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New Jersey Team

    Your recovery success is our mission. Get your life and future back! 

    While we make our best efforts to keep our treatment team’s pages updated, please know staffing at each facility is subject to change. We Level Up team members may include executive or senior management or others who while not located in a particular local center, help shape, manage or oversee, or design treatment strategies, best practices, procedures, processes, and other clinical treatment programs. Training, management reviews, quality control, or related and other work may be provided by staff across multiple locations.

    Patricia Wallace
    Executive Director, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, ICCS

    Patricia Wallace, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, ICCS, Executive Director at We Level Up in Lawrenceville, NJ is a committed behavioral health professional with a passion for program development and expansion and building teams of professionals to meet common goals.  For over 25 years, she has dedicated herself in service to individuals suffering from serious and persistent mental illnesses and addictions.  Through the provision of direct services utilizing evidence-based practices and by emulating the mission of a program through strong, responsive, and motivational leadership, Patricia has been at the forefront of leading teams of professionals to work cohesively and seamlessly to ensure the provision of quality services that positively influence outcomes for individuals receiving the services and the companies that serve them.  Patricia operates under the philosophy that we are all essential parts of the whole, and it is only through a deep commitment to our individual roles in our collective efforts that we thrive as an organization, a team, and as a leading service entity. 

    John Wilkins
    Medical Director, DO, Psychiatrist

    John has been a psychiatrist for 32 years. Undergraduate at Penn State University, medical school at Kansas City Osteopathic, residency at UMDNJ-SOM. Vast experience as an inpatient psychiatrist in both mental health units and substance abuse units. Qualifications: Years in Practice: 32 Years. License: New Jersey / 25MB05076500. School: University of Health Sciences. Year Graduated: 1986. Board Certification: AOBNP.

    Billie-Jo Stuto
    Clinical Director, LCSW

    Billie-Jo (BJ) Stuto is our Clinical Director at We Level Up NJ and has been a leader in the field of Mental Health and Addictions for over 20 years with a focus on trauma and addiction.  She is trained in DBT, EMDR, MET, and brings a wealth of clinical skills and training to her team.  BJ is a consistent driver of clinical excellence.  BJ received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with a concentration in Addiction Counseling.  She continues to enjoy training, mentoring, and leading by example.  BJ takes great pride in connecting with our clients and their families and looks forward to meeting you at our We Level Up NJ facility.   

    Kimberly Lenox
    Director of Nursing

    Kim joined We Level Up in August 2022.  She comes with over 35 years of nursing experience.  Her background includes pediatric nursing, home care, psychiatry and over 30 years of addiction nursing. Kim received her BSN from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. 

    Kim brings years of supervisory experience.  She is passionate about educating and building teams of nursing professionals who can support our clients in their struggles with the disease of addiction.  She wants every client to receive the best possible, individualized nursing care to help them physically, emotionally, and spiritually in their recovery journey.

    Michael Ferro
    Operations Manager

    Michael joined Level Up as the Operations Manager for our New Jersey location in April 2022. Michael got into the field of addiction and mental health treatment with the intent on helping people through some of the most difficult times of their lives. He joined our team after departing from another facility where he spent several years of his career. Starting as a Behavioral Health Technician, quickly moving into a Supervisor role, and ultimately becoming the Director of Operations. When the time came to move on, Michael said We Level Up's professional climate, quality client care, work with alumni and families, and dedication to the employees own professional and personal development made us a clear and obvious choice. Michael is a dedicated professional committed to ensuring his team is trained, competent, and works cohesively among each other as well as with the other disciplinary teams to ultimately provide the best possible care to the clients.

    Ashanti Michael
    Lead Primary Therapist
    Carli Edling
    Primary Therapist
    Jessica Ortiz
    Primary Therapist