Drew D. Breznitsky, BA, MA

Masters Level Therapist

Founder | Director of Clinical Operations

Susan Deane, MS, LMHC, LMFT, QS

Qualified Supervisor

Licensed Supervision Consultant

As stated in the "Meet the Founder" section, Drew started his journey in behavioral health unknowingly as an adolescent struggling with his own mental health, behavioral health, and substance use.  Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Drew experienced significant challenges with depression, anxiety, trauma, alcohol, and self-harm.  After fighting these demons for many years and experiencing countless interactions with the legal system, Drew made a decision to go to residential treatment at the Phoenix House, in Ocala, Florida. 

While at the Phoenix House, Drew enrolled in classes at the College of Central Florida where he earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Psychology.  Subsequent to obtaining his AA, Drew enrolled with Saint Leo University and completed a dual Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Human Services and was awarded the "Most Resilient" honor by his graduating class and faculty. Upon graduation, Drew simultaneously secured a position as a Bachelor's Level Therapist with the Phoenix House, the same treatment center he once attended as a patient.  

 

After moving on from his experiences with the Phoenix House, Drew moved on to work for the second-largest medication-assisted treatment center in the country, where he specialized in Opioid Use Disorder. During his time with New Season Quad County, Drew was chosen by his company to go to Tallahassee and lobby for opioid funds handed down by Governor Rick Scott and was also featured on a CBS News special covering the Opioid Epidemic. It was during this time that Drew developed an increasing interest in Opioid Use Disorder and the epidemic disrupting our society. 

While working at the Methadone Clinic, Drew worked toward completing his Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy and completed his practicum with Urban Counseling, a private mental health and family practice in Ocala, Florida. During this time, Drew gained a significant amount of experience in family systems theory, marriage and family counseling, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and child and adolescent counseling. 

Drew soon moved into a position as Program Director and Primary Therapist for a new startup PHP/IOP treatment center in Cocoa Beach, Florida, called Peace Club. It is here where Drew found his passion to give back to his local community by providing quality mental health and substance use treatment services. During his time at Peace Club and after, Drew noticed significant gaps in the continuum of care, specifically with regard to the criminal justice system and with regard to families and adolescents. It is during this time that Beachside Recovery Interventions + Consulting was born. 

Drew completed his final internship with Agape Therapy Institute, a private mental health practice in Orlando, Florida. This is also where Drew met Susan Deane, who took an interest in Drew's cause and came aboard the BRIC team as Licensed Supervision Consultant.  During this time, Drew began working very closely with the criminal justice system in mental health and substance use-related criminal justice reform.  He was awarded the Pastor Mark Swallow Service Award by the Brevard Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Drew went on to move into a Program Director and Primary Therapist role for a new startup Detox and Residential facility, St Johns Recovery Place, in Crescent City, Florida. During this time, Drew continued to grow BRIC and work toward community collaboration with a goal to build a cohort of ethical and qualified individuals to help his local community.

Drew recently returned to Peace Club where he is currently Director of Clinical Operations and Primary Therapist while simultaneously running BIRC. Drew serves as co-chair of the Brevard County Opioid Task Force Treatment Subcommittee. He recently graduated from Webster University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.

In his spare time, Drew enjoys spending time with his wife, Carmen, children Kylie and Evan, and doggie Nixon. When able, Drew enjoys surfing, traveling, getting tattooed, and going to punk rock shows.

Steven Ellis

Interventions | Peer Support Specialist

Adult + Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Steve was born in Miami and has lived in Florida his whole life. Steve started using and abusing drugs at the age of eleven and found himself using daily by the time he was a junior in high school.  Steve attributes his sobriety and journey in recovery to finding Narcotics Anonymous (NA) at the age of thirty-four. Since finding NA, Steve has been clean from all mood and mind altering substances for seven years.

 

Steve is passionate about helping the sick and suffering in any way possible. He remains active in his local homegroup and sponsors men in recovery. Steve started a path to Buddhism through his recovery, and believes in meditation and maintaining a positive mental attitude.  Steve believes in a community approach to treatment and recovery and remains open to any collaborative process in the best interest of the client. 

 

Steve is a Cocoa Beach local and spends his days working as a structural contractor in Brevard County. On the weekends, Steve manages a local men's recovery residence and values the time he gets to spend with the men in recovery.

 

Steve is a father end enjoys spending time with his children, family, and friends. Additionally, in his free time, Steve is a die-hard Miami fan and enjoys going to football games, going to the beach, and hanging out with his dog.   

 

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Susan is a Florida native.  Her journey toward mental health and wellness began when she was a young girl in middle school when she took an interest in learning about psychology.  In high school, Susan attended Miami Senior High School's secondary education teaching magnet program and then attended Florida International University where she majored in Women's Studies and minored in English Literature and Psychology for her undergraduate studies.  At this time, Susan had a strong interest in the social sciences and advocating for cultural diversity and equality.  Out of college, Susan went to work for a nonprofit organization in Miami that focused on violence prevention and mentoring at-risk youth in inner-city schools.

In 2010, Susan pursued a graduate degree at Barry University in Mental Health Counseling and Marital, Couples and Family Therapy.  During her time there, she continued to work with at-risk youth and led student organizations, until it came time for her to complete her clinical and internship.  Susan took a turn toward holistic wellness, mindfulness-based practices, and health psychology, and completed her internship with the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami.  After earning her master's degree, Susan continued to work with the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami.  She also worked as an Adjunct Professor in social sciences at Miami Dade College, a therapist at a residential eating disorder treatment center, and as an outpatient therapist.

In 2014, Susan moved to Orlando and worked at the University of Central Florida's Marriage & Family Research Institute under a federal grant program.  When the grant study ended, Susan returned to outpatient counseling practice and in 2016, Susan founded the nonprofit organization, Agape Therapy Institute.  Since 2016, Susan has focused her efforts on growing Agape Therapy Institute's counseling services for the community and establishing a training program for counseling graduate students in training and post-graduate counseling interns under supervision.  Being able to help people and make a difference in the community is Susan's passion.

In Susan's spare time, she likes to spend quality time with her family and friends, and her dog, Jeffrey.  She also enjoys reading non-fiction books about wellness, exercising and practicing mindfulness and yoga.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyna has served in many different capacities of treatment including both adult and juvenile drug court, in-home mental health treatment, Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, residential, and psychiatric facilities in both Ohio and Florida. It is her passion to serve the community as we remove the bandage of addiction and begin healing the wound, particularly adult and juvenile substance users, families, and support networks. Tyna is a member of the Brevard County Opioid Task Force and currently chairs the Education and Prevention sub-committee.

Tyna Baugess, MA, CAP, ICADC

Certified Addictions Professional

Adult + Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Reece Connor

Interventions | Peer Support Specialist

Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Reece, a Melbourne, Florida native, has a story beginning in his 7 th grade year when he started casually using drugs with friends. That quickly escalated into using drugs alone to self-medicate anxiety and depression while also isolating from family and friends. After a Baker Act for suicidal ideation (including one attempt), failing grades, skipping classes, faked drug screens and stealing from his parents, the full extent of his abuse came to light and Reece completed inpatient residential rehab.

 

While he was away, Reece’s mom heard Drew speak on a podcast and arranged for Reece to begin working with him upon his release. Reece believes acknowledging mental health issues is where the real power is and where the change starts. Honesty and openness – with yourself and others -- are vital for sobriety and living the best life that comes with it. He is grateful for the opportunity to share with others and also for the opportunity to be someone to listen.

Doug Monda

First Responder Interventions | Investigator

Special Investigations

Doug is the Founder of Survive First, Inc. and has a long-standing history in law enforcement.  He retired from law enforcement as an undercover narcotics agent with the Cocoa Police Department, a city in Brevard County, Florida in 2017.  He began his career in public safety in 2001.  In his second year of service, Doug joined the S.W.A.T. team, and subsequently attended Marine Scout Sniper Training, earning his certification with Blackwater. He spent 15 years on the Cocoa Police Department S.W.A.T. team.  During his service on S.W.A.T., his experience as a sniper and team leader played a critical role in the safety of teammates and the success of countless missions.

 

During his career, Doug has also worked with agencies consisting of D.E.A., F.B.I., ATF, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshalls Office, Department of Homeland Security and NASA. Doug’s training has earned him extraordinary success in the field.  Recently, he was named 2016 Officer of the Year.  Additionally, throughout his career, he earned many other awards for his hard work and dedication to the City of Cocoa.

 

In 2013, Doug’s own mental health became impacted from his long career in law enforcement.  His own experience with treatment for PTSD, depression, and attempted suicide was the catalyst that drove the founding of Survive First Foundation.  

 

Doug is now a national keynote speaker. He speaks on the impacts of a first responder's job on mental health and family.  His mission is to spread awareness of PTSD, depression, and suicide in first responders, hoping to break the stigma, so that help may be received before it is too late. In his spare time, Doug enjoys spending time with his family, surfing and competing in the sport of triathlon. He has competed in the national and world championships and is a four-time Ironman triathlon finisher. Doug was a former professional soccer player and coached several teams for the YMCA, as well as youth and high school soccer teams.  He currently serves as a board member for the YMCA of Cocoa and chairs their Youth Scholarship Fund.

Chris Kiesel

Private Investigator

Special Investigations

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Brian Bower

Interventions | Peer Support Specialist

Adult + Adolescent Substance Use Disorders

Brian met Drew, the founder of BRIC, when they were both in residential treatment in Ocala, Florida in 2009. Ironically, because he is younger in age, Brian was assigned as Drew's "big brother" the day he admitted to treatment, although Drew continues to call Brian is "little big brother" to this day. Brian struggled with addiction since the age of fourteen. Today, Brian is thirty years old and has been drug and alcohol-free for five years.

 

Brian attributes his journey in recovery to remaining active in 12-step recovery, counseling, and giving back to the community. The life Brian lives today is centered around God and being a maximum service to others. When Brian first walked into treatment, he didn't know what to expect. What he did know, is that the fear of staying the same was greater than his fear of change. Brian knew that when he was finally able to get honest with himself by accepting that drugs and alcohol were a means of self-medicating and numbing deeper emotional pain, then and only then was he able to open up and begin to heal those emotional wounds.

 

Brian enjoys sharing his experience, strength, and hope with others to give back what was so freely given to him. In his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife and children, watching football, and engaging in everyday activities that he once took for granted. 

1811 S. Orlando Ave

Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931

(321)978-4041