Chief Operating Officer
Michael Banis is the Chief Operations Officer of Virtue Recovery Centers. He oversees locations in both Arizona and Oregon. Michael has over a decade of substance abuse and management experience with a determined mindset and drive to help people which comes from his personal experience in recovery and the desire to help those affected with substance use issues find a new way to live. Michael has assisted in developing and building programs in the Pacific Northwest and understands the needs of those suffering in addiction and afflicted with mental health issues. His goal is to bring comprehensive care to people with his team recruited from around the country to bring a more mental health and trauma informed approach to the addiction field. Michael advocates for treatment to be evidence based and client centered to better address each person’s individual needs and experience. Michael enjoys being hands on with each person and families of those that come to Virtue. Active in the fellowship he finds that we do recover and knows it is something we should not miss.
Vernon Rose, CADC II, NCAC I
Vernon Rose joined Virtue Recovery Center as Clinical Director in July of 2021. He brings 25 years of direct service and leadership experience to the position. His own personal recovery journey started in 1992. Finding hope and love in treatment settings like Virtue, gave him a new career direction. While in leadership, Vernon has worked with purpose and dedication to advance the agency’s goals for quality and excellence in client care. He has been instrumental in the design and implementation of clinical services and delivery methods considered to be a move forward in residential care models. Vernon’s clear love for people and his strong clinical and leadership skills brings the means needed to help people with their best interests and their own voice as the spearhead in healing. Vernon has many other ideas that in time, will add to the excellence that Virtue Recovery Center’s is known for.
Michael Schwartz – MD, DFASAM, DABPM-Addiction Medicine
Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of Spring Hill College and LSU Medical School, followed by completing residency in ObGyn. He has attained board certification by the American College of ObGyn,, the American Board of Addiction Medicine , and the American Board of Preventive Medicine, with a subspecialty in Addiction Medicine. Dr. Schwartz is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He belongs to numerous state and county medical societies and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Schwartz is personally and professionally committed to helping patients struggling with substances and mental health challenges. He has worked diligently at treatment centers in Oregon, Colorado, and Alabama.
Nichole is the Assistant Director for Virtue at The Pointe. She has worked in the treatment field for nearly a decade. She has a heart for helping those in recovery and has continuously proven that she is dedicated to the clients that we serve. Nichole has extensive experience in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment and is committed to helping those in recovery rediscover themselves. She enjoys checking in with clients to ensure their comfortability during their stays and address any questions they may have. Nichole believes in treating each person with compassion to help them feel safe and comfortable through their recovery. She is always positive and is always happy to help clients in any way she can.
Military Veteran Liaison
Michael Morgan was 29 years in uniform and participated in multiple combat deployments in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The first half of Michael Morgan’s military career was spent on the conventional side. He then switched to an assignment with the Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg North Carolina. In addition to Michael’s military service, both of Michael’s adult sons are currently serving in the Army.
Michael’s current passions are directed at supporting the community that has been so good to him the last 29 years. It saddens him to see so many of his Brothers and Sisters take their lives, struggle everyday with addiction and mental health disorders then become houseless. Michael understands and knows there is more he can do to help and made the decision to join the team at Virtue at the Pointe to become more of a driving force and have that direct impact on those that need support and assistance to navigate the process.