With years of experience, our medical staff will address all aspects of the client’s profile to customize a program specific to your needs. We provide a wide array of therapies to accomplish a successful and comprehensive detox treatment.

Our Staff has Years of Experience in the Addiction Treatment Industry

Our experienced medical staff address all aspects of the client to customize a detoxification plan tailored to relevant and specific issues, medical requirements, and emotional needs.

Our Difference

Our medical protocols and psychological therapies are combined with alternative therapies to give you the tools necessary to overcome withdrawal symptoms, anxiety, and depression often associated with the detoxification process.

We have staff specifically dedicated to addressing the psychological aspects of detox. Our certified therapists encourage self-esteem and confidence, and provide the tools needed to continue to the next step in a successful recovery.

Our program includes experienced board-certified psychiatrists, general practitioners, addictionologists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and medical doctors with years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. Our medical staff also has a strong presence in the field of pharmacology and addiction research which allow our program to maintain access to the latest evidence-based outcomes.

Along with the physical symptoms that accompany the withdrawal process, many clients often suffer from emotional trauma such as guilt, shame, and despair. These emotions will be dealt with comprehensive psychological therapy. We have clinicians dedicated towards addressing the psychological aspects of detoxification as well. Our certified therapists encourage self-esteem, confidence, and give clients the tools to continue to the next step in recovery.

Because each client has different needs and responds to treatment differently, we also offer non-conventional therapies that can assist medical and psychological needs. Holistic therapies provide comfort and stimulate the innate healing power of the body. Our team of professionals will recommend adequate therapies according to the patient's mental and physical condition during treatment to make sure Holistic therapies are effective.

Meet Our Staff

Erik Shockley

Erik Shockley- BHT Manager and Safety Officer

Erik is the BHT Manager and Safety Officer at The Gardens Wellness Center Detox in Miami, FL. Erik decided to come down to FL in 2012 to start his own personal journey in recovery. Having found a new way of life, Erik decided to pursue a job in the substance abuse and mental health field to help other struggling addicts overcome their addictions. Erik brings extensive knowledge to this field by having put together multiple years of sobriety/clean time, as well as by working many different positions in his four and a half years in the industry. With his personal and professional success within recovery, Erik is currently enrolled in college and pursing a degree to further his knowledge in the field.

Ieshy Gales – Clinical Director

Ieshy Gales is the Clinical Director at the Gardens Wellness Center. I have a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, a licensed mental health counselor in the State of Florida with nearly 10 years of experience in the field of addiction. As a leader in the field, I bring compassion and concern for those on the road to recovery.

Ieshy Gales
Tuyet Nguyen-Vasquez

Tuyet Nguyen-Vasquez – Primary Therapist

Tuyet is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She began her career in the mental health field by completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of South Florida with a major in Psychology. She then went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Family Therapy.

Tuyet utilizes a unique systemic therapeutic approach when working with clients to promote change and provide insight into their problems and situations while they undergo a transitional or difficult period in their lives. She works in collaboration with her clients to explore and highlight their strengths and resources. Tuyet has experience in working with individuals, families, and couples from a diverse population of social, cultural, and ethnic background. Psychotherapy services have included parenting, substance abuse, trauma, mental illness, grief and loss, depression, life transitions, motivation, anxiety, self-esteem issues, eating disorders, anger management, marital and relational issues, and social difficulties.

Austin Kerker – Primary Therapist

Austin has over 6 years working within the mental health/substance abuse field. Having dealt with addiction for the majority of his life via family and friends, he has a strong grasp on addiction recovery and has applied his expertise and knowledge to his clientele in a variety of settings. Austin is a compassionate and empathetic therapist and listener who believes that building a strong rapport with his client serves as the hallmark to producing change in one’s life. Austin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Florida International University and has his BA in Psychology, along with a minor in Communications. He is also a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the state of Florida. He utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach, thus adapting his clinical style to meet the needs of each unique client. He makes it his duty to ensure his approach meets state guidelines and that each client is provided the best course of treatment regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Austin Kerker
Susan Parades

Susan Parades – Case Manager

Susan started off working as a behavioral health technician at The Gardens Wellness Center and shortly after she was given the opportunity to work as a case manager. She assists client with any legal issues ranging from probation to obtaining continuances on court dates. She also assists clients who are employed in applying for FMLA and/or short term disability. Susan is currently attending Florida International University for my Bachelor's in Psychology.

Jack “Ricky” Pollon – Director of Operations

Ricky originally relocated to South Florida from New Jersey 8 years ago to pursue his journey of recovery. He started working at The Gardens Wellness Center 3 years ago and has contributed to numerous departments since joining the team. Within his current role as Director of Operations Ricky often incorporates his own personal knowledge and experience of recovery during his interaction with our clients providing a level of understanding and compassion that is seldom found throughout the industry. Ricky is currently pursuing his degree in Psychology from Penn State University.

Jack “Ricky” Pollon


We are not here to make you feel like a 'client' but a unique individual who has a story and will not be judged. We are here to be the support and care for you through this challenging step in your recovery process.

Case Managers

Our personalized case management team helps to ensure continued success in recovery for the client by providing support, structure and accountability.

Alternative Treatments

We believe that non-conventional and holistic therapies are successful in providing comfort and stimulating the innate healing power of the body.



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