DR. DAVID CUMMINS
Parkdale Center Medical Director
David Cummins, MD, Diplomate American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Cummins is the Medical Director for Parkdale Center. He is board-certified in both Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine and has extensive experience in treating patients suffering from substance use disorders. Following best practice guidelines set forth by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and using the latest evidence-based treatment modalities, Dr. Cummins has helped develop the most comprehensive and seamless program for addicted professionals in the country. Using time-tested treatments and cutting edge alternative therapies, his program succeeds by focusing on prevention, treatment, long-term monitoring, advocacy, and reentry into the workplace. Dr. Cummins also works closely with multiple local, state, and federal agencies to ensure employee protection and client compliance.
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MBA, APN-BC, MSN, CRNA,
Parkdale Center CEO
Rodrigo has been a direct care provider in the health care field for more than 20 years. He has experience in emergency management, intensive care, surgical services, and anesthesia. He is currently a member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General task force; a delegate to the National Safety Council, and has held faculty positions at Evanston Northwestern School of Anesthesia, Ivy Technical Community College – Nursing Department, and Valparaiso University School of Nursing. Rodrigo has extensive experience in the field of addiction, treatment, management, advocacy, and recovery of the highly-accountable recovering professional. Rodrigo is sought out for his engaging and powerful speaking presentations geared towards bringing to light the "silent epidemic" of addiction. He has educated thousands of families, state employees, individuals, employers, and professional organizations on the addicted professional and how this person affects every aspect of society. As the Parkdale Executive Program director, he is responsible for providing residents with the most effective, comprehensive, and progressive treatment program possible. One such component is the unique Professional Reentry Program that begins on day one and is designed to facilitate future reentry into the resident's chosen profession.
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MBA, BSN, RN, LAC, CADAC II
Parkdale Center COO
Claudia Garcia is currently the COO of Parkdale Center, a dual diagnosis addiction treatment center specializing in treatment of the impaired health care provider. Most recently, Claudia also assumed the role of executive director of the Indiana Professional’s Recovery Program and the West Virginia Restore Program. Claudia has more than sixteen years of direct patient care experience as well as managerial and recruitment experience. She has focused much of her career in research and development of programs, policies, and procedures to improve patient outcomes and maintain employer compliance. Claudia obtained her MBA degree, graduating with honors, with a focus on health care administration, specializing in the assistance of professionals in need. Claudia has firsthand knowledge of addiction and recovery through the eyes of a non-addicted loved one and family member. Her training as a certified addiction drug and alcohol counselor (CADAC II), Registered Nurse, and licensed addiction counselor (LAC) along with her very personal and intimate knowledge of the situational circumstances the family members often experience has helped forge one the most seamless, comprehensive, and resourceful family programs in the country.
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DR. JEFFREY COTO
DNP, MS-CNS, RN, CCRN
Parkdale Center Chief Compliance Officer
Dr. Jeffrey Coto has been a nurse since 1994. He completed his Masters’ Degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1997 from Purdue University, and in 2013 he completed his Doctoral Degree from Purdue University – West Lafayette. Dr. Coto was an Administrative Law Judge and member of the Indiana State Board of Nursing from 2015-2019 and was active in assuring safe nursing practice across the State of Indiana. Dr. Coto is a leader in academics and is a professor for several graduate and post-graduate university programs where he teaches Evidence-Based Practice and Research. He has over twenty peer-reviewed publications in the areas of patient care, addiction and pain management.
Dr. Coto has been with Parkdale since 2015 and led Parkdale Center through two CARF accreditations in 2016 and 2018. CARF is the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – an international, non-profit organization that assures the highest standards are achieved in providing patient care within Rehabilitation Facilities. In April 2022, Parkdale Center will be up for our third CARF accreditation, and Dr. Coto is working hard once again to ensure Parkdale Center meets all requirements for the CARF stamp of approval.
BS, MPA, CPA
Parkdale Center CFO
Scott graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business (Bloomington) in 2001 with a B.S. degree in Finance and a Minor in Sociology of Business Organizations. In 2007, he completed his MPA (Master’s in Professional Accountancy) from the Kelley School of Business (Indianapolis) and earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
Scott spent the first ten years of his career in a variety of financial leadership roles, serving as the Assistant Controller for the Indiana State Budget Agency and a Senior Financial Analyst for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis. In 2010, Scott and a business partner purchased a small CPA firm. It was while working in this firm that he met Rigo, Claudia and David and helped them launch Parkdale in 2015. In 2019, Scott sold hisCPA firm to his business partners to join Parkdale as full-time CFO.
As CFO, Scott is involved in leading many areas of Parkdale including the revenue cycle management, human resources, information technology, capital improvement and treasury management functions. Scott’s most important and meaningful role, however, is speaking with every patient before they come to Parkdale to discuss their insurance and treatment costs to design a financial plan that will work for the patient.
Parkdale Center Communications Director
Darlene has worked in the communications field for over 20 years. She trained as a professional writer and progressive educator. She began her career as a high school English teacher, and ultimately joined the Composition faculty at Purdue University Northwest in 2001. She left the education field in 2012 to open a boutique marketing firm. She is a marketing generalist but has particular expertise in digital marketing. Darlene also has over 20 years experience as a freelance writer. Her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, academic journals, guest blogs, and more.
Darlene joins Parkdale ready to help share the Parkdale story. Having lost a loved one to substance use disorder, she seeks to reassure patients and their loved ones suffering under the yoke of substance use disorder: there is help.
Parkdale Center Executive Assistant
As Executive Assistant to Parkdale’s leadership team, LaShania keeps Parkdale running smoothly. She holds an Associate of Science Degree in Surgical Technology and spent several years in the medical field before joining the Parkdale team in 2016. LaShania has watched loved ones struggle with addiction, and so understands the challenges our patients and their loved ones face. LaShania manages Parkdale’s HR, employee and patient schedules, contractors and interns, payroll, accounting tasks, ordering supplies, and assisting with CARF compliance.
DR. Terry Harman
Ph.D., LCAC, LMHC, LMFT
Parkdale Center Program Director
Dr. Harman is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Indiana. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1981 having served with the 101st Airborne and 2nd Armor Divisions as a Pharmacy Specialist and then later as an Infantryman.
After the military, he returned to school to complete multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology, Theatre, Latino Studies and Theology culminating in a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from The Chicago Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling from the Anglican Theological Seminary. His doctoral training concentrated on Family Systems Theory, Jungian Psychology, and Addiction Counseling.
Since 1990 in his teaching capacity he has served as an adjunct professor in both undergraduate and graduate programs for addiction studies, Psychology, Addiction and Clinical Counseling with Calumet College of Saint Joseph, Governors State University and Indiana University Northwest. From 2011 through 2018 he was instrumental in developing and implementing Indiana University Northwest’s Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with a specialization in substance abuse counseling.
Dr. Harman entered the counseling field in 1981. Since that time he has served adolescents and adults in a variety of government, for-profit as well as not-for-profit settings including directing the employee assistance programs for the steel industry, state-operated mental health facilities, maximum-security prisons, community corrections, inpatient psychiatric, residential substance abuse units, intensive outpatient and outpatient substance abuse programs. He started working for Parkdale in June of 2018 as the Program Director for the state contract for monitoring services for impaired medical professionals. During the first year, approximately 700 professionals were served.
DR. CHRISTINE P. KURTZ
DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Our most recent clinical addition is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in the PHP/IOP program providing psychiatric evaluation, psychotropic medication management, and cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with addiction. Christine is a Doctor of Nursing Practice who graduated with the highest distinction from Valparaiso University. Prior to that, she acquired her Masters of Science degree with a focus in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Rush University, Chicago Illinois. She served as a Practitioner/Faculty with Rush University for most of a decade and is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Valparaiso University since 2005. She has worked in the area of psychiatric nursing since 1988 and is certified as an Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Kurtz is also a long-time member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
DNP, FNP-C, RN
Parkdale Center Nurse Practitioner
Soon after partial hospitalization patients arrive at Parkdale, they meet with Dr. Kim Minich. Dr. Kim evaluates their medical history and performs a physical. She also orders, reviews, and evaluates any medical tests that may be necessary. Additionally, she provides medication management.
Dr. Kim has been in Addiction Medicine for 5 years. She is also a professor of Nursing in Pediatrics and Women’s Health at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. She is mother to 5 children and 2 foster children. Kim and her large family also run a dairy farm that has been in their family since 1909. They enjoy showing their cows and horses at livestock competitions.
Parkdale Center Nurse Case Manager
Carol is a Registered Nurse and Certified Case Manager with over 23 years of experience in Psychiatric Nursing. She has worked in Inpatient, Residential, and Community Mental Health environments. Carol joined Parkdale Center in 2019. She takes care of our patients with intake assessments, medication assistance, and ongoing health.
Carol’s experience with disadvantaged, chronically mentally ill patients gives her a particular appreciation for the complexities of mental health and addiction, and Parkdale Center’s unique approach to healing. She says, “One thing that stands out about Parkdale Center is the genuine care for the patients’ wellbeing and recovery. We want to see them succeed in their journey. The true compassion here is undeniable.”
MS, MSEd, NCC, LCAC, LMHC, EMDR
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor
Sandra obtained two Master’s degrees from Purdue University in Clinical Mental Health and Neuroscience. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Psychology from California State University. She holds a certification in Expressive Art Therapy, Addictions, and currently receiving training in EMDR Therapy and participating in Yoga Teacher Training program. Her clinical approach is eclectic and holistic, and her theoretical orientation includes Gestalt, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, Person-Center and Hope-Based therapy to help her patients in the healing process. She is interested in working with clients with dual-diagnosis such as addictions, depression, trauma, sexual abuse, and grieving concerns. Sandra is thrilled to provide professional treatment for addictions and passionate about working with people experiencing an array of emotional challenges in their lives. Sandra is a National Certified Counselor and expecting to become a fully Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Licensed Addiction Counselor by the year 2020.
MFA, MSEd, LCACa, LMACa, NCC, MAC, MATS
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor
Kimberly began her career as an educator but found herself naturally drawn to mental health counseling. Wanting to know as much as possible to help her patients, she augmented her counseling education by studying a variety of specialized fields including Expressive Art therapy, Addiction, and EMDR. Knowing that addiction does not affect only the individual suffering from substance use disorder but also their entire family, she employs her skills with family counseling as well. Her background in higher education gives her further insight into working with young adults.
Kimberly has experience working in a variety of mental health environments. She employs her full range of expertise in individualizing treatment to the patient’s needs – even in group settings. She is a lifelong learner and is always pursuing new subjects and certifications to broaden her counseling expertise.
LMHC, LCAC, NCACII
Parkdale Center Substance Abuse Counselor
Alice has been a counselor/therapist for over 40 years working with both hearing and deaf people to assist them in their journey for greater mental health or stable recovery from addiction. Working in Northwest Indiana all of her professional life has allowed her to learn so much from each person she worked with. She is also a member of the National Association of Addiction Professionals and its Indiana affiliate. She has received recognition from several Indiana governors (Bowen and Orr) and with letters of commendation also from President Ronald Reagan for her work in the disability community in the state of Indiana. She was a member and/or chair of the Indiana Rehabilitation Commission for 7 years and long ago was a rehabilitation counselor for the deaf. Unable to find treatment centers able (many were willing) to treat her deaf clients, she ended up learning about addiction to assist deaf community members in finding recovery. She was President of the Indiana Chapter of Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf as well as the Indiana Deafness and Rehabilitation Association to further acceptance of Deaf people in the community. She was a member and the chair of the Valparaiso’s Mayor’s Advisory Council for People with Disabilities for 3 years. She has been a process group therapist for over 35 years and has enjoyed assisting people in their journey of recovery. A consultant to several local library systems regarding disability needs, she continues to work toward the full participation of people with disabilities and in recovery in their own community. She has taught classes at Indiana University Northwest, Purdue Northwest and taught sign language classes in various cities in Northwest Indiana. She continues to work her own recovery program as an adult child of an alcoholic and has done much trauma work for herself and others. She has chosen to give back to the community by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Porter County.
Parkdale Center Intensive Outpatient Program Coordinator
Kaitlin joins our counseling staff with her Master's degree and LCACa, 4 years of experience in a variety of settings, and a focus on addictions treatment. She says, "I fell in love with the field of clinical addictions counseling after further pursuing what I wanted to do with my undergrad in psychology. I've had personal, peer, and familial struggles with substance use, and being able to provide care to others struggling with addiction and help rebuild lives, self-esteem, family systems, and promote healthy functioning just seemed like where I was supposed to be. Frankly, I can't picture myself doing anything else.
Parkdale Center Behavioral Health Tech
Irene Martin joined the Parkdale team as a volunteer in October 2015. Her primary focus is on assisting those in early recovery to help establish the tools, resources, and support needed to begin their individual journey of sustained sobriety. As a testament to her dedication and commitment to those in need, Irene officially became part of the Parkdale Clinical where she continues to excel in her role as the Behavioral Health Tech. Irene’s personal journey in addiction and recovery began 14 years ago when she personally learned the tool that she now shares with others. So moved by this experience, she dedicated her life to recovery, service to others, and preventative education. With her Associate degree in Applied Science in Human Services as well as her Certification in Addiction Studies, Irene is poised to be a valuable asset to those she is fortunate to work with. Estimated date of attrition for her Certified Addiction Drug and Alcohol Counselor credentials (CADACII) is July 2016. Irene utilizes her vast personal experience as well as her formal training to help those who need it the most. Her areas of focus include abstinence-based programming, 12-step recovery, direct peer support, spirituality, and altruistic service work.
Christian Gabrano is a Certified Addiction and Drug Abuse Consultant II. He has worked in addictions counseling for more than 5 years, specializing in 12 Step Recovery, Smart Recovery, Psychoeducation, Family Support, and Interventions. Christian has been in recovery himself for over 6 years. Early in his treatment, he worked as Associate Director of his sober living house. Since then, he has served on the Porter County Substance Abuse Council and with SAFE for Lake County in Northwest Indiana. He has also delivered drug prevention talks to school-aged children throughout Porter County. He and his family live in Valparaiso, IN.
Parkdale Center Nurse Case Worker
David helps guide Parkdale Center patients to long-term sobriety as a Recovery Specialist. He graduated with his BSN from Ball State University in 2011. He spent his early career at St. Catherine’s Hospital, working in the Behavioral, Surgical, and ICU departments. David is currently working towards his certification in Addiction Nursing.
David has been in recovery himself since 2016. He is involved in 12 Step groups, makes volunteering a priority, and is the proud papa of a new baby boy.
Parkdale Center Billing Director
As with any medical treatment, dealing with insurance companies and organizing payments can be stressful and intimidating, but Janelle is committed to making the Parkdale Center billing process as smooth and painless as possible. She goes to bat for our patients every day. Her work includes assisting patients with their financial options, working with insurance companies, managing our billing support staff, financial processing, and preparing reports for our CFO and CARF – our accrediting agency. Janelle has worked in medical billing and office management for over 20 years. She brings a commitment to our patients’ needs to every facet of her work.
Parkdale Center Billing Assistant
Melissa Fulk joins the Parkdale Center billing team from a long career in medical office management and billing. Her experience also includes managing medical records and transcription. She has worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from small private practices to hospitals. She finds her work with billing to be truly satisfying and compares it to solving a puzzle. She stresses that she sees herself as a “patient advocate,” and works to get her patients the best care and insurance coverage she can, “that way, they can work on getting better with a more pleasant journey.”
Parkdale Center Behavioral Health Tech
Nick is our overnight, live-in supervisor, and he serves an especially important role at Parkdale Center. Outside of official Parkdale Center programming, Nick spends time with the patients in the evenings and often on weekends. By sharing his own story of recovery and the journey he’s on to regain the Pharmacist license he lost due to his struggles with addiction, the patients trust him and know he understands their worries and challenges. He can relate to the patients, offer an understanding ear, and offer them support when they need it.
Parkdale Center Property Manager
John is single-handedly responsible for the ongoing upkeep of Parkdale Center and its grounds – no small task in a historic building like Parkdale Center. He makes or oversees any necessary repairs or landscaping, which, as Parkdale Center embarks on a variety of renovations, requires a good deal of management. John also serves another role at Parkdale Center which isn’t part of his of his job description at all. Patients quickly realize that John is a caring, willing listener with a big heart and ready sense of humor. Beyond our patients’ therapeutic programming, John says he can connect with them “outside their bubble.” He’s a calm, steady presence at Parkdale, and truly enjoys getting to know the patients. He says he “really enjoys seeing the patients succeed and become the beautiful people they’re meant to be.”
Parkdale Center Cook
One of Parkdale Center’s secret gems is Cate, a marvelous cook, careful listener, and friend to our patients. Cate prepares breakfast and lunch for our residents, and many credit her for making their stay all the more comfortable. Cate has worked as a cook in several institutional settings, but the relatively small size of our group gives her the ability to really listen to our patients’ wants and needs and prepare food that appeals to them and meets their dietary needs. She says, “Cooking for 2 is hard. Cooking for 100 is easy.” We only need her to cook for 20, but her talents are appreciated by all.
Dustin has almost thirty years of experience in theater, with credits in everything from producing and directing to acting and teaching. Professionally, he is the Production Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism, where he coordinates the production of video and graphic design projects. He is also the owner of Nabell Media, a marketing agency that helps to “Let Your Story Tower.” He has a master’s degree in telecommunications (production and design) from Indiana University and bachelor’s degrees in English and theater arts with minors in religion and media writing from Augsburg University. He currently serves as the president of the Valparaiso Creative Council, is a member of the Indiana Arts Commission, and is a graduate of the Valparaiso Chamber Leadership Academy. A Porter native, Dustin is a trained actor, producer, photo/videographer, and multimedia specialist. In his spare time, he writes, plays piano, and produces Roll Seekers, a Dungeons and Dragons web series and podcast.
Parkdale Center Mindfulness Counselor
Jason has worked in the mental health and addiction fields for over 25 years. He has worked with multiple populations in multiple settings including adolescents, adult individuals, families, and groups in community counseling, private practice, and corrections. Jason has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for the past 20 years and uses these skills to augment evidence-based modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and more. Jason teaches Parkadale patients mindfulness and meditation.
Parkdale Center Yoga Instructor
MS. KAREN ENSIGN
MS, MSW, LCSW, Family, Social, Behavioral Therapist
Karen brings more than twenty-five years of experience in individual and family counseling to the Parkdale team. By utilizing evidence-based treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she has remained at the forefront of treatment for the struggling professional. Karen also is experienced with diagnosing and managing the addictive, social, familial, and stressors associated with the professional suffering from substance use disorder. In addition, she remains committed to education concerning the effectiveness of proper coping mechanisms and following the client through the multiple stages of early diagnosis and recovery. Karen is a leading proponent in the congruent treatment of the family as well as the patient. Her dedication to treating and maintaining the family nucleus is a crucial component in the overall wellness of the recovering professional.
Frequently, there is a myriad of legal issues often associated with addiction. Some of these may include child custody & visitation, reunification, and the many aspects of separation and divorce with the primary focus on the best interests of the child. Karen is recognized by the court system as a leading expert.
Karen is a member of the Lake County Bar Assoc. She has specialized training and certifications as a mediator, GAL, and NCPC (Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator). Her various roles have been instrumental in navigating through the complexity of legal issues often associated with addiction. She works in tandem with attorneys, professionals & families to navigate through separation and divorce with decreased court involvement. If necessary, she has experience testifying in court as an expert witness.
Because Karen can help facilitate and bridge communication with families and legal professionals, the experience with visitation, separation and divorce significantly minimizes conflict. The opportunity for bringing a family back together, especially where the children are concerned, is more successful. The experience of the separation and divorce process can often be much less painful. The road to healing can begin sooner.
DR. STAN LELEK
PSY. D., Parkdale Psychologist
Stan Lelek, Psy.D., CADAC, NCACII, is a licensed clinical psychologist with both state and national certifications, contributions, and recognitions. Dr. Lelek is a previous ICCADA board, testing committee, and ethics committee member as well as the case presentation chairman. Dr. Lelek has previously held faculty positions in the Department of Psychology at Ivy Technical State College and Purdue University, North Central. He has provided services for multiple community mental health centers and continues to collaboratively work with a large number of local, state, and national groups to provide resources to those struggling with substance use disorder. Dr. Lelek’s specialties include chemical dependency, substance abuse, trauma, and dissociation with a special interest in the addicted professional. By adhering to industry standards, utilizing cognitive testing parameters, and assisting in the development of individualized and progressive care plans, Dr. Lelek is an invaluable addition to the Parkdale team.