Each discipline within the Hannah’s House team works in tandem with one another. There is constant communication between clinical and medical professionals, and we address each patient’s individual needs on a daily basis.
We adhere to established codes of ethics and standards. We promote and protect patients’ rights by strictly upholding federal, state and agency regulations regarding addiction treatment and health care privacy.
LCSW – VICE PRESIDENT OF CLINICAL SERVICES FOR ORIGINS
Since 1996, Deb has dedicated her entire career to the study and treatment of substance use and mental health issues affecting people of all ages. She is a certified addiction specialist who has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, director of case management, clinical supervisor, and as clinical director. Deb received her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine’s Division on Addiction. Deb served as Substance Use Director at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida before coming to Origins.
LCSW, LCDC, Certified EMDR Therapist — Program Director
Prior to beginning her current role as Program Director, Jennifer Pinkerton served as a Primary Counselor for Origins on South Padre Island for over two years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from St. Mary’s University and her Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Jennifer is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).
Dr. Michael Anthony Hernandez
M.D. – Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Dr. Hernandez is from Corpus Christi, Texas. He began overseeing South Padre Island’s medical operations in late November 2020. He earned his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his doctorate in medicine from Indiana University. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency in general adult psychiatry at Scott and White Memorial Hospital at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
He is Board-Certified in Adult Psychiatry and holds a Certification for Buprenorphine Treatment through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. He has years of hands-on experience working in various settings, from substance abuse to primary psychiatry, to owning and operating his private practice. As Medical Director and Psychiatrist, Dr. Hernandez will be supervising and collaborating with our nurse practitioners, who provide the day-to-day medical and psychiatric services and then traveling to the Island every other week in-person to support our patients and teams.
MSN, APRN, FNP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with extensive experience in dual diagnoses associated with substance abuse and psychiatric medicine, Alexandra Brotzman has been part of the Origins family since 2011, serving initially as a Nurse Manager prior to assuming her current role in 2015 as Family Nurse Practitioner in residential care. She provides a broad range of advanced practice nursing services including holistic evaluation, diagnosis, and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions and says its especially rewarding to see the entire process of change occur in our patients from admission to discharge. She plans on returning to school to become board certified as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She’s an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Outside of work, she stays busy with the Mayflower Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Special Events Committee of South Padre Island.
MS, RMHCI – CORPORATE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI SERVICES
Cara completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and earned her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. She is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (LMHCI) and currently working on attaining her Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Cara has held several positions during her tenure at Hanley Center, including Recovery Advocate, Admissions Specialist, Continuing Care Coordinator, Alumni Services, and Primary Counselor. She was a patient at Hanley in 2005 and credited Hanley Center as the “place that saved my life” and “the reason I walked back in the door as an employee.” In her free time she likes to watch Gator Football and perform in Improv shows.
Director of Admissions
Meghan started working with Origins in 2016 as an Admissions Specialist, seven years after beginning her own personal journey as a patient. With a firsthand understanding of the unique struggles that patients and their families endure prior to reaching out for help, Meghan knows that the initial phone call can potentially shape an individual’s outlook and willingness to seek and sustain treatment. Meghan received her bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Central Florida. She loves working in the recovery community, especially when she can assist other women to get the expert help they need. She is grateful for the opportunity to lead a talented Origins team that is on the front lines of healing in a company fully dedicated to advancements in treatment.
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