Kahlia Bersson comes to Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential Program with extensive experience in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University, Kahlia honed her expertise working in both the mental health and substance abuse realms. Kahlia promotes a client-centered, holistic approach to treatment that utilizes relevant and effective interventions to meet the client where they are at in the change process and empower clients to meet and surpass their goals.
Drew Gray was born and raised in Pennsylvania, he relocated to Florida in 2013. He originally joined the team at Banyan Stuart Detox as a Case Manager and has been promoted to Director of Operations at Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential. He can empathize with the impact that addiction has on a family because when Drew was seven years old, his father lost his battle to addiction by overdosing. Prior to his time with Banyan, he worked as a school teacher for three years. During his teaching days, he always had a passion to help individuals struggling with addiction. Drew earned his BS in Human Services: Generalist. He has made a commitment to help people suffering from the disease of addiction because he never wants a child to have to grow up the way he did. Drew aspires to achieve his Ph.D. in Psychology and plans to start his graduate program within the next year.
Rob Cole, LMHC, RD/LDN, MCAP, QS joined Banyan Treatment Center in October 2017 as the clinical director of mental health services. As a native Floridian, Rob graduated in 1987 from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. After an extended dietetic internship, he passed his Registered Dietitian (RD) certification, became licensed (LDN) in Florida, and after working 10 years in the long-term care industry decided to change his focus to the field of addiction recovery .
With some personal experience in addiction and recovery, a personal "calling" to the field of counseling and a desire to give back to the community, Rob decided to add to his skill set and sought a Master's Degree in Counseling. In 2000, he began working in treatment and graduated from Trinity University (Miami) and after his two-year supervision period, became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He continued to practice in mental health and substance abuse treatment. In 2012, Rob started a 22-bed Mental Health PHP facility in Broward County which continues to flourish today. Rob became a Qualified Supervisor (QS) in 2014. When the Master Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP) certification became