Meet The Team
Melissa Prosperi Chief Executive Officer,ACHE,ATSA,MHA CANDIDATE, VP of HUMAN RESOURCES
Melissa has been in the mental health and addictions field for over 15 years. She started in Partial Care as a Case Manager while earning her Social Work degree and moved up to Outreach Coordinator and SUD Coordinator. She is currently enrolled at Rutgers University in New Brunswick as an MHA Candidate. We are very proud to also state that she is currently Magna Cum Laude with a 4.0. Melissa has a passion for Medicine and the mental health aspect of all things medicine.
She takes her position very seriously as the CEO and VP of Human Resources. She wants her staff to feel like they are autonomous and are able to be comfortable in sessions.
While you are a client with Journeys Outpatient Services you are considered our number one priority and we will always treat you like that.
In Melissa's spare time she is a huge fan of Marvel Universe and the Beach. She also loves to spend time with her family and ambassadog Sidney.
Michael Schirm, LAC, LCADC Candidate
Substance Abuse Primary Clinician
Michael comes to Journeys as someone who has had extensive knowledge of the Substance Abuse field working in the inpatient detox and rehab field. Journeys is proud to have him aboard as the new Coordinator for Substance Abuse Counseling. Michael will also be working with Melissa in fine tuning the ATSA counseling field as well.
Please note that a more extensive BIO will be added soon. If you would like to know more about Michael or any of our staff please do not hesitate to contact or tour our facility.
Rebecca Russo, BA
Vice Director: Ancillary Services
Rebecca has been in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse field for over 5 years. She is a guru where all things social media are concerned. She is concerned with development and design of all buisness modalities. She is a believer of the entire mind, body and soul experience that we convey at Journeys Outpatient Services. In Rebecca's spare time she is a fitness aficionado and will be a certified gold instructor of Yoga for Mental Health and Spiritual Well Being so she can assist the stretching and namaste in your life. Want to take a tour of Journeys? Give us a call today. We welcome your inquisition to our new and exciting model of care.
Jennifer Anderson, BA
Office Manager and Executive Assistant to the COO
Jennifer is our front end manager as well as the Executive Assistant to the COO. She is our front and first line of defense when we need anything to do with our clients. She oversees everyone's schedules, so if you need to come in she will be your woman to make it happen.
With a passion for all things crafting, you may even get to see her Gnomes that she crafts as well as the holiday scapes. Come in today for a tour and see why she is our front end manager.
Sidney Lucas, AMBASSADOG
Sidney is a 6 (almost 7) greyhound who raced in Florida and in 2018 had retired to the most comfortable couch of our founder and CEO. He is an ambassadog and loves when his friends of all ages comes to play or talk. Ear rubs are his favorite time as well as treatos!
He is the "goodest boy in all the land" and is always up for some play time. Please note that he is NOT a certified therapy dog but does enjoy at times seeing his friends who come in to say hi or play with him.
Lisa Osborn, MA, MSW, LSW, LCSW Candidate
Clinical Team Leader
Lisa is a 15 year experienced therapist that has dealt with both Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health Issues. She is the type of person who gets into your feelings and is ready to find a solution that fits everyone. She is currently accepting new patients and would love to connect with you 1:1 and learn what makes you tick.
Lisa is very passionate for the entire mission and goal of Journeys for those that need assistance learning the ins and outs of what is going on and how to find the solution that works best for them.
Licensed Massage Therapists
We have outstanding Licensed Massage Therapists that are at the forefront of thier specialty. Give us a call today and we can service your needs.
Thrift and Pantry Manager
Jennifer has been in the thrifting world for over 10 years. She loves to find that " diamond in the rough." She has merchandised for Forever 21 and brings a wealth of knowledge with her to the table.
Jennifer worked very feverishly in getting the thrift and pantry up and running and without her expertise, it would not have happened.
Visit journeysthrift.com today to see all of the amazing things we have in store for you. We offer free shipping for all of your finds as well if you are concerned about coming in to shop during this unprecedented time. Jennifer will even shop for you!
Michelle Leonard is an Ocean County native that is one of the very few Hypnotists that relieve you of all of your troubles and cares and opens you to the world around you.
Michelle believes in the power of Hypnosis and the unique approach to the entire mind, body and soul appreciation of mental health and wellness.
She runs each year in Bayville the Soulsational Festival that is free to the public. Want to learn more about her passion? Contact us today.
Taryn Parascand, L,Ac
Dr. Taryn Parascand is a NJ State Licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) and herbalist. In 2009 Taryn earned a Master’s in Science Traditional Oriental Medicine, (MSTOM) with Chinese herbal certificate. She returned to school to compete a Doctoral degree in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine from Pacific College. She is board certified with the NCCAOM. Her B.A is in psychology.
Taryn has been learning, practicing, & teaching in the holistic medicine field for 20 years. She has acquired thousands of hours of clinical experience & didactic learning. She fuses this with her intuitive, extra sensory healing gifts.
Her background is in dance, is a yoga certified teacher (2000), Reiki Master (2005), Ama Deus Healing Energy worker (2005), Certified Labor Doula (2010), Eastern & Western herbal medicine training. Clinical essential oil. Seminars in mental/emotional health, fertility and addictions, pain and healing.
For the last 6 years Taryn has studied, personally healed & trained with Grandmaster Nan Lu of TCMworld.org. She is a Certified Dragon’s Way Qigong instructor (2017).
At home, raising two energetic sons, and nurturing her family. She loves connection in nature, the beach, the woods, sunrises and sets. Time spent in the garden growing food, herbs, and flower gardens and loves her backyard chickens and pet dog. qigong, dancing, making art.
Krystyna C, LCSW
Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Compliance Officer
Trauma Based Clinician
Krystyna is an LCSW who sees all trauma related individuals and those that wish to have someone who is able to connect with their therapeutic side. EMDR is Krystynas specialty and she is one of those "get it done" types. Cool fact: Krystyna was military so thank you so much for your service! Want to schedule with Krystyna or any therapist? Give us a call today!
We are actively hiring for our ever growing field of therapy and outpatient services. We are prominent in our field and have a leading edge design for our interdisciplinary approach to wellness. Send a resume today to be considered.