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2022 Expert Clinical Educators

The Adolescent Clinical Excellence Conference brings together renowned speakers, subject matter experts and innovative practitioners dedicated to delivering the highest quality substance use disorder and mental health treatment for the adolescent population. This conference will meet your high expectations for deepening your knowledge of treatment modalities, family systems, and trauma-informed care.


Gaan Akers, LPC, NCC

Clinical Education and Referral Relations Manager 

Gaan Akers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Gaan has been working with children, adolescents, and families for over 10 years in various settings. Most of her professional career has been in psychiatric care settings where her focus was providing therapeutic treatment to children, adolescents, and families. She has facilitated countless parent groups, individual therapy, and family sessions in both outpatient clinic and hospital settings.

She has completed intensive DBT training, co-led DBT parent groups, as well as clinician trainings with Dr. Kimberly Vay, LPC, CPCS, the first DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™ in the state of Georgia.

She is the Clinical Education and Referral Relations Manager for Hillside, a nationally recognized mental health hospital for children and adolescents. In her current role, she relies on her expertise and clinical experience to perform clinical case-consultations with referring clinicians. She serves as the Hillside’s clinical expert in the organization’s media engagement with television and radio interviews. She also facilitates continuing educations workshops and skills training for mental health professionals and the community.

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW


Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW is a thought leader in the adolescent and young adult substance abuse treatment field. Caroline began her career by combining her love for horses with her desire to help others by providing equine-assisted psychotherapy. From there, Caroline earned her masters from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and began providing treatment at all levels of care, including detoxification units, residential treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment. Dr. Fenkel has worked at numerous national and local treatment programs including Mainline Health, Pyramid Health Care and Newport Healthcare. Caroline went on to earn her doctorate in clinical social work from the University of Pennsylvania, studying the use of technology in a therapeutic setting. Currently, Dr. Fenkel co-founded and serves as Chief Clinical Officer of Charlie Health, a video based intensive outpatient treatment program providing comprehensive evidence based clinical treatment to adolescents and young adults. Caroline enjoys riding horses, spending time with her husband and two-year-old son and she is often accompanied by her therapy dog, Genie. 


Dr. Evan Flamenbaum, MA, DSW

Director, Academics West


Dr. Flamenbaum is an advocate for children, adolescents and young adults who experience mental health and academic issues. He holds a doctorate in clinical social work as well as a MA in school counseling. As a former Dean of Students at a prestigious private school he used his clinical knowledge to help students stay in school during periods of difficult psychological adjustment. As the current Head of School of Academics West and co-founder of Therapy West, Dr. Flamenbaum continues to integrate his clinical knowledge and background in education to train and guide professionals and parents. He is a nationally recognized lecturer and considered an expert on the treatment of learning issues and ADHD. Dr. Flamenbaum also co-created Clinically Informed Academics® (CIA), a research-based model that provides a framework to improve the overall functioning of students socially, emotionally, and educationally.   

Dr. Audrey Freshman, PhD, LCSW, CASAC 

Chief Executive Office/Chief Clinicial Officer 


Dr. Audrey Freshman, PhD, LCSW, CASAC brings to NYCFL a vision that is derivative of a profession that has converged on all of the foundational theories, practices and ideals that will continue to make our center the premier treatment facility for adolescents, young adults and their families. Her life work has included a blend of psychiatric knowledge first gleaned at NYS Psychiatric Institute, followed by decades of practice in the field of substance use disorder. Most notably, Dr. Freshman served as Associate Director at a major Long-Island based non-profit NYS OASAS program targeting adolescents and young adults where she helped to create and oversee a school/family/community-based model of treatment.

Since 2011, her knowledge of contemporary research and evidence-based practices have been accelerated in her position as Director of Continuing Education and Director of the Postgraduate Program in Addictions at Adelphi University. During her tenure at Adelphi, she has been a leader in the academic field in offering the highest quality education and postgraduate certificate training, collaborating extensively with local and national treatment providers to meet the needs of mental health professionals throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

Dr. Freshman has published and presented extensively on the subject of adolescent addiction and has conducted research on the intergenerational transmission of PTSD as a risk factor for substance use disorder. Dr. Freshman received her B.A. from NYU in psychology, her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University and her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University. 


Mike Giresi

Clinical Director, Family First Adolescent Services

Mike Giresi started his career in the mental health field working with adult clients who suffered from complex trauma and PTSD, as well as chemical and process addictions. He has since traveled to India to study and become certified in Yoga and Meditation. Mike is a Florida Certified Addiction Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor through the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Mike is also a nationally Certified Trauma Professional through Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing and a certified NeuroAffective Relational Model® (NARM®) Practitioner, Consultant, and Training Assistant through the NARM® Training Institute.

Erin Goodhart, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Sr. Clinical Director/Caron Treatment Centers

Erin Goodhart is the Senior Clinical Director of Women’s and Family Services at Caron Treatment Centers. Ms. Goodhart began her career at Caron in 2004 working with the adolescent population. Since that time, Ms. Goodhart has worked with adult men and women’s programs. Currently, Ms. Goodhart has clinical and administrative oversight over Caron’s Teen and Young Adult Women’s Program, Adult Women’s program and the Relapse Women’s Unit.

Additionally, Ms. Goodhart is an Adjunct Professor at Alvernia University in the Behavioral Health Department. Ms. Goodhart earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University and a Master’s Degree from Alvernia University.  Ms. Goodhart is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS) and Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). Ms. Goodhart is also a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist.

Ms. Goodhart is passionate about helping women of all ages and family members to overcome the stigma, shame and barriers that keep them from seeking treatment and engaging in an active recovery program. Ms. Goodhart’s areas of interest include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Trauma and Addiction, Women’s Treatment and Recovery Issues and Development of Clinical Staff.

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Dr. Mike Hinkley, PhD, LMSW, LADC

Founder, Wildwood Behavioral Health

Dr. Hinkley is the founder and executive director of Recovery at Wildwood Farm, LLC. Coupled with his private psychotherapy practice, WILDWOOD BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. Wildwood Farm is Dr. Hinkley’s vision for an evidence-based clinical program with a farm-and-table adventure-based sober living program uniquely suited for the LGTBQI+ person living with an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

Dr. Hinkley is a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders. His professional training is a unique combination of psychotherapy, spiritual guidance, and personal development. He lectures widely on the topic of the LGTBQI+ community and addiction treatment. He served as a parish priest for 20 years while being a healthcare ethicist. Dr. Hinkley’s educational background includes studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Middlebury College, Catholic University, Georgetown University, Yale University, the Gregorian University, Alphonsiana University, and Fordham University. Early in his career, he worked with Mother Teresa of Calcutta in both Rome, Italy, and Washington, D.C. serving the needs of men with HIV/AIDS, many of whom were IV drug users and unable to access the healthcare system due to the fear and prejudice of that health epidemic.

Today, Dr. Hinkley dedicates his efforts to treating clients with chronic addiction and co-occurring disorders, and now this passion is specifically directed toward the the LGTBQI+ person suffering from addiction. He envisions the Wildwood Farm program as serving the needs of the LGTBQI+ community and others who understand themselves as friends of that community. His favorite quote is from Irenaeus: “The Glory of God is the human person fully alive!” No matter who or what one’s Higher Power is, Dr. Hinkley’s mission is to assist each client in becoming "fully alive."

Dr. Hinkley resides on the CT shoreline with his husband, Taeyeong Park, a professional chef who shares his knowledge and talents at the farmhouse to support the philosophy and experience of the Farm and Table experience.

Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, DFAPA

Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail 

Dr. Ray Kotwicki is the Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer at Skyland Trail, a nationally acclaimed private, nonprofit residential and day treatment organization for adults and adolescents with mental illnesses in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Kotwicki oversees all the clinical, educational, quality, and research activities within the organization.Additionally, Dr. Kotwicki is a nationally known speaker on current issues in psychiatry, mental health, professionalism, and wellness.Kotwicki trained as a Department of Energy Fellow and was a Medical Scholar at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He had post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School, the Boston University School of Medicine, and Emory University, where he earned a Master in Public Health degree in Health Policy and Management. He remains on the adjunctive faculty at both the Emory University School of Medicine as well as the Rollins School of Public Health.Kotwicki has presented more than 250 invited lectures, symposia, and seminars to thousands of attendees. He regularly appears on television, radio and in newspaper articles discussing issues related to mental health and integrated medical care.Kotwicki is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Past President of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians’ Association. He was conferred as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2019. Kotwicki was a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2011 and served as President of the Board of Directors of Positive Impact, the Southeast’s premiere HIV mental health program for three years. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Lovett School and was elected to the American College of Psychiatrists in 2019.Throughout his career, Kotwicki has received numerous distinctions, including Emory University’s most prestigious Dean’s "Golden Apple" Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Mental Health America and Eli Lilly’s "Heroes in Fight" Clinical Team Award, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. Kotwicki received the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University’s "Distinguished Achievement Alumnus Award" in 2017 and was named 2019–2020 Psychiatrist of the Year by the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association (GPPA).


Judith L. Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, CRSFounder and President of Linking Human Systems, LLC and LINC Foundation

Dr. Judith L. Landau is a child, family, and community neuropsychiatrist. Former professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Rochester, she has devoted her career to developing Evidence-Based, Best Practice collaborative family and community resilience models. Former faculty member of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Consultant to the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau draws upon 50+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for individuals, families, and communities dealing with chronic, relapsing behavioral, mental, and physical health issues and addiction. (

Dr. Landau enjoys overcoming challenging patient, family, business, and community issues, and unraveling complex systems. Her passion is overcoming racial injustice and improving the living situations of disadvantaged communities. As a child, growing up before and during the oppression and violence of Apartheid, she was enveloped in the closeness of her community of family and non-blood family and experienced the protective nature of relational resilience. This became the heart of her life’s mission: helping people realize their inherent resilience and the importance of connectedness to family, culture, and spirituality as protection from trauma.

Based on her relational resilience research, Dr. Landau with University of Rochester faculty, developed the Evidence-Based, Best-Practice Transitional Family Therapy (TFT), the first integrative model of family therapy. Evidence-Based interventions at individual, family, and community level based on TFT include LINC Community Resilience, ARISE Comprehensive Care with Invitational Intervention, a method for engaging and treating addicted individuals and their families, and LIFE, applied to reducing intimate partner violence, STDs/HIV/AIDS, and addiction in inner city and minority women. She took early retirement to apply these methods in the “real world.” She has conducted numerous country and state-wide community interventions, executive and business interventions, and a few thousand individual and family interventions.

Author and co-author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and books, she has taught in numerous countries, and trained several thousand trainers, therapists, and interventionists. Her ground-breaking book, AIDS, Health and Mental Health, won the international Choice Library award. Dr. Landau has been principal investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA and EAR. She has consulted to UN, WHO (most recently to the Public Health section about communities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic), NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, CDC & P, national and international universities, and several international governments including Argentina, South Africa, Hong Kong, Hungary, Brazil, Taiwan, countries in former Yugoslavia (most recently Kosovo), and to a United States Congressional Committee on prevention of consequences of mass disaster. She currently serves as a consultant to the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Geneva and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section (PTRS). Vienna. She is a frequent consultant to treatment centers, colleagues, clients, families, and family businesses around the world.

A Senior Fulbright Visiting Scholar, and Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy. She is past president of the International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) and has served on numerous editorial boards, and national and international association boards. She has been listed in Who’s Who in the World since 1999, in Science and Engineering since 1998, Medicine and Healthcare since 2002, and holds the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Currently recognized as a global addiction and trauma pioneer, Dr. Landau continues to change the future of addiction and its interface with mental and physical health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her TEDX talk, Family Stories, Secrets and Survival, has become legendary and is one of the most sought-after presentations on the subjects of: family resilience, trauma, addiction, and mental health. Steadily working on her personal memoir, Dr. Landau continues to be relied upon by the national media as an expert on all stories relating to human behavior. She is also a “Sangoma” or traditional African healer and a member of 4 Winds Indigenous Healers, an organization committed to bridging traditional wisdom and western science.

Kyle McEvoy, MS, LMHC
Founder & President, Collaborative Therapy


Kyle is a licensed mental health counselor who uses a client-centered approach to therapy which allows him to get to know each client and adapt the techniques used to support each client, based on the client’s perception of themselves and their surroundings.

Kyle believes everyone can better themselves if they are willing and studies the development of personality disorders from a psychoanalytic perspective. Kyle has advanced training in integrating complex psychological structures and fragmented mental health systems, through the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, where he was trained in Mentalization-Based Treatment for adults, adolescents, and children. He also received training in Adaptive Mentalization-Based Integrative Treatment for complex systems.

Kyle mostly helps people who have emerging or diagnosed personality disorders but also has experience helping people who have been diagnosed with substance abuse issues; people who are exploring their individual identity (LGBTQ); people who are coping with psychological, cognitive, or developmental disorders; people who are in the process of accepting medical diagnoses; people who hope to overcome sexual abuse or intimate partner violence; and people who are suffering from various maladaptive behaviors.

Utilizing an adaptable approach to therapy and his training in various evidence-based modalities, Kyle aims for his clients to receive the most out of their treatments. Kyle’s unique goal is that his clients feel empowered to be active participants in their treatments by discussing various treatment techniques that are appropriate for them.

Throughout his career, Kyle continues to add to his experience and expand his knowledge of Mentalization-Based Treatments, so that he can contribute to the validity and credibility of effective Mentalization-Based Treatments.

Kyle has built his credibility on his genuine interest and passion for helping people and aims to normalize the collaborative approach to therapy-based treatments which provide clients the integrated help from multiple medical and psychological professionals in one organization. This approach to therapy counters the traditional approach which requires clients to receive help from separate medical and psychological professionals who work independently from one another and lack the promised integrative care that Kyle’s practice provides.

As a growing leader in the mental health field, Kyle developed and presented several trainings to educators in the hopes of eradicating the degradation of the LGBTQ community which led to multiple publications that focused on helping suicidal and self-injurious youths and adolescents with emerging personality disorders and self-harming behaviors. These experiences ultimately led to the founding of Collaborative Therapy, a group therapy practice dedicated to multifaceted psychological disorders, which he is the current President of. Kyle has also been quoted in various mainstream publications and continues to present his knowledge of and expertise on the various facets of mentalization. Kyle is currently enrolled with the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies to pursue his license in psychoanalysis which will lead to his doctorate in psychoanalysis.


Dr. Michel Mennesson, MD
Psychiatrist, Newport Health

Michel Mennesson, M.D., is a board certified in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, who has been very involved with psychotherapies for his career. He trained in psychiatry at Yale Department of Psychiatry and in child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. He has held a full-time faculty position at Yale Department of Psychiatry before becoming a clinical faculty member at the Yale Child Study Center and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. He was awarded best teacher award in 2012 by the Child Psychiatry Fellows at University of Connecticut for his teaching of MBT.

His interest around MBT. born of his involvement with addressing personality disorder, led him to apply this strategy to incarcerated juveniles over several years with encouraging results such a decrease in the number of effractions committed by these youths during their involvement with treatment.

He is currently writing a guide on how to use MBT in clinical practice.

Mentalization Based Therapy is an evidence-based intervention that has been effective in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. It is considered the method of choice for borderline personality disorder in the UK. It has also been useful in antisocial personality disorder, in group and family settings, in relational issues.

As you will learn in this course, there is a fundamental principle that can be incorporated into your practice. While you may not become an MBT therapist, you will learn a way of approaching personality disorders, emotional distress, relational issues with a new perspective and new set of tools.

Heather Monroe, LCSW 

Integrative Psychotherapist and Trauma Educator 


Heather is an integrative psychotherapist who specializes in the healing of relational trauma. Through her extensive training and work in clinical and experiential modalities Heather guides clients through a holistic and transformative process. Heather’s approach to helping people is creative, open and flexible as she understands that just as the context of trauma is individual so is the process of healing. Heather is a certified Kundalini yoga teacher as well as a student of Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing training both of which have given her a deep understanding of the body and how trauma is held in and released through it.

After completing her masters in Social Work from Hunter College in NYC, Heather moved to Denver, CO where she worked as a therapist at CEDAR (Center for Dependency and Rehabilitation) at UCH. She went on to co-found and be clinical director of an Intensive Outpatient Program that focused on treating trauma from a holistic perspective combining different healing modalities to address the mind, body and spirit of each individual. During that time she also maintained a private practice. She returned to New York and turned her focus to prevention work as Director of Family Services at Partnership for Drug Free Kids until 2016 when she became the Director of Program Development for Newport Institute, a series of healing centers for adolescents and young adults struggling with trauma and mental health. Heather is still an active consultant and Senior Clinician at Newport Institute where she lends her expertise around program development while maintaining a private practice in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and two children.

Heather believes through her extensive experience in the field that trauma is the underpinning of almost all mental, cultural, societal, and global health disorders. Her life’s purpose is to help people dismantle their underlying trauma, so they can decide who they want to be and the type of life they want to create. 


Partner, R&A Therapeutic Partners

Ana Moreno is a psychotherapist, addiction specialist, therapeutic consultant, interventionist and educator at R&A Therapeutic Partners in Miami, FL. Ana was Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Family Recovery Specialists, an intensive outpatient treatment program and consulting practice, which sold in 2018.   Ana has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years and began her career at South Miami Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center, where she worked as a primary therapist and ultimately as supervisor of the adolescent program.

Ana has specific expertise working with multicultural families both locally and internationally. She has traveled extensively nationally and abroad providing education to other professionals on many topics related to addiction and recovery. Ms. Moreno is fluent in Spanish and enjoys utilizing her own multicultural background and upbringing to help guide families through the treatment and recovery process. She often provides consulting services and performs interventions in both English and Spanish and has developed a highly regarded reputation for working with multicultural families from very diverse backgrounds.

Ana enjoys designing and developing different lectures and workshops for diverse groups including adolescents, young adults, parents and adults on different topics from drug education, parenting, self-esteem, spirituality, culture, and mental health.  Ms. Moreno presents to other professionals about family-based interventions, the power of relationships and tending to cultural differences for effective treatment.  Ana has worked extensively with numerous private schools spending two to three days with their students and ending the workshop with parent meetings.

Ana’s underlying philosophy is based on what she has learned from her best teachers, the clients and families she has worked with.  This entails loving people back to health and eliminating the shame, blame and guilty that usually is involved with substance use disorders and mental health issues.  Further, she wants to build on the strengths and resiliency the family already has.

Ms. Moreno earned her undergraduate degree from Florida International University and her graduate degree from St. Thomas University. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Qualified Clinical Supervisor in the state of Florida, a Certified Interventions Professional and Certified Arise ® Interventionist. Ms. Moreno is a certified facilitator for The Daring Way ™ curriculum, a shame resilience approach to help people recovering from addictions.  In addition, she is certified as a SMART Recovery Facilitator.  She is a frequent speaker at schools, parent groups, community organizations and has been a frequent guest on both radio and television programs including CNN International in both English and Spanish.  Ms. Moreno has been published in an October 2011 study titled “Synthetic Cannabinoid Use: A Case Series of Adolescents and literature review on Autism Disorder and Substance Use in Youth that was presented at The World Psychiatric Conference in Madrid, Spain in 2014.” She is a member in good standing of the Network of Independent Interventionists. 

Zina Navarro-Rodriguez, MSW, MCAP, CDE®


Zina’s mission is to create inviting, intentional and inclusive healing spaces for individuals to achieve mental wellness while creating pathways for success for individuals from underrepresented communities. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the vast disparity in mental health and substance use treatment services for BIPOC and LBGTQ+ communities and the need to address how racial and identity trauma impacts individuals and communities.

Zina has over 20+ years of experience in marketing and operations. She has held senior leadership positions for national and global behavioral health care companies where she has served as Executive Director and in Senior Marketing and Business Development roles. Zina has successfully launched de novo facilities, leading multi-disciplinary teams with the development of clinical programming, policy, and procedures and successful obtainment of licensure and accreditation. In her business development roles, Zina has led admissions, outreach, and marketing teams in the development and execution of strategic marketing plans to achieve census goals.

As a Certified Diversity Executive, Zina collaborates with treatment providers on the development of transformational DEI strategies that align with their mission and values. She provides organizations with tools and trainings to hardwire DEI within their organizational plans by developing sustainable, ongoing initiatives that holds them accountable to keeping systems, processes, and goals inclusive to employees, clients and communities.

Zina has worked internationally which has allowed her to develop a specialty in multi-cultural program development and marketing. She is a global speaker on topics related to culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion in behavioral health care. Zina is also an ARISE trained interventionist and provides interventions and comprehensive continuing care for Spanish speaking families. She is currently training to become an ARISE trainer with the goal of expanding services to be representative of BIPOC communities.

Zina has served as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She holds a MSW with a concentration in Administration from Fordham University, a BSW degree from Rutgers University, a Digital Marketing Certification from Columbia University and a Masters Level Addiction Professional Certification.

Zina co-hosts “Colors of Recovery”, a podcast covering a range of topics related to mental health, substance abuse and recovery within marginalized communities.


Dean Porterfield, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Behavioral Health Psychotherapist

Dean Porterfield currently serves as the Executive Director of ARCH Academy.  Dean has been with Cumberland Heights for over 11 years.  As the Executive Director he is responsible for day to day operations of ARCH as well as overseeing program development, staff development, referral relations, research and community outreach/education o n teen addiction.  Dean is also the owner of Do Life! Counseling and Consulting, PLLC in Nashville, TN.

Dean has served as Executive Director of an outdoor therapeutic program for adolescent’s male for over 10 years.  Dean also has served on the Board of Director of NATSAP (National Board of Therapeutic Schools and Programs), and frequently presents at national, international, and local conferences.  Dean is also an approved LPC clinical supervisor.

Dean brings over 24 years experiences working with the adolescent population and their families.  He believes in a strength-based approach and understands that authentic relationships with the teens and families we serve is paramount for lasting change.  Dean is also invested in combining true tested approaches such as the Twelve steps with other evidenced based clinical modalities of intervention to treat not only the substance abuse, but also the underlying struggles that compliment the teen’s self-medicating behavior.  Dean is a sought out speaker who has spoken at numerous conferences nationally and internationally over the course of his career.

Brad Reedy, PHD

Owner & Executive Clinical Director of Evoke Therapy Programs

Dr. Reedy’s research and clinical experience includes parenting issues, family trauma, treatment with sexual abuse victims, domestically violent offenders, adults/adolescents with substance abuse issues, eating disordered patients, sexual perpetrators, attachment issues, developmental psychology, and children suffering with grief and loss. He works with a variety of populations that often include students with dual diagnoses and gifted intelligence. He has served on the board of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs and the Utah Department of Child and Family Services.

After years as a parent educator having broadcast over 1,000 webinars on parent and family issues, Dr. Reedy released the book, The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child's Struggle and the Road Home. Using his personal story and stories from thousands of clients, he shares wisdom on how to think about parenting. Parents are asked to shift from relying on experts for advice to learning how to think about parenting questions by truly understanding themselves and doing their own work. Miles Adcox, Onsite CEO, praises the work as a "must-read for any parent" and Harriet Lerner, author of The Dance of Anger, calls Dr. Reedy a "gentle, authentic, and wise guide."
His new release, The Audacity to Be You: Learning to Love Your Horrible, Rotten Self talks about how all our relationships are connected to the relationship we have with ourselves. He shows how the foundation for intimacy with partners, our ability to parent effectively, and the meaningfulness of our lives can be tied to how well we have unraveled our unique childhood history. The book is a simple but bold exploration into what makes us human and why happiness and connection are elusive for so many. Dr. Reedy's work is counter-intuitive, but the reader will often have the experience of being found and understood as they make their way through his work. Many readers say that reading his work is like hearing something for the first time that you already knew but just didn't have the words for.

Along with his partners Rick Heizer and Matt Hoag, Dr. Reedy has built a company that focuses on the whole health of the people it serves as well as its employees. As Executive Clinical Director of Evoke, he travels the country lecturing, running parenting workshops, and hosting weekly webinars to support parents and families. These broadcasts are also available on your podcast app. His parenting book is used as a foundational principle in the Evoke Therapy Programs model and is also used industry-wide to educate and support families.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, the middle of three boys, Dr. Reedy was raised by his mother. He grew up surfing, listening to Bob Dylan, and causing his mom a great deal of grief. He is married and has four children. He is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Angels and can be easily engaged in a debate on any sports-related topic.


Melainie Rogers, MS, RDN, CDN, CEDRD-S



Melainie Rogers is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and is accredited by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as a clinical supervisor in the treatment of eating disorders (CEDRD-S). She is the Founder and CEO of BALANCE eating disorder treatment center™ and Melainie Rogers nutrition, llc. located in New York City. Among her many affiliations, Melainie is the founder and past president of the New York City Chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp) and has been appointed as a Mentor by iaedp's Connection, Outreach, and Mentoring Committee (COMC).  She has been elected Co-Chair of the Nutrition Special Interest Group by the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and is an Advisory Board Member at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. Melainie is an active member of several dietetic associations including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and The Greater New York Dietetic Association. She is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University. Melainie is the author of an online eBook, now in print, entitled Redefining Wellness: The Ultimate Diet-Free Guide. Melainie has earned a strong reputation among her colleagues as an expert in the field of eating disorders and has been invited to present nationally and internationally on the latest scientific discoveries and treatment approaches within the eating disorder profession. 

Janet Shrager, PhD
Clinical Psychologist


Janet Schrager is a clinical psychologist and currently the managing partner of Clinical Associates of Greater Hartford, a group of 13 mental health professionals in West Hartford. She has an extensive background in developmental psychology, psychodiagnostics, psychoeducational testing, and psychotherapy.

Janet received her B.A. from Clark University and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She completed her internship and post doctoral training at Elmcrest Psychiatric Institute, working on the child and adolescent units. She also has extensive experience working with schools and students with learning disabilities and ADHD. 
Janet served as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut, and University of Hartford. She works as a consulting psychologist at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut (since 1992), and Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut.

Janet began her private practice in Storrs, Connecticut, in 1985, and moved her practice to West Hartford in 1993. Janet is a member of the American Psychological Association. She is currently a member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and the International Positive Psychology Association. Following her long-standing interest in positive psychology, Janet competed training with the Mentor Coach program, a coaching training program, founded by and designed for psychologists, which incorporates the science of positive psychology. Janet has completed several programs in positive psychology, leading to certification in applied positive psychology. She finds the field of positive psychology exciting and energizing. Recently, Janet has incorporated her knowledge and interest in positive psychology in presentations to students at Choate Rosemary Hall and to professionals in the process of preparing for retirement. She has presented to the Connecticut Judges’ Transitions Program, Preparing for Emotional Aspects of Transition Associated With Retirement. She has also presented to the Farmington Valley Financial Group and their clients. She has found the incorporation of positive psychology tools to be very helpful for individuals managing transitions. She has also incorporated positive psychology in the clinical work that she does with children, adolescents, adults, and families and is active in the clinical division of the International Positive Psychology Association.

Janet lives in West Hartford with her husband, Steve Arnold. She has a daughter, a son and daughter-in law, and a four-year-old granddaughter. 


Clifford Sussman, MD

Gaming Disorder Specialist

Dr. Sussman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been a pioneer in recognizing and treating internet gaming disorder since 2008, long before it became recognized by the World Health Organization as an official diagnosis. As an expert consultant he helped develop the first Digital Use Disorder track at Caron Renaissance Treatment Center. As a programmer, software developer, and gamer himself, he is dedicated to helping people achieve healthier, more balanced relationships with digital technology.

Jon Stevens, MD MPH

Owner, Psych Insight, PLLC 

Co-Owner, InnerSpace, PLLC 

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine 

Jon Stevens, M.D. M.P.H. is double-board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Over his career, Dr. Stevens has innovated unique and highly personalized mental health care services. He has held leadership positions within several healthcare organizations. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Growth & Innovation at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. He is the former Physician-In-Charge at Henry Ford Health Systems (Dearborn clinic) and Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the former Medical Director of North Shore Medical Center Pediatric Psychiatry Inpatient Unit in Lynn, Massachusetts.

He graduated from a combined MD-MPH program at New York Medical College, earning a Master’s in Public Health in Health Management. His residency in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital under the auspices of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Stevens provides clinical care through a private practice (Psych Insight, PLCC) and intensive outpatient and assessment program (InnerSpace, PLCC). His clinical interests are improving the outcomes of psychiatric care, advancing the field of personalized medicine within psychiatry, and managing the metabolic burdens of psychiatric medications. He has served as the Medical Director for BridgeUp at Menninger, a $7.5M initiative to improve the mental health and well-being of disadvantaged youth in Houston. He has authored scores of articles and chapters on psychopharmacology and regularly provides community education via the media, including founding a popular blog (“Mind Matters from Menninger”).


Chris Thrasher


Christian serves as managing director of the Opioid Response Network within the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) at the Clinton Foundation. In this capacity, Chris oversees all of the Foundation’s efforts helping to address the substance use disorders. Two of the cornerstone initiatives of this work at the foundation is working with communities and our foundation partners to ensure that naloxone (the lifesaving opioid overdose reversal drug) is widely available, accessible, and affordable. Another cornerstone initiative is CHMI’s Empowering Faith Leaders program. Our nations’ faith leaders are an integral part of stigma reduction regarding substance use disorders and as such CHMI is deeply engaged in the training of our current and future faith leaders throughout the United States.

Before joining the Clinton Foundation, Chris served as the senior vice president of behavioral health at Sharecare, a comprehensive health and wellness engagement platform. Prior to Sharecare, Chris served in several leadership roles over 14 years in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2003, Chris founded and became director of the Center of Excellence for Sexual Health (CESH). In addition, Chris was a member of the faculty at MSM within the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.

Chris earned a bachelor’s in communications and psychology from the State University College of Fredonia in New York and a master’s in human sexuality, marriage and family relations from New York University. Chris is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as well as a certified Sexuality Counselor and Sexuality Educator by The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Since December 17, 1989, Chris has been living in long-term recovery a day at a time.


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