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Banyan Chicago:
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programs


At Banyan Treatment Center Chicago, our mission is to help those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction reach their goal of a happy, healthy, and productive sober life through an array of treatment therapies provided by our licensed clinical and medical professionals. Our individualized treatment plans allow our Chicago addiction rehab to set the standards of patient care at the highest level.

At Banyan Chicago, we believe in giving our patients all the tools they will need to not only overcome their addiction but also to promote long-term sobriety and success. Through our care plan, patients should be able to return back to their normal lives as productive members of society. Banyan Treatment Center stands as the leader in providing growth through recovery. We have facilities nationwide with multiple alcohol and drug treatment programs, but you can start your life in recovery today at our Chicago addiction rehab center.

 

 

Banyan Treatment Center Chicago Team


Vanessa Whitnell, LCPC, CADC, CCTP

Clinical Director
Vanessa Whitnell, LCPC, CADC, CCTP

Clinical Director

Vanessa has been passionate about working with individuals who struggle with substance use disorders since her undergraduate days at the University of Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology. There she did specialized education, training, and research in addiction and addictive behaviors. Vanessa went on to earn her Master’s degree in community counseling at DePaul University with an emphasis in addiction treatment. During her graduate career, Vanessa gained experience working with the substance use disorder and eating disorder populations. Vanessa has also recently obtained her Certified Clinical Trauma Professional certification.

Since Vanessa joined the team at Banyan Treatment Center Chicago in August 2016, she has served as a Primary Therapist and Quality Assurance while receiving training in DBT and Trauma as well as becoming a published author in strengths-based counseling. Having both the clinical understanding and compassion for patients as well as the ever-searching drive to promote a safe and supportive atmosphere for continued growth, Vanessa is prepared and humbled to serve as the Clinical Director for Banyan Chicago.

Brad Gerke

Director of Operations
Brad Gerke

Director of Operations

Brad Gerke has been working in the field of addiction recovery for nearly ten years and currently serves as the Director of Operations at Banyan Chicago. He has been part of the Banyan family since 2015, when the facility opened. Brad is heavily involved in the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. He is a DuPage County HOPE Taskforce Appointee and works closely with the Naperville Connect for Life program, a number of 501c3 foundations, and joins state legislature for various round tables. Additionally, Brad speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where he provides information, education, and resources on addiction and recovery. Brad believes in meeting patients where they are at in their lives to aid in their recovery journeys and values working with a team of dedicated professionals who give their all to enable their patients’ success.

Donald L. Mrozek II, BA, CADC

Therapist
Donald L. Mrozek II, BA, CADC

Therapist

Originally planning to be an attorney, Donald “Donny” Mrozek left law school to pursue a career in counseling. Donny has a passion for working with people struggling with substance use disorders. Donny obtained his Certified Alcohol and Drug Certificate (CADC) in 2016 and is currently working on his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. His career began as a therapist at a treatment center in Naperville, Illinois, where he gained experience in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). Donny was hired at Banyan Chicago in October 2017 as a Therapist in our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). He believes that effective treatment requires a strong relationship between patient and therapist, and strives to empower his patients to make the changes they need to succeed. Donny utilizes a person centered style and has experience incorporating CBT, 12-Step Recovery, and SMART Recovery into his therapeutic approach.

Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator
Felicia Ortiz

Alumni Coordinator

Felicia Ortiz has been working in the field of addiction for 7 years. Felicia was born and raised at the Jersey Shore. The personal journey in recovery was Felicia's motivating factor to helping others. Felicia spent several years trying to obtain lasting sobriety in south Florida by attending several treatment centers. Recovery gave Felicia the opportunity to further her education, get married, and have children. Felicia and her husband both worked in the addiction field.

Felicia started her journey in the field working for the sober living she graduated from. Working under other professionals in the field inspired and instilled within Felicia the basic knowledge and tools she needed to continue her journey and began to work as a Clinical Care coordinator and later, Director of Operations for a large sober living program in South Florida. Felicia has worked in several different areas of the field including, recovery support, operations, business development, HIM and clinical care. Felicia is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of IL . During her schooling, she worked as an intern for Hay Market Center and was promoted to an alcohol and drug counselor for the women and children's residential substance abuse program

Jessica Alvarez

Intake Supervisor
Jessica Alvarez

Intake Supervisor

Jessica started her journey to recovery in 2009. Jessica’s path led her to work with several foundations as an advocate for those who struggle with addiction. She continues to be heavily involved with the local recovery community, advocating for those in need of resources. As co-founder to the 516 Light Foundation, Jessica speaks publicly at community forums, facilitates family events, and gives presentations at local high schools and colleges where she provides resources and education on addiction and recovery. Additionally, Jessica works closely with the Governor, Congress, and local police – Naperville’s Connect for Life program to raise awareness about addiction and bring resources to the community.

Jessica first came to Banyan Treatment Centers in May of 2016 as an Admissions Coordinator. After showing her dedication and strong work ethic, Jessica was promoted to Chicago’s Intake Supervisor, which allows her to fulfill her passion by helping individuals and families who suffer from drug addiction through the admissions process.

Jessica first came to Banyan Treatment Center in May of 2016 as an Admissions Coordinator. After showing her dedication and strong work ethic, Jessica was given the opportunity to take training courses in Recovery Coaching. Jessica was recently promoted to Chicago’s Intake Supervisor, which

Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner
Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Heidi was born and raised in the Chicago area and recently started with us in the nurse practitioner role. She graduated with her Masters of Science degree in nursing from the nurse practitioner program at Lewis University in 2015. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner she worked in a variety of nursing fields including medical-surgical, home health, hospice, case management and behavioral health nursing.

Prior to coming to Banyan Treatment Center, Heidi worked as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care behavioral health facility where she cared for many dual diagnosis patients. Heidi performs medical and mental health assessments and treats immediate problems that arise with patients while in treatment. Heidi has always been interested in the sciences and in helping people.

 

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

Addiction treatment doesn’t need to be out of reach. At our drug rehab in Chicago, our goal is to assist as many people as we can. We accept a variety of insurance plans to help people get the addiction treatment they need. If you do not have health insurance, there are other ways to pay for treatment. Call us today to see if your insurance will cover your treatment program and to talk about alternatives if necessary.



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