David Panting, MD, Medical Director
Dr. Panting has been a consultant for First Step since 2000 and became the Medical Director in 2006 prior to the opening of the Addictions Receiving Facility. He completed his training in Psychiatry at The Allegheny Neuropsychiatric Institute of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1996 where he also was Chief Resident during his senior year.
Dr. Panting is a Board Certified member of The American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and The American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Robert (Bob) Piper holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Bob has practiced in the treatment addiction field for over three decades. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida School of Addiction Studies and has served as a Past President of the Board. Bob trains clinicians throughout the State of Florida in the treatment of addiction and associated disorders. Bob has been the administrator of Pathways since 1995. Under his leadership, Pathways clinical programming developed clinical expertise in treating co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, substance abuse in conjunction with criminal thinking and the rapid resolution of trauma.
Bob stays connected with the Pathways clients by presenting a highly acclaimed three-hour lecture for clients and their families titled ‘Bob’s Boxes” every 28 days at the Pathways FL treatment center. His ability to teach the healing message of recovery from addiction is often stated as one of the most important aspects of reuniting the family with a common vision of understanding and support. The presentation is available to prospective clients and their families by prior arrangement.
Pathways’ Clinical Director, Casey Collier, holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a certified Moral Reconation Therapy facilitator. With eight years of experience in the substance abuse rehabilitation field, Casey specializes in the areas of criminal thinking and personality disorders. Casey came up through the ranks within Pathways starting out as a Tech moving up to her current position as Clinical Director. Casey, a Pathways graduate herself, has 12 years in recovery.
Counselor Susie Alarie holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Susie has eight years of experience in the substance abuse rehabilitation field, seven and a half years working in the Seasons Dual-Diagnosed Program specializing in severe and persistent Mental Health. She is the sober housing coordinator.
With a Master’s of Science Degree, Elaine Bellamy specializes in Moral Reconation Therapy, a treatment method for individuals diagnosed with an antisocial behavior disorder. Elaine has nine years of experience in the substance abuse rehabilitation field and has worked as a substance abuse technician, a case manager and as an admissions counselor. A native of Florida, Elaine enjoys mentoring adolescents in her free time. For Elaine, working with clients allows her to help others through very difficult times.
A native of Germany, Jochen Hutzenlaub has been an addictions and mental health counselor since 2008. Jochen has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, is a Certified Addictions Professional through the Florida Board, a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. In addition, Jochen completed the Trauma-Informed Care & Counseling Certificate program through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education.
Holding a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a forensic concentration, Kristin Kozbelt is one of Pathways’ Moral Reconation Therapy certified counselors. She has 11 years of experience in substance abuse, eight of which were working with court-ordered offenders in a residential setting and nearly two years working with the Florida DUI program. Kristen’s specialty is working with forensic clients, with her understanding of criminal thinking and behavior.
Amanda McConnell earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in 2000. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and New Jersey. For clients who present with trauma, Amanda is a certified practitioner in Rapid Resolution Therapy®. She has worked in a co-occurring facility for addictions and behavioral health. She has extensive experience in treating people with addictions immediately following detox. She previously owned a private practice in New Jersey, treating couples and individuals.
Tamara has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Tamara has a passion for helping clients with PTSD/Trauma and especially within the military community. Tamara is a newer addition to the Pathways counseling staff with a lot of energy and commitment. She has a long history of volunteering with the military community as a Bereavement Counselor, a Family Readiness Leader, a Care Team Leader, interning and volunteering at the VA, as well as through church, school and athletic communities.
Ty has three years of supervised internship experience and has worked as a substance abuse technician and with admissions. In addition to his role as Residential Program Assistant, Ty does psycho-education, groups and carries a caseload under the supervision of the Clinical Director. Currently enrolled at State College of Florida, he plans to continue his education at the University of South Florida, majoring in Psychology. He is certified in the Functional Assessment Rating Scales, which is a method to document impressions from clinical evaluations or mental health status exams.