper in the New Age. James has authored numerous papers about the psyche and how it manifests in the body: The Tao of Addiction, The Matrix Of Healing And Medicine, The Tao of the New Age, and Hurricanes PTSD And Organic Healing. His workshops include: The Tao of Addiction, Tao of the New Age, The Art of the Dream, I Ching The Book of Changes and How to Use It, and Qi Jing Ba Mai The Extraordinary Vessels.

Jim is a licensed acupuncture physician and practices at Shenque Healthcare in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is a graduate of The Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine where he received a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine. His background is in Professional Sports, Sport Psychology, Depth Psychology, Taoism, and Tai Chi Chuan.

Jim has taught at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and has been a clinical adjunct professor at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. He received his NADA(National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) certification from Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, New York, and has worked in the recovery community for 11 years.

 

lanespaLanes Spa
Massage Therapy

Synergy Group Services provides massage therapy for our clients at The Lane Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Lane Spa staff consists of over 35 spa professionals that specialize in promoting relaxation and assisting clients to achieve a healthy and vibrant life. The Lane Spa has been providing these services for more than 18 years. The 3,500-square-foot spa is spread out over two wings and has 12 treatment rooms, a sitting room, and a retail boutique. The spa offers more than 20 different massage modalities such as deep-tissue, hot stone, manual lymph drainage, and other spa services including body scrubs, detoxifying body wraps, organic skincare facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, hair design, Cavi-Lipo treatments, and oxygen ozone steam therapy.

 

Basic RGBZoo Health Club Elite
Zoo Health Elite Club is where Synergy’s clients start to address the physical component of recovery. In keeping with Synergy’s holistic approach, clients will attend the Z00 Health Elite Club a minimum of four times a week. The Zoo Health Elite Club is a complete health and fitness gym offering cardiovascular machines and strength training equipment. Group exercise classes, one-on-one personal training, and pilates services are available to the client and arrangements can be scheduled at the clients expense. Zoo Health Elite Club prides themselves on providing a place where everyone is welcome and encouraged to improve and sustain their health.

 

Administrative Staff

Jacqueline_MikaJacqueline Mika
OFFICE MANAGER

Jacqueline Mika is originally from New Jersey and has been managing medical practices for the past 35 years. She helped Dr Liporace open his office in West Palm Beach in 1993 and has worked as the office Administrator establishing a successful and thriving practice. Her administrative and bookkeeping skills led to her joining Synergy’s team at the inception of the organization. Jacquie’s responsibilities include accounts payable, human resources, and she also serving as a liaison between Dr Liporace’s and Synergy’s clients.

 

 

Carolyn_WillisCarolyn Willis
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Carolyn joined the Synergy Family in January 2011.  She has an extensive background in caring for people.  Carolyn’s specific area of care has been with special needs children  of all ages.  The skills that Carolyn developed to care for these children as well as the needs of their families has created a firm foundation of compassion and understanding.

Carolyn also possesses excellent administrative and computer skills. Her charisma and professionalism have made her a valued asset at Synergy Group Services Inc. Upon visiting Synergy Group Services, Carolyn will be there to greet you with warmth, compassion and a smile.

 

Prescious Smith
RESIDENTIAL SUPERVISOR

Prescious Smith is our Lead Behavioral Technician at Synergy Group Services Inc.  She brings 20 years of experience in the administrative and customer service fields.   Her communication skills are dynamic and she is proficient in providing supervision,  care, and understanding in support of our residential unit.  Prescious’s primary responsibilities include monitoring activity and progress,  communication between therapists and clients,   and keeping detailed records.

 

 

Consultants

Dr. Jacob Leibovici
DENTIST

Dr. Leibovici has an impressive education and training in the field of Dentistry. Dr. Leiblovici also has extensive experience in treating clients with addictive issues. Dr. Leibovici is available for Synergy Groups Services Inc. patients when they are in need of Dental Services.

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