Senior Vice President at Carisk Partners
David has 30 years of experience in senior clinical and operations capacities within the field of mental health and wellness, and he provides clinical oversight of all workers’ compensation behavioral health programs at Carisk.
David began his career as the Clinical Team Leader at Charter Hospital of Miami, a private psychiatric and substance use disorder hospital serving children, adolescents and adults. In 1994, he launched South Florida’s ﬁrst Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at Charter Hospital, overseeing all clinical, regulatory, compliance, case management, and utilization management divisions.
In 1996, David joined Transitions Recovery Program as a therapist and later became the Director of Utilization Management. In 2004, he founded Ascendi, providing executive health and employee wellness training and coaching programs for 26 of the Fortune 50 companies in the United States. Following Hurricane Katrina, he founded Helping Those Helping Others, a not-for-proﬁt providing free coaching, stress management, organizational development, and leadership training programs to organizations assisting underserved populations in the hardest hit areas.
In 2012, he joined Baptist Health South Florida to administer South Miami Hospital’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center. Soon thereafter, David assumed the role of Assistant Vice President and co-led Baptist Health’s behavioral health services integration across the enterprise.
David volunteers for various social service agencies in Miami, Florida including Chapman Partnership and Trauma Resolution Services, and for the New York City Fire Department, training trauma counselors on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Miami’s Center for Addiction Studies and Education and currently teaches addiction courses at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work.
He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Master’s Level Certiﬁed Addictions Professional, a Nationally-Certiﬁed Addictions Counselor, a Certiﬁed Addictions Prevention Professional, an Internationally-Certiﬁed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certiﬁed Grief Recovery Specialist. David is a nationally-recognized addiction expert and has presented at over 50 clinical conferences and symposiums on the topics of substance use, the opioid epidemic, severe mental illness, and trauma recovery, nationally and internationally.
David earned BA and MA degrees in Social Work from Florida International University, twice graduating Summa Cum Laude.
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