Each member of the treatment team has been selected because of their excellence in attaining the best results in their therapeutic treatment specialty. All of our staff are licensed and credentialed, but what really matters to our patients most is the level of empathy and understanding we bring to every interaction. As a team, we are here to welcome you in and make you feel comfortable. In clinical as well as social settings, our goal is to know your story and individual needs to make a plan to get you to where you need to be. The treatment team includes:
All educational and group therapy sessions are supervised by a licensed, master’s level therapist and facilitated by a qualified counselor assistant.
Peter Ventre is a Board Certiﬁed Psychiatrist who founded Ventre Medical in 2011. Ventre Medical has 8 full-time and 2 part time Psychiatrists that provide services in Fort Lauderdale Florida. They are the exclusive providers to Broward General a 700 bed hospital with a Psychiatric ER and an 80 Bed Unit, Imperial Point Hospital with a Psychiatric ER and a 60 Bed Unit and Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale. He has a passion for helping individuals with substance abuse issues and with his team provide directorship and management of 12 treatment centers. He is the Chairman of Department of Psychiatry at Broward General Hospital. He is cofounder of DreamLife Recovery who plan to open a treatment center in Donegal, Pennsylvania in February 2019 that will offer Detox, Residential, PHP and IOP services.
Howard Schwartz is a Board Certiﬁed Gastroenterologist who has a special interest in clinical trials. He joined Ventre Medical and Research Centers of America in 2017 and is a founder of Detox MD, a management company for facilities for Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers. He has conducted numerous clinical trials in Pain Management, Psychiatry, and Addiction Therapy. He is a co-founder of DreamLife Recovery who plan to open a treatment center in Donegal, Pennsylvania in February 2019 that will offer Detox, Residential, PHP, and IOP services.
Greg offers DreamLife Recovery a solid background in healthcare operations. Greg has over 15 years in the substance abuse and mental health industry. While earning his education in business, with a specific focus on operations and project management, he was able to serve as a Behavioral Health Technician, which quickly grew into different management positions such as an Operations Manager and a Director of Operations. Since 2012, Greg has been a part of over 12 successful De novo substance abuse treatment centers that range from 40-180 bed capacity located across the United States. After many years of residing in Las Vegas NV, Greg returns home to Pittsburgh, PA where he was born and raised. With his leadership ability and exceptional operational skills, DreamLife Recovery is sure to successfully help those in need.
Dr. Marchando comes to DreamLife Recovery holding a doctorate and master’s degree in Family Therapy, Family Systems Healthcare and certification in Traumatology. Along with numerous licensures, publications, and an extensive public speaking record, Marchando is perhaps most well known for her contribution to the professional field serving clients with comorbid PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. With nearly 15 years of experience in the recovery industry, Marchando brings programmatic and directorial skills as well as certificates in Incorporation Therapy and Hypnotherapy. Dr. Marchando joins DreamLife Recovery as their new Executive Director.
Dave Bontempo is a life long resident of Bucks County, PA and is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy University 2007. Mr. Bontempo found sobriety in 2011 and recognizes the value of this daily gift. He began his career in the behavioral health arena as an alumni and aftercare coordinator. With a desire to use both personal and professional experience, he pursued a career in outreach. Helping patients navigate the journey from active addiction to active recovery is Dave’s favorite thing about this job. He has worked his way up the ranks of nationally recognized programs as a National Community Outreach Director and most recently, CMO. Mr. Bontempo looks forward to continuing to give back and helping patients and families escape the vicious cycle he once lived. He thanks his family for never giving up on him. He resides in Warrington with his Wife Kelly, children Emma & Luca; and baby on the way.
Alexis is a skilled administrative professional, with over 10 years experience in the addiction treatment industry. She has worked in all aspects, ranging from Joint Commission standards, to revenue management, and even global operational functioning. Having worked in Hollywood, FL helping manage considerable budgets and staff, Alexis brings diligence as well as experience. Alexis also has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Dr. Ajayi trained as a psychiatrist at St Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center —a teaching hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, graduating as the top resident in his class. He is triple boarded in psychiatry, addiction medicine and sleep medicine. He has a wide array of experience of more than 20 years spanning addiction, psychiatry, sleep medicine, hospital practice and top-level positions in various healthcare systems and organizations including being president and chief of staffs of 2 area hospitals medical staffs at various times.
He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member of American Medical Association and member, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Amy comes to us with a unique skill set and she is ready to put it use at Dream Life Recovery. She has her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor’s in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is licensed to practice both mental health and physical health, bringing holistic healing to all of our clients. Amy is from the area and lives on a horse and tree farm integrating her love of animals and nature with different modalities of healing. Amy has experience in the drug and alcohol realm, mental health, and med/surge. In addition Amy has experienced some major traumas in her life and has the ability to connect with people based on shared experiences.