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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.


Dr. RolandDr. Roland Verfaillie, PhD., LMHC

Director of Family Based Recovery & Clinical Manager

Dr. Roland Verfaillie serves as a primary therapist at the Shores Recovery Center. He brings over 40 years of experience in the field of addiction medicine. Dr. Verfaillie has worked in the private sector as well as with state and federal government organizations. He was integrally involved in Florida’s first Pre-Trial Intervention Program, was appointed forensic psychologist for incarcerated substance offenders in the first therapeutic community to be established within the Florida Department of Corrections. Dr. Verfaillie worked as a psychologist for the Department of Defense and was stationed in Europe for nine years. Upon his return to the United States, he co-founded Recovery Associates, Inc. located in Port St. Lucie. He served as Recovery Associates Executive Clinical Director for fifteen years. Most recently, Dr. Verfaillie served active duty military personnel in overseas garrisons and in conflict zones. He supported active duty combatants suffering the effects of combat exposure, isolation and loneliness. His belief in the human will to thrive, and to find meaning and purpose in this life even when all seems lost to addiction is what guides this work. Dr. Verfaillie is a graduate of the University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Trinity College and visiting fellow at Brookings Institution. He is an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, School of Counselor Education.

GwenGwendolyn Phillips, MCAP, IMHC

Gwendolyn graduated from Webster University with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2009 and is a Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional and an Intern in Mental Health Counseling.  She began her career in Mental Health with a focus on dealing with victims of Domestic Violence as well as their perpetrators; she has experience facilitating Batterers Intervention Program and psycho-educational groups and facilitates Domestic Violence, Anger Management and Parenting Education Groups. Gwendolyn provides substance abuse individual therapy, individual and family counseling for at risk clients and their families, and facilitates groups of all types.

DavidDavid Gibbs, LMHC, CAP

David as a Primary Therapist brings more than 20 plus years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction to The Shores Treatment and Recovery. David is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as a Certified Addiction Professional. David’s approach is dynamic and creative in order tob ring about the greatest opportunity for change for each client.

David decided to join the team at The Shores Treatment & Recovery because of the treatment philosophy they share. The philosophy that recovery requires a holistic and comprehensive approach that delves into all facets of an individual’s life domains. An approach that addresses the mind, body and spirit of the individual. It is David’s contention that it is this approach that can and will bring about long-term change if the individual takes the suggestions provided during their treatment at the Shores Recovery Center.


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.

Jeri Fenton


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Jeri Fenton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Qualified Supervisor in the state of Florida. Jeri has worked in the field for ten years and specializes in working with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, and drug abuse. In her role as a therapist at The Shores Treatment Center, Ms. Fenton provides individual and group therapy for those with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Jeri graduated from The University of Central Florida where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She strives to provide the best quality of care and the tools necessary for long-term recovery and relapse prevention. Ms. Fenton has always had a passion for helping others and understands how substance abuse affects individuals as well as those around them, which is why caring for the individual and the family is vital to sobriety.



IOP Program Coordinator

Coming from my own history of addiction and abuse, my journey began in 2011 at The Refuge Ranch where I voluntarily committed to a year of intense healing and treatment. Upon graduation, I felt a calling on my heart to love and serve those that suffer from the same wreckage and bondage I had been delivered from; I completed 9 months of Servant Leadership training where I was given the tools and training to begin helping others. In 2013, I began working in the field of Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment at NHTC. I worked there for 3 ½ years before joining the family/team at The Shores Treatment and Recovery in September 2016. I am in the process of completing my AA in Human Services so I can further pursue my degree in Psychology; I have met my requirements for my CAC and need to sit for my state exam. My passion is to love and serve those who feel unlovable and provide help, hope, and healing for those deemed lost in addiction. It’s an amazing gift and ongoing journey to witness and be a part of lives being saved and changed, and as always – more will be revealed…


Registered Nurse
Certified Addiction Recovery & Mental Health Nutrition Coach

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

Hey everyone my name is Ben Geigus and I am the Alumni Coordinator here at the shores. A little over a year and a half ago I was hopeless and broken as a human being. I came through Treatment here at The Shores and it forever changed my life. I am so blessed that I got the chance to come back to the place that has saved my life and work for them. I believe the Alumni program is one of the most important pieces of our program and it teaches recovering addicts and alcoholics that you can still have tons of fun being clean and sober.


Our Accreditations, Certifications & Partnerships

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