Treatment Center Staff

Lisa Sussman – (Interim) Executive Director

Lisa Sussman is the Clinical Director and Interim Executive Director at The Palm Beach Institute. Lisa has over 13 years in the substance abuse field. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from South University. She is a licensed mental health counselor, a clinical hypnotherapist and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.

Her counseling experience entails working with numerous life issues that vary from substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, to a variety of other diagnoses to family systems, couples, individual, and group therapy. Additionally, she has worked with adolescents and adults in inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient programs, and in private practice, treating those with co-occurring disorders. She has developed and facilitated family programs in substance abuse treatment.

Chris Fallis – Client Care Coordinator

Chris began his work in the substance abuse field in 2014, at a nationally accredited substance abuse facility, and shortly thereafter found his home at the Palm Beach Institute. Native to New York, Chris has also lived in Columbus, Ohio where he attended The Ohio State University, and Kumamoto, Japan where he briefly attended High School. As an active member of the recovery community, Chris has sought to fulfill PBI’s mission both inside and outside of the workplace. Ultimately, Chris seeks to incorporate experience from his personal journey & empower clients and help them find the confidence and tools needed to maintain long-term sobriety.

Laurie Spataro – Program Director

Laurie is the program director at the Palm Beach Institute and serves clients by providing a variety of treatments and modalities to those in need. Her passion for caring also extends to the home as she is a mother of six children, two of which were adopted through a foster program.

Laurie has been in the Recovery field for six years. She is a master’s-level practitioner with a degree in Human Services Counseling with a specialization in Addictions and Recovery. She is also a Registered Mental Health Intern, MCAP, ICADC, and is certified as a Substance Abuse Professional, which allows assessments for the Department of Transportation. In addition to all this, she is also a Certified E-Therapist with some specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Therapy.