High Focus Centers has a strong reputation for innovative programming and has an unmatched record of initiatives that have changed substance abuse and psychiatric treatment in New Jersey for over 25 years.  We have since expanded our services to Connecticut, Georgia and North Carolina.

Our contributions include:

  • In 1994, we created the first substance abuse adolescent intensive outpatient program (IOP) in the state.
  • In 2001, we were the first to integrate an adolescent psychiatric partial day program and an after-school psychiatric IOP.
  • In 2008, we developed a specialized IOP protocol for opiate addiction, a first in New Jersey, as part of our substance abuse treatment programs.

In 2012, High Focus Centers joined the Pyramid Healthcare family of behavioral health services. Pyramid Healthcare is a system of behavioral healthcare facilities located throughout the eastern United States dedicated to delivering the highest quality of substance abuse and psychiatric services. Since then High Focus has continued to innovate:

  • In 2012, we launched a specialized Young Adult Abuse Program
  • In 2013, we started a Trauma IOP, completely independent from all other programming
  • In 2014, we began the state’s first Adolescent Co-Occurring Illness IOP
  • In 2022, we expanded services into Georgia and North Carolina

High Focus Centers is accredited by CARF International and licensed by the NJ State Department of Human Services.


  • Executive Vice President of Operations Thomas Fowler, Psy.D.  [email protected]
  • Vice President of Clinical Operations  Meredith Lynch, LPC, LCADC  [email protected]
  • Vice President of Marketing Jodi Jaspan  [email protected]
  • Director of Quality Management Kim Ceretta, LSW, LCADC  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Augusta, GA Lisa Ehlers, LCSW lehlers@pyramidhc.com
  • Executive Director – Branchburg, NJ Kelly McLaughlin, MA, LPC  kmclaughlin@highfocuscenters.com
  • Executive Director – Charlotte, NC Meredith Lynch, LPC, LCADC  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Cherry Hill, NJ Sandra Lindemuth, MA, LPC, CFRC  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Cranford, NJ Stacy Santacroce, LCSW  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Freehold, NJ Samantha Kellar, LPC, ACS  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Johns Creek, GA David Newton, LPC, CPCS, MAC dnewton@pyramidhc.com
  • Executive Director – Lawrenceville, NJ Lindsay Wheeler, LCSW, LCADC lwheeler@highfocuscenters.com
  • Executive Director – Marietta, GA Lisa Ehlers, LCSW lehlers@pyramidhc.com
  • Executive Director – Norwalk, CT, NJ Lenny Marano, LCSW lmarano@highfocuscenters.com
  • Executive Director – Paramus, NJ Jaimie Farkas, LCSW LCADC CCTP CCATP [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Parsippany, NJ Shesha Dave, LCSW  [email protected]
  • Executive Director – Sandy Springs, GA Kimberly Hosey, LPC, MAC khosey@pyramidhc.com