About Us

We are the group with the heart.

We are specialists rather than generalists. We maintain a varied staff of doctors and specialists who are trained and qualified to treat a wide variety of behavioral health and addiction challenges. As part of your initial assessment, we will help find the best provider for you.


LifeBack began with an office in Lawrenceville, NJ and has expanded with a second location in Doylestown, PA.

LifeBack Child Psychology Services

Our goal

We strive to provide an environment that is warm, inviting, and peaceful for those seeking treatment.
Our patients report improved relationships, achieving their life goals, reduced worry and stress, and bringing joy and fun back into their lives.

Those at our NJ location may take advantage of our transportation services, and patients are invited to enjoy the snacks and refreshments available in the lobbies. 

We have specialized providers that are qualified to assist trauma and pediatric patients, and can accommodate same-day appointments when needed. 

Our Staff

only the best care

Our qualified clinical team is committed to providing you with compassionate and personalized care, and enjoys working with patients from all walks of life at our facilities. We will partner with you to provide you with a path forward. You can expect to be treated with the utmost respect and integrity in a confidential setting which utilizes holistic medical and psychodynamic approaches.

We have a large, dedicated, and professional staff comprised of psychiatrists, behavioral health specialists, intake coordinators, and administrative staff that work together to create a place where your whole family can come together to heal. We treat people with a variety of behavioral health needs, but what they all have in common is the desire to bring more peace, control, and happiness into their lives. We use a family approach to bring targeted, specialist care to improve all critical areas of functioning.

LifeBack’s service providers specialize in different areas and treatment methodologies to give our patients the highest standard in individualized care possible. Everyone in the family can benefit from our highly compassionate, professional care. 

Our professional staff includes adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrists, therapists, social workers, advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners), addictions counselors, and allied mental health professionals.

Michael Frost, MD
Medical Director

Michael P. Frost, MD, FACP, FASAM

Dr. Rahman
Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Firoz Rahman, MD

Psychiatrist

Rebecca Meinke, MD

Psychiatric Nurse pPractitioner

Tobey Schilling, PMHNP-BC, LPC, RN, MCAT, CMT-BC, CHHC

Administrator

Kathleen Lee, MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS

Melissa Straker
Clinical Director

Melissa Straker, LPC

Therapist

Adam Blake, MSW, LSW

Jennifer Boccanfuso
Therapist

Jennifer Boccanfuso, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC

Therapist

Neal King, MSW, LCSW, CHT

Cindy Kozicki
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cindy Kozicki, MSW, LCSW

Therapist

Jill Mackey, LPC, LCADC

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW

Mike Osrowitz
Therapist

Michael Osrowitz, MS, NCC, LPC

Stephen Rynn
Therapist

Stephen Rynn, LCSW

Brandi Shaw
Counselor

Brandi Shaw, MA, LCADC

Sam Grove
Counselor

Sam Grove

Julie Tokar, MSW, LSW
Therapist

Julie Tokar, MSW, LSW

Joan Galkin, LCSW
Therapist

Joan Galkin, LCSW

Victoria Germano, MSW, LSW

Medical Director

Michael P. Frost, MD, FACP, FASAM

Dr. Michael Frost is an internationally recognized specialist in treatment of addictive diseases and is board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of both The American College of Physicians and The American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Micheal Frost is also a member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been a medical director for several addiction treatment facilities. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Longbridge Health Solutions, and is also President and Medical Director of The Frost Medical Group. Dr. Frost is heavily involved in new treatment development/clinical research, and consults with numerous companies regarding clinical development and healthcare policy. He is widely published and his work has been presented across the United States and Canada, Europe, Korea, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. 

Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Firoz Rahman, MD

Dr. Rahman is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, a dedicated psychiatrist with extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient settings.

He has complicated his residency from Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA and fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry from St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

He has years of clinical practice in psychiatry with special expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorder and dual diagnosed patients.

In addition to clinical practice, he has been working as Medical Director of LifeBack providing support and supervision to our nurse practitioners and therapists. 

During his residency he has received a merit award from the Dr. Henry P & M Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation. In 2008 Consumers’ Research Council of America granted him “America’s Top Psychiatrist” certificate. In 2014 the International Association of Healthcare Professionals recognized him as a lead Physician of the World and Top Psychiatrist in New Jersey. 

Psychiatrist

Rebecca Meinke, MD

Rebecca Meinke, MD, is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.  A native of New Jersey, Dr. Meinke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan campus, and a medical degree from Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ).  Dr. Meinke completed a residency in General Psychiatry at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.   

Dr. Meinke has worked in every level of psychiatric care and with patients across the age spectrum.  She enjoys all aspects of psychiatry and is especially fond of working with families, and utilizing a team approach in treatment.  In addition to working at LifeBack, Dr. Meinke currently works as the consulting psychiatrist at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). 

Psychiatric Nurse pPractitioner

Tobey Schilling, PMHNP-BC, LPC, RN, MCAT, CMT-BC, CHHC

Tobey Schilling is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner, licensed professional counselor, certified music therapist, and a certified holistic health counselor. She did her masters level education, both in psychiatry and psychology in the Philadelphia area. She has been working in the mental health field as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a therapist for the past 25 years. She works to assist patients in finding the balance between medicine, therapy and nutrition.

Administrator

Kathleen Lee, MA, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS

Kathleen Lee is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the state of NJ. Kathleen graduated with her master’s degree in community counseling from Rider University. Kathleen is also an advanced/certified clinical supervisor. Kathleen began working in the field in 2008. Her experience in addiction and mental health, as well as academic degrees in the field of mental health, quickly encouraged her to be promoted from counselor to the Deputy Executive Director of Programs at New Horizon Treatment Services. While there, Kathleen successfully created and ran an award winning group program at New Horizon Treatment Services. Her expert understanding of issues relating to mental health and addiction paired with her innate ability to conceptualize and respond to challenges continue to make her a strong leader.

Clinical Director

Melissa Straker, LPC

Over the last 13 years, my clinical experience has spanned a multitude of populations. I have spent more than a decade dedicated to supporting those impacted by mental health and substance use disorders.

I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.  I went on to attend Chestnut Hill University, earning a Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology.  I currently hold an LPC in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

I began my experience and career as a rape crisis counselor, eventually moving into the field of domestic violence.  My work included counseling and support of women in the community recovering from relationships involving domestic violence, as well as women and children in the shelter fleeing domestic violence environments.  

After a few years, I made a switch to a community mental health agency in Philadelphia.  I spent two years providing individual therapy to members of the community suffering with severe mental health and socioeconomic issues.  

My career eventually led me to another agency, where I provided individual, group, couples, and family therapy to First Responders struggling with addiction.  This position included the privilege of serving those who serve; police officers, fire fighters, corrections officers, EMT’s, medics and combat veterans.

Currently, I serve as the Acting Clinical Director and Psychotherapist at LifeBack. For almost 3 years I have been a part of the dynamic team here at LifeBack that strives for excellence in clinical care.  Primarily, I focus on providing therapy to those whose lives have been impacted by trauma. In addition to my administrative role, I organize Lifeback’s internship program and provide clinical supervision to masters’ level interns and other therapists at the agency. I also facilitate a weekly Women’s Empowerment group, supporting and encouraging women to reach their full potential.  

Operating from a trauma informed approach is paramount to my work, and post trauma growth is the center from which I guide patients. I utilize a variety of modalities in order to tailor treatment to each person’s specific needs and preferences. Typically, I lead toward a solution focused perspective that incorporates client centered ideals of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.  

Therapist

Adam Blake, MSW, LSW

Adam Blake Rebhun is a Licensed Social worker in the state of New Jersey. He is currently working towards his Licensed Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate. He also continues to work towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Adam is a graduate from Rider University’s Bachelor of Arts program where Adam studied Psychology and Social Work. Adam continued his education further at Stony Brook University in Suffolk County on Long Island where he completed his Master’s in Social Work program. Adam has obtained invaluable experience over his 3+ years as a clinician, establishing a diverse eclectic therapeutic background in dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, psycho-dynamic theory, and whole person approaches to addiction. Adam is thrilled to be a member of LifeBack’s brilliant multidisciplinary team as he continues to work on remaining engaged in the ever changing world of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Adam is focusing on furthering his understanding of the research in empirically-based treatment options, while maintaining the self-determination of his patients.

Therapist

Jennifer Boccanfuso, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC

Jennifer Boccanfuso is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the State of New Jersey. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Post Graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jennifer has spent the past 18 years working in the Substance Abuse Field with a focus on family dynamics. Further special interest populations include adolescent girls and children with impulse control issues. Jennifer recognizes the value of the therapeutic relationship, and takes a client-centered approach to counseling, empowering clients to regain control of their thoughts and emotions with awareness and mindfulness strategies.

Therapist

Neal King, MSW, LCSW, CHT

I have been developing innovative mindfulness programs for over 15 years. Focusing on ‘thought management’, my direct approach, coupled with motivational efforts, allow for my clients and I to develop a useful working rapport. My experience covers adults, families, couples, teens and children.

I believe in addressing your needs based on your desired outcomes, and overcoming obstacles that are not emotionally aligned with your goals. I am a strength-based therapist with emphasis on mindfulness and stress management, as it relates to your daily interactions. Let’s learn and use innovative problem-solving skills; so your confidence and capabilities toward solutions will become part of you. It will feel relieving to view your world through a lens of increased ability toward improvements. As a clinical hypnotherapist, when indicated, I utilize cognitive reconditioning of harmful habits as well as improvements with depressive symptoms, phobias, weight control, stress management and more.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cindy Kozicki, MSW, LCSW

Cindy Kozicki received her Master’s degree in clinical social work from Rutgers University and attended a postgraduate psychoanalytic institute in NYC. The majority of her professional career has been providing direct behavioral health services for children and adults, and she has also worked in both school and hospital settings. Cindy provided suicide prevention trainings for a number of school districts and presented at multiple health conferences on the benefits of support groups for parents of chronically ill children. She has experience in grief counseling and is a member of the Traumatic Loss Coalition. Cindy is proud to be a part of the LifeBack team, which she feels provides professional, comprehensive care in a compassionate, judgement free environment.

Therapist

Jill Mackey, LPC, LCADC

Having a Masters for over 25 years and the privilege of being in the helping profession allows me to focus on client needs first and foremost. As a cognitive therapist, I am a strength based counselor who looks to optimize the client’s potential within their current situation. The psychodynamics of how strengths and challenges developed often come to surface and are reexamined with the client to create a useful understanding of how to move forward with improvements. I created mindfulness methods to assist in reducing weight and managing stress that I enjoy sharing with clients. Working with couples to examine their contribution to the relationship is an area I find rewarding. I have experience working in an inpatient setting for mental health and substance abuse; and am also a hypnotherapist.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW

Marcia MacKillop has a LCSW in the State of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Marcia holds two Master Degrees, receiving her training at Rutgers’ School of Social Work, MSW, and Princeton Theological Seminary, M. Div. She has been working in an outpatient setting with people who suffer from anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and other family issues that stem from addiction and mental illness since 2013.

Marcia works with individuals of all ages, but particularly enjoys working with teens and young adults that are adjusting to life transitions and significant traumas that have affected the family system. She has over 7 years of experience working in a hospital setting on the adolescent, dual diagnosis, acute psychiatric, and chronic and persistent mental illness units of Princeton House Behavioral Health and Carrier Clinic. While her focus is a holistic and systemic perspective, she brings her theological experience and spiritual approach to help patients. She has developed coping strategies that address daily living and management of symptoms by using CBT, acceptance and mindfulness tools for self-care.

Therapist

Michael Osrowitz, MS, NCC, LPC

Michael Osrowitz (Mike) is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey and a Nationally Certified Counselor. Mike has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has worked with patients with mental illness, substance abuse, and with family members of substance abusers. He is also a Remo Health Rhythms trained drum circle facilitator in their basic, adolescent, and advanced protocols (for health and wellness). Mike uses an integrative approach of person-centered therapy to develop strong rapport with patients, cognitive behavioral therapy to help identify unhelpful thought patterns, and mindfulness techniques for centering and relaxation.

Therapist

Stephen Rynn, LCSW

Stephen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in work with children with autism; specifically working on socialization skills and education. Stephen’s background is extensive having worked all throughout New Jersey and New York. Stephen is pleased to be working back in direct service here at Lifeback after extensive experience in mental health administration. He provides a unique approach to working with children that are living with emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. As well as with adults suffering from traumatic experiences and other forms of emotional distress; including substance use disorders and maladaptive coping skills. Stephen works with these individuals and assists them as they progress towards a life of sobriety and serenity.

Counselor

Brandi Shaw, MA, LCADC

Since 2008 Brandi has been working in the counseling field. Brandi is currently a Licensed Clinical Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the state of New Jersey. Brandi has extensive experience facilitating groups and providing substance use counseling. Special populations include adults with opiate and alcohol use disorders. Brandi takes an integrated approach which includes person centered, mindfulness and motivational, interviewing. She is dedicated to providing an atmosphere of trust and acceptance.

 

Counselor

Sam Grove

Samuel (Sam) Grove started his career as a teacher, earning the Governors Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching the first year it was awarded. He achieved his second Master’s Degree and certification as a School Psychologist in 1988 and attended four years at Rutgers in the Psy.D. program in psychology. Sam taught graduate level counseling and developmental psychology as an adjunct professor of psychology at Jersey City University and returned to education as a Supervisor of Child Study Teams, Special Education, English and Social Studies. In 2005 he designed, implemented, and administered the RAISE Academy for students who were at risk of dropping out, presented with oppositional defiant disorder and/or substance use disorder. In 2010 he retired as an Assistant Principal from education and began working in the field of addiction services as a counselor. He worked as admission counselor and Director of Special Services at a Methadone Clinic. In 2017 Sam was fortunate enough to be offered a position as a Substance Abuse Counselor intern at LifeBack under the Supervision of Kathleen Lee. Sam is nearing completion of his internship and is looking forward to becoming a licensed substance abuse counselor to complete his second career in helping to treat patients with Substance Use Disorder.

Therapist

Julie Tokar, MSW, LSW

Julie Tokar is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. Julie has a Master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She gained experience in behavioral research at the University of Delaware while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology.

Julie draws on a cognitive behavioral therapy framework while incorporating psychoeducation, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, mindfulness, and a strengths-based approach. She understands that the most important factor is the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and so takes the time to develop strong relationships with her clients.

She has worked with a wide range of populations and mental health issues, but especially enjoys working with anxiety disorders in teens and adults. Julie is happy to provide care in the client-centered and nonjudgmental environment that LifeBack provides.

Therapist

Joan Galkin, LCSW

Joan Galkin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of NJ. Joan graduated with a master’s in social work from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State University.

Joan has over 15 years of experience in an inpatient setting at Princeton House Hospital working with adults with acute psychiatric, addiction, dual diagnosis, and chronic and persistent mental illness. She has five years of experience working as an outpatient therapist in community mental health working with adults and children with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD and chronic mental illness.

Joan incorporates solution focused, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and mindfulness methods in her approach tailoring therapy to the needs of her clients.

Victoria Germano, MSW, LSW

Victoria Germano is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University and received her bachelors in Psychology from The College of New Jersey.  Victoria is currently working towards her Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate. Victoria has been part of LifeBack’s multidisciplinary team since 2017, beginning as an undergraduate intern and recently becoming a full-time therapist.  Victoria enjoys working all populations, especially with children and teens. She currently runs a Teen Girls Group, where high-school aged girls come together for additional support during these challenging years.  Victoria is excited to continue working and growing alongside the other clinicians at LifeBack and tailoring treatment to the individual needs of her clients.