Our facility is staffed with an incredible team of professionals working together to help shape a better future for our patients. Our entire staff, from the behavioral health technicians to clinical staff to upper management and ownership, is carefully and meticulously selected and rigorously trained to truly provide an environment of care, compassion and well-being for our patients.
Founder / Chief Executive Officer
David has a background in Business Administration with emphasis in behavioral health care. His personal experience with addiction coupled with his leadership, operational know-how and compassion brings a unique style of management and delivers results to the facilities he operates. David founded MAT’s sister facility Recovery In Tune in 2015 and Harmony Recovery Group thereafter, capitalizing on his dream to provide high-quality care to those suffering from the disease of addiction to communities across the country that desperately need these services. In his constant pursuit of providing nothing less than excellence in patient care, his leadership delivers hard work, dedication and constant involvement from all of the staff members at the facilities he operates.
Cecilia Plavnick, LMHC, CAP
Co-Founder / Chief Clinical Officer
Two words describe Cecilia: dedicated and passionate, especially when it comes to her work in the field of addiction treatment. Cecilia has extensive experience and knowledge, which she brings to her role as CCO at MAT. She has dedicated more than ten years to establishing successful substance abuse programs and managing top-notch clinical teams and is regarded as a natural leader and role model by her staff, peers and patients. What sets Cecilia apart from the rest is both her ability to create an environment that is optimal for successful clinical interventions as well as her ability to inspire trust, dedication and continual growth among her team. Cecilia’s approach is unique because she isn’t afraid to jump in directly at all levels of care–from the admission process the discharge procedure–because she is a firm believer that good clinical care is an ongoing process that requires daily tweaking and maintenance. Cecilia is dedicated to her profession and to the individuals with whom she works and serves. She is always open to feedback and suggestions from staff as well as patients in order to continue growing, expanding and improving services. Cecilia believes that a patient-centered approach in which an individual’s needs are constantly being met is essential to his or her success.
Co-Founder / Director of Business Development
After a long battle with addiction to opiates and prescription drugs during his teenage years and early 20s, William went through state-funded treatment programs. After two episodes of treatment, he started living a clean life in February 2014, helped by the NA community and his desire and willingness to follow a program and change his life.
William began working in the treatment field as a house manager for a sober living home. This allowed him to start to fulfill what he sees as his destiny, helping others in any way he could through their struggles that he went through himself and overcame. His journey continued, and through his compassion, ethical standards and care for the needy, he evolved in the field and earned the opportunity to grow through a position in the admissions department at White Sands Treatment Center. He maintained this position for over a year.
Another opportunity came his way when Delphi Health Group offered him a position in the admissions department, which he took and evolved in for over a year, after which he joined the team at MAT’s sister-facility Recovery In Tune in Florida. After working in the admissions department for Recovery In Tune for over a year, William transitioned to the Harmony Recovery Group team as Director of Business Development and Co-Founded Midwood Addiction Treatment. William has become a vital part of the program, using his personal and professional experience and knowledge to help and guide those in the program and educate the community about the program.
Catherine Ladson, MA LPC-s
Catherine Morlu Ladson is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Supervisor in the state of North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from The Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University/Atlanta. She comes from a wide background of top-level management positions within behavioral health and substance abuse facilities in the Charlotte area.
As a licensed clinician, she has over 14 years of providing direct clinical services across a variety of settings as well as managing the clinical and business operations of such agencies providing children, adult and family services.
Cathy attributes her clinical success in being able to integrate her experiences, knowledge of education and mental health issues to help her clients problem-solve, overcome personal issues, and work toward positive life experiences. Her approach emphasizes the mutual development of goals for therapy and provision of ongoing evaluation of the therapeutic approach. Cathy is a trained in and utilizes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Reality Therapy, Brief-Solution Focused Therapy and Crisis Intervention in practice. She continuously seeks ongoing training and development to her skills and knowledge base.
In her role as Clinical Director for MAT, Cathy strives to promote a clinical environment and a program that provides individuals with the tools and the coping skills that are needed to improve emotional wellness and to transition from a life of addiction to a future of stability and hope.
Dr. Samuel Samuel, M.D.
Dr. Samuel is a board-certified North Carolina licensed psychiatrist certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Samuel has over 15 years of experience in the fields of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He joined the Midwood Addiction Treatment staff as Medical Director in 2018 and provides the facility with medical oversight and expertise as well as all of MAT's clients with direct, high-quality medical consultations including psychiatric assessments, follow-up sessions and medication management.
Director of Operations
Originally from Connecticut, Bryan moved to Florida in 2014 seeking help in overcoming his personal struggle with addiction. Through his own recovery he developed the desire to help others overcome addiction. Bryan made the decision to leave his job of 15 years and permanently relocate to Florida so that he could enter the behavioral health services field.
In 2015, Bryan joined Recovery In Tune (our sister facility) as a behavioral health technician. He quickly developed strong personal relationships with the clients through support and guidance. In 2017, he was promoted to BHT supervisor and then to Director of Operations in early 2018. He was re-located to Charlotte, NC in late 2018 in order to head the daily operations of Midwood Addiction Treatment. Bryan has completed multiple substance abuse certifications and is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA).
As Director of Operations, Bryan maintains the professional and effective day-to-day operations at Midwood Addiction Treatment from both a clinical and housing perspective, working with every department within the facility to ensure proper policies and procedures are being followed and that client care is carried out true to the vision of the company.
Bryan also works directly with clients to identify, prioritize and address their individual needs. Through this process, clients are offered encouragement and personal support as they develop healthy habits, productive daily schedules and self-confidence.
Daniel "Yoyo" Joh began his career in the substance abuse treatment industry in February of 2015. After completing his own substance abuse treatment in 2014, Dan felt a strong desire to help other addicts and give back what was given to him. After becoming grounded in his own recovery, he entered the field of substance abuse treatment as a behavioral health technician. Given his passion for his personal recovery and dedication to helping others, Dan has a relatable and extremely powerful way of communicating with clients. As a result of his unique and effective ability to interact with clients, Dan was promoted to Halfway Coordinator and Client Specialist. In addition, Dan managed all scheduling, transportation, and sober living housing for a large treatment facility in South Florida. Therefore, he was often the first staff member to interact with clients upon arrival to the treatment center. After many years of experience in these particular rolls, Dan has started a new chapter in his life as Housing Manager at Midwood Addiction Treatment. Dan monitors the daily operations for the Housing Department to ensure implementation and execution of all protocol and procedures. Dan believes in the importance of providing a smooth transition for the client through building rapport and sharing his own experiences as an addict, once in treatment. Due to the versatility of Dan's position and his hands-on approach to communication with each and every client, he provides a constant and strong support for clients as they transition through each level of care provided by the Midwood Addiction Treatment team.
Nick was born and raised in Torrington, Connecticut. After struggling with his own addiction for years, he decided to take a leap of faith and attended inpatient treatment. Nick flourished in the recovery community and has been sober since 2013, while working his way up in the marketing department of multiple reputable treatment centers. Nick’s primary mission is to spread awareness to the people in the community and abroad, that there is hope for the still sick and suffering addict or alcoholic and their families.
Sharon Sommer, LPN
Sharon “Shay” Sommer, LPN has been in addiction treatment for 3 years with experience in alcohol, opiate detox, and mental health treatment. She feels led to this specialty and treats everyone with the respect and compassion they deserve. Having grown up in Alateen , she feels this and her life experiences give her a special connection to the recovering addict. With a nursing focus on mind, body, and spirit, Shay believes these things should be incorporated into all clients treatment. Listen, observe, and above all care.
Evan Miller, MA, LCAS-A
Evan Miller is a Licensed Professional Addictions Specialist Associate in the state of North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His prior clinical experiences consist Charlotte Mecklenburg County Jail, Path of Hope Treatment Center, and SABER Treatment Center.
As an associate-licensed clinician, he emphasizes the importance of building trust with clients, maintaining a multicultural lens, and fostering relational consistency. His theoretical orientation consists of person-centered, CBT, and aspects of Narrative and Gestalt. This eclectic approach allows him to provide a safe environment for clients to begin the process of exploring difficult thoughts, feelings, and emotions. By exploring these aspects, clients are able to experience and practice emotional regulation in the moment, ultimately slowing down the processes associated with low self-esteem, impulsivity, and internalized shame.
Case Manager / Intake Coordinator
Tyler has over 5 years of experience working in many departments of the substance abuse field, from BHT to case management to HR. Tyler brings her extensive experience in the field to practice at MAT by working one-on-one with patients from the moment they arrive; providing a warm, helpful and welcoming environment for those coming in, and continuing that role throughout their stay in treatment. She makes it her duty to go above and beyond for all patients. Her role at MAT is extensive and includes processing admissions and orientation to the facility as well as helping patients with all case management issues so that they may focus on treatment, their recovery and on bettering themselves.
David Free has been a part of the recovery community in Charlotte for the past year. David struggled with addiction for years before committing to a path of recovery. He joined the MAT team when it first opened because he wanted to be able to give back to the recovery community that has helped him so much. He saw a special opportunity to be a part of a company that genuinely cares about each person who walks through the door. David began as a behavioral health technician, putting in hard work to become the lead behavioral health technician. He tries to bring positive energy and help each client begin their journey on the path of recovery.
Lead BHT / Group Facilitator
Calvin has been been in the mental health profession since 2001. He has a Bachelors Degree from Ashford University with a Major in Psychology. Helping people is his calling. Calvin has held and excelled at various roles in the field from Mental Health Tech, Director of Business Development, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Program Director. He has been clean from alcohol since March 2011 and is actively involved in the recovery community in Charlotte. As lead BHT, Calvin helps lead the BHT department and is a key player in managing the day-to-day operations of the facility.