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Mark Margariello, MD

Medical Director

New Jersey

Dr. Mark Magariello, a Board Certified Internist, not only provides oversight to all aspects of the clients’ medical care, he also meets with each client weekly to ensure all of their medical needs are being met. Truly caring about each client, he routinely talks to them about nutrition, medication management/compliance and smoking cessation. Affectionately referred to “Dr. Mags” or even just “Mags”, Dr. Magariello’s warm personality and infectious laughter makes it easy for clients to feel comfortable with him.

Laurie Schray, MD

Psychiatrist

New Jersey

Dr. Laurie Schray is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. She has expertise in not only dealing with those suffering from substance use disorder, but also those with concomitant mental health and medical illnesses. Dr. Schray understands that treatment for patients who have both substance abuse and mental and medical illnesses can be complex and challenging. She believes the ideal path to success is one of collaboration and communication between the patient, therapist and doctor.

MA, LCADC, Clinical Supervisor

Addictions Counselor

New Jersey

Soon to be “Dr. Patricia Gianotti” as she is about to graduate with her PhD in Psychology, Pattyis a Licensed Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, LCADC. Her clinical and research interests include the effectiveness of computer-based cognitive training with EBD, Emotional-Behavioral Disorder), EBD and self-esteem, and the relationship between substance abuse disorders and EBD. Patty believes in the effectiveness of mindfulness in the relapses prevention proceed. 

Dan Maurer

MA, LAC, LCADC Intern Primary Therapist

NJ

With experience in various mental health settings, Dan has developed an effective approach to dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Dan operates from a person-centered perspective and utilizes a variety of techniques derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy. Described by his colleagues as “undercover funny,” Dan’s sense of humor, as well as his compassionate, non-judgmental approach, allows him to break barriers that too often stand in the way of treatment.

Meghan McMaster

MA, LAC, LCADC Intern Primary Therapist

NJ

Meghan is a relationship-based counselor who has experience working with adults and adolescents, couples and families. An experienced therapist Meghan works with those struggling with addictions, eating disorders and a variety of mental health disorders. Meghan’s orientation to counseling is based in Psychodynamic theory, with an emphasis on the counseling relationship and operating from a phenomenological perspective. Meghan has a deep understanding of the therapeutic process and the disease of addiction.

Laura Garbowski

MA, LCADC, LAC, NCC

Jamison, PA (Philadelphia Area)

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Associate Counselor, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University.

Laura is experienced in working with those struggling with substance use and dependence, eating disorders, as well as mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Working from a client-centered approach, Laura aims to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable and non-judgmental, demonstrating empathy and unconditional positive regard, allowing the client to feel safe and at ease in order take an active role in their treatment.

Miriam Roman-Mendez

Counselor

NJ

Miriam is a retired educator and guidance counselor from Trenton School district. Over the years, Miriam has obtained three Master Degrees. She has a Counseling degree from Rider University, a Master of Arts in technology and Curriculum from Houston Baptist University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision.

A compassionate, bi-lingual counselor, Miriam is fluent in Spanish and English. Miriam uses various resources to assist her clients with adjusting to lifes challenges. Center for Healing clients adore Miriam and instantly feel connected to her.

Cassie Mendez

Director of Operations

NJ

Cassie’s positive attitude and excitement for what she does makes her a powerful catalyst for recovery. Her passion to help others is fueled by her firsthand knowledge as to the devastation of addiction. An experienced substance abuse professional, Cassie’s insight, great instincts, knowledge of addiction and compassion allow her to wear many hats within the organization. Center for Healing’s first full-time employee, Cassie has grown with the organization and is an integral part of all that we do.

Kirstyn Otter

Medical Liason

NJ

Kirstyn is pivotal in coordinating the health care needs of each client. Many clients come in with complicated health issues stemming from their addiction and/or lack of medical attention. Kirstyn assures they receive the medical attention they need and deserve. Always available, her calm demeanor and understanding make it easy for clients to speak to her about their needs. Kirstyn provides the clients with strength and guidance, and has a deep understanding of the need for long term sobriety.

Stephanie Foran

Intake Specialist

NJ

Stephanie Foran is an intake specialist who’s primary focus is to make the decision to pursue addiction treatment as smooth and easy as possible. Stephanie is available to the center for healing hotline 24/7 not only for those seeking treatment but for families and friends of those struggling with addicition. Stephanie believes that no one should ever feel alone in the battle of addiction. Offering understanding and support, Stephanie is willing to help anyone get into treatment, even if they go somewhere other than Center for Healing. Stephanie is warm, funny and compassionate. Many clients find it easy to relate to Stephanie. She is passionate and devoted to helping others overcome addiction and she has made it her life’s work.