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Michael Collins

Michael Collins: a Journey of Expertise in Healthcare

With over 33 years of dedicated experience in treatment and patient care, Michael Collins stands as a testament to the power of compassion and expertise in the healthcare sector. Born in Downey, California and raised in North Long Beach and Huntington Beach, Michael’s journey is one of profound personal and professional growth. Michael’s career began in college, where he first honed his superior skills in patient care. His journey took him through various roles, including a successful tenure as a CEO of a mortgage company, real estate, and a custom home development group. Despite his business success, Michael’s true passion has always been in healthcare, particularly in respiratory therapy and pulmonary function technology.

A key highlight of Michael’s career includes his time as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and Certified Pulmonary Function Technologist, with notable roles at Long Beach Memorial and Yale-New Haven Hospital. Here, he specialized in critical care areas such as CCU, SICU, RICU, trauma, emergency room respiratory care, and neonatal care, showcasing his versatile and adept skills in high-pressure environments. Michael’s personal journey with recovery has given him a profound understanding of the challenges and triumphs in recovery. His own path, marked by both successes and losses, has only deepened his commitment to helping others.

Outside his professional life, Michael is a die-hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Rams, and Las Vegas Raiders. His love for dogs, especially small toy breeds, reflects his nurturing and caring personality. Michael’s interests extend to studying architecture, fine arts, and house music, showcasing a well-rounded and diverse set of hobbies.

Above all, Michael’s mission is to make a difference in others’ lives, helping them succeed in their interpersonal development and achieve long-lasting progress. His approach to patient care is rooted in active listening, showing compassion, and empathy, a philosophy that has earned him immense respect in the field. His Irish heritage and passion for patient care drive him to continually strive for excellence, both in his personal and professional life.

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With an uncompromised focus on client care and staff care, Bill brings over 15 years professional treatment experience to Adelante’s leadership team. Building from over a decade of director level management with Detox and Residential operations, Bill helped co-found Adelante Recovery Center and currently serves as both operations and program director for the facility. 

Empowered by his own journey of recovery, Bill strives to lead by example, maintaining the highest degree of compassion and professionalism for the clients under his care. With an earned reputation as a trustworthy and respected leader, Bill’s management style is one of support and service to the team while promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual health for allclients and staff. 

Through his experience as a Certified Addiction Counselor, Bill’s approach to client care is about understanding the person first, and then treating them. In his own words, “It’s extremely important that we deliver dignity by listening, seeing, and appreciating our clients as individuals first, and then creating a treatment plan based on that unique understanding.” 

As a core belief, Bill is passionate about the welfare of families and deeply concerned about the disintegration of the family unit in society. He sees the healing and unification of families as a crucial part of recovery and works tirelessly toward this goal.

In his leadership role at Adelante Recovery Center, Bill is known for his humility, non-judgmental character, and ability to meet clients where they are. His approach to earning respect is rooted in understanding and acceptance, making him not just a leader but a source of hope and inspiration for many. 

Bill’s past as an all-star baseball player was cut short by his addiction, but that hasn’t dampened his love for sports. Today, he is an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, the Dodgers, the Lakers, and the Kings, finding joy and relaxation in the thrill of the game.

A native of Orange County, Bill is a family man at heart, cherishing his time with his daughter, niece, and granddaughter. He enjoys the company of his beloved pets, Baxter the dog and a ragdoll cat, reflecting his warm and nurturing personality. Outside of work, Bill is dedicated to maintaining his physical and spiritual health, often found at the gym, enjoying a healthy diet, and attending church.

With a past that saw him overcoming personal challenges, including a journey through addiction and recovery, Bill has emerged with profound understanding and empathy for those he serves. As the team leader, Bill’s humility and non-judgmental character resonates throughout Adelante Recovery Centerempowering the staff and the clients they serve.