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 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 located 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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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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Andrew Irrera, LADC | Primary Therapist

Andrew is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with over 15 years’ experience working with individuals with substance use disorders in a variety of settings. He holds BA in Psychology from Sacred Heart University and went on to earn a Masters in Psychology with a concentration in clinical and counseling psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Additionally, Andrew received a post-master’s degree in addiction counseling at Albertus Magnus College.

Andrew untilizes a variety of clinical modalities including, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, 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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Lakshmi Nair, LADC | Primary Therapist

Lakshmi is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has been working in the field of addiction and mental health for more than 10 years. She received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and her Masters in Mental Health and Community Counseling from Fairfield University. She has completed DBT training from Behavioral Tech affiliated with the Linehan Institute and has extensive training in CBT for Depression from the Beck institute.

Lakshmi uses a wellness based approach to help clients tap into their strengths and to create individualized roadmaps to a life time of recovery.

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Ilene Robbins, MS, NCC | Primary Therapist

Ilene is a National Certified Counselor specializing in mental health, addiction, and co-occurring disorders within the collegiate and adult populations. She uses culturally sensitive, evidence-based interventions combined with compassion, empathy, and skills garnered from 20-plus years as a wife and mother.

A former technology business executive, Ilene began her professional clinical background counseling children. She is active in adoption advocacy and founded the non-profit Sons and Mothers for Others, which fosters bonding between parents and kids through community service. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from American University and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University.

Sam Smyth | Director, Admissions

As Director of Admissions, Sam supports Clearpoint clients at the beginning of their journey with us. Passionate and energetic, Sam 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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Maria Davis | Medical Coordinator

As Medical Coordinator, Maria is the client’s frontline support. She oversees all administrative functions and patient management such as facilitating schedules, administering tests and providing excellent customer service. Maria prides herself on her individual focus on each patient and the opportunity to contribute to their well-being.

Maria’s life-long interest in exercise, nutrition and spiritual balance led her from a background in marketing to that of wellness. She spent the last five years merging the two in a sports medical practice. Maria has devoted more than 20 years of her life to mentoring homeless women with children.

Maria resides in the area and raised two children in the local school system. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in management and business with a concentration in marketing from DePaul University.

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Tommy Upton | Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Tommy works hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and that their needs are being met. He finds great joy in assisting clients throughout their journey of recovery by coordinating care and providing excellent customer service.

Tommy grew up in the local area, attending Staples High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Providence College. Prior to joining Clearpoint, Tommy worked in a variety of fields, including education, sales, and compliance.

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