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.
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.
Are you seeking recovery or in recovery from alcohol or substance use? Are you trying to overcome mental health challenges or other life challenges? If so, you may access peer support services from Greater Portland Health. Our Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialists (CIPSS) are people in recovery who have become familiar with a variety of recovery resources in the Greater Portland area. You may access our CIPSS and our peer support services through one-on-one individual support, or in peer support groups. You may meet in one of our locations or out in the community.
Tom is a person of 36 years continuous, long-term recovery. He suffered from heroin and alcohol addiction substance use disorders. As a Peer Support Coordinator/Recovery Coach, Tom uses his skills in motivational interviewing techniques to meet patients where they are in struggling with addiction disorders. He helps develop patients to center on their goals, leading to successful changes in daily living behaviors and better engagement in the recovery process.
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 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.
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.
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 use disorder treatment (including medication-assisted treatment), chronic disease management, and women's reproductive health (including procedures such as contraceptive device placement and colposcopy).
Diana Lapp, MD, Clinical Director at 180 Park Avenue
A board-certified family physician, Diana attended medical school at Howard University and completed her residency training in Oak Park, Illinois. Diana provides clinical leadership at the 180 Park Avenue health center. She is excited to join the team and provide care from birth to end-of-life.
Lindsay Tremblay, MS, FNP
Lindsay received an MS in Nursing with a concentration as Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University. Her recent professional experience includes working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Sacopee Valley Health Center. Here, her role included working in Primary care as well as Urgent Care assisting walk-in patients with acute concerns. She feels privileged to be working at Greater Portland Health in Primary Care for all ages from birth to end of life.
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.
Heather Roberts, LCSW/LADC, Social Work Supervisor
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.