This page offers a brief explanation and quick reference of what different addiction doctors and specialists do.
It’s tough to admit when you have a drug or alcohol problem, but it’s even tougher to recover. However, overcoming addiction is easier when you have the right support. Training drug addiction treatment doctors and specialists helps individuals with substance use disorders get sober and change their lives for the better. Keep reading to meet Banyan’s team of addiction specialists and professionals and learn about the trained, educated, and passionate people that can help you or a loved one get sober.
Types of Certified Addiction Specialists
A client will usually meet many types of addiction treatment specialists during partial hospitalization and residential treatment. These professionals have various titles, skills, and schooling.
For instance, the term addiction specialist refers to trained medical doctors. States regulate most addiction recovery jobs, and state licensing protects patients’ health and privacy.
Licensed addiction recovery specialists have completed specific amounts of education, testing, and supervised work to ensure they have the experience and education necessary to treat clients while keeping them safe. Certified addiction specialists have met national or international organizations’ requirements, as well.
Below is a list of the various types of addiction specialists and doctors that are normally on staff in a rehab facility.
An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) is a registered nurse who completed graduate-level education and has the primary responsibility of caring for the patient. The roles of licensed ARNPs include:
- Examining patients and establishing diagnoses according to client history, physical examination, and other forms of care
- Admitting, managing, and discharging patients to and from health care centers
- Ordering, collecting, performing, and interpreting diagnostic examinations
- Managing health care by identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating a care plan for the individual
- Prescribing therapies and medical equipment for treatment
- Prescribing medications, when necessary
Substance abuse nurse practitioners offer addiction recovery medical services to treat clients in our facilities. Nurses on our staff have a combination of advanced degrees and certifications in mental health and substance abuse nursing to ensure our clients receive the best care possible.
Medical directors have years of experience managing health care facilities. Their qualifications must address the various responsibilities of the role.
Like other addiction treatment facilities, Banyan involves a hierarchy of professional addiction specialists in leadership roles. At the top of this hierarchy is the medical director (MD).
Our medical director provides oversight on all our facilities’ medical-related duties. They ensure that all medical staff members follow guidelines, protocol, and provide high-quality care to clients while ensuring their team members’ needs are being met.
Typical roles of a medical director in addiction treatment include:
- Enforcing an environment in which medical professionals can safely and effectively work
- Developing policies and protocols that match the health care institution’s guidelines to ensure client safety and treatment efficacy
- Supervising and evaluating medical staff operations
- Working with institutional leadership to meet the health care system’s goals
- Staying up-to-date on the latest medical advancements and changes through continuing education
- Managing all medical departments of their facility
- Ensuring that medical staff members meet institutional expectations, including certifications
- Recruiting and managing medical team members
Meet Banyan’s Medical Addiction Specialists
Now that you know a little more about their specific roles, meet some of the incredible men and women on the Banyan team who help those struggling with addiction and mental illness.
Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He received his master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed his family medicine residency at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Darrin became the second addiction medicine fellow at Geisinger Health System. He is a Certified Physician Executive and a Medical Review Officer.
Dr. Mangiacarne is board certified in family medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) and addiction medicine from the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) and (AOBFP). He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM) and a fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (FAOAAM). He also currently holds the title of Secretary/Treasurer for the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Mangiacarne has worked in the addiction field for the past 11 years in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He co-chaired the Indiana Attorney General’s Task Force on addiction. Dr. Mangiacarne is the Past-President of the Indiana Society of Addiction Medicine. Before joining Banyan, he served as the Regional Medical Director for another program, overseeing their medication assisted treatment programming throughout the Midwest.
Director of Nursing
Gloria is a nurse and a New York native who relocated to martin County in 2016. She has been a part of the Stuart nursing team since they opened their doors in 2016. She has been a nurse for over 10 years with experience in the surgery trauma field, burns, pediatrics and dermatology. Gloria is currently furthering her education to acquire her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her goal is to continue her growth within the Banyan company and to fulfill her passion in helping the needed community in their recovery process.During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 13-year-old son Anthony and their family at the beach, the movies and traveling.
Keerthy Sunder, MD
Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD is an accomplished Physician with extensive experience as a clinician, researcher, administrator, teacher, and lecturer. He is also author of the Amazon International Best Seller book “Face your Addictions and Save your Life” and the creator of an online meditation program for health and wellness (www.tunemybrain.com) and for PTSD among returning war Veterans (www.beatptsd.com).
Dr. Sunder holds Diplomates from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also a Diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London, England and certified as a Credentialed Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society. He served his Ob/Gyn residency at James Cook University Hospital in England. He served his Psychiatry residency at the University of Bristol, England as well as Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the Credentialing Committee for the American Board of Addiction Medicine and a Life Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine. He is currently on Clinical Faculty with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Riverside School of Medicine and an Adjunct
National Director of Nursing
Danielle Menendez is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami. Danielle moved to the Martin County area in 1997. Danielle’s career began as a BHT (Behavioral Health Technician) in an all-male mental health prison. It was there that Danielle found her passion for helping people, especially those with dual diagnosis. She decided to obtain her nursing license in order to further her education to combat the Substance Abuse epidemic. After obtaining her L.P.N., Danielle began working for a detox facility. A year later, Danielle decided to become an R.N.
Danielle began her career with Banyan in Downtown Stuart as the Director of Nursing for our Detox. She has built a dynamic nursing department with nurses from various medical backgrounds, from the ER to Mental Health specialties, in order to offer our clients the most caring and knowledgeable nursing staff possible.
Danielle plans to continue her schooling in the near future. She plans on obtaining her master’s degree in nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner.
Director of Nursing
Linda Santiago is a California resident, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. While a student at Mission College, she volunteered for a suicide prevention hotline. It was here that she realized her passion for working in the mental health field. After finishing nursing school, she began working at a Dual Diagnosis facility, it was here that she identified her passion for working with people with not only mental health, but substance abuse as well. Linda has been in supervisory positions since 2012 and thrives in leading teams towards high standards of quality patient care. Linda offers nursing educational groups where they discuss unique ways to engage patient’s interest such as jeopardy/trivia and role-playing games. Linda finds creative and fun ways to educate patients and engage staff morale. Linda has been dedicated to the field of dual diagnosis for most of her career and continues to place top priority on patient care.
Linda joined the Banyan Palm Springs Team in August 2020 and looks forward to further developing and strengthening our nursing department. Our goal is to create a department dedicated to the care and compassion of the patients we serve.
Heidi Wagner, APN, FNP-BC
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.
Xiomara Jimenez was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA with a Puerto Rican background. She received a Bachelor’s degree for nursing at Temple University in 2008 and later on received her Master’s from La Salle University in 2018. Although Xiomara has not first handedly been affected by drug abuse, she has witness the affects it has made on the lives of both friends and family. Xiomara began her career has a Nurse Practitioner working in PHP and IOP level of care for substance use disorders, while simultaneously running a Sub Oxone maintenance program. She then went on to helping women and children who suffered from mental health and substance use disorders. Growing up in North Philadelphia, she witnessed the destruction drugs and alcohol had on the community as well as the impact it had on the families involved and believed how one helping hand could provide the necessary courage and make all the difference in an individual’s life.
Want to Join The Banyan Team?
If you’re passionate about helping people recover from addiction and mental illness, you could be just what our team needs. If you’re interested in getting hired in the addiction treatment field, check out our addiction recovery jobs here to learn more about the available positions at our Banyan drug rehab locations.
Most Insurance Plans Accepted
At Banyan, our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.