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.
Dr. Branislav Stojanovic
Dr. Branislav Stojanovic, Medical Director of New River Wellness Center, is one of the few trained neuropsychiatrists in the United States. Dr. Stojanovic completed his residency training program in General Psychiatry at the University of Illinois – Michael Reese Hospital Psychoanalytic and Psychosomatic Institute in Chicago. Dr. Stojanovic then completed his sub-specialty training program in Neuropsychiatry at the Department of Neuropsychiatry, University of Illinois. Dr. Stojanovic provides a hands-on approach to the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. He prides himself on his ability to address medical concerns in real time with his daily on site presence at New River Wellness Center. Dr. Stojanovic believes in working with clients in ways to minimize any discomfort and promote overall wellness. He and his trusting sidekick Aga, his dog, are here daily to ensure you, or your loved one, are well cared for while at New River Wellness Center.
This is Aga and he is part of the New River Wellness Center family. Doc trained him as a puppy and he’s been with the family for 9 years now. Aga is an excellent listener, and is naturally sensitive to be emotionally supportive to people in distress. Aga is well behaved and an essential part of our work environment. Aga excels at helping people feel safe and comfortable. He loves to lounge in the office and enjoys late night runs. Aga is a true support to those in need.