Fresh Start Staff

 

At Fresh Start Recovery Center, each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. We approach treatment from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities, allowing us to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many of our staff members are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

Patricia Earnest, BS, CAC-AD

Primary Therapist

What is your mission at Fresh Start Recovery?

I find ways of coordinating my work with my personal experience. My skills include but are not limited to the following types of therapy: Group, Individual, Family, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, as well as Talk Therapy. It’s crucial for me to meet the client where they are from the minute they walk in the door with the realization that they are suffering physically, emotionally and spiritually. I have been a part of the recovery community for over 23 years.

What makes Fresh Start stand out from other treatment centers?

The staff at Fresh Start is genuinely caring. Everyone is experienced on a professional and personal level. When clients come to treatment they are unsure of themselves and others. The program and staff at Fresh Start allow for a safe and communicative environment.

What is the most rewarding part of your work at Fresh Start?

Fresh Start offers a holistic approach to treatment which is aligned with what I believe can be a rewarding and effective experience in this process. Additionally, there can be great power in group and talk therapy. Witnessing clients gain insight and heal to move forward in their potential long term recovery is an incredibly rewarding experience.

Caroline Iciek, LMSW

Primary Therapist

What is your mission at Fresh Start?

I want to help clients understand that they never have to feel that overwhelming sense of loneliness again. They deserve to know that they matter and have a purpose. I focus on CBT and goal-oriented therapeutic techniques to help clients identify where everything is stemming from and establish a plan to address it.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

From the moment you walk in the door, there is a sense of comfort at Fresh Start. It is common to hear people reflect on how welcoming the center is, and that is the exact feeling you experience the moment you enter Fresh Start. It is evident how every staff member truly cares for each client. The sense of compassion is what made me want to continue working at Fresh Start.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start?

It is hard to describe how rewarding it is to see client have a zest for life again, genuine happiness, but when it happens you are reminded why you work in this field. It is all worth it to see clients smile again.

Francesca Rossi

Alumni Coordinator

What is your mission at Fresh start?

As the alumni and admissions coordinator, my mission at Fresh Start is to ensure clients feel welcomed throughout their treatment here, and beyond. Sometimes when a person is struggling with addiction the biggest step is to reach out. I want to make sure that people feel safe.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

I’ve been to treatment several times, but when you come to Fresh Start you truly feel at home. It’s a really personable place and everyone cares. A lot of the staff are in recovery, with a substantial amount of time being sober, so you don’t feel like you’re being judged.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start?

I’ve witnessed clients shedding their insecurities while progressing in treatment from being broken and scared to becoming a vibrant and productive person.

Marium Parveen

Medical Director

Viktoriya Karakcheyeva, LCPC-LS

Clinical Director

Our clinical director at Fresh Start, Viktoriya Karakcheyeva is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a licensed clinical Alcohol and Drug supervisor as well as a certified clinical supervisor in the state of Maryland. Viktoriya also brings her 17 years of experience working in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. She has served in both clinical and leadership positions in a number of roles, in inpatient and outpatient settings, and as a program director, clinical supervisor, government contractor and consultant, among other positions.

What is your mission at Fresh Start?

I really want people to be in a better place, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually. When a client comes through our doors, they are starting from what might not be a good place, but the journey evolves. At the end I hope each individual has learned about themselves and the world around them, as well as developing coping skills and becoming a better person, ending in a better place.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

The outdoors, recreation and art therapies we offer. We believe that a gradual safe exposure to healthy leisure activities is beneficial to clients as they build the necessary skills to live clean and sober, not engage substance abuse, and begin to have meaningful experience without drugs or alcohol.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start?

The best part of my job is putting smiles on my clients’ faces and helping them believe in themselves, evolve and rediscover their lives’ meaning and purpose in recovery. I bring lollipops, colorful fuzzy balls, smells, sights and sounds to help my clients realize there is a sense of urgency in turning their lives around for the better and they can always choose to have a better moment… hour… day… week… life… NOW!

Kabir Singh

Chief Executive Officer

Kabir Singh is our Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Fresh Start. A lifelong Montgomery County resident, Kabir attended the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating in 1999. After getting clean in 2009, Kabir began seeking out avenues that would enable him to give back, and help others. In 2013, Kabir was one of the first Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in the state of Maryland, which served as his entry point into substance abuse treatment. He worked with a number of organizations and nonprofits, first running groups at homeless shelters and outpatient centers in Montgomery County, before joining an Assertive Community Treatment Team, continuing his work as a peer specialist. Kabir moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer for Amatus Health in the Mid-Atlantic, providing oversight for all facilities in the MAryland area. Kabir continues to be involved in local non-profits and with local governments as a representative of both a member of the community and a person in recovery, including Mike's Place, a recovery residence in Rockville, and Montgomery County's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Council.

Federico Douglas, ADT

Alcohol and Drug Trainee Counselor

Federico is one of our group therapists at Fresh Start Recovery Center. He combines his training with his 28 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment to facilitate group therapy sessions.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

The fact that we are a facility that stands on complete abstinenence from all substances, including pain management.

The most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start:

To see former clients adopt the entire concept of staying clean, living clean and sober. As well as seeing them years later, still living clean.

Brianna Hurwitz, ADT

Case Manager/ Alcohol and Drug Trainee Counselor

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

The most rewarding part of my work is seeing direct change in clients, watching them become advocates for themselves in recovery.

Gage Theodore

Director of Operations

What is your mission at Fresh Start?

My mission is to ensure that all clients that come through our doors here at Fresh Start Recovery Center receive a treatment plan tailored to their needs. Meeting our clients where they are in life, focusing on their strengths and finding solutions to help them live a long productive life in recovery.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

What makes Fresh Start stand out is that we have a heavy presence in the local recovery community, and our community as a whole. The majority of our staff are people in recovery themselves, which we believe allows us to connect with out clients on a personal level so we can best meet their needs.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start?

The most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start is seeing someone come to life during their stay here. The majority of our clients come here beaten, broken and a shell of a human being. By the time they leave they have regained their confidence, set goals and are ready to live a productive life in recovery. Witnessing that amazing change in someone is definitely the greatest part about working at Fresh Start.

Matt Paris

Director of Community Outreach

What is your mission at Fresh Start?

My mission at Fresh Start is to help build the recovery community locally here in Gaithersburg. I want to help people find treatment, and find success in achieving long term recovery. I hope to serve my local community and surrounding counties by bringing awareness to this disease and rebuilding the lives of families who are struggling.

What makes Fresh Start stand out?

Fresh Start Recovery Center stands out to me because of the loving and caring staff. Having worked at other treatment facilities, I feel we are most fortunate to have amazing people who work hard every day to help someone else. By truly caring and supporting those who need it the most, we see success in people who have been defeated for so many years.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Fresh Start?

The most rewarding part of working for Fresh Start is getting the opportunity to see someone’s light turn back on. Watching people come in so broken and hopeless and leaving full of light and love, is a blessing. The gift of someone in early recovery finding happiness is the greatest reward anyone can receive.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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