Fernside Treatment Team

Meet Fernside’s Addiction Care and Support Staff

Fernside, a Signature Addiction Recovery Program, offers personalized treatment designed to meet the individual’s specific needs. In addition to regular meetings with a psychiatrist, care is provided by an experienced treatment team that includes independently licensed clinicians, nurses, and community residence counselors, all of whom have chosen to dedicate their careers to the care of people recovering from substance addiction.

Learn more about addiction treatment at Fernside. Contact us today to speak with an admissions coordinator. Call 877.203.1211.

Meet the Team

Dr. Rocco Iannucci

Rocco A. Iannucci, MD, Director

Board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Iannucci is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His clinical interests include treatment of people with severe substance use disorders and those with co-occurring mental health conditions. He has published and presented on topics such as cocaine and amphetamine use disorders and the treatment of addiction in residential programs. Learn more about Dr. Iannucci.

Robin Gay, PhD

Robin Gay, PhD, Director of Psychological Services

Dr. Gay’s clinical interests include the effects of substance use disorders on cognitive functioning and relation to treatment outcomes. Her research has been presented nationally and internationally, and she was the recipient of the New York State Psychological Association’s Sidney Orgel Award. Dr. Gay previously served in a leadership capacity in the New York State Psychological Association, as she was elected secretary and served on their foundation board.

Christina Bordom

Christina Bordom, Community Residence Counselor

Ms. Bordom has many years of experience working with patients in a variety of treatment settings. At Fernside, she strives to bring a blend of these experiences to support patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. She graduated with a diploma from Accra Polytechnic in Ghana. Ms. Bordom is certified in mental health first aid and has been trained to provide support to patients experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.

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Cheryl Cronin, MA, MBA, Business Manager

Ms. Cronin received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Smith College, a master’s degree in social ethics from Boston University, and an MBA summa cum laude from Babson College, where she was also valedictorian. In 2007, Ms. Cronin became Fernside’s business manager. In this role, she assists patients and staff with the day-to-day of the program’s operations. Ms. Cronin also leads a multidisciplinary, cross-departmental team that is developing a digital app to help people with mood and substance use disorders.

Marjorie Earle

Marjorie Earle, RN, Staff Nurse

Ms. Earle has been in the field of nursing for over 20 years and joined the Fernside team in 2017. While at Fernside, she has developed and led groups on important health-related topics, such as treatment of tobacco use disorder and preventable diseases. She also leads groups on self-forgiveness and mindfulness. Ms. Earle has previous experience in diabetes care, family nursing, and dialysis.

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Joyce Fisher, Community Residence Counselor

Ms. Fisher has been working in the mental health field for 10 years, including supervising staff at other residential programs before joining Fernside. She started her career working with youths, and has since expanded her clinical focus to include people of all ages. She enjoys sharing a laugh with patients while facilitating recreational activities and group therapies.

Kenneth Gilman

Kenneth Gilman, Residential Supervisor

Mr. Gilman is an addiction recovery specialist and coach with over 20 years of experience. In 2010, he began working at Fernside, where he facilitates patient education groups as well as integrated group therapy, which addresses coexisting disorders simultaneously. Mr. Gilman also co-facilitates the family support and education group that is offered to family members of Fernside patients.

Tyler Green

Tyler Green, Community Residence Counselor

Mr. Green has been an addiction recovery counselor for more than 4 years and also works as a recovery coach. With more than 8 years of continued abstinence and experience with multiple twelve-step programs, Mr. Green has found that Narcotics Anonymous and his meditation practices have been central to his recovery journey. In his work at Fernside, his goal is to help people with substance use disorders see that they also can experience happiness and a fulfilling life.

Frannie Hartnett-Espy

Frannie Hartnett-Espy, Community Residence Counselor

Ms. Hartnett-Espy holds degrees in psychology and communications and is certified as a sober house manager. She has training in Seeking Safety, a treatment method for trauma and substance use, and has completed all course requirements for sober coaching. Her professional work experience includes working as a counselor at a therapeutic residential school for teens and developing educational programs for local students. To best serve the Fernside community, Ms. Hartnett-Espy works to expand her knowledge through continuing education focused on recovery.

Haley Hills

Haley Hills, Community Residence Counselor

Ms. Hills has worked in the field of dual diagnosis mental health treatment for nearly a decade. She joined the Fernside team as a counselor in 2014. She holds an ALB in liberal arts from Harvard University.

Jennifer Keller, BSN, RN

Jennifer Keller, BSN, RN, Nurse Manager

Ms. Keller has worked at Fernside since June of 2014. She began as a full-time staff nurse prior to her current role of nurse manager. Ms. Keller has completed training in the treatment of tobacco use and dependence and is a certified CPR trainer. She was the recipient of a Partners in Excellence individual award in 2017. In her role at Fernside, Ms. Keller facilitates groups focused on topics such as preventing addiction-related suicide, opioid overdose prevention, and other wellness concerns.

Suzanne Lyon, RN

Suzanne Lyon, RN, Staff Nurse

Ms. Lyon has worked as a behavioral health registered nurse since 2011, joining the Fernside team in 2019. At Fernside, she develops and facilitates mindfulness-based groups to help patients cultivate well-being by managing stress and building resiliency. Ms. Lyon has previous experience in maternity nursing and has conducted research in the areas of applied ecology and medical entomology.

Jan Michaud

Jan Michaud, Community Residence Counselor

Ms. Michaud began working at Fernside in 2011. She is an addiction recovery specialist and coach with more than 30 years of experience. In addition to facilitating patient education groups, Ms. Michaud also co-facilitates Fernside’s women’s group, covering female-related issues in dual-diagnosis recovery.

Ken Richeeds

Ken Richeeds, Community Residence Counselor

Mr. Richeeds completed his college education in his native country of Ghana, in West Africa, before relocating to the United States. He has also completed coursework at Mass Bay Community College. He has worked at McLean Hospital for the past five years.

Quinn Tremblay

Quinn Tremblay, Admissions Coordinator

Ms. Tremblay has been a member of the Fernside team since the program opened in 2006. In 2010, she became the admissions coordinator. In this role, she is dedicated to helping individuals struggling with addiction find the care they need. A two-time recipient of the Partners in Excellence Award, Ms. Tremblay works together with patients, families, and treatment teams to walk them through the admission process, taking care to answer questions and deliver valuable resources.

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Rasshaya E. Vargas-Acevedo, PsyD, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Addiction Psychology

Dr. Vargas-Acevedo‘s clinical interests include working with Latinx population in the United States, as well as advocacy regarding the stigma that surrounds addiction. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Emily Volpe, PsyD, LMHC

Emily Volpe, PsyD, LMHC, Case Manager

Dr. Volpe is a clinical psychologist and licensed mental health counselor specializing in the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and other mental health conditions. She provides evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals and groups through cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies. Her expertise also includes working with families and children using a resiliency and strengths-based approach.