Meet the team

Meet the Team at NJ Recovery Institute | #1 Physician Team
Meet the Team

Meet the team

Meet the Team

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Medical Physician
Associate Program Director of NY Medical College Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr Sportelli is a medical physician who carries a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from NYIT school of osteopathic medicine. He then pursued Graduate Medical Education Internship in Family Medicine with UMDNJ and followed with ACGME Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital with double board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr Sportelli has extensive experience with detoxification and substance rehabilitation services as well as medication assisted treatment as he is the Associate Program Director of NY Medical College Psychiatry Residency Program as well as adjunct faculty at Touro Medical School. He is very involved in Graduate Medical Education as well as clinical patient care at Prime Health St Clare’s Hospital

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RYAN GUTERL, LPC, ACS

Program Director

Ryan Guterl is the Program Director at New Jersey Recovery Institute. Ryan graduated from Caldwell University in New Jersey with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified as a Nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor. His clinical background includes working with adolescents, the aging and disabled, co-occurring individuals, couples, and families. Ryan’s theoretical approach to therapy stems from person-centered and existentialism, while being proficient in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Prior to joining NJRI Ryan worked as a Regional Executive Director in New Jersey and a Clinical Director for both inpatient and outpatient services in Connecticut. Ryan has transferred his wealth of experience to the team at NJRI and has worked to develop a clinical program that includes his expertise of 17 years working in the fields of addictions and mental health.

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RYAN MURPHY

Admin Assistant at New Jersey Recovery Institute

Ryan Murphy, Administrative Assistant at New Jersey Recovery Institute, brings a wealth of administrative experience. Previously a project coordinator in electrical contracting and an office manager for a 24/7 mitigation company, Ryan excels in organizational leadership. A graduate of the New Jersey Health Institute, where she studied as a Medical Assistant, Ryan showcases versatility in various professional domains. What Ryan does best is foster supportive professional relationships with individuals seeking help for their addiction. Beyond work, she’s a dedicated mother of two, actively supporting her daughter’s JV high school softball and engaging in her son’s lacrosse and football activities. Formerly a Bayonne High School Track & Field athlete, Ryan embodies teamwork, discipline, and determination. Her commitment extends beyond the workplace, making her a dynamic professional contributing positively to both her job and community.

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VANCE MULHOLLAND, CPRS, CADC & CRSP Intern,

Business Development & Marketing
Anger Management Specialist

Vance Mulholland is a treatment and recovery advocate & ally with over 11 years of experience. Vance works directly with both providers and individuals seeking help to ensure that they receive the best care possible. He is passionate about assisting people with addiction, mental health, and co-occurring challenges to enter treatment and sustain their recovery. Additionally, he provides resources, education, and harm reduction tools to their families, friends, and allies in the community. As a peer recovery specialist instructor and supervisor, he has trained hundreds of people to become certified peers. Since 2015 he has raised awareness, reduced stigma, and increased allies in communities across the region. A passion of his is uniting people not only in their clinical care but also but being an organizer of social events for people in recovery.

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NICOLE SUMKA, CADC Intern

Counselor

Niki is a seasoned clinician working with individuals and families struggling with problematic substance use for over 6 years in both the group and individual setting. Niki’s primary goal as a counselor is to empathetically walk beside individuals beginning their recovery process, while challenging them to look to the paths they haven’t yet taken. Niki brings an energetic and compassionate element to New Jersey Recovery Institute which speaks to the type of treatment being provided at NJRI. Niki has worked with non-profits throughout New Jersey providing peer recovery support, education and planning fun recreational events for individuals in recovery, as well as their families. Niki is experienced in working with families, with an emphasis on the CRAFT method. Niki is a co-founder of the non-profit Love More for Julius, a foundation which passionately implements music into recovery programs and carries her passion for music, art, poetry and humor into her role as a counselor.