Lifeskills South Florida Staff Overview
Klay Weaver, LCSW
With over 25 years of behavioral healthcare management experience, including over 18 years in executive leadership, Klay joined Lifeskills South Florida in 2015 as its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Lifeskills, he served as the COO of Skyland Trail, where he oversaw the organization’s strategic growth, financial operations, clinical operations, and marketing. With roots in community mental health, Klay led two of the largest community mental health centers in the state of Georgia, providing services to over 17,000 individuals annually in 11 counties.
Klay received a Bachelor of Arts in Education and an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary and an M.S.W. from the University of Kentucky. A licensed social worker for more than 20 years, he has enjoyed being active in the community serving on multiple non-profit boards including the Red Cross, Georgia Community Service Board Association, and most recently on the Delray Drug Task Force.
Daniel Bober, DO
Dr. Bober attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his adult/child/adolescent psychiatry training at the Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.
Dr. Bober served as a mental health policy fellow in the U.S. Senate through the American Psychiatric Association and the Yale University School of Medicine. While in Congress he championed the cause of veterans and active duty service members with mental illness. Dr. Bober currently holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.
In treating adults, Dr. Bober’s clinical interest and expertise lay in working with individuals that have addiction, trauma and personality disorders. His is career has afforded him the opportunity to treat co-occurring disorders in inpatient, outpatient and research settings.
He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and he is certified in Obesity Medicine through the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Additionally, as a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Bober is a Certified Addiction Medicine physician. He belongs to several professional societies including American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Sergio Muriel, LMHC, CAP
Sergio joined Lifeskills South Florida, with over 20 years of healthcare experience, including 10 years in leadership roles. Prior to joining Lifeskills, Sergio worked as Executive Director of a mental health facility and oversaw the strategic growth and vision, as well as day-to-day operations of the company. He was directly involved in developing the mental health component of the company, helping many struggling individuals and families find the care they needed.
Sergio is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional, trained in EMDR. Sergio graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Master’s degree in Education, specializing in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. Sergio continues to stay involved in our local community through various organizations, such as Miami-Dade County in 2007, “2007 Employee of the year”; Lindsey Hopkins Education Center-School Advisory Council in 2010 “Appreciation Award; and Miami-Dade County, Mayor and Board of County Commissioners in 2009 “Appreciation Award”. His passion is in helping individuals and families that have been affected by mental health and substance use. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.
David Ockman, PsyD, CAP
Dr. Ockman, a licensed Psychologist, and Certified Addictions Professional, has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 20 years, beginning his career in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Florida International University, a Masters and Doctoral degrees from The Miami Institute of Psychology, and has been licensed as a Psychologist since 2002.
Dr. Ockman brings a broad range of experiences to his role at Lifeskills South Florida focused primarily on the Substance Use Disorder track which includes clinical, supervisory and administrative capacities in therapeutic/residential communities, hospital settings, IOP and state regulatory positions. He has spent most of his career utilizing CBT and MET modalities and finding ways to provide the most effective interventions for patients and their families.
Dr. Ockman spent seven years as one of the supervising Psychologists of interns and residents for an APPIC approved program. He was born and raised in South Florida and enjoys finding great places in Florida to take the family.
Kristen Gurdak, PhD-ABD, LCSW
Kristen Gurdak is the Associate Clinical Director of Lifeskills South Florida. She is a licensed clinical social worker and intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by The Linehan Institute. Mrs. Gurdak is concurrently a Ph.D. candidate at New York University specializing in community integration for those with serious mental illness. Mrs. Gurdak brings her clinical expertise and research knowledge to the Lifeskills team with several years of clinical social work experience and peer-reviewed published research conducted through Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and New York University School of Social Work examining social determinants of health, serious mental illness, and community. Mrs. Gurdak has a wide array of clinical and administrative experience in community mental health settings, mental health outpatient services, inpatient rehabilitation, and in private clinical practice. She believes in a client-centered integrative approach to treatment to create a life worth living. Kristen enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures – she has visited over 10 countries.
Michelle Williams, RN-BC
Michelle has over 37 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse in Psychiatry and Addictions. She is nationally Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse. Michelle has worked in both the public and private sectors in a wide variety of settings which include Inpatient hospitals, Community Mental Health Centers, Detox Facilities and Residential Treatment Centers. She has worked in various capacities treating individuals with acute and chronic mental illness, co-occurring disorders, and addiction. Michelle worked previously at Lifeskills South Florida for over 16 years and now returns in the capacity of Admissions Director. She returns with a mission to assist clients in gaining admission to excellent evidence based treatment so they can return to their optimum level of functioning.
David Duquette, PsyD
Dr. Duquette, Director of Quality Improvement and Utilization Review at Lifeskills South Florida, earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at South Florida State Hospital. Prior to joining Lifeskills, he was the Utilization Review Manager at the largest community mental health center in Colorado, where he authorized all levels of mental health services for Medicaid consumers. He also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in obtaining authorizations from private insurance companies.
Joe Soutar, CRRA
Born and educated in the U.K., Joe has worked extensively in an operations role in the mental health and substance abuse field. His experience includes working as a director for inpatient detox and crisis stabilization through every level in the continuum of care. As an advocate for spirituality through the 12-Step model, and simultaneous neutralization of co-occurring dual diagnosis profiles, Joe works passionately to advance the quality of support offered to each client he oversees. Joe has served as a line of communication between clinical staff and clients and has focused on cases of high acuity and chronic relapse. He has worked closely with the FARR certification body, as well as DCF and JCAHO, and has acted as an educator to direct care staff through training and management. Joe is a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator (CRRA) through the Crisis Prevention Institute in the safe management of disruptive behavior. Joe also assists in the management of the transitional living program at Osceola House. As a Residential Supervisor at Lifeskills, Joe has a desire to ensure that every client is set up for success in their treatment.
Miguel Nerys, LMHC, NCC, DBT-Intensively Trained, EMDR-Trained
Miguel is the Director of Outpatient Services at Lifeskills South Florida, specializing in addiction and trauma. A Licensed Mental Health counselor and National Certified Counselor, he brings a wide array of experience from the mental health and addiction field. He earned both his undergraduate and master’s degree from Lynn University. Miguel is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy by The Linehan Institute and is a nationally trained EMDR therapist. He has worked in a trauma-specific unit of a community mental health organization dealing with abused children and their families and has also worked with active duty military at a psychiatric facility in North Carolina. He has mostly recently worked with relapsing clients that are treatment resistant. Miguel has traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam to establish a foundation for the poor and provide training on the western practice of psychology. Additionally, he has volunteered for the Big Brother Big Sister organization in providing child support in Boca Raton, Florida. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to a good TED Talk/Podcast and enjoys astronomy and photography.