Our Addiction Counselors and Professional Staff
THE PEOPLE BEHIND ADDICTION RECOVERY SERVICES’ PROGRAMS
Meet the ARS Addiction Counseling Staff
George Nowak, MD
George Nowak, MD is the medical director of Addiction Recovery Services. Dr. Nowak created Addiction Recovery Services to provide comprehensive and innovative treatment for individuals with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Dr. Nowak also has a private practice in affiliation with Chestnut Hill Associates in Portsmouth and Dover, NH. Previously, Dr.Nowak was employed at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and was director of the dual diagnosis unit. Dr.Nowak has over 25 years experience working in the field of addiction medicine and psychiatry.
Dr. Nowak completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University. He is board certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and is the only physician on the Seacoast with such credentials.
John Iudice, LICSW, MLADC
John Iudice is the Program Director at Addiction Recovery Services. John has worked for the last 16 years with adults and adolescents with substance use and mental health issues in a variety of settings including inpatient detox programs, residential programs, outpatient, intensive outpatient and medication-assisted treatment facilities. He has in-depth knowledge of the behavioral healthcare system and various treatment options and settings available to people.
John is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire Master of Social Work (MSW) program. He has taught courses on Treatment of Addiction and Assessment of Addiction for the UNH Substance Use Disorder Graduate Certificate Program. He also teaches advanced counseling courses for UNH’s MSW program.
John has a particular interest in decreasing the stigma of substance use disorders while improving access to various treatment options for all those impacted. He is the board president of the New Hampshire Provider’s Association and does policy advocacy work on behalf of people impacted by substance use disorders across the state.
Caitlin M. Miftari, MSW, LICSW, MLADC
Caitlin is the coordinator and lead clinician of the Portsmouth location. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her Masters in Social Work and has gained NH licensure as both a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC). She worked at Seacoast Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, NH for approximately seven years. During that time, she worked with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and spent five years providing individual and group treatment services to participants in the Rockingham County Adult Drug Court Program. Caitlin currently operates a small private practice and is able to provide individual therapy for both mental health and substance use disorders. In her work, she utilizes hope, respect, humor, empathic listening, and positive thinking. Caitlin joined the clinical staff at Addiction Recovery Services in the fall of 2016.
Crystal McKenna, MS, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, EMDR Therapist
Crystal is the coordinator of our Salem office. She began her career in Substance Abuse, providing therapy to individuals in Sober Living Facilities, Partial Hospitalization Treatment, and in Psychiatric care. Taking her experience to Florida, she gained extensive knowledge working with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders as Clinical Director, Supervisor, and Primary Therapist. With a recent move back to New England, Crystal brings her evidence-based practices, and behavioral therapy-based approaches to offer clients the most effective clinical care in Substance Abuse. Through the use of existential, person-centered, experiential, and cognitive behavioral therapy, Crystal believes that each client should be guided on a journey to find their optimal potential, meaning, and purpose in life while being supported to maintain their sobriety.
Crystal is an EMDR trained therapist, working closely with clients with trauma, PTSD, negative core beliefs, depression, anxiety, and other mental health diagnoses.
Crystal is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association, and listed on the EMDRIA website as an EMDR therapist.
Vanessa Levin, LCMHC, CYT, LMT
Vanessa is a Mental Health Counselor at Addiction Recovery Services. Graduating from Antioch New England with a Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Substance abuse and Addictions, she has worked with a wide demographic of individuals for over 15 years. She began as a member of the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Team at West Central Services in Lebanon, NH where she treated dual diagnosis’ clients with mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. Vanessa worked as an individual outpatient addictions therapist at Southeastern New Hampshire Services in Dover NH and led groups at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in eating disorders education via The Bedford Eating Disorders Center. Branching out into more holistic modalities, Vanessa became a 500-hour level T Certified Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Certified Living Foods Nutritionist, Barre and Pilates Instructor, Meditation Teacher, And Natural Resource Steward, all titles that added depth to the treatment of addictions by way of balancing physical, mental, and spiritual health. Her expertise is teaching a preliminary course on Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese elemental theory, qigong, yoga, nutrition, the biochemistry of kinesiology on addictions, and mindfulness.
Vanessa has a passion for helping people find what they are passionate about in order to establish healthy lifestyles; creating connections with family, friends, and hobbies that are stronger than the chains of addiction.
Jessica Rafferty, MA
Jessica earned her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Substance Abuse and Addictions from Antioch University. Her future goals include dual licensure in Mental Health Counseling along with Alcohol and Drug Counseling. She began her career interning, and was then employed at the Phoenix House in Burriville, Rhode Island for two years. At this residential program Jessica gained hands on experience working with at-risk adolescent males from the inner cities. During that time Jessica was running both process and coping skills groups which is where she explored her passion for person-centered approach. After completing her undergraduate degree, she entered her Masters program and completed two years of internship, before employment, at Addiction Recovery Services spending time in both the Portsmouth and Salem locations. Jessica believes in practicing self-empowerment and manifesting positivity by utilizing empathetic listening and humor. The most rewarding aspect of working at Addiction Recovery Services for Jessica is getting to be present for those who long to feel a sense of connection.
Olivia Dupell, CRSW
Alumni Engagement Coordinator
Olivia graduated with a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2012. Her passion for addiction recovery guided her to complete the recovery coach academy in January 2016. Olivia helped to stand up Safe Harbor Recovery Center and served as a dedicated volunteer between March and September 2016. She was then hired by Granite Pathways to help implement the Regional Access Point Services contract where she provided crisis management and treatment referrals to individuals calling the NH Statewide Addiction Crisis Line. During that time she earned the credentials of Certified Recovery Support Worker (CRSW). In July 2017 Olivia joined the Seacoast Public Health Network as their Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator where she deployed a “multiple intervention” approach through collaboration with regional partners and resources to develop and build strong community resiliency to address the effects of substance misuse within the region. Olivia helped launch the Governor’s NH Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative in 2018 and continues to serve on their Advisory Board. She recognizes the value of community involvement and support in one’s recovery. Olivia is thrilled to be joining the ARS team. She believes in the importance of strengthening one’s resilience in order to sustain their recovery and supports all pathways to recovery.
Jason Snook, MLADC
Jason received his master’s degree in social work at the University of New Hampshire in 2016. Since then he has worked at a variety of treatment centers including Strafford County Drug Court in Dover, New Hampshire and the Green Mountain Treatment Center in Effingham, New Hampshire. Presently, along with his work with ARSNH, he counsels at Aware Recovery Care. He is a United States Navy veteran and has traveled around the world on an aircraft carrier. In 2017 Jason received his Peer Support Specialist Certification and in 2019, he received a Master’s License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Jason is very passionate when given the chance to help others with addiction.
Marieke Kat, LICSW
Marieke has worked with Addiction Recovery Services since 2014 after getting her Master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire. She started her social work career in 2012 working with families and children with disabilities as a Respite Coordinator. She also has experience working in the substance abuse and mental health field in detox, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient levels of care. Marieke’s clinical approach includes interventions and theories of practice including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Marieke is passionate about teaching and practicing mindfulness techniques, including yoga, both for her own self-care and for the well-being of clients. She believes that a strong connection to self and finding balance in life is necessary to overcome and be strengthened by life’s challenges. Her favorite part of the job at Addiction Recovery Services is working with diverse groups of people and fostering a supportive and encouraging environment where people can feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Bonnie Simon, LICSW
Bonnie earned her Master’s degree in social work from the University of New Hampshire in 2016. She interned at Addiction Recovery Services while enrolled in the Master’s program and has been employed at the agency since graduating. Her past experience includes working in educational settings with children, adolescents, and families. She facilitated groups that discussed self-empowerment, domestic violence, the importance of community support, and substance abuse. She has experience collaborating with local community agencies and connecting individuals to supportive resources. Bonnie believes in utilizing a strengths-based approach to increase individuals’ self-worth. Observing growth among individuals throughout their treatment is what she finds most rewarding through her work at Addiction Recovery Services. She is passionate about practicing gratitude on a daily basis and living a healthy lifestyle.
Thomas Donovan, LCMHC
Tom serves as the clinical outreach manager at Addiction Recovery Services. In that role he spends half his time facilitating groups because it’s important for him to maintain providing direct services in this role. He obtained his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2013, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Franklin Pierce University in 2003. He has been a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) in New Hampshire since 2016 and in Massachusetts since 2015. Tom worked in public safety for 25 years prior to changing careers to pursue mental health counseling. His experience in public safety inspired him to move toward a field where he could support people in a different way. As a mental health counselor, Tom began his career in community mental health at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center where he learned a great deal about the mental health system. He worked as a Program Manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley with elderly clients experiencing both mental health and substance use disorders. He also worked at New Hampshire Healthy Families, a medicaid managed care organization in NH, as a substance use disorder coordinator, co-owned a private treatment center and worked in private practice. Most recently he was the clinical manager for “the Doorway”, in Concord, NH through Riverbend Community Mental Health. Tom’s expertise is in substance use disorder. His experience at “the Doorway” and New Hampshire Healthy Families gives him a unique understanding of the substance use disorder treatment and recovery system in New Hampshire. Tom describes himself as person-centered and uses his experiences and training to guide clients to find their own version of recovery within themselves. Tom is also personally moved by his work having many family members with addiction and experiencing losses as a direct result.
Contact the Team at Addiction Recovery Services.
Serving Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire
Contact our admissions line today at 978-228-5853. You may also choose to email the team at Addiction Recovery Services.