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Co-Founder and CEO

Lyle started his journey working in treatment by entering a program for his own addiction in the 90s. His first experience in treatment was as a cash-pay client in a high-end residential facility that “graduated” him as soon as his money ran out. About 3 months after being sent to a ¾-way home that was overrun with drugs, he relapsed and felt hopeless. Fortunately, a family friend found him a bed at a center for homeless men with addictions. After graduating a year-long program, Lyle felt compelled to give back and began doing service work. Quickly this turned into a passion to help others that led to study the treatment industry top to bottom. He learned state statutes and regulations, and studied counseling practices from several angles. This eventually led him back to school for a degree in psychology. It became Lyle’s passion to learn how to provide the best care possible and be able to treat people for the duration they needed as an individual, not the duration their bank account mandated.

Lyle is a Board-Certified Addictions Professional, an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, an Approved Training Provider for the Florida Certification Board, and a Certified Health Coach. Because of his experience and industry knowledge he continues to be a regular and featured speaker at various industry events,

He has served as the Executive Director, Clinical Director & Program Manager of several Residential and Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities. Lyle was VP of a 6-county homeless coalition and a founding member of the Mental Health Action Team in Miami-Dade County. He has served as a Consultant & Licensure Specialist to numerous facilities and has served as a Drug Court Panel member. Lyle also served as a Primary Therapist in high-end facilities and is a board member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions (AAS), a board member of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) and Floridians For Recovery (FFR), and a board member of Mont Sinai Ministries orphanage and schooling Bayonnais, Haiti. He is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and the International Substance Abuse & Addiction Coalition (ISAAC).

Lyle also continues to work in several areas of advocacy at the local, state, and national level. In 2016 he was invited to meet with senior White House officials including the White House Chief of Staff, the head of the Parity Act Task Force, the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and several Senators to discuss and help shape addiction treatment awareness. Additionally, he has met with over 35 police chiefs from around the country to help work toward improving law enforcement’s understanding of addiction and mental health, better approaches to addiction and mental health, and helping to develop and promote diversion programs that provide treatment in place of incarceration.


Co-Founder and President

Nicholas has a degree in psychology and a Master’s in Business. He has worked in the industry for over 8 years and has worked multiple positions as a behavioral health tech, office manager, group facilitator, intake specialist, billing specialist, and CFO of companies within the industry. Nicholas has extensive training in neurofeedback, Domestic Violence, and Parenting classes. He facilitates a weekly community group where he emphasizes the importance of healthy support systems and understanding the importance of conflict resolution. Nicholas has a real passion when it comes to helping and educating college athletes about addiction. He continues to talk to coaches and athletic directors about player’s mental health and well-being and ways to help the college athletes stay away from substance abuse. He is always looking for new and better ways to help clients out in their recovery.


Medical Director / Psychiatrist

Dr. Buscema has achieved board certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Specialty Boards in Psychiatry and Neurology; National Board of Medical Examiners, Parts I, II, and III.

In addition to his private practice Dr. Buscema has been the Medical Director and staff psychiatrist of numerous Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment facilities. He has also served as a Consultant to several correctional systems and Attorney General’s office. He has served as Director of Psychiatry for Central New York Psychiatric Center and Mental Health Prison Satellite Units in New York State.

In addition to providing psychiatric evaluations and treatment, he addresses the issue of detoxification and rehabilitation from opioid medications principally with buprenorphine and also the stabilization of any underlying co-occurring psychiatric disorders which interfere with the transition process in a systematic manner with the necessary treatment of any underlying co-occurring psychiatric disorders which may interfere with the rehabilitation process.



Dr. Blum is one of the world’s most authoritative neuroscience researchers and a pillar within addiction treatment community. It was Dr. Blum along with a colleague who originally discovered the genome that contributes to alcoholism, and is considered “The father of Psychiatric Genetics”. His contributions within the addiction treatment medical community has been covered by various media outlets worldwide. The Shores is one of just a couple of programs nationally that Dr Blum has chosen to partner with, and uses his highly respected amino acid and neurotransmitter replacement therapies through his patented natural product called Synaptamine(KB220z). Dr. Blum’s lifelong missions has been to find more effective treatments for various addictions that has higher long term success rates than most of our industry currently provides.



Sr. Counselor/Spiritual Guidance Pastor

Fred is a Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida. He has been involved in recovery and helping others with their recovery for over 30 years. He has been both counselor and clinical director. His passion is to help those caught in addiction and show them how their spiritual walk with the God of recovery not only brings sobriety but peace and joy as well.


Director of Family-Based Recovery & Postdoctoal Psychology Resident

Dr. Laura has obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, graduating from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL and has most recently completed her APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. Dr. Laura is currently completing her post-doctoral psychology residency with The Shores and has emphasized her training to specialize in post-traumatic stress, developmental disabilities, and in providing behavioral and play therapies to children and their families. Dr. Laura provides family based psycho-education on trauma and addiction, while guiding Shores clients and families into healing through a systemic approach.

Dr. Laura is a strong advocate for children and families, extending her advocacy on an international level. She holds a position with the Olive Tree Foundation for Education as their Mental Health Outreach Coordinator and has worked with The Missionaries of Charity homes in Lima and Cuzco, Peru, providing psycho-education and crisis intervention to impoverished populations.


Co-Founder/Family Program Counselor

Denise Marino is a co-founder and counselor at The Shores Treatment Center and Recovery’s Family Program. Ms. Marino obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Counseling with a Specialization in Woman’s Issues from Liberty University. She has recently obtained certification as a Structured Family Recovery Counselor. Ms. Marino has been working as a therapist in the field of addiction for over 3 years and is known to have a passion for bringing families together to heal in the process of recovery. Ms. Marino has known first-hand how addiction can impact the lives of loved ones and has used her experience to advocate for and heal her community. Previously Ms. Marino worked in the counseling rooms of First Care, a woman’s crisis pregnancy center. Outside of her responsibilities within The Shores, Ms. Marino loves visiting with her grandchildren, and she also enjoys reading, being around the beach, dancing with her husband. She is also passionate about mentoring and teaching woman’s Bible studies.



M.S. in Special Education, for more than 20 years Virginia worked with adolescents in an Educational/Therapeutic setting meeting the needs of students with a variety of medical, learning, and psychiatric disorders.

CASAC-T (Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor- Trainee) from New York State.

Virginia’s passion is to provide those with addiction issues the tools needed for recovery, hope for their future, and support in their journey.


Certified Drug and Alcohol Addiction Professional

Jaime has been involved in recovery and helping others with their recovery for over 26 years. He has been both counselor and clinical director, in his country of origin (El Salvador), Jaime was also in charge of an anti-gang project Coordinating and planning the project having great results, re-educating the gang members, giving them moral values spirituality and a new way of life. His passion is to help those caught in addiction and show them how their spiritual walk through recovery not only brings sobriety but joy as well.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Phyllis received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Barry University.  Phyllis is a trained EMDR Therapist and Certified Addictions Professional.  She has experience working in the grief and loss, emotional trauma and addictions fields.  She is currently employed with The Shores Treatment and Recovery Center as a Primary Therapist.  She is a firm believer in empowering individuals and families in managing the myriad of emotional, mental and spiritual dynamics often associated with overcoming substance abuse problems. Phyllis works easily with both adults, children and adolescents, and is experienced Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy and EMDR Trauma Therapy. She is highly-skilled in working with hospice patients and families facing death and helping other clients recover from trauma-related experiences. Phyllis has lived in the St. Lucie county community for over 15 years, enjoying many strong relationships in the mental health community and within the justice system, state health and human service agencies, and local school systems. Phyllis takes great pleasure in presenting public mental health seminars, support groups and interpersonal skills training. Her long-term goals include the education and supervision of new counseling practitioners.


Registered Nurse
Certified Addiction Recovery & Mental Health Nutrition Coach: Level 1 2015

Patti has provided quality patient care for 23 years. She studied and worked in a long-term healthcare facility, hospitals, and ambulatory healthcare centers prior to becoming a part of The Shores Treatment & Recovery family in 2014. Both her personal and professional goals have always been to help others through nursing care, compassion, and education. She is a firm believer that total health involves mind, body, and spirit. Caring for the entire human requires many disciplines including but not limited to pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, aromatherapy, chiropractic, massage, emotional and spiritual therapies. At The Shores clients have access to a variety of disciplines to aid in their recovery. Along with a loving and accepting environment our clients are set up for success, if they choose to accept it.


Admissions Director

Eric is a true inspiration story here at The Shores Treatment and Recovery. He successfully went through our program, and after some time came to work for us by assisting clients through the same struggles and hardships that he was able to overcome. Through his hard work, he developed a passion for recovery and soon began to work within our admissions department assisting clients and their loved ones get the help that they needed. Then in late 2014 was promoted to be our Admissions Director, and serves to help and motivate new clients that he interacts with daily. Eric speaks often about how blessed he was in coming to The Shores and how his life has positively changed since.


Alumni Coordinator

Melissa has worked in the field of addictions for several years. Over these years, she has developed a drive to teach recovering addicts how to enjoy their new lives clean and sober. Melissa is currently completing education to become a Certified Addiction Counselor. The role of Alumni Coordinator here at The Shores Treatment and Recovery allows me to continue working with the recovering community in what I believe to be the most beautiful part of our clients’ journeys. Expanding, and helping our alumni family to grow closer, regain their sense of self, and participate in life again is a blessing I will forever be grateful for.

Our Accreditations, Certifications & Partnerships

  • Joint Commission
  • FARR
  • Rockers in Recovery
  • My FL Families
  • Best Place to Work
  • Addict's Mom

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