Michele Litwin, NP (Owner)
Ms. Litwin NP, specializes in adult mental health and substance abuse. After earning her bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut, Ms.Litwin decided to focus her skills in psychiatry at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. During the 10 years spent working at the IOL, Ms. Litwin gained experience in acute care psychiatric management of patients with substance abuse, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders. Obtaining her masters in nursing from Yale University, Ms. Litwin developed advanced skills in adult psychiatry and is a board certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Ms. Litwin brings with her over 25 years of knowledge in the psychiatric/substance abuse field practicing in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. Other areas of practice include program development and adjunct faculty member teaching at Yale School of Nursing and St. Joseph University School of Nursing. Obtaining her certification in addictions from the International Nurses Society on Addiction, Ms. Litwin, NP brings her expertise to Oceanside Recovery, LLC, and is eager to help those in the community.
Doreen Thibadeau, LCSW
Doreen Thibadeau comes to Oceanside Recovery after 15 years of counseling experience, following prior careers as an elementary school teacher and as a secretary for the Counseling Center and later for the President's Office at a community college. She brings life experiences as an individual, spouse, and parent. Doreen graduated with honors from Springfield College School of Social Work with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Previously, as a young mother, she earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern CT State College. As an undergraduate, Doreen majored in Psychology, earning her Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the College of New Rochelle. Doreen is pleased to join Oceanside Recovery as a Behavioral Health Counselor, with an interest in working with persons struggling to address life's challenges in a healthy way. Her experience includes work with a diverse population who may be dealing with grief and loss, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, as well as clients or loved ones dealing with the efforts of recovery from addiction. She uses diverse modes of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She brings warmth, experience, training, humor, and caring to her work each day. On first meeting you can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and beginning exploration of issues bringing you to treatment.
Jordan Roberts, LMFT
Jordan Roberts is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Jordan has a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and has spent over five years working in the behavioral health field. She brings expertise in working with families, young adults, and children. Jordan has worked in a variety of settings including an outpatient treatment facility in Fairfield, CT where she treated an assortment of client needs such as substance rehabilitation, grief counseling, couples therapy, and anxiety disorders. Following her outpatient experience she focused on working with at risk youth and their families in a Multidimensional Family Therapy in-home treatment program. Most recently Jordan has been working as a Lead Clinician at both male and female therapeutic group homes utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Jordan practices individual, couple, and family therapy.
Anne V Schipani, LPC, ATR-BC
Anne has nine years of experience providing counseling and creative art therapy services in a variety of settings, including those offering addictions recovery services. She received her Master’s of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 2009, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist. For the past nine years Anne has facilitated art therapy and counseling groups in psychiatric hospitals, including Eleanor Slater Hospital in Rhode Island (2014-2018), McLean Hospital in Massachusetts (2015-2016), and four years providing individual/group bereavement and art therapy services at Hope Hospice in Florida (2010-2014). Anne works with people in recovery using an integrative, mind-body-spirit approach to help them get back in touch with their own inner source of wisdom, creativity, and empowerment. During groups and sessions, Anne uses an integration of traditional and holistic methods, including cognitive therapies, 12-step explorations, body awareness, dream work, mindfulness, creative art therapy, & guided meditation.
Tracy Freeman, Office Manager
Tracy Freeman moved to the area from the Midwest, where she managed a gastroenterology practice on Chicagoland's north shore. Originally from New York, she earned her degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University as one of a select group of Cornell Tradition Fellows. Tracy is a very spiritual person who enjoys the outdoors, reading, meditating and trying different kinds of foods, but what brings her the most joy in life is being of service to other people.
Jacqueline Kelsey, Recovery Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
Jackie Kelsey is a person in Recovery & currently works as a Yoga Recovery Health Coach where her lived experience with childhood trauma surrounded by addiction and alcoholism will serve to aid and advocate for individual and family healing. Her work encompasses guidance, support and empowerment of persons in recovery to develop and sustain a strong foundation through creation of community, healthy coping skills & self care for relapse prevention. Jackie has certifications in Integrative Nutrition, Recovery Coach (through CCAR), Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs LivFree), Chair Yoga, & Y12SR (Yoga 12 step Recovery). Jackie is currently working on additional continuing education in Nutritional Hormone health and a Yoga Therapist certification from Kripalu. Jackie has a great passion for the recovery community. She vehemently believes that we all deserve & will find a good life. Oceanside Recovery is very grateful Jackie has joined our team!
Kanika Richardson, MA
Kanika Richardson comes to Oceanside Recovery with both medical assistant knowledge and experience working with those in recovery. Kanika worked many years at Stonington Institute as a residential specialist, working within the inpatient unit called Starlight, which is specifically designed for our military men in recovery. She studied clinical psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University while working at Pfizer as a strategic staffing specialist in human resources in early 2000. Kanika later enrolled at Ridley-Lowell College for the Certified Medical Assistant program and now has joined our amazing team at Oceanside Recovery as our Medical Assistant/Care Coordinator.