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THE TEAM

Ben Brafman and Jaime Blaustein have joined forces to establish a premier support team:

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Jaime Blaustein

Co-Founder, CEO
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  • Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
  • Institutional Sales, Lord Abbett
  • Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley &
  • Wells Fargo
  • Duke University MBA, University of
  • Michigan BA

Mr. Jaime Blaustein is Co-Founder and CEO of SBMHC. Prior to this role, he was an investment banker at Credit Suisse in its Global Industrials coverage group in New York City. Here he was responsible for advising clients in the basic materials sector on strategic matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and various debt and equity financings. Prior to this role, he worked in institutional sales at Lord Abbett, a mutual fund manager overseeing ~$150 billion in assets under management. He previously worked in wealth management at Morgan Stanley and later Wells Fargo, advising a wide array of clients on investment strategies.

Jaime received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his M.B.A. from Duke University. He is an unapologetic NY Giants, Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverine fan. His interests include fitness, steakhouses, international travel, meditation retreats, and quality time with friends. Jaime is a newly minted resident of Miami. He is actively involved in sponsoring dozens of men in recovery and is beyond excited to marry his business expertise with his passion for helping others make a comeback from the depths of mental illness and addiction.

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Ben Brafman

Co-Founder, General Manager
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  • President & CEO, Destination Hope
  • President & CEO, The Academy for
  • Addiction Professionals
  • President & CEO, Rx Angels
  • President & CEO, Sullivan Pharmacy
  • President & CEO, Trilogy Wellness Center
  • Dual Masters in Mental Health Counseling
  • & Family Therapy, Barry University
  • Licenses / Certification: MS, LHMC & CAP

Mr. Ben Brafman, MS, LMHC, CAP is Co-Founder and Clinical Director of SBMHC. He has founded a multitude of programs focusing on addiction, men’s issues, eating disorders and personality disorders. Ben was Founder, President and CEO of Destination Hope, a treatment center specializing in substance abuse and mental health disorders, established in 2007. Ben is also the founder, President and CEO of The Academy for Addiction Professionals. The Academy is a school geared toward preparing professionals for the field of addiction by assisting students in getting their CBHT, CAS, CAC, and CAP. Additionally, Ben is also Founder, President and CEO of Rx Angels, a non-profit organization. Its main purpose is to help families that cannot afford medication and treatment for their mentally ill loved ones.

Ben has been in the field of behavioral health for 25 years. He has developed several programs in the South Florida area and has been instrumental in teaching other professionals how to effectively manage their clinical programs. Ben is recognized as a leading authority in behavioral health and a pioneer in clinical services. He is also actively involved in several community services programs. He has helped families all over the country from Atlanta, Georgia to Santa Barbara, California. He is a published author in the area of dual diagnosis and behavioral health. Additionally, Ben is a leading expert in family issues related to addiction and its impact on the system of family, having positively influenced thousands of families in his career.

Ben has a dual Masters from Barry University in Counseling and Family Therapy. Mr. Brafman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He is also a Certified Addiction Professional and trains supervisors in the state of Florida to supervise others effectively. He resides in Parkland, Florida with his wife, Suzanne, and his 3 children Abigail, Jacob and Elijah. He has completed several marathons and is currently working on publishing books in the area of addiction, mental illness and behavioral health.

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Richard Seely

MD - Director of Psychiatry
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  • Consulting Psychiatrist and Addictionologist for the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse
  • Consulting Psychiatrist and Addictionologist for the National Basketball Association Program for Substances of Abuse
  • Provider at Physicians Recovery Network
  • Consultant to the Florida Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Princeton University, AB
  • Jeffersion Medical College, MD
  • Highpoint Hospital
  • Lifeskills
  • The Watershed
  • Transitions
  • BARC
  • Palm Healthcare
  • Albert Einstein Hospital
  • House of Hope
  • Stepping Stones

Dr. Richard Seely educated at Princeton University, Jefferson Medical College, and University of Miami residency in psychiatry, Dr. Rick Seely is Board-certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry, and also in addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He serves as an evaluator and provider for Florida’s Impaired Professionals Programs and for professional sports teams, and as a consultant to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.

Dr. Seely is an addiction medicine psychiatrist who has served as medical director of addiction treatment centers in South Florida since 1990 and has had the privilege of assessing and treating over 100,000 individuals suffering from the disease of addiction. He has taught addiction psychiatry at medical schools for over 35 years and supervises psychiatric resident physicians in addiction medicine.

In long-term recovery from addiction himself, Dr. Seely empathizes with patients and provides clear, consistent, and compassionate guidance in their recovery efforts. He imparts his experience and knowledge in a manner consistent with humility and dedication to spreading the message of hope and recovery.

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Linda Dolin MD

Medical Director
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  • Destination Hope
  • House of Hope
  • Florida Medical Center
  • University Hospital
  • Milestones in Recovery
  • Compass Health Systems
  • Palm Partners
  • Gracious Care Recovery
  • MedPsych Consultants
  • Community of Landmark
  • North Beach Medical Group
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • West Broward Medical Center

Dr. Linda Dolin is the Medical Director of SBMHC. She received her medical degree from Chicago Medical School and went on to complete her residency at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Dolin brings nearly 32 years of experience as a practicing internal medical physician to her role as medical director at The Sylvia Brafman Mental Health Center. Her medical practice consists entirely of inpatient and outpatient clients with psychiatric diagnoses.

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Linda Milano, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse
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  • Psychiatric Professional Care Inc.
  • Compassion Behavioral Health
  • Destination Hope
  • Ventre Medical Associates, Inc.
  • Detox Centers of America
  • Master Minds Care
  • Transitions Recovery Center

Mrs. Linda Milano is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about incorporating a whole health approach in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. She attended Florida International University where she first received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and later a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. She has over 25 years of experience treating patients with substance abuse and mental illness. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Mrs. Milano also runs a private practice with over 200 patients. She grew up in a small town in Virginia. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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Michael Lenok

Primary Therapist
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  • Acadia Healthcare
  • Royal Life Centers
  • Spectrum Healthcare
  • Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University

Mr. Michael Lenok, MA, is a primary therapist at SBMHC.  Michael has been working in the field of substance use and mental health disorders since 2017. Michael is proficient with individual therapy and case management. He takes a very personalized and individualistic approach to treatment, and works in collaboration with each and every client to help them realize their true potential. Michael excels at group facilitation. His group curriculum and material is personally created and original. Michael’s unique approach to treatment for co-occurring disorders is something that is unique to SBMHC.

Michael has a Master’s degree in Addiction Counseling: Integrated Recovery for Co-Occurring Disorders from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. Michael is a native New Yorker but is settling in Florida after spending the past 3 years in Washington and Massachusetts. He is a diehard New York Knicks fan, and makes far too many basketball references. He spends most of his free time chilling with his dog, Mamba.

 

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Cynthia Ingram

Director of Admissions & Case Management
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  • Harbor Village Tx Ctr/Detox
  • Challenges Tx Ctr
  • Destination Hope
  • Keyes Transitional Housing
  • Degrees in Business & Accounting

Ms. Cynthia Ingram has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment for over 25 years. Cynthia, through her own personal experience, strength, and hope, has worked closely with many treatment centers, community providers, courts and other organizations who walk with the same vision and purpose, to help those who struggle with mental illness. Through this journey her purpose is clear: to give back what was so freely given to her.

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Valeska Medel

Director of Operations
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  • Sunrise Health and Rehabilitation Center – Executive Assistant
  • Fort Lauderdale Behavioral Health Center – Business Development
  • Florida Atlantic University, B.S.

Ms. Valeska Medel has been a professional in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years, with a primary focus on the operational and administrative functions. She comes with 15 years of experience as the Executive Assistant to the Administrator for a skilled nursing facility and an additional year as a Business Development associate for a Behavioral Health Hospital. Valeska attend Florida Atlantic University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration. She has certifications from Broward College in Business Operations, Business Specialist, Accounting Technology Operations, and Human Resources Management.

Valeska grew up a small town in Chile and moved to the United States at the age of 28 where she learned and became fluent in English. Outside of work, Valeska enjoys Latin dancing, travel, and cooking.

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Alex Lizardo

Group Facilitator
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  • Alignment Experience
  • Miami Symphony Orchestra
  • Fun Dimension

Alex Lizardo is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker, philanthropist, and an unshakable optimist. She is an obsessive learner who spends time reading, writing and creating strategic projects to help individuals make their dreams a reality. She is was born and raised in Venezuela, having moved to the United States in 2010 and established presence as a certified life coach with a specialization in spiritual psychology. A mechanical engineer and marketer by trade, she is currently a yoga and meditation instructor, reiki master, theta healer, and pranic healer. Her work focuses on trauma in inner child wounding and emotional codependency. She is a bonafide mental health advocate, and her passion for helping others is evident in all of her interactions with the Sylvia Brafman family.

 

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Talia DeLuca

Group Facilitator
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  • Anatomy – Personal Trainer
  • RI Department of Transportation — Public Affairs Assistant
  • Office of Senator WhiteHouse — Intern
  • Happy Health — Intern
  • Boston College Campus Recreation – Personal Trainer

Ms. Talia DeLuca is certified fitness coach (ACE, PPSC) who is passionate about helping others to understand the important interplay between fitness, exercise, and mental health. She attended Boston College where she received a B.S. in Political Science and minored in Managing for Social Impact. During her time spent at BC Talia earned her personal training certification and became an instructor at the university recreation center. Talia further discovered her passion for fitness and mental health during an internship with Happify in her Junior year of college, where she helped to create an exercise program for app users to alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression. She is now a trainer at Anatomy in Midtown, Miami.

Talia grew up in a small town in Rhode Island and has spent the majority of her life in New England before moving to Miami in June of 2021. Throughout her youth and in school she struggled with anxiety, depression, disordered eating and other mental health challenges. Exercise has become a necessary aspect of her life that has helped her to better manage and overcome these challenges. In addition to training and fitness, Talia loves to spend time with her dog, eat, and travel.

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Vinny Richards

Group Facilitator
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  • Recovery Grove
  • Key to Life, Key to Freedom
  • Challenges
  • Wellness
  • Florida House
  • Holly’s Place
  • Destination Hope
  • Pathway to Hope
  • Keystone Hall
  • Sober Living
  • Alternatives in Treatment
  • Awakenings
  • Gracious Care

Vinny Richards is a unique therapist who went from working as an in-house therapist in various treatment centers to being a successful group facilitator bringing motivational enhancement lectures and relapse prevention programs to the mental health therapeutic community. His direct, authentic approach resonates greatly with the patients at SBMHC. Originally hailing from New York City, Vinny has also engaged in individual therapy with hundreds of clients over the last several decades.

 

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Michael Malamed

Group Facilitator
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  • Freelance Recovery Coaching
  • Baker Street Yoga
  • Revel Yoga
  • Axis Recovery and Wellness
  • Recovery 2.0
  • First Broker Securities
  • MKI Securities

After a 25+ year career on Wall Street, Michael Malamed has chosen to give back. In recovery himself for the last 12 years, Michael brings his experience, strength, and hope to the world of mental heath treatment. Michael is a certified Recovery Coach who meets the client where they are physically, emotionally, and spiritually . He is certified in Hatha, Kundalini, Y12SR, Chair Yoga and Yogic Breathwork. His peer-based, mindful approach helps guide patients to healing and recovery.