Virtual treatment available: DMA outpatient programs can also be accessed via online telehealth services.
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program Dade City is a program that provides care for adolescents aged 11-17 in need of residential treatment (RTC). This means that patients will get 24 hours a day, seven days a week support to change maladaptive coping skills prompted by mental health diagnoses into positive skills that can help them flourish.
Treatment is customized and employs a variety of evidence-based modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and more. Here, patients benefit from one-on-one therapeutic support as well as group sessions in an encouraging environment of peers where they can safely practice new ways of coping that are transferable to home. Patients are exposed to experiential therapies, which includes music and art, for a well-rounded experience. Lastly, family therapy and educational support is also available.
Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program is a preferred provider with most major insurance companies. Our team of experienced insurance verification specialists will confirm not only if the level of care you are seeking is covered by your policy but also determine what, if any, out of pocket cost you would incur. Reach out to the team today to verify your coverage.
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MEET THE TEAM
Lonnie Jermaine Foster II has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2021 as a primary therapist supporting the Dade City residential facility. Lonnie successfully holds a 20+ year background in providing behavioral health services to integrated behavioral health patients of all ages. She has worked with the chronically mentally ill, those suffering from terminal medical illnesses, patients with severe chemical dependency and the incarcerated battling the most severe criminality problems. Currently, Lonnie serves as a licensed mental health counselor, marriage and family therapist and board-certified masters-level addiction professional. Lonnie chose to work as a therapist because it has always been his life’s true designation. He believes in inspiring others to be the very best of themselves and to ultimately discover their personal direction. Additionally, Lonnie is a published author, motivational speaker, philanthropist, dedicated husband, beloved father and pre-med student who devotes much of his time developing learning along the biochemical spectrum of clinical disorders for establishment of future psychiatric practice. When Lonnie is not either at work or in school, he enjoys spending time with his family, rejuvenating and touring both domestically and internationally.
Kevin has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2021. He joined the team as the education liaison but has since been promoted to the role of milieu manager. Kevin has worked in several positions focusing on adolescents who need special support to succeed in their education. His philosophy is to empower and encourage adolescents to do their best in school. Kevin’s goal at Discovery is to support the emotional and educational needs of his patients and help them achieve their dreams by improving on their weaknesses and supporting them to grow their strengths.
Amanda Brown, LMHC
Amanda joined the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in the fall of 2021 as a program director in Dade City, FL. She is a Florida licensed mental health counselor with fifteen years of counseling experience in a wide range of therapeutic settings. Amanda is also a qualified supervisor for registered mental health counselor interns. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida, Orlando and graduated with her master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale. While pursuing her master’s degree, she worked with children and families involved in the foster care and juvenile justice system. After graduation she continued her career working in private practice, with children and families in foster care, and juvenile and adult corrections. She has valuable experience working with children and families involved in the court system, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice. She also has extensive experience working inpatient, outpatient and with adolescents in long-term residential facilities. This wide range of experience provides a unique clinical awareness rooted in a strong desire to make a positive impact with the patients she works with.
Amanda is currently working on her PsyD in behavioral health leadership, and in her leisure time she enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Edward “Scott” Toler, LMHC
Edward has been working in the mental health counseling field since 1999. He has worked in private practice, residential, outpatient and in home venues with a variety of mental health populations and age groups. He has treated various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, mood disorders and psychosis. He finds his work with adolescent patients rewarding, and this is one of the reasons that he enjoys working at Discovery. He is a licensed mental health counselor and certified addictions professional living in Plant City, FL and working at Dade City, FL RTC.
Lindsey has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2021 in various roles. Currently, she is an education liaison at the Dade City location. She started as a mental health technician and changed roles to become an education liaison. She entered this field after teaching for a few years and discovering that her passion for helping adolescents expanded past the classroom. She has a great passion and motivation for working with kids and is great at helping them uncover their goals and passions. When Lindsey is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, her dogs and working on her masters in mental health counseling.
Sara specializes in Community Outreach, Marketing Strategy, and Business Development. Sara is actively involved with the recovery community. This has led her to public speaking, educating healthcare professionals, facilitating support groups, as well as fundraising and advocacy for prevention and improved access to treatment in the Central Florida Community and beyond.
Marlie Vaughn, RMHCI
Marlie has been working with the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since April 2022 as a primary therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Florida Southern College and went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the University of South Florida. Marlie has worked in various areas of the mental health field including crisis stabilization, forensic residential treatment and a diversion program in child welfare. She became interested in working in the mental health field after working on her own struggles with mental health and gaining a desire to help others conquer their challenges. When not at the office, Marlie enjoys spending time with her friends and her cats.
Lissette Muñiz, LMHC
Lissette has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2022 as a clinical intake coordinator. She is a licensed mental health counselor. Lissette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hunter College of NYC and Master of Arts in Mental Health and School Counseling from Webster University. She has been providing therapeutic services since 2013, working with children, adolescents and adults in community-based care. She is basic trained in accelerated resolution therapy (ART) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). Lissette believes that a strong therapeutic rapport is vital in helping patients achieve their goals. She is dedicated to her patients and utilizes a warm approach to ensure they feel comfortable, understood and connected. In her free time, Lissette enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as reading, dancing, traveling and going to the beach.
Melanie has been working with Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program since 2022 as a primary therapist. She started as a behavioral specialist intern before moving into private practice where she specialized in family, couples and exposure response prevention (ERP) therapies. Melanie is passionate about helping people to see themselves in a positive and loving light in order to cultivate healthier relationships and goals all around them. When Melanie is not at work, she is happiest spending time with her family and friends.
It’s not just a phase. Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program can help.
Here’s What Patients Say After Completing Treatment*
- 97% feel hopeful about their future*
- 95% believe they can handle life after treatment*
- 99% know what helps them get better*
“This place is like magic. Thank you so much for what you did for our daughter. She is our treasure, again.” – Kathy M.
“We are so fortunate to have found out about DMA. My child felt safe, connected and cared for here. She was validated, respected and understood.” – Jamie C.
“My daughter felt the program was useful in helping her to identify her triggers as well as strategies for dealing with strong emotions. The family sessions were extremely valuable. I am hopeful my daughter and I can move through our new life with more ease and grace.” – Sylvia R.
*Percentage includes adult and adolescent patients who admitted to the Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program in 2021 (between 1/1/21 and 12/31/21) and completed the Recovery Assessment Scale (RAS) (N = 2,278). Average length of stay is 34.2 days for those who completed treatment (did not discharge to a higher level of care, due to insurance, against treatment advice, transfer or administratively).