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
William J. Rusen, LMSW
Bill Rusen is pleased and honored to have been named the Executive Director of Clearbrook Manor and Banyan Treatment Center Philadelphia. Previous to Banyan, Bill served for 19 years as Chief Executive Officer for an addiction recovery program located in Ithaca, NY. A native of the Scranton, PA area, Bill has worked in community behavioral and primary health care systems for over 40 years in Pennsylvania, Washington, New Hampshire and New York. He obtained his graduate degree in Social Work from Marywood University, and has made professional contributions through presentation of scholarly papers and workshop facilitation at state and national conferences. Bill has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work, TC-3 and Marywood University. Bill was an expert team member for the Institute for Health Care Design, United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Bureau of Primary Health Care. In that role, Bill trained and coached primary health care provider organizations to redesign and reengineer their health care delivery systems.
Bill and his wife, Lisa Kendall, reside in Hanover PA. Bill pursues interests focused on helping others discover opportunities for growth both personal and professional. These interests consist of the theology of Thomas Aquinas, the history of western civilization, the mythos of baseball, the poetry of William Carlos Williams, the work of painter Edward Hopper, and the many styles of 20th century American film with a focus on Hollywood’s “Golden Age.” Bill has twin sons. Matthew is a graphic artist who resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Lauren. John is a licensed massage therapist and resides in the Fort Collins Colorado area.
Amy Lavin, MS, LPC
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.
Director of Operations
Brielle brings more than four years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment to Banyan and is currently the Director of Operations at our Philadelphia facility. She has been with the Banyan Philly team since the facility opened in 2018. She began her career with us as an office coordinator before receiving multiple promotions as a result of her hard work and dedication to helping patients succeed. Brielle encourages those who are seeking recovery to believe that anything is possible, and stresses that starting a new life in sobriety is entirely achievable.
National Director of Patient Accounts
Lauren was born and raised on Long Island in New York. She attended community college, as well as business school and majored in Business Administration. Lauren began her career in New York City in 1994 where she worked as a Financial Analyst for two of the largest NY Direct Marketing agencies for over 20 years.
In 2013, Lauren relocated to Wellington, FL and pursued a career in the treatment industry. Since 2015, Lauren has been the Director of Finance at Banyan Treatment. Lauren works with the clients and their families to help create affordable payment plans for treatment. She assists with cash or self pay clients and helps families navigate through the financial process to ensure they understand their payment options and what is best depending on their situation.
Megan Kenney, MSW
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.
Client Care/Outreach Specialist
After battling addiction herself, Kelli sought treatment and began working a 12-step program. She experienced two relapses after treatment and knows the struggles many of our patients face when it comes to getting sober. Kelli has been sober over 11 years now and spreads her message of strength and hope with those who are still out there. She started working in the addiction field in 2007 as an administrative assistant at a non-profit sober house for women and children, and has since worked in many different positions in the field. She is a Certified Peer Specialist with Mental Health since 2010 and a Certified Recovery Specialist since 2012. Due to her past experience with starting her recovery journey at such a young age, she became very passionate about helping others begin their personal journey and educating them on the recovery communities available. We are extremely excited to have Kelli on our team and look forward to seeing the support she will give to our clients.
Cara is the Alumni coordinator for Banyan Clearbrook and Banyan Philadelphia. Her journey began as being a patient of Clearbrook in 2017 and as she calls it, “the client that never left”. After completing treatment at Clearbrook, she came back as a day patient for a little over 8 months. Cara began her employment at Clearbrook working in the kitchen during the day, and as a behavioral health technician at night. Today, she has worked her way up and is now the Alumni Coordinator for the entire state of Pennsylvania. Being an Alumni of the program has made the job more rewarding to her. Cara loves being able to be part of others recovery and sober support.
Banyan Philadelphia Outreach Team
Director of Community Outreach PA
Community Outreach Coordinator
Melissa was born and raised in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is currently in school seeking a degree in Health Care Administration. Melissa loves helping people find their potential through obtaining long term sobriety, and her personal experience with addiction and recovery drives her passion. Melissa has worked in the field for the past few years, starting as an intake coordinator and falling in love with the business development side of things. Melissa’s drive to help any and everyone suffering from the disease of addiction and walk side by side with them through their treatment process was what lead her to community outreach. She was drawn to Banyan because of our ability to treat any patient from any demographic, and that our mission aligned with her core morals and beliefs. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an excellent team.