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UF Health Celebrates New FRC Campus With Groundbreaking Ceremony

UF Health broke ground at the future location of the new FRC campus in northwest Gainesville. The celebration — which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month — marked the development of an expanded, upgraded facility that can care for more patients struggling with addiction.

Tamara Deutsch, MA

Favorite thing about working at FRC: Seeing patients’ growth and their insight develop over the time they are in treatment, seeing their relationships rebuild and the support within the FRC community. Clinical areas of interest: Seeking safety, CBT, DBT, LGBTQ+ population Favorite quote: “The best time to plant a tree was…

Karen Zak, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-NP

Karen is the advanced practice registered nurse at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center in Gainesville. She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Santa Fe College and began her nursing career at UF Health Shands Hospital working in the cardiac intensive care unit and the operating room. She obtained her Master…

Cristina Tremante, LMHC

Cristina is a substance abuse therapist/case manager for the UF Health Florida Recovery Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program, professional track, in Gainesville. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of South Florida.

Matthew LeBeau, LCSW, LCDC

Matthew is a substance abuse therapist/case manager at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center in Gainesville. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Favorite thing about working at FRC:…

Regis Gates, LCSW

Regis is a licensed clinical social worker with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. Regis currently works with the Intensive Outpatient Program. Clinical areas of interest: Substance abuse treatment, sex offender therapy, general psychiatric…

Melissa Birmingham, MSW/Registered LCSW intern

I got my BSW from University of Central Florida and my MSW from Florida State University. I have a history of working with the chronically homeless, individuals with disabilities, individuals living with HIV, and substance use. Clinical areas of interest: Neurodivergent adults, CBT and addiction Favorite quote: “One day…

Angelena Ross, RMHCI

Angelena Ross is a substance use therapist at the UF Health Florida Recovery Center in Gainesville. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of North Florida. She went on to receive her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees at the University…

Virginia Levin, RMHCI

Virginia is a substance use therapist at UF Health’s Florida Recovery Center in Gainesville. She graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Hodges University. Clinical areas of interest: Addiction, breaking stigma through education, CBT,…

Burton Burt, LMHC, MCAP

Burt is a seasoned substance abuse therapist specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug dependency. He began his professional journey in the field in 2017, backed by an educational foundation that includes a BS in Psychology from Thomasville University, Georgia (2015), and an MS in Addiction Counseling from Grand…