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Our Approach

Crossroads’ goal is to provide supportive medical and psychiatric care to those in recovery. Our downtown Stuart office provides continuation of medical, psychiatric and psychological care, medication management and counseling in an outpatient basis to individuals no longer enrolled in a treatment program.

Crossroads understands the complexities of addiction. Clients are cared by a staff of concerned medical personnel with years of experience in addiction. Our treatment plans are fluid, assessed continually, and modified as needed to be a crucial part of the long term recovery process.

Our Story

Crossroads was founded when Theresa realized that people starting their new sober life could not find any clinics that were trained or specialized in addiction recovery treatments.

People in recovery often struggle to stay in recovery, and having zero medical support is a giant hurdle.  We strive to overcome that hurdle.

Meet the Team

Terry

Terry graduated from Yale University's School of Medicine as a Physician Associate in 1995 and began working in a private family practice in the northeast.

After moving to Florida in 2001, she worked in an Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat) practice prior to entering the Behavioral Health field. Terry managed the medical care of those struggling with mental health and addiction in clinic and hospital settings.

Over the last 10 years, her main focus has been mental health and addiction. Along with her husband, she founded Crossroads Addiction Services to provide medical and psychiatric care to treatment programs and those in recovery.

Terry is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, a member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, and the American Society of Addiction of Medicine.

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Chip Bernardo

Chip came to this country from Spain at 12 years of age, and has been a Florida boy ever since. At 18 years of age, he realized he had never gone north of Orlando and decided to go to school in NY near the Canadian border.

Chip graduated from Cornell University way back in 1988 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Then he served in the US Navy where he worked on his masters in Nuclear Physics and in Business Administration, while serving in Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and the Bosnia conflict as a special forces officer specializing in electronics and languages.

After the service, he started an engineering company specializing in very large computerized building control systems around the world, catering to mansions, five star resorts and museums.

Now he serves as our Chief Financial Officer and Operations Officer, helping to create a company to help all those in recovery.

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Mark

Dr Adlen a well respected practicing physician whose philosophy is to help people with addiction return to a healthy and productive life.

He completed his training at Philadelphia College Osteopathic Medicine in June 1972 and internship at Martin Place Hospital in June 1973. He then entered private practice and remained in private practice until June 2015.

He was certified in family practice in 1986, he is also certified by the American College of Psychiatry for Suboxone treatment and is a fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr Adlen has been a speaker for Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals for psychiatric drugs Zyprexa and Symbyax and a speaker for Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals for treatment of opioid addiction.

Valerie

Valerie has been a nurse since Prince was singing about the end of 1999.  She started out in 2000 in cardiac care and then transferred to the emergency department where she became a charge nurse shortly thereafter; spent a total of 10 years there. In 2009 she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing, and went to run a Primary Care Practice for 4 ½ years.

In 2012 she expanded her role to help those in need of addiction medicine, specifically in Detox, Recovery and Primary Care Medicine.

In addition, she spent the last year treating those in need of psychiatric care for the Dept of Corrections. Valerie joined our team in March 2017 and is pleased to continue caring for those in detox and recovery.

 

I was born in Titusville, Florida and grew up in a very small town of 1200 people just north of there called Oak Hill. I grew up fishing with my family every chance I got. I have four brothers and one sister. When I got to high school I played softball and raised animals for the fair.

In my spare time, I am a pilot and have a wood working shop. I have three dogs, small, medium and extra extra large. My son Kenny is going to high school this year and I am so excited that he is thriving and doing well. He is such a funny and good kid.

As far as my career choice, I wanted to be a nurse since elementary school.  I graduated nursing school at 20 years old and got my bachelor’s degree three years later.  I started nursing back when Prince was singing about the end of 1999.  I worked as a nurse in the hospital, started out in 2000 in cardiac care and then transferred to the emergency department; spent a total of 10 years there, mostly in the ER.  By the time I was 24, I was a charge nurse in the ER.  I thought I wanted to be in management so I went back to school for that.  Then I discovered that I loved taking care of patients more than I liked telling people what to do all the time!  So I became a nurse practitioner in 2009 and have loved every minute of it.

In 2012 I expanded my role to help those in need of addiction medicine, specifically in Detox, Recovery and Primary Care Medicine. I find this career very rewarding and hope to make a difference in the lives of my patients in any way I can.

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Brittney

My focus on health care started when I was a very young Floridian.  I knew I wanted to get an advanced degree of some sort, and with my aunt being a doctor, I had some really great interactions with patients, even as a child.

When I was only 5 years old, she used to take me on hospital rounds (I was not a shy kid).  So, when I turned 15, I went to high school during the day and night school to become a CNA.  Since I was only 16, and still in high school when I earned my certification, no one would hire me, but I finally was able to start working as a nurse’s aide at age 17.  Even though I didn’t love taking orders and giving showers to people, I did love my patients, and it made me want to keep advancing in health care.

I then became a phlebotomist (aka vampire) and worked in a lab drawing blood, processing specimens, and teaching phlebotomy (teaching others how to vampire).  I worked in the lab all throughout nursing school, then attended Indian River State College to earn my Associates Degree in Nursing (2009), and went straight to working as an RN.  Meanwhile, continuing right along with my education path.

While attending Florida Atlantic University, I worked as a mother/baby and NICU nurse, and it was amazing to witness tiny miracles every day.  I graduated from FAU in 2013 with a Dual Degree: Bachelors and Masters in Nursing, and I became a Board Certified FNP (NP-C) through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Since 2014, I have been working mostly in the mobile setting as a primary care provider and also providing medical services to psychiatric and addiction facilities. I joined the Crossroads team in 2017, and I am so glad that I can continue to provide high level care to patients in recovery in our community.

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Michelle

Hi my name is Michelle!

I aspire to one day become an accountant, for which I am currently going to school for at Indian River State College for my Associates Degree.  I hope to continue my studies and get a Bachelors in the future.  I moved to Florida in 2010 with my mom and step dad from Iowa, living here in Florida has definitely been a different experience and I do miss the cold season.

I started out working at Crossroads Addiction Services as a receptionist and biller, I recently moved up to my position as the Bookkeeper back in December, so now I am the money woman.  I do anything and everything from making sure payments are made on time, to processing bills and invoices, to ensuring payroll and taxes are done on time and are entered into the accounting programs.

I also try to make sure that all our business costumers are up to date with any new financial and customer services features we obtain.  I set up meetings to discuss any problems they may be having with or with any confusions on their accounts.

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Diana

Hi, my name is Diana!

I am the front desk receptionist and the outpatient coordinator here at Crossroads Addiction Services, and have been with the company since August, 2017.

I help out with anything needed, from scheduling appointments to helping with in house billing, and outpatient care.

I am currently taking classes at Indian River State College to get my Bachelors in Accounting.  After working in the restaurant business the last 12 years, I am very happy for the opportunity to be working somewhere that can make a difference in other peoples' lives.

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Kizzy

Hello, my name is Kizzy!

I have been in the medical field since 2009.  Born in Georgia, I moved to Florida at the age of 5 and have been here since.  I graduated from Indian River State College in 2009 with an Associate Degree in H.I.M. (Health Information Management).  I have since been working in the medical field in various positions.  I also received a certificate for Medical Coder/Biller in 2008.

I am the billing manager here at Crossroads Addiction Services, and have been with the company since September, 2017.  If you have an issue with insurance, or have a question about a particular issue in billing, please ask for me.  I look forward to many years with the company, helping those in recovery stay in recovery.

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Linda

I was born in Illinois, but moved to Florida with my parents at age 5 (lived on both coasts, but settled on the East coast) so, I guess you can call me a Floridian!  My Dad got a job in the West Palm Beach area and we were one of the first families to move into brand new town of Palm Beach Gardens in the 1960's.  I graduated from the new high school and decided to attend Palm Beach Jr. College to become a medical assistant -- which my parents couldn't believe since I could faint at the sight of blood!

I enjoyed the work so much, I went back to college and earned my RN nursing degree in 1976.  I was hired by St. Mary's Hospital after school and after getting experience working on the general floors, moved into intensive care and coronary care units.  I had always, deep down, wanted to be a surgical nurse.  Opportunity rang!  There was an ad in the newspaper (how you got a job in the pre-internet days) for an office/surgical nurse for an Ear, Nose and Throat group.  I ended up working there for almost 37 years. I also obtained my RN First Assistant Certificate in 1990 to assist in surgery.

I love to travel, read, go to the beach and spend time with friends.  Also, during the time I worked with the ENTs, one of them went on medical mission trips to Bolivia to provide surgical services for the indigent and Bolivian Indians.  I went four times with the team and there are really no words to describe the rewards we received from the people we were helping, very humbling experience -- I recommend it to everyone!

My long nursing history and love of helping people will hopefully be an asset to my new career with Crossroads.  Please come see me.

David

David Knight is a marketing professional here at Crossroads and small business owner.

Before devoting to his work at Crossroads, David worked for an automotive lead generation and marketing company, consulting with brands such as Toyota USA, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, and Subaru of America.

He graduated with a bachelors in Business Administration and Marketing while starting his own digital marketing agency here in Florida.

In addition to his position at Crossroads’ marketing and business development team.  David enjoys his free time with his wife, two year old son and six year old Boxer Mastiff whom you can meet at the office every so often, just ask for Paul The Dog.  Not to be confused with Paul the Human.  If you ask David about clubbing, by which if you mean eating club sandwiches then yes.  He loves clubbing too.

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Tramp

Back in 2005, Tramp forced Chip to adopt her from the pound.  Since then she has been Chip and Theresa's companion.

In her younger years, she liked to chase squirrels and anything that moved.  She then went on to herding cattle and horses -- ensuring all the farm animals knew who the barnyard boss was.

Now she is the welcoming committee for Crossroads.  When she's not hard at work supervising Crossroads, she particularly likes it receiving treats from our guests, so we have a whole bunch tucked away for her.

Come and say Hello!

(Click on any team member for a bio)

Theresa Biemer, PA-C

Theresa "Terry" Biemer

CEO & Certified Physician's Assistant

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Domingo "Chip" Bernardo

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Adlen

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

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Valerie Ferrara

Nurse Practitioner

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Brittney Irwin

Nurse Practitioner

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Tramp

Welcoming
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Lisa Hough

Licensed Practical Nurse

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Ivy Jones

Nurse Practitioner

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Jessica Alsanger

Insurance Billing

Next Steps...

If you are in recovery and desire an appointment, use our online appointment request system.

If you are a treatment facility and wish to talk about Crossroads providing services for your patients, please call 772-202-8946 or email info@CrossroadsAddictionServices.org

You can view our brochure with a concise description of all our services right here: