Our Team

The Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center clinical team consists of licensed therapists, nurses, nurse practitioner, medical doctor, behavioral technicians, and certified peer support specialists. Our Clinical Team offers individualized treatment in a spa-like environment that is tailored to help individuals to develop the skills necessary to prevent relapse, identify goals, learn how to heal, and build a life to support recovery.

  • Raymond M. Pomm, M.D.
    Raymond M. Pomm, M.D.
    Medical Director
  • Nicole Buban
    Nicole Buban
    Director of Nursing
  • Amy Hancock, LMHC
    Amy Hancock, LMHC
    Director of Behavioral Health Services
  • Mike Westerfield, MS, MA, MCAP
    Mike Westerfield, MS, MA, MCAP
    Clinical Supervisor / Lead Therapist
  • Michael McLaughlin
    Michael McLaughlin
    Therapist
  • Katy Steed
    Katy Steed
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Jeremy Akers
    Jeremy Akers
    Physician Assistant
  • Jessica DeMeester
    Jessica DeMeester
    Admissions Director
  • Skye Asti
    Skye Asti
    Alabama Business Development
  • Kelly Robinson
    Kelly Robinson
    Lead Behavioral Tech
  • Wade Meadows
    Wade Meadows
    Business Development Representative
  • Kristen Gurganus
    Kristen Gurganus
    Office Manager
The staff at Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center are dedicated to providing exemplary care to men and women who are in need of treatment for substance abuse.

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Raymond M. Pomm, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Pomm is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Review Officer. Dr. Pomm served on the Governor’s Commission on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In 1992 he began working for the Impaired Professionals Program of the State of Florida, the Professionals Resource Program (PRN). From 1998 until 2011 he served as Medical Director for this organization. PRN serves 29 Healthcare Boards and Councils on matters relating to healthcare professionals’ impairment. Also, from 1994 until 2010, Dr. Pomm was an Expert Consultant to the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. He served as Medical Director for River Region Human Services from 1994 until 2017. Dr. Pomm presently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Gateway Community Services in Jacksonville, Florida (a nonprofit substance abuse treatment center offering all levels of care and including co-occurring psychiatric services). He has been with Gateway since 2006. Dr. Pomm also serves as the Medical Director of Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center. He is a Courtesy Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. In addition, he holds an appointment as Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. He has been a leader in the addiction field as it relates to the evaluation and treatment of co-occurring disorders and management of impaired professionals. He, most recently, was the author for Project Save Lives, as funded by the Jacksonville City Council. This program has been successfully initiated in the ED’s of 7 hospitals. Dr. Pomm has received multiple awards, including “The Marie Award” from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence. He is an international speaker and has written multiple publications on issues surrounding addiction as well as healthcare professional impairment.

Nicole Buban
Director of Nursing

Nicole Buban has been in healthcare since her senior year of high school. During her 11-year career, she has worked as a CNA, RN, charge nurse, and director of nursing. Six of those years have been in the field of addiction recovery. She joined Florida Springs after several years as a nurse and charge nurse at an 80-bed inpatient recovery facility in Jacksonville. Nicole has become focused on Mental Health and Addiction, considering it her calling. She was inspired to serve people in treatment due to struggles with addiction among her family members. Trying to make a difference in her own family and now her community, Nicole brings loyalty, reliability, and honesty, all vital in a person with her responsibilities.

Amy Hancock, LMHC
Director of Behavioral Health Services

Amy has 17 years of combined experience in direct clinical services and administration in the behavioral healthcare field. Her wide range of experience includes family, individual, and group counseling. She has worked with adults who have co-occurring disorders, trauma, HIV/AIDS and families with a codependency focus. Amy has also managed specialized programs for veterans and pregnant/post-partum women with children in a residential treatment setting. In addition to counseling, she has worked with community partners to facilitate case management services for patient care that includes medical services, employment, and housing. She has held positions as therapist, clinical supervisor, and residential program manager. As a program manager she oversaw clinical staff and the day to day operations of a residential treatment facility. Amy began her career at Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center as the director of behavioral health services in 2018 where she has worked with the core team and the medical director to develop the programmatic structure of the facility that includes all clinical and medical services. She currently manages the day to day operations of the facility, which includes providing supervision to all clinical and administrative staff. Amy is responsible for overseeing compliance with the Florida Department of Children and Families and joint commission standards. In addition, Amy maintains a small patient caseload, and she provides individual and group therapy. Amy received her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida.

Mike Westerfield, MS, MA, MCAP
Clinical Supervisor / Lead Therapist

Mike is a Master Level Certified Addiction Professional with over 10 years of experience within the mental health and addiction treatment fields. He worked in the Bay County Jail’s Lifeline Substance Abuse Program for 7 years and at times served as the active director. Before coming to Florida Springs, Mike was a clinical coordinator for another addiction treatment company. He has built many programs throughout the years and takes pride in helping with the clinical management at Florida Springs. Mike has been with Florida Springs since the beginning of 2018. A proponent of servant leadership, Mike is highly skilled, compassionate, and strives to encourage others. Mike is honored to have helped hundreds of people in Bay County recover from the devastating effects of alcohol and drug addiction.

Michael McLaughlin
Therapist

Michael Mclaughlin is a Master’s Level Social Worker and Registered Clinical Social Work Intern with over 20 years of experience within the mental health and addiction treatment fields. After ten years in the United States Air Force, Michael began his mental health treatment career working with the Bay County Drug Court Program. In Bay County, Michael worked for The Dept. Of Juvenile Justice, Covenant Hospice, Panama City Health and Rehab., Children’s Home Society, Journey Pure, and most recently Ascension Sacred Heart Medical Center. Michael has a varied background that reaches across all areas of mental health and addictions treatment. Michael is honored to have helped people of all ages deal with life’s most difficult challenges and is excited to continue his own journey at Florida Springs.

Katy Steed
Nurse Practitioner

Katy grew up in a small town in northwest Georgia where she began working in healthcare at the age of 16. After graduating high school, she attended Kennesaw State for core classes before moving to Savannah Georgia for nursing school. In 2010, she graduated from Armstrong Atlantic University, now part of Georgia Southern, with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in Spanish. She worked in a variety of ICUs prior to deciding to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. In 2017, she graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona with her Masters Degree in Adult Gerontology Acute Care. Since graduating, she has worked in primary care, ICU and a local free clinic. Through her broad range of specialties, she discovered that addiction is found in all aspects of medical care and felt a strong desire to become further involved with Addiction and Recovery. When she is not working-she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Jeremy Akers
Physician Assistant

Jeremy Akers has been a direct patient care provider for nearly 20 years and is excited to work at Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center. In his role as on-site medical practitioner, he addressed a broad range of complex patient health concerns, building partnerships for successful long-term outcomes. Jeremy is committed to increasing patient access to education and care. He is Board Certified as a Physician Assistant, certified as an Advanced Wilderness and Expeditionary Provider, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Jeremy graduated in 2003 as a double major Provost and Regent’s Scholar from UCLA, where he studied Biological Life Sciences, History, and World Literature and he participated in the community education PLATO society. He taught Elementary Natural Sciences and Fieldcraft at the Orange County Department of Education’s Outdoor Science School, teaching primary education to 5th and 6th grade student-campers in the San Bernardino National Forest. He worked in Prehospital Care and Emergency Medical Services in the Los Angeles and Washington, DC metropolitan areas, providing patient care and clinical skills education. Jeremy continues to teach while working for Florida Springs, currently as a preceptor for clinical rotations in Psychiatry for PA students. He serves as a team leader for International Aid and Development, Emergency Medical Services, Disaster Response, and Incident Command System spheres. In his spare time, he enjoys being outdoors, music festivals, classic cinema, and spending time with family and friends.

Jessica DeMeester
Admissions Director

Jessica has worked for nearly a decade in mental health and substance abuse treatment, and she brings this experience to her role as Admissions Director. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a passion for helping those struggling with addiction, as she has been personally affected by this disease. When not at work, she is typically juggling the demands of twin toddlers. Like a true Florida native, she also enjoys days at the beach.

Skye Asti
Alabama Business Development

Skye Asti is our Alabama Business Development Representative, and she thrives on spreading the word about Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center. She focuses on creating partnerships and fostering relationships with various agencies and individuals in the community who may have clients in need of our services. She collaborates with other mental health professionals in her large network to provide appropriate referrals, when necessary. Skye is a person in long term recovery and has been clean and sober since 2013. She is passionate about recovery and believes it is her life’s purpose to be of service to those suffering from addiction, and to help them find the same freedom that she was given. Skye studied Psychology and Sociology at Auburn University Montgomery, and has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2015. She lives in Central Alabama, and when she’s not working, can usually be found in the woods hiking, or at home cooking up comfort food.

Kelly Robinson
Lead Behavioral Tech

Kelly has been in recovery since October 2009 and has a passion to help others who are suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. A native of Georgia, married with 2 daughters, moved to Florida in 2018 to further her career in addictions treatment. She feels very fortunate to have joined the team here at Florida Springs and highly recommends the facility as it’s curriculum is one of the most informative and educational ones that she’s ever seen, and encourages anyone who suffers or have loved ones that suffers to call us first. We can help. We want to help.

Wade Meadows
Business Development Representative

Wade Meadows is our Business Development Representative for the Florida panhandle and is passionate about helping people get healthy. Wade’s work includes informing individuals and organizations in the community, as well as other mental health professionals, about the services offered at Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center. He is a person in long term recovery. Wade has devoted much of himself to spreading the message that recovery is possible and help is available. He has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 2016 after studying Sociology at Columbus State University. Wade currently lives in Pensacola Florida where he enjoys days on the beach, a fitness lifestyle, and watching and playing sports.

Kristen Gurganus
Office Manager