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Greater Pathways

Comprehensive, compassionate, and respectful care for patients with substance use disorder.

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. 

Our Services

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:

  • Confidential assessment
  • Education about substance use disorders
  • Short term counseling, including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing
  • Group Counseling
  • Medication Assisted Treatment
  • Recovery groups and peer support
  • Harm reduction education and services


Contact our Substance Use Program Coordinator Kat at

(207) 874-2141 ext. 8408

or via e-mail: 

for a referral to Greater Pathways.

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 has been practicing Internal Medicine in the Portland area since 2006 and joined Greater Portland Health in 2014 as Chief Medical Officer. In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Fay-LeBlanc sees patients at 180 Park Ave, 63 Preble Street and Franklin Towers.


Behavioral and Mental Health Counselors

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.

Primary Care Providers

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).‚Äč