Omar Rieche, M.D.: Dr. Rieche, an original Hope Clubhouse Board member, is extremely pleased to be re-joining the Board of Hope Clubhouse. He is Board Certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. He is also Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
In his current role, Dr. Rieche serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Elite DNA Therapy Services. In his role, he is leading the way in compressive team-based care, an innovative approach to Solving the Mental Health Crisis in South West Florida. Dr. Rieche has also served as the Medical Director of the Intensive Out-Patient Services at Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers Florida. In addition, he has maintained his private practice, providing for the mental health care needs of the community in Southwest Florida since 1996.
Areas of specialty include providing care for children with anxiety, autism, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He also advocates for children who are at high risk including specialized therapeutic foster care placement and adolescents in residential programs through the department of Juvenile Justice. In his varied roles, he has helped implement and evaluate mental health programs for children and adolescents.
As part of his extensive experience in the Southwest Florida community, he developed and trained the staff for the Children’s Crisis Inpatient Unit during its inception for SALUS Care. Always a leader, he also served as Medical Director for Lee Memorial Behavioral Health Clinic as well as Medical Director for the State of Florida Children’s Medicaid and Welfare services for Magellan Health.
Dr. Rieche is a passionate advocate. His work and leadership reflect his understanding of the barriers that are created by Social Determinants of Health. Specifically, the negative impact of social determinants have for those battling psychiatric disorders, often resulting in confusion, desperation, and societal isolation. Dr. Rieche recognizes the importance of the “work-ordered day” for those battling mental illness. Such structure, when coupled with evidence-based programming, serve as effective psychiatric rehabilitation, reintegration and improvement in quality outcomes for members of society.
Dr. Rieche’s advocacy work for mental health is illustrated through his unrelenting support for many not-for-profit charitable organizations and his long history serving many underserved and complex populations. Dr. Rieche has frequently presented to the Department of Children and Families on best evidence-based practices. He participates on a number of non-profit Board of Directors including C.A.R.E.S. Suicide Prevention, and Lee County Drug Free Coalition, Autism Task Force Lee County School Board and CHADD.