The Cove Center for Recovery is proud of our staff which includes

The Cove Team

Dr. James Hughes, PhD., LMHC, CAP, CCJS


Dr. James HughesDr. Hughes has been directing and managing mental health and addiction programs from New Jersey to Florida for over 25 years. He is state licensed as a Mental Health Counselor.

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Dr. Pierre Pean, Medical Director (MD)

Medical Director

Photo of Dr. PeanDr. Pean attended the University of Haiti and then moved to New York City, where he worked at Brookdale Hospital in Abolition Child Psychiatry as a MD for internal medicine and pediatrics. He also has experience working at Rikers Island in adult psychiatry. Pierre then moved to Florida and worked as the chief of treatment for South Beach Psychiatry…

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Linda Diaz

Human Resource Director

Linda DiazIn addition to completing her Human Resource Management curriculum at Broward College, Linda currently has over 26 years of combined education, training, and experience in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. She is responsible for recruiting…

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William Rudd, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Cove primary therapistWilliam has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s of Social Work also from University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in special populations such as geriatrics and adults with disabilities. William is currently a licensed clinical social worker.

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Nicole Edwards, LMHC

Primary Therapist

Nicole Edwards holds a Master of Arts degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is currently pursuing her mental health license (LMHC) at Florida Atlantic University.

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Safraz Khan, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor

safrazhorserehab-300x200Safraz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He was born in Guyana, South America and immigrated to the United States in 1974.  Safraz has a Bachelor of Science degree at Florida International University, where he majored in Psychology…

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Carmen Alleyna, RN, CCM, LHCRM

Director of Nursing

Photo of Carmen A.Carmen received her Registered Nursing (RN) degree from New York University. She also has certifications as a Nationally Certified Case Manager (CCM) and a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager (LHCRM)…

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Brittany White



Brittany White is a licensed practical nurse working for Cove Center for Recovery. She grew up as a military dependent living abroad.

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Steve Cunane

Intake and Admissions Coordinator

Steve Cunane AdmissionsSteve Cunane is one of our longest-serving staff members, beginning as an intern and working up to serve in many capacities including Intake and Admissions Coordinator

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Karen Gauci

M.P.H., R.D., L.D.

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Karen M. Gauci, a nutritional consultant to celebrities such as Buddy Hackett, Liza Minelli and Goldie Hawn at the Palm-Aire Spa Resort in Pompano Beach, Florida, is a registered and licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist, with a Master’s Degree in Public Health.

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 Dr.Jeffrey Zipp


IMG_0070Dr. Jeffrey Zipp is a licensed chiropractor for The Cove Center for Recovery that specializes in lower back adjustments, neck pain, slip and falls and accident cases.

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