Eric Milbrandt, MD, MPH, CTP
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.
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.
Craig Hughes, CAP
Program Director & Certified Addictions Professional
Craig Hughes was born in St. Cloud Florida, and has lived in Marion County for the last 10 years. Craig is the Program Director for Perspectives and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from St. Leo University and is an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and Certified Addiction Professional in the State of Florida. He is passionate about his work, helping individuals to develop long term sustainable recovery. As a husband and father, Craig understands the value of family and relationships, and enjoys sharing his positive experiences with clients of Perspectives.
Karenmarie Bryant, MCAP
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.
Sharon Chauncey, CAC
Certified Addictions Counselor
Sharon is a native-born Floridian who brings her extensive experience managing and teaching about substance abuse programs to our team. Her goal is to reach as many people as possible with her message of hope and to encourage them to seek a program of recovery that will help them to be productive members of society.
Kelly Garsik, LCSW
Kelly Garsik is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kelly graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Florida Atlantic University. Kelly has worked in the substance use disorder/mental health field since 2015 and has experience with dual diagnosis, substance use disorders, trauma, and a wide range of mental health diagnoses. Kelly uses Motivational Interviewing techniques, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), EFT, Mindfulness/Meditation, and Psychotherapy.
Anna Racicot, LMT
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.
Matt is a native Floridian, having been raised in Ocala. He holds a Master’s degree in forensic studies; with a concentration in Forensic Behavioral Analysis from Florida Gulf Cost University. Matt is pleased to bring his experience in crisis stabilization and the treatment of substance abuse to Perspectives. He is dedicated to a making a positive impact on his clients by giving them the tools and support they need to overcome addiction and improve their mental health and quality of life.
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.
Virginia is a native Floridian who is proud to have been a part of the Perspectives family since 2019. She is passionate about helping others achieve sustainable sobriety and support for their mental health concerns. Virginia holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Hodges University.
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 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.