Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD
Hassan M. Minhas MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with training in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.
In addition to serving as the Medical Director of Turnbridge, Dr. Minhas is also the Chief of Autism Services at the Hospital for Special Care, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Law and Psychiatry.
He graduated medical school from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan, then completed his internship, residency, and pediatric psychiatry fellowship at Brown University. Following his clinical training, he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University.
Dr. Minhas has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Some of these include the APA Leadership Fellowship, the Brain Conference Travel Award, the Martin B. Keller Award, and the Haffenreffer Family Resident Award. Most recently, he was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of their 40 under Forty honorees.
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
- 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
- Minhas HM, Vahabzadeh A. Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5. The Residents’ Journal, American Journal of Psychiatry, May 2013;8(5):4-6
- Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM. Lyme Neuroborreliosis Presenting with Alexithymia and Suicide Attempts. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. October 2013;74(10):981
- Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2015 edition.
- Minhas HM, Philip N. Antipsychotics. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, First Edition, 2015.
- Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA, Xavier, SL. Conduct Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2016 edition.
- 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/
- 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)
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.
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”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
TOM MARZILLI, MA
Executive Director of Residential Services
As Executive Director of Residential Services, Tom is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the residential curriculum in both the Men’s and Adolescent Extended Care programs of Turnbridge.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bentley College, and completed his Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2012. Tom held a private practice in Colorado, in which he maintained a clinical focus on trauma and substance use disorders. Tom’s career in the field of addiction treatment began in 2008, a transition that was motivated by his own journey in recovery and his passion for helping others recover.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga and meditation, and is an avid handball player.
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.
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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Beitel, M. (1997). Nuances before dinner: Exploring the relationship between peer counselors and delinquent adolescents. Adolescence, 32, 579-591.
MAX GREGER-MOSER, MSN PMHNP
Associate Medical Director
Max Greger-Moser is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner who received his Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing.
Max’s first experience providing psychiatric care was with the in-home family counseling intervention service, IICAPS an evidence-based family model developed at the Yale Child Study Center. Since IICAPs, Max has worked as a psychiatric provider throughout the Yale New Haven health delivery network in the emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units. Max also has experience caring for individuals in community clinics managing psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions.
In addition to his clinical work, Max is a lecturer at the Yale School of Nursing where he educates the future generation of nurse practitioners. He also serves as a preceptor for psychiatric nurse practitioner candidates from Yale and Johns Hopkins in their 2nd year clinical rotations, preparing them to practice as licensed practitioners after graduation.
Using the biopsychosocial approach to healthcare, Max strives to integrate a holistic approach to the medical management of mental illnesses. Viewing medications as a tool to work towards wellness, Max works collaboratively with a patient so he or she can reach their fullest potential.
Rose Shea, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rose Shea is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Walden University. Rose has over 15 years of experience as a nurse with the last five years focused on mental healthcare. Rose prides herself in taking a humanistic, person-centered approach in helping individuals manage mental illness through psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and lifestyle interventions. Rose’s goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for individuals to receive care. Her role here at Turnbridge is to provide a compassionate and supportive environment to work with her patient and/or family to develop a treatment plan that optimizes mental health and supports the goals that the patient is striving for.
Chris Andreozzi, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Chris Andreozzi is a board-certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in working with young people. Chris earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Yale University.
In his studies at Yale School of Nursing, Chris focused mainly on the treatment of children and adolescents but also has gained experience in treating young adults over the course of his career.
Chris has previous work experience across many levels of behavioral healthcare. He has worked at the Yale Child Study Center’s Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS), working with children with psychiatric illnesses ranging from ADHD and depression to ODD and co-morbid medical diagnoses. He has also worked at Yale Psychiatric Hospital with young adults struggling with psychosis and substance use among other psychiatric issues.
Chris is passionate about psychiatry and has great interest in family work within the patient’s home environment. He offers both psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic care in order to ensure that each unique patient’s needs are met safely.
HANNAH SMALL-OIE, LCSW
Hannah Small-Oie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She brings a decade of experience working with youth suffering from mental health or substance use problems to her role as Associate Clinical Director of Turnbridge’s Adolescent Extended Care Program.
Hannah’s leadership capacity has been recognized since early on in her career, affording her many opportunities to work in supervisory and director roles. These opportunities have enabled her to hone her skills as a therapist, as well as a teacher and supervisor of other therapists. Additionally, Hannah has a high degree of competence in working with LGBTQIA+ youth and providing gender affirming supportive therapies. Hannah and her team at Turnbridge are passionate about helping our most vulnerable clients and their families thrive.
ALLYSON PAPALE, LCSW
Associate Clinical Director
Allyson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and lifelong resident of Connecticut. She earned her Master’s Degree from Southern CT State University where she focused on mental health and addiction, and prior to that, graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from Providence College.
Throughout her 20 years of experience, Allyson has had a robust career serving adolescents, adults, and special populations as an individual therapist, during prior experience in community agencies, hospital settings (medical, emergency room, and psychiatry), and at times in a private practice. Just prior to Turnbridge, she worked at Yale New Haven Hospital as an Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker, and then as an IOP Clinician for the Young Adult treatment track. Allyson has been dedicated to supporting those with an array of co-occurring diagnoses, to help individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and substance use disorders learn how to manage and effectively cope with their symptoms and go on to live fulfilling lives. She is passionate about helping others understand and heal through past traumas, grief, loss, and life transitions. Allyson believes in the importance of guiding clients to gain insight into themselves, grow their self-worth and self-compassion, while building and nurturing healthy relationships, while in recovery from addiction. She utilizes a person-centered approach, and her practice includes CBT, DBT, Insight Oriented, Trauma Informed, and Motivational Interviewing modalities. Through cultivating positive therapeutic relationships with clients, as well as collaborative relationships with her colleagues, Allyson holistically treats each individual as a whole person, and encourages her clients to explore and integrate their personal strengths, interests, and creative sides into therapeutic work, through music, art, writing, athletics, and activity.
Outside of work, Allyson spends her time with family, friends, and her dogs, appreciates music, reading, and creative outlets, enjoys cooking, and loves spending time along the shoreline.
LYNN WALKER, LCSW
Associate Clinical Director
Lynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience in the mental health and substance use field. Lynn earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at Springfield College and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. She is certified in School Social Work and the Seven Challenges model of treatment, and specialized areas include grief and loss, post-concussion or traumatic brain injury, and trauma-informed practice. She completed several years of internships and employment within the school setting in both New Britain and West Hartford, CT school districts. Prior to Turnbridge, Lynn worked as an intensive in-home family therapist at Wheeler Clinic for the Multi-Systemic Therapy program with New Britain Juvenile Court for many years and as a lead clinician at Rushford at Stonegate, a residential treatment center for adolescent males in Durham, CT. Both previous positions included individual, family, group, and crisis management services to a population of at-risk youth with behavioral and co-occurring disorders.
Within Turnbridge, Lynn oversees the utilization review department or all insurance related matters for all clients and families. Her clinical approach with clients includes several modalities including but not limited to CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and trauma informed approaches. She finds it important to shape the therapeutic process to meet each client’s needs and to support or empower the client to better advocate for themselves and their recovery.
ALLEGRA LONGO, LCSW
Associate Clinical Director
Allegra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moved to Connecticut in 2018 from Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. Allegra graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services with a focus in Trauma-focused therapy, and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Roger Williams University.
Over the course of her career, Allegra has served adolescents and families in multiple settings such as in-home, outpatient, and therapeutic day treatment. Additionally, Allegra has experience providing therapeutic individual and group intervention in a maximum security correctional center for adult males suffering from a wide range of mental health/co-occurring disorders including substance abuse, major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
Allegra specializes in trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, applying skills from models such as TF-CBT, ABFT, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing. Throughout her therapeutic practice, Allegra has worked with a number of people who struggle with eating disorders and body image issues, which is where her passion lies. In her spare time, Allegra enjoys maintaining an active life style, visiting family in Massachusetts, and day trips to New York City.
LAUREN SPRINGER, LMSW
Director of Family Relations
We know that mental health and substance use disorders are diseases which affects the entire family. As the Family Liaison for Turnbridge families, Lauren offers support, caring guidance and education to parents and families as they negotiate the pathway to their own recovery. She believes that parents having their own recovery program is not only essential to their own health and well-being, but in turn aids in their sons’ or daughters’ recovery.
Much of the insight Lauren brings to the position of Family Liaison is from her personal experience as the mother of a son who has the disease of addiction. Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives. Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care. She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ. Lauren currently facilitates a Caron Foundation support group for parents of addicted children in Northern NJ.
SAMANTHA CHASSE, LMFT
Program Director, Family Therapy Services
Samantha Chasse is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s Degree from Southern Connecticut State University and her Bachelor’s in Psychology from The University of Tampa. She uses evidence-based practices, including Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as other techniques to help clients feel empowered to manage the stressors life throws their way.
Prior to joining Turnbridge, Sam worked in a residential setting for individuals struggling with eating disorders. While there, she worked intensively with clients and their families to intervene on maladaptive behaviors and worked collaboratively to add new, positive ways of coping.
When she’s not working, Sam loves to find new adventures through cooking, kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking. She works on her own meditation practice and believes that strengthening the mind and body connection guides the healing process.
Kara Moonan, APRN
Director of Nursing
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.
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
Abigail Horowitz, MSW
Senior Academic Advisor
Abigail Horowitz completed her Master in Social Work degree at Springfield College in 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree(s) in Psychology, Spanish, and Youth Services from University of Saint Joseph. A certified school social worker in Connecticut, she has also participated in ADHD and academic coach training.
Prior to Turnbridge, she was a Residential Supervisor at a sub-acute psychiatric facility for children ages 6 to 13 and a Supervisor at an Extended Day Treatment Program. She has spent time abroad, volunteering with the elderly and youth in Central and South America and a semester studying abroad in Ecuador. Additionally, she was paramount in facilitating youth programs at a local YMCA and a key player in coordinating the YMCA College Tour in the mid-west and south for students for a number of years. She is passionate about mental health and education, which led her to her current position as the Senior Academic Advisor here at Turnbridge.
Tammy Platt is a certified teacher in Special Education, Physical Education, and Health. Tammy has Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Rhode Island and completed graduate work at Southern Connecticut State University. Tammy has been in education for over fifteen years and has extensive experience in general and special education. Tammy has a broad range of experience outside academics including coaching youth and high school sports and founding the first Unified Sports Program in region 14.
Tammy oversees the academic and fitness programs at Turnbridge’s Adolescent Boys Residential Treatment Center. Tammy is a consistent, reliable, and compassionate professional who strives for excellence in everything she does. Tammy takes an active role in client’s academic lives and provides assistance and individualized attention to promote each student’s success. Tammy is a fierce advocate for her clients and has fostered a safe learning environment which allows clients to develop meaningful educational goals that are consistent with their personal interests, values, and abilities.
Tammy’s passion for fitness and unwavering commitment to helping youth build a healthy relationship with their mind and body led to the development of our fitness program. The fitness program provides clients with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to empower them to independently navigate any fitness center safely and effectively. Through fitness, clients build the self-confidence and self-efficacy needed to tackle life’s stressors while having fun and building a sense of camaraderie and community with their peers. Clients leave feeling mentally and physically stronger and confident in their ability to tackle the obstacles that lie ahead.
Outside of work, Tammy lives an active lifestyle. She loves spending time with family, sports, and long summer days.
Hiliary Bassett, MA
Hiliary Bassett is a Connecticut Certified Teacher that specializes in therapeutic education. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and a Master of Arts in Education from Fairfield University. Hiliary specialized in secondary education and working with marginalized communities to overcome barriers to schooling.
Prior to coming to Turnbridge, Hiliary worked with students and families in special education and trauma-informed classroom settings, both private and public. Her background in therapeutic education aids in her understanding of our clients and accommodating specific needs that may stand in the way of educational success. She has ample experience creating Social Emotional Learning curriculum and incorporating therapeutic skills into the classroom environment. Hiliary believes in a holistic approach to education and in meeting a client where they are, celebrating successes and supporting setbacks. She creates personalized academic plans for clients while at Turnbridge and works with schools and families to ensure a smooth transition and appropriate services in their continued education.
Hiliary is a Connecticut native with a goal of hiking the highest peak of every state. She is an equine enthusiast and shares her love of horses with many clients on the Killingworth campus.
John Stewart, RCP
Phase I Program Director
As program director, John oversees Phase I of the Turnbridge Young Men’s Program, the most structured phase of programming. John is a Professional Recovery Coach and has been with Turnbridge since 2011. Having begun his own recovery journey when he was 18, and being a father of 3 adult boys, John is skilled at building rapport with clients and families, offering emotional support, conveying empathy, and respecting dignity during the critical first weeks in treatment.
John collaborates with the case managers, the operational team, the clinical team, and the wellness and recreation coordinators to help ensure a positive treatment experience for both clients and their families. John uses his training to foster positivity and build clients up to become more invested in their own individual growth. Understanding firsthand the challenges of mental health, John is deeply grateful to support the young men of Turnbridge as they navigate the early part of their wellness journey.
Peter McConnell, MS, CARC
Phase II Program Director
Peter McConnell has been working in the behavioral healthcare field for more than 12 years and the education field for more than 22 years. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Science in Political Science with a concentration in international relations from Southern Connecticut State University where he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honors society. In addition to his work at Turnbridge, Peter teaches college courses in economics and banking at a local community college.
Peter’s career began in the banking industry while pursuing his undergraduate studies. After working his way up to management at a local bank, Peter’s flair for education became apparent, thus, he transitioned from the field of finance to education. His first teaching position was at a local New Haven school where Peter taught social studies and geography and was elected Rookie Teacher of the Year and Teacher of the Year.
Peter began his career in behavioral health over a decade ago when he joined Turnbridge as a case manager. He is currently a program director in the young men’s program where he has been twice elected by his fellow colleagues as Boss of the Year. Peter’s life objective is to help those who are struggling in life to understand WHY they are struggling, whether it be vocationally, academically, mentally, and/or behaviorally, and to comprehend how a program of action can improve their condition on multiple levels.
In his free time, Peter has years of experience as a lifeguard, group hike leader, sponsor, mentor, and community leader. He finds that spending time outdoors is a vital healing experience for himself and his clients.
For over a decade, Peter and Turnbridge have been supporting clients in ever-improving ways as the treatment world has evolved.
Phase III Program Director
David Murphy joined the Turnbridge Young Men’s Program in 2010 and has been an integral part of the development of its Phase III programming. As Phase 3 Program Director, David is responsible for supervising the Phase III Case Management team and coordinating client care with Turnbridge’s Clinical and Academic team leaders. David supports the young men of Turnbridge as they embark on the final leg of their journey at Turnbridge, applying newly learned life skills and coping skills in the context of real-world commitments and responsibilities. David is passionate and leads with the heart. As a person in long-term recovery, David’s desire to help young men overcome mental health and substance use challenges is motivated by personal experiences.
Prior to joining Turnbridge, David was a Residential Manager at Marrakech, a provider of housing and behavioral services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.
In his free team, David enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He has discerning tastes in food, music, and clothing, and is an advocate for animal rescue.
ASHLEY GUERRERA, LPC, ATR
Ashley Marie Guerrera graduated in May 2016 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. In May 2019 she graduated with her duel Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Albertus Magnus College. Ashley is a person-centered therapist who has worked with a wide range of populations such as families, young children, teens, adults, and geriatrics. She specializes and incorporates Mindfulness-Based Practices, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Systematic Desensitization Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and traditional talk therapy into her practices. Ashley has participated in specialized trainings in meal coaching, MARI (Mandala Assessment Research Instrument), Art Therapy Assessments, Shamanism, and SoulCollage. She has an extensive background in working with the LGTBQ+ community, trauma, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, behavioral issues and cancer. Her mission for her clients is to improve their quality of life and foster confidence in their abilities.
Lindsay Matera, LPC
Lindsay Matera is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Roger Williams University. Lindsay has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults, and families struggling with mental health and substance use in a variety of settings, including a therapeutic group home, intensive and partial hospital programs, and outpatient programs. Lindsay has specialized experience in the areas of trauma, crisis management, generalized anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, and attachment. She incorporates multiple treatment approaches to best meet each individual’s needs, including applying skills from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, and DBT. Lindsay strives to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment using empathy and a person-centered approach to help individuals meet their personal needs and goals.
Nene Margaglione, AMFT
Tanesha (Nene) received her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida. With a background in sociology, she focuses on wide-context human behavior; recognizing that human behavior is not always individualistic, and often influenced by broader societal forces. Helping clients create balance in their lives during challenging times is something she thoroughly enjoys. Her ability to understand a diverse population of individuals, families, and couples allows for a progressive & systematic treatment plan.
With almost 10 years of experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Couples Counseling, Child-Parent Relationship and Trauma Informed Care; as well as, leading and mentoring female victims of domestic violence. A core belief within her scope of practice is to provide individuals with education and creative tools to not only aid in coping with mental health related issues; but also, empower them in all aspects of their lives.
Empowering her clients is something that Nene is unwaveringly committed to. She understands this can only be possible by allowing two-way candid, transparent, & relatable moments. Before there can be any rebuilding and client empowerment, it is often crucial that she and her client(s) form a strong connection in the beginning sessions. She’s a firm believer that getting to know her clients outside of the therapeutic process will better facilitate any accommodations needed in future sessions.
Organically laying a foundation of comfort to invite open dialogue, is essential for Nene to create a therapeutic atmosphere. Her vibrant optimism and light-heartedness will seem as if you’re sitting with a friend, talking through life’s challenges and problem solving. Rather than imposing, she meets her clients where they are and allows them to take an expert view on their own lives- as she believes they have already identified solutions, strategies, etc; but may be too overwhelmed to notice and implement them.
When not in the office, Nene can be found at the local coffee shop reading or watching movies/series, dancing with her twin sister and spending quality time with family and friends.
Overall, she believes where there is chaos, there is trouble; and in the midst of it all, it is easy to lose control. However, she has a gift for remaining optimistic- and knows that she can help guide her clients back in the right direction. Whether it is by offering expertise therapeutic coaching or mentoring; Nene is committed to the process, her aim is to fulfill the client’s needs and she is willing to assist you in piecing together all aspects of your life.
“Each tiny effort builds on the next, so that brick by brick, magnificent things can be created.”
Jessica Filipkowski, RD, CDN
Jessica is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, and is specialized and credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven. She additionally completed a clinically focused dietetic internship at Yale New Haven Hospital. In this program, she provided medical nutrition therapy to patients with a range of diseases and diagnoses. Jessica has extensive experience working in supporting individuals with eating disorders or disordered eating patterns in a variety of levels of care from residential to outpatient treatment settings. Jessica is passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with both food and their body, utilizing a non-diet approach including All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating, and Health at Every Size philosophies.
ALYSSA BATTIPAGLIA, LMFT
Alyssa Battipaglia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University. Alyssa has a breadth of experience working with adolescents and young adults with multiple presenting problems from behavioral issues, school refusal, anxiety, and depression to eating disorders, trauma, addictions, self harm, and low self esteem. She fundamentally believes that all people are capable and resilient.
Alyssa helps clients examine the story their brains have written about themselves and supports them in co-authoring a different, kinder, more authentic story to represent who they really are. Alyssa considers herself a “healer” rather than a “fixer.” She supports her clients in moving toward what hurts and accepting it with courage, so that they may let it go.
DANIELLE GOFMAN, LPC, C-DBT
Danielle is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications Studies from Baldwin Wallace University, and then continued on to earn her Master’s degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver.
Danielle’s clinical experience comes from working at several of the leading eating disorder hospitals in the country in both Colorado and Connecticut, in the partial hospitalization and residential levels of care. Danielle is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and is passionate about empowering her clients to reconnect to their own unique potentialities to live value-driven lives. Danielle believes in creating a safe and encouraging therapeutic environment in which she can both challenge and support her clients while at their most vulnerable.
Danielle has a diverse array of interests and enjoys baking, reading, camping, cycling, hiking with her two dogs, and spending time with her family.
Kate Mezick, BA
Kate Mezick received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Minor in Psychology from Quinnipiac University. Kate has spent her career crafting exceptional skills in communication, empathy, and advocacy in the mental health field. She has over 8 years of diverse experience both clinically and with case management for clients of all ages throughout multiple levels of care.
Prior to joining the Turnbridge family, Kate was a Senior Counselor with an intensive in-home program working with adolescents and their families. This role primarily involved collaborating with outside providers and meeting with educational facilities to advocate for appropriate services needed. Kate has also maintained a Per Diem position as a Telephone Counselor for the Accessline since 2018. Accessline is a statewide program supporting individuals seeking treatment resources for substance use. Additional experience also includes working in an outpatient setting as an Art Therapy Mentor for youth and case management of Special Needs Trusts for adults and elders with disabilities. Outside of work Kate enjoys traveling, seeing live music, and playing in seasonal bowling and softball leagues.
Autumn Chase, MAATC, LPCA, ATRP
Autumn Chase is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Art Therapist. She received her dual Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy from Albertus Magnus College, and her Bachelor’s in Art and Psychology from Albertus Magnus College.
Autumn is a person-centered therapist who uses evidence-based practices, including Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art therapy, as well as other techniques to help clients feel empowered and have the tools they need to manage and cope with life stressors through self-awareness and the creative process.
Over the course of her career, Autumn has worked with adolescents, young adults, adults, and geriatric populations in multiple settings; such as in-home, outpatient, inpatient, and therapeutic day treatment programs. Autumn is experienced in working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, mood disorders, personality disorders, intellectual disabilities, and terminal illnesses. In her spare time, Autumn spends her time hiking with her dog, creating art, and spending time with family and friends.
Tyler Rapillo MA, NCC, LPCA
Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University and continued on to Fairfield University’s School of Education and Human Development, earning his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Tyler has clinical experience working with the young adult population and has an appreciation for working specifically with college age adults, around helping them gain skills and tools to manage through the stressors to come to appreciate and thrive in this transition age range. He also has experience working in the substance use and recovery field, specializing both previously and currently in individual and group therapies. Through running therapy groups, Tyler believes in the knowledge and growth that his clients can gain through interaction, universality, and psychoeducation. In individual therapy, Tyler uses CBT, DBT, and solution-focused interventions to help his clients gain insight into their potential, increase their sense of self-worth, and build a healthy well-rounded lifestyle in recovery by gaining more self-awareness of personal hobbies and interests. Tyler also works with clients toward supporting them to develop and work toward achieving recovery, mental health, and life goals.
In his free time, Tyler likes to go camping, play the bass guitar, and play board games with his friends. He has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, and is currently the Assistant Scoutmaster of his town’s first all-girls unit of the program.
Alyssa Kondor, LCSW
Alyssa Kondor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She attended Sothern Connecticut State University and received her Bachelors in Psychology, with a concentration in mental health, in 2011 and then went on to earn her Master’s in Social Work from Quinnipiac University in 2016. She has extensive experience working with young adults struggling with symptoms related to mental health, substance use, trauma, and personality disorders, both individually and in group settings. She has training in attachment theory, CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care.
Alyssa strongly believes in the importance of meeting clients at their individual level of functioning and helping them build up not only the tools and skills, but also the motivation they need to move forward in their recovery. Alyssa is an innovative and creative thinker with over 10 years of experience working in the field of mental health, which allows her to implement treatment interventions that are specific to each client’s individual needs.
In her free time, Alyssa enjoys a variety of different crafts and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Lee Girion, LMSW
Lee Girion is a Licensed Master of Social work specializing in trauma-informed, strengths-based individual and group therapy. In long-term recovery himself, Lee understands the importance of relearning one’s identity in sobriety and rediscovering what makes life worth living.
When providing psychoeducation in group settings, Lee prides himself on explaining “the why behind the what.” Not only is it important to offer useful tools with which to navigate life’s challenges, but it is important to explain how and why they work, and to deliver this information from multiple angles so as to accommodate a variety of learning styles. Furthermore, the environment must be nonjudgmental and engaging. To that end, Lee seeks to foster a safe and fun learning experience.
When working with individual clients, Lee combines elements of CBT, DBT, insight-oriented therapy, parts work, as well as other evidence based therapeutic modalities. He strives to make every client feel seen, heard, and appreciated for who they are. His mission is to subvert shame and stigma and to walk alongside clients on their journey to wholeness.
Lee earned his MSW from the University of Southern California and a BA in Music from University of California Los Angeles. He is a singer-songwriter and an avid hockey fan.
Liam O’Mahoney, LMFTA
Liam O’Mahony is a Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned his Bachelors at Binghamton University where he majored in Psychology. Liam received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut University. He uses evidence based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy along with other techniques in order to help clients increase their understanding of the problems, and subsequently empower them to manage in a healthier way.
Prior to working at Turnbridge, Liam worked in MCCA’s Intensive Outpatient Program, helping adults achieve and maintain sobriety while learning new and helpful life skills. Liam also worked in the Southern Connecticut Family Therapy Clinic, where he conducted therapy sessions with both families and couples. Here he helped them gain awareness of their own unhealthy patterns and work towards healthier relationships.
When Liam is not working, he is often spending time with friends and family, reading, or playing soccer.
Amanda Jurgens, LMFTA
Amanda Jurgens is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her Master’s degree in marital and family therapy and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Amanda has a passion for family work which is evident in the way she cares for her clients. She is dedicated to helping families heal, and providing guidance through difficult therapeutic moments.
Amanda practices from the perspective of the following modalities: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Strategic Family Therapy, Collaborative Language Systems Therapy, and Bowenian Family Therapy. These models all assist Amanda in attuning to each individual in the family while helping them shift perceptions and behaviors in the here and now.
In her free time, she loves engaging in athletics, and traveling to new places as a way to practice her own grounding techniques and self-care in order to more effectively show up for her clients.
Lisa Cormier, LMSW
Lisa Cormier is a Licensed Social Worker and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University with a focus on trauma informed care. She received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. During this time, she participated in research opportunities focused on adolescent behavior, substance use, and suicidality.
Lisa specializes in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing behavioral, mental health, and substance use challenges. As a social worker, she has served these populations in school-based settings, outpatient clinics and hospital settings. She also has experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and promotes inclusivity in mental health and substance use treatment.
Using a strengths-based approach, Lisa provides individual, family, and group therapy. She takes pride in running inclusive group therapy that incorporates DBT, CBT, positive psychology, art therapy, and life skills. She has presented her experience and technique at national and international social work conferences.
For Lisa, dance, art, and music have always been a passion and means of self-care. She also enjoys baking and crafting. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is affiliated with several professional organizations such as the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Beta Pho Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, The Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of leadership and success.
Rachel Brennan, LMSW
Rachel Brennan is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University where she majored in Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Addiction Studies. Here, she learned about the neurobiological processes of addiction and the impact substance use can have on individuals and their families. Rachel received her Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Individuals, Groups, and Family Practice with a strong focus on child and adolescent trauma.
Prior to working at Turnbridge, Rachel facilitated groups at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program. Here, she worked with individuals in the Young Adult General Mental Health Track as they navigated recent hospitalizations, mental health diagnoses, substance use disorders, and relational concerns. Prior to this experience, Rachel completed an eight-week-long intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy seminar through Yale University’s School of Medicine. She implemented these learnings into her group practice by focusing on skills associated with the four DBT modules (mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness). Rachel’s individual practice has been largely influenced by the core concepts of motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy as she is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT. Rachel has a specific passion for working with individuals and families impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Rachel is a lifelong New Haven resident who enjoys traveling, exercising, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jordan Weiss, LPCA
Jordan Weiss is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Jordan obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport as well as a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds experience working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Jordan deploys a wide variety of eclectic approaches but specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog and cat, candle making, and traveling.
Hallie Brady, LPC, RPT
Hallie Brady is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist with nearly a decade of experience in the mental health field. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University and then continued her training in counseling though internships at a local community college and non-profits in Texas. Hallie is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She is trained in other evidence-based treatments, including Dialectical- Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), PC-CARE, and Problematic Sexualized Behavior Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT).
Hallie’s background is in working with children, teens, and adults who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. She specializes in PTSD and has served as both fact and expert witness in criminal child abuse court in Dallas, TX. Hallie’s experiences have shaped not only her ability in provided trauma informed care but also her strong belief in the importance of taking a trauma-informed approach to therapy when working with individuals with both mental health and substance abuse concerns.
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
Founder & CEO
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 provider of residential behavioral healthcare services for both young adults and adolescents. He has pioneered innovative approaches and developed programs specifically for these age groups that have changed the way the industry approaches treatment.
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 sixteen year old daughter Alexis, is an aspiring musician, and an avid golfer.
As 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 clinical operations, project management and execution, increasing programmatic efficiencies, and ensuring quality outcomes and customer satisfaction are acheived.
As a longtime alumni of the Turnbridge Young Men’s Program, Brett offers a unique perspective on client-centered treatment. He frequently speaks with families and clients 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 spending time with his family, maintaining an active lifestyle, the arts, and the pursuit of personal growth.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President, Jamie oversees daily operations and 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 other 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 when Turnbridge may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing a treatment program that best suits their loved one’s needs.
Himself a Turnbridge graduate, Jamie offers 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
Vice President of Admissions
Gordon oversees the admissions department and helps families in crisis find help for their loved ones in need. As both a board certified counselor and a Turnbridge alumni, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young people overcome behavioral health conditions 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 Programs.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome mental health disorders. He subsequently completed a counseling certification program and in January of 2011 joined the team of professionals at Turnbridge, where he’s 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. Today, Gordon leads a team of compassionate and knowledgeable admissions coordinators who on the front lines supporting families through the process of evaluating appropriate treatment solutions for their loved one.
In his free time, Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and patronizing New Haven’s many exceptional restaurants.
Jack Britton, LPC
Vice President of Clinical Services
Jack grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he earned B.B.A. and master’s degrees in accounting from S.M.U. and started work with a Big Four firm, auditing hedge funds and energy companies. Getting sober in 2007 led Jack to consider other professions that he might enjoy more, and in 2010 he moved to rural Minnesota where he completed a master’s in counseling from Hazelden. Not a fan of blizzards, in 2011 Jack left for Lubbock, Texas, where he worked as a counselor at a residential treatment program for young adults and developed a passion for helping families. In 2015 he briefly lived in Austin to help a college friend open a counseling office. Over time, Jack saw first-hand how quality of life improves the most when a person engages in long-term treatment, a truth supported by decades of research, and so in 2016 he moved to Connecticut to work in Turnbridge’s young adult program.
Since then, Jack has held roles in all our service offerings. He started as a primary clinician and later a family therapist. In 2017 Jack helped open and was director of Turnbridge’s community outpatient services, which started in New Haven in the evenings and have since shifted to our Westport clinic. In 2020 Jack co-developed and -launched Turnbridge’s first adolescent residential treatment center in Woodbury, serving as clinical director. In 2021 he shifted to non-client care to work on a variety of projects ranging from program analysis and enhancement to hiring and training.
As Vice President of Clinical Services, Jack ensures the ethos of Turnbridge’s mission is carried to and thrives within all our programs. He also recruits and hires superb clinical talent from around the country. Additionally, Jack builds and develops relationships with Turnbridge partners through tours, conferences, and speaking engagements. Jack loves spending his time with his wife and their daughter, golf, and travel.
BILL SIMMONS, CAC
Vice President of Operations
Bill has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of mental healthcare, 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 Vice President 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.
Senior 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.