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. Additionally, Dr. Macaluso has her certification as an addiction counselor.
A significant part of Dr. Macaluso career has been involved in the administrative development of effective and efficient treatment programs. Dr. Macaluso integrates evidence-based practices, disease management, and spirituality into her theoretical frame of reference when working with programs in order to meet the needs of the clients. Dr. Macaluso chooses to engage in her management role by creating an atmosphere of comradeship while recognizing the best interest of the clients. Dr. Macaluso believes the holistic approach to recovery offers hope and strength to all who want to recover and reclaim their lives.
My position at Hope’s Gate has allowed me to grown within the company, and it is my great pleasure to have helped and continue to help those who suffer from the disease of addiction. On a daily basis I continue to pass on the family environment that was presented to me in my life and pass on the positive energy to others in need. I have extensive experience in the field of addiction and I will continue to provide a safe and secure family environment for those who are in need.
I have worked with a diverse population of clients. I have been a “volunteer in some capacity since I was 12 years old Professionally I did my clinical internship at the largest sexual assault research program at the time at the medical university of South Carolina. I continued to work with woman who were victims of violence.
I was recruited and trained as a chemical dependency therapist by Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital and I sat on the New York State credentialing board. In 1986 I began volunteering as a “buddy” for a person with AIDs. I did this for the next 20 years. I. I returned to the field working as a therapist providing services to homeless and street kids. I eventually relocated to Florida and I took classes to update my skills and have been working in the field of addiction for the past 2 years.
My background includes administrative, property management and sales. I started working at Hope’s Gate approximately 2 ½ years ago. I gained my experience with drugs and alcohol with a family member who has been clean and sober now for 3 years.
I was co-dependent and had to take classes every week for 2 years to learn what not to do to enable certain behaviors in myself. I had to also learn the hard way how to deal with a loved one that was addicted to crack/heroin, was an alcoholic and was homeless 3 times. It is no accident that I am here at Hopes Gate.
I am here because I want to help make a difference in the lives of each person that comes through the doors at Hopes Gate, and their parents that are learning the hard way how to help a child that they love very much.
Glen Aitken, MCAP, is a certified addictions professional. He received his MS in Counselor Education from Palm Beach Atlantic university and has been working in the addictions field since 2016. Glen enjoys working with those in recovery rebuild their lives and connect with their higher power as well as their families. Glen came to Hope’s Gate in 2018 where he is a primary therapist and facilitates groups.
Lindsey Ward has been in health care administration for over 14 years with a vast experience in the health care field. Lindsey is a certified equine therapist and her passion began to work in the substance abuse and mental health field to help others through equine therapy for individuals in recovery.
Lindsey believes that each client’s journey is not the same and believes helping individuals based on their own treatment plan helps with success with love, kindness and respect. Lindsey brings to Hope’s Gate as the executive director knowledge on the healthcare and substance abuse experience from quality assurance to licensure and being active in the community and helping anyone!