Gerardo Gonz\u00e1lez, MD Medical Director Gerardo Gonz\u00e1lez, MD Medical Director Dr. Gonz\u00e1lez is an associate professor, affiliated with the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, and Board-certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Addiction Psychiatry. He is originally from Colombia, and after receiving his medical degree, he trained in psychiatry at the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Se\u00f1ora del Rosario, School of Medicine in Bogot\u00e1-Colombia. He obtained a Diploma degree in Addiction Behaviour (DAB) at the National Addiction Center, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London. He completed his second residency in psychiatry in the U.S. followed by a Substance Abuse Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. After working as faculty in the Division of Substance Abuse at Yale University, he joined the Department of Psychiatry at UMass in 2008. His research has focused on neurobiology and pharmacotherapy for the treatment of cocaine and opioid dependence. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He has presented at national and international conferences on issues related to treatment of substance use disorders. Dr. Gonz\u00e1lez is the coordinator of the Addiction Elective for UMass fourth-year medical students, who work with him at Washburn House on the Acute Treatment Service (ATS). He hosts medical students for their clerkships at the Addiction and Comorbidity Treatment Service (ACTS). Dr. Gonz\u00e1lez lectures at fellowship seminars and residents didactics about pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders. His research has evaluated the extent to which enhancing GABA neurotransmission may modify cocaine- and opiate-taking behavior. Dr. Gonz\u00e1lez is interested in assessing the extent to which the modulation of glutamate neurotransmission by NMDA receptor antagonist during opioid agonist treatment may improve treatment outcomes and reduce early relapse in young adults with opiate use disorder. In addition, he is interested in understanding factors in healthcare delivery associated with reduction in mortality by opioid overdose. Julie M. Ireland, Registered Nurse Director of Nursing, ATS Program Director Julie M. Ireland, Registered Nurse Director of Nursing, ATS Program Director Julie Ireland is a registered nurse with 30 years of experience in varied healthcare settings. She has been with Washburn House since July 2017, where she opened the ATS in September 2017. She believes addiction touches every aspect of health care. One of her first jobs in health care was at a public detox program in the 1980s. Throughout her career, Julie has always remembered this position as the most meaningful and fulfilling work she has done. More than 30 years later, she has found herself coming back to work in the field of addiction. She is grateful to be able to, once again, serve individuals and families suffering from addiction. Julie is also very proud of the work she did in Les Cayes, Haiti with Forward In Health to improve the health conditions and foster dignity of the people in and around Les Cayes. She received her ASN from Excelsior College in Albany, NY. She is Trauma Nurse Core Course Certified and a Certified Correctional Healthcare Provider. What are 3 words you\u2019d use to describe Washburn House? Committed, compassionate, charitable. How do you define success? I evaluate my professional success based on not only my own work, but the work of my team. For me to be considered successful, my team needs to achieve and feel valued. What is your proudest moment at Washburn House? I\u2019d say my proudest moment was getting the detox program open and helping clients. After months of work and preparation, it was really amazing to see it all come together. If you could switch jobs with one person at Washburn House, who would it be and why? Honestly? I wouldn\u2019t want to trade with anyone. I love the role I\u2019m in! What\u2019s the biggest adventure you\u2019ve ever been on? I spent 2 weeks on a motorcycle in Newfoundland exploring. I also have volunteered and worked on medical missions for a week at a time for 10 years with Forward In Health in Haiti. Do you have a favorite quote? I can\u2019t choose just one. My two favorites are: \u201cPeace begins with a smile.\u201d \u2013 Mother Teresa \u201cNot all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.\u201d \u2013 Mother Teresa If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? Well\u2026 as much as I love my job, I think I\u2019d retire!! Lindsey Silva Director of Quality and Compliance Lindsey Silva Director of Quality and Compliance Lindsey Silva is the Director of Quality and Compliance for Washburn House. Her role is to ensure compliance with all regulatory standards as they apply to safe, equitable, person-centered care focused on clients in the early stages of recovery from substance use disorders. After spending significant time working as the Quality Improvement Nurse of a large Federally Qualified Health Center, Lindsey is well versed in process improvement and the delivery of evidence-based care. Lindsey holds a BA in Psychology from Framingham State University. After a serious illness in her 20s, Lindsey went back to school and obtained her BS in Nursing at MCPHS University. Shortly thereafter, she obtained her Master\u2019s degree in Nursing with a concentration in Public and Community Health from Worcester State University. In addition to her full time work, Lindsey is an Associate Board Member on the City of Worcester\u2019s Commission on Disability, where she advocates for equal and accessible options for transportation, health care, recreation, etc. to meet the needs of citizens with any form of disability. Having been born and raised in Worcester, MA, Lindsey has seen the various challenges the city has faced throughout the years, including the public health crisis created by the increase in substance abuse. This trend and the lack of quality facilities in the area to adequately deal with the crisis were the impetus behind Lindsey seeking employment at Washburn House. As the third employee of the company, Lindsey has been involved in nearly every decision and is truly passionate about meeting the needs of the community. Lindsey\u2019s greatest accomplishment at Washburn House was obtaining the company\u2019s Joint Commission Accreditation, which is the international symbol of excellence in terms of safe and high-quality healthcare services. Today, less than 20% of treatment facilities in the United States hold this accreditation. Where did you go to school, what did you major in? Worcester State University, Master of Science, Nursing \u2013 Advanced Practice in Public\/Community Health MCPHS University \u2013 Bachelor of Science, Nursing Framingham State College \u2013 Bachelor of Arts, Psychology What is your biggest achievement to date \u2014 personal or professional? Telling my personal story to a crowd of 70,000+ people at Boston\u2019s March for Science to advocate for NIH (National Institute of Health) funding What is your role at Washburn House? Director of Quality and Compliance Melanie Amir Director of Outpatient Services Melanie Amir Director of Outpatient Services Melanie Amir is the Director of the Outpatient Department at Washburn House. She has been the director of several other programs before coming to Washburn House, including Marlborough Hospital Partial Hospital Program, Motivating Youth Recovery of Community Healthlink, and Highland Grace House of Community Healthlink, at which she was the founding Program Director in 2005 and spent 10 years dedicated to serving adolescent girls with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues. While at Highland Grace House, Melanie received a Special Recognition Award from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corporations of Massachusetts for dedication and commitment to serving this population. Melanie has given substance use lectures since 1995, centering around family education, helping people understand how to navigate conversations with their family members. She\u2019s given numerous lectures regarding substance use and dual-diagnosis treatment. During her many years serving adolescents and adults with co-occurring diagnoses, Melanie has mentored and guided many of her staff members to pursue degrees and become leaders in the field of substance use treatment. She\u2019s also had the privilege of teaching and training Occupational Therapy students in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. Melanie has had special training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy and has taught classes and in-services utilizing this intervention. Since 2011, Melanie has partnered with her Service Dog, JC, to serve and assist in treatment. She received her Bachelor\u2019s degree in Social Welfare from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her Master\u2019s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Washburn House is an exciting place to work, and Melanie is looking forward to continuing to serve this population in the Outpatient Department. MelanieKristen Tripp, LMHC Director of Clinical Operations Kristen joined the Washburn House team in 2020 as the Director of Clinical Operations. Her career background has focused on leading behavioral health organizations to strengthen their clinical programs through innovative thinking, quality assurance, customer service and operations management. Through her experience she brings diverse knowledge and interests to the Washburn team to enhance quality, align strategic objectives and clinical results. One thing she hopes clients and families know about Washburn House is that you can find hope here through the caring staff and treatment experience we have to offer.