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Advanced Health & Education Drug Rehab staff are focused on your recovery and helping you find a better path in your life. Contact us today for more information.
Advanced Health and Education is proud to introduce the licensed and certified alcohol & drug treatment professionals that make up our our New Jersey treatment team, as well as the rest of our supportive and caring staff. The treatment professionals at our NJ rehab center have more than 40 years of experience in treating addiction and teaching the life-changing habits that can help you live a life free of alcoholism and substance abuse.
Our professionals incorporate all of our rehabilitation services into individualized addiction recovery programs specifically designed for each client.
Our treatment professionals are passionate about working with people in addiction recovery. They use every available resource to design recovery programs that meet our clients physical and spiritual needs. Clients at our NJ rehab center, also have access to alternative therapies that may enhance the rehabilitation process, including chiropractic services, acupuncture, yoga, and exercise programs.
Our Administrative Staff
Brian Ostertag, BA, MA, LCADC, CCS
As the Executive Director, Brian is responsible for overseeing the care of everyone who attends our programs.
He holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University, a Bachelor’s in Addiction Studies from City Vision College, and a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Brian is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. During his 12 years working in substance use disorder treatment and behavioral health he also worked for the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM).
Brian says that the most rewarding aspect of his work with Advanced Health’s clients is helping them overcome the challenges they face in early recovery and seeing them break the bonds of addiction.
Rosa Curcia, LCSW, CCS
ASSOCIATE CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Rosa earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Maryland and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
Rosa brings with her over 18 years of experience working with the adult population in a variety of treatment settings. She strives to provide compassionate and client-centered care to those afflicted with mental health and substance use disorders. Rosa believes in empowering clients by equipping them with the tools they will need to be the best versions of themselves, as they embark on their journey to recovery. She also believes in empowering the clinical staff at Advanced Health & Education to provide individualized and empathic care to the clients they serve.
Johannah is part of the team that keeps our facility running smoothly so that we can focus on helping our clients end their addictions. She is in the process of completing her Bachelor’s degree and has tested to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Johannah has worked in the substance use disorder recovery field for three years and believes that if you can help one person in this life than you have served your purpose.
Our Treatment Staff
Tracy Folino, BS, CHES
CASE MANGER, COUNSELOR INTERN
Tracy is a Case Manager and Counselor Intern. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Social Science and coursework for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Ocean County College. Tracy went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Education from Stockton University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Tracy helps clients explore their spirituality in their recovery.
Justin Croak, BS
Justin has been working in the field since Oct 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. In September he will be working towards his master’s degree in Social Work at Monmouth University. His favorite part of his job is witnessing people transform their lives when embracing recovery.
Erin Almada (Aaron Almada)
ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST, COUNSELOR INTERN
Aaron has been working in the treatment field since 2014. Aaron’s experience includes working on both patient care and administration levels for an inpatient detox. He holds an Associate’s Degree of Science from Ocean County College, and is working to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Aaron is an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ community and is working to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. He enjoys watching and helping clients progress and grow from their first day through to completing the program.
Elizabeth Davies, BA
Elizabeth has been working in the addiction field for two years. Her favorite thing to do at work is helping the clients navigate through the difficulties of repairing damage caused by their participation with their addiction. The most gratifying aspect of her job is working one on one with clients in order to help them identify their strengths and begin using them to rebuild their lives. Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware.
Debra McKinney-Hill, BA, CADC
Debra is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner. Debra also holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Science from Thomas Edison State College, as well as a Certification in Biblical Studies from Monmouth Bible Institute. Debra has more than 15 years of experience treating addiction and/or mental illness and has worked in various capacities in the Field of Addiction and Mental Health. Debra is the Founder of Overflow Ministry, whose mission is to serve the needs of the people in the community. She is also a Sunday School teacher for adult new members at Good Hope Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ. Debra has a very welcoming and helpful approach when dealing with clients, her desire is to empower them to tap into the strength they possess inside and believe they can recover from addiction.
Dina DeFazio, CADC
Dina is a Counselor at Advanced Health and Education. She has been working in the field of mental health and substance use treatment for more than eight years. Dina is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has worked in crisis intervention, treatment of co-occurring disorders, and medication assisted treatment centers. Dina believes that every client holds the key to his or her own success. Being a part of clients’ journey makes all the hard work worth it.
Natasha Johnson, LPN
LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE
Natasha received her Nursing Degree at Lincoln Technical Institute in Edison, NJ. Prior to working at AHE she worked at JSAS (Jersey Shore Addiction Services) as a medication nurse. Natasha also has experience working as an Addiction Services nurse and was as an assistant manager of a group home for 4 years “What I love most about what I do is being part of a team that are helping clients to transition and transform their lives. I love to see how just through small things, like a compliment, an encouraging word, showing compassion or just a simple smile can boost their esteem and confidence. It’s a joy to watch the progress of a client from the time they begin treatment to the difference you can see when they are successfully completing treatment. This is a rewarding field.”
Michelle Burton, MSW, LCADC
Michelle is one of the Primary Counselor’s at Advanced Health. Michelle holds a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University’s School of Social Work. She is certified by the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Michelle has been working in behavioral health field for more than 14 years. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed therapy, and grief counseling. She takes great pleasure in helping to guide and empower her clients so that they can make the healthy changes in their lives that are necessary for the recovery process.
Erica Hoffman, BA, MA, CADC, DRCC
Erica is an IOP Coordinator with Advanced Health. She holds a Bachelor’s in Forensic Psychology and a Master’s in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Erica is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. She has been working in the treatment field for five years. Before coming to Advanced Health, Erica held positions as an IOP coordinator and in program development. She enjoys working with people who are finding the path to recovery and learning a healthier way of living.
Ashley Ryan, BS, CADC
Ashley is a Primary Counselor at Advanced Health. She has been working in the substance abuse treatment field for more than five years. Ashley has prior treatment experience working in various levels of care, including IOP, residential inpatient and detox. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Sciences form Thomas Edison State College, and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Ashley is also a Certified Yoga Teacher and a certified Level 1 Reiki Practitioner. Her work in these practices informs her treatment methods, which can be described as “structure meets mindfulness”.
Bill VonGlahn, CADC
Bill is a Primary Counselor with Advanced Health and has more than 14 years of experience working with clients with addiction, dual diagnoses (substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health disorders), and chronic mental health conditions. Before joining Advanced Health, he spent time working with the New Hope Foundation, Ocean Mental Health, Preferred Behavioral Health, and the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center. Bill appreciates the opportunity his work gives him to help people who feel at their worst to rise up and overcome their challenges.
Rachel Gentry, MS, LAC, NCC
Rachel entered the mental health field in 2012 and gained most of her clinical experience through the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in Detox, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Outpatient settings. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Health Studies in 2012 and a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2015 from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Rachel is currently a Licensed Associate Counselor in New Jersey as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. As a clinician, Rachel believes that the combination of a trusting client-to-counselor relationship paired with an empathetic and solution focused approach can create a platform for personal growth and can empower clients to move forward in their recovery process.
Catherine Korzemba, CADC
Catherine Korzemba is a Primary Counselor at Advanced Health and Education. Catherine entered the field 6 years ago to follow her passion in helping those diagnosed with substance use disorders. Catherine uses a client-centered approach to treatment while utilizing motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. Catherine holds a CADC, AOS Degree and is in the process of obtaining her Gambling Disorder Certification. Before joining Advanced Health and Education, Catherine worked as a primary Counselor at New Hope Integrated Behavioral Healthcare in the withdrawal management unit and as an instructor at the IDRC.
Lauren Eaton, LSW
Lauren has been working in the Substance Abuse field since she graduated with her Masters in 2014. Lauren received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Monmouth University. Lauren is a Licensed Social Worker, and has completed course work for her Drug and Alcohol Counselor degree. She is also certified in EMDR therapy. Lauren has worked in all levels of care, ranging from admissions, detox, residential, and outpatient. Lauren utilizes an empathetic, strengths based approach, and is passionate about empowering clients and increasing their self-worth.
Jessica Nichols, BA
Jessica is the Alumni Coordinator at AHE and is responsible for maintaining on going relationships with graduates of the program. She has been with the company for over four and a half years and has gotten to know hundreds of alumni over that time. Jessica manages the social media accounts that keep alumni connected to AHE. In recovery herself, she believes a strong support system is an integral part of lasting recovery. Her favorite part of being an Alumni Coordinator is listening to program graduates share their stories during the monthly alumni speaker jams
SAFETY & MAINTENANCE COORDINATOR
Brett is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day safety and maintenance matters that keep our facility operating smoothly. He has been working for behavioral health treatment companies for three years. He enjoys the challenge of learning something new every day with his work, and making sure that clients and co-workers have a safe and well operating place to come to each day.
Traci has been working at Advanced health and Education for over a year, and has held various positions, gaining experience in different roles within AHE. Traci is currently working towards her CADC. Her favorite part of her job is interacting with the clients and helping them get back on their feet.
Kimberly Reid, R.N.
CLIENT CARE SUPERVISOR
Kimberly Reid has been the Client Care Supervisor at Advanced Health & Education since August 2017. She earned her Registered Nursing degree from Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. Prior to working at AHE, she was a Medication Nurse at Ocean Medical Services in Toms River, NJ and has over 4 years’ experience working in the field of addiction. Kimberly is most proud of establishing a compassionate environment at AHE Client Care, providing not only emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, but also reinforcing their understanding of disease, medication, and self-care skills.
OFFICE AIDE SUPERVISOR
Walter Toby came to work for Advanced Health and Education in 2014. Working almost from the very beginning Toby brings a wealth of life experience which we have been grateful to have him employ now as the Supervisor of the Office Aides and Counselor Intern. In addition to running groups and sharing his experience he ensures that office aides under his supervision provide for the needs of both the persons we serve and counseling staff by managing the movements of clients through the center and to various outside appointments; communicating client needs in a timely manner and monitoring and managing behavior in the center ensuring safety for all while providing a positive environment for recovery. Bringing his own experience to bear he can share with clients and be a true example of walking the path while being a part of their journey in recovery.
Advanced Health’s New Jersey drug and alcohol rehab is licensed through the New Jersey Department of Human Services Office of Licensing, is a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, and has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal for Quality in Behavioral Healthcare.
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