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Clinical and Treatment Staff

Chief Executive Officer: Peter Harrigan

Peter A. Harrigan CEO of the Orchid Recovery Center is a respected addiction industry leader. Peter has been committed to research based holistic treatment, and provides state of the art holistic treatment services in his network of centers. Orchid Recovery Center provides Holistic Detox Services, Residential Treatment Centers, and Out Patient Services through-out the United States.


Clinical Director: Mindy Appel, LCSW, ACSW, LMFT

Mindy has been a therapist at Orchid since 2006 and is now the Clinical Director. She graduated from Tulane University and completed her internship at Tulane Medical Center. With over 20 years of experience, she is a qualified clinical supervisor and has supervised staff and student interns. Mindy also has a SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) certification

Her passion and specialty is in women’s issues including treating addiction, mental health issues, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, as well as eating disorders. She has trained with Virginia Satir, in family systems, family sculpting, experiential therapy, and psychodrama. Mindy also serves as liaison with referral sources and works closely with therapists, EAP’s and interventionists throughout the country assuring continuity of care for our clients. She specializes in treating clients that suffer from addiction and trauma using cognitive behavioral techniques. Mindy also has training in EMDR. Mindy is a dedicated member to the Orchid Recovery Center program.


Mary Recicar, MSW

Mary graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a master’s degree in Social Work. She has had experience working with all levels of substance abuse as a behavioral health technician, intake specialist, group facilitator, case manager, and primary therapist. Furthermore, she has experience in various levels of case including detoxification, residential, PHP, and IOP. Her specialties include Trauma/PTSD, codependency, relationships, anxiety, and depression. She works from a cognitive behavioral approach, encouraging clients to identify behaviors that impede their success at recovery. Mary is highly motivated and devoted to this field.


Tiffany McFall, MS

Tiffany graduated from Springfield College with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has experience working with all levels of care ranging from detoxification, residential, PHP, to IOP. She has utilized this experience to find what she believes is her passion, working in gender specific treatment to help women overcome their substance dependence so they can live happy and fulfilled sober lives. Tiffany specializes in Relapse Prevention providing psycho-education information working from the Disease Model. She believes it is important to educate clients on the biochemical components of the disease of addiction. Tiffany also utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach to treating Aggression Control and Anger Management.


Melissa Cronin, MSW

Melissa graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master of Social Work Degree. She has prior experience in field of hospice helping people affected by grief and loss. She was part of the mobile crisis team at an inpatient mental health facility. Currently, she is dedicated to helping women overcome addiction and their issues related to addiction, such as anxiety and depression. She facilitates substance abuse groups; specifically grief and loss, family roles in addiction, processing emotions, and coping skills. She uses gentle, warm client-centered therapy approach with clients and their families. She works in the field of substance abuse because she enjoys educating women about the disease of addiction and empowering them to regain the connection between mind, body, and spirit.


Abhita Malhotra, MS, MH,

Abhita graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, and is currently working towards licensure as a Registered Intern for the state of Florida. She has had experience working with all levels of substance abuse as a group facilitator and primary therapist. Abhita strongly advocates for helping clients see the connection between how they think, what they tell themselves, and the feelings and actions that follow. Abhita created the curriculums, and facilitates both the Mindfulness and Women’s Empowerment Group Series at Orchid Recovery Center. Abhita’s passion lies in the Women’s Empowerment Series, as she seeks to help women find their inspirations and strength to transform their lives with confidence. Working from a strength-based and affirming approach, Abhita addresses the intrapersonal, interactional, and behavioral components of women’s empowerment. Abhita is anticipated to receive her license in Mental Health Counseling in 2016.


Janus Moncur

Janus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and Certified Human Animal Intervention Specialist (CHAIS). She holds her Master of Social Work, Master’s in Psychology, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and Associate’s in the Arts. She has obtained additional training in Rapid Resolution Therapy® (RRT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Trauma Resolution, Animal-Assisted Therapy, National Canine Crisis Response, Pet Loss Bereavement Counseling, Developmental Play Therapy, and Level I Storytelling. She believes the continued pursuit of knowledge and understanding is crucial for personal and professional development as well as overall health and well-being.
Janus is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP), Institute of Rapid Resolution Therapy (IRRT), EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and Association of Pet Loss Bereavement (APLB)

Janus also supports her favorite charitable organizations including the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Canine-Assisted Therapy (CAT) Part of the proceeds from all of her work, are donated to these and other “pet” causes.