Meet Our Staff

Christian Losch Program Director

Christian Losch


Christian has been in the social services field for over fifteen years, spending the last twelve of those years in addiction treatment. He is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Social Work and is dually licensed as a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Christian has experience as a Primary Therapist, Program Coordinator and Clinical Director working in detox, residential and outpatient treatment programs serving adolescents, young adults, adults and first responders.

Christian is an Associate Member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), a Certified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) by the Department of Transportation, an approved Clinical Supervisor by the New Jersey Board of Social Workers and an approved Recovery Coach Academy trainer. In his role as Program Director, Christian is responsible for all day to day operations of the residential and extended care programs at Pinelands.

David Gigliotti, DO Medical Director

Dr. David Gigliotti

Medical Director

Dr. David Gigliotti is the Medical Director at Pinelands Recovery Center in Medford. He is board certified in family medicine and addiction medicine. He received his license to practice in New Jersey in 1995. Dr. Gigliotti graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at The University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gigliotti has been in private Family Practice since 1997. Concerned and compelled by the nationwide problem of drug addiction and overdose, Dr. Gigliotti earned Board Certification from the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2014. As Medical Director at Pinelands Recovery Center providing compassionate care and treating his patients in a holistic approach to better health. With Board Certification in both Family Practice and Addiction Medicine, he is uniquely qualified to recognize and treat the co-occurring disorders that commonly lead to treatment failure.

Casey Castronova

Casey Castronova

Clinical Director

Casey Castronova is the Clinical Director at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. She received her Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University and is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. Throughout her professional career, Casey has worked in several substance abuse treatment settings. Casey started in the field as a therapist working with adolescents and adults in detox, residential, partial care and intensive outpatient settings. Casey has used a strengths-based approach infused with motivational interviewing in her supervision of the two clinical teams at Pinelands and works to see that the programs and the staff reach their maximum potential to best serve our clients.

Alexis Shaw Clinical Supervisor

Alexis Shaw

Clinical Supervisor

Alexis Shaw is the Clinical Supervisor of the extended care program at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. She received her Master of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling from La Salle University and is a licensed professional counselor. Prior to her employment at Pinelands, she worked extensively in the mental health field specifically with severe and persistent mentally ill children and adults. She has training in crisis intervention and de-escalation. Alexis utilizes an interpersonal approach to connect with clients and support the clinical team at Pinelands.

Nicole Melendez Director of Nursing

Nicole Melendez

Director of Nursing

Nicole Melendez is the Director of Nursing at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. She obtained her Associate of Science in Nursing from Mercer County Community College in 2008. She is board certified in geriatric medicine. Nicole has been practicing as an RN for 11 years, treating patients with co-occurring disorders while focusing on ensuring that services are always compassionate and individualized. Nicole spent 9 years of her nursing career working in the field as a direct care nurse and then went on to nursing management within Princeton Healthcare System. She worked in all areas of the hospital but spent most of her time in the intensive care unit and behavioral health emergency room setting. In 2016-2017 she spent time as a travel nurse in South Florida where she worked in Miami and Delray Beach. There she found her passion for helping patients who were struggling with addiction and concurrent medical and mental health issues. As Director of Nursing at Pinelands Recovery Center, Nicole provides leadership and direction to the nursing and medical staff. Nicole is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all functions of the nursing department as well as coordinating care for her patients. Nicole is a strong advocate for her patients and always assures their needs are being met by the treatment team at Pinelands.

David Babcock Primary Therapist

David Babcock

Primary Therapist

David Babcock is a Primary Therapist at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Appalachian State University and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug counselor licensed in the state of New Jersey. David also received a certificate in Drug and Alcohol counseling from Villanova University. David uses a multi-faceted approach to counseling that combines evidenced based techniques like motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy along with spirituality and a dose of humor that gives clients a hands on practical approach to problem solving.

Matt Young Sous Chef

Matt Young

Sous Chef
Amanda Elker Primary Therapist

Amanda Elker

Primary Therapist

Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree as a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She was inducted into multiple honors societies including Alpha Phi Sigma (The Criminal Justice Honor Society) and Delta Epilson Iota Academic Honor Society. Amanda continued at RU and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work while also graduating from the Addictions Counselor Training (ACT) Program. She was inducted into the Phi Alpha Honors Society at this time. She has since become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), pursuing a license to become a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is also licensed as an addictions clinician (LCADC).

Amanda has experience in many substance abuse and mental health settings including school classrooms, classrooms for children on the Autism Spectrum, outpatient day treatment centers (OP, IOP), long-term residential treatment (TCs), methadone maintenance OP/IOP, and short-term inpatient treatment. Amanda’s knowledge, passion, and efficiency drive her to achieve excellence and strive to reach her goals. She loves working with high-risk clients because of her compassion and ability to help people to help themselves reach their highest potentials combining different therapeutic modalities with compassion, boundaries, and dedication.

James Casadia Primary Therapist

James Casadia

Primary Therapist

James completed his undergraduate studies at Seton Hall University before attending graduate school at Rutgers University, where he received a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a specialization in clinical social work and a certificate in addictions treatment. James also has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. He is currently working toward a certificate in Trauma-Informed Care and Neuroscience for Clinical Practice. James has received training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

James seeks to empower clients to identify the change they wish to make in their lives, and to develop the means to accomplish it. He’s sees therapy as a resource which assists clients to realize their potential. When motivation, education, support, and skills come together, transformational change becomes possible, and individuals can live the life they have visualized.

Stephanie Pedrick Primary Therapist

Stephanie Pedrick

Primary Therapist

Stephanie received her Bachelor’s degree as a Psychology major from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. She continued to complete a master’s degree at Rutgers University in Social Work and graduated from the Addictions Counselor Training (ACT) Program. Stephanie is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), pursuing a license to become a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a licensed Alcohol and Drug Clinician (LCADC).

Stephanie has experience in multiple substance abuse and mental health settings. She has experience working in different levels of care such as long-term residential, short-term residential, partial-hospitalization, intensive outpatient, outpatient and methadone maintenance inpatient as well as outpatient. Stephanie utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to help clients achieve stability and the ability to function without substances. She offers a firm but warm and caring approach that emphasizes her knowledge, passion, and dedication to help others.

Shelley Monaghan Primary Therapist

Shelley Monaghan

Primary Therapist

Shelley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1994 from Rutgers University and went on to complete a Master of Arts Degree in 1997. Shelley completed the coursework at Stockton University and earned a CADC in 2009, however she has been working in the addiction treatment field since 2007. Over the past 12 years Shelley has worked in every level of care, specializing in addiction services. Shelley’s unconditional positive regard allows her to approach each case individually with regard to each client’s specific needs. Shelley values family involvement, and integrates a holistic approach into the care she provides.

Tara Palma Primary Therapist

Tara Palma

Primary Therapist

Tara graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s Degree of Clinical Medical Social Work in 2017. As well as completing the course work for the addictions counselor training program, Tara is working towards obtaining her LCADC. Working in the addiction and mental health field since 2013 has given Tara extensive experience. Tara applies cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavioral therapy to engage each client in their recovery. Through genuine support and unconditional empathy Tara provides an individualized treatment plan to each of her clients.

Kristi Collins, APN Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristi Collins

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kristi Collins is the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford residential level of care. Kristi obtained her BSN from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 2001 and went on to work as a cardiac nurse, nursing manager and nursing instructor on telemetry/ICU/CCU units. In 2007, she obtained her Master of Science in Nursing and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner License from Rutgers University in Camden, NJ and obtained board certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Most of Kristi’s work as an APN, has been functioning as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Penn Medicine Princeton House Behavioral Health in Princeton, NJ, an inpatient mental health setting, working with the following patient populations and specialties: Young Adult Detox, Adult Co-Occurring/Dual-Diagnosis, Adult Medical Detox, Adult Addiction Recovery, First Responder Treatment Services and Adult Acute Psychiatric. She also functioned as a psychiatric APN at Penn Medicine Princeton House Outpatient PHP/IOP location in Hamilton, NJ on an Adult Unit working with Young Adult/Adult Psychiatric and Young Adult/Adult Co-Occurring/Dual Diagnosis population. Kristi started working at Pinelands Recovery Center in 2018. She consistently dedicates her time at Pineland’s to truly understanding her patients needs and advocating for her patients within the clinical team.

Karen Borden, RN Registered Nurse

Karen Borden

Registered Nurse
Karen Levine, RN Registered Nurse

Karen Levine

Registered Nurse
Ruth MacKenzie, RN Registered Nurse

Ruth MacKenzie

Registered Nurse
Heather Urban, RN Registered Nurse

Heather Urban

Registered Nurse
Georgeena Jacobson, RN Registered Nurse

Georgeena Jacobson

Registered Nurse
Michael Mauro Operations Supervisor

Michael Mauro

Operations Supervisor

Michael is a graduate of Cherokee High School and has lived most of his life locally in Marlton, NJ. Seeking to follow his passion for helping those in addiction, he joined the team at the Medford location in early 2016. Since joining the team at Pinelands, and with the help of his leading mentors and co-workers, he has grown from his starting position as a Behavioral Tech to his current role of Operations Supervisor. With the help of the leadership team, he has learned and assisted in fine-tuning many areas of the operations systems at Pinelands. His passion for those afflicted and getting to play a small piece in their recovery has been his continuing motivation here at Pinelands.

Athena Helper Operations Supervisor

Athena Hepler

Operations Supervisor

Athena was one of the first Resident Managers hired at our Extended Care Program. Through her hard work she is now supervising all day to day operations in the same program. Athena has been working in the field for over 5 years. Athena is a certified CPR/First aid instructor and a Peer Recovery Specialist. Athena has been sober since 2012 and has found that helping other people is her life calling.

Shannon Kelly Case Manager

Shannon Kelly

Case Manager

Shannon has been working in the addiction field for 3 years. She started off as a Behavioral Technician and quickly learned that she wanted to make this her career path. Shannon is enrolled at Ocean County College and taking classes to obtain her CADC. She began working for Pinelands as a Case Manager and a CADC intern. Here at Pinelands, she has been able to be a part of the clinical team and enhance her clinical background. For her, working here gives her the joy of seeing our clients succeed and start their recovery journey.

Robert Brady Case Manager

Robert Brady

Case Manager

Robert has been a Pinelands employee for over 3 years but began his own recovery journey as a client at the Medford location in 2014. He spent his first year of sobriety as a proud member of the Pinelands alumni family. Even as a client, he knew this was an atmosphere that he wanted long-term affiliation with. In 2016, he started as a night shift Resident Manager but was soon given an opportunity to become a Recovery Mentor. As a Mentor, Robert became interested in the clinical department. After being promoted to Lead Resident Manager, he enrolled in CADC courses through NJPN and started his internship at Pinelands. In 2018, he accepted a position in Case Management. He gained experience working in several levels of care and numerous areas of the program, including operations, peer to peer recovery coaching, counseling, leadership, case management, and alumni. A strong believer in the importance of compassion and empathy, Robert finds it most rewarding to watch the clients and their families begin to heal.

Samantha Seider Case Manager

Samantha Sieder

Case Manager

Samantha started with Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford in August of 2016 as a Resident Manger and was quickly promoted to a Recovery Mentor. She was promoted to Case Manager for the newly-opened Residential program in April 2018, and also currently serves as a CADC Intern. Samantha enjoys helping the clients address issues in their personal lives as well as improving interpersonal relationships in early recovery.

Amy Mcguigan Medical Liasison

Amy McGuigan

Medical Liasison

Prior to working at Pinelands Recovery Center Amy worked in the banking industry for many years. She was responsible for many aspects of the Mortgage Servicing Department and then moved on to the Investment Department to which she was liable for monitoring the flow of cash and short-term investing. She eventually moved on to work in Mortgages and then created a small online and retail owner operated chocolate business making and selling custom chocolate candies and lollipops. Amy has been a part of Pinelands Recovery Center since inception in 2014 and has applied her vast knowledge and skills gained in running her own business and working with customers to her role here at Pinelands. During Amy’s 5 years at Pinelands her dedication to the clients, her passion for learning and growing her knowledge base and her dedicated attention to detail has seen her move from her initial role as Residential Manager to become Pineland’s Medical Liaison and an invaluable member of the Nursing Team.

Christopher Pawling Alumni Coordinator

Christopher Pawling

Alumni Coordinator

Chris received his Bachelors Degree in Journalism from Rowan University in 2007 and spent seven years in sports journalism before entering the field of addiction treatment in 2015. Chris worked as a Resident Manager at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford for two years, and in October 2017 took over as Alumni Coordinator. He also serves as a CADC Intern and is enrolled in classes to complete his certification. A former volunteer firefighter, Chris believes in the spirit of service and can think of no better way to spend his career than in the service of helping others.

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