Meet the Team

At Banyan Treatment Boca, we stand as a leader in providing growth through recovery by having only the most qualified team behind the mission. Our highly experienced staff know exactly how to treat each and every client because several key members of the Banyan clinical team have gone through their own personal trials of addiction and recovery. The Banyan tree not only stands as a symbol for us, but it is a philosophy. You are able to grow through your recovery process with a strong community set in place from our team here at Banyan Treatment Boca.
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Catherine Manley, LMHC

Executive Director


Catherine Manley is the Executive Director at Banyan Treatment Pompano and Banyan Detox facilities. She earned her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Mental Health Counseling and is licensed in the State of Florida. Working in the field of substance abuse treatment, Catherine has led staff in multiple roles as Primary Therapist, Detox Supervisor, and Clinical Director. In addition to her experience in human services, Catherine received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Florida International University in 2003. She has a background in marketing, advertising and project management. Catherine brings a great balance of education, compassion, and business acumen to the Banyan family. The driving force behind her ambition is centered on helping individuals struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

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Laruen Connolly

Director of Finance


Lauren was born and raised on Long Island in New York. She attended community college, as well as business school and majored in Business Administration. Lauren began her career in New York City in 1994 where she worked as a Financial Analyst for two of the largest NY Direct Marketing agencies for over 20 years. In 2013, Lauren relocated to Wellington, FL and pursued a career in the treatment industry. Since 2015, Lauren has been the Director of Finance at Banyan Treatment. Lauren works with the clients and their families to help create affordable payment plans for treatment. She assists with cash or self pay clients and helps families navigate through the financial process to ensure they understand their payment options and what is best depending on their situation.

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Kahlia Bersson, LCSW

Clinical Director


Kahlia Bersson comes to Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential Program with extensive experience in substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University, Kahlia honed her expertise working in both the mental health and substance abuse realms. Kahlia promotes a client-centered, holistic approach to treatment that utilizes relevant and effective interventions to meet the client where they are at in the change process and empower clients to meet and surpass their goals.

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Drew Gray

Director of Operations


Drew Gray was born and raised in Pennsylvania, he relocated to Florida in 2013. He originally joined the team at Banyan Stuart Detox as a Case Manager and has been promoted to Director of Operations at Banyan Boca’s Detox and Residential. He can empathize with the impact that addiction has on a family because when Drew was seven years old, his father lost his battle to addiction by overdosing. Prior to his time with Banyan, he worked as a school teacher for three years. During his teaching days, he always had a passion to help individuals struggling with addiction. Drew earned his BS in Human Services: Generalist. He has made a commitment to help people suffering from the disease of addiction because he never wants a child to have to grow up the way he did. Drew aspires to achieve his Ph.D. in Psychology and plans to start his graduate program within the next year.

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If you, or a loved one is struggling from drug or alcohol addiction take the first step toward recovery. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our compassionate intake counselors. We're here to help!