Meet our Addictions Recovery Staff. Many of them have been where you are today.
A good portion of our recovery staff members have been exactly where you are today. They have faced similar challenges and concerns. Other members have simply chosen to dedicate their careers to helping others overcome their addictions to get back to their lives. Together they form a team with the goal of helping you find the recovery help you need. Take a few moments now to meet some of our key staff members.
David P. Myers, MD, CAP, FASAM
President and Medical Director
Dr. Myers is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been active in the recovery community for over 20 years. Dr. Myers focused his professional interests on Chemical Dependency after a successful career as an Anesthesiologist. He is the Owner and President of HealthCare Connection and directs and monitors each program in the system. Evaluations are directly coordinated by Dr. Myers to assure that the medical model used at HCC addresses all aspects of the client's mental health and personal fitness.
Michael P. Strolla, DO, MRO, ABAM
Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Strolla works personally with the clients at HCC on a day-to-day basis, monitoring admissions, detoxification, ongoing treatment, and attending to daily medical concerns. He is particularly interested in the medical professionals in treatment at HCC. Dr. Strolla is board certified in Addiction Medicine and is a certified MRO (Medical Review Officer). He serves as a Diplomat to the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Strolla is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and their Florida chapter FSAM (The Florida Society of Addiction Medicine). He is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. His training included an internship and residency in Family Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and residency trained in Sports Medicine. Dr. Strolla is also the Assistant Medical Director of ACTS (Agency for Community Treatment Services).
Don Wood, LMT
Don Wood, Admissions Coordinator for both HealthCare Connection of Tampa, Inc. and David P. Myers MD-PA, spent nine years as a Certified Addiction Counselor prior to his current position with HCC. He rounded out his experience as a licensed Massage Therapist. Don's experience and understanding of the field of addiction, as well as the process of recovery, enable him to devote the necessary time, attention, and direction necessary for each client to achieve recovery. In those rare cases where HCC is not appropriate for a client, Don will work hard to find an appropriate referral.
Dennis D DelVecchio, R.Ph., LMHC, CAP
Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Professional Programs
Dennis graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science with a degree in Pharmacy in 1990. He then went on to practice as a retail pharmacist, quickly achieving a promotion to pharmacy manager. Having struggled with personal addiction issues throughout his life, Dennis finally hit bottom, entering treatment at HealthCare Connection of Tampa in June of 2000; he essentially never left. After completing his own treatment program he began volunteering his time while working on his Certification as an Addiction Professional in the state of Florida. He then furthered his education by completing a masters program in mental health counseling. Along the way, Dennis trained in EMDR, smoking cessation, psychodrama, and is currently working on his certification as a sex addiction therapist. Employed with HealthCare Connection since 2003, he has acted in the capacity of behavioral health technician, primary therapist, assistant clinical director, and clinical director. He is presently our Chief Clinical Officer and Director of Professional Programs.
Timothy J. Sweeney, JD, CCJAP
Staff Attorney/Risk Manager Director, Recovering Attorneys' Program
Tim's position is unique within the organization. Owing to the high incidence of administrative and other legal problems that affect our clientele, Tim has tailored his function to one of advocacy for those clients who enter into the treatment process. As an officer of the court Tim is able to bring to the treatment team the concerns of the boards, monitoring agencies, and the courts, as well as interpreting therapeutic concerns back to those organizations. We know of no other treatment program which provides such a valuable service to their clients. In addition, Tim is the Founder and Director of HCC's Recovering Attorneys' Program and is a representative at the annual National Conference for Lawyers' Assistance Programs.
Reverend Barbara Daley
HCC Spiritual Leader
Reverend Barb works with HCC to provide you with spiritual leadership during your recovery. She understands that long term sobriety and true happiness require spiritual awareness and a willingness to commit to a lifelong pursuit of spiritual growth. She was ordained by Spirit of Life Theology, Oral Roberts University, at the Secret Place Ministry Association in Florida. She is also certified as an Associate Addiction Professional and is a member of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors. In the late 1980’s she helped establish the first women’s hospital based care unit, designed specifically for the treatment of crack cocaine addiction, and was a co-founder of the Sisters in Recovery. Additionally, she established the homeless program, Pathways - WIN (When In Need). She has an absolute belief that spiritual growth is the cornerstone of recovery and is honored to provide a foundation for that growth, in lives touched by addiction.
Family Program Coordinator
Kelly’s passion has always been to help couples and families form healthier and happier relationships. After witnessing the damaging affects of addiction in her own family, she feels that it is blessing to have the opportunity to assist families who face similar challenges, helping to allow the healing to begin. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She also completed a graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy while obtaining her graduate degree and gained ample experience interning at Metropolitan Ministries and HealthCare Connection. She is currently working to complete her licensure in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.
Penni C. Tomlinson
Outpatient Program Facilitator
Penni Tomlinson graduated from Troy State University at NAS Pensacola, Florida, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and trained at Misawa AB, Japan, with the mental health clinic serving military personnel and their families. As an NCC, she was educated in dual diagnosis counseling at Lakeside Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and was head therapist on the inpatient unit, then solicited for a position as outpatient therapist working longer-term with impaired professionals. After becoming an LPC in Louisiana, Penni transferred to another UHS psychiatric hospital, River Oaks, near New Orleans where she was hired as program coordinator before hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. She accepted a position as an addiction counselor at The FRIARY in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and was licensed in Florida, gradually assuming supervisory responsibilities over the next 5 years.
Diana joined us in June of 2003 as a Behavioral Health Technician. In 2005, she began working as a primary therapist after receiving certification in addiction. She is dedicated and enthusiastic in helping men and women who were suffering from the disease of addiction. Her experience, understanding and ability to relate with each individual client give her a unique and powerful insight into each clients struggle.
Michael Davis, CAP
Michael was born and raised in the Tampa area, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida Southern College, graduating Cum Laude. There is an extensive history of addiction in his immediate and extended family as well as personally. He has worked with individuals in recovery since 2006, and since 2008 at HealthCare Connection where he began formal training in the treatment of addiction, first as a Clinical Technician and currently as a Primary Therapist, with a focus within HCC’s Young People’s Program. He is currently working on his Certified Addictions Professional credential. Michael’s personal and professional experience within addiction mirrors that of HealthCare Connection’s recovery program that is based on the Disease Model, Twelve Step Recovery Process, and the Family Disease Concept.
Peter R. Vagg, Ph.D
Dr. Vagg specializes in psychological measurement, health psychology, organizational development and executive coaching. With his extensive experience he is very good at helping HCC clients make informed choices about how to get into recovery, reduce their likelihood of relapse and improve their quality of life. Dr. Vagg completed his Honors and Masters degrees at the University of Melbourne, Australia, a Doctor in Philosophy from the University of Michigan and post-doctoral training at the University of South Florida. Additionally, Dr. Vagg worked as a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, at Long Island University and at the Center for Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology at the University of South Florida. He has edited two books and published over thirty articles in scientific journals and magazines as well as presenting papers on his work in the United States, Europe and Australia. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Personality Assessment, the International Association of Applied Psychology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic examiners.
Director of the Neurofeedback
Having worked with Dr. Myers since 2001, Tom is a certified treatment provider for the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. He is the former president of the Board of Directors for the Sisters in Recovery, a program that worked with cocaine addicted pregnant women and their children, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Before becoming interested in biofeedback, Tom was an engineer and worked for companies such as Lockheed Martin as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Over the years at HealthCare Connection, Tom has had the pleasure of watching hundreds of clients and their families find new lives in recovery.
Dawn originally came to HCC from Columbus, Ohio, to seek treatment for her own drug addiction. She then moved permanently to Tampa and works with us as a technician in our neurofeedback group. Dawn tells us the most rewarding part of the job for her is working with clients and helping them through their recovery process and watching them grow as they find themselves again. She is the mother of three beautiful children. When she’s not helping clients she likes to go to the gym, spend time with family and friends, watch movies and eat good food.
Patrick Myers, B.S., MBA
Patrick began working at HealthCare Connection of Tampa in 2004 as a Biofeedback Technician. He worked in Biofeedback for four years and learned hands on about addictions and treatment. He later became a Behavioral Science Technician again, working one-on-one with our clients – allowing him to experience their journeys in recovery and see the miracles each day. When he became interested in the business side of HCC, he studied accounting and maintenance as he finished his undergraduate from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Business Economics and obtained his MBA from the University of Florida. But it’s the knowledge he gained with clients that he puts to use as he works to ensure your time at HealthCare Connection of Tampa is as comfortable as it is helpful.
Insurance Specialist/Accounts Receivable
Susan has been with Healthcare Connection since 2009. She is your primary contact in our business office for all of your insurance needs. She has been in the medical field since 1985 working with insurance companies in the claim process, appeals, coding and pre-certification. Susan has brought Healthcare Connection her high level of experience as well as expertise in the area. Susan is here to help ensure that your insurance is one less thing you and your family have to worry about.
HCC Receptionist/Front office
As our receptionist Pam is likely one of the first people you’ll meet at HCC. She has worked for HealthCare Connection for almost 16 years starting out doing our transcription and filing. Today she is so integral to keeping everything running smoothly that some of us refer to her as the sergeant of the outfit – she’s the “go to person” for both staff and clients.
Anton Bidus, RN (Clinic of David P. Myers)
Director of Nursing
Anton has been with HealthCare Connection since 2002 and serves as our Director of Nursing. He has been an RN since 1993 and has a varied nursing background that includes Medical/Surgical nursing, Oncology, Progressive Care, and Infectious Disease. The past ten years of nursing have been devoted to the practice of Addictions Nursing. Anton’s experience and understanding of recovery and the field of addictions allow him to connect with clients and families in a way to help them make positive, lasting changes in their lives.
At HealthCare Connection of Tampa we’re here to help. For more information on our programs or to get started call us at 1-800-444-4434 or email us.