Malvern outpatient Team
Stephanie Smith brings great qualities to Malvern from a varied background in hospitality and customer service. She worked in the restaurant industry for over twenty years and has some prior work experience as a receptionist. Stephanie enjoys volunteering locally when she can and translates her active listening skills and patience to our site. Her passion for recovery truly brings excellent client care to Malvern and she is a genuine casual support for our clients and staff.
After 25 years in Construction Management, Jim was interested in seeking a second career where he might find a sense of self-fulfillment while helping others. An inclination to explore the underpinnings of addiction arose because of familial involvement. Enrolling in a Drug and Alcohol Program at Villanova University, which provided an overview of the attributes a D&A Counselor displayed, fostered a passion to embark on the career path Jim had envisioned. He enrolled in the Rosemont College School of Graduate and Professional Studies pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology with an Addictions Concentration.
Upon graduation, Jim began his career at an Inpatient facility where he continued to learn the complexities of the profession and the importance of a non-judgmental countenance. When the opportunity to work at an Outpatient facility presented, Jim believed the chance to strengthen his group facilitation skill set seemed optimal for both professional and personal growth. Now at RCA, Jim believes he has actualized the therapeutic niche for which he was destined. Although Jim’s use of the Matrix Model, which employs a combination of therapeutic techniques, could best describe his treatment approach; he too could be described as a practitioner who utilizes psychoeducational groups to suggest to members the possible origins of their afflictions and ways by which they might heal. At the end of the day, Jim believes the therapeutic relationship essential; affording the client an opportunity to not only be listened to but to be heard.
Devon Chakiris, LPC, Clinical Assessor comes to RCA with a varied background and 9 years of field experience. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marywood University in 2012 with a minor in Criminal Justice. While there, she participated in the Psy Chi Honors society, various volunteer projects and interned primarily with children. Devon started her career in a partial hospital for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses and later worked in case management for a Pregnancy and Parenting Center and shelter. In 2017, Devon graduated with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling with an Addictions minor from LaSalle University. Her internship in general outpatient became her place of employment for several years where she provided individual and group counseling to adults and children. Devon also brought services to the Bucks County Homeless shelter and in local schools during her time there. She began working part-time as a supervisor in a treatment center in 2019 and later became a supervisor for a walk-in assessment center for substance use disorders. Devon specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and working with the LGBTQ community.
Director of Outpatient Services
Bradley High is the Director of Outpatient Services at the Malvern location for Recovery Centers of America. Brad is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in both addiction and mental health disorders for adults and adolescents as well as family interventions. He has held various positions including Executive Director of Operations and Assistant Vice President of Operations at a previous employer where he was responsible for all aspects of 6 outpatient offices and 1 inpatient facility in that role.
Brad completed his graduate studies at Immaculata University where he obtained his master’s degree in counseling psychology. When he first entered the field, he was an adult mental health therapist in a non-profit organization for 10 years. He then expanded his skill set and moved to the for profit sector and expanded to treating both young adults and adolescents with co-occurring disorders. It is with this population that he found his true passion for providing the best clinical care. This passion then drove his desire to enter operations aspect of treatment so he could build the best programming to serve these populations and help as many people as possible battle the disease of addiction.
Music Therapist and Primary Therapist
Caitlin Kish, MA, MT-BC is a Board-Certified Music Therapist and a Primary Therapist for Recovery Centers of America in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Cait has over 10 years of experience working with co-occurring and addiction populations in all levels of care, including inpatient and outpatient. Cait began her music therapy studies at the University of Georgia. She completed a six-month internship at the Palmetto Hospital System in South Carolina, and later, obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. Cait utilizes a person-centered, strengths-based approach and strives to provide the best trauma-informed, evidence-based, and ethical care to all her clients. In session, she aids her clients in creating an individualized lifestyle of recovery that includes expanding recovery and sober supports, implementation of coping and relapse prevention skills, healthy communication skills, and boundary setting. When not working as a music therapist and counselor, Cait enjoys listening to and creating music, spending time outdoors, hiking, riding horses, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Britnee is a primary therapist in the outpatient department at recovery centers of America Devon. She earned her Master’s degree at Eastern University in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her schooling, she completed her Master’s level internships in children’s counseling, mental health counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Britnee’s experience at RCA Devon began as an intern, which allowed her to gain clinical experience in facilitating groups and supporting clients throughout their recovery journey. In addition, Britnee has experience working with children as an ABA therapist, implementing behavioral interventions. She is currently working towards licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Regional Director of Outpatient Services
Christina Snyder is the Regional Director of Outpatient Services for Recovery Centers of America. Christina is a licensed professional counselor who specializes in co-occurring disorders, trauma, and family interventions. Along with holding a license, she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a certified ARISE Interventionist. Christina completed her graduate studies at Rosemont College where she obtained her degree in counseling psychology with a specialization in addiction studies. Christina has experience working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She volunteers her time to the community and is a board member for the county’s drug and alcohol services. Christina takes pride in providing a person-centered approach when overseeing the department.
Dr. Caroline McWilliams
Dr. McWilliams is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine. She trained in Internal Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. McWilliams is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and has been practicing since 2007. She has served as an attending physician for the Department of Public Health at a community health center in Philadelphia and the Medical Director at Inglis House, a nursing home in Philadelphia, PA. Her interest includes addiction medicine and treating patients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. She acted as the lead Physician at Malvern institute, a drug and alcohol rehab facility in Malvern, PA. She has served as the Medical Director at Recovery Center of America in Devon, PA a comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment facility, since August 2017.