Blueprint Staff

 

We believe that the culture and staff at each of our facilities can be the difference maker for every individual in our care.

Each staff member brings a combination of education, training, professional certifications and hands-on experience. Approaching recovery work from a variety of disciplines and therapeutic modalities allows our teams to create a truly comprehensive, individualized treatment plan.

Many members of our team are in recovery themselves, and are excited to share the fulfillment they have found with you. We are real people in recovery, we have been where you are, and we are excited to help each individual find long term recovery.

Each member of our team will facilitate your success, and be on your side at every turn, serving as a resource and a role model to help you live clean and sober.

Jasmine Lamontagne

Director of Outreach

What drew you to this field?

My own personal experience with addiction, like most of our staff, has brought me to this field. I was exposed to alcoholism and addiction in my early childhood. Despite my disposition, it is not the reason that I became addicted but still plays a role. I was in the depths of my full-blown addiction by freshmen year in high school and went on suffering like this for almost 16 more years. I felt truly lost and hopeless; I was alone (or so I thought). I was homeless, living in the streets and nothing eased the pain. So what drew me to this field? The unconditional love that I received from others propelled me! When I felt less than life, people were there for me. Others believed in me when I did not believe in myself. They lifted me up and loved me. Eventually I could stand on my own two feet, then I learned how to walk. Throughout this journey I have never been alone, I’ve had profuse support and abundant resources. I learned very early in recovery that we rise by lifting others. Having had that experience, I’ve come to know my purpose. With great passion I show up for those who feel hopeless, or like they will never get it. I sit with them, I connect with them, I give them a piece of who I am. I watch their souls light up as they learn to stand, and I get the honor of watching their whole being and soul come to life as they begin to walk.

What makes Blueprint Recovery Center stand out?

There is an energy, a life force to Blueprint that you can feel. I firmly believe that has been cultivated by the love and support of the staff. In my experience, Blueprint staff members are not there to tell anyone what to do or how they should be doing it. Instead they are forming genuine connections with the clients, guiding them and walking together. There is unity that casts out that feeling of alienation known in active addiction. One of my favorite journalists, Johann Hari, states “The opposite of addiction is connection”. At Blueprint those connections take place every day, whether it be peer to peer, client to staff, or staff to staff. In the midst of those connections, healing prevails!

What is most meaningful when working with your clients?

There is not one answer to this question. Simply getting to be a part of someone’s journey and share a moment of their recovery with them is remarkable. The struggles they face in treatment builds strength and character. No one fails here. We just learn what didn’t work and then we are one step closer to revealing what does work.

Steven Wayne Powell, MD, MPH, CPE, FAPA.

Medical Director

In addition to being the Medical Director of Blueprint Recovery Center, Dr. Powell is the Chief Executive Officer for New England Medicine and Counseling Associates which provider addiction treatment across New England. Prior to this role, Dr. Powell was the Chief Medical Officer for New London Hospital, a Dartmouth affiliate, for greater than six years. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Clayton College and State University in Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Integrative Studies. He earned his M.D. from Mercer University School of Medicine in Georgia and his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Clinical Practice from The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He completed internships in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, a residency in Leadership Preventive Medicine, and was Chief Resident in the departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry all at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Board eligible in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He is also a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Powell currently works clinically as an Internist and a Psychiatrist, with a focus on Addiction Medicine. He currently holds academic appointments at Dartmouth Medical School as an Instructor in Psychiatry and as an Instructor with The Dartmouth Institute.

Meredith Meng

Director of Operations

What drew you to this field?

Most little girls dream of becoming a ballerina, teacher, doctor and mother. Battling the disease of full-blown alcoholism at the age of 19 was not a part of my plan. From a homeless shelter to here, the path was laid out before me and the miracles started happening. There is nothing more powerful than one recovered person pulling a sick and suffering soul, out of the darkness of addiction and into the light of freedom. Other people in the treatment industry saw skills and talent in me that, at the time, I didn't see in myself. I was fortunate to have strong mentors that helped guide and shape me into the woman I am today. Now, I am the best version of myself. If I can pass that along to one other person, to help save and change a life, to show people their own self-respect, value and worth, then everything I went through does not go in vein. This is not just about drugs and alcohol, this is about becoming the special person that you were meant to be. It is not easy, probably the hardest thing you will ever have to do, I'm just here to hold your hand through it, and to help show you the way. "The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away." - Pablo Picasso

What Makes Blueprint Recovery Center Stand out?

Our integrity, transparency, and the genuine passion we all have to help others. Our staff combined has over 250 years of experience and we treat the individual as a whole. It doesn't matter if you are depressed and so you began using or you were using before you became depressed, we will address all of it while you are in our care.

What is most meaningful while working with your clients?

People from all walks of life with all different struggles are calling me daily. From the mother in tears because she doesn't know how to help her son, to the attorney at a well-known law firm that has just lost his job, I have a solution! What a gift to be able to listen, to be able to validate and identify with their pain? And then, to be able to confidently and honestly tell them, "There is hope, everything gets better, and this is what we need to do to move forward", THAT is powerful. A little bit of hope gives people the courage to walk in the door. For most, this seems to be the hardest part of treatment.

Jonathan Gerson

Executive Director

What drew you into this field?

As with so many individuals working in the treatment field, I got here because of my own recovery from addiction. My journey and experience are my credentials. Over the last 10 years I have worked in law, as a paralegal, becoming the department manager at a Massachusetts Law Firm. I always enjoyed the work, but I also felt as if I had hit my own personal ceiling within that profession. When Blueprint Recovery Center became a real conversation with myself and Andrew Pomerantz, I knew that my management and organizational skills, along with my recovery would work well with this project.

What makes Blueprint Recovery stand out?

I had been operating a sober living home for 2 years before Blueprint Recovery Center opened. With that involvement, I come across so many people struggling to find treatment. That is why Blueprint Recovery Center, and the mission of all Amatus Health facilities was so attractive to me – to place people into treatment, no matter what their resources are or by whom they are insured.

What is most meaningful when working with your clients?

I find that getting on the same level with the clients is the way I can most meaningfully influence them. Although I spend most of my time managing the facility, when I am able to sit down and talk to client, and let them I know, “I was once where you are”, I am able to build that transmission line that was so crucial for me when I began my journey.

Tim Heanult

Outreach Coordinator

What drew you into this position

It took me 7 years to finally become a person in long term recovery. I want to be able to walk alongside those who are struggling to get out of the cycle of addiction and be an example for them.

What makes Blueprint Recovery stand out?

I come from a large, and very close family. So, in return when I applied and was hired at Blueprint Recovery Center I wanted to make sure that it had that family aspect within its staff, and not only that but to take that aspect and carry it to our clients. Blueprint Recovery Center to me is family oriented.

What is most meaningful in your work?

Given my position, I am able to speak with families, loved ones, and those suffering on a daily basis. Working with clients allows me to get the entire realm of what is truly going on in their lives. To me being able to open myself up and hopefully make an impact for that client through my experience, which in return, allows them to relate to me, is most meaningful.

Joanne Bickford, LCMHC, MLADC

Clinical Director

What drew you into this field?

I have 30 years of personal experience working with people dealing with addiction, and over 10 years working professionally in the field of substance abuse treatment. This is a second career for me after raising my children. I chose a profession I am passionate about and makes a difference in changing the lives of people who suffer with the disease of addiction.

What makes Blueprint Recovery stand out?

I am so happy to be a part of Blueprint Recovery Center. We have a great team that works well together bringing skills and talents to all aspects of running a great program. Everyone has personal and professional experience that makes the difference in delivering the solution of recovery.

What is the most rewarding part of your work?

Watching the miracle of someone who admits and accepts the fatality of the disease of addiction and then commits to taking responsibility to heal and grow.

What it means to be an Amatus Managed Recovery Center

  • Person First Philosophy

    Our mission is to get you in the best facility that will allow you to heal and find long term recovery. Whether you enter one of our facilities or another facility, we will help everyone who contacts us find the appropriate place for them to heal.

  • National Footprint, Community Focus

    Our nationwide network of treatment centers and referral partners allows us to make an impact in multiple communities. We want every individual to thrive, and become a positive force in your community. We desire to help people and communities recover.

  • Facility and Treatment

    We are committed to providing the highest level of care, delivered in cutting-edge facilities designed to support your recovery. Every individual gets an individualized treatment plan, with the highest-level of care standards and quality.

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