Medical Staff


Dr. Brian Lerner, M.D. – Medical Director

Dr. Brian Lerner is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He completed his general psychiatry training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as Chief Resident.  He has also completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland.  Dr. Lerner comes to psychiatry with over two decades of clinical experience as a board certified ophthalmologist who is now following his long-time passion for psychiatry with interests in Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Use Disorders. He has participated in numerous medical investigations with scientific writings in professional medical publications.  Dr. Lerner is a compassionate, valued member of the Harbor of Grace Team.



 Brandon Phillips, MSN, PMHNP-BC – Associate Medical Director

Brandon has over 15 years of healthcare experience, working in various roles including psychiatric counselor, case manager, emergency room nurse, psychiatric nurse and clinical educator. In addition to his role as medical director for Harbor of Grace Enhanced Recovery Center, Brandon works as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at University of Maryland’s Harford Memorial Hospital, with responsibility for inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services. 

Brandon completed his post graduate studies from the University of Maryland School of Nursing with a national certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his graduate degree from Wesley College and his undergraduate nursing degree at Harford County Community College.


Laurie Beyer, RN – Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Human Resources and Compliance

Laurie earned her Associates in Nursing, RN at Harford Community College in 1993 and began working at Harford Memorial Hospital on the medical/surgical floor. While there she was promoted to Clinical Coordinator and earned the honor of Nurse of the Year.

Largely due to her husband’s recovery from Alcoholism, Laurie soon became interested in Psychiatric Nursing and the disease of addiction. She worked at Father Martin’s Ashley as a Staff and then Charge Nurse in 1996. After years of partnering and managing numerous businesses with her husband, Laurie rejoined the Nursing field with Father Martin’s Ashley as the Admissions Clinical Case Manager for the Pain Recovery Program. She is now the Director of Operations and Executive Vice President of Harbor of Grace where she feels most at peace alongside her husband, CEO, Ken Beyer, helping those afflicted with the disease of addiction. Ken and Laurie have 4 incredible children, an amazing daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.

Nursing Team


Harbor of Grace continues to admit new patients and can take calls 24/7. The health and safety of our patients and staff remains the top priority. As recommended by the CDC, Harbor of Grace has protocols and procedures put in place due to COVID-19, such as thorough pre-screening measures, a COVID-19 medical screening upon arrival, and limiting exposure to those who are not Harbor of Grace staff and patients. Medical Approval will need to be given by Harbor of Grace medical staff for admission. Due to the pandemic, all patient visitation will be suspended until further notice.