OUR ADDICTION RECOVERY STAFF IN TAMPA

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.

Patrick Myers, B.S., MBA

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial 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

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. 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.

Deanna Arnold

Director of Operations

Deanna began working at HealthCare Connection of Tampa in 2012. Initially Deanna was assigned to Quality Assurance and was responsible for making sure the licenses and accreditation for the facility were managed carefully and skillfully. After a couple years we all noticed that the jobs Deanna worked on were all completed extremely professionally and efficiently. Deanna then began working in Operations. The role of Operations gave Deanna the chance to flourish and start working on many different projects. Deanna began researching and learning everything about the operation of the facility and worked on improving the daily operations and helped making sure the facility was looking forward and working as smoothly as possible. Deanna is currently the Director of Operations and is working towards her CHC (Certified Healthcare compliance) and CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor).

Evelyn Garza

Financial Officer

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.

Michael Davis, CAP

Program Director

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

Psychologist

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.

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 813-931-5560