Seaside Family Health Care
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Meet our team (still being built)
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another"Proverbs 27:17
I grew up in Portland, Maine and attended Portland High School. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2020 with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializing in mental health. Prior to this, I had attended Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse for over 2 years at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, MD. I’ve been working in mental health for almost a decade now, my first job being an in-home support for children and adults with mental illnesses. Caring for others is in my blood, as both of my parents were nurses. I am willing to work with anyone who is struggling with their mental health and needs help. If I am unable to help you or you require a higher level of care, I will do my best to get you set up with appropriate services. I strongly believe that medication alone rarely helps people achieve their optimal level of functioning and that psychotherapy is an integral part of reaching your best self. In addition to therapy, there are many, many ways to improve your mental health without medications. Simple things such as eating healthy, having an exercise routine, spending time outdoors, and getting high quality sleep are just some of the many ways you can improve your mental health.
I graduated from St Thomas University in Fredericton New Brunswick Canada with a BA, majoring in psychology. I will be assisting our patients in the OHH program with case management services. By offering case management, we play an essential role in linking clients to vital health care and community services. Trying to determine what your individual needs are can be challenging and overwhelming, especially when you are faced with the struggles of daily life. However, this is where I can assist. I believe the patient is the expert on themselves and working collaboratively is the most effective way for care to be achieved. To best serve the patients and community, I aim to bring my knowledge of the system, the surrounding networks of support and continue to create new partnerships. Together we will strive for better care and build a stronger healthier life that everyone deserves.
I received my license in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC) and CCS years ago through apprenticeships and work experience. I have worked with patients with substance use disorder since 1993. I began in Worcester MA at Community Health Link where I worked for 10 years as an addiction counselor and high-risk case manager. I relocated to Maine in 2003 and since that time have worked in several capacities with several agencies including Milestone, Discovery House and Groups Recover Together. I have done addiction counseling, program management, and as a CCS have provided supervision to staff both inside the companies I worked for and outside. I came to Seaside to help expand the Medication Assisted Treatment program while providing structure, comfort and coping skills to the population we serve. I bring to Seaside my extensive experience and wisdom over 30 years in the making. This enables me to offer patient focused care through 1 on 1 and group counseling. It enables me to foster relationships while assessing new patients, helping build goal centered treatment plans and carry out long- and short-term goals.