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Continuing Education for Medical Professionals

At Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) we understand how important it is for medical professionals to be up to date with the latest advancements in their fields. We are pleased to announce a series of new continuing education opportunities in out local communities, lead by Advanced Recovery Systems’ team of doctors and clinicians.

Each presentation is tailored to your specific practice, keeping you up to date with the latest trends and treatment protocols. We want to help each professional stay on the forefront of advancements in the following fields: substance abuse, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues.

To find upcoming events in your area or to view presentations from past events, see below.

Advanced Recovery Systems has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP No. 6874). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Advanced Recovery Systems is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Upcoming Events


January 12, 2018 at BRAVO Cucina Italiana


January 12, 2018 at Royal Oaks Country Club

Past Events

To view a presentation please click on the links below.


November 17, 2017 at the Broadmoor Hotel

Amy Armstrong
Clinical Director
Adolescent Chemical Dependency

Robert Ochsner
Attending Physician
Substance Use Disorder: 101


November 10, 2017 at Blu on the Avenue

Jessica Candelaira Lipsey
Founder and Counselor, Life Counseling Solutions
Shatter the Stigma

Renee Cherowitz
Trauma, Attachment and Healing

Janie Lacy
Addictive & Toxic Love: Helping Those in the Cycle

August 25, 2017 at Blu on the Avenue

Dr. Jason Fields
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Opioid Overdose and Rescue Naloxone
The Adolescent Brain on Drugs

Meet Our Experts

Dr. Kevin Wandler, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Recovery Systems

Dr. Wandler designs and implements proven models of evidence-based therapeutic programming and ensure that each facility is providing exceptional patient care. He is a national leader in the treatment of substance abuse and eating disorders, he is board certified in General Psychiatry with added qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow and Certified Eating Disordered Specialist. His professional affiliations also include the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Dr. Jason Fields, MD

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Recovery Systems

Dr. Jason Fields serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Advanced Recovery Systems. Dr. Fields is board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a member of ASAM, FSAM, Board of Florida Medical Professional Group, Member of Prescription Task Force.

Dr. Timothy Huckaby, MD, FASAM

Medical Director, Orlando Recovery Center

Dr. Timothy Huckaby, is a clinical expert, and a triple board certified physician in pain medicine, addiction medicine and anesthesiology. A graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Huckaby completed his residency in anesthesiology at LSU and received additional training at Brigham and Women’s, Harvard Medical School, prior to completing his addiction medicine fellowship at the University of Florida. Dr. Huckaby serves as the president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine and has been the chairman of committees for the International Doctors of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Amy Armstrong, MA, LAC

Clinical Director, The Recovery Village Palmer Lake

Amy Armstrong is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the State of Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. She went on to complete her masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. She is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and EMDR Trained and in July 2017, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Her professional experience includes working in both Mental Health and Substance Abuse facilities as well as Private Practice. Her professional focus is addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. She has over 15 years of business management and leadership experience gained from owning and operating two family owned corporations.

Renee Cherowitz, LMHC

Clinician, Orlando Recovery Center

Renee is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 20 years of experience specializing in the child welfare/child dependency system working with the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Child Protection Team and related agencies in Central Florida. She completed her undergraduate work at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, and graduate work at Troy University. Renee specializes in individual, group, play therapy, and family counseling with children, teenagers, adults, and families. Renee is a trained and qualified parenting educator. She is also a certified Adoptions Competency mental health therapist.

Robert J Ochsner, MD

Attending Physician, The Recovery Village Palmer Lake

Dr. Ochsner completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder graduating Magna Cum Laude in EPO Biology with a minor in Biochemistry. He received a Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Air Force and graduated medical school from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his family medicine residency at Eglin Air Force Base and then spent the next several years on tours to Yokota Air Base in Japan and Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. After separating from active duty, Dr. Ochsner joined Kaiser Permanente and worked traditional outpatient family medicine for 18 months. Looking for a career change, Dr. Ochsner joined Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in 2016 and has worked exclusively in the addictions field since then. Dr. Ochsner is board certified in Family Medicine and plans to sit for his Addiction Medicine Board through ABPM in October of 2018.

Guest Speakers

Janie Lacy, LMHC, NCC, CSAT

Founder and Counselor, Life Counseling Solutions

Janie Lacy is a nationally known psychotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is also a respected television commentator, author and founder of Life Counseling Solutions in Maitland, Florida. Her journey as a psychotherapist began when she worked as a counselor for a non-profit where the clients had various psychiatric challenges along with volunteering at a experiential camp for adolescents with behavioral challenges. In both clinical settings and in private practice, Janie has treated all forms of mental illness, substance abuse, grieving, job stress, emotional disturbances, sexual abuse, social and parenting issues. Janie earned a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University.

Jessica Candelaria Lipsey, MSW, RCSWI

Counselor, Life Counseling Solutions

Jessica earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Presently, she is a pre-licensed clinical social worker with the State of Florida, which means she has graduated with a masters of social work degree and completed over 600 hours of clinical client hours while in the master’s program. She is receiving additional training to become certified in Pesso Boyden Systems Psychomotor Therapy. Working in the mental health field for over 7 years, most of her experience has been with individuals with addictions and co-occurring disorders and severe mental illness. She has worked with individuals, families, groups, adolescents, and children. Currently, she is an active committee member on the Heroin Task Force through the Orange County Drug Free Coalition and she’s being trained in Pesso Boyden Systems Psychomotor Therapy.

If you are a community provider and would like to speak at an event, please contact Allison Walsh at .