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Dr. VanVleet completed her four year psychiatric internship and residency training through Henry Ford Behavioral Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a year-long fellowship with subsequent certification in Electroconvulsive Therapy. Dr. VanVleet is the Medical Director for
Waters Edge Recovery Center in Stuart, Florida as well Florida Psychiatry Associates, an outpatient private practice in St. Lucie West, Florida serving the entire East Coast of Florida as well as Central Florida.
Dr. VanVleet is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and serves on several committees on behalf of the Florida Psychiatric Society. She is also a member of The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. VanVleet is married and resides in the St. Lucie West area. She enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, exercising, and other activities with family and friends.
JoAnna VanVleet, D.O.
Susan was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her Undergraduate Degree with a major in Psychology and Minor in Business Management. She went on to pursue her Graduate Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling while also completing all Core Curriculum Courses in Mental Health Counseling. Susan graduated with a B.S. in 1995 followed by a M.S., with honors, in 1998 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Following graduation, Susan moved to South Florida to continue her career in the Behavioral Health/Addictions Fields. From 1998-2003, Susan divided her time between Florida and Maine and at the end of 2003, moved to Florida as a full-time resident. From 2003-2009, Susan pursued not only her credentialing as a LMHC and CAP, she also gained great opportunities through corporate recruitments which allowed her ability to strengthen her not only to strengthen he skill set as a Clinician but to have opportunities to excel in various Leadership capacities within the Behavioral Health/ Addictive Disorder Fields. Her experiences led her to work with school-aged children, troubled youth and adolescent Drug Court/Appointed Rehabilitation/Counseling facilities in addition to working heavily with the adult population and in Hospitals and Institutions. Susan also found time to open her own private practice in which she served school-aged children through Adult populations for individual, couples, family and High Conflict marriages and Divorces. She also contracted with Family Court, non-profit organizations, and trusted physicians. Susan pursued National Certifications as a Custody Evaluator, Parent Coordinator, Rehabilitation Counselor and recognition as a National Certified Counselor and added these specialties to her practice.
While in Florida, Susan served within various community/civic organizations including Rotary, Nightlight Bangkok (Human Trafficking); Special Olympics, vacation bible school, boys and girls club, Molly’s house and Big Brothers/Big Sisters in addition to serving on the Childrens’ Service Board
In 2009, Susan returned home to Louisiana, being recruited to run a juvenile facility and also take on the role of full-time caretaker for her mother. Susan had pursued and achieved reciprocity standing and shortly after moving back home, obtained her LPC, LAC and SAP and opened a Private Practice in 2010 (children to adults; individual, family, couples, families and high conflict divorces), contracting with Department of Transportation as SAP provider and collaborated with Dr’s and psych in areas to perform specific evaluations and assessments for special populations. In addition, Susan continued to strengthen and broaden her skills and working knowledge and expertise within several Leadership/Executive level positions of select facilities, hospitals and non-profits. Susan was also a presenter for the local college’s Continued Education program.
While in Louisiana, Susan also served in various leadership roles within civic organizations including Rotary, Jr. League of Lafayette, Special Olympics and served 1 term as Board Chair of the Girl Scouts-Pines to the Gulf. She was re-elected in 2015 however had to decline due to Mother’s health and maintaining her practice and contract work.
In 2015, Susan’s Mother passed and Susan found herself again being recruited as Executive Director of a Detox Facility in South Florida where she has lived ever since and made her home and career. Susan has had great opportunities to be recruited to lead various facilities and Corporations serving in Leadership/Executive roles once again to help organizations develop programs and services, to prepare and achieve Licensing (Auditing) standards, to streamline services while strengthening and utilizing the strengths within the particular organizations and to help strengthen CORE missions, values and cultures for success.
Susan currently serves as Clinical Director of Waters Edge Recovery and is engaged in the current development and leadership of The TRU CHOICE DETOX Facility. Susan demonstrates great passion, dedication, knowledge and commitment to providing the highest level of care to patients and clients and building strong, viable, healthy teams and cultures while maintaining the licensing accreditation “Best Practices” within an organization. She is proud to be part of organizations in developing, implementing and sustaining premier Treatment opportunities in both Florida and Louisiana.
With more than 32 years in recovery, my life has been a blessing and a gift. My resolve to assist alcoholics and addicts on their journey into real life remains unwavering. My life experiences and diverse educational background has afforded me the know-how and the privilege to work with individuals as they realize their immense potential, value and worth. Please don’t be discouraged by past failures. Remember that each experience represents a unique opportunity for learning.
I have been on this journey and know and believe that a life filled with the promise of happiness in recovery is possible and that individuals can successfully navigate life’s challenges. Achieving and maintaining long-term recovery requires a new life perspective, one that empowers you to heal with acceptance, enlightenment, and compassion for other human beings. You will walk a path you have never walked before because I believe you can. I know it works, I have been there… it is part of my education as much as was Stony Brook University and Universal Brotherhood Movement.
My philosophy is empowering. My vision for you is breathtaking and my mission is solidly founded on the knowledge that you too can find yourself and a place where you belong with the help of others.
Take a leap of faith and allow my experience to guide you and mentor you through your early drug treatment recovery… you have nothing more to lose and infinite wisdom and knowledge to gain.
Anthony Chambers is a Personal Power Life Coach, Motivational Speaker and Corporate Trainer and we are honored to have him work with our clients at Waters Edge Recovery.
Anthony has too many awards to mention here, but many highlight his work at a community level with young, underserved populations. Anthony founded the High Desert Youth Center in Southern California, which later evolved into the first independent Charter school, serving at-risk youth within a community of over 400,000 residents. In 2003, he was noted as one of the Top 10 most influential African Americans in the High Desert Community of San Bernardino, California, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Pentecostal Bible College of Tuskegee, Alabama, West Coast Campus, for his service to the community. He is the author of Power Up Your Faith and Take Charge of Your Life!
In a word, Anthony’s work with our clients is transformational and his workshops are principally designed to inspire our clients to uncover and embrace their inner resources, vocalizing and inspiring power and hope in our clients.
Jef Mullins, our CDO, describes Anthony’s contribution to our client journey: “Our task is to create a safe, professional, organized and loving space for our clients. Anthony then inspires them to feel and think OUTSIDE OF IT.”
Anthony works at a group and one-to-one level with our newest clients and supports them to understand that they have exceptional strength and talent that has so far been wasted in the service of addiction. He helps them to redirect those resources towards a future defined by service to others, personal success and confidence. Anthony says of his approach “I direct our clients to the awareness that all they hope to be, they already are, and must learn to point their attention there. I help shift their focus to accept this as a new reality and to understand they don’t have potential, but are potential becoming aware of itself.”
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