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Keynote Speakers:

Russell Beebe, LMHC, MLADC

Russell Beebe, LMHC, MLADC is the Clinical Director of Green Mountain Treatment Center. His holistic approach to counseling combines traditional techniques with twelve step principles, spirituality and mindfulness. This approach provides individuals with deep personal healing.

Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM

Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, DFAPA, DFASAM, is President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and Chief Medical Officer of CleanSlate Centers, an award winning medical group treating over 5,700 opioid addicted patients in 6 states. Dr. Clark has served as opioid addiction expert to the National Safety Council, the United States Comptroller General and SAMHSA; the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's policy document, "The Prescription Drug Epidemic: An Evidence Based Approach"; and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.

David Greenfield, PhD, MS

Dr. David Greenfield is the founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where teaches in the psychiatry residency program Sexual Medicine and Internet Addiction. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on process and behavioral addictions and is author of Virtual Addiction, which rang an early warning bell regarding the country’s growing Internet Addiction problem as well as numerous medical journal articles and book chapters; he also serves as an editor for numerous psychiatric and addiction journals.

Dr. Greenfield lectures to public and medical groups throughout the world, and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Fox News, ESPN, NPR and HBO. His work has been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, People, Time, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist. He is widely credited with popularizing the variable ratio reinforcement schedule of process addiction and the dopamine-behavioral addiction connection.

Dr. Greenfield’s recent research and clinical work is focused on the neurobiology and psychopharmacology of compulsive Internet and technology use, behavioral addiction medicine, and compulsive Smartphone use. Dr. Greenfield is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine, Fellow and Past-president of the Connecticut Psychological Association, The Sexual Medicine Society of North America, and American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. He received his doctorate in Psychology from Texas Tech University and recently completely his post-doctoral training in Clinical Psychopharmacology. He resides and maintains an addiction medicine practice in Connecticut.

John A. Mills, JD

John A. Mills, JD, is a partner at Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a California based healthcare specialty law firm. Navigating between regulatory compliance and litigation, the versatility of John Mill's healthcare practice and the diversity of his clients provide him with a keen understanding of the unique business objectives and risks facing different segments of the healthcare provider community. Among John's diverse range of clients are hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, addiction treatment facilities, physicians, medical groups and IPAs, Knox-Keene licensees, and pharmacy providers. John's regulatory compliance work focuses on key issues facing providers that could potentially impede their business operations. He advises clients on managed care and ERISA compliance, voluntary disclosures of possible Medicare over-payments, medical staff and peer review, analysis of business arrangements to ensure compliance with the anti-kickback and Stark laws, and provides regulatory guidance to covered entities and contract pharmacies in connection with the federal 340B program. John's deep knowledge of regulatory compliance lends invaluable insight to his litigation practice. John advises healthcare providers on ERISA litigation, commercial litigation, healthcare fraud lawsuits and investigations. In addition to jury trial experience, he has handled numerous arbitrations and administrative hearings. John's litigation successes include obtaining numerous pre-trial dismissals of lawsuits, including a summary judgment in favor of a large hospital in a civil False Claims Act lawsuit. Additionally, he has obtained favorable settlements for healthcare providers in reimbursement disputes with commercial insurance payors and ERISA plans, won a reversal of a finding of ERISA preemption on appeal, and garnered favorable results for clients following arbitrations and administrative proceedings.

Zachary Rothenberg, JD

Zachary Rothenberg is a partner at Nelson Hardiman, LLP, a California based healthcare specialty law firm. Mr. Rothenberg has spent more than a decade litigating business disputes for clients in the entertainment, professional services, financial services, marketing, and manufacturing industries. As a partner at Nelson Hardiman, he is able to leverage his broad knowledge of industries and business models when advising healthcare clients. His practice focuses primarily on litigating healthcare industry business disputes. In the behavioral health space, Mr. Rothenberg has litigated out-of-network and in-network reimbursement cases on behalf of drug rehabilitation facilities. He has also advised on labor and employment defense matters including those related to racial discrimination, wrongful termination, wage & hour disputes and retaliation. Clients have come to rely on his insight regarding employee handbooks and labor code issues. He also regularly counsels clients on special investigation audits and advises on land use, advocating for clients where administrative actions challenge zoning laws, attempting to prevent facilities from operating in their existing location.

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD

Kevin A. Sabet, PhD, is an author, consultant, & advisor to 3 U.S. presidents and is currently the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the Univ. of Florida & the President of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), founded w/ Rep. Patrick Kennedy. His books include Reefer Sanity: 7 Great Myths About Marijuana.

Stacy Seikel, MD

Stacy Seikel, MD, is the Medical Director with RiverMend Health Centers of Georgia and Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Recovery Programs for RiverMend Health. A nationally recognized addiction expert, Dr. Seikel is known as a patient advocate and as a professional mentor and leader in the field of addiction treatment Dr. Seikel has worked on state and national levels to improve care for men and women with substance use disorders, and has developed programs to keep families intact while a parent achieves recovery and sobriety.

Ronald Smith, MD

Ronald Smith spent 36-years is the DOD developing the alcohol treatment programs for the US Navy. He served 20 years as the Chairman, Dept Psychiatry at the National Naval Medical Center. As Psychiatric Consultant for the Senate and House working with the Hons. Jim Ramstad and Patrick Kennedy, he helped write the Parity Bill. Annually recognized by the Consumer Research Counsel as one of "America's Top Psychiatrists in Psychoanalysis" he continues to Lobby for Compliance with the Parity Act. Ron spent 20 years in the Middle East, Asia with Senator Arlen Specter as a Political Psychologist.

Eric Spofford, CEO

Eric Spofford, CEO of Granite Recovery Centers, is the sole owner of one of the largest addiction treatment providers in New England. From sitting down one on one with an addicted individual to presenting to the Unites State Senate, Eric is dedicated to helping individuals overcome addiction.

Michael Venn

Michael Venn is an award winning director, writer and producer whose background in music led him into the film world. In 2015 Michael began production on his latest project "The Heroin Effect" inspired by the epidemic that our nation is currently facing.
 

Faculty Members:

Sonita Abrahams, MHS

Sonita Abrahams, MHS, is the Executive Director of RISE Life Management Services, a community-based organization in inner city Kingston, Jamaica. The Agency, established in 1989, operated Jamaica's first outpatient treatment programme for addictive disorders. In 1993 Sonita received a Hubert Humphrey Fellowship to the Johns Hopkins University to study policy development and management of health services, with emphasis on substance abuse policy, prevention and treatment, and went on to complete her Masters in Health Sciences from the JHU School of Public Health.

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD, is Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and Rushford’s Medical Director. In CT he is on the Alcohol and Drug Policy Council, DMHAS board, and president elect for CT ASAM. He is also a founding member of the Medical Director’s institute for NATCON.

Patricia Allen, DNP, MSN, CRNP

Patricia Allen, DNP, MSN, CRNP, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Executive Director of Medical Services for Summit Behavioral Health. Her research supports pharmacogenetic testing to target treatment for those with co-occurring disorders. Outcomes demonstrate sustained engagement.

Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP

Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP, is a storyteller, trainer and CEO of Health Education & Training Institute. He has a compassion focused private practice in Portland, Maine and facilitates a variety of groups. He's a MINT member since 2003 providing training domestically and internationally.

Kate Appleman, MA, CAADC, CMAT, ASAT, CCS

Kate Appleman, MA, CAADC, CMAT, ASAT, CCS, has been a clinician at Caron since 2005 working specifically in the adult men and women's primary treatment programs, and the relapse program. For the past the past four years, she has been working with healthcare professionals and executives struggling with addiction. Kate's areas of expertise include a focus on men's addiction treatment and recovery, relapse treatment and prevention, motivational interviewing, and working with family systems impacted by addiction. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Alvernia University in their Behavioral Health Department.

Jerri Avery, PhD

Jerri Avery, PhD, has over 23 years of experience in federal grant-writing and implementation, program management, workforce development, and governmental and nonprofit leadership.

Ed Baker, LICSW, LADC

Ed Baker, LICSW, LADC is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor. Ed has practiced psychotherapy with individuals with Substance Use Disorder for over 30 years in a number of clinical settings ranging from in-hospital care to outpatient private practice. He has an Undergraduate and Graduate Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City, and he is a Columbia University Revson Fellow. He is presently employed as Education Specialist at Aspenti Health, a patient-centered Substance Use Testing Laboratory in Burlington Vermont. Retired from clinical practice, Ed now is focused upon researching and developing educational programs in the areas of brain addiction, psychoactive drug use and use trends, substance use treatment, recovery, positive messaging to dispel the stigma associated with addiction, and current developments related to emerging novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and synthetic fentanyls. Ed is in personal recovery from addiction for 33 years.

Allan Barger, MSW

Allan Barger, MSW, a Research Analyst for 25 years, reviews published research to translate science to practice to reduce alcohol and drug problems in our nation. A member of the NAADAC Speakers Bureau, he presents nationally to professionals in the prevention and treatment fields.

Michael F. Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC

Michael F. Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC, is the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He has over 30 years of experience as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor and addiction counselor educator. He brings significant expertise in the areas of addiction treatment, trauma therapy, and marriage and family therapy. Dr. Barnes is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor and approved clinical supervisor for professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in Colorado.

Eyglo Bjarnadottir, MDiv

Eyglo Bjarnadottir, MDiv, has a long and dedicated history of helping individuals recover from the disease of addiction. Born in Iceland, Eyglo worked in Denmark before joining Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for the past fifteen years. She is an ECLA ordained minister and founding member of SCATP.

Neil Bomar, MD, PLLC

Neil Bomar, MD, PLLC, has experience in psychiatry and primary care inspired his focus in the areas of trauma & addiction. As Medical director at Milestones at Onsite, he brings a personal passion and dynamic array of classic and novel methodoligies in the treatment of trauma, codependency and mental health.

Neil Brener, MBBS, MRCPsych

Neil Brener, MBBS, MRCPsych is a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1992, Medical Director at The Priory North London Hospital 2000-2010. Dr Brener has been intrinsic in the development of the Addiction Treatment Programme & Trauma réduction programme at the Priory since 1997. In Central London he has a private practice in Harley Street, the City and Canary Warf. Dr Brener présents regularly both in the UK and internationally on the treatment of addictions, anxiety and dépression. Dr Brener has dedicated his career to the understanding and treatment of mental health issues and emphasises the importance in treating addictions and co-existing disorders concurrently.

Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS

Dena Cabrera, PsyD, CEDS, is a licensed psychologist and serves as the executive clinical director for Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. She is involved in program development, staff training, and supervision throughout the Rosewood system. Dr. Cabrera is the co-author of The Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life After Pregnancy. She presents nationally and internationally on mental health issues.

Billie Church, MC, LPC, CEDS

Billie Church, MC, LPC, CEDS, joined the Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorder Team over eight years ago. Billie brings to Rosewood nearly twenty-five years of experience working with individuals, families, children, adolescents, and adults. Currently, and for the past seven years, Billie facilitates Rosewood's Family Week Program as the family therapist for the adult and adolescent patients of Rosewood. Billie is responsible for implementing the intensive five day program, educational lectures and intensive communications exercises as well as assisting with equine therapy with the families.

Allyson Cole, PsyD

Allyson Cole, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist, the Director of Connection in Recovery New York, and co-founder of the C.R.E.A.T.E. Outcomes Model. Over the past 18 years, Dr. Cole has worked with adolescents, adults, and families who struggle with emotional dysregulation and substance abuse problems.

Joseph G. Conrad, PsyD, LADC, MA

Joseph G. Conrad, PsyD, LADC, MA, is an Executive, Administrator, Presenter, Lecturer, and Clinician, who has over 27 yrs of professional, managerial, and clinical expertise spanning the inter-related disciplines of: Behavioral Health, Primary Care, Addiction Psychiatry, and policy development.

Sara Counes, CAP, ICADC

Sara Counes, CAP, ICADC is the National Business Director for Caron Treatment Centers. Sara Counes has been working in the field of addiction for over 12 years. Sara’s journey as a recovery professional began at Hanley Center in 2004, where she worked her way up through the leadership ranks to the role as Director of Admissions, and Clinical and Financial Case Management. She is considered an expert in the field specifically as it relates to admissions. Combining a credentialed and impressive professional background with personal experiences makes Sara Counes an award-winning, highly sought-after and memorable speaker. She was named Heroes in Medicine in the Student category in 2008. The same year she was honored with the YWCA’s Grace Dodge Woman of the Year Award for her work helping women in recovery from addiction. Sara’s passion is to create therapeutic alliances and place patients where clinically appropriate. Her extensive relationships throughout the country allow her to be an invaluable resource for professionals and the patients they serve.

David Crone, PsyD

David Crone, PsyD, started as a staff psychologist in 2015. He brought over 15 years of experience in treating substance-use disorders and trauma. He received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and his therapy specialties include Prolonged Imaginal Exposure and Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy. Prior to joining Ashley, he devoted much time to treating PTSD in active duty military at Dover Air Force Base. David did his undergraduate work at Salisbury University and his post-graduate work at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ross Ellenhorn, MSW, PhD

Ross Ellenhorn, MSW, PhD, is a trained psychotherapist and sociologist. He uses his unique psychosocial lens to create effective models of care for people experiencing all manner of psychological and social distress. He is the founder of Prakash Ellenhorn, an intensive, and holistic outreach program, serving clients in the Boston area. Prakash Ellenhorn aims to serve clients, who are typically perceived by mental health professionals as appropriate for hospital care, outside the hospital, in their own communities.

Sandra Felt, LCSW, MSW, BCD

Sandra Felt, LCSW, MSW, BCD, author of Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self, draws on both her own traumatic life experiences and 30 years of private practice treating courageous survivors of trauma and neglect. She also loves sunrise hikes and playing bluegrass bass.

Michael Frost, MD

Michael Frost, MD, is nationally recognized in the treatment of addictive diseases. Board certified in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He serves as a medical advisor to Sunspire Health, and was previously the Medical Director of Eagleville Hospital, in Norristown PA. He is also President and Medical Director of The Frost Medical Group, LLC, a PA Dept. of Health accredited outpatient addiction treatment clinic. Dr. Frost is involved in conducting clinical research trials, and consults with companies regarding clinical development and healthcare policy.

Greg Gable, PsyD

Greg Gable, PsyD, is the Executive Director of the Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with a special interest in addiction treatment and neuropsychological assessment. Greg has worked as the Director of the Pennsylvania Physicians Health Programs, for approximately 24 years and is in private practice. Greg has been with Caron Treatment Centers for four years, working primarily with health professionals, including the 4th Step group process.

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC

Beck Gee-Cohen, MA, LADC, is a national speaker, trainer and advocate. He has presented at various conferences, trained facilities and written programs regarding LGBTQ+ communities. Beck currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Beck is the owner/consultant of BGC Consulting. www.bgcbridge.com

Bree Greenberg-Benjamin

Bree Greenberg-Benjamin a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in the area of eating disorder treatment from an integrative perspective. In 2010 she founded the Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy, a multidisciplinary outpatient center in Northern Vermont.

Angela Hall, RN

Angela Hall is a registered nurse working as the Director of Nursing at Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. She works closely with the clinical director and director of nutrition services to develop programming guidelines, staff training and education, and supervises the nursing and behavioral health tech departments. She has been working in the eating disorder and addiction field for 10 years; prior to this she was an active duty service member with the U.S. Navy for 8 years.

Michael Harle, MHS

Michael Harle, MHS, is the President of Gaudenzia , Inc. one of the largest freestanding SUD & co-occurring treatment and prevention systems serving Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C.& Delaware. Over 44 years experience in the substance abuse/mental health field. He has served as a consultant to government, industry and labor organizations and implemented specialized diversified treatment programs for women and children, homeless populations, adolescents, people with HIV, criminal justice clients and co-occurring mental health problems, as well as prevention programs for children.

Heather Hayes, MEd, LPC, CIP, CAI

Heather Hayes, MEd, LPC, CIP, CAI, is the co-founder and CEO of Hayes, Davidson and Associates. She is a Master's Level, Licensed Counselor, and Board Registered Interventionist (CIP). With over 30 years of experience, she is a veteran of the behavioral health field, specializing in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues, and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. Hayes is known as one of the most prominent authorities on these topics, and has been a featured expert for The New York Times, CNN, and The Dr. Oz Show.

Rick Hubbard

Rick began working in the addiction treatment industry in 2002 and has significant experience in multiple aspects of treatment administration including admissions, utilization review, marketing, referral relations and business development. Rick received his license as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in 2013, and has received training as an interventionist in several models of structured family intervention. Rick also brings to Origins a strong background in finance and real estate, which includes many years ‎as an executive in commercial banking and real estate lending for one of the largest independent bank holding companies in Texas. Rick is a member of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of C4 Recovery Solutions and the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium.

Craig James, LCSW, MAC

Craig James, LCSW, MAC, is the Co-Founder of Insight Into Action Therapy and co-developed the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©. He has been in the field for over twenty years and serves on the board for the Northern Region Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals.

Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, MAC, CTT-2

Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, MAC, CTT-2, has more than 25 years of experience dealing with mental health, substance abuse, recovery, and the array of co-occurring mental health issues that go along with it. He also has extensive training with Depression, Reactive attachment disorder, Bipolar disorder, gender identity issues, family issues, grief and trauma, Conduct disorder, and developmental issues pertaining to adolescents and young adults. Jack holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as the following 5 clinical licenses and certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Trauma Therapist, Level 2
And Master Addiction Counselor. Jack has designed and opened or helped open 6 other highly regarded clinically dynamic treatment programs. He has provided care in both private-practice settings and the public sector including Juvenile Justice and working with juveniles who were classified as violently mentally ill.

Mark L. Kraus, MD, DFASAM

Mark L. Kraus, MD, DFASAM is a General Internist in practice at Westside Medical Group/Franklin Medical Group (Trinity Health New England System), Waterbury, Ct.. Dr. Kraus is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Kraus is the recent past Vice President of ASAM . He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He does clinical research in the field of Addiction Medicine, and teaches Addiction Medicine and General Internal Medicine to the Yale General Internal Medicine Residents and Yale Medical Students. Dr. Kraus is the Chief Medical Officer of Connecticut Counseling Centers. He has written numerous articles and a chapter on the subject of Addiction Medicine, and has lectured internationally, nationally and locally in the field of Addiction Medicine.

Robert C. Lambert, LADC, MA

Robert C. Lambert, LADC, MA, has over 30 years of experience in the field of substance abuse, mental health, clinical, supervision, educational, management, and consultation services in Norwalk. In January of 2015 he was appointed President/Executive Director of Connecticut Counseling Centers.

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, child, family, community neuropsychiatrist, specializes in resilience & overcoming trauma. An isangoma, with 40+ years' experience facilitating healing for addicted individuals and families. With over 200 publications, she has taught in 80+ countries, done numerous research studies and consulted to several international governments. With her Evidence-Based, Best Practice methods, she is changing the future of addiction and mental health by identifying trauma and resilience spanning generations. She serves as expert on human behavior to the national media.

Stephen Langley, CAC

Stephen Langley, CAC, is Executive Director at Mountainside and a Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC). Prior to his career at Mountainside, he was both a Washington DC industry advocate as well as a senior level manager in the hospitality industry. For the past decade, Stephen has been a pillar in Mountainside's growth and instrumental in creating a client-centered practice. Stephen oversees the leadership of all treatment and services teams and guides the strategic planning of client-focused projects. During his tenure, he has helped to better outcomes for not only clients but for families as well. Stephen also leads our efforts to help raise awareness and promote recovery in the community, including organizing our school outreach program. His dedication to ensuring the company's continued growth and prosperity as well as enthusiasm for strengthening the recovery community is something he instills in every member of our team. In his free time, Stephen enjoys long distance running, meditating and traveling.

Marie Lanier, LCSW

Marie Lanier, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Substance Abuse Treatment from Fordham University. After interning at New York Presbyterian Hospital's Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment facility, she worked as an in-home therapist and then clinical supervisor addressing the needs of underserved families, children, and at-risk adults. She has worked in the field of mental health and co-occurring disorders for 10 years and uses that experience in her current work at Mountainside where she is a Manager in Program Development. In that role, she wears many hats including managing the acupuncture and clinical intern departments, maintaining the clinical EMR, improving efficiencies across departments, and acting as client rights officer. She is a firm believer in the client's innate ability to heal and progress on their life path. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, painting, hiking, photography, and meditation.

Tim Leighton, PhD

Tim Leighton, PhD has been a UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered Cognitive Analytic Psychotherapist since 1994 and is also an accredited trainer and supervisor. Tim is currently the Director of Professional Education and Research at Action on Addiction In 1988 he began to teach a one year certificate course at Clouds which developed into an externally validated Further Education Diploma in Addictions Counselling. He was also asked to design a post-graduate Diploma for United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals (later part of King's College London), which ran for several years. He had a long term ambition to create a degree level course and this was realised in partnership with the University of Bath with the validation of the Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling and its launch in 2004. In 2017, Tim became Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with his master work thesis: Inside the Black Box: an exploration of change mechanisms in drug and alcohol rehabilitation projects.

Dino Liverano, MS, LMHC

Dino Liverano, MS, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a therapist at Lakeview Health, an addiction treatment facility in northeast Florida. Dino works with patients presenting with addiction concerns as well as patients presenting with a complex trauma history. He has extensive experience working with clients presenting with anxiety, depression, addictions and trauma in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as experience counseling college students in a university counseling center.

Todd W. Mandell, MD

Todd W. Mandell, MD attended the Boston University School of Medicine and completed his training in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1989. During his last year of residency training, Dr. Mandell served as the Chief Resident for the training program as well as on the inpatient psychiatric unit. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry. He served from February 2011 through April of 2016 as the Chief Medical Officer for Community Substance Abuse Centers /Merrimack River Medical Services whose headquarters are in Westfield, MA. Dr. Mandell has more than 25 years experience in the field of co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and served as the Medical Director of the Vermont Department of Health and Human Services Division of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs. In addition, he was actively involved with the Vermont Integrated Services Initiative for co-occurring psychiatry and substance abuse disorders. He has also provided teaching and technical assistance for projects sponsored by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and previously served as the consulting psychiatrist for the Student Conservation Association. He is the immediate past president of the Northern New England Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Sanchit Maruti, MD

Sanchit Maruti, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont, Larner College of Medicine. He is currently the Medical Director of the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), Addiction Treatment Program. Additionally, he is an Attending Psychiatrist on the In-patient Psychiatry Service at UVMMC. Dr. Maruti is the Vermont representative for AAAP and serves as a clinical expert on the PCSS-MAT Implementation Program. He has research expertise in curriculum development, risk assessment, quality improvement, and outcomes measurement.

Doug McGuirk

Doug McGuirk is an inspirational keynote speaker who helps people reach their fullest potential. Doug was part of a small elite team hand picked by Tony Robbins as a top Trainer and Senior Peak Performance Strategist. He's a Master Prac and Trainer of NLP & certified in Neo Ericsonian Hypnosis, which enables him to elicit deep and lasting change in a short period of time. He is currently VP of Training & Development at Palm Holistic Healthcare. He also works closely with clients and their families running groups, coaching, and co created and co facilitates the Family Program with his wife Heidi.

Siobhan Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC

Siobhan, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC holds a Master's degree in Health Services Administration from FIU where she later taught and participated in an NIMH demonstration project, USDOE and local evaluations of at-risk youth. She has worked in the addiction industry as a clinician, administrator and researcher.

Peter Musser, PhD

Peter Musser, PhD, is a licensed psychologist at a private practice in Columbia, MD and specializes in substance use disorders, dual-diagnosis, intimate partner abuse, and trauma healing. He has presented workshops on MI for the past 15 years and is published in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of MI, addiction, and abusive behavior change. Dr. Musser received a Masters Degree in Psychology from The Catholic University of America and a doctorate from The University of Maryland Baltimore County. He completed his Doctoral Internship at the VA Medical Center in Perry Point, Maryland.

Margaret Nagib, PsyD

Margaret Nagib, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls' Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, Dr. Nagib offers more than 30 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA, is a pharmacist and recovering addict who specializes in medication treatment options for opioid dependency. He is currently owner & president of the Recovery Research Network, a treatment and research organization out of Boynton Beach, Florida. He is also employed by Orexo as a National Clinical Affairs Executive. He has worked within multiple practice areas including community pharmacy, academia, primary care, and managed care. Jake received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000 and his MBA from UMass Boston in 2007.

Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC, is the Director of Adolescent & Young Men's Programming at Cumberland Heights, owner of DO Life! Counseling, PLLC focusing on adolescents & young adults, the former Exec Director of Three Springs Duck River and served on Board of Directors of NATSAP from 2011-2015.

Ruth Potee, MD

Ruth Potee, MD, is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. She is a native of western Massachusetts and attended public schools in the North Quabbin region. She attended Wellesley College, Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at Boston University where she remained as an assistant professor of Family Medicine for eight years. In addition to practicing full- scope family medicine, she is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County. She was named Franklin County Doctor of the Year by the Massachusetts Medical Society and is the Chair of the Department of Medicine at Baystate- Franklin Medical Center.

Surita Rao, MD, FASAM

Surita Rao, MD, FASAM, is an associate professor and director of the psychiatry residency training program, at the University of Connecticut Medical School, Department of psychiatry. She was the Service Medical Director, Whiting Forensic Division, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services from November 2014 through October 2015. From December 2002 through October 2014, she was the Chair and Director of the Behavioral Health Service Line at Saint Francis Care. She completed medical school at Bankura Sammilani Medical College in India and did her psychiatry residency training at St. Vincent's Hospital in Staten Island, New York and the Yale University School of Medicine. She did her addiction psychiatry fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty at both Yale and Emory Universities. Her clinical work has focused on addiction psychiatry. Dr. Rao has served on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Addiction Medicine and as vice chair of their national membership committee. She is past president of the CT chapter of ASAM and is on the executive committee of the Connecticut Chapter of ASAM. She also serves on the Board of the Hartford Dispensary. She did a variety of media appearances on television and radio over her career, including appearances on CNN and a pilot series of a radio show on Voice America Internet radio: " Mental Health with Dr. Surita Rao". Podcasts can be found online and through iTunes.

Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder has more than a decade of experience working in eating disorder treatment center admissions, counseling and outreach Jennifer's passion for working with adults & adolescents with eating disorders grew out of her own experience with, & eventual recovery from, anorexia nervosa.

Roland Reeves, MD, FACS, FASAM

Roland Reeves, MD, FACS, FASAM, is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, American College of Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the Board of Addiction Medicine. He practices Addiction Medicine at Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast, and he is Co-founder of Destin Recovery Center along with his wife Kelly Reeves, RN. He also has been Board Certified in Vascular Surgery, and has done fellowships at University of Tennessee, and Stanford University. His passion today is directed toward those suffering from the disease of Addiction.

Ruth Ann Rigby

Rigby was born and raised in Jackson, MS, graduated from the Education Center. After graduating from HS, she went on to pursue a degree in Education from Belhaven, Holmes Community College and William Carey. She worked in the field of sales management and marketing for many years before returning to school to become an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. She has worked in the field of addiction and Behavioral Health for over 19 years. She has worked for St. Dominic Behavioral Health, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and currently serves as the Director of Business Development for Capstone Treatment Center in Searcy, AR.

Rigby is very active in her community and has held many positions on area boards. She was recently honored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in November of 2016 with their Bronze Award. She served on their board for over 20 years and held every office including President of the Board of Directors. Ruth Ann Also serves on a Task Force for Law Enforcement & First Responders and assist them and their families in time of need. She serves The Advisory Board for the Center for Hope and Healing at Broadmoor Baptist church.

Rigby is married to Lt. Colonel Joseph Rigby (RET), they reside in Jackson, MS and are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. They have 3 Cocker Spaniels, Graciee, Darbee and Cailee.

Kristy Roll, LCSW

Kristy Roll, LCSW, is the Director of Family Services at Cumberland Heights. Kristy has been a counselor for 13 years working in addiction treatment and community mental health. Kristy has worked with children, adolescents and adults. Kristy joined the Cumberland Heights team in 2012.

Christophe Sauerwein, MBA, MSc, PgD

Christophe Sauerwein, MBA, MSc,PgD, and Director of iCAAD is a therapist specialised in addiction, relational childhood trauma and dysfunctionning relationships. After a career in different addiction and trauma treatment centers in the UK, Christophe Sauerwein has now is own private practice in London and intervenes also over Europe in several treatment centers. Christophe Sauerwein is one of the rare therapists having transposed American and English based treatment models in French. Christophe is also a member of the board of directors of iCAAD, the International Conference on Addiction and Associated Disorders, the largest European conference in this industry.

Frederick Sautter, MSW, LCSW

Frederick Sautter, MSW, LCSW, is a retired career Naval Officer and graduate of the Naval Academy. As a retired Commander and Helicopter pilot, Cmdr. Sautter served in Vietnam and saw first hand the impact of what later became PTSD. Following his 24 years of service, Rick went back to school and graduated from USC in a MSW program designed and oriented to mental health concentration and military social work and veteran services sub-concentration. At this time he is providing therapy to this population.

Samuel Silverman, MD, DFASAM, FAPA

Samuel Silverman, MD, DFASAM, FAPA, has presented here previously on the CT- ASAM Educational. The ASAM Educational is a slide presentation competition among residents and fellows in CT on the impact of addiction in medicine. He is also Program Director of the Rushford Addiction Medicine Fellowship.


Jacquelyn Starer, MD, FACOG, DFASAM

Jacquelyn Starer, MD, FACOG, DFASAM, is the Associate Director for the Massachusetts Physician Health Service and also the Medical Director for Lahey Acute Treatment Services. She combines her experience as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with her addiction expertise to further the field of addiction and pregnancy.

Raymond Tamasi, MEd, LADC-1

Mr. Tamasi has over 40 years of addiction experience. For 25 years he was Gosnold's President/CEO. He is currently the President and Founder of the Gosnold Innovation Center.

Mr. Tamasi holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Health Care Administration


Elizabeth Timmons, MEd, LISAC, CEAP

Elizabeth Timmons is known for her lively interactive presentations. She is president-elect of EAPA. Libby is a sought after presenter on Attachment, Trauma, & Ethics. Libby works for Elements Behavioral Health a recognized residential treatment provider and is in private practice.

Joseph Troncale, MD, DFASAM

Joseph Troncale, MD, DFASAM, is Retreat's Medical Director. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Troncale has established himself as one of the premier physicians working in the field of addiction. He is both a fellow and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010. A published author, Dr. Troncale has contributed content to both Saunders Manual of Medical Practice & When to Call the Surgeon as well as numerous articles in addiction journals.

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC, is the Co-Founder of Insight Into Action Therapy. Her controversial book "Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough" challenges the traditional belief that all drinkers experiencing problems are alcoholics who require total abstinence.

Maria Ulmer, MA, LMFT, CAADC

Maria Ulmer, MA, LMFT, CAADC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist with 15 years of experience in addiction and mental health treatment. As a clinician she has worked in a variety of treatment settings. Maria oversees the development and implementation of client-centered treatment programs in her role as COO.

Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC

Donna McCarten White, BSN, MSN, was formerly the Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital. In addition, she was the Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services and the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital.

She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and earned a BSN from Curry College in 1985. In addition, she holds an MSN from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing.

Dr. White is the 2006 recipient of the Peer Assistance Award from IntNSA and was recently inducted as a Board Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship in the Graduate Nursing Program for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. MNA awarded her the Addictions Award in 2009. In October, 2010, she was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the award of Champion of Public Health. In May, 2011, she was awarded the Nancy Valentine Leadership Award from the New England Chapter of APNA and in 2013, she was voted Mentor of the Year by the International Nurses Society on Addiction Nurses. Most recently, she was given the Heart of Nursing Award from the University of Massachusetts/Boston Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. And in 2015, she was inducted as a Fellow as an Addictions Expert in IntNSA. She is the recipient of many Community Awards and nominations.

Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council, is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. In addition, She is a member of the International Trauma Specialists. Dr. White is a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges of Nursing?graduate NP programs as well as baccalaureate level for Community Health Clinical work and is a Visiting Scholar for local Colleges. In addition, she provided oversight for the clinical practicums of counseling students and consults to department chairs for all medical/professional clinical experience rotations at the Shattuck Hospital. She has lectured at many facilities and agencies and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice and Peer Assistance.

Kat Willis, PhD, CADC-II, CEAP, CCTP

Kat Willis, PhD, CADC-II, CEAP, CCTP, has worked in addiction for 40 years. She has been an external EAP in San Francisco, taught at the University of California, @ Davis. She has specialized recently on the study of the neuro-biology of trauma as it relates to addiction. She is nationally certified as a Trauma Professional.
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