As the Executive Director of New River Wellness Center, Valerie is responsible for the day to day operations and development of the Center. With over 20 years in the addiction (substance use) and mental health field, she is most passionate about providing the utmost professional and compassionate care to clients. She believes that providing high quality care is the result of a well-managed business in coordination with the use of effective clinical and medical interventions. Valerie is responsible for ensuring that New River Wellness Center is a living demonstration of our organizational values: autonomy, respect, and dignity. Valerie obtained her Bachelors in Health Services Administration from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL in 1992 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Barry University in Miami Shores in 1998.
Director of Clinical Programming
Melissa Miller, BS, MS, MBA, LMHC
Melissa is a second-generation Floridian born and raised in South Florida. She obtained her dual-degree undergraduate degree in English and Business from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fl. Upon return to South Florida, Melissa completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fl. Melissa felt especially connected to the concept of human growth and organization holding several positions in the field of event management. She felt compelled to complete her second graduate-level degree in the field of Counseling due to the enigmatic impact of personal and professional motivators. Melissa completed a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Melissa excels at providing a nonjudgmental, therapeutic environment conducive for introspective awareness and growth. She is currently trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) focused on the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Moreover, Melissa has worked with both adolescent and adult substance abuse populations. Melissa has held several administrative roles and continues to maintain her clinical judgment as an administrator. In addition, Melissa is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida and specializes in psychotherapy related to addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, and chronic low self-esteem.