Addiction Treatment Staff | Northern Illinois Recovery Center

Addiction Treatment Staff

Woman enjoys her meeting with the addiction treatment staffNorthern Illinois Recovery Center works tirelessly to provide clients with the best addiction treatment possible. We employ an industry leading addiction treatment staff of physicians and licensed clinicians. They make it their number one priority to develop successful addiction therapy services for each person they see. Our staff also has deep ties to the community and can facilitate necessities such as housing and employment. Take a minute to get to know the addiction treatment staff that has your back on the road to recovery.

No matter your situation, the addiction treatment staff at Northern Illinois Recovery Center is equipped to help. Our compassionate team provides focused therapies and proven treatments to give each client an effective recovery plan! Call us at 855.786.1978 today for help changing your life!

Clinical Team

Caitlyn McClure, DSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

As clinical director at Northern Illinois Recovery, Dr. McClure leads the clinical team in innovative and evidence-based practices to improve client care. Dr. McClure completed her bachelor’s degree in counseling with a focus on addiction in 2014 and her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in trauma in 2015. Since then, she has explored the intersection of addiction and trauma through her Doctorate in Social Work in order to improve community and professional understanding of the far-reaching impacts of trauma. Dr. McClure has experience working with bereavement, trauma, mental health, and substance abuse with youth and adults in community-based and outpatient settings. She also is experienced in crisis management and deescalation strategies.

Dr. Beth Dunlap

Medical Director
Licensed Physician and Surgeon

Dr. Beth Dunlap, a board-certified addiction medicine and family medicine physician, and is the medical director at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is responsible for overseeing all the integrated medical services at both campuses. Beth completed medical school, residency, and fellowship at Northwestern University, where she continues to serve on the faculty as a member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has extensive experience in addiction medicine at all levels of care, and her clinical interests include integrated primary care and addiction medicine, harm reduction, and medication-assisted treatment.

Derek Hilburger

Derek Hilburger, LCSW, ICDVP

Clinical Supervisor

Derek graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a BA in Theater and then returned for a Masters in Social Work with focuses in mental health and children/families. He used this diverse academic background to dive into a variety of clinical implementations including running an after school theater program with inner city youth, serving as a crisis intervention specialist at a therapeutic day school, working as the youth director and then Director of Operations at a transitional living program, and accumulating over seven years working in behavioral health hospitals in varied roles. Most recently, Derek was the supervisor of education programs at a domestic violence agency. His therapeutic ideology is that each person is unique in their own way and he aims to highlight an individual’s strengths to overcome any obstacles. Derek leans into this strengths-based model with strong focuses on DBT, CBT, family systems theory and multiple intelligence theory in his practice.

Erika Heatley, LCSW, CADC

Clinical Supervisor

Erika Heatley is a primary therapist at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. She is a licensed Social Worker and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from University Wisconsin- Whitewater with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family and Health Studies. Erika also completed her Master’s of Social Work degree with a concentration in Mental Health and Addictions from Loyola University Chicago. Erika has experience working in outpatient services including partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment in the fields of mental health, addictions and co-occurring treatment. Erika utilizes a person-center and holistic approach. Erika has a variety of experiences including biopsychosocial assessment, admissions and intake, insurance support and clinical services for the adult population in co-occurring mental health and substance use.

Della Saunders, LCSW

Primary Therapist

Della is a Primary Therapist at Northern Illinois Recovery. This is a second career for her, as she discovered her passion for helping others later in life. Della completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s in Applied Social Science from Case Western Reserve University in 2010. In the years following, Della has focused on Co-occurring disorders, working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of capacities. Her therapeutic approach utilizes components from dialectical behavior therapy, strengths-based therapy, and a heavy emphasis on cognitive-behavioral therapy. Della has extensive experience in the substance abuse field, as well as community-based mental health, and work with traumatized youth.

Erin fowler

Erin Fowler, LCSW, CADC

Primary Therapist

Erin Fowler is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Erin received her undergraduate degree in Secondary Education and History from Cornell College. Erin received her CADC education from Elgin Community College. Erin graduated in August 2020 from George Williams College with her Master’s in Social Work. Erin has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for the last 14 years. Erin has a variety of experiences working with children, adolescents and adults.

Margaret Misiolek

Margaret Misiolek, M.A., ICDVP

Primary Therapist

Margaret is a Qualified Mental Health Professional and an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Argosy University and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. Margaret completed her Master’s internship hours at a domestic violence agency and was hired as a full-time therapist before being promoted to Clinical Supervisor. Along with her education and background, Margaret brings personal experience with addiction and treatment. Her work includes a variety of service modalities, mainly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with an easy-going style that builds safe, supportive relationships to meet the personal goals of each client. This is accomplished through individualized treatment strategies and planning towards successful outcomes in therapy. Margaret is also EMDR-certified and can incorporate this into her philosophy of care.

Laura Miller

Laura Miller, LCPC, R-DMT

Primary Therapist

Laura is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Registered Dance Movement Therapist, bringing over 15 years of experience in corporate and clinical coaching and counseling to NIRC. Laura earned a BS in Nutrition and an MS in Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University. Recognizing that physical health was only one part of the well-being equation, Laura felt a strong pull to address the mental, emotional, and social factors preventing clients from making sustainable lifestyle changes. Laura returned to school and earned an MA in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. As a dance movement therapist, Laura utilizes the body, movement, and non-verbal communication as an in-road to identifying patterns and discovering new possibilities while tapping into each client’s unique ability to creatively problem solve. In addition to her role at NIRC, Laura continues to work in private practice with a specialization in treating OCD and anxiety. Laura believes that we can transform even our most difficult personal experiences into life-enhancing opportunities with active engagement, self-compassion, and the right support.

Evan Joyce, CADC

Primary Residential Therapist

Evan brings years of experience working in inpatient treatment programs starting as a Behavioral Health Technician at a treatment center in New Mexico. Here he gained experience with experiential therapies through running wilderness retreats and music therapy groups. After returning to Illinois and earning his CADC he transitioned into clinical work at an inpatient facility and completed his BA in Social Work. After recognizing his clients’ need for empowerment and a greater sense of control over their response to stress he developed a passion for teaching the practical application of mindfulness and breathwork skills. Evan specializes in understanding substance use and mental health disorders through a physiological lens drawing on the principles of The Polyvagal Theory. He combines this with an understanding of the need to help clients foster their own unique spiritual perspective as a source of strength and resilience through the recovery process. His goal is to help clients tap into their innate potential for healing and growth.

Besnik Vukaj

Besnik Vukaj, M.S.

Primary Residential Therapist

Besnik is the case manager at our outpatient facility. He graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Besnik completed his internship hours at NIRC and was hired on as the full time case manager afterward. He has prior experience in substance abuse and mental health as a behavioral health technician at two different rehabilitation centers. Besnik utilizes his therapeutic background and friendly demeanor to help the clients navigate their case management needs while in treatment.
Jackie Maura

Jackie Maura

Residential Case Manager

Jackie is the Case Manager at our inpatient facility. She started her social work career in homelessness services where she was a Recovery Support Specialist for Mchenry County PADS. Jackie started working for NIRC as a Behavioral Tech in August of 2022 and was recently promoted to better utilize her skillset and serve our clients. She is currently attending Aurora University where she is pursuing her CADC and Bachelors in Social Work.

Leo Clark

Outpatient Case Manager

Bio coming soon

Holly Magdalin, LCPC

Group Therapist

Holly Magdalin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She currently holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and has a background in Communicative Disorders both from Northern Illinois University. Holly has ten years of professional experience working beside people struggling with mental health issues and substance use disorders. Her experience includes working in an inpatient facility as a chemical dependency primary counselor, an outpatient therapist, working with individuals, groups, and families battling their mental health, and supervising a clinical team. She comes with an eclectic approach with an emphasis on DBT, CBT, and Person-Centered therapies.

Shira Greenfield, LCPC

Shira Greenfield, LCPC

Group Therapist

Shira is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has been in the field since 1985. Since then, she has held a variety of positions in mental health and substance abuse settings. She has been with NIRC since its beginning and feels honored to have witnessed the healing of so many. In addition to her work with people with substance use disorders, she has done extensive research and training in positive psychology and believes in the possibility of people to not only survive but to thrive.

Administration Team

Nick Howell

CEO

A McHenry County native, Nick graduated from Eureka College with a B.S. in Business Administration and Financial Economics. With over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry, Nick joined NIRC in 2021. His expertise lies in quality, financial, and operational improvement, as well as strategic planning and implementation. Certified in Six Sigma, Lean, and Agile project methodologies, Nick is dedicated to leading and developing high-performing teams while continually striving for personal and professional growth. He is also actively involved in his community, volunteering with local organizations focused on supporting people in recovery. Nick is committed to making a positive impact both professionally and personally, and is excited to bring his skills and experience to NIRC to help improve the healthcare services in McHenry County.

Jesse Cervantes

Jesse Cervantes

Director of Operations

Jesse Cervantes is the Director of Operations at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. He has built strong roots in the Recovery Community throughout the Northern Illinois area. After overcoming a long strenuous battle with addiction himself, he found a passion for helping others and has dedicated his life to giving back to those in recovery. Jesse oversees the Residential Program and works vigorously with the Clinical Director to ensure successful operation of the programs offered at Northern Illinois Recovery Center. Jesse’s goal is to provide support to clients while they begin their journey into a new way of life. He is excited to be part of our clients’ discovery of themselves and all they can do throughout their treatment. In Jesse’s free time, he enjoys spoiling his niece Violet, photography, and living his best life.

Nick Villicana

Nick Villicana

Director of Admissions

Nick has over six years of experience working in substance use and mental health, with three of those years dedicated to the Northern Illinois Recovery Center. Nick also managed The Other Side Sober Bar for over a year and has worked at other SUD facilities and treatment centers in the past. With his passion for serving others, Nick has worked hands-on with hundreds of clients and families, helping them navigate their road to recovery by thoughtfully putting a cohesive plan of action in place. Nick understands that each individual coming to treatment has unique circumstances and is always willing to meet others where they are, regardless of their barriers.

Rev. Bill Orris

Rev. Bill Orris, M.Div.

Chaplain & Community Outreach Coordinator

Pastor Bill has been the Chaplain for NIRC since April 2022. He leads spirituality groups and provides pastoral counseling. Pastor Bill also works as our Community Outreach Coordinator visiting houses of worship and religious organizations and introducing them to NIRC. He has a B.A. in Bible & Theology from Wheaton College, a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Seminary and is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church. Pastor Bill has been an associate & lead pastor since 1988 serving both in rural and urban communities with congregations ranging from 50 to 1,200 in attendance. Pastor Bill is committed to introduce all people to God’s unconditional love and grace as part of their recovery journey.

Casey Polka

Admissions Coordinator

Casey has experience working as a Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist, assisting clients in meeting their recovery goals. Through her own recovery, Casey finds purpose in helping others struggling with addiction. Her goal is to help others connect with the resources they need to begin their journey in recovery and to encourage them along the way. In her free time, Casey likes spending time with her Golden Retriever, Lilah, and creating art. Casey is excited to be a member of the NIRC team and is passionate about advocating for self-care, hope, and healing.

Corinee Broadus

Corinne Broadus

Community Outreach Coordinator

Corinne is the Community Outreach Coordinator. She started her social work career serving as a Group Facilitator and Family Support Specialist for pregnant and parenting teens in DuPage County. As a Home Visitor, she educated young parents on child development, community resources and empowered young parents to achieve completing school and getting a job. She then began a career in admissions and outreach working as the Director of Outreach for a school in DuPage County. She is passionate about bringing people and resources together to collaborate and help the community thrive.

Angela Byrnes

Angela Byrnes

Director of Nursing

Angela, is a lifelong resident of McHenry County and brings over 16 years of invaluable experience in the medical field. As a seasoned nurse, Angela has seamlessly transitioned into nursing leadership over the past seven years. Angela’s leadership journey is driven by a commitment to ensuring safe and timely care for our clients. Her vision extends beyond the immediate to focus on refining processes that guarantee efficiency and excellence in client care services. Currently charting new horizons, Angela is on a quest for knowledge and expertise. In her pursuit of excellence, she is undertaking a master’s degree in nursing with a specialization as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. This educational endeavor reflects Angela’s unwavering dedication to staying at the forefront of advancements in mental health care.

Lauren Carr

Lauren Carr

Nurse Practitioner

Lauren is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of healthcare experience, training, and education. Lauren’s background is deeply seated in emergency medicine with an expertise in pediatrics. While she will always have a love for critical care, her passion for addiction medicine integrated with primary care has truly flourished while working at NIRC.

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