At Greater Portland Health, we're committed to helping people recognize the signs of substance use disorder and get the treatment they may need. Greater Pathways offers an effective and compassionate approach for patients struggling with alcohol, opioid, or other substance use issues.
Greater Portland Health screens patients for substance use disorder during their first visit and at annual visits to help recognize any unmet need or opportunities for further screening, counseling, and treatment. Some of services that can be provided with a referral from your primary care provider include:
Greater Pathways is open to all patients of Greater Portland Health. In addition to your primary care team, experts dedicated to helping people recover from substance use disorder are available to you.
Talk to your primary care provider or the substance use coordinator at Greater Portland Health for a referral to Greater Pathways. You will then meet with one of our licensed clinical social workers to help you determine the best pathway for you. If you determine that you would like to explore further or be referred into treatment, your clinical social worker will work with you and members of the team to create a unique plan that meets your needs.
A team of Greater Portland Health physicians, licensed clinical social workers, nurses, peer support coordinators, and medical assistants work together to coordinate substance use services.
Renee Fay-Leblanc, MD, Chief Medical Officer
A board-certified physician, Renee attended medical school at the University of Vermont and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York University. She is excited to provide vital services to the community in Portland, where she was born and raised.
Joanna Kass, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Joanna was born and raised in Maine and cherishes the local community. She completed undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Bowdoin College and obtained her advanced practice nursing degree at the University of Southern Maine. She provides psychiatric care for school-aged children, adolescents, and adults.
Heather Roberts, LCSW/LADC
Heather is a licensed clinical social worker who has specialized in substance use disorders for the past ten years. She has always had a passion for helping others and being able to aid in the process of change for those reaching out for support. Heather believes there is a strong correlation between substance use disorders and mental health and uses a variety of counseling techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address these concerns.
Zoe Wolf, LMSW-C
Zoe is a graduate of Boston University with a background in mindfulness education. She is interested in utilizing a mindful, strengths-based approach for a collaborative therapeutic process, and is excited to be working with the wonderful team and clients at GPH.
Chris Gage, MS, ARNP, Family Nurse Practitioner
Chris Gage is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He received his Master’s in Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a particular interest in family medicine, caring for the whole person, community health, and working across cultures.
Alison Gorman, MD
A board-certified family physician, Alison earned her MD at Albany (NY) Medical College and completed her training in Los Angeles. She cares for patients from birth to end-of-life, and provides chronic disease management and adolescent health.
Donna Lawlor, ANP-BC, DNP, Clinical Director of the Healthcare for the Homeless Program
Donna is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She earned her master’s in nursing from Yale University and her doctorate from New York University, College of Nursing. Donna has a keen interest in community health and working in community-based health centers.
Courtney Pladsen, FNP
After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Boston College, Courtney worked as an ER Nurse for five years, went on to get a graduate degree from Georgetown University, and became a Nurse Practitioner (NP). In 2018, she was awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship, where over the next three years she will continue to develop programs that promote health equity specifically for people who are experiencing homelessness. She currently provides medical, mental health, and substance use treatment to people who are experiencing homelessness at the 63 Preble St clinic as well as medical outreach to people who were formally homeless in the Housing First Locations across the city of Portland.
Megan Waterman, MD MPH
A board-certified family physician, Megan received her MD and MPH degrees from Boston University and completed her residency and academic fellowship training at UIC in Chicago, IL. She cares for patients of all ages, and particularly enjoys substance abuse treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), chronic disease management, and women's reproductive health (including procedures such as contraceptive device placement and colposcopy).