Meet The Life Changes Staff
Life Changes Addiction Treatment Center is considered one of the nation’s leading drug and alcohol treatment centers and our team of certified professionals is highly committed to our residents’ long-term recovery. We have certified counselors and an administrative team on staff to support you through every phase of the recovery process.
Our caring and compassionate personnel want nothing more than to provide treatment with the utmost care. At Life Changes, we bring years of experience to our addiction treatment programs, giving residents the tools they need to sustain lifelong sobriety.
What sets our facility apart is the attitude of our staff and the experiences that our team members bring to the program. We take an eclectic approach to treatment, combining a combination of proven techniques to guide residents on their journey to recovery.
Yusef Mobarak, Chief Executive Officer
Yusef Mobarak is the owner and CEO of Life Changes Treatment Center. Born and raised in Alaska, Yusef moved to Florida and completed his schooling there. Yusef previously worked as a paralegal for a private firm before working in substance abuse . Yusef is passionate and caring and is dedicated to providing his clients with the highest quality of care and treatment. Yusef is 1 of 9 siblings and has a Savannah cat that he like to take out on walks or take swimming with. Yusef enjoys playing sports with his siblings and competing in Local Crossfit events .
Lorie Macowski, Chief Operating Officer
Lorie Macowski is a native of New Jersey and moved to Florida 25 years ago, where she and her husband raised their 4 sons and daughter. Lorie Graduated from Caldwell University with a BS in Business Administration and worked in the advertising business in New York City before relocating to Palm Beach County. She then joined Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center where she worked for 5 years in a supervisory capacity. After that time, Lorie worked for 10 years at St. Ignatius Cathedral as the Liturgy and Music Director and also served as the Cathedral Cantor. Lorie has now accumulated 10 years of experience working in the Substance Abuse Treatment Industry and has served in management roles at two other facilities before joining Life Changes Addiction Treatment. Ms. Macowski is proud of the team at Life Changes and regularly collaborates with staff members to develop and implement systems to continue to improve the overall experience of our clients. Lorie believes that we all have unique gifts and talents to share. Lorie strives to be a good leader that recognizes those attributes in others and motivates them to build on those talents in ways that will positively impact the lives of our clients.
Albert Castellon, M.D., Medical Director
Dr. Castellon obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology at The University of Miami. He later attended Escuela Autonoma de Ciencias Medicas in Costa Rica where he received his Doctorate in Medicine. He then returned to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he completed his Residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Castellon has worked as an attending physician at Memorial Regional Hospital, Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point as well as managing a successful outpatient practice. Dr. Castellon specialized in emergency psychiatry, psychiatric consultation liaison, and inpatient psychiatry and addiction medicine. He held the position as Chairman for the Department of Psychiatry at Broward Health Medical Center from 2008 – 2014. Dr. Castellon Is a vital member of the team at Life Changes serving as Medical Director. Dr Castellon is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, American Association of Psychiatric Medicine, Association for Convulsive Therapy and American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Celia N. Eissey, M.S. LMHC, Clinical Director
Celia Eissey is the Director of Clinical Services. She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida in 2015. Celia received her master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2013 and has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health since 2010, dealing with substance dependency, alcohol dependency, codependency, relationship issues, trauma, and dual diagnosis. Celia is passionate about keeping current on therapeutic techniques and research in the field of addiction treatment. She is a member of SFCCA, AMHCA, and FMHCA and attends many workshops and conferences to stay up to date and best help the clients she works with. Celia came to Life Changes with a great deal of experience in clinical direction, management, DCF licensing, Joint Commission accreditation, and professional practices. She has held the position of Clinical Director at treatment centers and detoxes across Florida since 2015. Celia has demonstrated abilities in leadership, management, continuing education, and training to her employees, as well as maintaining the utmost respect for the population she currently serves.
Kristin Jackson,Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern, Primary Therapist
Kristin Jackson serves Primary Therapist and has been a proud member of the Life Changes Family since October 2017. Kristin has a vast range of knowledge and skill in the mental health field including Behavioral Health Technician, Clinical Intern, Assistant Therapist, Group Facilitator Family Therapist and Individual Therapist. Kristin found her calling in addiction treatment when friends and family gave their lives to this disease and were not able to find appropriate programs to help them. Kristin wanted to assist anyone who wanted or needed to change their lives for the better. Kristin has been trained in multiple modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Triangle Theory. She is currently seeking her certification in EMDR. Kristin is multifaceted in her approach to engaging her clients. She uses humor, firmness and compassion. She believes in comprehensive therapy that includes aftercare and follow up for every client. Kristin holds a masters degree in mental health specializing in marital coup.es and family therapy. Kristina hobbies include outdoor adventure and her beloved dogs.
Gillian Chung C.H.P.N., Utilization Review Manager
Gillian has worked for 30 years as a Licensed Nurse. She has worked in hospitals , Home Health , Hospice and Addiction Treatment . Gillian’s love for God and family has fueled her passion of caring for others because she believes that every life matters and that the disease of addiction is no different from any other medically diagnosed illness. Gillian is pleased to be a part of the family at Life Changes based on the mandate that every individual that comes through our doors deserves the opportunity to receive the help they need to begin their journey to a life of sobriety.
Alicia Marie Cuttita, Billing Manager
Alicia Marie has been working in the substance abuse field since 2012. Originally from New York, Alicia Marie moved to Florida eight years ago and in that time she has become a homeowner, obtained her Bachelors in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently studying for her Masters in Social Work at Barry University. Her desire to work with families who are struggling with addiction comes from her own experience of watching people she has loved, suffer from this disease. Alicia Marie is passionate about her job and is always there to help a fellow coworker when needed. She truly believes that the team at Life Changes is a family and that is what makes the program that much stronger
Sarah Escobedo, Medical Assistant
Sarah Escobedo is a native Floridian that has worked in the substance abuse field since 2016. Sarah graduated from MedVance Institute with a certificate as a medical assistant, she is also a certified community health care worker. Sarah is passionate about working in the field of treatment because she wants to help individuals find peace for themselves and families. She has dealt with addictions both personally and with her family. She understands how addiction affects the entire family. Sarah strives to be part of the solution and her skill and passion are vital to the operation and success of the program.
Anayeli Arriaga, Receptionist
Anayeli is the mother of one son and a daughter, she has worked at Life Changes for 2 ½ years in several positions. She is very resourceful, invested and motivated in all aspects of her job. She is grateful for the opportunity to work at Life Changes Treatment Center
Patricia Gardner, Lead Behavioral Technician
Patricia Gardner was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. Her personal recovery process brought her to Florida where she has maintained her sobriety as well as worked in management at a female recovery house. Her work experience and engagement in the recovery process serves her well in her position. She provides strength and hope through her personal experience.
Robert Cooney, Lead Behavioral Technician
Robert own experience living with the disease of addiction has brought him know ledge and commitment. His history with multiple treatments has resulted in a great understanding of the treatment process from start to finish. He understands the attitudes, behaviors of clients and provides direction, understanding and encouragement. Robert has invested in his profession and position by receiving training in every category related to his position. Working in the field of mental health is his passion and he demonstrates this on daily basis.
Joe Franciosi, East Coast Outreach Representative
Joe has been an active member of the South Florida Recovery Community since 1996. Starting out as an admissions coordinator, Joe excelled to become Director of Admissions and Marketing. He completed Paralegal Training in 1998 and all CAC coursework at the Broward Recovery Training Center in 2010. He has personally performed more than 100 interventions and assisted in facilitating the admissions of more than 3000. He lives his life with the belief that any addict can stop using and find a new way of life. Joe believes in ethical, caring and compassionate treatment and promotes a firm understanding that “No addict need die from the disease of addiction