Our Team

  • Christian LoschCEO

    Christian has been in the social services field for over 15 years, spending the last 12 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 CEO, Christian is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the residential and extended care programs at Pinelands.

  • Casey CastronovaClinical Director

    Casey is the clinical director at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. She received her Master in Social Work degree 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.

  • Dr. David GigliottiMedical Director

    Dr. 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, he provides compassionate care and treats his patients in a holistic approach to better health. He is uniquely qualified to recognize and treat the co-occurring disorders that can lead to treatment success.

  • Alexis ShawClinical 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.

  • Alexandra MillerClinical Supervisor

    Alexandra is a clinical supervisor at Pinelands Recovery Center of Medford. She received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology degree from Kutztown University and a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University, with a concentration in health, mental health and disabilities. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. Throughout her professional career, Alexandra has worked in inpatient mental health and substance abuse settings and outpatient mental health treatment. Alexandra has worked with a variety of populations, including adults, young adults, adolescents and children. She applies multiple therapeutic techniques and is mainly driven by a strengths-based approach. She is solution-focused to help support her patients and clinical team in identifying and achieving their goals.

  • Amanda ElkerPrimary Therapist

    Amanda received her bachelor’s degree as a double major in psychology and criminal justice at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 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 of Social Work degree while also graduating from the Addictions Counselor Training (ACT) Program. She was inducted into the Phi Alpha Honors Society at that 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 ability to help people to help themselves reach their highest potential, combining different therapeutic modalities with compassion, boundaries and dedication.

  • David BabcockPrimary Therapist

    David 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 evidence-based techniques, such 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.

  • Shelley MarinoPrimary 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 approach allows her to look at 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.

  • Christina MercadoPrimary Therapist

    Christina graduated with her master degree in clinical mental health counseling from Monmouth University. She is a licensed associate counselor and is working towards becoming a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. During her professional career, Christina has worked with adults and adolescents with substance abuse in various treatment settings, including inpatient, residential, partial care and intensive outpatient. Christina uses a strengths-based approach that includes CBT and DBT techniques to help patients gain new skills to maintain their recovery and reach their full potential.

  • Danielle JohnsonPrimary Therapist

    Danielle received her bachelor degree at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and recently received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she was inducted into the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. She has since become a licensed associate counselor (LAC), pursuing to become a licensed professional counselor (LPC). During her career development, Danielle held roles in mental health that provided first-hand experience into recovery, emotional awareness and alternative behaviors. As a care coordinator in recovery, Danielle had  experience working with patients coming into treatment. She also interned and held a position as a PRN therapist at the Renfrew Center for eating disorders, and maintained a role in admissions at Princeton House where she completed assessments and provided referrals to those seeking treatment. Danielle utilizes CBT and DBT by paying attention to emotional awareness and tolerance, as well as assisting patients to re-frame any negative beliefs of themselves, identify avoidance/barriers and develop positive coping skills.

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