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Meet the Arete Recovery Treatment Staff

At Arete Recovery, we strive to not only respect and care for each and every client who walks through our doors but to always provide the very best in addiction treatment services. Our staff is made up of experienced and compassionate addiction treatment professionals who help us achieve our goal of providing our clients the tools to forge long-lasting recoveries. Combining their years of experience, knowledge, and passion for addiction treatment, our team can help you and your loved one achieve your end goal of long-term sobriety!

Griselda Perez

Executive Director

Griselda is a member of the Regional Executive Director of Operations in the Southeast. She is responsible for the day to day operations of all Southeast Florida facilities and provides oversight to members of the Executive Directors Management Team.

She has over 10 years of experience in the field of behavioral health and management services, clinical consultation, organizational development, and restructuring. Prior to joining Delphi Behavioral Health Group, Griselda worked as a Clinical Specialist, Program Manager, and Behavioral Health Therapist, providing behavioral health services, project management, quality assurance and compliance, administrative management, operations, programmatic restructuring, workflow management, program analysis and evaluation, as well as staff development and training.

Griselda earned her BSW at Florida Atlantic University and her MSW at Florida International University. She has volunteered at Tomorrow’s Rainbow, (a program for childhood grief and loss) and has participated in, Walk in My Shoes, bringing awareness towards the prevention of sexual abuse and assault.

Shannon Nuñez, LMHC

Clinical Director

Shannon Nuñez is the clinical director at Arete Recovery. She previously worked as the clinical director and a primary therapist at Pathway to Hope, another Delphi facility, which has provided her with an abundance of knowledge from different Delphi programs. Shannon began her substance use career working in the non-profit sector, where she became enthusiastic about working with low-income individuals needing help with addiction, mental health, and reuniting their families.

Shannon’s educational background includes an M.A. in counseling psychology from Trinity University and she also holds a B.A. in psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Shannon has spent the last eleven years focusing solely on clients with addiction and mental health issues. She is excited to continue working with clients to ensure they receive the best treatment and education possible on their journey of recovery.

Aimee Payton, RN

Director of Nursing

Aimee Payton serves as the director of nursing at Vista Pines Health. Aimee has been a part of the Delphi family for over five years and has worked with multiple Delphi sites throughout her tenure. She has previously held a position as the director of nursing at Pathway to Hope and has also filled in as an interim director of nursing at The Palm Beach Institute. Aimee currently assists with the electronic medical record (EMR) training of nursing and medical staff for multiple Delphi facilities throughout the Southeast and Northeast regions.

Aimee first began her nursing career with the intention of entering the field of labor and delivery but was quickly drawn to the field of psychiatry. She worked as a mental health nurse prior to being introduced to the field of substance abuse. Aimee then discovered her passion for helping those with comorbidity of addiction and mental health disorders. Since finding her passion in 2014, she has diligently worked in the field of addiction and mental health and dedicates herself to continued work within this community.

Jason Wheeler, MFA

Executive Chef

‘It should taste like it was made by someone who loves you’…

Jason Gabriel Wheeler is a professional chef and food service manager. He began his cooking career in 1984 while attending High School, near Fisherman’s Wharf. He graduated with a Master’s of Fine Arts from the California Culinary Academy in 1994. Spending the bulk of his career in San Francisco’s fine dining restaurants, he also spent time cooking professionally in Paris, France; Burlington, Vermont; and New York City.

Jason began consulting for Delphi Health Group in 2015, where he designed and oversaw the build-out of our new state-of-the-art kitchen at Arete. He then accepted a full-time position as executive chef and director of food and beverage. Using a ‘modern comfort food’ approach to the menu, Jason is a stickler for scratch cooking. He employs seasonality, changing the menu daily and using local organic produce, meats, seafood, and dairy wherever possible.

Chef Jason lives with his wife, his scuba gear, and his golf clubs in Hollywood Beach, Florida.

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