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We Have Some of the Most Qualified Staff in the Industry
Dr. Barnell Phillips (Board-Certified with an M.D. in Neuropsychiatry) is committed to the practice of evidence-based psychiatric treatment. His professional motto has guided his practice well: “In psychiatry, quality matters most.”
The clients at Beachway benefit from his long and successful medical career which began at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 2005, he finished his internship and residency in psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical System and Sheppard Pratt Hospital System in Baltimore. Two years later, he finished an adolescent and child fellowship at the same hospital. Other professional achievements include serving as a psychiatrist for the US Air Force, consulting for a collegiate mental health facility, and consulting for other hospitals. Dr. Phillips’ experience allows him to effectively assess and treat patients from all backgrounds here at Beachway.
Brian Esposito; Certified Addiction Counselor
For over three years, Brian has been a valued member of the Beachway staff, fulfilling several positions. Beginning as a behavioral health technician, he was quickly promoted to the position of supervisor over behavioral health because of his dedication and understanding of substance abuse. Following this, he gained the promotion of therapist, in which he continues to expand his education in social work and understanding of addictions. His keen understanding of family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and group dynamics makes him a invaluable member of the Beachway therapy team.
Aimee Jones; Primary Therapist
Aimee’s passion is to offer hope from addiction and a clear path to sobriety and wholeness for addicts and their families. She earned a MA in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and is a clinical social worker specializing in addictions. Her understanding and experience with addictions, mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, and personality disorders is invaluable to her clients at Beachway. Some of the therapies she regularly integrates into her methodology include narrative therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and twelve-step principles. She is a member of a number of organizations: the National Association of Social Workers, the Phi-Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Matt Piecora; Intake Coordinator/ Music Counselor
Matt fills several roles at Beachway. As a musician, he coordinates the music therapy program, implementing performance, team building, and songwriting. He serves as the intake coordinator and gives the bio-psycho-social assessment to each new client. Matt is working towards his CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor) license so he can continue to serve the clients of Beachway more effectively. As a recovering addict, Matt has a strong commitment to art and music therapy and the twelve-step program.
Jennifer Saad; Clinical Director
Elizabeth Ossip; Primary Therapist
Elizabeth’s educational qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University, a license in clinical social work (LCSW), and a Florida Qualified Supervisor. She successfully operated a private practice in Delray Beach (PBC Therapy) and served as a psychotherapist for a community mental health agency. Her 30 years of experience in twelve step programs, alcohol abuse and addiction treatment, codependency counseling, crisis and trauma intervention, and life transitions help the clients of Beachway find wellness and healing in their journeys. She specializes in a wide range of therapies including art, breath, experiential, behavioral, and equine therapies.
Brian McSwain; Primary Therapist
Brian holds an MA from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Mental Health Counselor for Beachway. Brian brings extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and treating mental health problems to his clients. Deeply compassionate to the needs of an addict, Brian guides his clients through a process of action, self-awareness, and accountability through the twelve-step program to a point of life-long sobriety. Brian also understands the impact of addictions on the addict’s family and works with the entire family to achieve sobriety and prevent relapse.
Jerry Nolan; Primary Therapist
Jerry earned an undergraduate degree at Eastern Connecticut State University and a graduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Jerry brings a unique athletic perspective to his Beachway clients. As well as playing collegiate baseball and coaching high school baseball, he also earned a national certification by NASN to be a personal trainer. Furthermore, Jerry privately coaches college and high school pitchers. In serving his clients at Beachway, he begins with the foundational philosophies of the twelve-step program to energize and propel them to a productive sober recovery.
Michael Ferri; Director of “Healing Through The Arts” Program; Psychodrama Facilitator
Michael’s dedication to the arts and to the clients at Beachway have resulted in a wonderful psychodrama program that enables addicts to unite to their “true self” through the creative process. Michel graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York City) and has four decades of experience in television, theater, and film. For nearly two decades, he taught improv and drama throughout Europe and the United States, where his visual art exhibitions have also appeared. His contribution to the art therapy programs at Beachway are invaluable!
Mark Henderson; Alumni Coordinator
Mark Henderson is originally from the Metropolitan Detroit Area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida. He is also an alumni of Beachway Therapy Center with a strong belief in and experience with the 12-Step model of recovery. He has a passion for helping those who are new to recovery integrate themselves into a new life in South Florida.