Dr. Carmen Sanz, MD is the Clinical Director at the Serenity Springs Men’s Residential Program. Dr. Sanz has over 35 years of experience in psychiatry, working at both private and state practices. Carmen studied medicine and psychiatry in Puerto Rico where she grew up.
“Psychiatry is in my blood, both of my parents were psychiatrists and I followed their path.”
Dr. Sanz has occupied an administrative position as the President of the Puerto Rico Psychiatric Association in the United States, since 2016. She has been practicing in a private practice where she works and evaluates mental and behavioral health conditions of adults. Carmen knows has been dealing with addiction along with behavioral health for many years, she treated the homeless population in Puerto Rico for ten years. Dr. Sanz was also a psychiatrist of seventeen different group homes for eight years and was the Medical Director of a 65-bed nursing home for ten years. Carmen started as a psychiatrist at Serenity Springs Recovery Center in June of 2019, where she now evealuates substance use disorder and mental health conditions. She is an outstanding psychiatrist and an even better person. She truly has a profound understanding of people from all walks of life, making her the perfect fit for our medical staff and treatment team.
Jose Vera is our Mental Health Therapist and Nurse Practitioner. He is a native of Peru with substantial experience in both North & South America. Jose became a Nurse Practitioner in 2010, and has been working in the psychology field ever since. He believes strongly in working together as a team, utilizing psychotherapy and clinicians with group therapy and individual counseling. These are all key components that come together to form an outstanding program here in Central Florida. Jose has been happily married for the last 28 years and has three children.
“Helping others lead a healthy, productive life is the most rewarding part of my job at Serenity Springs.”
Jose enjoys farming, finding it to be relaxing and therapeutic. Jose has done his fair share of volunteer work in Peru, Canada, and here in the United States, in various hospitals, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes.
Morgan Thomas is a certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP). She has gained her experience and mastered her profession over the past five years. Her medical knowledge and ability to understand different mental health conditions comes from her work in trauma, intensive, and palliative care. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, FL. She followed up with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) from South University in West Palm Beach, FL. Ms. Thomas currently resides in Port St. Lucie, FL with her significant other and their son. She is a firm believer in dealing with addiction as a three-part disease of the mind, body and spirit. Morgan is a natural leader and she has an outstanding reputation among the staff and clients at Serenity Springs.
Edda is the Medical Director for Serenity Springs Recovery Center. She has been off and on with Serenity Springs since it was founded in 2011. She has always been an outstanding director and therapist and is certainly one of our best employees at Serenity Springs. Her work ethic is second-to-none and she is the epitome of a great employee and has a big heart. She is the perfect blend for our model of addiction recovery!
Dr. Casanova, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, provides psychiatric services for all clients and conducts weekly treatment team meetings. Dr. Casanova grew up in Puerto Rico and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puerto Rico in 1968 and went on to earn her Doctorate in Medicine from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine or Escuela de Medicina San Juan Bautista (en Español). In 1983, she completed her psychiatry residency at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, NJ and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1985. Since 1988 she has actively been practicing medicine in a variety of settings including New York, Virginia, and Florida.
Megan McPherson, LPN is the Director of Nursing at Serenity Springs Recovery Center. Megan is from Detroit, Michigan and has been living in Florida for the past eight years. She has had many close family members and friends who have battled with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Megan lost both her father and mother to the disease of addiction.
“It has always been important to me to not follow down their paths.”
Megan realized that Serenity Springs take a different approach to helping people in the way the program incorporates the 12 steps, while working on mind, body and spirit. This, she says aids in a very well-rounded and unique approach to addiction recovery. It is effective because all of the treatment team members step up to meet the individual needs of our clients.
Megan’s favorite part of working at Serenity Springs is working together with the team and discovering a new path or direction for every individual’s life.
“Seeing the impact and transformation that we have on our clients and their families lives is the most important and rewarding aspect of what I do.”
Megan has been a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for the past 4 years. She has spent 15 years in the health care field as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Care Provider (HHCP). She really enjoys being able to help others. Megan also enjoys exploring the springs in Florida, relaxing at the beach, as well as camping to help her disconnect from the daily “hustle and bustle” of saving lives in her work at Serenity Springs Recovery Center.