At Clearpoint we employ a highly regarded team of professionals dedicated to excellent, compassionate care. Our addiction treatment programs are developed and delivered by these respected medical, mental health and behavioral health experts.
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.
Roger Ayers, MD
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.
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).
Robert Romano, LCSW
Robert is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in areas of mental health and addiction. He has experience with different treatment modalities including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution-Focused therapy. Prior to opening his private practice in Darien, CT, Robert worked at Silver Hill Hospital in their Transitional Living Program, working with adolescents and adults with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
Robert has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Barry University. He believes that genuine change can happen through a collaborative, holistic and integrative body-mind-spirit approach to therapy.
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 Phillips, MSW
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 and motivational interviewing.
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.
Director of Admissions
Sam Smyth is the Director of Admissions at Clearpoint. He is responsible for guiding individuals through the process of finding the best treatment solution for themselves or for their loved ones.
He joined organization in 2015 and brings a deep understanding of the needs of families and referents and uses a careful process of individual evaluation and family consultation to help relieve some of the uncertainty and anxiety people experience when considering substance abuse treatment.
Sam has previously served in a similar role for Westport House, a leading provider of extended care and sober living services for men. As a person in recovery, Sam finds fulfilment in his interactions with clients and by offering them guidance through his on unique experiences in treatment and recovery. He is currently finishing his bachelors degree program at the University of Connecticut in Stamford.
Molly Ashcroft, CAC, CAI-1
A certified ARISE interventionist, Molly’s passion for her work stems from a desire to offer hope for families and clients who are struggling with addiction. She excels at developing relationships with prospective clients, families, and other addiction professionals, with the goal of finding the right placement for everyone and ensuring the best care for each.
Molly’s journey of recovery began in 2008 after many family interventions and treatment experiences. She attributes her success to the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and the amazing people she has met along the way. It’s hard to overstate her impact in the local recovery community, where she is an extraordinary force for good; sponsoring numerous young women, chairing meetings, accepting commitments, and never turning down a request to tell her story.
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.