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.
Olivia Holmes, BA Psychology – CFO
Olivia Holmes is the Chief Financial Officer. She is a graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Olivia has extensive experience with employee relations and is the CFO. Olivia provides a positive and personable environment for clients as well as employees.
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.
Carol Ireland, Registered Nurse
Carol Ireland has over 45 years of nursing experience including the previous 15 years in the chemical dependency field. Carol understands addiction, as she has real life family experience. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science, Nursing from Columbia University, in NYC.
When Carol is not working, she enjoys spending time with her grandson, swimming, and helping others.
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.
Jennifer Saad, LCSW – Clinical Director
Jennifer Saad, LCSW – Clinical Director, 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.
Elizabeth Ossip, MSW, LCSW- Primary Therapist
Ms. Ossip is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor in Florida and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. She also is a breath-work coach, with over twenty years of breath-work experience. Elizabeth received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and spent many years as a designer, consultant and art teacher.
Her interest in social work grew out of a desire to serve others, her own personal growth and a fascination with art therapy, breath-work and other experiential therapies. Prior to joining Beachway Therapy Center, Elizabeth worked extensively as a psychotherapist in the field of mental health and addictions in her own private practice, PBC Therapy, in Delray Beach and for one of Palm Beach County’s largest community mental health agencies. Elizabeth, a life-long equestrian, also facilitates EAGALA Equine Assisted Therapy for children and adults and her experience as a behavioral therapist with children and families has given her a first hand, in-depth knowledge of working with trauma, family systems and mental health issues in adults, children and adolescents.
Elizabeth brings an extensive knowledge of the treatment of alcoholism, addictions, codependency, trauma, crisis intervention, life transitions and healing and wellness, as well as more than 30 years of personal 12 Step Programs practice to our clients.
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 self-awareness, accountability, appropriate coping skills, daily life skills, and effective decision making skills.
Carrie Carlton, MSW Registered Social Work Intern #ISW8889 – Primary Therapist
Carrie is a clinical social worker who obtained a master’s degree from Barry University in Miami Florida.
Her undergraduate degree is in social work from Florida Atlantic University. She has extensive knowledge in working with addicted populations and their families, as well as a knowledge base in medical social work. Carrie believes that rapport, empathy, honesty, compassion, consistency, and a desire to serve others are necessary requirements in treating clients and their families. Carrie is presently a registered intern in the state of Florida, and is working on obtaining her licensure. Carrie utilizes a variety of techniques and modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and solution focused therapy. Carrie understands the impact addiction can have on a person and their family, and assists the client and their families understand the chronic nature of the problem.
Brian Esposito CAC, Lead Counselor
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.
Aimee Jones, MSW – Primary Therapist
Aimee is clinical social worker who specializes in addiction. After earning her bachelors degree in Communications from Oakland University, Aimee received her Master’s in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. Aimee has a passion for helping individuals and families recover from addiction. Aimee operates from the belief there is hope and new way of life for anyone who suffers from addiction. She has knowledge and experience in working with the addiction population, co-occurring disorders, personality disorders, and mental health.
Aimee uses an integrated approach of a variety of therapeutic methodologies including cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and behavior therapy while utilizing 12-step principles in treatment of addiction. Aimee is currently pursuing her clinical licensure, and CAP in the state of Florida. She is a life long member of Phi-Alpha National Social Work Honor Society and a member of National Association of Social Workers and National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Brian McSwain, MHC – Primary Therapist
Brian is a Mental Health Counselor who obtained his master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. His bachelor’s degree is in broadcast journalism from Belhaven University. After some time working in the communications field he decided to focus his attention towards his desire to work with alcoholics and addicts seeking refuge from their addictions.
Brian has extensive knowledge of the 12 step recovery process and addiction’s impact on the family unit. He also possesses a working knowledge of cognitive behavioral therapy and a sharp clinical eye for mental health issues.
He has been working in the addictions field for years and has a deep compassion and understanding of the addicted person’s needs. Brian believes that accountability, action, and self awareness coupled with a solid foundation in the 12 step recovery process are essential to achieving long term sobriety.
Jerry Nolan, MS, CAP Intern – Primary Therapist
Jerry was born and raised in Southeastern Connecticut and completed his undergraduate degree at Eastern Connecticut State University and his graduate degree in at Southern Connecticut State University. He played four years of baseball in college. He is a national certified personal trainer by, NASN. He has also been a baseball coach at the high school level. Jerry also provided individual personal instruction for high school and collegiate level baseball pitchers. Jerry’s clinical philosophy begins with the foundation of a 12-step program. He is proficient at meeting a client where they are at both emotionally and cognitively and he excels at propelling them to a sober and productive recovery.
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”.
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.
Lisa Marchiano – Admissions Coordinator
Lisa is originally from the tri-state area. She began working at Beachway in January 2013 as a Behavioral Health Technician. Lisa is in recovery and plans to continue to pursue her education in psychology and social work.
Meagan Teutsch – Intake Coordinator
Meagan is originally from Seattle and received a bachelor degree in art history and psychology of art from Franklin University Switzerland and a graduate degree in art therapy from Ecole d’études sociales. Currently she is earning a master in social work at the University of Southern California. Meagan is an artist, certified transformational breathworker and a licensed acupressurist.
She has worked with individuals, groups, and families providing 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.
Rima is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She has been working for Beachway and Grapevine for the past 4 years and is devoted to helping those in need of recovery. Rima is currently pursuing her degree in Social Work.
Jack Easterday – Client Care Manager
Jack studied Interpersonal Communications at the University of Colorado. He then worked in the manufacturing sector for 15 yrs. with experience in plant management, sales, and quality control.
He has been working in the addiction field as a behavioral tech and supervisor for 8 yrs. He is pursuing his degree in Human Services. He maintains a daily passion to help those in early recovery at work and in his personal life.
Julie Bloch – Music Therapist
Julie Bloch earned her Bachelor’s degree in both Music Therapy and Psychology from Michigan State University. She is a skilled clinician with many years experience working with Geriatrics of all functioning levels, Typical children and children with disabilities, and Mental Health with Substance Abuse. She also received additional training as a Music Together Certified Educator and Remo HealthyRhythms Facilitator. Her passion to help others through the use of music experiences has made her a perfect addition to the Beachway Treatment Center Team.
Charlotte Ferri – A Teaching Artist
Charlotte is a native Dane and graduated from the Danish School of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark with a BA degree in textile arts. Since then she has worked free-lance as a designer and artist and taught various recreational, educational and therapeutic programs both in Copenhagen and South Florida. She brings with her 20+ years of experience in planning, organizing and implementing activities and programs for diverse groups of people spanning from kids through teens to adults and seniors.
As a homeschool mom Charlotte has embraced the Renaissance way of lifelong learning by constantly expanding her expertise in new areas of interests, and integrating them into creative programs that are designed – in an empathetic way – to stimulate and ignite personal growth.
Charlotte believes that creative recreational interests like art, craft, cooking and gardening provides (non-verbal) therapy in itself and ultimately can assist in regenerating the body, mind and soul of the brokenhearted.
Estefany Luna – Laboratory Technologist, CLS (ASCP)
Estefany Luna is our laboratory technologist. She manages our laboratory, and runs toxicology testing on all of our clients. She is currently seeking a degree in Nova Southeastern University located in Davie, Florida. She is continuing her education and gaining experience, in hopes of growing with Beachway Therapy Center. The laboratory has always been her passion, and she is so happy that she gets to share that with all of our clients.
Amanda Dwyer – Operations Manager
Amanda is originally from Oakland County Michigan. She moved to Florida over 10 years ago to further her education.
She received an Associates of Arts degree from Broward College. Amanda was brought into Beachway as the Administrative Assistant. Due to her hard work and dedication she was promoted to Operations Manager. She has an enthusiasm to help others succeed, and her door is always open. Her passion for the recovery industry fuels her desire to help others.
Amanda currently resides in Delray Beach with her husband.