Beachway's Addiction Professionals

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Meet the Beachway Staff

Beachway is proud to have on staff some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry. We hire only the best professionals with years of addiction treatment experience and education. Many have their own successful rehabilitation stories to inspire others. Rest assured: when you receive treatment at Beachway, you are getting first-class care from our unsurpassed staff who deeply cares for the health and success of their clients.

Clinical Staff

Harold Schwarz, M.D.

Dr. Harold Schwarz is a Board Eligible Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry and brings over 35 years of clinical expertise evaluating and treating patients with mental health disorders, including substance use disorders.

Dr. Schwarz has provided psychiatric care in various settings including: community mental health, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, and private practice in both New York City and Palm Beach County, Florida.

His educational background consists of a Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University, a Medical Degree from Manila Central University, and general psychiatry training at both New York University and Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, NY.

Presently, Dr. Schwarz is committed to providing high levels of psychiatric care in an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation setting in addition to being Section Chief for the Department of Psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, FL. Dr. Schwarz also sees patients in his private practice in West Palm Beach.

Carrie Carlton, Clinical Director (LCSW)

Carrie is the Clinical Supervisor at Beachway and holds a BSW and MSW in social work from Florida Atlantic University, a MA from Barry University (Miami), and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She also has a background in medical social work. Her understanding of cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and family systems guides her treatment of addicts and families. Her clients thrive under her guidance because of her honesty, empathy, and compassion. Recognizing the severe impact of addictions on both the addict and the families, Carrie is dedicated to consistently serve her clients.

Claudia Cassagnol, LPN

Claudia is the Program Nurse at Beachway Therapy Center. She studied international relations and business in Germany, but decided later to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. She has been working in the Addiction/Dual Diagnosis Treatment field for several years now and is very passionate about what she does. She advocates for her patients and works hand in hand with our Medical Director and Clinical Team to ensure that our clients receive the best possible medical care, while battling their addiction.

Brian Esposito, Primary Counselor (CAC, ICRC-ADC)

For over three years, Brian has been a valued member of the Beachway staff, fulfilling several positions. Beginning as a behavioral health technician, he was quickly promoted to the position of supervisor over behavioral health because of his dedication and understanding of substance abuse. Following this, he gained the promotion of therapist, in which he continues to expand his education in social work and understanding of addictions. His keen understanding of family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, relapse prevention, and group dynamics makes him a invaluable member of the Beachway therapy team.

Brian McSwain, Primary Therapist (MA)

Brian holds an MA from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a Mental Health Counselor for Beachway. Brian brings extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapy and treating mental health problems to his clients. Deeply compassionate to the needs of an addict, Brian guides his clients through a process of action, self-awareness, and accountability through the twelve-step program to a point of life-long sobriety. Brian also understands the impact of addictions on the addict’s family and works with the entire family to achieve sobriety and prevent relapse.

Michael Ferri; Director of “Healing Through The Arts” Program; Psychodrama Facilitator

Michael’s dedication to the arts and to the clients at Beachway have resulted in a wonderful psychodrama program that enables addicts to unite to their “true self” through the creative process. Michel graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (New York City) and has four decades of experience in television, theater, and film. For nearly two decades, he taught improv and drama throughout Europe and the United States, where his visual art exhibitions have also appeared. His contribution to the art therapy programs at Beachway are invaluable!

Debby MacNeil, Admissions Director (CAC, ICRC-ADC)

Debby has a passion for helping others and has been doing just that with Beachway for 6 years, she now leads the Admissions team as Admissions Director. Not only has she flourished as a value to our center, she is an alumni of it. Debby went through our program in 2011 and has realized a life of sobriety, growth and happiness ever since. In addition, she has also gone on to graduate from The Academy for Addiction Professionals in late 2014. As a Certified Addiction Counselor Debby is an asset to those who seek Beachway for professional care. Debby has a passion for what she does and for the life that she now lives due to her embrace of sobriety. She is a testament that recovery is possible.

Bruce Santiago, Primary Therapist (LMHC)

Bruce is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 15 years of experience servicing the mental health and substance abuse community. Bruce’s growth in the mental health field began with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Over his clinical years Bruce has provided his services to adults and adolescents from various levels of care using many different approaches. As part of his accomplishments, he helped develop and conserve a residential substance abuse program for a successful psychiatric hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the past 7 years. Bruce has been able to utilize his Hispanic heritage by being involved in the Hispanic community assisting victims of domestic violence and mental health issues. Bruce Santiago is very proud and thrilled to form part of a highly devoted group of clinical professionals at Beachway Therapy Center.

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John Arthur, Case manager (CAC, ICRC-ADC)

John has received his BA from Florida State University. Beginning as a Behavioral Health Tech, he now assists with case management and the intake department and is working toward his CAC (Certified Addiction Counselor) license. John is a Beachway alumni with a passion for helping others succeed in recovery.

Read what others have to say about drug and alcohol treatment at Beachway Therapy Center.

David Mazgajewski, Therapist (MSW; IOP/OP)

David Mazgajewski started working with Beachway in April 2013. In that time, he’s had multiple responsibilities within the company. He received his BSW from FAU in 2013, and his MSW in 2015. He is currently the IOP/OP therapist at Beachway. This job allows him to work with clients who have made the decision to continue their aftercare at Beachway, an important part of the recovery process. He works diligently with clients in developing life skills, holding them accountable and promoting an active recovery program. All elements for sustainable and lasting recovery. He is a big advocate of having fun in recovery, and encourages all of his clients to engage in sober activities/hobbies.

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James Waterman; Alumni Coordinator

James began working for Beachway as a part-time weekend Behavior Health Technician. Soon after he moved into the position of an Intake Coordinator, joining Beachway full-time. He has since been promoted to manage the Resource Center and is now the Alumni Coordinator as well. His friendly demeanor, passion for helping those in need, creativity and work ethic bring value to Beachway. He is always looking for new ways to help support the growth of our clients, in treatment and beyond, as Alumni start on their path to recovery. He is passionate about community service and is currently working towards a Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. His personal focus is providing support to the clients by providing resources, vocational training and life skills that are essential to bridging the gap between treatment and the real world.

Read what others have to say about drug and alcohol treatment at Beachway Therapy Center.

Jana Costa, Meditation Facilitator

Jana began working at Beachway in early 2014 as a Behavioral Health Tech. Jana also has additional experience outside of Beachway working with people in treatment and in recovery. Being in long term recovery herself, Jana has a passion for sharing her ability to translate her own experience with the 12-step program and how it works. Early in her own recovery Jana began using meditation and prayer in her own program. Meditation became a daily practice and she is now achieving her certification as a Meditation Instructor at the University of Holistic Theology. She has implemented an instruction class for our clients guiding them in meditation and teaching them about the benefits of meditation and how it works hand and hand with the 12 steps. She also makes them aware of the physical and mental health benefits of a meditation practice. In addition, Jana is a BioSound Technologies Technician in which she is able to introduce clients to meditation and help them learn a Bio Feedback technique to assist them with relapse prevention.

Robin Balva, Case manager (M.A., CAC)

Robin was born and raised in Belle Harbor, NY. After graduating from SUNY Binghamton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Robin continued her education at NYU, where she received her master’s degree. Robin has been working at Beachway since 2014 and has held various positions, including overnight Behavioral Health Technician and Intake Coordinator. Robin is a certified addiction counselor and is currently a Case Manager at Beachway. In her role, she enjoys working one-on-one with clients to alleviate the stress of external difficulties by taking care of legal issues, disability benefits, unemployment status, and discharge plans. Robin looks forward to continuing her career with Beachway and to continuing helping clients.

Read what others have to say about drug and alcohol treatment at Beachway Therapy Center.

Elizabeth McCann, Primary Therapist (LMHC)

Elizabeth has been working in the substance abuse and mental health field for six years. She is passionate about working with individuals struggling with addiction, with an ability to provide individualized care to those she works with. Elizabeth also believes in the importance of including any specific family dynamic issues, due to the understanding that addiction is a family disease.

Elizabeth received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Miami and continued to pursue a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Elizabeth uses evidence-based approaches when treating individuals, including CBT, DBT, REBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Elizabeth is a strong believer in addressing underlying core issues to promote healing for those she works with, while building self-love and positive thinking pathways to nurture a secure recovery foundation.

Laurie Spataro, Primary Therapist (MCAP, ICADC)

Laurie Spataro, primary therapist at Beachway Therapy Center, is known for her firm yet deeply compassionate approach to helping clients achieve and maintain sobriety. A mental health professional since 2001, Laurie brings to her role a wealth of experience that includes five years in the specific field of substance use disorders. She has previously served as a technician, scheduler, supervisor, case coordinator, program director, and lead therapist.
Laurie earned her master’s degree in human services counseling from Liberty University, and she is currently completing a second master’s degree, also from Liberty, in professional counseling. She is a certified master’s level addition professional (MCAP) and an international certified alcohol and drug counselor (ICADC), as well as a substance abuse professional (SAP) certified to perform assessments for the Department of Transportation. She has also earned e-therapist certification (CET), qualifying her to provide psychological advice and support online.
Laurie’s areas of specialty include trauma and Christian counseling, and she also enjoys leading interactive emotional support groups. Also a part-time professional photographer, Laurie encourages clients to explore nature and photography – “looking at life through a different lens” – as a means of improving their mindfulness, relaxation, and self-esteem. 

Executive Staff

Denis Holmes; Chief Executive Officer

Our CEO brings years of knowledge, understanding, and experience to meet the needs of our clients at Beachway Therapy Center. With a personal motto of “help the suffering addict and alcoholic,” Denis willingly goes to any length to assist addicts on their personal road to recovery. Denis has a special understanding of the aftercare treatment that our clients require to maintain sobriety. He is involved with a hands-on approach to our sober-living facilities in Delray Beach so he can meet the needs of our clients even after they leave the initial treatment phase. Within our community, Denis has a high level of credibility because of his dedication to the care and support of the addict and alcoholic.

Pamela Egan; Chief Operating Officer

Our COO brings over ten years of invaluable experience founding and running new businesses to the Beachway team. Pamela’s business expertise has been instrumental in building Beachway Therapy Center to the outstanding facility that it is today. She passionately and tireless works to create a homey living experience to aid in the recovery of Beachway’s clientele. Pamela earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lynn University (Boca Raton, FL) and puts that education to work for Beachway. On her own recovery journey from addiction, Pamela is dedicated to the mission of Beachway Therapy Center.


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