Meet the Team

At Banyan, we stand as a leader in providing growth through recovery by having only the most qualified team behind the mission. Our highly experienced staff understands exactly how to treat each and every patient because several key members of the Banyan clinical team have gone through their own personal trials of addiction and recovery. The Banyan tree not only stands as a symbol for us, but it is a philosophy. You are able to grow through your recovery process with a strong community and support system set in place from our team here at all of our nationwide facilities. We provide all patients with the necessary tools for a successful recovery and we guide them every step of the way.

At our drug and alcohol rehab center in Philadelphia, we are committed to helping each patient fully recover so that long-term sobriety is possible. We are a strong team comprised of highly trained and qualified clinicians, therapists and nurse practitioners ready to treat patients and guide them through the recovery journey. The addiction battle comes with many challenges but with the support from our team, friends, and family members, you will have all the tools to successfully recover from any drug or alcohol addiction. Our treatment specialists at Banyan Philadelphia work with patients to give them the confidence they need to overcome addiction by finding their inner strength they never knew they had. It’s never too late to start over and get the proper treatment you deserve.

All of our therapists are masters-level and our clinical staff is equipped to handle all cases of alcohol and substance use disorders from mild to severe. Each of our facilities have a medical and clinical team and they are available to the patients 24-7. Our highly-qualified team at our drug and alcohol rehab center in Philadelphia is ready to guide you through your recovery journey and help you change your unhealthy behaviors.

Before treatment begins at Banyan Philadelphia, our treatment specialists will perform an initial assessment of each patient to design a customized plan that includes unique therapies and programs. Every patient will require their own treatment plan that focuses on individualized needs as well as requiring different levels of care. Our team is able to provide quality treatment and guidance during this difficult time. Our support does not end once treatment does. You become a part of the Banyan family and our supportive community empowers struggling individuals every single day to keep fighting.

Treatment planning is designed to meet all of our patients’ needs and treatment is delivered as a team, which includes assessors, therapists, case managers, doctors/nurses, and other support staff. Banyan Philadelphia is here to support you and get you back on the right path.

Banyan Philadelphia Team

John Beecroft, MA, CADC, CCDPD, CCPG

Executive Director
John Beecroft, MA, CADC, CCDPD, CCPG

Executive Director

John leads the Banyan Philadelphia team with ten years of behavioral health management experience. His credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After receiving his degrees, John developed several key programs within the industry, including the design and implementation of a medication assisted treatment care model for a premier healthcare system, and Opioid Use Disorder Center of Excellence programming for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. John is a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Diplomate, and holds certifications in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Compulsive Gambling Counseling, and he is a Level I Trauma Art Narrative therapist. His areas of expertise include: psychopharmacology, psychopathology, quality control analysis, forensic populations, compulsive gambling and other process disorders, and program startups.

Amy Lavin, MS, LPC

Clinical Director
Amy Lavin, MS, LPC

Clinical Director

Amy has been employed for the past eight years as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University as well as a Master’s degree from Villanova University. Her experience includes working extensively with young adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Amy’s areas of expertise include professional supervision, addiction and mental health treatment approaches and therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Strength Based Practice and Motivational Interviewing.

Elizabeth Lopez, MA

Primary Therapist
Elizabeth Lopez, MA

Primary Therapist

Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. After experiencing life transitions, Elizabeth decided she wanted to use her love for communication in a different field. She took the necessary prerequisites, and received a master’s degree from La Salle University in Professional Clinical Counseling. While in graduate school she worked in community mental health, facilitating a trauma-focused women’s recovery group. After completing her graduate degree, she worked as an outpatient counselor running an adolescent substance use program. During that time she aided the adolescent mental health partial hospitalization program’s treatment team in providing quality care. Throughout her experience, she has worked with diverse populations with a focus on dual-diagnosis. Elizabeth utilizes client-centered interventions and strength-based strategies to empower clients to change and find their individualized pathways to recovery. She is passionate about advocacy work and continuing to help those in need.

Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist
Megan Kenney, MSW

Primary Therapist

Megan has a long-standing passion for the study of addiction and mental health and treatment, stemming from her days at Community College of Philadelphia where she earned her Associates Degree of Applied Sciences in Behavioral Health and Human Services and then continued her studies at West Chester University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree (BSW) and Honors of Magna Cum Laude 2016. Megan continued her education at Widener University, where she earned her Masters of Social Work (MSW); Certification in Trauma; and inducted to Phi Alpha National Honors Society of Social Work in 2017. Concurrent with her academia and internships, Megan gained experience working in the Field of Addiction for over eight years within inpatient and partial hospitalization programs, addressing correlations to addiction, mental health, and trauma. Over the course of her professional career, Megan has acquired knowledge of the etiology and presentation of mental, behavioral and addiction treatment, with a trauma-focused lens. She believes in utilizing principles of CBT, Motivational Interviewing, TREM, Strengths Perspective, and Process Oriented Therapy to assist in creating a safe-safe for her patients to address core issues interrelated to addiction and to help the patients make sustainable change towards the recovery and healing process.

Kelli McDonald

Client Care/Outreach Specialist
Kelli McDonald

Client Care/Outreach Specialist

Robert Cappello

Recovery Support Specialist Supervisor to Philly
Robert Cappello

Recovery Support Specialist Supervisor to Philly

Banyan Philadelphia Outreach Team

Andrew Simpson

Director of Community Outreach PA
Andrew Simpson

Director of Community Outreach PA

Ryan Osterlof

Community Outreach Coordinator
Ryan Osterlof

Community Outreach Coordinator

Dot Evans

Community Outreach Coordinator
Dot Evans

Community Outreach Coordinator

John Knowles

Community Outreach Coordinator
John Knowles

Community Outreach Coordinator

Mark Schottinger

Community Outreach Coordinator
Mark Schottinger

Community Outreach Coordinator