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Thomas Findley, Esq.
Shareholder
Messer Caparello, P.A.
Thomas Findley is the Managing Shareholder at Tallahassee-based Messer Caparello, P.A. Mr. Findley served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in the 1990s. He currently practices before federal, state, and administrative courts. Mr. Findley has defended numerous healthcare professionals in actions brought by various federal and state government agencies. He recently represented several physicians in a constitutional challenge to the Department of Health’s interpretation of a statute passed in 2009, which has only recently been employed by the government to deny licenses to physicians based on past criminal convictions.
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Charles Friedman, DO
Medical Director
Pain Relief Centers
Dr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Florida International University, and attended Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.In 1992, Dr. Friedman relocated to the Tampa Bay area where he founded Pain Relief Centers with a goal to help others enjoy life again. He has spent close to a decade as a medical educator in pain management.

Dr. Friedman proudly serves his community in improving the quality of life for his patients. Due to the epidemic of addiction to pain medications in Florida, Dr. Friedman spent 2012 completing a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is now the only full-time practicing, pain management physician in the Tampa Bay area who has been formally fellowship trained and board certified in the area of Addiction Medicine.

Currently, he remains in clinical practice and continues to provide lectures to a multitude of health care disciplines. Dr. Friedman serves as the Medical Director for Pain Relief Centers and West Park Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center (ASC) facility dedicated to the treatment of spinal disorders.
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Lisa Merlo Greene, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
University of Florida
Dr. Lisa Merlo is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Merlo earned her B.A. from Transylvania University (summa cum laude), then completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Wayne State University. She completed postdoctoral training in clinical child psychology at the University of Florida, then earned a second master’s degree in psychiatric epidemiology from Washington University in St. Louis while completing postdoctoral training in drug abuse epidemiology and prevention. Dr. Merlo’s research focuses primarily on physicians and other healthcare professionals with potentially-impairing conditions and wellness among physicians and physicians-in-training. She currently serves as the Director of Research for the Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (Florida’s PHP).
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Allen Grossman, JD
Partner
Grossman Furlow and Bayó, L.L.C.
Allen R. Grossman is the Managing Director of the Tallahassee law firm of Grossman, Furlow and Bayó, L.L.C. Mr. Grossman received a B.A. from Purdue University in 1979, and a J.D. in 1982 from the Marshall Wythe School of Law, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984. He is recognized by The Florida Bar as being specialty certified in the area of State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.

From 1986 to of 1999, he served as an Assistant Attorney General and became the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Law Section of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. From 1994 to 1996, he also served on the graduate faculty of Florida State University and taught a graduate course in Administrative Law for the School of Public Administration. At the time of his departure from the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Grossman was serving as legal counsel for the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Dentistry.

Mr. Grossman has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by his peers with annual selection in Florida Trends Magazine’s Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers. He is the former Chairman of The Florida Bar Health Law Section, Administrative Law Section, Council of Sections and State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice Certification Committee. In 2008, after eight years as a partner in the Tallahassee office of GrayRobinson, P.A., Mr. Grossman became a founding director of the Tallahassee law firm of Grossman, Furlow & Bayó where he continues to practice primarily in the areas of Administrative Law and Health Care Regulation.
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Bruce Lamb
Shareholder and Health Law Practice Group Leader
Gunster Law Firm
Bruce Lamb heads Gunster’s healthcare practice group. Mr. Lamb previously served as General Counsel of the Florida Department of Professional Regulation. His practice is concentrated in the regulation of professional licensees and health facilities. He is a member of the Executive Council of The Florida Bar’s Health Law Section and its former Chair. He is a member of the AHLA. Mr. Lamb holds an AV rating. He has been recognized by Chambers & Partners®. Florida Trend® has named him as one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” (2004 through 2016). He has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers® (2006-2016). He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America® (2009-2017). He was named Tampa Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year for 2012 and 2016 by Best Lawyers®. Mr. Lamb is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.
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Richard Marks, LPC
Vice President
Live the Life, Inc.
Dr. Marks earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education. He is Vice President of Live the Life, Inc. a Florida statewide family strengthening organization. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, Dr. Marks is a 12 year U.S. Navy veteran. Dr. Marks has served in various capacities from senior manager at private psychiatric hospitals, graduate school professor, director of family ministries of a 28,000 member church, and most recently, as Special Assistant of Healthy Family and Fatherhood Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Kansas. Dr. Marks conducts seminars, conferences, retreat and workshops for business, social service agencies and the faith community.He has extensive experience in working with addictions, trauma, marriage and family issues as well as spiritual ones. Dr. Marks has been married for 33 years and has three adult children.
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Susan Mullins, LMHC, TEP, CEDS
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
South Tampa Psychodrama Training
Susan Mullins is in private practice in Tampa, Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychodramatist. She specializes in working with clients on issues pertaining to eating disorders, addictions and trauma. Susan has over 20 years experience working in the mental health field. She is co-founder of South Tampa Psychodrama Training and offers trainings and workshops on integrating action methods in clinical work locally, nationally and internationally. In addition, Susan is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and works with Turning Point of Tampa in the eating disorder program.

Susan teaches as an adjunct professor in the Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University of South Florida. She is a Fellow in the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and sits on the ASGPP Executive Council.
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Alexis Polles, MD, PLLC
Medical Director
Professionals Resource Network (PRN)
Alexis is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, an ASAM Fellow, and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is also an EMDR Consultant and Trainer in Training, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapy Supervisor, and a Partner Trauma Specialist. She has worked in every level of care from ERs to ICUs to inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. The majority of her career has been focused on the evaluation, treatment, and advocacy of professionals. Currently her practice includes 3-10 days of intensive work with individuals and couples working on trauma or trauma and addiction.
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Representative Kathleen Peters
Representative
Florida House of Representatives
Representative Kathleen Peters moved to Pinellas County in 1985. She received her BA degree from Eckerd College majoring in Human Development. She currently holds the position of State Representative for the Florida House of Representatives, District 69 and formerly VP of Public Affairs at the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In the Florida Legislature, Representative Peters serves on the Commerce Committee, Ways and Means, Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee, and serves as Chair for the Energy and Utilities Committee.

In her freshman year as a state legislator, Representative Peters successfully acquired funding to establish the first and only Center of Excellence for Orthotics and Prosthetics at St Petersburg College. She also secured funding for beach re nourishment for our local Pinellas County Beaches and passed several bills to benefit Floridians both locally and across the state, including reducing taxes for apartment and condominium owners across the state. In the name of a local teenage girl who lost her life in a boating accident, Rep. Peters also passed legislation for more boater safety requirements. She is also spearheading a social marketing campaign “Who knew?” to bring attention to the true face of the homeless, veterans, single moms and children.

Her past employment included working at the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County where she coordinated a statewide advocacy group to develop a legislative agenda for positive youth policies associated with juvenile justice. She also coordinated a group of more than 70 youth for developing program criteria and acquiring funding to open a local teen center as a millennium youth legacy project.
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Gary Reisfeld, MD
Associate Professor
University of Florida College of Medicine
Gary M. Reisfield, MD, is an associate professor in the Divisions of Addiction Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Reisfield completed a residency in anesthesiology and fellowships in pain medicine and addiction medicine, and is board certified each specialty. His major research interest is adherence monitoring in long-term opioid therapy, and he has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on this and related topics. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Addiction Medicine, Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Journal of Opioid Management, Pain Medicine, and Pain and Therapy, and is a certified medical review officer.
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Ilene Robeck, MD
Director of Virtual Pain Consulting
VA Hospital
Ilene Robeck is an internist/addictionologist with a special interest in chronic pain treatment in primary care as well as the approach to the patient with chronic pain with comorbid substance abuse, mental health concerns and/or complex medical problems.

She is currently the Director of Virtual Pain Care at the Richmond VA Medical Center. She is also Co-Chair of the National PACT (VA Primary Care Medical Home) Pain Champions Initiative and immediate past President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. From 2010 until 2013 she was at the Bay Pines VA Health Care System and started the econsult pain program there. She was on the staff of the Tampa VA from 2007 until 2010. At the Tampa VA she started and was section chief for the Ambulatory Care Pain Clinic, a pain clinic embedded in primary care for high risk chronic pain patients, and the Post Deployment Clinic, a primary care clinic for veterans returning from deployment in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. She also taught at the University of South Florida VA Internal Medicine outpatient clinic.

She had a private practice from 1985 until 2007 where she saw patients in a primary care setting as well as in consultation in the field of pain management and addiction medicine. She taught students and house staff from Georgetown University Medical School, George Washington Medical School and Medical College of Virginia during that period of time.
From 1981 to 1991 she was medical director, then director of education, at Comprehensive Addiction Treatment Services in Fairfax, VA.
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Senator Darryl Rouson
Attorney/State Senator
Dolman Law Group/Florida State Senate
Darryl Ervin Rouson has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in business and the community. In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first Chairman of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. Rep. Rouson also served as president of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000 to 2005. In April 2008, Mr. Rouson’s years of activism, bold leadership and community service culminated in his being elected to represent Tampa Bay in the Florida House of Representatives. He is currently serving his last term as a state representative due to term limits. His district covers portions of Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Hillsborough counties. During this most recent term in the state legislature, Representative Rouson passed a number of bills including his Juvenile Civil Citation bill which gives police officers the discretion to issue juveniles a citation for three separate misdemeanors as an alternative to arrest. Another major piece of legislation he passed was his Backyard Gun Range bill which bans recreational shooting in densely residential areas.
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Sandra Seeger, LMHC, TEP
Private Practice Owner
South Tampa Psychodrama Training
Sandra Seeger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Trainer, Educator and Practitioner of Psychodrama in private practice in Tampa, Florida. She has been working with women, children and families for over 20 years. After receiving her masters in counseling she worked in a variety of settings including the Florida Juvenile Justice system and has worked to incorporate health based modalities such as yoga, with psychodrama and play therapy. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Masters of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling Program at the University of South Florida.

She is a Fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and serves on the Executive Council of the ASGPP. She has also served on the board of Kathy's Place for Grieving Children and the Tampa Bay Association of Women Psychotherapists.

She and Susan Mullins co-developed, South Tampa Psychodrama Training where they currently have an ongoing training group and present at conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
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Mark Sylvester, MD
Addiction Psychiatrist
Florida Center for Integrated Telepsychiatry & Telepsychotherapy
Dr. Mark Sylvester grew up in Sarasota and was active in the Sarasota Ski-A-Rees, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Florida West Coast Symphony. His father was a practicing neurologist and step-father a pulmonologist and former chief of staff of both Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota. He attended Out-of-Door Academy as well as Pine View School. After graduating Sarasota High School he attended the University of Florida and double-majored in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish continuing on to complete graduate work was in neuropsychopharmacology. He attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and residency training at the University of Florida’s Shands Teaching Hospital. Dr. Sylvester is Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology as well as Fellowship trained and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. He is the President of Psychiatric Solutions & Design Innovations where he works both as a physician and engineer. He has previously worked inpatient at Serenity Place of Doctor’s Hospital in Sarasota and currently practices outpatient with Comprehensive MedPsych Systems in Sarasota and Lakewood Ranch. He is an approved forensic evaluator for the Department of Health, Professional Resource Network, and Interventional Project for Nurses which helps impaired or disruptive medical professionals. He is an expert medical evaluator for forensic psychiatry. He is adjunct faculty at LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) and has assisted in the training of Florida State University medical students. He specializes in treating addictive disorders including dual diagnosis with chronic pain as well as comorbid psychiatric illnesses. He utilizes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, an FDA approved treatment for depression, in treating patients at both office locations. He is the co-founder of the Florida Center for Integrative Telepsychiatry and Telepsychotherapy (FCITT) which is a 501c3 non-profit organization aimed at providing low-cost Telemental health services to the most underserved members in Florida. He currently serves as medical director of Centerpoint Counseling and Recovery and the Suncoast Harm Reduction Project. He resides in Bradenton, FL with his wife and three young daughters.
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Scott Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, DFASAM
Vice Chair and Professor
UF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine
Originally from New York, Dr. Scott Teitelbaum received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Lehigh University, attended medical school at Rochester University, and completed his internship residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut. He was both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He led a successful private pediatric practice for ten years before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in addiction medicine and another in child psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He joined the UF Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2002 and now serves as the department vice chair and clinical chief of the Addiction Medicine Division. His expertise includes alcoholism, chemical dependency, teen addictions and compulsive gambling.

Board certified as a pediatrician, certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a certified medical review officer, Dr. Teitelbaum is the full-time Medical Director for the Florida Recovery Center (FRC). He is a Professor in two departments: Psychiatry and Pediatrics. In 2010, Dr. Teitelbaum was inducted into the Conway Hunter Society, a national recognition for his leadership in addiction medicine. He has been recognized as a national expert, excellent program leader, and physician fighting the stigma associated with the disease of alcoholism and addiction to other drugs.Dr. Teitelbaum evaluates and treats impaired health and other professionals, teaches ABAM/ASAM Fellows, psychiatric residents and medical students. He has been interviewed as a national treatment expert for television, radio and print media. Through his efforts, the Florida Recovery Center has offered evidence-based addiction evaluation and treatment which has been called the best in the United States by worldclass experts like David Smith, M.D., Robert L. DuPont, M.D., and Nora Volkaw, M.D. He has expanded FRC’s services from evaluation and hospital treatment to partial hospitalization and long-term recovery programs UF’s program in Addition Medicine is one of 10 programs certified and highlighted in the NY Times. His professional lectures and articles, as well as his book summarize general addiction principles and the lessons for everyone from his decades of experience in the treatment of impaired professionals.
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Penelope Ziegler, MD, DFASAM
Medical Director Emeritus
Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (PRN)
Penelope P. “Penny” Ziegler, M.D., DFASAM, is the former Medical Director of Professionals Resource Network, Inc. (PRN), Florida’s program for healthcare practitioners with substance use disorders and other potentially impairing conditions. Previously she directed state monitoring programs in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and has been medical director of several addiction treatment programs. Dr. Ziegler is Board-certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry and in Addiction Medicine. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is on the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.
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