The Team

Joseph R. Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D.

 Dr. Volpicelli graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1981 and completed his residency there in 1985. Since then he has spent the last twenty-five years as a pioneer in clinical research, education, and practice. Throughout this time, he was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Scientist at the Pennsylvania VA Center for Research on Addictive Disorders. Dr. Volpicelli is also the author of “Recovery Options: The Complete Guide” and “Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Addictions: The BRENDA Approach.”

Dr. Volpicelli has led the way in the integration of medications with psychotherapy support to treat addictions. His research on the use of naltrexone led to the first new medication to be approved by the FDA for alcohol treatment in nearly fifty years.

When Dr. V takes a break from working, he can be found on the golf course!

Heather Osher, D.O.

 Dr. Osher received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Delaware, and is a 2010 alumna of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship and a residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Medicine. Dr. Osher joined our practice in 2012, while finished up her residency program. It was during this time that she discovered a true passion for helping those who suffer from the disease of addiction. She came on board with us permanently after completing her residency. In addition to the work she does at Volpicelli Center, she also works at an urgent care facility in the area. In her free time, Dr. Osher enjoys traveling and going to the theater! 

Jimmie Sanders, M.D.

 Dr. Sanders has been with us for over five years, but has been a practicing physician for over 30 years. He was a general surgeon for most of his career, but took up a special interest in addictions in the last decade. Dr. Sanders specializes in Suboxone treatment. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and dancing!

Natalie Mills, CRNP

  Natalie has been practicing as a Nurse Practitioner for 10 years, after having served as a nurse for many years prior to that. Her vast experience in the medical field has made her a valuable member to our clinical staff. Her kind and empathetic personality is a perfect fit for helping patients who are struggling with addiction. 

Andrea Druga, PA-C

 Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from the University of Delaware and graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2018. She joined the Volpicelli Center as a physician assistant in the summer of 2019. Her background in psychology and interests in the role of lifestyle factors, mental health, and overall health and well-being in the treatment of addiction contribute to her holistic approach to medication-assisted treatment and help patients build sustainable recovery. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her dog and being active! 

Joseph Lyczkowski, CRS

 Joseph Lyczkowski joined the Volpicelli Center team in 2018 as a Master’s Prepared Certified Recovery Specialist. Joe has an extensive history working in Substance Abuse and Mental Health, so we are thankful that he has brought his knowledge and understanding to our program. He has clinical experience in co-occuring and impulsive behavior disorders, and is well-versed in alternate treatment modalities, such as the BRENDA method. Joe is always open to explore new paths towards recovery! 

Lauren Griffith

 This year, 2019, marks Lauren’s eighth year working in the addiction treatment field, seven of which have been here at Volpicelli Center. She is serving as the Program Director which allows her to manage a team of clinicians and administrative staff. Quality patient care is her number one priority! In 2017, Lauren received her Certified Allied Addiction Practitioner credential through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. When she is not working, she enjoys going to the beach and playing tennis!

Courtney Washeleski

 Courtney came to Volpicelli Center as an Administrative Support Clerk in Spring 2018. Her hard work and dedication to managing all of her duties efficiently and accurately have quickly made her a vital member of the team. 


About the practice

The Volpicelli Center was founded in 2008 by Dr. Joseph Volpicelli. Having just retired from his work at UPenn, Dr. Volpicelli sought to bring all of his academic research findings into clinical practice, thus the Volpicelli Center was born. 


Here at the Volpicelli Center, we seek to lead in the diagnosis and treatment of addictions. Above all, we aim to provide the highest quality health care and service to all of our patients, and we invite you to partner with us.

We are committed to excellence. We know that good care involves more than good medicine. That’s why our concern for you extends to every part of your well-being. We want your experience here to be as safe, comfortable, and effective as possible. Thank you for choosing the Volpicelli Center for your care.

The elements of the treatment program include:

  1. Initial assessment and patient engagement
  2. Ambulatory detoxification (when necessary)
  3. Three months weekly sessions (stabilization)
  4. Three months bi-weekly sessions (transition) 
  5. Six months of monthly sessions (maintenance)