Foundations Staff

 

We believe that the culture and staff at Foundations Recovery Center can make the difference for every individual in our care.

Each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan for each person who walks through the doors.

At Foundations, many members of our team are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help you find  real, long term recovery.

Each member of our team will facilitate your success, and be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.

Rachel Markus, LCSW-C

Clinical Director

Rachel Markus is our Clinical Director at Foundations, a LCSW-C and a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Maryland's School of Social Work's master's program. Rachel has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields since 2010, working with individuals, families and groups to help clients find recovery.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Foundations?

The best part of my job is being able to connect with clients who have lived in the darkness of addiction and being able to see the light come back on in their eyes. I strive to create a safe space for clients to heal from the pain of active addiction as well as past traumas, and to gain the freedom and skills to deal with the challenges inherent in living life without drugs or alcohol. I have been working in the mental health and substance abuse fields since 2010 and have worked with individuals, families and groups at both mental health and substance abuse agencies.

What makes Foundations stand out?

We are a relatively new treatment center and have a lot of enthusiastic staff who really want to make a difference in the lives of others. We also come from a holistic model where we aren't just treating drug and alcohol use disorders, but integrating mental health treatment, case management, family therapy, and incorporating life skills and employment support to help clients re-integrate back into society.

How do you meet your clients where they are, in order to help them move forward?

I strive to create a safe space for clients to heal from the pain of active addiction as well as past traumas, and to gain the freedom and skills to deal with the challenges inherent in living life without drugs or alcohol.

Kabir Singh

Chief Executive Officer

Kabir Singh is our Chief Executive Officer and a founder of Foundations. A lifelong Montgomery County resident, Kabir attended the University of Maryland at College Park, graduating in 1999. After getting clean in 2009, Kabir began seeking out avenues that would enable him to give back, and help others. In 2013, Kabir was one of the first Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in the state of Maryland, which served as his entry point into substance abuse treatment. He worked with a number of organizations and non-profits, first running groups at homeless shelters and outpatient centers in Montgomery County, before joining an Assertive Community Treatment Team, continuing his work as a peer specialist. Kabir helped found Fresh Start Recovery Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland in 2017, and moved into the role of Chief Operating Officer for Amatus Health in the Mid-Atlantic, providing oversight for all facilities in the area. Kabir continues to be involved in local non-profits and with local governments as a representative of both a member of the community and a person in recovery, including Mike's Place, a recovery residence in Rockville, and Montgomery County's Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Council.

Carley Foster, LGPC, MSE

Primary Therapist

What drew you into working in substance abuse treatment?

I never considered working in substance abuse treatment until I had the good fortune to complete an internship with a residential treatment center in my last year of graduate school. While there, I learned about the incredible need for substance abuse counselors across the country and felt like I had something to offer. The urgency of substance use treatment works well with my straightforward, solution-focused counseling style, and I enjoy working closely with a team of clinicians. Between my love of facilitating groups and interest in the multifaceted issues surrounding substance use disorders, it felt right to continue working in the field.

What makes Foundations stand out?

Our entire office staff, from the Behavioral Health Technicians to the clinical team and all the way up to administration, is outstanding. There is a lot of passion and commitment in how this center has been built, whether it is becoming CARF-accredited or finding new, creative ways to support clients in their recovery. My coworkers are diverse, thoughtful, and always wondering “What else can we do?” I am grateful to be part of such a dedicated team!

What parts of treatment are most significant?

I think the most important parts of any journey are the ones that challenge us to do what it is we dread the most. Overcoming an obstacle, whether outside us or within us, shows our true potential in the face of adversity. Imagine a story where the main character, the protagonist, is never given a chance to struggle—it would be a pretty boring tale. Frodo would never return the Ring to Mount Doom, Dorothy would never find her way back to Kansas, and there would be no work for our favorite superheroes. The most significant parts of treatment are the ones where we recognize that we are the protagonist in our own story and rise to the occasion, doing whatever action is necessary to bring about lasting change.

Christina Wilson

Executive Director

Christina Wilson serves as the Executive Director at Foundations Recovery Center. Christina's work is vital; she communicates effectively in order to ensure everything runs smoothly and our patients are receiving the best quality care possible. Christina enjoys spending time in nature, exploring the great outdoors.

What is your passion?

I am passionate about treating the whole self; mind, body, and spirit, finding balance, and increasing positive energy. I thrive in the great outdoors and enjoy nurturing a love for life in myself and others.

What is the most rewarding part of working at Foundations?

The best part about my job is watching the "light" come back on in a client's eyes. They come to us with just a small glimmer of hope, which ignites into a drive and dedication to learn to live free from active addiction.

Josie Markus, Retired

Therapy Dog

Josie is a 12-year old mixed-breed terrier who was rescued when she was 8 years old. She enjoys eating, walking in the woods, and following her mom around the house. Josie was certified as a therapy dog by “Paws for People” in 2015 when she was 9 years old. Since then, she has worked at several agencies and enjoys helping clients feel more relaxed and comfortable by being petted and wagging her tail. Josie recently retired from Foundations Recovery Center.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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