Meet Our Team

Our team consists of highly respected and acclaimed medical doctors who specialize in addiction treatment, along with credentialed and experienced counselors, therapists, interventionists, and sober life coaches. We work together to go beyond the traditional model of addiction treatment.

Steve L. Blank, MHS, CCDP

 Executive director

Steve L. Blank, MHS, CCDP Diplomate, Certified Recovery Coach: Mr. Blank is the Operations Director for Perspectives Integrated Treatment and Healthy Living.  He has 32 years of experience working with substance use and mental health issues.  His experience leading organizations in the field of treatment and recovery remains his passion.  In addition, he has been responsible for development and oversight of multiple programs in multiple states including Florida, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Blank received his Master of Human Services Degree from Lincoln University in 1999.  He also holds International Certification as Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate. 

Eric Milbrandt, MD, MPH, CTP

 medical director

Dr. Eric Milbrandt is an Addiction Medicine practitioner specializing in mental health, addiction, and trauma. “My mission is to come alongside those who are hurting. I have personally struggled with depression and the effects of childhood trauma most of my adult life. I know just how painful and debilitating unresolved trauma can be, not only for those suffering from it but for their loved ones as well.”

Dr. Milbrandt is SAMHSA credentialed to provide medication assisted treatment (MAT), including Suboxone therapy. “Working with Suboxone and other similar medicines has been a real game changer for the treatment of opioid use disorder. With MAT, I have the privilege of helping clients not just survive but thrive. It is incredibly satisfying.”

Dr. Milbrandt is a Certified Trauma Professional with a passion for helping heal the soul wounds that prevent many from achieving lasting recovery. His trauma skills include facilitating group sessions and hands-on experiential modalities, such as art and writing therapy, breathwork, and psychodrama. “Unresolved trauma is one of the most common reasons for treatment-resistance in depression and recurrent relapse in addiction,” he notes. Trauma need not be physical to be harmful, as psychological trauma can be equally damaging. Trauma-focused care is a powerful tool to help people work through their wounds and can be the pivotal change that brings lasting recovery.

Nicolas Chirinos

Director of Program Development

Nicolas Chirinos is a father of three from Texas that has worked in the SUD Treatment field for over a decade now.  He received multiple degrees from the UT school system, graduating with High Honors in every program. To date, he has held various Clinical and Business Management roles within the SUD field in over 15 states, assisting in acquiring, opening and managing multiple sites throughout the United States. His daily goal is to continually improve upon “Treating the Whole Person” by developing and growing complete SUD treatment services that reach every corner of the United States, and beyond, one site at a time, one day at a time. He enjoys public speaking, engaging with persons in treatment, football and soccer.  

Karenmarie Bryant, MCAP

Clinical Director

Karenmarie is a wife and mother, sports enthusiast and loves living in Florida. She has worked in the mental health/substance use field since 1987. Her favorite saying is, “Life is only as complicated as you make it, let’s make it a great one!” She is an advocate for those who want to make changes in their lives. 

Anna Racicot, LMT

Wellness Coordinator

As a group facilitator with over two decades of experience in the field of addiction and mental health, Anna’s eclectic skillset offers a dynamic approach to the treatment experience. She is an energetic and deeply dedicated ordained Interfaith Minister inspired to carry a universal message of transformation, spiritual principles, and social conscience.

Erica Rigsby

business development specialist

Erica joined the Perspectives family in May of 2021. As an alumnus of Perspectives herself, she brings a passion to the position that is from a unique and personal view. Erica is driven by the desire to help other alcoholics and addicts as she was once helped. Erica spent 20 years in veterinary medicine, with much of that time in sales and business development. She is married with 3 four-legged rescue kids.  

Allison Alvarez

Front Office Assistant

 Allison has been with our Perspectives Family since June 2021. She is highly willing and motivated to help her fellow alcoholics and addicts. Working both in the Ocala office and with our Sober Living clients, she is always available for anyone seeking help. As a mother of two she has first hand experience on the benefits of recovery and family. Her long term goal is to be a Certified Addiction Counselor.

Eric Pamperin

Office Coordinator

Eric has been working in behavioral health for over 11 years. He recently switched from nursing school and is pursuing his bachelors in Psychology. Eric’s long-term goal is to become a licensed mental health counselor.

Jack Chappell, CAC, CIP


Jack is a native Floridian, with many years of experience in the field of addiction and recovery. He is moved by a strong personal desire to bring sustainable, long-term recovery to as many people as he can. The modality of treatment that he and his team of doctors and addiction specialists have pioneered at Perspectives of Florida, was created through a personal mission to support people on their path to recovery in all aspects of their lives.  Jack finds great healing for the inner child and deep spiritual connection in nature, which inspired incorporating outdoor adventures into the sober living program at Perspectives.

We can help you or a loved one stop the vicious cycle of addiction right now.