Leadership Team

Dr. Christopher Cutter
Christopher Cutter, PhD
  • Chief of Adolescent Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Cutter is one of the world’s foremost behavioral healthcare researchers and clinicians in the fields of psychotherapy development, behavioral medicine, and addiction medicine in urban and rural environments. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Southern California, and his BA in Psychology from California State University. He has held teaching and/or research positions at Yale University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and University of Hartford.  Dr. Cutter is currently a tenure-tracked faculty member at Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.

Previously, Dr. Cutter was a clinical program developer within some of Harvard’s teaching hospitals, and directed the Pain Treatment Services Units for Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and Silver Hill Hospital. A former assistant dean of Yale College and a Beck Institute Scholar, Dr. Cutter has received numerous professional honors over the course of his career and his work has been widely cited in peer-reviewed manuscripts and continues to direct a highly active and prolific behavioral science clinical research laboratory out of Yale’s Child Study Center.

Dr. Cutter hopes to one day leverage the exceptional outcomes produced at Turnbridge to lobby congress to support legislation that will increase access to long-term dual diagnosis treatment for all populations.

Turnbridge is a leader in adolescent care where young people become better and caregivers become their best. Compassion for each young person and family we are privileged to help is at the center of everything we do.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine (School of Arts and Sciences), 2009
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2007
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Northeastern University, 2007
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California, 2002
  • B.A. Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 1998

Honors and Recognition

  • 2017 Eastern Pain Association, Outstanding poster presentation
  • 2013 Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award co-sponsored with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and American Psychological Association Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse) and 50 (Addictions)
  • 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse Psychotherapy Development Center Pilot Project Grant
  • 2010  National Institute on Drug Abuse Junior Investigator Travel Award
  • 2010 Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society Summer Internship Teaching Grant
  • 2009-14 National Institute of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Program by National Institute on Drug Abuse

Awards and Grants

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • 1 R01 DA019511-03: “Counseling for primary care office-based buprenorphine”
    • 1 RO1 DA020576-01A1: “Buprenorphine maintenance vs. detoxification in prescription opioid dependence”
    • 1 R01 DA019511-03: “Pain and Opioid Dependence”
    • 2 P50DA009241: “Psychotherapy Development Center Pilot Program”
    • 5 R01 AA01892303: “Reducing Heavy Drinking to Optimize HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention”
    • 1 R01 DA034678: “Automated Recovery Line for Medication Assisted Treatment”

Select Publications

  1. Moore, B.A., Barry, D.T., Cutter, C.J., Sullivan, L.E., O'Connor, P.G., Schottenfeld, R.S., & Fiellin, D.A.  (2012).  Counseling and directly observed medication for primary care buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance: A pilot study.  Journal of Addiction Medicine. 6(3):205-211.
  2. Beitel, M., Savant, J. D., Cutter, C. J., Peters, S., Belisle, N., & Barry, D.T. (2012). Psychopathology and pain correlates of dispositional optimism in methadone-maintained patients. The American Journal on Addictions, 21, S56-62.
  3. Moore, B.A., Fazzino, T., Garnet, B., Cutter, C.J., Barry, D.T. (2011).  Computer-based treatments for drug abuse and dependence: A Systematic Review.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40: 215-223
  4. Garnet, B., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Peters, S., Schottenfeld, R.S., Barry, D.T.  (2011)  Pain catastrophizing and pain coping among methadone maintained patients. Pain Medicine; 12: 79-86.
  5. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Garnet, B., Joshi, D., Rosenblum, A., Schottenfeld, R.S. (2011). Exploring relations among traumatic, posttraumatic, and physical pain experiences in methadone-maintained patients. Journal of Pain,12: 22-28.
  6. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Breuer, T., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Peters, S., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J.  (2011). Group-Based Strategies for Stress Reduction in Methadone Maintenance Treatment: What Do Patients Want? Journal of Addiction Medicine, 5: 181-187.
  7. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Breuer, T., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J. (2011). Conventional and unconventional treatments for stress among methadone-maintained patients:  Treatment willingness and perceived efficacy.  American Journal of Addiction, 20: 137-142.
  8. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Joshi, D., Falcioni, J., Schottenfeld, R.S. (2010).  Conventional and non-conventional pain treatment utilization among opioid dependent individuals with pain seeking methadone maintenance treatment: A needs assessment study. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 4: 81-87.
  9. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Garnet, B., Joshi, D., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J. (2009).  Allopathic, complementary, and alternative medical treatment utilization for pain among methadone-maintained patients: An exploratory study.  The American Journal on Addictions, 18: 379-385.
  10. Weinberg, I., Gunderson, J.G., Hennen, J., Cutter, C.J. (2006). Manual-Assisted Cognitive Treatment for the Deliberate Self-Harm for Borderline Personality Disorder Patients.  Journal of Personality Disorders, 20: 482-492.
Dr. Hassan Minhas
Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD
  • Medical Director

Hassan M. Minhas MD is a psychiatrist with training in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Currently, Dr. Minhas is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine and is the director of the Outpatient Autism Center at the Hospital for Special Care. He also consults to the Walden Eating Disorder Unit in South Windsor CT, and provides services to hospitals affiliated with Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN).

He graduated medical school from Rawalpindi Medical College, then completed his residency at the renowned Brown University Program, and continued to do a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Psychiatry. During his residency and fellowship Dr. Minhas worked at several hospitals including the free-standing Butler Hospital, and at Bradley hospital – the first neuropsychiatric hospital for children in the U.S. During his training, Dr. Minhas worked on several projects on understanding the genetics of autism, and published and presented his findings on national forums. Following his clinical training, he continued a one-year fellowship at Yale University in Law and Psychiatry.

Dr. Minhas has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Some of these include the APA Leadership Fellowship, the Brain Conference Travel Award, and the Martin B. Keller Award for the outstanding resident at Brown University in the graduating year, and the Haffenreffer Family Resident Award.

Dr. Minhas is an advocate for mental health services and is deeply involved in advocacy, research, and international collaborations.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • M.B.,B.S., Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Harvard-Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees

Honors and Recognition

  • 2011 - 2013 Brown Psychiatry Residency Research Track Awardee
  • 2011 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fourteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2011 Runner-up to the Weinshilboum Prize (invited to attend the 10th Annual Psychiatric Genomics Course), Department of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2012 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fifteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2012 Travel Fellowship awardee, 17th Annual Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2012 - 2014 American Psychiatric Leadership Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013 Brain Conference Scholar Travel Award, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 International Medical Graduate Fellow, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 Society of Biological Psychiatry, 68th Annual Convention, Mentor-Mentee Program Participant
  • 2013 Martin B. Keller Award for the Outstanding Resident in the General Psychiatry Residency Graduating Class, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2015 Haffenrefer Family House Staff Excellence Award; awarded to 5 graduating house staff across specialties for demonstrating excellence in clinical service, professionalism, leadership and scholarly activities, Rhode Island Hospital

State and National Organization Committees

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Hospital and Training Program Committees

  • Brown University
  • Bradley Hospital
  • Butler Hospital

Publications

  1. Minhas HM, Pescosolido MF, Schwede M, Piasecka J, Gaitanis J, Tantravahi U, Morrow EM. An unbalanced translocation involving loss of 10q26.2 and gain of 11q25 in a pedigree with autism spectrum disorder and cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. April 2013;161(4):787–791
  2. Minhas HM, Vahabzadeh A. Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5. The Residents’ Journal, American Journal of Psychiatry, May 2013;8(5):4-6
  3. Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM. Lyme Neuroborreliosis Presenting with Alexithymia and Suicide Attempts. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. October 2013;74(10):981
  4. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2015 edition.
  5. Minhas HM, Philip N. Antipsychotics. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, First Edition, 2015.
  6. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA, Xavier, SL. Conduct Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2016 edition.
  7. Minhas HM, Elliot MB, Price LH. Altered mental status due to hand sanitizer ingestion. British Journal of Psychiatry, December 5 2011. bjp.rcpsych.org/letters/
  8. Aoun EG, Minhas HM, Hunt JI. Synthetic Marijuana: a serious emerging substance use problem in adolescents. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter (CABL). January 2014; 30(1)
Oscar Gerdner, MD
Oscar Gerdner, MD
  • Adolescent Psychiatrist

Raised in Connecticut, Dr. Gerdner studied psychology at Georgetown before returning home to the University of Connecticut for medical school. While at UConn, he was elected by his peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognizes integrity, compassion, altruism, and service in addition to clinical excellence. After earning his MD, Dr. Gerdner trained at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. At Harvard, he served as a Chief Resident and completed a Fellowship in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He also served on the premedical committee of Harvard College's Currier House and pursued advanced training in Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) at McLean.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • AB, Georgetown University, Psychology (Hons.) (2009)
  • Resident Physician & Chief Resident, Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital

Honors and Recognition

  • Spiro Writing Award, Howard Spiro Society, 2014
  • Lyman M. Stowe Award, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, 2014
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society, The Gold Foundation, 2014
Mark Beitel, PhD
Mark Beitel, PhD
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Beitel is a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher, and professor. Dr. Beitel holds degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the New School for Social Research. Beitel completed post-doctoral work at the Yale University School of Medicine. 

Beitel serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, trains students and conducts clinical research. Beitel is a prolific author who has contributed more than 40 research papers and peer-reviewed articles on psychotherapy, substance use, chronic pain, and connections between culture and psychology. 

Dr. Beitel brings a passion for helping people understand and manage their mental health conditions and in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of effective, evidence-based therapy to Turnbridge clients and families. 

Achievements

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2003
  • MA New School for Social Research, The Graduate Faculty, 1996
  • BA University of Michigan, Psychology Honors Program, 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychoanalytic Association, Research Associate (2004-08)
  • American Psychological Association, Member (2003-08)
  • Connecticut Psychological Association, Member (2004-present)
  • Mind, Brain, Consciousness & Culture Faculty Group, Yale University, Member (2003-07)
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research, Member (2003-present)
  • The Diversity Initiative, Fordham University, Founding Member (2000-03)
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association (2004-present)
  • Yale Group for the Study of Native American (2013-present)

Select Publications

  1. Oberleitner, D.E., Marcus, R., Beitel. M., Muthulingam, D., Oberleitner, L., Madden, L. M., Eller, A., Barry, D. T. (in press). “Day-to-day, it’s a roller coaster. It’s frustrating. It’s rewarding. It’s maddening and it’s enjoyable:” A qualitative investigation of the lived experiences of addiction counselors. Psychological Services.
  2. Mun, C. J., Beitel, M., Oberleitner, L., Oberleitner, D.E., Madden, L. M., Bollampally, P., & Barry, D. T. (2019). Pain catastrophizing and pain acceptance predict pain severity and interference among methadone-maintained patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75, 2233-2247.
  3. Barry, D. T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C. J., Fiellin, D. A., Kerns, R. D., Moore, B. A., Oberleitner, L., Madden, L. M., Liong, C., Ginn, J., & Schottenfeld, R. S. (2019). An evaluation of the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for opioid use disorder and chronic pain. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 460-467.
  4. Beitel, M., Wald, L., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., Kishon, R., & Barry, D. T. (2015). Humanistic experience and psychodynamic understanding: Empirical associations among facets of self-actualization and psychological mindedness. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14, 137-148.
  5. Beitel, M., Bogus, S., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., & Barry, D. T. (2014). Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13, 187-202.
  6. Barry, D. T., Savant, J. D., Beitel, M., Cutter, C. J., Moore, B. A., Schottenfeld, R. S., & Fiellin, D. A. (2013). Pain and associated substance use among opioid dependent individuals seeking office-based treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone: A needs assessment study. American Journal on Addictions, 22, 212-217.
  7. Beitel, M., Hutz, A. E., Hopper, K. M., Gunn, C., Cecero, J. J., & Barry, D. T. (2009). Do psychologically-minded clients expect more from counseling? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 82, 369-383.
  8. Barry, D. T., Bernard, M. J., Beitel, M. (2009). East Asian child rearing attitudes: An exploration of cultural, demographic, and self-disclosure factors among U.S. immigrants. International Journal of Psychology, 44, 342-350.
  9. Cecero, J. J., Beitel, M., & Prout, T. (2008). Examining the relationships among early maladaptive schemas, psychological mindedness, and adjustment to college. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 81, 105-118.
  10. Hutz, A. E., Martin, W., & Beitel, M. (2007). Ethnocultural person-environment fit and college adjustment in light of relevant demographics: Some implications for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling, 10, 130-141.
  11. Beitel, M. (1997). Nuances before dinner: Exploring the relationship between peer counselors and delinquent adolescents. Adolescence, 32, 579-591.
    Stephen Register, M.Div., CSCS
    • Director of Adolescent Education

    Accomplished academic mentor, advisor, and track and field coach with experience both in the college classroom as well as university-level academic advising. It’s always been my personal passion to directly integrate academic and athletic excellence as the primary mode for developing those within my charge into whole persons promising to emerge as healthy, capable professionals and the best possible versions of themselves.

    Achievements

    Education and Training

    • Yale University (Master of Divinity), New Haven, Connecticut
    • Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
    • Track & Field Certification, Level 1

    Honors and Recognition

    • Clark Vandersall Poling Memorial Scholarship
    • Charles F. Treadaway Award for Writing
    • Phi Sigma Iota, Gamma Mu Chapter
    • Theta Alpha Kappa, Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter
    • Gainey Endowed Scholarship
    • Track & Field Scholarship; Moench Scholarship
    • M. Williams Scholarship
      Jack Britton
      Jack Britton, LPC, LADC
      • Clinical Director

      Jack Britton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. After receiving a master's degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and having worked in audit for Ernst & Young, Jack decided to change careers and entered the helping profession through earning a master's degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School.

      Prior to Turnbridge, Jack worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, first in Lubbock and later in Austin. Since 2010, in both inpatient and outpatient programs Jack has engaged with adolescents and young adults struggling with substance use disorders and mental health challenges.

      Jack was recruited by Turnbridge in 2016, relocating from Texas to join the clinical team in the role of primary therapist to its emerging adult client population. Later that year, he shifted to the role of family therapist, helping the same young adults connect more with their families. In 2017, Jack earned the recognition of Turnbridge Clinician of the Year. Also that year, he was tapped to lead the development of a new service line, Turnbridge’s community outpatient program.

      Jack helped to design and execute that service line, adapting Turnbridge’s high standards and reputation for excellence to an outpatient model, making quality care accessible to more people in the Greater New Haven area. Under Jack’s stewardship, the Turnbridge community outpatient program quickly earned a reputation as the premier outpatient co-occurring disorder treatment in southern Connecticut, garnering repeat referrals from many of the area’s most recognized providers, including Yale hospitals and its graduate student health center.

      In his role as Clinical Director of the Turnbridge Adolescent Program, Jack provides direct care to all patients within the program, both in individual and group settings. Clinically, he utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques, enjoys exploring identity change and resolution, and likes to consider how we select friends and partners. Jack loves golf, supports the performing and visual arts, appreciates a good tailor, and prefers cowboy boots. He’s never met a nature walk he didn’t like.

      Achievements

      Education and Training

      • M.A. Counseling, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School, 2011
      • M.S. Accounting, Southern Methodist University, 2008
      • B.B.A. Accounting, Southern Methodist University, 2007
      Erin Swett
      Erin Swett, LCSW
      • Primary Therapist

      Erin Swett is a licensed clinical social worker and earned an MSW degree from Arizona State University with a specific concentration on child welfare. Erin has over 15 years in the field of mental health and addiction treatment and has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, intensive outpatient programs, and non-profit and government agencies. Erin has worked with children, families, and adults. Prior to Turnbridge, she primarily treated children and adolescents in her private practice in Salisbury, Connecticut. 

      Clinically, Erin uses a trauma-informed lens to all her work, and is extensively trained in EMDR and the use of mindfulness practices. In addition, Erin is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher and enjoys integrating aspects of yoga philosophy, movement, and breath into the treatment of substance use, trauma, and other mental health needs. 

      Away from work, Erin loves spending time with her two young daughters and enjoys Zumba, cycling, and walking.

      Matt Fields
      Matt Fields, LMFT
      • Primary Therapist
      Matt Fields is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Matt earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. He holds experience working in detox, residential, and outpatient substance use and mental health treatment. As a postmodern systemic therapist, he uses a broad range of diagnostic and treatment tools to meet every person’s individual needs. Matt helps young people better understand themselves within the context of their family of origin and their living environments. He applies Bowenian, Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to help clients. In his free time, Matt enjoys researching military history and running.
      Jaqueline Barbaro
      Jacqueline Barbaro, LPC
      • Primary Therapist
      Jacqueline Barbaro is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Psychology from Cambridge College in Boston as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. Jacqueline also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Anna Maria College. Prior to joining Turnbridge, Jacqueline worked in various settings such as community-based residential programs, in-home and outpatient. Her preliminary experience was working with geriatric populations struggling with mental health and addiction. Over the course of her career, she has worked with at-risk court-involved youth and their families. Additionally, Jacqueline specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support clients through a trauma-informed lens and utilizes mindfulness and relaxation techniques as well. Jacqueline enjoys an active lifestyle, spends time with her family, and appreciates events associated with the four seasons in New England.
      Debbie Vieira
      Debbie Vieira, RN
      • Director of Nursing
      Debbie Vieira is a Registered Nurse with 23 years of experience working with children and adolescents in both the school and home care setting. Prior to Turnbridge, she worked at Taft School as the Assistant Director of Nurses and for Torrington Public Schools. Debbie has a love for Lifestyle Medicine and enjoys educating and motivating her patients to change personal habits and behaviors around the use of a whole food plant-predominant lifestyle along with regular physical activity. Away from work, Debbie loves to cook and travel as well as spend time with her four children and their dog Lucy.
      Kara Moonan, APRN
      Kara Moonan, APRN
      • Nurse Manager, Adolescent Extended Care

      Kara has been a nurse for over 10 years. She completed her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr College in classical cultures. Kara went on to complete her nursing degree and graduate work at Yale School of Nursing where she specialized in pediatric primary care. Kara comes to us with a wealth of experience in residential living and is passionate about adolescent care services and care coordination. Kara strives to integrate mental and physical health models into treatment programming and values building relationships with her clients.

      Achievements

      Education and Training

      • Yale School of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, August 2008
      • Bryn Mawr College, B.A. in Classical Cultures and Society, August 2003 - May 2007
      • Connecticut State Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, 2010
      • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Board Certified, 2010
      • Connecticut State Registered Nurse, 2009
      • Infant, Child and Adult CPR /AED certified, American Red Cross, 2018
      • DCF Certified Medication Administration Instructor, 2018

      Honors and Recognition

      • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society member, Delta Mu Chapter, Bryn Mawr College, May 2010
      Sam Cohen, CAC RCP
      Sam Cohen, CAC RCP
      • Director of Adolescent Extended Care

      Sam Cohen has been with Turnbridge in various roles over the last 8 years. He has served our clientele and staff as a Case Manager, Admissions Coordinator, and most recently as head of our Professional Development department. He brings a passion and unique drive for serving others as a man with 12+ years of experience in the behavioral health field. Sam is DARC and CAC certified as well as an RCP facilitator for over 60 hours of class training. He is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has trained countless staff members in multiple competencies over the last 3 years.

      There was a time in Sam’s life, due to his own mental health and SUD struggles, that he could not envision himself being a “happy” adult. As a married man with 3 sons, a loving family, and strong friendships, he has found that fulfillment. Sam is able to articulate that 15-year journey in a way that helps young people break down their own barriers. As Director of our Adolescent Extended Care Program, he has assembled a team equipped to give the gift of recovery to our clients and their families.

      DAVID VIEAU, President  & C.E.O.
      DAVID VIEAU
      • President & C.E.O.

      David’s extensive business background combined with his personal story of recovery led to the founding of Turnbridge in 2003. Under his direction, Turnbridge has evolved into a nationally recognized program for young men and young women. He has pioneered innovative approaches and developed programs specifically for young adults that have changed the way the industry approaches transitional living.

      His educational background includes a Liberal Arts education from Harvard University. In addition to spending most of his career in the non-profit world, his professional experience also includes a variety of leadership roles with start-up organizations and educational institutions.

      He enjoys spending time with his ten year old daughter Alexis, is an aspiring musician, and an avid golfer.

      Brett Tiberio
      BRETT TIBERIO
      • Executive Vice President

      As Executive Vice President, Brett provides oversight and support to all departments within Turnbridge. He joined Turnbridge in February 2010 and is responsible for maintaining focused and driven business operations, project management and execution, increasing programmatic efficiencies both clinically and residentially, and ensuring quality client care is accomplished.

      As a graduate of the Turnbridge Men's Program, Brett offers a unique perspective on client centered treatment. He is always willing to speak with families and residents to share his experiences and knowledge of the Turnbridge Program. Before joining Turnbridge, Brett worked for Blum Shapiro, the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm in New England. He graduated from Champlain College with a B.S. in Professional Writing. In his free time, Brett enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, the arts, and the pursuit of personal growth.

      JAMIE HAZELTON
      • Vice President

      As Vice President, Jamie not only participates in and oversees the admissions process, but also spearheads the effort to build bridges between Turnbridge and other high quality treatment programs across the country. Maintaining close ties with other centers gives Turnbridge two distinct advantages. First, knowing the people, philosophies and practices of primary treatment centers makes the process of integrating new residents from these centers smoother and easier. Second, by understanding the specialties of other centers, it allows Turnbridge to recommend the best care option for young men and young women when Turnbridge may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing an addiction treatment program that best suits their loved one's needs.

      Himself a Turnbridge graduate, Jamie offers parents seeking hope a compassionate ear and first-hand knowledge of the Turnbridge Program and its unique benefits. Before joining Turnbridge, Jamie attended college for nursing, and has extensive experience caring for people in need including his work with veterans for the American Red Cross. Jamie continues to live his passion for helping others as a Turnbridge Leader.

      GORDON DICKLER - CAC, ICADC
      • Senior Director of Admissions

      Gordon helps families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As a board certified addiction counselor, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young men and young women overcome addiction and mental health disorders is informed by both personal and professional experience. This perspective allows Gordon to relate deeply to these issues, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Preparative Care Program.

      After receiving his undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome addiction and mental health disorders. He completed a specialized counseling certification program and joined Turnbridge where he excelled in a variety of direct-care roles. In July of 2013, Turnbridge asked Gordon to apply his knowledge and insight to the work of Admissions, where he has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families seeking help, and Turnbridge’s ability to give hope.

      BETH LEGACKI
      • Director of Admissions

      Beth is a certified interventionist with over 12 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare. She has dedicated her professional life to helping those who have been affected by mental health and substance use disorders. She is an energetic and passionate advocate for change who believes in the profound importance of early intervention.

      As a person in long-term recovery, Beth relies heavily on her personal story to impart hope and inspire action in family members seeking support. Being on the front lines helping loved ones navigate the chaos of mental illness and addiction has been the most rewarding and challenging work of her life thus far. It has also cemented the gratitude she feels for the loved ones who fought for her many years ago when she was too sick to fight for herself.

      Many moons ago, Beth attended Indiana University on a track and field/cross country running scholarship. She spent eight years working as a high-end real estate professional in New York City, where she collaborated with top marketing firms, architects and real-estate agencies.

      Beth is an avid runner, a passionate dog-rescuer, and a loving wife and mother.

      BILL SIMMONS – CAC
      BILL SIMMONS – CAC
      • Director of Operations

      Bill has over a decade of professional experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.

      In Bill’s current role as Director of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.