MEET THE BWR STAFF
Our experienced and caring staff are the cornerstone of BWR’s drug and alcohol rehab program and are dedicated to providing comprehensive and evidenced-based treatment.
Mark Anthony Novitsky Jr., MD-Psychiatry
Medical Director and Attending Psychiatrist
Dr. Novitsky directs all medical and psychiatric services offered to our patients. He regularly communicates with the medical staff to provide support for the treatment team and for the patients receiving care at BWR. Our medical team meets with every newly admitted patient for a full history and physical examination and psychiatric evaluation. Dr. Novitsky provides program oversight and is available to program staff 24/7 when needed.
A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Novitsky completed his undergraduate work at Wake Forest University. He was a Chief Fellow at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Novitsky currently serves on the faculty of the Temple University School of Medicine providing supervision for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Angela M. Burdick-McPhee, LPC, LCADC, CAADC, NCC, ACS
Angela M. Burdick-McPhee is the Executive Director for Behavioral Wellness and Recovery Treatment Center. She became a therapist to help others navigate their complex worlds and assist them in living a healthier, happier life. She believes in utilizing a holistic approach, as all components of one’s life and experiences are interrelated. Every individual’s strengths and needs are unique to them, requiring an individualized care approach.
Angela is committed to ensuring that the highest quality of care is provided to every individual that enters our program. Angela utilizes strengths-based, holistic, clinically-tested and evidenced-based interventions, including the most current advancements in the field, to promote healing and growth.
Angela received dual Masters Degrees in both Professional Counseling and Education from Seton Hall University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Nationally Credentialed Counselor and Nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor. She has been working in the helping profession for over a decade providing individual and group counseling services as well as clinical supervision and program development.
Zachary Miers, MA, CAADC
Lead Therapist & Supervisor
Zachary has been involved in the helping profession for over a decade. His diverse counseling experience ranges from adults to adolescents with co-occurring disorders and at different levels of care. While working in Lehigh County, Zachary provided substance abuse and co-occurring counseling to adolescents and adults with probation or parole involvement.
Utilizing a holistic approach to treating co-occurring disorders, Zachary incorporates psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational modalities that will ultimately facilitate lasting change in the lives of those who seek treatment.
Zachary has a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling with a concentration in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders from Liberty University. He is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor.
Kayleigh Billings, MA
Kayleigh has been interested in psychology from a young age. A Lehigh Valley native, she went to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in History and Russian.
She worked with children with behavioral disorders and Autism and other behavioral disorders before moving to Philadelphia to get her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Kayleigh completed her master’s program internship at Crozer-Keystone’s Substance Recovery Center at Community Hospital in Chester, PA, providing group and individual therapy for patients with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.
Kayleigh is in the process of becoming an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in Pennsylvania and hopes to work towards obtaining her CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor), as well. She is very excited to be part of Behavioral Wellness and Recovery and utilizes her clinical skills and knowledge every day in treating its patients.
Jacqueline Calabro, MA
Jackie is a recent graduate of La Salle University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling with a declared minor in Addictions Counseling. She previously earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Arcadia University and has aspired to work in the helping profession since high school. She has a Masters of Arts Professional Clinical Counseling and completed her Master’s program internship at Eagleville Hospital where she provided individual counseling as well as group psychoeducation to adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Jackie has previously worked with adults in the community mental health setting for the past 5 years, providing case management services and conducting admissions in an outpatient clinic.
Jackie is excited to be a part of Behavioral Wellness and Recovery’s clinical team and to be given the opportunity to put her clinical skills and knowledge to use. Jackie is currently working toward licensure as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) through the State of Pennsylvania and is hoping to pursue her CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor) in the near future.
Nicole Labreche, BA Psychology
Nichole has helped develop the Case Management Program at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery. She has aspired to help others since a very young age and has been doing so for the better part of her employed life.
Nichole received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at Immaculata University where she was inducted to Psi Chi, as well as Alpha Sigma Lambda for her academic achievements. During her senior year, she served as an intern at Main Line Rehabilitation Services where she provided cognitive assistance to those with brain damage, as well as cognitive disabilities.
Nichole has previously worked within the mental health field as a Clinical Aide at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Nichole hopes to continue with her education and is planning on pursing her Master’s Degree in Trauma and Community Counseling at Philadelphia University.
James Milbrandt, M.Ed-Counseling
Raised in Bradford, Pennsylvania, James enrolled in Bloomsburg University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Sociology, with goals of discovering more about individuals and their manner of thinking. After completing his degree James began his Master’s Program in Counseling and began his professional experience in the mental health and addictions field. After practicum and internship experience with Geisinger Hospital, with a focus in maladaptive disorders, James graduated and began working as a therapist in a residential program for both adolescents and adults.
In 2016, after being employed in the field as both a clinician and a clinical supervisor for five years, James began employment at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery with the goal of continuing to treat individuals with co-occurring disorders. James is very interested in integrating the patient and the recovering community, as well as fostering the patient’s family involvement in treatment.
James is currently in the process of obtaining his LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) and CAADC (Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and takes a holistic and family-oriented approach to treating patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Brittany Newman, LPN
As the Care Coordinator at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery, Brittany organizes activities to facilitate the appropriate delivery of care and to develop a comprehensive aftercare plan. Brittany is a Licensed Practical Nurse and utilizes her skills to provide patients with excellent, quality care. She has been in the helping profession for eight years, working with people of all ages.
Brittany received her diploma from CCIU-PNP and received Licensure from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. Clinical site rotations included Bryn Mawr Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Recovery Program, Malvern Institute, Brandywine Behavioral Health Pavillion and Chester County Hospital.
Brittany has a passion to help others and to make a difference. She is currently working towards furthering her education and becoming a Registered Nurse.
Whitney Strange-Grant, MS, CTRS
Whitney Grant is the Recreation Therapist at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Recreation Therapy from Temple University. She is trained to utilize a variety of modalities, including creative writing, art, sports, teambuilding activities, music, and psychodrama to address specific and diverse treatment goals.
Whitney began her education at the University of Florida, where she attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has continued to work in the mental and behavioral health field with children, adolescents, and adults for over a decade. She has felt particularly at home at Behavioral Wellness and Recovery and working with clients with addictions and dual diagnosis disorders.
Whitney is motivated to support individuals to overcome addiction through a strength-based, holistic approach. She believes in each person’s ability to learn and practice new patterns, including increased involvement in healthy recreation and leisure activities. Whitney’s recreation interests include hiking, photography, reading and writing poetry, playing tennis, travelling, and going to the park with her dogs.
Steve Simms, PhD
Family Therapy Program Consultant
Dr. Steve Simms is a Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychologist, as well as a senior faculty member of the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. He specializes in helping families with children, adolescents, and young adults trapped in self-defeating patterns. Dr. Simms brings his expertise in family dynamics to our program, helping create a recovery experience that engages, informs and empowers parents, children, spouses and loved ones.
He received his Master’s Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and his Doctoral Degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Simms completed his pre-doctoral psychology training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and his post-doctoral psychology training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to entering full-time private practice in 2004, he was a staff psychologist in the Division of Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Jennifer Madden, LPN
Director of Patient Services
Jennifer is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and mother of three who resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania. She received her nursing degree in the Practical Nursing Program at CCIU in Downingtown, PA, and was subsequently licensed as an LPN specializing in Psychology in Pennsylvania. Using her nursing license, Jennifer worked at Gateway Medical Associates and Epic Health Services, where she saw the overwhelming need for addiction treatment.
She was one of Give an Hour™’s (GAH’s) first spokespersons, selflessly sharing her story about her struggles with post-traumatic stress and helping her fellow military comrades to see that help is available and that hope exists. Jennifer is a combat veteran of the United States Army, who served in the fourth rotation of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) in 2003.
Jennifer has truly dedicated her life to helping others. In addition to her work with GAH, Jennifer is also an alumnus of The Mission Continues and a national speaker on PTSD. She is the recipient of the Chester County Empowered Women’s Award for 2014, has made a name for herself in advocating for veterans struggling with substance abuse and mental illness through local and national media outlets. Most notably, she has shared her story at The White House and was the feature of a Lifetime documentary with former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Jennifer currently works as our Operations Supervisor and plans to continue her work being the voice of hope for others.
Lead Behavioral Health Technician
Andre is responsible for the oversight of the Behavioral Health Technicians. He and the Behavioral Health Technicians observe our patients continuously, provide support throughout the treatment day, and liaison with the clinical and administrative teams. Andre is from North Hills, Pennsylvania, which is a small suburb right outside of Philadelphia. Andre graduated from Upper Dublin High School in 1999.
Growing up in the 1980’s, drugs devastated his small and close-knit community. There would be small vials with colorful tops on the playground where he played. Witnessing the consequences of drug use while at an early age dissuaded him from ever trying them.
He’s the proud father of two beautiful children and is engaged to be married. He love’s fishing at the local park with his dog Cocoa, and taking family trips to the Jersey Shore.
“The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”
Alissa Del Grosso, BS
Alissa is a recent graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sociology and declared a minor in Psychology. Alissa has always been passionate about helping others and working with diverse populations. She has experience interacting with adults with mental disabilities and the cancer community through previous service and professional opportunities. With her background in events planning and fundraising for non-profits, she is excited to organize events for alumni.
As an Alumni Coordinator, Alissa is focused on maintaining relationships with the alumni of our program and creating a layer of support to patients after they are discharged from Behavioral Wellness and Recovery. Through building a network of men and woman who have experienced all that Behavioral Wellness and Recovery has to offer, she is creating a way for alumni to connect, motivate, and engage peers, while maintaining their own sobriety.
Director of Admissions
As the Director of Admissions, Ryan is passionate about maintaining productive community relationships and supporting the entire Behavioral Wellness and Recovery team. He enjoys developing staff, learning about each person’s unique strengths and how to utilize them to make all the components of a program come together. On top of his experience in the mental health and substance abuse field, Ryan is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Out of all of his professional accomplishments, he is most proud of his success with helping other people who are struggling with addiction. Ryan has persevered through his own struggles and uses that experience to empathize with those currently going through a similar situation. He can share his personal experience, strength and hope to show that there is light at the end of the tunnel and a better way to live.
Senior Outreach Coordinator
As our Senior Outreach Coordinator, Brandt establishes and develops professional relationships throughout the community to assist people affected by addiction.
Brandt has held various positions in the addiction and behavioral health industry throughout his career. Previously he successfully developed and implemented admissions procedures for one of the top treatment providers in the country.
Brandt’s compassionate approach to recovery has been an invaluable asset to our program. He is currently pursuing his degree in Social Work.
BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS & RECOVERY
704 West Nields St., West Chester, PA 19382 | (800) 683-4457
Serving Philadelphia, PA, Lancaster, PA and Wilmington, DE