Our team is specially trained in the Clearpoint treatment model to address the complex needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders and to treat the whole person in a comprehensive way. We support patients with an integrated, multi-disciplinary team. Primary therapists, physicians, case managers, nurses, and others are all part of a patient’s treatment team.
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Al has close to 25 years of experience building and growing organizations with a focus on healthcare services. He excels at managing complex environments and is a recognized leader in developing innovative and effective addiction recovery programs. Before founding Clearpoint, he spent five years as Vice President of Turnbridge (formerly Turning Point) in New Haven, CT where he was instrumental in its transition from a non-profit sober living organization to an industry-leading long-term treatment program.
In 2014, Al founded Westport House, a nationally-recognized structured sober living program for young men. Under his leadership, Westport House has grown from one location to three and is considered the standard for structured sober living in the northeast. Before his experience with addiction and recovery, Al spent over 15 years in business development and executive leadership positions at HealthSouth Corporation and SourceMed, Inc. He studied Marketing at the University of Maine and majored in Management Information Systems at Central Connecticut State University.
Michel Mennesson, MD
Dr. Michel Mennesson is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatrics, with an added qualification in addiction psychiatry. He received his psychiatric training at Yale University where he also served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry for three years. Prior to his work at Yale, Dr. Mennesson trained as a pediatrician at University of Connecticut.
Dr. Mennesson blends his knowledge of psychology, family systems and psychopharmacology to meet the client’s individual needs. He is an expert in co-morbidity, and has a talent for assessing what medications will be most helpful as our clients continue on their journey of recovery. He believes that through a proper balance of medication, when appropriate, and therapeutic intervention, one can truly achieve sustained sobriety, a reduction in impulsive behaviors, and improved relationships.
Dr. Mennesson is longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation and is a strong proponent for integrating mindfulness principles into clinical treatment.
Liz Modugno, LCSW, LADC
Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; she received her Master’s from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in substance abuse and mental health. Prior to joining the Westport House team, she was a primary therapist at Turnbridge. She also directs her own private practice in Westport. Liz specializes in emotional trauma and its relationship to addiction.
She incorporates several therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Lori Pelosi, APRN
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lori is an advanced practice registered nurse and has spent many years treating individuals with mental health and addiction disorders. Her career includes experience at various nonprofit organizations and most recently, as a Nurse Practitioner at Mountainside Treatment Center in Canaan, Connecticut.
Lori received her Master of Science in Nursing at Sacred Heart University, and among her many interests outside of work, Lori truly enjoys teaching others the practice of nursing. She currently works part-time as an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University and Wilkes University.
Warren Lancaster, LPC, MBA
Warren is a licensed professional counselor with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; his approach emphasizes cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. Warren enriches his counseling with his personal history: he is a former executive and a recovering alcoholic with over 25 years of sobriety. He is active in the local recovery community and firmly believes the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous has been critical to his long-term success.
A native of Australia, Warren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics & Mathematics from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from the University of New South Wales, and his MA in Counseling from Fairfield University.
Ava Diamond, LCSW
Ava holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and has completed intensive trainings in addiction and trauma recovery, emotional intelligence, emerging adulthood, family systems, and motivation. She has over 20 years of experience both in private practice and with non-proﬁt and private mental health organizations serving young adults and their families. Ava uses several clinical models — including EMDR, CBT, DBT, Relational Theory, and Family Systems Theory — to provide the best clinical practice for each client.
An accomplished athlete, Ava combines her professional athletic experience with her clinical background to empower clients and their families to optimize their mental, physical, and professional selves.
Margo Friedman, LPC, LADC, CCDP-D
Margo specializes in treating individuals struggling with addiction, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, exercise addiction and body image issues in men and women. She utilizes therapy as a vehicle to help people create the reality they want for themselves, especially when they are feeling stuck or disconnected from the life they would like to have.
Margo is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) with a national and international certification as a Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat (CCDP-D). In addition, she is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBTC) through the DBT National Certification Accreditation Association.
She graduated Cum Laude from Fairfield University with BA in Sociology and later with a Masters degree in Counseling. Prior to joining Clearpoint, she was a primary therapist at Turnbridge in New Haven, CT. Margo has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient and residential settings throughout her career. In addition to her position at Clearpoint, she has a private therapy practice in Westport, CT.
Ashley Watson, LCSW
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s from New York University. Prior to opening her private practice in Greenwich, CT, Ashley worked at Silver Hill Hospital on the inpatient detox unit as well as at an outpatient mental health clinic working with young adults and people with co-occurring disorders.
Ashley has experience conducting substance abuse interventions and is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She believes that change can happen through mindfulness and compassionate understanding.
Juliet Gurevitz, LCSW
Juliet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in areas of mental health and addiction. She has experience with different treatment modalities including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and medication-assisted treatment. Her professional background includes several years as a primary therapist at "The Canyon" in Malibu, California and before relocating to the west coast, two years as a Residential Counselor at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT.
Juliet has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Fairfield University and a Masters in Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.
Laura Hart, LCSW
Laura Hart LCSW - Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Saint Joseph University in West Hartford, CT, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Before starting her private practice in Norwalk, CT, Laura worked at Silver Hill Hospital as part of their inpatient transitional living addiction program. She also has worked at Waterbury Hospital’s outpatient services, facilitating the Intensive Outpatient Programs in co-occurring and geriatric populations.
Laura specializes in treating depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as substance abuse in adult and young adult populations. She utilizes strengths-based and mindfulness approaches, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Francis Giannini, LCSW
Francis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over twenty-five years’ experience in treating severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring disorders. He worked for four years performing Addiction Psychotherapy Research at the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.
Francis has also served those struggling with addiction in outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment settings within the state of CT. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Southern Connecticut State University.
Warren is currently a Master’s of Social Work candidate at Quinnipiac University, specializing in substance abuse and mental health. He joins Westport House with several years of experience working in various capacities at Turnbridge New Haven, CT. A native of St. Louis, MO, Warren is in long-term recovery and is passionately dedicated to recovery advocacy and providing quality addiction treatment.
Clinically, Warren is developing his therapeutic skills while utilizing a strengths-based perspective, Twelve Step philosophies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and motivational interviewing.
Denise specializes in healing, spiritual balancing and personal growth. Her goal is to help individuals release old negative patterns and beliefs that are holding them back from a life of abundance, joy, happiness and peace. She has helped hundreds of people recover from childhood trauma, grief, anxiety, depression and addiction by combining energy healing, Reiki, Theta Healing, and Ignite Your Spirit therapy.
Having studied with some of the most talented healers, she is a powerful presence who brings her own healing experiences and compassion to our clients.
In his role as Operations Director, Sam ensures the daily operations run smoothly. He previously studied Business Administration and English at American University and excels at maintaining the organizational foundation of the company.
Sam has previously served as Executive Administrator for Sam Allen Interiors, LLC and as a Production Intern for Ouidad Hair Salon in New York City. As a recovering young adult, and a graduate of Westport House, Sam finds fulfilment in his interactions with clients and by offering them guidance through his on unique experiences in treatment and recovery
Director, Finance & Human Resources
As the Director of Finance & Human Resources, Nabeel oversees the organization’s financial functions, human resources, and various other administrative operations. He also draws on his experience developing client relations and financial operations at American Rags, Inc. in Houston, Texas.
Nabeel studied Economics and minored in Business Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
As Director of Admissions, Marty supports Clearpoint patients at the beginning of their journey with us. Prior his current role, he served as a Case Manager for Westport House, where he was responsible for coordinating services for clients and acting as the primary point of contact for their families. Thru positive coaching, role modeling, and mentorship, he enjoys helping clients find the joy in a clean and sober way of life.
Passionate and energetic, Marty has been in recovery for many years and is particularly passionate about the 12-Step philosophy for treatment. A regular speaker, he is committed to contributing to service work in the community. He sponsors several young men at a time, is a sober coach, and involved in many recovery-based activities throughout New England. He prides himself on nurturing relationships to mutual benefit for everyone involved and spends his free time developing personal and professional relationships within the community and our organization.
Marty currently resides in Norwalk, CT with his wife, Jeanmarie.
Debbie is CBCS and CPC certified; she received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Health Care Administration. She has extensive experience in managing busy offices along with improving and maintaining productivity. Debbie’s focus is to ensure accuracy in billing and continuing to improve the client experience.