Beachway’s Addiction Professionals:
Beachway Therapy Center has a vast wealth of knowledge and many centuries worth of recovery time. Meet some of our staff.
Denis Holmes – CEO
Denis’ motto is “help the suffering alcoholic and addict” going the extra mile to lead them on their journey to sober living. Denis brings to Beachway Therapy Center a wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding in addressing client’s needs after they leave treatment. He has been involved in multiple aspects of aftercare for clients and has his hands directly on the pulse of sober living in Delray Beach Florida. There are no limits that Denis will take to assist clients while personally exhibiting years of credibility within the local community and when others speak of him it is always with a kind word relating to how he cares about the suffering alcoholic and addict.
Pamela Egan – COO
Pamela Egan is originally from Delaware County Pennsylvania. She has over 10 years of experience in managing and creating companies.
Pamela has a Bachelor of Science from Lynn University located in Boca Raton, Florida. Her path has been similar to many of our clients, and because of this she is passionate and professional about creating a small comfortable “home-like” environment for our clients to recover in.
Dr. Barnell Phillips III, M.D. Neuropsychiatry – Medical Director
Dr. Phillips is a board certified psychiatrist dedicated to the evidence-based treatment of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Originally from Miami, FL, he began his medical career at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He completed his internship and general psychiatry residency in 2005 at the combined training program of the University of Maryland Medical System and Sheppard Pratt Hospital System in Baltimore, MD. He remained at the same site and subsequently completed child and adolescent fellowship training in 2007. Dr. Phillips has used a simple maxim, passed on by an early training supervisor, as a guiding principle of his practice, “In psychiatry, quality matters most.”
Dr. Phillips is comfortable assessing patients from diverse settings and has had prior experience in numerous capacities including as a consultant to two general hospital systems, a college mental health center, and the United States Air Force. He has experience treating co-occurring disorders in active duty military personnel, students and professionals.
Dr. Eric Leon – Chiropractor
Dr. Eric Leon received his Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from FAU in 1997 and graduated Cum Laude from New York Chiropractic College in 2000. At NYCC he was also a member of the Phi Chi Omega honor society, which is based on scholastic performance. He has been in private practice in S. Florida since 2001. Dr. Leon is certified in Cervical and Lumbar spine rehabilitation and Drop Table adjusting through Chiropractic Biophysics, which is the most researched and documented chiropractic technique in existence. He has extensive practice dealing with chronic pain patients and has focused his practice on the addiction and chemical dependency treatment population.
Robyn Berman, LMHC, CAP – Clinical Director
Ms. Berman has a Masters in Counselor Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Secondary Education from New York University, is a Certified Addiction Professional and is a Qualified Supervisor for licensure. For nine years Robyn has worked as a Residential Therapist and the Family Coordinator for Wayside House. Robyn has been educating and assisting families and dually-diagnosed clients to better understand the effects of addiction on their lives and to support them in seeking their own 12 step program of recovery. She revitalized the Family Program as well as creating groups addressing Self-esteem and Eating Disorders which are core issues that have a strong correlation to relapse prevention. Robyn has worked extensively with clients and their family members; in a variety of therapeutic approaches. Robyn has experience with clients suffering from substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, personality disorders, body image, trauma, and co-dependency. Robyn is passionate about her work; she is a native New Yorker, mother of three, and an active member of Alanon for the past 22 years.
Jennifer Saad, LCSW – Lead Therapist
Jennifer Saad, LCSW – Lead Therapist, is a primary therapist who specializes in addiction interaction, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, body image, mental health and trauma. She has worked extensively providing individual, family, and group therapy in the addiction treatment field. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Coastal Carolina University, Jen received her MSW in clinical social work from Florida Atlantic University and subsequently worked at a nationally renowned treatment center in South Florida, where she provided individual and group therapy to a diverse patient population suffering from substance abuse disorders, personality disorders and mood disorders and worked closely with patients’ families. Jen is well versed in the unique challenges faced by individuals in early recovery and believes that successful treatment of patients struggling with addiction requires a multi-faceted clinical approach that incorporates treatment of the individual and the family and an emphasis on an individual’s participation in a 12 step program.
Jill Krayewsky, MSW- Primary Therapist
Jill obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and continued on to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work; in addition she is working on obtaining her licensure.
She has worked with clients who have been diagnosed with substance dependence and co-occurring disorders at various levels of care including intensive out-patient, partial hospitalization, and residential settings. Jill brings empathy and enthusiasm in working with her clients and their families. Jill incorporates various treatment modalities such as Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and the Family Systems Model. She believes that individuals are capable of changing problematic behaviors through an internal process whereby a person begins to see the benefits of changing behavior as outweighing the benefits of maintaining behavior. Jill’s education and training helps to assist clients in developing selfawareness, accountability, appropriate coping skills, daily life skills, and effective decision making skills.
Brian Esposito, CAC Inter – Primary Counselor – Group Facilitator
Brian has been working at Beachway/Grapevine for over three years. Brian has had numerous positions at our facilities. He began as behavioral health technician and was promoted to supervisor of the behavioral health technician based on his commitment, understanding and dedication to the substance abuser. Brian has been promoted to a therapist position and is currently furthering his education in both addiction studies and social work. Brian brings with him knowledge of 12 step programs as well as his personal compassion and commitment in helping all recover from addiction. Brian has experience and knowledge in cognitive behavioral therapy, group dynamics, family counseling as well as relapse prevention. Brian is intelligent, articulate and self motivated member of our team.
Rick S Cullen, MSW, JD – Primary Therapist
After obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and a JD from the University of Houston, Rick obtained his Master Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. In addition, he is in the process of becoming licensed as a clinical social worker. Rick has worked with persons who struggle with substance dependence, as well as those who also experience co-occurring mental disorders. Rick is aware, on a personal level, of the extent to which a loved one’s addiction and/or impaired mental health can create havoc in the lives of both the client and the client’s family.
Rick is an empathic clinician, dedicated to advocating and caring for his clients and is committed to utilizing evidence-based, therapeutic modalities (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, etc.), calculated to be the most effective intervention for the client’s welfare and treatment in relation to the established diagnosis. Rick is a confirmed believer in working with the client to establish within a foundation of heightened self-awareness, increased self-esteem, and greater confidence from which to learn how best to cope with the stressors and triggers encountered in everyday life. He is consistent in his philosophy of reinforcing the client’s right to self-determination and free will. He insists on working with clients to constantly challenge themselves to become more responsible, accountable, and independent persons in order to live a happier, more productive, and fulfilled life.
Deb Harmon, MS, CAP – Primary Therapist
Deb comes from Boston and Philadelphia. She worked for many years at a long term treatment center in Philadelphia before relocating to Florida. Deb earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree and is a certified addictions professional in the state of Florida.
Deb worked for ten years, then for eleven years, at two local non profit treatment programs where she was promoted to clinical supervisor.
Deb loves being able to help people who are struggling with addiction, to find their own path to a sober, fulfilled life. Deb has many years of experience working with co-occurring conditions, relapse prevention and codependency. She specializes in helping mature adults deal with the many issues and challenges facing this age group.
Megan Teutsch, Licensed Art Therapist, BA Psychology and Art History
Meagan is originally from Seattle and received her Bachelors Degree in Art History and Psychology of Art from Franklin College in Switzerland and Graduate Degree in Art Therapy from Ecole d’études sociales in Switzerland. She is an artist, Certified Transformational Breathworker, Certified in Behavioral Therapy, and a Licensed Acupressurist.
Meagan has worked in hospitals, schools, and adolescent group homes and with individuals, groups, and families. Currently she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work and Certification in Trauma Resolution and E.A.G.A.L.A. Meagan provides Art Therapy that combines psychotherapy and creativity for greater self-awareness, personal growth, problem solving, trauma resolution, interpersonal relationships, and strength building. Art offers an alternative means of communicating when words are not enough.
For clients facing addiction, mental illness, trauma, and grief, the process of creating art is an uncensored tangible expression of the subconscious. Megan specializes in addition to alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, codependency and SLAA issues.
Mike Ferri – Psychodrama Facilitator
Michael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC and has worked in theatre, film and television since the 70’s. He has taught drama & improvisation workshops in Europe and the United States for nearly 20 years. He lived in Copenhagen, Denmark for ten years where he first incorporated creative experiential therapies in his drama and art workshops. He is also a self-taught visual artist with exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Michael believes each of us is born with an attribute from our Creator enabling us to create and that the creative process is the catalyst through which an individual, when given the opportunity, unites with his/her “true self”. Michael’s artwork can be seen at: www.michaelferri.com
Olivia Holmes, BA Psychology – Director of Human Resources
Olivia Holmes is the director of human resources. She is a graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Olivia has extensive experience with employee relations and is the Director of human resources. Olivia provides a positive and personable environment for clients as well as employees.
Stephen Howley – Admissions Director
Stephen is a graduate of Edison State College. He has worked in the Substance Abuse field as a Director of Operations, Admissions Director, Admission Coordinator, Counselor and Group Facilitator. He has over 20 years of experience in management, logistics, and sales. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army.
Zanna Howley – Outreach Director
Zanna is a Christian in recovery and is dedicated to helping families in need of substance abuse treatment. Zanna has been working in the substance abuse field for six years and is continuing her education in business.
Deborah Purcell – Admissions Coordinator
Debby is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She attended Central Pennsylvania College and is currently pursuing her CAC. Debby is in recovery and is an alumni of Beachway Therapy Center.