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 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 is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. She has spent over five years working in the behavioral health field and 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.
Kevin Murray, LMSW, LADC, CAC
Kevin has been working with Substance Use Disorders in the shoreline community for the last seven years. His specialties are Intensive Outpatient group therapy and individual therapy. He has experience working with methadone and suboxone clients as well as co-occurring disorders. Kevin received his Master’s degree in social work and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Social Work program at Southern Connecticut State University. His Doctoral research focuses on developing new treatments for families affected by addiction. Prior to his work in the field of recovery, Kevin worked as a film and theater director in New York.
Tracy Freeman, Office Manager
Tracy 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 gained her experience in behavioral health working at the Astor Day Treatment Center in New York, an intensive school-based program for adolescents who require structure and support not found in a traditional school setting. Tracy is a very spiritual person who believes that all people are capable of great things if given the opportunities to achieve them, and her goal is to help people get to a better place in life.
Jacqueline Kelsey, Recovery Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
Jackie 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!
Tiffany Mercado, Care Coordinator and Medical Assistant
Tiffany is local from Mystic and she joins our team with an extensive background in the medial field. She has over a decade in 911 emergency services, working for AMR New Haven, Groton, Mystic & Westerly Ambulances. She also worked in the psych/behavioral unit in the Emergency Room at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Her experience in addiction & mental health stems from employment at SCADD Detox & Stonington Institute. Tiffany’s goal is to obtain as much experience as possible, working in all aspects of the medical field to be able to give her patients the best care possible. Her strengths that she brings to Oceanside Recovery is a deep compassion for people and attention to detail.