About Center For Healing

New Jersey Addiction Recovery

Substance Abuse Treatment Center

Committed To Your Recovery


The path from drug and alcohol addiction to recovery is a journey.  We create unique substance abuse treatment plans for each person based on their individual addiction treatment needs.  We are completely committed to your addiction recovery.

Our Vision

To Restore Hope And Transform Lives

Center for Healing believes that each person can find hope again. Through our substance abuse treatment programs everyone has the opportunity to transform their life. Focused on overcoming substance abuse addiction, the Center for Healing understands that addiction does not discriminate and the needs of those seeking help are as unique as the individual themselves. In order to to see full addiction recovery, a person must be transformed by the treatment process.  Therefore, we refer to each person who successfully completes one of our programs as a “transformation”.

Much like the lotus flower that grows out of the muck and muddy waters to become a beautiful flower, at the Center for Healing, you will learn to transform from a murky life clouded by addiction into something beautiful where you greet each day with energy and excitement.

The Elements Of Success

A clear vision, a proven substance abuse treatment approach and an outstanding team that is distinct in its remarkable combination of expertise and compassion create the ideal environment for a successful addiction recovery.

Our dedication to excellence has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. Our consistent compliance with the Commission’s performance standards demonstrates the Center for Healing’s constant commitment to providing safe and effective care for addiction rehab.

Our Team

Always focused on you

We are a group of experienced treatment experts who have come together with one common goal – to create the most innovative, successful substance use disorder and mental health treatment possible.  We truly care for each one of our clients. We all believe we have a calling to do what we do.  Your success is our success.

Erica Mortimer


Erica has earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Clemson University and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of South Florida.  Having worked in schools, prisons and mental health facilities, Erica brings to the table a unique perspective to addiction and mental health treatment.  Erica holds the following certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC)
  • Special Education Teacher – State of New Jersey
  • School Counselor – State of New Jersey
  • Director of Counseling – State of New Jersey
  • School Principal – State of New Jersey

A strong leader in the community, people turn to Erica for advice, guidance and direction.  With compassion, Erica offers, practical and straight forward feedback to those struggling with addiction and their families. Having a deep understanding of addiction, the impact on the family, and how best to combat the disease of addiction, Erica is known to do whatever it takes to assist those fighting to regain their lives and families.

While it is not common to find the the owner of most treatment centers actively involved in the daily operations, Erica is not only actively involved in all aspects of Center for Healing, but Erica has an open door policy and clients are always welcome to come in and chat.

Erica founded Center for Healing in 2012 after becoming frustrated with the lack of treatment options in New Jersey.  Erica set out to create a treatment experience that she would feel comfortable sending one of her own family members to.  Erica is keenly aware that every client is a son, daughter, brother, sister maybe even a parent to someone who loves them very much.  She does not take the responsibility of substance abuse treatment lightly.  A stickler for ensuring ethical and safe treatment practices, Erica pursued and was awarded Joint Commission Accreditation in February 2016.

Over the years Erica has been involved in various non-profit organizations offering family support and participating in drug and alcohol interventions.  Under Erica’s leadership, influences and guidance, hundreds of lives have been changed for the better.  In 2011, Erica served as a member of the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA). Nominated by Congressman Chris Smith and appointed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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“Greatness lies on the brink of disaster”  – Will Smith

Mark Margariello, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Mark Magariello, a Board Certified Internist, not only provides oversight to all aspects of the clients’ medical care, he also meets with each client weekly to ensure all of their medical needs are being met.  Truly caring about each client, he routinely talks to them about nutrition, medication management/compliance and smoking cessation. Affectionately referred to “Dr. Mags” or even just “Mags”, Dr. Magariello’s warm personality and infectious laughter makes it easy for clients to feel comfortable with him.

“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.” – Hippocrates

Laurie Schray, MD


Dr. Laurie Schray is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. She has expertise in not only dealing with those suffering from substance use disorder, but also those with concomitant mental health and medical illnesses. Dr. Schray understands that treatment for patients who have both substance abuse and mental and medical illnesses can be complex and challenging. She believes the ideal path to success is one of collaboration and communication between the patient, therapist and doctor.

“You are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think and LOVED more than you’ll ever know.” – A.A. Milne

Patricia Gianotti

MA, LCADC, Clinical Supervisor

Soon to be “Dr. Patricia Gianotti” as she is about to graduate with her PhD in Psychology, Pattyis a Licensed Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, LCADC. Her clinical and research interests include the effectiveness of computer-based cognitive training with EBD, Emotional-Behavioral Disorder), EBD and self-esteem, and the relationship between substance abuse disorders and EBD. Patty believes in the effectiveness of mindfulness in the relapses prevention proceed.  

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford

Dan Maurer

Primary Therapist

With experience in various mental health settings, Dan has developed an effective approach to dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Dan operates from a person-centered perspective and utilizes a variety of techniques derived from cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy. Described by his colleagues as “undercover funny,” Dan’s sense of humor, as well as his compassionate, non-judgmental approach, allows him to break barriers that too often stand in the way of treatment.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Meghan McMaster

Primary Therapist

Meghan is a relationship-based counselor who has experience working with adults and adolescents, couples and families. An experienced therapist Meghan works with those struggling with addictions, eating disorders and a variety of mental health disorders. Meghan’s orientation to counseling is based in Psychodynamic theory, with an emphasis on the counseling relationship and operating from a phenomenological perspective.  Meghan has a deep understanding of the therapeutic process and the disease of addiction.

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – C.G. Jung

Laura Garbowski


Laura is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Associate Counselor, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University.

Laura is experienced in working with those struggling with substance use and dependence, eating disorders, as well as mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Working from a client-centered approach, Laura aims to create a therapeutic environment that is comfortable and non-judgmental, demonstrating empathy and unconditional positive regard, allowing the client to feel safe and at ease in order take an active role in their treatment.

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything and Run,’ or, ‘Face Everything and Rise.’ The choice is yours.”  – Zig Ziglar

Miriam Roman-Mendez


Miriam is a retired educator and guidance counselor from Trenton School district.  Over the years, Miriam has obtained three Master Degrees.  She has a Counseling degree from Rider University, a Master of Arts in technology and Curriculum from Houston Baptist University, and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision.

A compassionate, bi-lingual counselor, Miriam is fluent in Spanish and English. Miriam uses various resources to assist her clients with adjusting to lifes challenges. Center for Healing clients adore Miriam and instantly feel connected to her.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop

Cassie Mendez

Director of Operations

Cassie’s positive attitude and excitement for what she does makes her a powerful catalyst for recovery.  Her passion to help others is fueled by her firsthand knowledge as to the devastation of addiction.  An experienced substance abuse professional, Cassie’s insight, great instincts, knowledge of addiction and compassion allow her to wear many hats within the organization.   Center for Healing’s first full-time employee, Cassie has grown with the organization and is an integral part of all that we do.

“Unbeing dead, isn’t being alive.”
– EE Cummings

Kirstyn Otter

Medical Liason

Kirstyn is pivotal in coordinating the health care needs of each client. Many clients come in with complicated health issues stemming from their addiction and/or lack of medical attention. Kirstyn assures they receive the medical attention they need and deserve. Always available, her calm demeanor and understanding make it easy for clients to speak to her about their needs. Kirstyn provides the clients with strength and guidance, and has a deep understanding of the need for long term sobriety.

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Stephanie Foran

Intake Specialist

Stephanie Foran is an intake specialist who’s primary focus is to make the decision to pursue addiction treatment as smooth and easy as possible. Stephanie is available to the center for healing hotline 24/7 not only for those seeking treatment but for families and friends of those struggling with addicition. Stephanie believes that no one should ever feel alone in the battle of addiction. Offering understanding and support, Stephanie is willing to help anyone get into treatment, even if they go somewhere other than Center for Healing. Stephanie is warm, funny and compassionate.  Many clients find it easy to relate to Stephanie. She is passionate and devoted to helping others overcome addiction and she has made it her life’s work.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”  – Steve Jobs


Community Partners

Reaching out to the experts

We have the good fortune to be able to reach beyond our four walls and draw on the expertise of addiction and health professionals in our community with whom we have close relationships.

Carol Rickard


Carol is a nationally recognized stress and wellness authority with 13 books published in this area. She is the founder and CEO of Well YOUniversity, LLC and creator of SMARTheory, B.E. in L.I.F.E., Kick Cigarettes Butts, and Artinyms. Carol has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and been featured expert in Esperanza & BP Magazines. Carol has 25 years of experience working in hospital based programs, assisting thousands of people in changing their health habits to reclaim their lives.

You can learn more about Carol at:  https://wellyouniversity.com/about-carol

Lynn Cohen

Yoga Instructor, Recovery Coach 

Founder of Rise up Recovery SolutionsLynn Cohen has been in the executive and personal coaching industry for over 20 years. During this time, Lynn has worked successfully with individuals who are looking to make positive change in their lives. Clients love her style, her out of the box thinking, her ability to dig deep, her keen observation and listening skills, and her results oriented methods. In addition, Lynn a certified yoga and meditation instructor

You can learn more about Lynn at: www.designstogrow.com

Ed Tseng

Author, Speaker, Performance Consultant

Ed Tseng is an internationally-recognized mental performance consultant, best-selling author, and TEDx speaker who has helped thousands of people win more in sports, sales, school and life.

His book, “Game. Set. Life. – Peak Performance for Sports and Life” has been on Amazon’s Top 10 in Sport Psychology and is featured annually at the US Open Championships.

You can learn more about Ed at: www.EdTseng.com.

So…  What’s With The Elephant?

Perhaps you know that the elephant is associated with good memory, but it’s symbolism runs much deeper. The elephant also represents strength, power, stability and wisdom – all of which are the qualities that we at the Center for Healing like to have our clients discover within themselves in order to lead them to a successful recovery. Moreover, the elephant is also associated with good luck, and we all can use a little good luck in our lives, can’t we?

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