Aware Recovery Care Multi-disciplinary Team - Connecticut
Aware Recovery Care assigns each client a multi-disciplinary team that is led by an Addiction Psychiatrist and includes a Licensed Therapist, a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Registered Nurse, a Family Liaison, and a Certified Recovery Advisor. When our compassion, experience, and knowledge is combined with our expansive network of specialists - recovery becomes possible.
Director of Clinical Services
Business Development Team
Our Intake and Outreach Managers handle everything from the first phone call or contact with our clients, insurance verification, to program explanation and business development. The hybrid role allows us to intimately understand our clients' history and needs going forward, while setting the table and allowing us to deliver our highly individualized and private treatment program to the lives that we touch.
Psychiatrists and APRNs
- Dr. Joyce Kamanitz M.D., F.A.P.A
- Dr. Jeremy Barowski, M.D.
- Armand Ntchana, Psychiatric APRN
- Dianne Hunt Mason, Psychiatric APRN
- Dr Mark Ostrowski PsyD
Aware Recovery Care encourages each client to meet weekly with a licensed therapist who is a specialist in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. When a client already has a therapist he or she likes, we encourage them to continue to work with that therapist. If a client does not have a one, we help them find a therapist that is a good match for them. If you are a therapist that is interested in working with our clients, please give us a call at 203-779-5799 to arrange a meeting.
Here is a partial list of clinicians that we work closely with:
- Maud Purcell MSW, LCSW, CEAP
- Victoria Ryan L.Ac., LCSW, LADC
- Alicia Farrell Ph D
- Ava Diamond Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, LCSW
- Beth O Malley LCSW ACSW
- Lyn Tidgewell LCSW
- Linda Nickerson MA
- Mrs. Deena Landau-Graber, Licensed Counselor, MS, LPC
- Vincent Samuolis LCSW LADC
- Megan Tredennick, LPC, LADC, ADS, NCC
ARC Addiction Nurse Coaches
Aware Recovery Care Addiction Nurse coaches and Care Coordinators are the key point of contact for the physicians and clinicians on the clients team. At Aware Recovery Care, these care coordinators bring a new approach to addiction treatment that combines integrative nurse coaching and traditional medical nursing.
They are responsible for coordinating care and communicating with all of the multi-disciplinary providers as well as staff members that are working with the client. Theirs is a holistic approach, assessing the client with attention to mind/body/spirit.
They develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet the clients’ needs as they enter into recovery, and adapt and execute the plan throughout the care term. We focus on understanding client care goals as voiced by the client, making the client a major part of his/her treatment and recovery.
- Ann Webster, RN, NC-BC
- Chuck Gabriele RN
- Lisa DeSanti LPN
- Tracie Samuelson RN
- Pam Corbett RN
- Sheila Coleman, MSW
Certified Recovery Advisors
Aware Recovery Care’s Certified Recovery Advisors (CRAs) are each certified by the Connecticut Certification Board, having completed intensive training on how to help those suffering from drug and/or alcohol addiction learn to maintain abstinence, meet goals for their health, relationships, careers, and get more enjoyment out of life. As with everything else, we match our clients with their CRAs by age, personality, and location.
Aware Recovery Care is a full-fledged, clinically-led organization whose CRAs undergo a rigorous training curriculum in order to practice with us. Each of our CRAs is required to have the following competencies:
- Fluency in Motivational Interviewing and effective use of the Stages of Change model to drive behavioral change with clients.
- Competency in Contingency Management protocols.
- A working knowledge of Motivational Enhancement Therapy.
- A basic understanding of Family Systems Theory and how it supports both our clients' and their loved ones' recoveries.
- Knowledge about the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy practices.
- The ability to utilize personal life and treatment experience to walk with and guide clients through recovery.
- The ability to develop and nurture critical thinking and emotional intelligence skills and habits.
- Aileen M Hurley, CPRS, DARC
- Scott Hawkins, CARC, CPRS MATs
- Michael Judd CADC, CPRS, RSS
- Lorraine Marino CARC MATs
- Aura Martinez CARC MATc
- Glenn Fuge DARC, CPRS
- Jake Mahon CARC
- Matt Roller CARC
- Pat Van DeVenter CPRS, CARC
- Amy McDonnell
- William Russo, CARC
- Alan Stewart CARC
- Carol Cruz CARC
- Lisa Bousquet RDN
- Lynne Lawson
- Marshall Dudley Jr
- Scott Ward
Marriage and Family Clinicians
We are excited to now offer the services of a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) to each of our clients. The LMFTs are full time members of the team of professionals that are brought together to provide our clients with the best possible chance of achieving sustained recovery. The Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is assigned to each client regardless of where they live in Connecticut. The LMFT takes on the role of handling any issues pertaining to family and interpersonal relations. The team at Aware Recovery Care is a firm believer that all of our clients and their families/loved ones can benefit from the help of a skilled and nurturing LMFT.
- Victoria Ryan L.Ac., LCSW, LADC
- Lisa Uihlien LMFT
- Andonia Dakis MS MA LMFT
- Andrew Burkamp LMFT
- Julia Tucker Wood LMFT
Medical Case Manager
A medical case manager serves as a liaison between a patient with long-term health issues, doctors and medical staff, and the patient’s family and friends. While a medical case manager does not offer medical diagnoses or treatment, he/she does monitor and maintain the patient’s treatment plan to ensure that those responsible for carrying it out are doing their respective jobs properly.