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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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

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

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.

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.


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.

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.   

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, 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.

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.

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.


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.

M.A., M.A.T., 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.

R.N., C.M.M., 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.”

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.

David Estrada
BSN, RN, Recovery Specialist 

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.

Dr.Jeffrey A. 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.

Kim Minich
DNP, FNP-C,RN, 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. 

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