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.
Tiffany Carlson, LMHC, CAP received her Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addictions Professional. Ms. Carlson completed her practicum at one of south Florida’s leading treatment centers and has been working in the field for over seven years. Ms. Carlson completed her undergraduate degree in Communication and Marketing from Central Connecticut State University. Ms. Carlson enjoys working with clients who suffer with thought-disorders, impulsive behaviors, poor coping mechanisms and unhealthy relationships through evidenced based practices such as Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques.
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.
James Witteck brings a compassionate and effective perspective to the Hopes Gate family. With eight years professional experience his position at Hopes Gate supports his passion for providing hope and healing to those individuals and families who continue to suffer from substance use disorders.
James Witteck is dedicated to growing our network of local, state, and national behavioral healthcare providers. While continuing to strengthening our relationship with our allies in the nonprofit sector. James studied Public Policy at the University of Central Florida. James has a great deal of respect and understanding for our clients starting their journey in recovery, as an active member in our recovery community himself his foundation is one of care and compassion.
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 role as intake coordinator here at Hope’s Gate provides me a great opportunity to see individuals come in on their first day, and watch them grow and mature throughout their process of recovery. With years of experience overcoming personal addiction issues, struggles and working in this field, I believe in applying that same experience to helping those in need. I have and will continue to work with all walks of life to encourage, be a resource to and help them on their journey in achieving recovery.
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.