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Meet the Staff

Dr. Vernon Partello, MD - Milwaukee Medical Director

Dr. Vernon Partello, MD has practiced medicine for over 2 decades. He is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine with Obstetrics treating both inpatient and outpatient addiction throughout his career and consulting work. 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 - Madison Medical Director

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 Addiction Medicine, Family Medicine and Anesthesiology. For over a decade, he has cared for patients with primary opiate addiction and other co-addictions drawing from his extensive experience. 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 and can expertly advise his patients on their use as part of their personalized treatment plan.  

Michael York, BSW, SAC - Director of Clinic Operations

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, BSN - Director of Medical Services

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.

Kristin MS, CSAC, ICS, LPC - Director of Clinical Services

Kristin MS, CSAC, ICS, LPC - Director of Clinical Services

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.

Tajuan MS, MSE, CSAC, ICS, LPC-IT - Clinic Manager

Tajuan received her first Master’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2004.  Her background consists of working with a diverse culture in various human service settings. In 2014, Tajuan began her career in the Opioid Maintenance Treatment as a Substance Abuse Counselor.   In 2021, Tajuan received her second Master’s of Science in Education with a Emphasis in Professional Counseling at UW Platteville. Tajuan utilizes a variety of theoretical orientations that include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy according to the client’s individual needs. Her approach involves empathy, sincerity and non-judgment.  She works with clients from a strength-based and positive perspective. In addition to providing individual counseling, Tajuan also enjoys facilitating groups (relapse prevention and driver safety plan). 



Cori completed her graduate level studies from UW-Milwaukee earning her Master's 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 Informed Care Certification. She has extensive experience working in the AODA field, including Intensive Outpatient and MAT. Cori utilizes Motivational Interviewing along with other selected treatment modalities including CBT, 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 patient's recovery and long-term success with sobriety.

DawnMarie, MS, LPC, SAC-IT

DawnMarie, MS, LPC, SAC-IT

DawnMarie Suchorski, MS, LPC, SAC-IT graduated from Alverno College in 2017 with a Masters Degree in Community Psychology, as well as Trauma Certification. She has over five 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. 

Shawana MS, SAC-IT, LPC-IT

Shawana graduated from Concordia University after completing her Master’s Degree in Community Psychology. She has over 2 years of experience working in Medication Assisted Treatment, as well as experience in outpatient mental health. She also has extensive case management experience working with individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse disorders. She utilizes therapeutic approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy with a collaborative approach. Shawana’s counseling style utilizes compassion and acceptance to promote client autonomy and create a non-judgmental environment.


Jean brings over 30 years of experience working with people with substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders.  Jean has worked in all modalities of treatment including, inpatient treatment, residential treatment, outpatient settings, medically assisted treatment, and school settings.  Jean developed the curriculum and facilitated the first substance use disorder treatment and education program in Walworth County that provided bilingual materials and was facilitated in Spanish for affected persons and their family and concerned others. She has been instrumental in developing and facilitating family education programming to assist loved ones learning how to be supportive to people with substance use disorder.  Jean's treatment philosophy is using evidence-based techniques that include motivational interviewing, person centered therapy, and teaching skills through cognitive behavioral therapy.  Jean believes that developing rapport with people is paramount in the treatment process while providing empathy and compassion in meeting people where they are at in the stages of change.   Jean feels sincere gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside persons with substance use disorder as they are the courageous heroes in seeking help for an illness that often comes with great stigma.

Leslie SAC-IT

Leslie has a focus on working in non-profit spaces serving underserved communities.  She is a proud Alumni of AmeriCorps Volunteers In Service to America serving as a Social Emotional Learning Coordinator with Milwaukee Succeeds, under the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Leslie spearheaded the project development of HATCH (healing adversity through conversations and hope) bringing Trauma Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referral Services (T-SBIRT) into Community Building by partnering with UWM-Milwaukee and Community Advocates.  Leslie has worked for Waukesha County Health and Human Services, as a Peer Support in co-occurring Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP), as well as Substance Abuse Counselor in training at the Aspen Center, and under Project WIshope at Iris Health Clinic serving in Intensive Outpatient Services (IOP) as well as residential level of care, and one on one therapy sessions. Leslie has a focus on trauma, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, and also brings a non-judgmental style and desire to give back to the community with her own lived experience with addiction and mental health. 


Kameia completed her graduate level studies at Springfield college where she obtained a Masters in Human Services, with a concentration in Organization Management and Leadership and afterward, obtained a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Behavioral Health from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a wealth of working experience and knowledge prior to her formal education In working with those who have mental health afflictions due to her prior tenure ship with The Department of Veteran Affairs. She has worked in the mental health field for over five years, working with veterans who battled with substance abuse and mental health disorders. She also has experience working with AODA clients in residential and partial residential programs as well as working with disadvantaged youth who often are afflicted by anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Kameia has a passion for helping others realize their potential and inner strength and utilizes a compassionate, non-judgmental approach to effectively address the issues and concerns of clients. It is her belief that everyone should be afforded grace in their time of need. Some of the treatment modalities she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution -Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

Yshonda SAC-IT

Yshonda received her training in 2020 at "Life Changing Ministry Institute in Milwaukee.  After receiving her SAC-IT, she began working as Substance Abuse Counselor at a Medication Assisted Treatment facility in West Milwaukee.  Yshonda continued to expand her training working with residents at Janetta Roberson's Residential facility, Matt Talbot men's residential living and Second Century women's residential facility all on a part-time basis while continuing working full-time in MAT.  Yshonda understands the stigma around addiction and is passionate about educating those around her to work towards breaking the stigma. Yshonda's counseling style is centered around client autonomy, compassion and providing recovery resources.  Yshonda appeared as a guest several times on the Christian radio station "AM Joy 1390" to discuss on the air her Substance Abuse training that she received at "LCM", and to inform the listeners how she would like to help eliminate the drug population in the city of Milwaukee.  Yshonda future goals is to further her education in the substance abuse area.



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