Our Staff

KeithKeith Martinez, LCSW, LCADC: Keith received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, and his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. He has worked in mental health and substance abuse over the past two decades in virtually every level of care — outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial care, outpatient detoxification, as well as short and long-term residential settings. He continues to maintain a caseload at Recovery Innovations while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facility.

christine fernandezChristine Fernandez, LCSW, LCADC: Christine has her BS from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Rutherford, NJ. After 15 years in finance, Christine embarked on a new career in social work, obtaining her AS in Human Services at Brookdale CC, then her BSW and MSW with a Substance Abuse specialization from Monmouth University. She has since become dually licensed and now has her LCSW in addition to an LCADC. Over the past several years, Christine’s focus has been counseling the criminogenic and substance abuse populations in both outpatient and detention facilities. Her caseload at RI covers both the traditional outpatient and intensive outpatient program clientele.

Matthew Behrens: Matthew joined Recovery Innovations after working in logistics for six years. He is currently employed as a Counselor Intern while attending NJPN to earn his CADC. He has always felt a passion for helping people, especially in the case of addiction and mental health. After years of trying to figure out what career path he wanted, he decided to pursue work in addiction counseling. Matthew is currently utilized in all facets of the agency, and will eventually have a caseload of clients.

Susan KellySusan Kelly: Susan joined Recovery Innovations in March of 2015 after having run her own retail business, Santa Fe Pottery Company, in Princeton, N.J., and serving as an Office Manager of Raritan Valley Bus Company in Metuchen, N.J. Susan is the initial point of contact in our agency, and has access to all clinician’s schedules, answers most procedural questions, and is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the agency. She received her BFA from The University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

NicoleNicole Martinez, BA, CADC: Nicole received her undergraduate degree from Monmouth University and had her pursuit of her Masters Degree interrupted by marriage and motherhood. She never lost her passion for substance abuse treatment, though, and eventually returned to school to earn the Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor designation. Nicole maintains a caseload of individual clients while also facilitating some of our Intensive Outpatient therapy groups.

Rande Palmer: Rande has been active in the field of recovery since 2018. He has volunteered at various organizations throughout the community thereby bringing a unique understanding of the importance of group advocacy and empowerment. Rande facilitates traditional outpatient and intensive outpatient sessions, meets our clients where they are, all while prioritizing our clients right to self-determination and confidentiality. Rande has earned his certificate of completion in Addictions Counseling, is preparing to embark on his BSW, and will soon earn the title of a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

Bernita HarrellBernita Harrell: Bernita, affectionately known as “Nita”, is a Counselor Intern at RI. She has been involved with substance abuse treatment since 2001 in various capacities, starting in a methadone clinic. She ultimately decided to make this her career and has completed all coursework and experiential hours to receive her CADC. Bernita currently works with the women in our Daytime IOP along with providing evaluation and individual counseling services.

IbanezDelfin George Ibanez, MD: Board certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Ibanez has a long-history of working with the addicted population. His understanding of the effect of drug and alcohol abuse on the brain is remarkable, and his knowledge of how different medications impact different regions of the brain invaluable. He is keenly aware of the need to treat addiction and mental illness simultaneously, and his professional background is perfectly aligned with Recovery Innovations’ philosophy and mission.