The Treatment Center Staff
Meet the expert executive, clinical and administrative teams. The Treatment Center proudly employs hundreds of staff members. Call us to learn more about our team or employment opportunities.
Meet the expert executive, clinical and administrative teams. The Treatment Center proudly employs hundreds of staff members. Call us to learn more about our team or employment opportunities.
It was Katie Chernak and her husband, Michael’s vision to build a treatment facility where addicts can receive a solid foundation for recovery. Katie’s mission is to restore hope to those suffering from the ravaging affects of addiction. She ensures our facility is a safe place where patients can receive continuous care and get the full support of our staff. It was in part her vision that the founding principles of The Treatment Center be that patients are the number one focus and there should be no bureaucracy. The strength of the company rests on the team of employees who provide around-the-clock care, love, and support for all patients.
Katie believes The Treatment Center is a place where the sick and tired go when they are tired of being sick and tired. She takes pride in knowing our staff doesn’t promise a cure-all treatment, but is honestly there for patients every step of the way. By offering the newest, out-of-the-box, yet effective therapies, the facility provides truly groundbreaking treatment.
Given her own experience in recovery, Katie enjoys helping other addicts on their road to recovery. Her passion is to give back to alcoholics and drug addicts what was so freely given to her. With two kids in college, she understands how the disease of addiction can affect the entire family. Katie is most proud to see her kids as branches of her and Michael. As they have matured, her children have become advocates for addiction recovery as well.
As the Chief Operating Officer, Tony is responsible for leading the operations and development of the facility. He also collaborates with senior management to carryout an overall plan of growth for The Treatment Center. Tony shares a passion for helping alcoholics and addicts stay on the road to recovery and gain an understanding of spirituality and a relationship with a God of their understanding.
Prior to joining The Treatment Center, Tony opened a series of outpatient centers in Palm Beach County and Broward County as part of a prominent treatment center in the area and served as the President of EAP-Florida. In recovery himself, Tony previously served as a therapist and ultimately the clinical director, after transitioning from an internship at a rehab facility in South Florida where he received treatment. He is currently certified in Rapid Resolution Therapy and certified as a Substance Abuse Professional by the Department of Transportation. He’s also a Relapse Prevention Specialist in Gorski/Relapse Prevention and a Master Certified Addiction Professional in Florida.
Tony belongs to several organizations, including the EAP-Florida, NAADAC, and the Institute of Rapid Resolution. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and his Master’s of Science in Rehab Counseling and Mental Health at Florida Atlantic University. He followed this by receiving his doctorate degree, also at FAU. Tony is driven by his passion and ability to touch so many lives of people in sobriety every waking day and helping them stay sober one day at a time.
As a founder and the chief financial officer at The Treatment Center, Todd has a key role in shaping the direction of the company. Todd maintains all financial protocols and ensures that all statutory rules and regulations are adhered to.
Todd has worked in the accounting profession for over 30 years. He was formerly the president and owner of Branstetter Tax & Financial Corporation. Prior to that, he worked for his father’s accounting firm as an accountant and chief assistant.
Todd enjoys seeing patients turn their lives around. As a founding member, he believes the commitment and compassion from the entire staff makes his work fun and rewarding. What excites him the most, is building a successful company that strives to save people’s lives and take care of its employees.
With all the success of The Treatment Center, Todd has been recognized as one of the leading chief financial officers in the community.
Barry is one of the founders of The Treatment Center and serves on the board of directors. As our facility director, Barry brings his extensive background in construction, planning and environmental services to the organization. He is responsible for directing the daily facility operations, workplace safety and prevention services, business strategy development, construction and food services at all of The Treatment Center’s facilities.
Barry has over 30 years of experience in managing facilities. As a member of the safety committee, he helped the team develop and co-edit “The Treatment Center Safety Program”, which presents a current, impartial and comprehensive look at safety and facility procedures. He also implemented a number of operational and programmatic protocols that led to the facility’s accreditation by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Barry is passionate about helping recovering addicts. He uses his 30 years of sobriety and involvement in AA to encourage and restore hope in the community.
With over 20 years of experience as a staff and a private practice psychiatrist, Dr. Ignatov’s diversity in the field of addiction medicine has garnered respect and recognition among his colleagues. Known for his endless passion and versatility, Dr. Ignatov enjoys using an innovative, yet common-sense approach to treating patients. His expertise in disease process and advanced medication management techniques have helped many patients struggling with addictions.
Dr. Ignatov received his medical degree from the Omsk State Medical Academy, one of the oldest medical schools in Russia. After relocating to the United States, he completed his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an additional fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ignatov is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine as well as certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Ignatov began his tenure as medical director in 2009. His leadership, reputation, professional expertise and dedication to the field of addiction medicine have allowed him to cultivate a distinguished team of physicians which continues to grow and be an important cornerstone in the foundation of The Treatment Center.
Dr. Bianchini joined The Treatment Center in 2009 as the director of medicine. He has also created and facilitated successful recovery groups including “There is a Solution” and the Road to Freedom program’s “A Vision for You,” “Sons of Abraham,” and “Free Indeed”. Dr. Bianchini is also the medical director of the chronic pain management program and oversees the integrative pain medicine practices at The Treatment Center.
Prior to joining The Treatment Center, Dr. Bianchini practiced in the medical field for a little over 20 years. He ran a successful medical consulting business as the president of Business Medical Enterprises and Independent Physician’s Consulting for 18 years. Before transitioning to medical consulting, he worked as a staff anesthesiologist at JFK Medical Center and completed his anesthesiology residency at Hartford Hospital.
Dr. Bianchini’s scholastic experience includes graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and graduating medical school from Jefferson Medical College. His post graduate medical training includes a general surgery internship at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.
Karrol-Jo (KJ) Foster began her tenure at The Treatment Center as a Clinical Research Therapist. Since then, she has contributed to our team in various capacities and has recently been promoted to Director of Clinical Services. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Addiction Professional, KJ also adds her own recovery journey to her profound understanding of alcoholism and addiction.
KJ is also an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist and researcher, and she is passionate about helping those battling addiction. Knowing that recovery is a lifelong journey, KJ ensures that The Treatment Center provides the tools necessary for long-term recovery and relapse prevention. KJ is a PhD student at Florida Atlantic University and is involved in research regarding the impact of relapse risk, shame and well-being on addiction recovery.
In addition, KJ has authored several articles for Sober World magazine and is co-author of the research project “Spiritual Competence in Counseling: A preliminary analysis of practicing counselors.” She has lectured on many topics regarding addiction recovery and spirituality. Most recently, KJ facilitated a learning institute on Integrating Spirituality into Counseling at the 2016 American Counseling Association Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada. KJ is a member of ACA, ASERVIC, FMHCA and President of the Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota counseling academic and professional honor society international.
Angela began her tenure at The Treatment Center as a clinical therapist. After viewing her patients’ high success rate, she realized there was room to grow within the company. She has also served as the clinical director of The Healing Center and now is the clinical director of the Teen Treatment Center.
She shares her passion with trained clinicians and loves being a part of the patient and family journey. Angela believes her role is two-fold; her professionalism, bright personality and passion shine through her work with patients and their loved ones. She also takes pride in fulfilling The Treatment Center’s philosophy and mission. Angela feels that not only is she a valued leader and employee, but her patients are truly valued and treated with dignity and respect.
Angela has worked in the mental health industry for over 10 years. Prior to working at The Treatment Center, she worked with children and adolescents at Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs (CARP), Sandy Pines Hospital and Beech Brook.
Angela obtained a B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll University and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Brian Murphy is the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services at The Treatment Center. As Clinical Director, he oversees our Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient treatment programs. Having worked in the fields of mental health and social work for over 15 years, Brian is a greatly knowledgeable and experienced director.
What excites Brian most about his position at The Treatment Center is witnessing firsthand patients making improvements they didn’t know they were capable of making. He believes everyone deserves the right to recover and he loves personally seeing the change in patients’ lives. Brian guides our staff as they provide excellent and compassionate clinical care that allows our patients to recover. Thanks to him and his team, our patients are able to overcome the setbacks of the past and build new, hopeful futures for themselves.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Brian is actively involved in the community and serves in his local church. He is also a proud husband and father to his wife and two children.
Alejandro began his tenure at The Treatment Center in 2009. As the director of nursing for The Treatment Center and Teen Treatment Center, he supervises a passionate team of nurses, managers, and nursing medical assistants. Alejandro’s role as a nurse has taken him beyond the physical concerns of the person. Seeing the smiles from patients on their road to recovery and witnessing the nurses smile back is the most exciting, rewarding and inspiring part of his job.
Alejandro’s achievements and growths have spanned across the addiction field and other industries. Prior to entering the nursing field, he previously worked in the fashion and textiles industries, film and video production, and retail industry. Drawn to the psychiatric and substance abuse field, Alejandro transitioned into medicine and became a licensed registered nurse in 2008.
His time at The Treatment Center has been exciting, fascinating and challenging. Alejandro’s compassion and commitment shines through his work as a former employee of the year. He enjoys working with respectful and dedicated staff in such a rewarding and fun environment.
Alejandro is a member of the Florida Nurses Association. He earned his A.A. in business from Queensboro Community College in New York and his A.A.S. in nursing from Palm Beach State College. His greatest professional achievement was obtaining his registered nurse license.
Kristen began at The Treatment Center as the utilization review intern and was quickly promoted to her position as the director of medical services. Her department provides various administrative services such as verifying patient benefits prior to admissions and authorizing treatment. By getting patients approved for treatment, patients get a fighting chance to achieve sobriety and live a happy, well-balanced life.
Kristen has worked in the addiction recovery field for eight years with previous work experience at a South Florida treatment facility. Prior to that, she worked for over 10 years in the insurance industry at McGriff Insurance Agency in Atlanta, Georgia. Kristen earned an associate’s degree from the University of Georgia.
She believes The Treatment Center is the best place to work, with its strong family environment, outstanding senior leadership, and genuine compassion for patients. With a passion for saving patients’ lives, Kristen is grateful to call The Treatment Center home.
Rajesh Solanki is the director of continuing care for The Treatment Center. He ensures every patient has a tailored comprehensive discharge plan to meet their specific needs. His passion really shines through when working with patients. He strives to provide the best patient care possible, while leading the continuing care team in a diligent, yet fun and positive direction.
Rajesh has worked in the addiction recovery field for a decade. Prior to joining The Treatment Center, he worked within the DAIRRC Research and Rehabilitation Center in India. He previously held positions in operational management and direct patient care.
He believes working at The Treatment Center is an extremely gratifying and rewarding experience due to the personal hands-on approach of each program. Rajesh enjoys that there’s always something new and exciting in the daily operations of the facility. He loves working with such an experienced team of directors and liaisons who share his compassion for patient care.
With a strong compassion for patients, John is always seeking innovative, yet effective ways to improve patient care. John constantly strives to provide the best services at our treatment facility and loves to see the hope and light restored in patients’ lives every day.
With over 20 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field, John has a diverse knowledge of expertise. Prior to joining The Treatment Center, he was the team leader for Creative Work Systems of Portland, Maine, where he oversaw the residential brain injury program. Prior to that, John served as the program director for the substance abuse program Transitions of America. Previously, John served as the supervisor for a brain injury program at Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. He also co-facilitated a domestic violence group as a substance abuse counselor in Medford, Oregon.
John studied psychology at the University of Phoenix. He is also a non-violent crisis intervention instructor and a certified anger management facilitator.
Sandra joined The Treatment Center in 2009 as the director of human resources. Her responsibilities include recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, talent development, employee relations, career services, and payroll. She has lead the HR information systems that support our HR programs and operations.
Sandra also oversaw the creation of the human resources system, which helped The Treatment Center attain its long-range goals. In addition, the HR department implemented six major IT systems in five years, upgrading from heavily paper-driven processes to bring tools and resources to the desktop and mobile devices of employees and managers.
Sandra has successfully worked in the health care, not-for-profit, and psychiatric industries. Her work in designing systems and practices includes implementation with significant levels of coaching and training at all levels of the organization.
She is a member of the national chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management. Sandra, best known as Sandy, is most passionate about creating and implementing programs that enhance productivity and encourage employee morale.
Donald ensures the admissions team leaves a lasting impression on patients and their loved ones. With his compassion and experience in recovery, Donald strives to keep patients first throughout the admissions process. His honest representation of our programs and services allows patients to have a positive experience throughout the recovery process.
Having spent the last seven years in the addiction recovery field and over 25 years personally in recovery, Donald is constantly motivated to help others. Before transitioning his career to the addiction recovery field, he spent nearly 20 years in the automotive industry. He served as the general manager for 10 of those years where he received national recognition for customer satisfaction.
Donald’s passion for changing people’s lives is never-ending, whether it’s making a positive impact on patients, employees or coworkers. He enjoys working for The Treatment Center and feels it’s the only company he’s worked for that remains patient-focused while helping employees grow personally and professionally.
As the executive chef for The Treatment Center, Mike prepares nutritional meals for our patients and staff. He is constantly driven by the company’s mission to help save others’ lives. He plays an integral role by cooking meals that give our employees the energy to help patients. What he loves most about The Treatment Center is the family environment. He enjoys seeing the smiles on people’s faces after they’ve eaten a savory meal.
With over 30 years in the culinary industry, Mike has gained an extensive knowledge of fine foods and service. Prior to joining The Treatment Center, Mike worked for renowned French restaurants in Burgundy France, such as La Gentilhommiere and Le Baruzais. He previously worked at Sammy’s Cider Mill and AT&T headquarters in New Jersey. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.