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THE PEARL OF THE SEA STAFF

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Dina Macaluso PsyD .

Dina Macaluso PsyD .

CLINICAL DIRECTOR FLORIDA
Born out of curiosity, cultivated by life experiences, nurtured by a genuine compassion for others, and fueled by devote persistence and passion, Dr. Dina Macaluso’s journey toward a career in psychology began in 1990. Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping people recover from addiction and mental health issues. Dr. Macaluso holds a doctorate degree in psychology, a master’s degree in sociology and marriage and family therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is licensed in the state of Florida as a mental health counselor supervisor; along with her certification as an addiction counselor and a Prepare-Enrich Family Facilitator. A significant part of Dr. Macaluso career has been involved in the administrative development of effective and efficient treatment programs by incorporating and acknowledging Standards for Behavioral Health Care. Hence, she finds a balance between integrating best practice standards, quantitative research, and conceding the importance of individualist patient care. Dr. Macaluso chooses to engage in her management role by creating an atmosphere of comradeship while recognizing the strengths of the team. Her philosophy is that everyone is a responsible contributor of being a social change agent, one person and one step at a time.
Nelson Pichardo, MD

Nelson Pichardo, MD

PSYCHIATRIST
Dr. Pichardo was born in Puerto Rico and raised in between New Jersey and Puerto Rico. He attended the Universidad Technologica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic on a basketball and volleyball scholarship and with the help of his amazing grandmother who raised him. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Medicine he went to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York affiliated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine to complete his residency in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. After completing his residency Dr. Pichardo joined the United States Air Force and was the Medical Director of Eglin Air Force Base’s Mental Health Clinic. At Eglin he was responsible for not only treating the Active Duty servicemen and women but also the dependents on base as well. He has been practicing medicine for 24 years, has been board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, with added qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Board Eligible. Dr. Pichardo is an Associate Clinical Professor at Florida State University Department of Psychiatry. Dr.Pichardo truly believes that “everybody is battling their own issues and that our mission is to help guide them, and that there is always hope no matter how dire a situation may seem.” Lastly, patience helps us focus, persevere and not lose faith with a dedicated tenacious team and the love of God to have the will to live one more day for so many more lives.
ZAC SPOWART, LAADC, MBA

ZAC SPOWART, LAADC, MBA

Executive Director

On his way to becoming Executive Director of Pearl of the Sea Retreat, Zac sought to strengthen his educational background and did so by obtaining degrees in different areas and specialties. His fascination with the human body along with physical, emotional, and behavioral development was founded in his undergraduate Kinesiology degree with a pre-medical course focus. From there, Zac proceeded to enhance his education by attending the highly acclaimed and internationally recognized Hazelden-Betty Ford master’s program which focused on addiction counseling and co-occurring disorder treatments. His experience at Hazelden not only solidified his passion for the field, but it provided elite and industry-leading fundamentals for addiction recovery and the supporting research. His clinical practicum allowed him the opportunity for on-site rotations that ranged from treating males and females of all ages, and various levels of care. This included adult and adolescent residential and detoxification, day treatment, intensive outpatient programming, and standard outpatient. These diverse levels of care provided well-rounded exposure and clinical aptitude for a wide range of behavioral, mood, and personality disorders that often accompany addictions and the subsequent best evidence-based practices for their treatment. Zac has since applied these foundational components to treat hundreds of clients and families who suffer from the disease of addiction. As he remained in the field, his passion to help others grew and he eventually sought his MBA from Pepperdine University. It is his core belief that this blend of clinical experience and business insight will lead to the greatest levels of success for all staff and clients who participate in Pearl of the Sea Retreat programming. Aside from his professional and educational experience, Zac also brings his own personal experience in recovery to Pearl of the Sea Retreat. Zac battled addiction at a young age, and consequently received treatment and became sober at the age of 21. His personal and professional ties to addiction have helped steer him towards seeking to assist others in any manner possible who struggle with the disease of addiction and other disorders. Zac has worked in various roles from Counselor/Case Manager, Program Developer, Group Facilitator, Director of Quality/Compliance, and Director of Operations at multiple mental health rehabilitation facilities across the United States. He is excited about his role at Pearl of the Sea Retreat and looks forward to using his skills and experience to help others struggling with all forms of addictions and any disorder that causes a client discomfort or pain. Engaging with the clients he encounters on a regular basis is what he loves most about his job. He enjoys learning about each client and helping bring out their best personality traits and qualities while on their journey to sobriety. In addition to establishing and growing relationships with individuals seeking treatment, he is also passionate about the development of other counselors and staff. He strives to create a professional environment that people are drawn towards and enjoy. After becoming sober, Zac obtained his helicopter pilot license, became scuba certified, and traveled to all the 50 states and Europe. In his free time, Zac participates in triathlons and marathons and trains for them regularly. He attributes these opportunities to his gift of sobriety and seeks to encourage others to have all they can dream of and more as they too recover.