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Turnbridge operates leading mental health and substance abuse treatment programs throughout Connecticut. This blog is a resource for people seeking addiction and mental health recovery information and inspiration, and the latest Turnbridge news and events.

Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD

Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD

Medical Director

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.

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)
AUDREY BELL - LMSW

AUDREY BELL – LMSW

Director of Women's Residential Programming

Audrey Bell is a Licensed Master Social Worker. A graduate of Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, she earned an MSW with a Clinical and Assessment concentration. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Manhattanville College, where she was an athlete at the collegiate level.

Prior to coming to Turnbridge, Audrey worked with the O’Connor Professional Group as a clinical companion and recovery coach. She has facilitated interventions for high-risk substance abusers, individuals in crisis, in collaboration with treatment teams and families. Her training includes motivational interviewing, strengths-based approach and solutions-focused modalities.

Additionally, Audrey has traveled extensively, domestically and internationally. She is a practitioner of Vinyasa yoga and meditation.

GEOFFREY M. GOLIA - LCSW

GEOFFREY M. GOLIA – LCSW

Clinical Director

Geoffrey M. Golia, LCSW is clinical social worker, supervisor, and leader with a deep passion and commitment for helping people seek fulfillment and meet their potential. Throughout his professional career, he has served with a broad range of people, families, and groups, including college students, adolescents and adults from 18 years of age to 60, children affected by the foster care system, and couples facing relationship challenges. This work has shaped his view that emotional well-being is at the foundation of one’s personal and professional success, and that all people deserve a reflective space to seek change and healing.

Geoffrey was previously the Chief Administrative and Program Officer at a reentry and social service agency in New York City, where he spent nearly a decade serving justice-involved and formerly-incarcerated 16 to 24 year old men. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Eugene Lang College in 2005, and his Master’s degree in Social Work from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work in 2012.

MAX GREGER-MOSER - APRN

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.

Rory Condon – APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Rory Condon is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner.  He has been working in mental health for over a decade in a variety of different patient-centered roles.  Prior joining the team at Turnbridge, Rory’s professional experience was with individuals across the spectrum of psychiatric care from those requiring acute stabilization to ongoing maintenance care.  He worked at Yale Psychiatric Hospital, the Crisis Intervention Unit of Yale Emergency Department, headed the psychiatric consultation liaison service at Griffin Hospital, and worked in private practice among other settings.  In 2018 Rory received the Outstanding Newcomer Award from Yale New Haven Health System, being named one of the two best APRNs hired across that system that year.

Rory did his advanced practice training at Yale School of Nursing.  He holds a Masters in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University as well as two bachelor’s degrees from Quinnipiac University in both Nursing and History.

Rory takes a holistic approach to helping individuals manage mental illness through psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic, and lifestyle interventions.  He emphasizes psychoeducation and shared decision making in his approach to supporting clients in reaching their goals.

SARAH IRVINE – APRN

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Irvine is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner who received her Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing.

Sarah’s previous experience includes extensive work with adolescents and young adults and their families, with a focus on the intersections of attachment, trauma and coping in the family system. Sarah additionally worked in a residential setting for individuals undergoing treatment for an eating disorder. Sarah has experience providing treatment to individuals across multiple levels of care, including at the inpatient setting, residential setting, and in-home level of care.  

In her role here at Turnbridge, Sarah utilizes a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to treatment to collaboratively create an individualized medication management treatment plan with her patients. Viewing medications as a tool to broaden and enhance therapeutic engagement, Sarah emphasizes the importance of creating a mutual and sustainable treatment plan to assist a patient in reaching their fullest potential.

JENNIFER HICHAR – MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Jennifer Hichar is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing at Yale University and graduated with honors. She was trained in a variety of clinical settings, including Yale New Haven Hospital’s inpatient children’s psychiatric unit and Yale School of Medicine’s outpatient adult psychiatric clinic.

Jennifer is dedicated to providing patient-centered, evidence-based care within a holistic approach to treatment. Jennifer believes in the importance of listening to patients and respecting their unique experiences. It is her mission to provide non-judgmental care delivered with respect and empathy.

LYNN WALKER – LCSW

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.

JOANNE RUGGIERO - LCSW

JOANNE RUGGIERO – LCSW

Associate Clinical Director

Joanne Ruggiero is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She received her Masters’ in Social Work from the University of Vermont and her Bachelors in Psychology from Providence College. Joanne began her career working as a direct care staff in a residential program for adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Joanne has worked extensively with people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of settings from in-home to the wilderness to group homes to outpatient. Most recently she managed an FQHC Behavioral Health Outpatient clinic for Wheeler Clinic in New Britain CT.

Joanne’s practice is strongly informed by a whole person, solution focused approach. Most recently she has completed her training to be an EMDR therapist. Joanne has a passion for helping people recover from addiction in part by her own experience with recovery.

LAUREN SPRINGER – LMSW

Director of Family Relations

We know that addiction is a disease 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.