Meet the Staff
In 2016 The Friary welcomed new executive director, Amy Gokey, LMHC. Amy is a licensed mental health counselor who has been working throughout Lakeview Center for nine years thus far. She has served as a therapist and victim's advocate working with clients to help them heal from past traumatic events and create balance in their lives. Amy also has worked as a liaison to the court system and facilitated crisis intervention training (CIT) with local law enforcement. In her role at The Friary, she will guide the team in developing evidenced-based treatment for those seeking recovery and relief from addiction.
Jonathan started with The Friary in 2017 and works alongside our admissions and clinical staff. He graduated with his Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2015 and is currently working toward gaining his Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential. Jonathan has experience serving a range of clients, including homeless veterans, inpatient, and outpatient substance abuse clients. In his role at The Friary, Jonathan provides information about our facility to potential clients and ensures a smooth admission process. He also works with our clinical team, facilitating group sessions for inpatient and intensive outpatient groups. Jonathan utilizes a strengths-based approach and abides by the Brene Brown, Ph.D. quote: “Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
Roslynn received her master’s degree in Social Work in 2016 and began her career in the mental health and substance abuse field working as an intensive outpatient therapist at Lakeview Center Pathway Drug Court, eventually transitioning to work in the admissions department at The Friary. When asked what she loves about working for The Friary, she explains that she enjoys seeing the transformation as our clients move through the different levels of care. Roslynn is passionate about helping our clients and families begin the healing process through recovery.
Kimberly has extensive experience working in the Administrative Management field. She began her career at Southeastern Vocational Services and has work throughout Lakeview Center, The State of Florida and Escambia County. Kimberly believes in focusing on providing great service to internal and external customers. Kimberly is enthusiastic and personable with an overall passion to contribute, support and make a difference.
Tami has worked at the Friary as a recovery tech, staff nurse and now as nurse manager. She has an extensive history in emergency para medicine and 20-plus years experience as a nurse in multiple disciplines. Her background has allowed her to work in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, and she has a special interest in suicidology. “I am passionate about working in addictions, and I wholly believe in the practice of treating the body, mind and spirit.” She’s quick to tell you that The Starfish Story is her philosophy for nursing in addictions. “There’s a sense of calmness and serenity as I walk onto the Friary campus, and I am reminded that the journey is the destination.”
Lydia first began working for Lakeview Center in 2016 when she worked with foster teenagers, and we welcomed her to The Friary in 2018, where she assists in the admission process. Lydia received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education.
Medical and Nursing
Dr. P's blend of expertise and compassion bring our patients the best medical care available. In his role as Medical Director he works closely with the treatment team to assure that total patient care is achieved. "When people stop abusing drugs and alcohol it's amazing to see how the body can heal."
Dr. Scott provides addiction treatment at The Friary addictions treatment facility of Lakeview Center in Gulf Breeze. He also provides adult psychiatry care and outpatient opioid addiction treatment at The Summit Group – a specialty practice of Lakeview Center located in Pensacola. He obtained his medical education from Meharry Medical College and did a residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is licensed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Suboxone treatment and is a member of the Alabama Medical Association and Lauderdale County Medical Association. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Sandi has worked for Lakeview Center since 2006 and has been at The Friary since 2014. She has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Florida and is working to complete course work and hours required to obtain licensure as a mental health counselor. Sandi’s experience at Lakeview Center also includes assessments and screenings for acute inpatient units and adult outpatient areas, as well as in-depth assessments for parents involved in the child welfare system. “My passion is truly to help others through tough battles in their lives and provide hope when they feel hopeless, and help them see a glimmer light in the dark tunnels of life that we all experience sometimes. I have faith that we as humans are here to help heal each other through love and compassion.”
Wadell is in charge of our Continuing Care program and works to strengthen our alumni network. He lives what we teach. "We'll love you till you can love yourself."
Meg is an addictions and mental health counselor. She earned her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University, and has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient, inpatient and residential, with clients diverse in age, race, diagnosis and severity of symptoms. Meg is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and blends a trauma-informed approach with the empowering cognitive and behavioral changes offered through choice theory /reality therapy.
Emmalee received her master’s degree in Social Work in 2012 and began her career as a domestic violence counselor. After serving as a victim advocate for nearly two years, Emmalee traveled to and lived in Thailand and Cambodia teaching English and learning eastern philosophy at a yoga and meditation retreat center. Her combined knowledge about trauma and the body-mind connection piqued her interest in the treatment of chemical dependency. Emmalee compliments to The Friary treatment team in that addiction can be treated with biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual perspectives. Emmalee promotes a holistic approach, an inclusive and inviting treatment, tailored specifically to each individual’s background to help achieve personal needs and goals.
Pinkerton has made the Friary her "home away from home." Her friendly nature brings smiles to incoming clients who may need comfort or companionship during the admission process, and she loves meeting new people. Among her achievements are sitting, laying down and giving you her paw.