MEET THE STAFF

Bryan Alzate

CEO, Co-Founder

Bryan Alzate serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Bryan has a vested passion to assist those struggling with substance abuse, as he is an active... Read More

Bryan Alzate

CEO, Co-Founder

Bryan Alzate serves as our Chief Executive Officer. Bryan has a vested passion to assist those struggling with substance abuse, as he is an active member of the recovery community with over 9 years substance abuse free. Bryan attended Florida Atlantic University before co-founding the United Recovery Project. Bryan brings 8 years of substance abuse treatment experience to URP. It is his goal to provide a safe, healing environment where clients are given the tools needed to achieve total health and wellness.

Alexis Ecoff, M.A., MCAP, MFTI

Clinical Director

Alexis earned both a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and... Read More

Alexis Ecoff, M.A., MCAP, MFTI

Clinical Director

Alexis earned both a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of San Diego. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern in the state of Florida and is working towards licensure. Alexis is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Alexis has clinical experience working with individuals, families, couples, children, and groups and also a sub-specialty working with people in recovery. Alexis utilizes an integrated, systemic approach to counseling; empowering people to define what is not working for them in their lives and to discover the possibilities for making life work. In doing this, clients are guided towards identifying their strengths, accessing their resources, tapping into their own potential for success, and taking action toward achieving their desired goals.

Kristen Smith

Director of Operations

Kristen joined the United Recovery Project team in August of 2016 as Case Manager and shortly thereafter, earned the title of Safety Officer. She began... Read More

Kristen Smith

Director of Operations

Kristen joined the United Recovery Project team in August of 2016 as Case Manager and shortly thereafter, earned the title of Safety Officer. She began her journey to recovery in 2006 when she came from NJ to S. Florida for treatment. Her passion for helping others began when she was given the opportunity to run a sober living home for women in 2007, in which she did passionately for 6 years. In 2009 she began working as a Behavioral Health Technician and quickly became a Lead tech supervisor. In 2011, Kristen became a case manager where she used her drive to help others by assisting clients with their legal, employment, and aftercare needs so that they could focus on getting the most of their treatment while not worrying about these things. She is an active member of the Recovery Community in Broward County and sits proudly on the committee for Broward National Recovery Month. In 2016 she received the award for “Recovery Person of the Year,” an honor she treasures dearly. She has traveled to Washington D.C. for the Unite to Face Addiction Rally to advocate for more resources and bring about awareness to the problem of addiction that plagues our nation.

Christopher LiVolsi, B.A.

Director of Admissions

Chris LiVolsi completed his Undergraduate studies at Florida International University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His primary focus is substance... Read More

Christopher LiVolsi, B.A.

Director of Admissions

Chris LiVolsi completed his Undergraduate studies at Florida International University, graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His primary focus is substance abuse and trauma psychology. Chris is actively involved in psychology research through the TRIIIAD lab at FIU. He is dedicated to community service and the enrichment of life through his involvement in Phi Betta Kappa. It is Chris’s mission to provide the resources clients need to receive the highest quality of care available. He best serves his purpose by working as the Director of Admissions at United Recovery Project.

Chris Doyle, B.S., CAP

Primary Counselor

Chris has been serving in field of treatment for addictions and co-occurring mood disorders since 2012. He has energy for helping others overcome their substance... Read More

Chris Doyle, B.S., CAP

Primary Counselor

Chris has been serving in field of treatment for addictions and co-occurring mood disorders since 2012. He has energy for helping others overcome their substance abuse and underlying issues, assisting them in achieving their God given potential. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 2005. He is currently a Florida Board Certified Addiction Professional and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Chris takes a hands on approach by maintaining a full caseload, facilitating group sessions, and providing spiritual counseling to our clients.

Patrick DeCarlo, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Patrick finds great passion in providing therapeutic services through solution-oriented conversations, collaborating with clients to determine the futures they envision for themselves and their families.... Read More

Patrick DeCarlo, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Patrick finds great passion in providing therapeutic services through solution-oriented conversations, collaborating with clients to determine the futures they envision for themselves and their families. Patrick believes that therapy works best when therapists seek to understand their clients first and don’t simply rush to change them.

Patrick has been trained in hypnotherapeutic techniques that may assist with drug and/or alcohol dependency, smoking cessation, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. A child advocate and lead trainer at a domestic violence agency for many years, Patrick served survivors in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. Patrick has worked with many clients and problem-issues including relationship difficulties, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, chronic pain, military veterans’ issues, traumatic brain injury, HIV/AIDS status, physical and mental disability as well as with clients who have been court-mandated to seek therapeutic services.

Patrick is an LGBTQ-affirming therapist and seeks to understand the diverse lives of his clients through attention to their cultural context. Patrick completed his undergraduate education at the University of Central Florida, where he graduated with a degree in English: Creative Writing in 2007. He graduated with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2016. Patrick approaches substance abuse treatment through a systemic lens, seeking to gain increased insight about the client’s biological, psychological, and social relationships. Patrick views his relationship with clients as a fundamental feature of healing and thereby emphasizes an empathic approach that includes respect, patience, and transparency.

Lorraine Brewster, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Lori has her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern- IMT 2348. She has multifaceted experience... Read More

Lorraine Brewster, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Lori has her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern- IMT 2348. She has multifaceted experience in the helping field since 2001 including mentoring, counseling, and case management as well as the development and implementation of programs and events within aftercare programs, faith-based institutions, and community-based organizations. Over the last few years, Lori has provided therapeutic support while working in a clinic, at a hospital, in schools, with families in their homes, and in a private practice setting. It is through this experience that Lori found a passion in working in the substance use field.

Lori believes in the power of change within the recovery community. She also understands that it is often a crisis or major life event that brings individuals to seek treatment and she is enthusiastic about collaborating with her clients on exploring their experiences and identifying strengths and resources to overcome challenges and accomplish life goals. Lori utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy that includes traditional talk therapy, family therapy, art, mindfulness meditation, play and adventure-based activities, and solution focused narratives.

Lori was born and raised in South Florida. She enjoys doing activities outdoors including kayaking and biking, she dabbles in painting, poetry, and photography and she loves spending time with her family, friends, husband and puppy.

Catalina Fortich, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Catalina is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES and FAMILIES who seek help with, but not limited... Read More

Catalina Fortich, M.S., MFTI

Primary Therapist

Catalina is a bilingual (English/Spanish) Registered Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES and FAMILIES who seek help with, but not limited to, the following issues: Substance Abuse/Recovery, Family Conflict, Marriage/Couple Conflict, Parent-Child Issues, Grief/Loss, Emotional Distress, Anxiety/Depression/Anger, Self-Esteem and others. Catalina's goal is to provide her clients with a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment where they can explore new solutions and gain the tools to cope with life's challenges in a more effective manner.
Every client's life story is UNIQUE, therefore, she takes an INDIVIDUALIZED approach to therapy that allows her to meet clients where they are, identify their innate strengths, and help them construct meaningful relationships and a fulfilling life.
Catalina is passionate about listening to people's life stories and helping them learn how to best navigate the most important and complex relationships in their lives.

Ashley Quach, CAC, ICADC

IOP Counselor

Ashley is a South Florida native from Hollywood, FL. She has a wide range of therapeutic experience. She has worked within the fields of substance... Read More

Ashley Quach, CAC, ICADC

IOP Counselor

Ashley is a South Florida native from Hollywood, FL. She has a wide range of therapeutic experience. She has worked within the fields of substance abuse, mental health, homeless, and criminal offender populations. Ashley believes in a balance between compassion and accountability and feels fortunate to be in a field that contributes to saving and changing lives. Her passion lies in helping others empower themselves into a new world of opportunity and hope. Ashley utilizes an eclectic approach to collaborate with her clients and creates individualized treatment objectives to meet her client’s needs. She is a Primary Counselor at United Recovery Project and is also a Florida Board Certified Addictions Counselor, International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, and is pursuing her education in Mental Health Counseling.