Leadership Team

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A STRONG TEAM

THE 5 IDEALS OF LEADING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM

It is important that our team and our patients know that we are equally invested in our patients' wellness

1.LEAD BY EXAMPLE

A wise man once said, “well done is better than well said” 

2. ACT WITH INTEGRITY

Be respectful, reliable, trustworthy, and kind.

3.YOUR WORD MUST HAVE WORTH

If it is not right don’t do it; if it is not true don’t say it.

4. HALF MEASURES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE

We do not believe in half measures; we believe in above and beyond.

5.SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LAUGH

Not every day is going to be a great; sometimes the best option is to laugh, and let it go.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Firoz Rahman, MD

NJ Medical Director, Psychiatrist

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

Dr. Rahman completed his residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA and his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. During his residency, Dr. Rahman received a merit award from the Dr. Henry P & M Page Durkee Laughlin Foundation.

Dr. Rahman has many years of clinical practice experience in psychiatry with a special expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and dual-diagnosed patients.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Rahman has been working as the Medical Director of LifeBack, providing support and supervision to our nurse practitioners and therapists. In 2008 Consumers’ Research Council of America awarded 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 a Top Psychiatrist in New Jersey.

Rebecca Meinke, MD

PA Medical Director and Psychiatrist
NJ Co-director and Psychiatrist

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. After many years as the consulting psychiatrist at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Dr. Meinke has joined the team at LifeBack, full time, as the Medical Director of our Pennsylvania office, and Co-Medical Director in New Jersey.

Melissa Straker

Melissa Straker, MA, LPC, CCS, ACS

Clinical Director

Melissa Straker earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University and a graduate degree in clinical and counseling psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Melissa is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as a professional counselor and is also certified as an advanced clinical supervisor.

Melissa’s training began as a sexual assault advocate, which lead her to work in the field of domestic violence and trauma recovery.  Melissa later went on to work at a behavioral health facility where she provided mental health treatment for persons in underserved communities. Melissa’s primary focus has been providing therapy to those whose lives have been impacted by trauma, and empowering women to reach their full potential. Prior to joining the LifeBack team, Melissa worked with First Responders who were struggling with addictions.

Melissa describes her current role as one of pride and gratitude.  “It is a divine privilege to love your work, to wake up happy knowing your day will be spent among wonderful people all working together to change the lives of others; it is like hitting the career lottery!”.

Jennifer Bruno

Facility Director

Jennifer Bruno graduated from Pace University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration  degree in Accounting with a focus in Public Accounting and Auditing.  Jennifer began her career at Merrill Lynch in the Billing System Department where she remained for six years before making a shift to the business side of healthcare, accepting a position in Staten Island University Hospital’s (“SIUH”) Case Management Department. Jennifer’s main role at SIUH was Quality Assurance and Auditing in the Case Management Department, Social Work Division. Jennifer was later recruited by a start-up social services agency to assume the role of Intake Manager, focusing on case management for the underserved geriatric community. Jennifer was recognized for her strong leadership qualities in her efforts at building a diverse, well-trained team that, under her leadership, grew from 250 patients to over 1000 patients across the New York City boroughs. In 2018, Jennifer joined the LifeBack team as an Administrative Assistant and has quickly grown within the agency, now holding the title of Facility Director.  Jennifer looks forward to continuing to help LifeBack succeed and grow in the Behavioral Health community. Jennifer describes her approach to her role saying,  “the only way to do great work is to love what you do”.