Our Team

The Parkdale team is well diversified both personally and professionally. Fields of formal training include Family Medicine, Nursing, Addiction, Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Legal, Family Therapy, Psychiatry, Pharmaceuticals, Business, Anesthesia, and Emergency Medicine. Several team members also have a personal and intimate experience with chemical dependency or substance use. This has provided a firsthand perspective on legal issues, professional concerns, licensing and credentialing advocacy, addiction, treatment, and most importantly, successful recovery.

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DAVID CUMMINS
M.D., FASAM, 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. 

To contact Dr. Cummins, email drcummins@parkdalecenter.com

RODRIGO GARCIA
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. 

To contact Rodrigo, email rgarcia@parkdalecenter.com

CLAUDIA GARCIA
MBA, BSN, RN, LAC, CADAC II, Parkdale Center, COO

Claudia has more than fifteen 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. She currently is an appointed member of the Indiana Office of the Attorney General's Prescription Drug Task Force. 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. Her unique skill set will be invaluable for the professionals and their families, as the individual networks through the myriad considerations, obstacles, and potential consequences associated with workplace addiction. 

To contact Claudia, email cgarcia@parkdalecenter.com

DR. Terry Harman
Ph.D., LCAC, LMHC, LMFT, Program Director at Parkdale Center

Dr. Harman is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a 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.

ALICE OLSON
LMHC, LCAC, NCACII, 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.   

STEVEN MAY
LCAC, MAC, MS, Substance Abuse Counselor

Steven began his professional experience in the business world while completing his undergrad with a major in Sociology followed by a Masters degree in Community Counseling Psych. Steven graduated with honors from NEIU Northeastern Illinois University while working full time. He quickly passed the (DPE) Departmental Proficiency Exam to receive the Master’s degree followed by the National Counseling Exam to receive the (NCE) Nationally Certified Counselor and the Licensed Professional Counselor. He is also an (LCAC) Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, with the additional (MAC) credential - Master of Addiction Counseling.  Steven’s 30 plus years of recovery with many years of professional addiction work experience have given him the insight and training to work with some of the most highly accountable addicted professionals, including with members of the VA and, including all four branches of military veterans, with Fortune 500 executives, and directly within process-groups in the YA Young-Adults (18-25 years of age) and RR Recovery-Renewal and ADP Adult-Residential Populations. Combining this 30-year recovery activity and professional experience with participating in the facilitation of process-groups for impaired-professionals, at all levels of treatment care, make Steven an invaluable part of the Parkdale team. Steven specializes in working with all walks of varied socio-economically, multi-cultural, pan-sexual individuals of virtually all ages processing various forms of addiction, mood and personality disorders and PTSD trauma-related issues, as well as the impaired professionals in the medical and legal spheres. Steven is also well versed in the Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused approaches as well as Process-Group Therapy utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral techniques.

To contact Steven, email smay@parkdalecenter.com

Sandra Carbajal
NCC, MSEd, MS, LMHCa, Mental Health Associate

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.

Jason Kniola
NCC, LMHC, LCAC, LCPC, Substance Abuse Counselor

Jason has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years with extensive experience in the addictions field.  Jason graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 1997 with his Bachelor's in Psychology.  He graduated from Purdue with his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2004.  Jason has worked with multiple populations in multiple settings including adolescents, adult individuals, families, and groups in community counseling, private practice, and corrections (probation and county jail).  He has developed and implemented multiple programs for recovering addicts.  Jason has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation for 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.  Additionally, Jason completed a two-year program in Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy (mindfulness-based psychotherapy).

MS. KAREN ENSIGN
MS, MSW, LCSW, Family, Social, Behavioral Therapist

Karen brings more than twenty 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. She also is recognized by the court system as a leading expert. Her official work as a mediator has been instrumental in navigating through the myriad of legal issues often associated with addiction.

IRENE MARTIN
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.

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.

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