Anthony is the owner and president of Believe Treatment Center. He is from Atlantic City, New Jersey, and has been in Florida for about ten years. Anthony has a long history in recovery-related businesses, owning a number of halfway houses and sober living facilities before he and Dr. Fortunato launched Believe Treatment Center in 2013.
Rarely do you find a treatment center owner more passionate about his work than Anthony. He is in the office every day, working closely with clients and managing the daily operations in a very hands-on way. Anthony cares greatly for people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and makes great personal sacrifices to help all those in need.
As a longtime business owner, Anthony likes to say that the only profit to be made in owning a treatment center is saving lives.
Dr. Fortunato is the CEO of Believe Treatment Center and its head chiropractic physician. From New York, he moved to Florida in 1996 to start his chiropractic practice. He is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College and the State University of New York (SUNY).
Dr. Fortunato opened Believe Treatment Center in 2013 because it seemed that other treatment centers were statistically unacceptable. At an 8% success rate, Dr. Fortunato believed something needed to change in the way people treat addiction. He decided he could do so by altering the biochemistry of the body through holistic treatment, like Believe’s exclusive Metabolic Oxygenation. Since Believe’s inception, Dr. Fortunato has presided over great results in putting an end to addiction. He hopes that Believe will end the cycle for young people caught in the Florida rehab trap. Dr. Fortunato says that owners of treatment centers should have a deep philosophy for treating their patients. At Believe Treatment Center, Dr. Fortunato employs holistic and chiropractic medicine in order to treat the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.
Nick Walsh joined Believe in 2014 and wears many hats—as service coordinator he is responsible for all day-to-day operations as well as supervisor to many staff. He works directly under the owner and is known to think on his feet to get problems solved. Nick is the point man as well as the closer in the admission process and will do almost anything to help an addict get help. He is grateful for his sobriety and tries to “pay it forward” whenever the opportunity arises.
Eric is Believe Treatment’s Clinical director and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional (MCAP) and has over 20 years of combined as a Therapist, Sober House Manager, Program Manager and Clinical Director. Eric has Graduate Degrees in Professional Counseling, Human Services and Religion with a Doctorate in Ministry. Eric is a 20-year military veteran and has worked with numerous populations to include Substance Dependence, Severe& Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Veterans, Children, Adolescents and Family.
Kincie joined the Believe Treatment Center team as a Primary Therapist in 2015. She comes highly educated in the field of Substance Abuse, holding both the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) as well as an International Certification for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ICADC) She is also enrolled in Harvard University Extension Program for Master’s in Clinical Psychology, and is Certified E-Therapist. Kincie touches everyone she meets. As a Former Acclaimed Opera singer, she counseled Musicians upon getting her BA in Clinical Psychology/Music. She has a kindness that she combines with her clinical approach that allows her clients to feel safe as they navigate recovery.
Kelly Helfet joined the Believe team in 2017 as a Primary Therapist. She is highly educated, with a Bachelor’s in Human Services from Lynn University, a Master’s of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, she is involved in Macro-Level Interventions as a Board of Director for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), an advocacy and awareness organization. Kelly is a highly trained and licensed therapist who is experienced in the Substance Abuse field. When she is not working one-on-one with our clients or their families, she is running Relapse Prevention, Codependency, Principles of Recovery and Gender groups. Kelly’s comprehensive knowledge of the ins-and-outs of addiction and the recovery process, her experience, and her compassionate approach to individualized treatment make her one-of-a-kind.
Stephanie Nichols joined Believe in 2015 as the Human Resources Coordinator, bringing over 10 years of experience in the field of the Developmentally Disabled. Working with a similarly vulnerable population in Substance abuse treatment was a natural transition. She brings an empathy to the addiction population rooted in her own sobriety and recovery journey. Stephanie currently holds an AA degree and is currently pursuing a BA in sociology at FAU.
Corey Heyman is the Case Manager at Believe. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Gettysburg College, and knows firsthand that recovery is attainable, and long-term sobriety is entirely possible, provided you follow the necessary steps. As Case Manager, she assists clients with all their non-clinical needs including court advocacy, vocational training, resume building, education enrollment, and all other social support needs. In addition, Corey acts as the aftercare and continuing care specialist, ensuring that each client is discharged with an individualized, comprehensive action plan conducive to his or her successful recovery.