Essentials mission is to renew lives impacted by addiction through personalized and complete behavioral healthcare. Our main purpose is to provide services and education to the client and family that will support long lasting recovery of mind, body, and spirit.
At Essentials we are aware of the complexity of addiction. We understand every person is unique and we tailor our treatment plan to each person’s specific needs. Our goal is to bring our clients to long lasting recovery and the joy it offers. Essentials prides itself in treating every single person with respect, kindness and compassion.
We can use the same terminology that other treatment centers use, such as we provide evidenced-based methods of treating alcoholism and drug addiction —or therapeutic interventions, our holistic approach and using historically proven modern modalities…. which we do all of these. But what it really comes down to is a remarkable staff. Our highly trained staff have either firsthand experience with addiction or have had a loved one struggle with addiction. When you have walked in your clients’ shoes, perspective is remarkably different. At Essentials Recovery we pride ourselves on our unique qualities that make us effective and compassionate, yet, strong. Our enthusiastic team is dedicated to treating our clients as part of our family. We understand that there are complex circumstances with each client and their addiction. We promise to treat every client as an individual and do our very best at all times.
Courage To Change
A lot of treatment programs will throw out new phrases, terms and modalities to look like they are different and to attract your attention. We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel; we want to offer everything we can to assist every individual on their path to recovery. Your treatment plan and goals will be as individual as you are.
Meet The Team
Our team is dedicated to helping. We pride ourselves on being involved in each persons treatment and providing the best care for each of our clients. You can find out more about each of us below.
Chief Executive Officer
As a single mother to three daughters, Marcee had worked part time in the hospitality and the real estate industry. Now that her children are all grown, Marcee has been able to develop her life’s calling of helping others. After witnessing a loved one struggle with addiction, Marcee became involved in the treatment and recovery process. As a true Stuart, FL native, Marcee soon realized the need for sober living in her community. Marcee formed Genesis Houses LLC, providing sober living housing for those needing a stepping stone into rebuilding their life. It was through operating Genesis Houses that she discovered there was much more quality and ethical services needed for those battling addiction. Marcee’s vision as a realtor was to “Treat others the way you want to be treated”, and this mantra spills over to how she functions as the CEO. Marcee’s role at Essentials will be all encompassing, ensuring each client is treated fairly and with respect; that every client has the best opportunity to live a life free from addiction.
Michael brings years of managerial background and financial working at multiple fortune 500 companies. With his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business, and over 10 years of financial & business management, Michael is well suited to serve as our financial strategist. Michael brings over 10 years of financial and business management experience to Essentials Recovery. Michael strives to provide cost effective services to clients and their families while simultaneously leading our team through company growths. In July 2012 with the support of his family, Michael entered a treatment program in Florida and has been sober ever since. He was told that he could do anything he wanted as long as he put his sobriety first, and so far has proven that fact. A true role model to others in recovery, Michael is grateful to be sober and to be able to help others who suffer with the baffling disease of addiction.
Chief Business Development Officer
Kasey began her career in substance abuse treatment in 2013 and since has worked various sides of treatment from operations, outreach, admissions & discharge, and clinical support. A Stuart, Florida native, Kasey found recovery for herself in Stuart through the rooms of AA. Having maintained continuous sobriety since the age of 21, Kasey is a true attestation that anyone can achieve long term recovery no matter their age. From addiction running in her immediate family and within her personal life, Kasey has experience dealing with those in the grips of addiction from all sides and understands the feeling of not only being caught in the cycle herself, but also watching loved one’s battle with addiction. With personal relationships stemming to each corner of the country, Kasey’s main goal is to find the best possible help for each person struggling with the disease of addiction.
Director of Client Services
Chris came to Florida for treatment over three years ago after struggling with the disease of addiction for many years
After realizing the benefits of sobriety, he found his passion in helping others struggling with the same disease.
Knowing firsthand the motivation and dedication it takes to maintain sobriety he has made a life change to help guide others through recovery and help them find their passion as well as becoming successful individuals.
Chris's outgoing personality positive and honest manner and no-nonsense attitude has earned him the respect of all who know and love him.
Chief Operations Officer
Originally from Woodstown, New Jersey, Kyle has worked in the treatment industry for 3 plus years. As the Director of Transitional Living for Genesis Houses, Richards has been able to apply both the successes and failures of his own personal ten plus year struggle with addiction to ensure the security and safety of each client. Responsible for the day to day operations, Kyle is fully invested in guaranteeing serenity and stability for the community of individuals at Essentials Recovery. By seamlessly coordinating the bast array of services offered, Richards makes certain that each client is provided an opportunity to persevere and transform during their treatment.
Clinical & Operations Team
Jennifer Sees, LCSW
Jennifer Sees, LCSW
A native of sunny Stuart, Fl, Jenny comes to Essentials Recovery with 5 years of experience working within the treatment setting. Jenny obtained her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Florida and Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Her first job out of graduate school was working in treatment, and now, as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Jenny has developed a true passion for working in the recovery community. Jenny believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach to treating addiction and enjoys engaging clients in experiential group activities, in which clients are able to learn and grow through their weaknesses. “My goal is to meet you where you are and understand where you're coming from. Together, we can work through your situation and set goals to spark change in your life. With each client, I strive to uncover core issues through a variety of counseling interventions in combination with my sense of humor and optimism.” Jenny takes the same approach to her clinical director position, providing support and love to her clinician, encouraging them to grow through supervision and specialty trainings. In Jenny’s free time, she enjoys spending time outside with her two dogs and husband.
Barbara Heggers, CAP
Barbara brings more than 17 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment to Essentials Recovery. As a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) and a Reiki Master, Barbara is a dynamic & creative counselor who offers our clients emotional healing while relieving stress and anxiety naturally. Her main focus in helping clients is to empower them and to help them learn to love themselves. “I believe the key ingredient to recovery is love. If we choose to love ourselves a little bit more each day, we are less likely to participate in behaviors that will harm us”. Barbara teaches her clients the tools they need to build their self-esteem and self-worth. This enables them to better address difficult situations in their lives and not feel the need to run to drugs or alcohol. She connects on a deeper level, knowing the pain that they carry as well as the hope that the future holds.
Gary Bach, CAP
Gary began his career in law enforcement and was a state trooper for over 12 years, when the disease of addiction changed his life. After completing treatment, he found his true passion was in helping others realize their potential through recovery. Gary received his CAP (Certified Addiction Professional), finding his true calling and has been an integral part of the treatment / recovery community ever since. To meet Gary, is to know his passion immediately, as his warm and caring personality, make it evident in all that he does. In his free time, he enjoys life now, more than ever, with his wife and two young children.
Giuseppe is Essentials Recovery’s Admissions Coordinator. He came to Florida in 2015 seeking treatment and has since achieved over three years of sobriety. Giuseppe struggled with addiction and knows far too well how important it is to help others going through trying times. His own experience motivated him to become involved in the recovery community and he has been working in the treatment industry ever since. He helps admitted clients adapt to the program and enjoys showing new clients the benefits of clean living. He is able to use his kind and caring nature to guide clients in the right direction and start a life of sobriety. In his free time Giuseppe enjoys playing video games and spending time with loved ones.
Medical Liaison & BHT
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Keegan came to Florida for treatment for in 2017. After dedicating herself fully to sobriety, she was able to begin living a healthy and clean life. Since reaching sobriety, she realized her desire to help those in need. Recovery helped her find her passion in life and she started making strides to fulfill her goals. After a year of experience in the treatment industry she began her position as Behavioral Health Technician at Essentials Recovery. As our BHT she is responsible for providing care coordination, advocacy and support of clients. She also works on the medical side of operations as our Doctor’s Liaison where she provides medical coordination support for clients and ensures they have the highest quality of care. She is currently in nursing school at Indian River State College and hopes to continue
using her passion to aid others into a positive life of sobriety.
Alumni & BHT
Carmine wears many hats here at Essentials Recovery. Originally from Long Island, NY, he found himself in Florida seeking treatment and sobriety. He has been sober for over
three years and finds solitude helping others in situations he himself has been in. Being able to be of service to Essential’s clients and see them get their lives, families, careers and passion for living back makes Carmine excited to come to work every day. At Essential’s, Carmine is not only a Behavioral Health Tech but he is also the Alumni Director and a Group Facilitator. Carmine’s role as a BHT is all encompassing. He is in charge of the client’s daily schedule and ensure that all their needs are met while at Essentials. As Alumni Director he is responsible for all alumni events, planning and coordinating group sober activities. Carmine is also a Group Facilitator where he is able to relay his message of what helped him while trying to get clean. In his downtime, Carmine likes listening to music, working on his recovery and being a service to others.