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Banyan Treatment Center Speakers Bureau

Banyan Treatment Center 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
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
Addiction Medicine
Mental Health
Psychiatry
Clinical research

Dr. Tammy C. Malloy, PhD, LCSW, CSAT

Chief Clinical Officer, Psychologist, Sex Addiction Expert
Dr. Tammy C. Malloy, PhD, LCSW, CSAT

Chief Clinical Officer, Psychologist, Sex Addiction Expert

Chief Clinical Officer of Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
7859 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467

Dr. Tammy Malloy holds her PhD from Barry University\'s School of Social work and is a licensed clinical social work. Tammy is currently the Chief Clinical Officer at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc., where she has been working for the past 9 years. As Chief Clinical Officer, Tammy works closely with staff on a supervisory level implementing clinical treatment protocols and therapeutic programming while growing clinical, nursing and medical staff to meet the needs of the ever changing addiction and mental health population. Tammy also holds her certification in sex addiction which has led to her most recent research in parental bonding; engagement is sexually explicit internet material in youth, and hypersexual behaviors in adult women who have a SUD diagnosis. Moreover; Tammy holds an executive director of research title where she conducts internal studies, with her research team, and external studies with Florida Atlantic and Barry University. Research studies include examining the benefits of mindfulness with SUD patient who also suffer with co-occurring disorders as well as treatment retention and outcome studies assessing specific treatment interventions. These research studies are shared across the Country at addiction and mental health conferences as well as scholarly publications. Tammy has also been featured on the Anderson Cooper Show, as an expert in the field, to assist in a live intervention as well as live radio shows and addiction magazines that focus on addiction.

Areas of Expertise
Addiction
Mental Health
Sex Addiction
Clinical research

Eric Oakes

Chief Operations Officer
Eric Oakes

Chief Operations Officer

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
Operations
Clinical Management

Channing Marinari, LMHC, QS, MCAP, ICADC

Clinical Outreach Coordinator, Eating Disorder Expert
Channing Marinari, LMHC, QS, MCAP, ICADC

Clinical Outreach Coordinator, Eating Disorder Expert

Clinical Outreach
7859 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467

Channing received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Psychology and her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Her areas of specialization include the treatment of substance abuse, trauma, and eating disorders/body image. Channing has worked in a variety of clinical settings including residential treatment, outpatient clinics, and day treatment programs. She is a member of The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). Additionally, Channing has worked as an equine therapist and yoga therapist, as well as traditional face to face counseling. She implements a variety of counseling techniques that focus on healing clients from the inside out, with a large emphasis on emotional regulation.


Addiction/Mental Health Issues
Eating Disorders
Treatment Methods & Approach
12 Step Program

Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN , MCAP, QS

Clinical Director of Mental Health Services
Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN , MCAP, QS

Clinical Director of Mental Health Services

Clinical Director and Registered Dietician of Banyan Mental Health Treatment Center, Pompano Beach, FL
1000 NW 15th St, Boca Raton, FL 33486

Rob joined Banyan Treatment Center in October 2017. As a native Floridian, Rob graduated in 1987 from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. After an extended dietetic internship, he passed his Registered Dietician (RD) certification, became licensed (LDN) in Florida, and after working 10 years in the long-term care industry decided to change his focus to the field of addiction recovery. With some personal experience in addiction and recovery, a personal “calling” to the field of counseling and a desire to give back to the community, Rob decided to add his skill set and sought a Master’s Degree in Counseling. In 2000, he began working in treatment and graduated from Trinity University (Miami) and after his two-year supervision period, became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He continued to practice in mental health and substance abuse treatment. In 2012, Rob started a 22-bed Mental Health PHP facility in Broward County, which continues to flourish today. Rob became a Qualified Supervisor (QS) in 2014. When the Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP) certification became available in Florida, Rob sought and acquired his MCAP in 2015. Rob is able to impart his knowledge of mental health and addiction/recovery to assist in working toward positive, solution-based outcomes.

Areas of Expertise
Addiction/Mental Health Issues
Family Systems
Community Resources
Designer/New Street Drugs
Treatment Methods & Approach
12 Step Programs

Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director
Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director

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
Addiction
Mental Health
Community Resources
Family Systems
Treatment Methods & Approach
12 Step Programs

Brandon Novak

Film & TV Star, Pro Skateboarder, NY Times Bestselling Author, and Recovery Speaker
Brandon Novak

Film & TV Star, Pro Skateboarder, NY Times Bestselling Author, and Recovery Speaker

Celebrity and Inspirational Figure
Film and Television Star, Professional Skateboarder, New York Times Bestselling Author, National Recovery Speaker, and Banyan Spokesperson

The Banyan Treatment Center family is proud to have Film & Television Star, former Professional Skateboarder, and New York Times bestselling author Brandon Novak as part of our Community Outreach team. Brandon’s story is truly inspirational, having recovered from more than 20 years of drug and alcohol addiction. Now with more than three years sober, Brandon works with us here at Banyan helping others who are struggling with addiction to find the help they so desperately need.

Brandon takes the time to speak with anyone who is stuck in the grips of addiction and looking for help. He speaks with parents, spouses, and loved ones of those who are struggling, offering a message of hope and recovery. In fact, he provides a direct cell-phone number so that anyone who needs to can reach him directly. He has helped countless individuals find the treatment they need, and the Banyan Treatment Center family is proud to have him on board.

Christopher Jones

Program Director at Seaside Palm Beach, Former NFL Player
Christopher Jones

Program Director 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.

Darren Prince

Celebrity Agent, International Bestselling Author
Darren Prince

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.

Ryan Steinberg, LMHC, MBA

Clinical Director at Banyan Treatment Center, Pompano Beach, FL
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
Gender/Sexuality Issues
Business Administration in Healthcare

Luke Wollet

Former Free Agent Signee to the NFL New Orleans Saints, Professional Model, Recovery Speaker
Luke Wollet

Former Free Agent Signee to the NFL New Orleans Saints, Professional Model, Recovery Speaker

Inspirational Figure
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.

Jordan Meyers

Music Activist and Recovery Speaker
Jordan Meyers

Music Activist and Recovery Speaker

For as long as he can remember Jordan Meyers has loved music, and has been closely involved with the industry since his early teens. Since joining his first U.S. tour in 2008 as a merchandise manager and instrument tech, Jordan has been on dozens of tours both nationally and internationally. He has experience in virtually every facet of the lifestyle. From playing drums and managing merchandise, to tour operations and on-stage audio, Meyers eventually even went on to own his own music venue and booking agency. Like many others before him, the touring lifestyle led Meyers down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that crippled his career in the music industry. However, today he has found long-term, sustained recovery. Now, completely free from drugs and alcohol since May 16, 2014, Meyers has entered a new chapter in his musical life. He is again traveling the country with musicians, where he takes the stage at concerts and festivals to deliver a message of recovery to those suffering from addiction and mental illness. Through his nonprofit Finding a Lost Voice and his employer Banyan Treatment Center, Jordan is now able to give hope to thousands and reconnect with the world of music, which he loves, in an entirely new and positive way.

Anthony Acampora

Faith in Recovery Director, Christian Author, & Radio Show Host
Anthony Acampora

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 (Non-Denominational) and published Christian Author, his Ministry experience includes Chaplain Community Liaison, Director of Ministries,Director of Community Outreach, and Biblical Counselor, He has a heart for those who suffer with mental illness, addictions and the broken in spirit. He has ministered to over 6,500 individuals suffering with addictions, mental health issues, the homeless, youths and inmates. He has been interviewed on numerous Faith & Recovery radio and internet shows. Anthony has successfully completed specialized training with the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and The Ministry Training Institute. He is the Director of the Faith-Net Programs with the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).



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