The dedicated team of licensed professionals here at Arete Recovery is essential to providing a safe, comfortable, and intimate setting for effective addiction treatment. Our client-first approach allows us to create individualized recovery plans through our family of compassionate staff members.
MANUEL OCCHIOGROSSO, LMHC
Manny has over 15 years of experience in the addiction field. He brings to Arete a wealth of knowledge and experience administering substance abuse programs in the south Florida area with a proven track record of maintaining high-quality clinical care and high rates of success among those that graduate from his programs. Manny received his Bachelor's degree in 1991 from the University of Miami and his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2003 from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is certified by the National Board of Counselors. He specializes in treating addiction, anxiety disorders, co-dependency and marriage and family conflict. He is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has developed trauma programs utilizing EMDR, hypnotherapy and experiential workshops. His training in psychodynamic theory serves as the foundation for his existential approach to recovery. He views the process of psychotherapy as an ever-evolving lens to understanding the perceptions we have of ourselves and the relationships we have with our external world.
Manny is most passionate when he can serve his community. He has been active in raising awareness and funds to treat addiction and severe mental illness among indigent populations, volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children, and served on many community planning boards to help make his community a better place to live. Having worked in hospitals, substance abuse treatment settings and private practice, his most satisfying role to date is leading Arete in it's vision to become a regional leader in the substance abuse treatment field by providing innovative treatments by highly trained professionals, incorporating an integrative approach to addiction medicine, and promoting a community of alumni that supports the long-term recovery of its clients.
SHANNON NUñEZ, LMHC
Shannon Nuñez received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Trinity International University. Nuñez is currently working toward her Florida Licensure as a Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. She has worked as a Primary Clinician in the field of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues since 2008 and has a genuine passion for this population. Nuñez believes that a therapeutic relationship can lead to insights and lasting changes with the client and, therefore, she offers an environment that is safe and free of judgment to help the client develop a healthier view of the world and of themselves. Nuñez provides structure with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by helping individuals become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking patterns. She uses a direct and empowering approach to confront deep-rooted issues in order for the client to rebuild. Nuñez believes in her clients until they are able to fully believe in themselves.
JUDITH STROUSE, RN
DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Judith has over 12 years experience in the Substance abuse/Psychiatric medicine field. She has been a Registered Nurse for the past 16 years, graduating from the St Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing in 2001. Judith obtained her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Administration in 2015 from Columbia Southern University. Working with this population has always been a passion for Judith. Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Judith resides in Sunrise, FL.
Tyler meets every new client at Arete and takes a personal interest in seeing them succeed. He can often be seen encouraging clients when they are struggling to stay clean and sober and advocating for them when they need a champion. Tyler hopes that others can learn from his own experience with addiction. He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and will be a certified addiction counselor later this year.
Jason began his cooking career in 1984 while attending High School, near Fisherman’s Wharf. He graduated MFA from the California Culinary Academy in 1994 and has spent the bulk of his career in San Francisco’s fine dining restaurants. He has also spent time cooking professionally in Paris, France, Burlington, Vermont, and New York City. Using a ‘modern comfort food’ approach to the menu, Jason is a stickler for scratch cooking.
He employs seasonality, changes the menu daily, and uses local organic produce, meats, seafood, and dairy wherever possible. Jason has been with the company since 2015. He lives with his wife, his scuba gear and golf clubs in Hollywood Beach, Florida.
Adam was born and raised in Central New Jersey and attended Rowan University and Rider University. Five years ago, after the devastating loss of a family member from addiction, Adam decided to confront his own demons with addiction and sought help in South Florida. Having had the opportunity to experience various methods of treatment, individuals from all walks of life, and inspirational success stories, he found his true passion: helping others. With this goal in mind, he began working at Ocean Breeze Recovery in 2015.
Over the next two years, he learned more about addiction and the people affected by it, gaining valuable experience before accepting his current position as Housing Manager within the Delphi family at Arete Recovery. Always friendly and accessible to clients and staff alike, Adam uses knowledge, humor, experience, and compassion to give help and hope to those who need it.