Dr. Rowena Francisco

Associate Psychiatrist

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Dr. Rowena Francisco

Rowena Francisco MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice as an Adult/Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for more than 30 years. She has active medical licenses in New Jersey and California. She obtained her medical degree at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in the Philippines and her residency training in New Jersey included Pediatric residency from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, General Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in NJ, and Child/Adolescent Fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. She has a part-time private practice in Chester NJ.

Her practice consists of treating children, adolescents, and adult patients with various mental health issues that included Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, Substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and patients with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective disorder. 

Dr. Francisco is a proponent of an integrated treatment approach complementing medication treatments with various therapeutic supporting modalities such as CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, behavioral modification, and family and individual therapy.  She emphasizes also holistic remedies such as meditation, mindfulness, diet, sleep hygiene, positive self-talk, and enhancing appropriate coping abilities. Her primary goal as a treating physician and psychiatrist is for the patients to develop meaningful, productive, and happy lives.

Our Leadership Team

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Lynn Corey MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S, CETP

Lynn Corey MSW, LCSW, CEDS-S, CETP

Lynn has been a stable presence in the eating disorder field and trauma for the past 21 years. As Clinical Director with Hidden River, she is leading the clinical team in facilitating a specialized and comprehensive therapy program that addresses the many complexities patients enter treatment with. During her professional career, she was the Clinical…

James “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, LCP, CEDSS

James “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, LCP, CEDSS

James is well known within the professional arena for eating disorder treatment. Since 1994 he has developed many eating disorder treatment programs throughout the country. His many roles have included Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, Clinical Director, Program Director, and Therapist. James has been an expert consultant for several treatment centers and has provided private…

Burty Macwan “Mac”, RN

Burty Macwan ‘Mac’ brings to Hidden River a combination of emergency Nursing, behavioral care, and executive experience.  Mac received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Nursing. Mac has worked in the Emergency Department for more than 10 years and is Certified in Emergency Nursing (CEN). …

Dr. Mariam Bekhit

Dr. Mariam Bekhit

Dr. Mariam Bekhit is a thoughtful physician with a long history of providing excellent psychiatric care to a diverse population of children, adolescents, and adults. She facilitated eating disorder care within various hospital settings for several years. She is well versed in the unique features and care needs of those who struggle with eating disorders and their correlating dual…

Jennifer Vargas Guerra, MA

Jennifer Vargas Guerra brings a decade of experience working in various eating disorder treatment settings to her role as the Director of Outreach & Admissions at Hidden River. Jennifer received her Master’s in Clinical Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University and began her career at an inpatient eating disorder program in Pennsylvania where she was a…