Our Amazing Staff

The Excel Team is comprised of highly skilled licensed therapists, outstanding Medical Providers that are in the forefront of addiction treatment, and caring and compassionate support staff. Our treatment professionals are deeply committed with more than 75 years of combined experience in treating addiction and teaching the life-skills that break the addiction cycle. Our ancillary support staff allow our clients to experience alternative therapies including Yoga, Reiki, Art Therapy, and Meditation, which allow healing of the body, mind, and spirit and promote healthy living.

Get to know the team by browsing the photos and bios of our amazing staff…We EXCEL for you!

LEADERSHIP

Mike Frank – CEO/Owner

Nobody is more determined to make a lasting impact on the recovery community than Mike Frank. Mike has been in the industry for decades and touched countless lives. Mike founded the Milestone House in 2003 when he saw the need for a premium quality sober living facility in New Jersey. Having graduated from the Morris County Drug Court Program in 2005, Mike is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to long-term recovery. In 2012, Mike helped to co-found the Excel Treatment Center, where he has been working closely with staff and patients alike ever since. In 2016, he became a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and has since completed his training in the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP). Adding to the offerings of the Excel Treatment Center, Mike opened The Good Bean Cafe, a coffee house dedicated to serving the recovery community, and acting as a safe space for those who are still on their recovery journey. Mike is also an advocate of spiritual growth through the process of the 12-steps, and his vision of the recovery community continues to adapt and mature through shared events and ongoing workshops.

Frank C. Florence, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, LCADC, CCTP, ATCS, ACS – Executive Director

Frank comes to Excel Treatment Center with several years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field. Frank specializes in utilizing a visual and creative approach to treatment. Frank received both his Bachelor’s degree as well as Master’s degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University in Scranton PA. Frank is a nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist. Licensed Professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional counselor in New Jersey. Frank also is nationally credentialed as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Frank specializes in offering unique Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group experientials, Psychodrama and Art Therapy. Frank has significant experience conceptualizing and facilitating unique interventions for clients living with unresolved past trauma, grief, poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression, shame and guilt. Frank views substance abuse as a symptom of an underlying issue and supports clients in peeling back the layers of their addiction through creativity, vulnerability, safety and empathy. Frank believes that recovery is not just about putting down a substance, but rather becoming the next best version of one’s self each day.

Rebecca Dwyer – Office Manager

Rebecca Dwyer is the Excel Treatment Center’s Office Manager. As someone passionate about the recovery process, Rebecca’s goal is to assist those in ongoing recovery, as well as people still struggling with addiction. She takes pride in helping addicts and their families through the process of seeking treatment and undergoing rehabilitation. Rebecca is passionate about what the Excel Treatment Center has to offer to those who are seeking recovery. By using her own experiences to help others, Rebecca brings an exceptional level of understanding and care to everyone she works with.

CLINICAL

Patricia Kazanowski, CADC – Director of Operations

Patricia Kazanowski has been working in the Substance use field for 12 years. She started her journey in 2008, working as an unpaid intern, in a long-term residential facility. From there she has worked her way up to Sr. Counselor by 2016. Patricia has also had the opportunity to work with a more diverse population as she was the Assistant Facility Director/Supervising Case Manager for the parolee population. She then moved to experience more treatment modalities in the area of inpatient detox and short term residential. She started with Prevention Links as a STAR Case Manager and expanded her position as the Recovery Engagement Supervisor. In this role she oversaw out 24/7 UCHH 365 hotline, also being an instrumental partner with Operation Helping Hands. In October 2020, Patricia was offered the position of Director of Operations with Excel Treatment Center and Milestone Sober Living, which is a great honor as this is what she has been working towards since starting in this field. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Social Work and Sociology and minor in Psychology from Rutgers University. Patricia is currently enrolled in a Dual Master of Science and Ph.D. program through Walden University. Patricia identifies as someone in long term recovery for the past 13 years (September 28). Patricia has recently found a love for camping as well as any type of outdoor water activities. She also enjoys playing with her pet skunks, Stinkerbelle and Stompers.

Meg Zarnick, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCTP, CCS – Clinical Director

Meg Zarnick joined Excel Treatment Center in 2020 as the Clinical Supervisor and was promoted to Clinical Director within the year. Meg is a dual licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC). She has been working in the field of addictions and mental health since 2011. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2013 where she graduated with honors. Meg is dedicated to building strong therapeutic relationships with all clients. She believes being empathetic and attentive to client’s needs while setting and maintaining clear boundaries, which is important for recovery and personal growth. Meg utilizes a strength-based solution focused perspective to empower clients by incorporating CBT, DBT and MI in her practice. Meg is also a certified clinical trauma professional and trained in EMDR therapy.

Jodi Weston – LCSW

Jodi Weston, MSW, LCSW is Excel Treatment Center’s dual diagnosis clinician. Jodi specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health disorders, holding a master’s degree in Social Work with an Addiction Studies concentration from Rutgers University. She chose this specialty because she identified a stigma and gap in service for people who had addiction and mental health issues. Jodi has worked extensively with adults, adolescents, families and couples within the mental health and substance abuse treatment system.

Emily Egbert – Case Manager

Throughout Emily’s many years of experience in the substance use field, she has worked at detox facilities and long-term treatment centers. As somebody in long-term recovery herself, she brings her personal and professional experiences to Excel Treatment Center. She prides herself on her ability to relate to clients and hopes to help them feel comfortable in what can otherwise be an uncomfortable process. As a mother in recovery, she knows the struggles that addiction and recovery pose for parents. She particularly strives to make Excel a warm and welcoming environment for mothers in recovery.

Nicholas Basinski – CADC – Clinician

Nick Basinski is a CADC in the state of NJ with 3 years of experience.  Nick utilizes his training as a certified personal trainer and registered yoga teacher to provide a holistic approach to recovery. Reenforcing the body, mind, and spirit creates a 3-pronged attack for clients fighting the disease of addiction – a malady that goes much further than physical dependence.  With Nick, clients learn about such things as distress tolerance, nervous system functions, breathwork and guided meditation.  This approach provides “a breath of fresh air” for those willing and open to trying new things, when the same old hasn’t worked.

Taylor Nolan – LAC

Taylor Nolan is Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and working to become dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Taylor gained her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has utilized her training in various settings, including detox, acute psychiatric units and schools. Taylor is passionate about mental health and the relationship it plays in addiction and recovery. She builds relationships with clients through empathy and respect, providing a safe space for clients to heal as well as build a healthy future they envision for themselves.

Kimberly Schielke – CADC Intern

Kimberly Schielke is a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) Intern at the Excel Treatment Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, from Long Island University. Kimberly is currently pursuing her CADC to become more involved with the recovery process. Her vibrant and enthusiastic interactions with clients demonstrate her passion for the field. Kimberly truly believes that her purpose is to help others to reclaim their lives from addiction, and each patient she interacts with can feel her genuine, compassionate empathy towards them and their journey.

David Kniffin – CADC Intern

Dave Kniffin is a CADC Intern and has been a Milestone House staff member since 2008 and a staff member at Excel since 2020. Dave is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS). Dave has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Villanova University. Dave has been a member of Alcoholics Anonymous since 1993 and has a sobriety date of January 11, 1997. In his role as a Resident Assistant at Milestone House, Dave takes pride in engaging and offering a sobriety experience to all residents. Dave’s role includes work as primary nighttime staff, which entails supporting residents and holding them accountable through the evening hours.

Sam Baron – CADC Intern

Sam Baron is a CADC Intern who comes to Excel Treatment Center with a passion for helping those in recovery navigate through treatment and beyond. By interacting with compassion, understanding, and honesty toward clients, he hopes to help guide clients in their journey to lead an honest, open, willing, and sober lifestyle. As a lifelong resident of the area, he understands the nuances of sober lifestyles in North Jersey. With a background in education and community outreach, he brings skills used to work with students and community members into the recovery world. Sam is in the process of obtaining his certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is completing his required clinical internship hours at Excel Treatment Center while attending school for certification.

MEDICAL

Dr. Michael Ganon, DO – Medical Doctor

Bio coming soon…

Kelly Nussbaum – APN

Kelly Nussbaum is licensed by the state of New Jersey as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She has extensive experience in the area of community mental health, having worked in inpatient, outpatient, and addiction treatment settings. Kelly is passionate about substance use disorder and mental health treatment and brings that passion with her to work every day at the Excel Treatment Center.

Annemarie Schlomann – APN

Annemarie Schlomann, APN, received her Associate Degree in Nursing at County College of Morris in 1986 and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Excelsior College. She has over 30 years of clinical acute care nursing experience in critical care and emergency medicine. She has served in nursing education and management roles. After receiving her Advanced Practice degree in 2017, she gained experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner in both urgent care and internal medicine settings. While experiencing firsthand the devastating consequences of the opioid crisis as a nurse in the emergency department, she developed an interest in the treatment of substance use disorder. She began working with her mentor and collaborating physician, Dr. Michael Ganon, at Genesis Addiction and Behavioral Medicine, a consulting practice that provides medical treatment and medication assisted treatment at local treatment centers. She now works full time in addiction medicine and is amazed by the rewards of seeing her patients achieve stable recoveries.

ANCILLARY SERVICES

Bridget Sicsko – Yoga Instructor

Bridget fell head over heels for yoga seven years ago when she realized her passion for the practice of movement, breathwork, philosophy, and the yogic lifestyle. Yoga classes with Bridget aim to engage patients in a spiritual yogic experience beyond that of the physical asana, using meditation, concentration, and pranayama techniques. Bridget’s positive outlook and open-mindedness are contagious – and her students reflect that. Regardless of the strength, flexibility, or prior yoga experience of students, Bridget is able to create a sense of ease and comfort in every student she works with.

Laura Holland – Art Therapist

Bio coming soon…

Natalie Lowry – Reiki Instructor

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