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Our Staff

Martin Brecher, MD - Board Certified - Teen and Adult Psychiatrist

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Dr. Martin Brecher received his Medical Degree and Doctor of Medical Science degrees from State University of New York, Brooklyn. After completing psychiatric residency, he worked in inpatient and outpatient settings and as a forensic examiner. He worked for the Food and Drug Administration for two years and spent twenty years completing clinical trials of psychiatric medicines. He resumed clinical practice in 2013.

Steven Cartun, MD

Steven Cartun, MD — received his Medical Degree and Doctor of Medical Science degrees from State University of Missouri- Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Yale, Connecticut, where he worked with children and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Cartun has been treating children, teens and adults for over 30 years. Dr Cartun taught Yale medical students and residents about psychodynamics, emotions, family systems theory, and decision making during his days as Chief Resident in psychodynamic psychiatry fellowship program at Yale Medical School. As an alumni, Dr. Cartun continues as a consultant for the Yale Medical and Law Schools to help both undergraduate and graduate students gain insights into their own decision making processes and the impact that emotions and cognitive biases have on judgment. Dr. Cartun was invited to the White House and included as a participant in the StartUp America Program.

Robert N. Beck - Facility Director and Therapist with 18 years of experience in all types of treatments, with a speciality in CBT, DBT, Addiction, and Trauma

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Robert is married with three children. Robert is a U.S. Army veteran honorably discharged in 1989. He followed his passion of wanting to help people after the Army and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University with a major in Psychology. Robert worked in various positions in the field of mental health since graduating that included working with children, young adolescents, and adults helping them overcome their challenges in life. He spent 10 years working as a Program Director in independent residential facilities for severe and persistent mental health and substance abuse located in both Bucks County and Philadelphia County. He graduated from LaSalle University with Master's Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling as a proud member of the Chi- Sigma-Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society with intention to receive his LPC any day now.

Blair A. Kirshner, LPC - Counselor specializing in teens and adolescents

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Blair earned her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Harcum College. Blair was the President of Harcum Association for the Education of Young Children, a Student Ambassador, and a volunteer at two pre-schools. These experiences helped to breed Blair’s passion for working with children, further demonstrated by her current employment as a caretaker. Blair continued her education at West Chester University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. Blair also continued her volunteer work at West Chester as a part of The Head Start Program and A Chance to Heal, working with children from poverty stricken areas and individuals with eating disorders, respectively. Through these experiences, Blair developed a strong interest in working with clients with eating disorders or body image concerns. More specifically, she hopes to become an advocate for healthy body image and improving self-esteem. Consistent with this goal, she is an active member of The National Eating Disorder Association. Blair has received her Masters Degree in Professional Clinical Counseling from La Salle University. Blair enjoys the diversity of working with many different populations, but she mantains a special interest in group settings and working with adolescents.

Dr. William Lybarger - 40 plus years in counseling

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William Lybarger (aka: «Dr. Bill») began his professional career as a guidance counselor of a comprehensive Vo-tech high school. He earned his doctorate from Temple University in January 1978. He interned at CORA Youth Services in Philadelphia as a counseling supervisor and served a second internship in Cherry Hill as a marriage and family therapist. He obtained his Pennsylvania Psychologist license in 1977, maintained it through the present, and held several positions over 26 years working for the Delaware State Department of Education. His counseling style is client-centered and humanistic and his intervention strategies range from psychodynamic to supportive to cognitive behavioral therapy to using analytic psychology depending upon client need.

Kristina Meyrick, LPC - Counselor specializing in teens, adults who have dual diagnoses

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Kristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania State. She has over 10 years counseling experience in the mental health and addictions fields working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, family, couple and group setting. Kristina has extensive experience providing crisis counseling, trauma related therapy, solution-focused therapy, reality therapy, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. She has a strong background in dual diagnosis interventions, grief and loss, depression and anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, PTSD and other traumas, addictions, co-dependency and attachment issues. Kristina has a rich history in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her knowledge of mental health and addictions is abundant. Above all else, Kristina is a compassionate, empathetic, and proactive therapist who strives to help everyone.

Josiah Schepis, BA - Utlization Review Manager

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Josiah has a degree in finance and experience working in the New York Stock Exchange. He went back to school for billing and coding, and has been with Hope Springs ever since. Josiah will work with your insurance company to ensure all of your visits are approved.

Janice Viers - Certified Medical Assistant

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The friendly voice and face at Hope Springs who will be the first point of contact. Janice is the office guru, and will make sure you are receiving the care that you need, from appointments to crisis calls, she will be there.

Noora Hamdan - PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology

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Noora is a PhD candidate at Temple University specializing in Developmental Psychology. Prior to studying atTemple, she received her master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University. Her dissertation focuses on how resilience develops in at-risk youth and young adults and the role of outside socio-emotional connectedness factors in contributing to this resilience.
Noora’s passion lies in helping individuals who are currently struggling in their lives to learn to have compassion for themselves, and to develop the necessary cognitive and behavioral skills to survive and thrive in our increasingly complex and stressful world. At Hope Springs she is utilizing her skills to provide children and adults a measurable treatment plan for positive progress.