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.
Patrick Myers, B.S., MBA
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Michael P. Strolla, DO, Dip ABAM, FASAM
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. He serves as a Diplomat to the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Strolla is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) 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.
Dennis D. DelVecchio, R.Ph., LMHC, CAP, CSAT
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, 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. 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.
Having over 25 years of hospital management, credentialing, and billing experience Evelyn is Healthcare Connection’s Financial Officer. Over her many years of experience she has also became BLS certified, practice management certified, and a certified medical support coordinator. Evelyn is also an advocate for autism spectrum disorder and passionate about her family. She has 3 amazing children that continue to succeed and make her the proud mother that she is.
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.
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.