Genaro Sandoval, BA, LCDC, CART
Recovery Fitness has been a long dream of Genaro Sandoval. He wanted to provide an innovative continuum of treatment. He envisioned incorporating Nutrition and Fitness to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs as well as the community by utilizing a holistic approach to recovery. It was important not only to offer cutting edge Nutrition and Fitness programing, but encompassing a medical doctor, personal trainers, crossfit certified coaches, certified yoga instructors and Licensed Dieticians.
Genaro "G" was reared in sunny California and grew up with a love of sports playing baseball, football, and soccer. In 1999, he was recruited to play soccer for U.S. International University, where he played for 3 consecutive seasons. Prior to the 1999 season he trained with many semi-pro soccer teams and was invited to try-out for several soccer pro-teams. Throughout his collegiate career he engaged in cross training, long distance running, weight lifting, endurance training, mobility training as well as resistance training. In 2011, a friend invited him for a "workout". After doing Tabata squats and Sit Ups, he couldn't walk properly the next day and instantly wanted to do it again! He has been Crossfitting ever since, and enjoys the challenge each and every WOD brings. He focuses on leading by example and believes the mental/emotional aspect of CrossFit is what has the most impact on his athletes. He is currently working on his crossfit level 1 certification. Genaro Sandoval majored in Sociology and minored in psychology.
Benjamin A. Levenson
As co-founder of Origins Recovery Centers, Ben Levenson brings the strategic vision and executive leadership to the Origins organization. Ben’s deep love for recovery and compassion for those with addictive illness and their families was born out of his own harrowing battle with and recovery from chronic addiction. Through Ben’s extraordinary recovery experience, he launched Origins Recovery Centers as an enduring beacon of hope to those afflicted. Ben has charged Origins with a legacy to continually develop, improve and provide highly-effective systems of comprehensive addiction treatment. Ben’s passion keeps him on the ‘front lines’ where he speaks publicly on addiction treatment issues and lobbies for improvements in quality and availability of treatment.
Ben’s passionate advocacy for recovery extends globally as he works with governments and programs internationally for the advancement of the treatment sciences. Ben actively serves on numerous distinguished boards, including, but not limited to, C4, a global non-profit corporation set to help improve the effectiveness of substance abuse prevention and recovery services, the Center for Students in Recovery at University of Texas at Austin Campaign Advisory Council, the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce. In his personal time, Ben takes pleasure in being with his family, playing golf, fly fishing and traveling abroad.
Heidi Voet Smith
Burning Tree Recovery Ranch
Heidi Voet Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Texas and Maine. She has been featured in A&E’s “Intervention” as well as the upcoming National Geographic series “How Drugs Work.” She blogs for Addiction Professional Magazine and recently had their featured cover. Heidi is the Clinical Director at Burning Tree Recovery Ranch, where she also co-created and co-facilitates the Family Program Workshop.
As a young woman, Heidi experienced the impact of addiction in her family, and she contended with a long-time eating disorder finally overcome through a devotion to a 12-Step program. After completing graduate school, Heidi worked at a non-profit treatment center with pregnant and parenting women struggling with addiction. Heidi desired to work at Burning Tree due their long-term length of stay and powerful 12-step philosophy and finally joined the Burning Tree team early in 2007. Heidi specializes in working with the chronic relapse population and is passionate about creating an environment for clients to have a meaningful experience through the 12 steps. Heidi resides in Dallas with her husband Michael, their 14-month old son Elliott, and their two dogs.
Margaret Nagib, PsyD
Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute
Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in inner healing and treating addiction, eating disorders, trauma, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy.
Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, the CDI team offers more than 50 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions. Formerly, Dr. Nagib worked as a counselor with The Meier Clinics, the Northern Illinois University Counseling Center, the Glen Oaks Adolescent Therapeutic School and Oak Forest Psychological Services. She has been featured in Relevant magazine; the Wall Street Journal; Today’s Christian Woman magazine; FOX News, and more.
Dr. Nagib earned her undergraduate degree from Pace University in New York and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, where she also served as an adjunct graduate psychology professor. She held a similar role at Simpson University in California.
Douglas J. Edwards, MBA
Publisher of Addiction Professional
Douglas J. Edwards is Publisher of Addiction Professional, having formerly served as editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional. Edwards has been serving the addiction treatment community since 2000 in multiple editorial and marketing roles. Edwards will serve as moderator of the discussion.