About Us

We are the group with the heart.

“Staff is always welcoming, accommodating, supportive, and always greet you with a smile.”-Former LifeBack Patient

Are you or a loved one struggling with mental and/or behavioral health needs? LifeBack is here to help!  Our dedicated staff is comprised of board-certified prescribers, addiction/behavioral health specialists, and a warm, inviting administrative team. LifeBack is a safe environment where and your family can come together to find support, make positive changes, and build meaningful connections.

LifeBack is constantly growing and evolving, just as you are! LifeBack began as a small practice establishing roots in Lawrenceville, NJ.  We have proudly expanded into our second location in Doylestown, PA.  We are currently accepting new patients at both locations.

LifeBack Child Psychology Services

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. 

LifeBack’s Mission

LifeBack utilizes an integrated treatment approach to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality of care. Our commitment to your wellness is unwavering and remains firm focusing on growth, change, and progress.

Striving for Excellence

LIFEBACK IS A PROUD RECIPIENT OF A CARF ACCREDIDATION!

CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of services to meet the needs of consumers to yield the best possible outcomes.

“CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. Providers that meet our standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.”

THE VALUE OF CARF ACCREDITATION
CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR PROGRAMS PAGES OR CONTACT US AT 609-482-3701

Meet the Team!

PROVIDING ONLY THE BEST CARE

We understand that seeking help can be intimidating. From start to finish, each member of the LifeBack team will treat you with the utmost respect and dignity.

The LifeBack Clinical Team was built with a specific focus. We have deliberately recruited our clinicians and provide them with the ongoing training and development necessary to make excellent patient care the expectation.

Our Clinicians can best be described as bright, kind, committed, creative, and enthusiastic about improving the lives of others.

LifeBack has specifically designed a team that excels in providing targeted, specialized care focused on improving critical areas of functioning.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US AT 609-482-3701

Meet our Prescribers

NJ & PA BOARD-CERTIFIED PRESCRIBERS

Psychiatrist

Rebecca Meinke, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Melanie Teasley

Dr. Rahman
Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Firoz Rahman, MD

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 of all ages.  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). 

Psychiatrist

Dr. Melanie Teasley

Melanie Teasley, M.D. has been part of the Life Back team since 2010. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University, she earned her medical degree from Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her internship and second post-graduate year at New York University, and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry at Rutgers University-RWJ Medical School. She has held medical directorships at Carrier Clinic and Penn Medicine Princeton Health Care System, Princeton House. Her interests include mood and anxiety disorders, addiction issues, and trauma treatment. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry.

Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Firoz Rahman, MD

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

He has completed his residency at 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 received a merit award from the Dr. Henry P & M Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation. In 2008 Consumers’ Research Council of America granted him the “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. 

LifeBack’s Leaders

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A STRONG TEAM

Melissa Straker
Clinical Director

Melissa Straker, MA, LPC, CCS, ACS

Clinical Director

Melissa Straker, MA, LPC, CCS, ACS

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, firefighters, 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.  

Meet Our Clinicians

WHERE THERE IS UNITY THERE IS VICOTRY

Anna O’Kinsky, MSN, NPC, CSPN
APN

Anna O’Kinsky, MSN, NPC, CSPN

Chelsea Jenkins MA, LAC, NCC

Chelsea Jenkins MA, LAC, NCC

Therapist

Victoria Germano, MSW, LSW

Therapist

Joan Galkin, LCSW

Therapist

Julie Tokar, MSW, LSW

Mike Osrowitz
Therapist

Michael Osrowitz, MS, NCC, LPC

Cindy Kozicki
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cindy Kozicki, MSW, LCSW

Administrator

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

Jennifer Boccanfuso
Therapist

Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC

Brandi Shaw
Counselor

Brandi Shaw, MA, LCADC

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW

Stephen Rynn
Therapist

Stephen Rynn, LCSW

Therapist

Jill Mackey, LPC, LCADC

Therapist

Adam Blake, MSW, LSW

APN

Anna O’Kinsky, MSN, NPC, CSPN

Anna earned a BSN in nursing from Monmouth University and MSN (Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Specialist) from the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Nursing.  Anna has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, long-term care, and outpatient providing psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring services.  She works with adults who come to her for a variety of issues including addiction and behavioral health diagnosis.  In addition to working at LifeBack, Anna works at Penn Medicine.  Anna’s patients rave about how kind, compassionate and helpful she is.

Chelsea Jenkins MA, LAC, NCC

Chelsea Jenkins is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of New Jersey and also a Nationally Certified Counselor. Chelsea graduated in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rider University.

Chelsea began her experience at a children’s and adolescence residential home focusing on family attachment and trauma. Following her experience with residential treatment, Chelsea worked in a public school outpatient clinic working with a wide range of populations ranging from children to adults. During that time, Chelsea provided individual and family therapy for those struggling with mental health concerns related to traumatic experiences, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.

Chelsea utilizes an integrated approach of trauma-informed care to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for clients, person centered therapy to develop a healthy and secure rapport with clients, and cognitive behavioral therapy to assist clients with adjusting unhealthy thinking patterns.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite movie – the quick and the dead
  • Favorite book – The 5 people you meet in heaven
  • Guilty pleasure – chocolate
  • The item always in my fridge – eggs
  • She cannot live without – mints
Therapist

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 with 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.

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.

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

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 a strong rapport with patients, cognitive behavioral therapy to help identify unhelpful thought patterns, and mindfulness techniques for centering and relaxation.

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 training 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, judgment-free environment.

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.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite Movie- Monty Python’s and the Holy Grail
  • My favorite comfort- Peanut butter Cupcakes
  • My favorite thing to do is- sit outside and watch my kids play
Therapist

Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC

Jennifer Joireman 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 counsel, empowering clients to regain control of their thoughts and emotions with awareness and mindfulness strategies.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite thing to do- read
  • I cannot live without- coffee
  • Favorite comfort food- baked macaroni and cheese
  • If I could keep any animal as a pet- a sloth

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.

 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Marcia Mackillop, LCSW

Marcia MacKillop has a LCSW in the State of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Marcia holds two Master’s 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.

Fun Facts

  • Favorite things to do- hike with my dog
  • Right now I’m reading- “Burned Out to Beloved, Soul Care for wounded healers”
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 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.

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 the 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.

Therapist

Adam Blake, MSW, LSW

Adam Blake 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 of 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 in 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.

Fun Facts

  • I could have any superpower, it would be reading people’s minds! Don’t read too much into that!
  • I look up to tall people!
  • One thing I cannot live without is oxygen
  • I would love to meet my future self and ask what iphone generation they have!