Our Staff

The Lancaster Freedom Center is staffed by a team of caring professionals devoted to the emotional well-being of clients. To learn more about any member of our team, please read their bios.

Kathleen Birmingham, RN, LCSW, CCDP-D
Program Director | kathy@lancasterfreedomcenter.com
Kathy has been with The Lancaster Freedom Center since it was established in 1989. She completed undergraduate education at The Catholic University of America and received her graduate degree in Social Work at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Kathy does Drug and Alcohol evaluations and treatment as well as mental health individual and couples counseling.Kathy was recognized by Central PA Business Journal in 2003 as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business. In 2004 she was selected as one of the recipients of “The Women who Care Awards” in Lancaster County, PA.Kathy enjoys working at The Lancaster Freedom Center because the respect and caring that the staff members have for one another provides an attractive atmosphere for people looking for help.

Nelson Polite, BA, CAC
Nelson has been involved at The Lancaster Freedom Center since 1992. He received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Millersville University in 1997 and is pursuing his Masters Degree in Community Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University in Middletown, PA. Nelson has worked in various capacities at The Freedom Center over the years. He currently facilitates the Men’s Early Recovery Group. Nelson remains involved at LFC because, “I enjoy working with the staff at The Freedom Center. They provide quality services with a lot of caring.”

Marilyn D’Andrea-Spica, MD
Medical Director
Marilyn D'Andrea-Spica Dr. D. Has a special interest in working with the Addictions Medicine. She serves as the Medical Director for the Lancaster Freedom Center and works with some of the opiate addicted clients who are being prescribed buprenorphine to assist in the treatment process. Dr. D. is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She is a strong advocate for patient education and preventative medicine as essential to optimal health.

Danielle Heist, LPC, CAADC
Therapist | danielle@lancasterfreedomcenter.com
Danielle has been with The Lancaster Freedom Center since 2004. She completed undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University and received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Millersville University. Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Addictions Counselor.  In addition, Danielle holds a certification in Grief Counseling. She conducts drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment, as well as mental health individual and couples counseling.

Clarease Bailey
Drug and Alcohol Consultant to Children and Youth Agency
Clarease has been with The Lancaster Freedom Center since January, 2007. Her work experience includes working with at-risk youth and their families with The Boys Girls Club of Lancaster, Inc. Her work experience also includes working with chemical dependent women in a residential settings. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in Social Work at Millersville University and has received her certification as a Associate Addictions Counselor II. Clarease has a strong passion for helping people on their journey in recovery.

Anna M. Bachman, BA
Therapist | annie@lancasterfreedomcenter.com
Anna received her undergraduate degrees from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Human Services and a Bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Psychology. Anna works as a full-time therapist at Lancaster Freedom Center and provides evaluations, individual sessions for drug & alcohol, and facilitates outpatient & intensive outpatient groups.

Meek Daye, BS, CRS
Office Manager | info@lancasterfreedomcenter.com
Meek graduated from Consolidated School of Business with an Associate’s Degree in Business and Legal Administration and obtained a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Eastern University. She is a volunteer and Board member at Advoz a nonprofit in Lancaster. She has worked in the medical field for more than 15 years. Meek enjoys helping people make positive changes in their lives and sees this happen every day at The Lancaster Freedom Center.

Judy Harrity, MS
2013-07-10Crystal. Lauren Judy for webpage3 Judy completed her Masters Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. Prior to receiving her degree she had been an intern at The Lancaster Freedom Center since May of 2012. During that time she gained an appreciation for working in the field of addictions and a particular passion for working with adolescents.

Michele Duke, MSW
Drug and Alcohol Consultant to Children and Youth Agency
Michele has been with the Lancaster Freedom Center since January 2017. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Millersville University. She has always been passionate about following a career path in serving others.

Rosa Gallego, BS
Drug and Alcohol Consultant to Children and Youth Agency
Rosa has been at The Lancaster Freedom Center since June 2016. Her work history includes working for Lancaster County Adult County Probation & Parole and the State Police as a legal Assistant. Rosa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and is currently working on earning an Associate Addictions Counselor certification. Rosa has a passion for working with individuals with addiction issues, also enjoys educating/consulting with caseworkers in The Children and Youth Agency.

Kelly Mason, MS
Therapist | kelly@lancasterfreedomcenter.com
Kelly completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at Millersville University and is pursuing licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works as a full-time therapist completing evaluations, engaging in individual therapy sessions, and facilitating intensive outpatient groups.

Find Us

The Lancaster Freedom Center
436 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
tel: 717.397.9118; fax: 717.397.3514
email: info@lancasterfreedomcenter.com


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