New England Recovery & Wellness Center

Our Team

Don’t Judge Each Day by the Harvest You Reap but by the Seeds that you Plant”
Robert Louis Stevenson
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”
Elbert Hubbard
Ryan Gagne
Executive Director
Ryan was raised in Hudson, NH by a wonderful family, and no one would have suspected that Substance Abuse Disorder would shape his life. All activities, hobbies and life ambitions fell victim to Ryan’s struggle with SUD and he cycled through many treatment centers over the years. Finally, in March of 2008 the message of Recovery stuck with him. He has since dedicated his life to sharing with others the freedom and happiness he has found through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Ryan believes completely in treating SUD by treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit. He has also gone back to school for Criminal Justice at Great Bay Community College after only having a 6th grade education. He dreamed of developing models of rehabilitation for people who are incarcerated for SUD related issues. While in school he took a job in SUD Treatment and fell in love with the work. Ryan started off by landing a role as a Case Manager, became Facility Operations Manager, and worked his way up to Chief Operating Officer (of?). Ryan also has experience being the Director of Admissions and Marketing where he established and maintained both local and national relationships with other Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. In October 2015 Ryan founded Live Free Structured Sober Living which provided highly structured supports and high levels of accountability for highly motivated residents. With the death tolls rising around New England, Ryan saw a need for a higher level of care and partnered with some like-minded folks in opening New England Recovery and Wellness in December of 2016.
Rebecca Rondeau, LICSW
Clinical Director
Rebecca Rondeau, LICSW, Clinical Director, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has provided therapeutic services to individuals with mental health and addiction challenges since 2003. Rebecca has always felt driven and committed to caring for those in need and at risk. Early in her life, she began her work by providing outreach services to at-risk youth in Boston, MA. At Clark University, where she majored in Sociology, Psychology, and Human Development, she realized her passion for work in mental health. She received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Boston College in 2004. Since then she has provided therapy services to people of all ages in settings from outpatient to residential. She cares deeply about working with families and connecting individuals to supportive systems. Her specialty is in trauma informed treatment with individuals struggling with both mental health and addiction. Rebecca enjoys teaching and training other providers, supervising new clinicians, and developing new programming. She is excited to be part the team at Avenues Recovery Center working collaboratively to help others find their path to lasting recovery. Rebecca lives in New Hampshire with her family.
Steve Powell,MD, MPH, CPE, FAPA
Medical Director
Dr. Powell is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Pursue Care, and the Chief Executive Officer for New England Medicine and Counseling Associates which provides addiction treatment across New England. Prior to this role, Dr. Powell was the Chief Medical Officer for New London Hospital, a Dartmouth affiliate, for greater than six years. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Clayton College and State University in Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies. He earned his M.D. from Mercer University School of Medicine in Georgia and his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Clinical Practice from The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He completed internships in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, a residency in Leadership Preventive Medicine, and was Chief Resident in the departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry all at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, and he is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Powell is also Board eligible in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He is also a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Powell currently works clinically as an Internist and a Psychiatrist, with a focus on Addiction Medicine. He currently holds academic appointments at Dartmouth Medical School as an Instructor in Psychiatry and as an Instructor with The Dartmouth Institute.
Kris Lang
Operations Manager
Kris Lang is the Office/Operations Manager for Avenues Recovery Extended Care. She has an associate’s degree in Accounting and Business Management. Kris has worked in the Mental Health Field for over 20 years. She assisted in the development of a Substance Use Treatment Program in the local community recently and found this to be her passion. Her goal is to use her many years of experience to help build and maintain Avenues Recovery Extended Care’s success and respect in the treatment community.
Sandra Bell, APRN, FNP
Nurse Practitioner
Matt Boyd
BHT Supervisor
Justin Reynolds
Admissions Manager
A native of western Massachusetts, Justin has worked in the substance abuse treatment field for the past three years at several different New England facilities and is also in long term Recovery himself. His extensive personal & professional experience working with people from all walks of life are part of what makes Justin so effective in dealing with our client population. An attitude of understanding, empathy, and love for those struggling with substance use, makes him an indispensable member of the RAW team. As the head of the Intake Department, Justin’s compassion can often be all the difference in setting the tone for someone taking their first steps on this path. He is a beacon of hope and a shining example of recovery for our Avenues clients entering treatment.
Traci McCarthy, LCMHC
Addictions Counselor
Traci, a seasoned addictions professional has worked with children, adolescents, families and adults in various clinical and management roles since 1988. Traci obtained a Master's in Counseling Psychology in Addictions and Substance Abuse in 1991 and has been a licensed clinical mental health professional in NH since 2001. Traci and her therapy dog, Wyatt, find their passion in helping others find their own recovery centered lives. Traci has advanced experience in dual diagnosis and trauma focused treatment. Traci is a grateful beneficiary of animal assisted treatment and seeks to find ways to supplement traditional therapies with this valuable modality.
Jennifer Houston, LICSW, MLADC
Addictions Counselor
Jennifer is a dually licensed master's level clinician. She began her career providing direct care to children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses. In her desire to expand her impact in helping others, and seeing the immense impact of addiction on New Hampshire communities, she transitioned into the addiction field 6 years ago. She worked as a direct care counselor with adults and adolescents in group and individual counseling. Recognizing the need of an underserved population, Jennifer returned to school in 2013 to obtain her graduate degree where she continued to focus on treatment of individuals struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. Jennifer utilizes a solution focused approach to help individuals identify their own strengths and use them to propel themselves into a healthier lifestyle. She takes a holistic approach with individuals, working with them to develop a better sense of self worth. Jennifer is intuitive, empathic, and focused on helping clients achieve their goals, identifying the solution that works best for them and empowering them to take their first action steps.
Margaret Sole, MS
Addictions Counselor
Margaret holds a Master of Arts Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher and is also trained as a Birth Doula as well as a Midwifery Assistant. Margaret has worked with adults with co-occurring mental health issues in residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and community-based settings over the course of her time in the field. Margaret believes that her calling in life is to support individuals in their process of self-exploration and growth through life’s many transitions and stages. She possess a dedication to hold space for, and foster a sense of empowerment, greater awareness and healing in the lives of others. Through Margaret's caring presence as a therapist, she works to create an environment of acceptance and respect in which individuals feel safe and supported to explore their personal issues; to challenge themselves to push up against previously held limitations and to gain a richer understanding of what it means to be in a healthy relationship with themselves and others."
Kristine Bailey, MSW
Addictions Counselor
Kristine Bailey holds a Master of Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services from Southern New Hampshire University. From a very young age Kristine knew that she wanted to help others. She developed experience in community mental health while working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness in New Hampshire and connecting them to area supports and services. Her involvement with social services continued as a community care coordinator in Belknap, Northern Merrimack and Southern Grafton counties providing resources such as heat and fuel, medical, dental, therapy or mental health services and services from the Doorway for substance use treatment. Her impressive resume also includes a stint at New Hampshire Hospital, the state’s psychiatric hospital, engaging with severely impaired patients who needed inpatient treatment. Kristine found her calling in helping those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. It all began with an internship opportunity years ago and she has been making a difference ever since. In her role as counselor at Avenues, she works tirelessly at forging true connection with both clients and their families. With empathy and compassion, she gains understanding of their addiction and the struggle that comes with it and finds a way to their hearts.
Kelley Whitman, MLADC
Addictions Counselor
Kelly Whitman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavior Sciences at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health and Psychology at Springfield College, Springfield, MA. She is currently licensed as a Master Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and working toward dual licensure. Kelly began her career in social work providing home based services to first time and at-risk families with children ages zero to five as well as families with young children and adolescents with behavioral and mental health diagnoses. She came to the field of addictions and mental health with the increasing awareness of the impact that these challenges have on individuals and families. Her work initially focused on outpatient services and targeted women in recovery and their families. Kelly has since worked with both men and women in both outpatient and residential settings including individuals incarcerated. In her role as counselor at Avenues, Kelly brings an empathic approach and focus on mind, body and spirit to her work in pursuit of recovery.