Ravikumar Bhalavat, M.D.
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.
Jim Donovan, M.Ed.Leadership
Educator, Drum Circle
Jim Donovan M.Ed.Leadership, is an award winning musician, educator and inspirational trainer whose mission is to empower, inspire and connect people through music. In his work, Donovan offers specialized training programs in the US and abroad focused on using rhythm, sound and other holistic techniques as vehicles for personal growth, healing, and the creation of community.
From 1990-2005, Donovan was a founding member of the 90’s band Rusted Root who has sold over 3 million records to date. He has appeared on the David Letterman, Conan O’Brien shows and his music with the band is featured major motion pictures such as Ice Age, Twister, and Matilda as well as on network TV shows American Idol. His touring work with Rusted Root provided ample opportunity to share the stage with rock legends such as Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, members of Led Zeppelin, Sting, the Dave Matthews Band and The Allman Brothers among others.
Donovan holds a BA in classical music performance from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University where he is also on faculty.
One of his programs, Sound Empowerment Addiction & Recovery Training is designed to teach staff in the addiction & recovery environment how to use drum circles and effective sound based techniques with residents for stress & anxiety relief, sleep problems, social connectivity, brain stimulation, confidence building and energy release in just 2 days of hands on training. Additionally, the Protocol is conceptually aligned with the 12 steps.
This unique training is designed specifically for “non-musicians” to learn the art of facilitating simple recreational group music making and aims to get them started right away.
Donovan is also involved in research at Saint Francis on a system he developed called Percussion Intervention Training program that teaches Occupational Therapists, medical professionals, parents and teachers how to use simple percussion techniques as a complementary intervention for children with autism and other disabilities. Their studies have shown that Percussion Intervention techniques significantly improve attention to task and can be an effective way to give children a positive way to express and relieve stress.
Drum Circle Research Quotes
According to the American Journal for Public Health:
Drumming Circles have applications as complementary addiction therapy, particularly for repeated relapse and when other counseling modalities have failed. (Am J Public Health, 2003;93;647-651)
Blackett & Payne (2005) found that drumming is particularly useful for stress reduction and emotional release, and it also provided a positive social group experience with day-treatment substance abusers.
VP of Business Development & Admissions
Nancy hails from Upstate New York where for the last six years she was a leader in the Admission Department at Tully Hill Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, a 50 bed Detoxification, Inpatient Rehabilitation and OP facility in Tully, NY. Nancy is familiar with all aspects of Intake and Admissions which will serve to guide you, your family members and loved ones through the process of getting treatment. She will ensure that the quality of information, assessments, referrals and scheduling is complete, accurate and timely. Nancy’s experience with private insurances gives her the expertise to investigate benefit detail information for patients so that coverage is analyzed prior to admission to the program. There are no surprises on Nancy’s watch.
Nancy’s history in business and real estate, along with her own life experiences in addiction, mold beautifully into a person whose passion is to get patient’s the treatment that they so desperately deserve while providing the skills needed to accomplish each admission.
Navigating the world of addiction and treatment is overwhelming at best, but Nancy is here to pull you through. Helping to serve patients and loved ones through this difficult time is one of Nancy’s greatest pleasures.
Tina serves as Maryland Recovery’s Executive Administrator. Her primary roles include Human Resources, Payroll, Accounts Payable, general office management, recruiting and maintenance oversight. Before joining Maryland Recovery, Tina owned a business in the construction industry for 10 years. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and is a licensed Real Estate agent. She has a strong background in human relations, sales, corporate organization and administration, she reports directly to our CEO. She has lived in Harford County for 30 years, has three sons and currently resides in Abingdon with her family. Although Tina does not work directly with our clients, she believes in mission of Maryland Recovery and is dedicated to the fight against addiction.
Jon’s story, over the last twenty years if you have ever called Maryland Recovery Partners there is no doubt you know Jon and his charming English accent. He has been the voice of Maryland Recovery Partners for many years before Maryland Recovery Center took the reins as a clinically driven treatment program. He is a very dedicated, caring and committed professional of our admission department. If you call us and Jon answers the phone he will not stop thinking about you or working to get you the help you need day or night until that goal is accomplished.
He has owned and operated several businesses on the Island of Bermuda. You might wonder how he made it form Bermuda to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and from the entertainment industry to the treatment for addiction services. Well it was not an easy journey and one that almost took his life. Jon’s own struggle with addiction and commitment to get well forced him to have to leave that life behind and begin anew. The journey began with treatment at MRP first and then joined the organization a few years later. Maryland Recovery Partners was an affordable sober housing program in the early nineties. Jon realized the impact the program has had on his life and decided that his talents and past could only be an asset to him now in the recovery world and on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. As years passed Jon realized with the changing landscape of treatment services and the ACA with insurance coverage Maryland Recovery Partners 90’s approach to care was ending but there where many lives that had been saved for that experience. He decided to reach out to Dave Gerick a Certified Master Blackbelt in Lean Six Sigma to evaluate the program the quality of care and how Maryland Recovery Partners could evolve. This resulted in the birth of Maryland Recovery Center in 2013 as a clinical program on the east coast with a State License and Joint Commission Accreditation.
Director of Marketing
Bob has been assisting people in recovery for almost 40 years. He began his career as a substance abuse counselor in Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1970’s. His career path took him to Baltimore County, Maryland at the TASC program until 1986. At that time, he became the Clinical Director of the Detox Program at Harbor Hospital. In 1990 Bob accepted his first position in Business Development/Marketing. The last 17 years he has worked for CRC Health/Acadia Healthcare. At the present time Bob has decided to return to his home town State of Maryland to assist Recovery individuals access the treatment they desperately need.
Morgan has been working in the substance abuse industry for 10 years. She has worked in various positions, but has transitioned to admissions in 2016. Morgan finds the most joy in showing patients and families relief from drug addiction and alcoholism, and making entering treatment as easy as possible. Morgan lives in Harford County with her husband and children and enjoys giving back to the community in ways that support recovery.
Sue Llufrio , CSC-AD, ADS
Sue is our lead counselor at Maryland Recovery, Sue coordinates, provided leadership and direction for the clinical team. Sue is a lifelong resident of Maryland, loves the Ravens and has been in the Substance Abuse field for 35 years. Sue graduated from Essex Community College, Advanced classes of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Administration. Sue is currently taking classes for her Gambling Certification and Psychodrama Certification from the Laurel Psychodrama Training Institute.
Sue is a true advocate for our clients, she is passionate about what we do here at Maryland Recovery and it shows. Sue is a true professional and is very well known and respected throughout the state in the field of substance abuse.
In her down time Sue loves reading, gardening and yard work, just being outside walking in the woods, being with her children and grandchildren, watching sports and believe it or not – video games.
Kristina Garcia, CSC-AD
Kristina Garcia is an Addictions Counselor who has been working the field of addiction for 4 years. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree from Community College of Baltimore County with Suma Cum Laude Honors in May of 2013. Prior to Maryland Recovery, Kristina worked as an Addictions Counselor in the medication assisted recovery treatment setting. Kristina also has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy. Kristina worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant from 2003-2009. Through her own life experience in recovery, Kristina discovered her calling to become an addictions counselor. Kristina has a compassionate and spiritual nature working with clients. “I aspire to be an inspiration to others by offering a testimony filled with hope through my own personal journey in recovery.” Kristina has lived in Harford County all her life and is very invested in her community.
Dawn C. MacKale, MEd., MSS, LSW, LGSW
Dawn is a graduate of Cabrini College with a Master in Special Education as well as a graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a Masters in Social Services. Dawn is also certified through EAGALA as a provider of equine assisted psychotherapy and learning. Dawn has twelve years of experience teaching in both public and private institutions. She has also held the position of Director of Education at a secure residential treatment facility for violent habitual felons for five years. Dawn also has four years experience working in private practice combining her skills as a therapist as well as an equine specialist. Dawn combines her significant teaching skills and experience to Maryland Recovery as well as a calming presence and dedication to our substance abuse clients. Courageous dialogue has launched every journey of discovery, every moment of insight and occasion of healing…I look forward to working with you on your journey.
Bill Maloney, LCSW, CSAT, CAS
Bill Maloney recently joined the Maryland Recovery family. He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Social Work. Bill has been offering addiction treatment for the past thirty-five years. He specializes in groups and is skilled in experiential therapy methods. Bill is a Certified Addiction Specialist. Mr. Maloney brings a wealth of experience to his work at Maryland Recovery and we are pleased to have him with us.
Director of Client Services
Maura is our Director of Client Services. She is the liaison between our sober home partners and the clinical program. She defines and provides structure for the clients with our sober home affiliates within the guidelines and standards that have been set by Maryland Recovery. Maura reports directly to the CEO. Maura was born and raised in Baltimore County, is very active and committed to the recovery community since 2010.
Brittney joined the Maryland Recovery team in 2015 as our receptionist and has grown into an Administrative Assistant providing guidance and structure to our Quality, Medical and IT departments. Brittney is in the center of all the action at Maryland Recovery and has proven to be a tremendous asset to the organization. Brittney is very committed to and connected to the recovery community. She is currently working on her degree in Healthcare Management with a minor in Information Systems and has lived in Bel Air for the last 6 years.
When you call Maryland Recovery, Renee’s is the first voice you will hear. She loves working in the front office and interacting with the clients daily; and watching them change their lives. She has lived in Harford County all of her life, and currently resides here with her two beautiful daughters.
T. Hunter Holmes
Hunter has over 25 years of experience in home improvement, 10 years of Metal Fabrication, 2 years in Cable/ Dish/ TV installation. He has completed Quality & Standards Advocacy ISO 9000 training. Hunter was born and raised in Maryland. He is a proud Maryland Recovery alumni. Hunter is the grease that keep the wheels moving. He is dedicated in his service to the recovery community. Hunter enjoys spending time with his family, helping others and watching sports.