Albert Samaras | Executive Director & Founder

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.

Prior to founding Clearpoint, he spent five years as Executive Vice President of Turnbridge (formerly Turning Point) in New Haven, CT During his tenure, he was instrumental in the organization’s transition from a small non-profit to an accredited long-term treatment program for adolescents and young adults.

In 2014, Al founded Westport House, a nationally-recognized sober living community lcoated in Westport, CT. Under his leadership, Westport House has grown from one location to three and is recognized as a leading provider of transitional sober living in the northeast United States.

Before his own experience with addiction and recovery, Al spent over 15 years in executive leadership and business development positions at HealthSouth Corporation and SourceMed, Inc. He studied Marketing at the University of Maine Orono and majored in Management Information Systems at Central Connecticut State University.

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Roger Ayers, MD | Psychiatrist & Medical Director

Dr. Roger Ayres is board-certified in general psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry. He received his training for adult psychiatry at Yale University and his training for child & adolescent psychiatry at NY Weill Cornell Hospital.

Dr. Ayres uses both therapy and medications to treat a spectrum of disorders, including anxiety, mood, autism, addiction, trauma/stress, neurodevelopmental, and disruptive behavioral disorders. He employs a holistic, integrated, and individualized approach with each client to help them become happier and healthier by motivating them to become more self-aware and make positive changes in their lives.

Dr. Ayres concurrently has a private practice in Westport, where he has been since 2006. In his free time, Dr. Ayres enjoys martial arts, painting, traveling, and learning new languages.

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Amynah Dharani, MA, MBA, LMFT | Clinical Director

Amynah is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; she received her Master’s from Southern Connecticut State University, including education in Brain and Behavior and Psychopharmacology. In addition, Amynah has a certificate in Contemplative Psychotherapy from the Nalanda Institute that features the Eastern philosophies of Mindfulness and Compassion.

Prior to opening her private practice in Greenwich, CT, Amynah worked with clients suffering from substance use and co-occurring disorders at the APT Foundation in New Haven . She conceptualizes treatment for her client’s need for change from family systems, developmental, biological, neuroscientific, and Eastern contemplative perspectives.

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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.

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Warren Lancaster, LPC, MBA | Primary Therapist

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. Prior to counseling, he had a long and successful international business career. His last corporate position was as head of U.S. operations for a large multinational pharmaceutical company.

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Juliet Gurevitz, LCSW | Primary Therapist

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, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and medication-assisted treatment.

Julet’s 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.

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Nicole Anderson, LPC | Primary Therapist

Nicole is a Licensed Practicing Counselor with a focus on treating substance use disorders. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. She served as a mental health worker at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health for 5 years in the child-adolescent impatient unit. Nicole specializes in working with individuals who have co-occurring disorders and severe mental illness. Prior to joining Clearpoint, she served as a care manager at Cove Care Center serving older adults, individuals with serious mental illness and addiction disorders.

Nicole has drawn from her firm belief in recovery and overall wellness to build a practice in which she provides true person centered care while incorporating evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused therapy.

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Ashley Watson, LCSW | Primary Therapist

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.

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Martin Brault, MS, AADC, LADC | Primary Therapist

Martin is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with over 17 years experience working with people with substance use disorders in a variety of settings. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and for the last several years has operated his own private practice based in Wilton, Connecticut. He is a regular speaker on topics related to substance use and treatment, and is very passionate about his work in supporting individuals and families discover the freedom of long-term recovery.

Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut in Special Education, and a Masters Degree from Springfield College in Human Services Administration. He is also and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

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Warren Phillips, MSW | Primary Therapist

Warren earned a Master’s of Social Work degree from Quinnipiac University, specializing in substance abuse and mental health. He joins Clearpoint with several years of experience working in various direct care roles 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 utilizes a strengths-based perspective, Twelve Step philosophies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing.

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Kristin Frank, MEd | Director, Community Relations

As Director of Community Relations, Kristin is the liaison to other addiction and mental health professionals, schools, organizations and the community. She also oversees the strategic marketing functions which includes brand strategy, B2B and B2C marketing campaigns, digital strategy, thought leadership, marketing operations and customer relationship management.

Prior to joining Clearpoint, Kristin spent over 19 years in corporate sales. She takes pride in developing meaningful relationships and brings that passion for others to Clearpoint. Kristin has a Bachelors Degree in English from Marist College, and a Masters in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart University.

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Sam Smyth | Director, Admissions

As Director of Admissions, Sam supports Clearpoint clients at the beginning of their journey with us. Passionate and energetic, Marty has been in recovery for many years and is particularly passionate about the 12-Step philosophy for recovery. 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.

As a person in recovery, Sam finds fulfilment in his interactions with clients and by offering them guidance through his own unique experiences in treatment, sober living, and recovery.

Sam studied Business Administration and English at American University in Washington, DC and is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.

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Debbie Cambareri | Director, Finance & HR

As the Director of Finance & Human Resources, Debbie is responsible for the organization’s financial activities, human resources, and various other administrative operations. She maintains financial and accounting policies, plans, systems, and provides overall management for the budgeting, contract management and audit/tax reporting functions.

Debbie is CBCS and CPC certified and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Connecticut, with a concentration in Health Care Administration.

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