About the Volpicelli Center for Addiction Treatment

Volpicelli Rehab Center for addiction treatment
ABOUT THE PRACTICE

Addiction is personal.
So are we.

The Volpicelli Center for addiction treatment is an intimate addiction recovery center that provides research-based recovery to fully support you so you can live fully. 

We are a staff that truly cares for our patients. From our intimate size and confidentiality, to our medical-oriented outpatient program and clinicians, our care for our patients determine all that we do. 

The values our office upholds are deeply embedded in diversity, inclusion, and equity. We strive to provide care for everyone regardless of their race, religion, sexuality, or any other elements of their identity. You are welcome and cared for here. 🏳️‍🌈

Your Center for Addiction Treatment Care Team

dr Joseph Volpicelli Center for Addiction Treatment
Medical Director & Founder

Dr. Volpicelli

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After 25 years at Penn, Dr. Volpicelli decided to put theory to practice as he opened the Volpicelli Center in 2009. This model program seamlessly integrates medications with psychosocial support to provide innovative science-based addiction treatment.

Dr. Volpicelli is a featured author of over 100 academic publications and two of his own books, “Recovery Options: The Complete Guide” and “Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Addictions: The BRENDA Approach.”

His personal mission is to bring evidence-based addiction treatment into the addiction treatment community. He does this by teaching health care providers, consulting with health care companies and payers, and educating the general public. You can find him quoted in numerous publications such as GQ, the Mighty, Bustle, Insider, and Healthline.

When Dr. Volpicelli is not conducting research, writing, or seeing patients, he enjoys winning fantasy football leagues or spending time with his grandchildren.

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

Dr. Joseph Volpicelli graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program. Through this program, he received both his doctorate of medicine and psychology. He also completed his medical residency at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in Neuropsychopharmacology. 

A world-renowned scientist-clinician, Dr. Volpicelli’s research has led to many important discoveries in addiction treatment. His research led to the discovery of naltrexone to treat alcohol addiction, an FDA-approved medicine used worldwide to reduce alcohol craving and relapse (often referred to as MAT for addiction treatment). His research also led to the discovery of a psychosocial approach designed to improve treatment engagement and retention. 

Heather Osher, D.O.

Dr. Heather Osher joined the Volpicelli Center in 2012. She received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed an internship and a residency at the formerly known St. Joseph’s Hospital in Philadelphia, and is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Medicine. During her residency, she discovered her true passion is to help those who suffer from the disease of addiction.

After many years, the American Osteopathic Association recently decided to offer an Addiction Medicine board certification exam. Dr. Osher passed and is now board certified in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Osher is also a Medical Director at an urgent care. In her limited spare time, Dr. Osher enjoys travel and the theater.

Jimmie Sanders

Jimmie Sanders, M.D.

Dr. Jimmie Sanders joined the Volpicelli Center in 2015. Prior to joining us, Dr. Sanders retired from a 30 year career as a general surgeon.

After retiring from surgery, he took a special interest in addiction medicine and became certified in Suboxone treatment. He has a private MAT practice in Philadelphia, but focuses soley on medical marijuana certifications and immigration physicals at Volpicelli Center.

In his spare time, you can find Dr. Sanders on the golf course or dancing with his wife.

Andrea Druga, PA-C

Andrea Druga joined the Volpicelli Center in July 2019 as a physician assistant under the supervision of Dr. Volpicelli. Andrea received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Delaware.

In addition to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Andrea's approach for building sustainable recovery incorporates making positive lifestyle changes and improving overall wellbeing. She emphasizes the importance of exercise, nutrition, sleep hygiene, fulfilling social interaction, and working towards personal goals. She loves working with patients to identify changes they want to make and providing tools and referrals to do so.

Outside of the Volpicelli Center, Andrea identifies and analyzes research on new and emerging health care interventions to better inform patient-centered outcomes research.

When Andrea is not analyzing research or seeing patients, she enjoys long distance running or spending time with her dog.

Jenevieve Lee Addiction Treatment Center
MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, A-GNP-C

Jenevieve Lee

Jenevieve received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015 from Drexel University. After working as a registered nurse for several years, she went on to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing from Villanova University and passed her examination to become a licensed Nurse Practitioner. Most recently, Jen decided to continue her education further by attending a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Wilks University, which now allows her to specialize in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions, in addition to practicing physical medicine. Jen worked alongside Dr. Volpicelli from September 2021 to April 2022 as a part of her PMHNP program requirements, and it wasn’t long after she started that we knew she’d be a great addition to our clinical staff. In April 2022, just prior to her graduation from the PMHNP program, we offered Jen an invitation to join us to which she gladly accepted!

When asked what her treatment philosophies are, Jen responded with three core beliefs: 1) Provide individualized care by understanding each patient's diverse and unique needs, 2) Believe that a patient is more than just their illness, and 3) Consider a person's body, mind, spirit, and environment in delivering care. As a member of the AAPI community, Jen is passionate about integrating culture and tradition with emotional well-being and mental health!

Jen brings a great deal of knowledge and compassion to our team and our patients are very lucky to be cared for by her. She is fluent in both English and Korean and enjoys traveling, baking, golfing, and spending time with her dog, KT!

Kris Volpicelli

Kris Volpicelli is the Office Manager of the Volpicelli Center. Prior to starting the Volpicelli Center, Kris retired from a career in social work. During her career, she worked to enhance the economic, environmental and social quality of her community.

As Office Manager, she ensures the smooth operation of day-to-day functions, maintains thorough records, and keeps our medical and business licenses current.

We could not do this without her!

When she is not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Shay Moore Addiction Treatment Help

Shay Moore

Shay joined the Volpicelli Center team as a Medical Assistant in November 2021. She is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone and the first face you'll see when you come into the office! Shay has several years of medical office experience under her belt and it shows. Her professionalism and desire to serve our patients to the best of her ability is clearly demonstrated each and every day. Sadly, her time with us won't be long as she is in the process of preparing to apply to medical school! We hope that her experience here will aid her in all her future endeavors.

When Shay is not at work (or studying for the MCAT!) she enjoys going to the gym, shopping, and DIY projects!

Lauren Griffith

Lauren Griffith joined the Volpicelli Center in 2010. In her ten years, she has notably evolved into her current role as Program Director. As Program Director, she manages our team of clinicians and administrative staff, while also providing patient skill building assistance and relapse prevention. Quality patient care is Lauren’s number one priority and it shows!

Lauren is also an active board member of the Institute of Addiction Medicine, and a certified Allied Addiction Practitioner through the Pennsylvania Certification Board.

When she is not thinking of better ways to serve our patients and clinicians, she enjoys going to the beach with her husband and taking on DIY projects.

What to Expect at the Center for Addiction Treatment

Informational Call With an Addiction Treatment Specilaist

Find out if the Volpicelli Center is right for you on an in-depth informational call with our Program Director.

Intake Evaluation

Work with your clinician to co-create an individualized treatment plan. This will take roughly 60 minutes.

First Treatment Appointment

Let’s go through a typical session.

  1. Arrive at the Volpicelli Center and check in.
  2. Complete a quick COVD-19 screening.
  3. Leave a urine sample.
  4. Meet with your clinician for your 30 minute session.
  5. Check out, pay, and schedule your next visit.

You are more than your addiction.

Allow our evidence-based addiction recovery program
to fully support you so you can live fully.

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