Banyan Treatment Centers' Speakers Bureau
Banyan Treatment Centers stands as a leader in the addiction and mental health treatment industry. Our team is comprised of experts and we believe in employing only the best and brightest in the field.
We value community involvement and strive to promote education, action, and fight to break the stigma that is often associated with addiction and mental health disorders. Our experts have spoken at a wide variety of events, ranging from industry conferences, local and regional events, and have appeared on prominent news outlets. Learn more about our speakers below and complete the form to request a speaker at your next event.
Dr. David Hu, MD
Medical Director, Psychiatrist
Medical Director of the Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
7859 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467
Dr. Hu holds a Bachelor of Arts from the New York University College of Arts and Sciences and a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Hu completed his internship and residency at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and has been practicing psychiatry for over ten years, specializing in substance abuse disorders. He is a board certified diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) as well as the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Healthgrades Recognized Doctor.
Areas of Expertise
Executive Vice President and COO
950 N Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Eric Oakes has been working with populations in need for more than 25 years. He got his start working with children and adolescents in schools and therapeutic communities in New England, and has been drawn toward those battling addiction ever since. Along the way, Eric has worked throughout the Eastern United States. He has treated persons with severe and persistent mental illness, advocating from the community and in their homes. He has worked with persons with developmental disabilities and women with young children. Eric has worked in the field of addiction treatment throughout South Florida for more than 15 years now, successfully managing and directing several prominent treatment programs. In both public and privately funded settings the theme throughout has been a commitment to serving those in need. Eric Oakes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master in Social Work, is certified by the State of Florida, and has a Master in Business Administration in Health Care Management.
Areas of Expertise
Business Administration in Healthcare
Mergers & Acquisitions
Kahlia Bersson, LCSW
Clinical Director at Banyan Treatment Center Boca Raton, FL
1000 NW 15th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Kahlia Bersson comes to Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential Program with extensive experience in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University, Kahlia honed her expertise working in both the mental health and substance abuse realms. Kahlia promotes a client-centered, holistic approach to treatment that utilizes relevant and effective interventions to meet the client where they are at in the change process and empower clients to meet and surpass their goals.
Areas of Expertise
Treatment Methods & Approach
12 Step Programs
Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA
Clinical Director at Banyan Treatment Center, Pompano Beach, FL
Ryan Steinberg, a South Florida native, was inspired to enter the substance abuse treatment field through his personal experience with addiction. Ryan has been sober for more than ten years, and holds his Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has served as a Primary Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Director at Banyan Treatment Center in Pompano Beach, FL. Additionally, Ryan has served as the Clinical Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, also a Banyan facility. He has worked extensively with adult and adolescent client populations at the Detox, Residential, PHP, and IOP levels of care, where he has treated patients diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders. Ryan adopts a patient-centered approach and implements evidence-based practices when treating patients. In 2018, Ryan pursued his Healthcare MBA at Florida International University, where he became certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He lends both his clinical training and his business mastery to effectively lead a growing behavioral healthcare agency. He is an advocate for the LGBTQ community and he has received advanced clinical training in sexuality/gender related issues.
Areas of exerptise
Substance Use Disorders
Mental Health Disorders
Business Administration in Healthcare
Film & TV Star, Pro Skateboarder, NY Times Bestselling Author, and Recovery Speaker
From the highest highs, including sponsorship deals, hit movies and a best-selling autobiography, to the lowest lows, including prison, rehab, and homelessness, Brandon Novak has lived a life that defies easy description. Recruited in his early teens as the nation’s next top professional skateboarder, Brandon traveled the world with Tony Hawk and was the first pro-skater to ever be sponsored by Gatorade. He then went on to gain international fame as a cast member of the hit MTV “Jackass” movie series and infamous show “Viva La Bam.” He traveled the world, appearing in mainstream media, famous for his outrageous antics and on-screen personality. Brandon signed a multi-book publishing deal based on his best-selling debut autobiography “Dreamseller.” All the while, however, he was battling a crippling addiction to heroin.
Today, Brandon celebrates five and half years sober as a Business Development Representative for Banyan Treatment Centers, and a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP). Recently, he was the keynote speaker for the DEA’s Heroin and Opioid Youth Summits. Brandon released the first ever addiction graphic novel in 2019. His third book, "The Streets of Baltimore,” was released in 2020. Brandon travels the country sharing his message of inspiration and recovery.
Director of Operations at Seaside Palm Beach, Former NFL Player
Former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles & Oakland Raiders, Recovery Speaker & Program Director at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
Chris Jones is a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders. He was offered a five year, $15 million contact with the Eagles, and with receiver Irving Fryer combined for 158 catches which remains top in Eagles history for a receiving team. However, with a promising NFL career ahead of him, a tragic knee injury cut his career short. Ultimately Chris entered a downward spiral of addiction, going into a deep depression that led him to heavy drinking and prescription medication abuse. Now years sober, Chris works at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches (part of the Banyan Treatment Center family) as a Program Director, where he helps others to overcome the same demons that he once faced.
Celebrity Agent, International Bestselling Author
A New Jersey native, Darren Michael Prince is a sports and celebrity agent. With more than ten years sober, Darren is also a public recovery speaker. He has been featured in outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, USA Today, and has appeared on ESPN, CNBC, The Dr. OZ Show, and Anderson Cooper 360, among many others. Additionally, Darren was invited to the 2018 Opiate Epidemic Summit at the White House by the Trump administration. He has authored the riveting memoir Aiming High, depicting his battle with addiction as he represented some of the most iconic figures in the world. Darren shares his inspirational story of addiction and recovery, speaking at schools across the country to inform students on how to avoid the pitfalls of addiction and how to build a healthy sense of self-esteem.
Darren founded Prince Marketing Group in 1995 and has gone on to represent many star actors and athletes, including Magic Johnson (who authored the forward to Aiming High), Hulk Hogan, Pamela Anderson, Chevy Chase, Dennis Rodman, Mickey Rourke, and Charlie Sheen. It is currently a multi-million dollar organization, having negotiated over $200M in deals.
Darren joined the Banyan Treatment Center family as a representative in 2018. His mission is simple: to help those who are in need of addiction recovery resources as he shares his message of hope.
Former Free Agent Signee to the NFL New Orleans Saints, Professional Model, Recovery Speaker
Former Kent State Football Star, signed to the New Orleans Saints following the 2014 NFL Draft, Recovery Speaker
Luke Wollet was a Kent State all-conference safety who made it to the 2014 NFL draft. Picked up by the New Orleans Saints, Luke made it to training camp with the team, where he had the opportunity of a lifetime to follow his dreams. Luke’s story, however, is all too common in America today. He suffered two major injuries playing ball, leading to surgery and a prescription to opioid pain medication. Luke became dependent on the pills, eventually turning to heroin once the prescriptions were gone. By the time he made it to training camp with the Saints he was a full-blown addict. As a result of his addiction Luke lost the chance at making it to the NFL, something he had worked for his entire life. By 2016 he was homeless. Today, Luke has two years sober and now works in the field of addiction treatment. His goal is to help those who are still suffering to find recovery and begin new lives in recovery. Luke has appeared on news outlets including WKBN-TV, WKYC-TV, WOIO-TV, and WFMJ-TV. He is available for interviews and speaking engagements.
Faith in Recovery Director, Christian Author, & Radio Show Host
Radio and Television Personality
Radio Host of “Faith in Recovery” on stations “Faith Talk” Atlanta, GA and “The Word” in Orlando, FL
Anthony is an Ordained Minister and published Christian Author, He graduated from Vision International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry. He earned an advanced diploma in Biblical Studies from the International School of Ministry. He has successfully completed specialized training with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC).
Anthony’s Ministry experience includes Faith Program Director, Chaplain Community Liaison, Director of Ministries, Director of Community Outreach, and Biblical Counselor. He is also the Director of the Faith-Net Programs with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).
Most recently, Anthony was awarded the 2019 Professional of the Year by Broward National Recovery. In 2018 Anthony was selected as a Global Goodwill Ambassador representing the USA with the GGA. In 2015, the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Broward Country awarded Anthony it's volunteer Recognition Award. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers, Broward County awarded Anthony it's Public Citizen of the Year.
Anthony is also the host of The Faith in Recovery Radio Show :
Faith in Recovery airs on Saturdays at 9:30am in the Atlanta area on “FaithTalk Atlanta “AM 970 and Online: faithtalkatlanta.com - 1:30pm in the Orlando area on Orlando’s “The Word “94.9FM & AM 950. Online: thewordorlando.com
This treatment center saved my life and gave me the sobriety I had no idea I was searching for!!!Monica J.
when I came to banyon it felt so good that I was in good hands. the nursing staff was on top of things and the techs were great.Ben L.
Banyan Center at Stuart saved my life. Jennifer, Whitney, Keisha, Pam, Adele, and the most thanks to my therapist Lauren.rhonda r.
He has attended a variety of different programs over the years - Seaside Palm Beach was far and away the best. highly recommend!Crystal C.
I never even new a medical detox existed.I had such anxiety and stress about Finding a place,the right place that would really understand what i needed.Then i recieved this phone call, on the other side of the line was a voice,a voice so calming, so well informed and comforting i finally felt at peace, Stephen shapiro talked me in and stayed in touch the entire time.i truley believe he was sent from above.we still keep in touch to this day.I was worried i thought i had to suffer, suffer who,suffer where not at seaside .your comfort and needs are first priority!The Nursing staff (Nina,Christina and Dinara) are the best in the Field!Medical and Clinical Are second to none.The groups and My TherapistAmanda restored my sanity!!!Thomas S.
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches changed my life for the better. I attended daily groups and individual therapy. The food was superb.teresa t.
They helped him more than I could have ever imaginedRon R.
I can’t thank banyan Stuart enough for what they have done for me and my recovery, the staff here goes above and beyond for their clients and I’m so grateful to have been fortunate enough to go through the program when I was at my worst.Nicole R.