As the Founder and CEO of Oakvine Recovery Center, my primary goal is to provide the highest possible quality of patient care. This goal is the driving force behind everything we do. Simply put, I built Oakvine to be your safe haven.
It has always been my belief that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy to beat addiction. Everyone’s lived experiences, pain, and trauma is different. Each person is unique, as is their substance use disorder and their recovery. That is why we offer so many different types of outpatient programs, from 12-Steps to EMDR and meditation, as well as holistic treatments such as art, pet, music, and yoga therapy. What will resonate for one person may not click for someone else.
We aim to offer the most cutting-edge treatment options for our patients. For example, we are the only outpatient center in the Austin metropolitan area that currently offers brain mapping, which is a new non-invasive diagnostic test that enables our clinicians to identify the root cause of any psychological or physiological symptoms you may be experiencing and helps us develop a more precise treatment protocol for your given condition.
Becoming sober is a complete lifestyle change that requires both a medical and healing approach. Notably, you’ve already cleared one of the hardest hurdles, which is asking for help.
I’ve seen the devastating effects of addiction on friends and family. It was that profound sense of helplessness that drove me to create Oakvine. After embarking on this path, I realized there was also an unmet community need in Austin to offer patients a wide range of such programming options.
I am originally from the New York area. I’ve always believed in giving back and volunteered for years with organizations such as the Jericho Project in New York City, which focuses on finding solutions for the homeless. My wife has been a licensed social worker for over 20 years.
By way of background, I authored Dear Kalman, which was published internationally by William Morrow in 1999. I had a youthful hobby of writing letters to accomplished people from all over the world, asking them one question: “If you could give me advice for life, what would it be?” Over five years, I wrote over 3,000 letters, collecting words of wisdom from Mother Teresa, Oprah Winfrey, and other inspirational figures. The book, a compilation of these letters, embodied my love of research, diverse perspectives, and my drive to find clarity to complex questions.
22 years later, these values infuse Oakvine – we work tirelessly to understand your needs, what motivates you, and how we can succeed together. We consider our alumni to be our extended family. I hope that you will continue to work hard and remain committed to your recovery because our team and I will do everything in our power to help get you from where you are today to where you need and want to be.