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Meet the Staff

Dr. Vernon Partello, MD

Dr. Vernon Partello, MD has practiced medicine for over 2 decades. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine treating both inpatient and outpatient addiction throughout his career. He has served as the inpatient medical attending and director for the Rock County Detox Center and Rock County Jail respectively. This broad exposure to addiction has afforded him a deep understanding of the medication assisted treatment options that can be offered to patients including Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol.  He has been caring for patients with primary opiate addiction and co-addictions for the past four years. His goal is to treat patients with addiction issues with dignity, respect and concern for their health as they begin and recover from this difficult illness.

Dr. Christopher Harkin, MD

Dr. Christopher Harkin, MD has practiced medicine for 30 years and has been involved in caring for patients with addiction problems his entire career. He is board certified in both Anesthesiology and Family Medicine. For the past three years, he has been caring for patients with primary opiate addiction and other co-addictions and will become Board Certified in Addiction Medicine this year. His goal is to treat patients with addiction issues with care and compassion and help guide them into recovery. With his years of experience he is well versed in the use of Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol as medication assisted treatment tools he can offer to his patients as part of their treatment plan.  

Michael York, BSW, SAC

Michael York, SAC has been a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Wisconsin since 2009. His experience in treating patients with opiate addiction started in 2012 at Quality Addiction Management in Beloit. York was promoted to the clinic manager position at Quality Addiction Management- Beloit in 2013 and transitioned to the clinic director position when Quality Addiction Management was acquired by Acadia Healthcare in 2015. In January of 2018 York left Acadia Healthcare to pursue other goals but has decided to return to counseling as he continues to have a strong desire to work with individuals suffering from the effects of addiction. York’s goal is to facilitate a treatment environment that promotes dignity, respect, and self-determination which will allow all patients who seek treatment at ASAP to take active role in the success of their recovery.

Alyssa RN

Alyssa RN, graduated from Edgewood College with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (BSN). Nurse Alyssa began her nursing career working in Family Medicine giving her exposure to the full range of patient ages and ailments. She gained significant exposure and training in this environment to excel as the Assistant Director of Nursing and subsequent transition into her role as the Director of Medical Services for ASAP.  Nurse Alyssa is a strong patient advocate and believes in preserving human dignity, patient equality and freedom from suffering. Her goal is to break the stigma associated with opioid treatment to provide a supportive and non-judgmental environment for patients to begin their journey towards recovery and sobriety. With her impressive education and training she is comfortable with all aspects of the medication assisted treatment offered at ASAP including the use of Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Morgyn Steinbrecher, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS

Morgyn Steinbrecher, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS

Morgyn Steinbrecher, MSW, LCSW, CSAC, ICS graduated from UW-Milwaukee Graduate School of Social Work in 2011 with specialization in Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse. During her time as a dual-credentialed counselor, she has worked in numerous treatment modalities including: Inpatient, Residential, Dual-Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient, Opioid Maintenance Therapy and Outpatient Mental Health. She is specialized in the following evidence-based treatments: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Her experience is specifically geared towards an individualized approach for recovery and comprehensive training for counselors under direct supervision. Here experience has also made her invaluable to her patients who also utilize medication treatment assistance as part of their plan including Methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Andrea MSCP, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Andrea MSCP, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

Andrea completed her graduate studies earning her Master's Degree in Community Psychology and Bachelor's of Arts with concentrations in Psychology and Professional Communications from Alverno College. As a dual-credentialed counselor, she focuses on promoting personalized person centered-care, trauma informed, culturally sensitive and LGBTQiA+ affirming therapeutic environment. With the foundation that success in therapy is built upon creating a trusting collaborative approach to develop therapeutic goals, Andrea is committed to enhance the lives of those seeking support. She is well-versed with Milwaukee community resources, partners, and criminal justice system navigation to advocate for comprehensive recovery in all aspects. She utilizes techniques from multiple treatment modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Solution Focused Therapy, Multisystemic Therapy Family Integrated Transitions, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. With her specialized training and experiences in Addiction, Medication Assisted Treatment, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Sexual Abuse, Women Issues, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Loss & Grief, and Self-Esteem issues, Andrea incorporates a focused approach to promoting overall healthy well-being.

Cori MSW, CSAC

Cori MSW, CSAC

Cori completed her graduate level studies from UW-Milwaukee earning her Masters Degree in Social Work, with a specialization in Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse. During the time she also sought specialty training and received her Trauma Certification. She has extensive experience working in the AODA field, including Intensive Outpatient and Medication Assisted Treatment programs. Cori utilizes Motivational Interviewing along with other selected treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Person-Centered Therapies to help her patients achieve their goals during recovery. She feels a gentle, nonjudgmental approach is the best way to build rapport with her patients. She has developed a special skill set over the years that allows her to navigate specific frameworks, including those related to pregnancy and cultural sensitivity, within an AODA context. Cori is committed to her patients recovery and long term success with sobriety.

DawnMarie, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

DawnMarie, MS, LPC-IT, SAC-IT

DawnMarie graduated from Alverno College after completing her graduate studies with her Masters Degree in Community Psychology. While engaging in her graduate studies she obtained additional credentialing with her Trauma Certification. She has over three years of AODA experience including Intensive Outpatient and Medication Assisted Treatment, as well as experience in Outpatient Mental Health. Utilizing different therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, DawnMarie works with individuals to provide them with the coping skills and strategies to be used throughout their recovery. With a focus on veterans' issues, DawnMarie works in collaboration with staff at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration (VA) to ensure continuity of care for our vets receiving services there.

Kristin MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, CS-IT

Kristin MS, CSAC, LPC-IT, CS-IT

Kristin began her studies having received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She continued her education and graduated with her Master's degree in Community Counseling with a specialty focus earning her Addiction Counseling Certificate from Winona State University. She has years of experience working with adults with a variety of therapeutic issues including: addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment difficulties. She has worked in residential and outpatient treatment settings, working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. In addition to her broad range of work experiences during and after graduation, she has hands on working experience in Medication-Assisted Treatment utilizing a harm reduction approach. Kristin's approach to therapy utilizes evidenced-based practices, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered. She works to develop strong relationships with clients, believing the relationship is the core to successful therapeutic changes. She utilizes humor, acceptance, and compassion, to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

Taylor SAC-IT

Taylor began her studies at Gateway Technical College in 2016 earning an Associates Degree in Human Services. After graduating she began working with the geriatric population in a residential care setting. In 2019, she continued her education and graduated from Moraine Park Technical College with an Associates Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling. Taylor has worked with adults on an individual basis as well as group counseling and family addiction education programming. She utilizes both Person-Centered Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Taylor's primary focus in therapy is to provide a space that is non-judgmental. Taylor understands the stigma around addiction and is passionate about educating those around her to work towards breaking the stigma. Taylor's counseling style is centered around client autonomy, compassion, and providing recovery resources. 

Michelle MS, SAC-IT

Michelle has been involved in social service settings for over fifteen years. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Services. Michelle obtained her Substance Abuse Disorders Counselor Certificate from UW- Milwaukee and is currently obtaining her Masters in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Michelle is trained and worked as an Assault Advocate. This training provides her the skills to work with individuals suffering from addiction who also have a history of sexual trauma. Michelle uses a self-care and holistic approach focusing on the entire person- physical, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing. Michelle is experienced with Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and she is experienced with individual therapy and group facilitation. Michelle believes in the importance of self-care, art and music, and patient involvement, along with advocating for patients to find strength in their treatment and recovery. 

 


 

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