Chris Dorval is the Clinical Director at Ocean State Recovery Center. Chris is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and clinical consultant in the areas of addiction, trauma, and men’s health, as well as, having worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor in various levels of care in addiction treatment continuum. A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC), and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor (LCDCS), Chris graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW). Chris is an adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College in the School of Social Work, and has been a frequent guest lecturer on addiction, trauma and men’s health at Rhode Island College in the Political Science department, Nursing, and Psychology department, as well as, Brown University in both Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health. Chris is on faculty for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) in connection with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Chris has extensive training in trauma informed care, treating co-occurring trauma and addiction, and is committed to helping others in their own personal journeys in recovery. Chris has specialty training in multiple trauma-focused therapies Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
In 2018, Chris was the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award in Addictions from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. As a person in long-term recovery himself, Chris is passionate about working with those affected by addiction and trauma and has dedicated his practice to this focus. As a father, husband, son, and friend Chris believes in developing healthy family and interpersonal relationships and addressing the underlying issues driving a person’s symptoms are essential to sustained recovery.
Dr. Pollak was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, MA. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He then attended Tufts Medical School in Boston, MA where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Pollak is dually board certified in Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He does practice primary care as well in Providence, RI. He has a special interest in addiction medicine, specifically in the treatment of opiate and alcohol addictions. He provides medication-assisted treatment with medications such as Suboxone, Sublocade, and Vivitrol. He has many years of experience in prescribing these medications. He also has knowledge and is experienced in treating co-morbid psychiatric illness in addicts. Dr. Pollak takes great interest in each patient’s specific situation and will tailor his patient’s needs to what best suits them. In the near future, Dr. Pollak also wishes to expand his expertise into the realms of food and internet addictions where he has concerns in regards to individual’s mental and physical health. Because he is dually certified, Dr. Pollak will provide a comprehensive treatment plan for all patients that involve not only their addiction, and mental health, but also incorporate their physical health needs into their treatment plan.
Personally, Dr. Pollak enjoys Boston sports, music, art museums, and traveling. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
Casey Williams was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, Casey attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science. She then accepted a registered nurse position at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA working with adult and pediatric patients on a medical-surgical unit. While at this position, she became involved with the addiction medicine team and completed multiple community projects to raise awareness related to safe opioid prescribing and naltrexone administration. Simultaneously, she continued her education at Salve Regina University and obtained a Master’s degree in Nursing Science and became a certified nurse practitioner with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. After that, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Rhode Island College with a final thesis focus on opioid use disorders.
Casey is currently practicing in primary care in Providence, RI with a special interest in addiction medicine, treating opioid and alcohol use disorders. She often utilizes medication assisted treatments in the care of her patient populations. She is well versed in co-occurring psychiatric conditions that contribute to addictive disorders, as well as multi-modal treatment options. Casey is very attentive, compassionate, and thorough in utilizing a nursing basis and perspective to help create a comprehensive treatment plan for patient’s individual needs.
Sarah Baker MS, LCDP, is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional who is passionate about her work with those affected by addiction. After earning a B.S. in Psychology and Outdoor Studies and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University, she has held various roles in addiction treatment including clinician, Community Liaison, and Clinical Representative for Integrity, and was appointed to the Compliance Leadership Committee at Providence Health and Services. In addition, she recently served as Project Manager and Liaison to the Department of Health for the Covid-19 Response Training Team, developing resources for parents, educators, and children affected by the pandemic.
Sarah believes in a patient centered approach where each individual is encouraged to develop the skills necessary for self-empowerment. Her work has earned her accolades, including awards for both exceptional service and client satisfaction.
Sarah enjoys spending her time outdoors, reading, traveling with her wife or watching movies with her beagle, Kevin.
Morgan LaFrance MSW, is a recent graduate of Rhode Island College’s advanced standing program. While completing her degree in clinical social work, Morgan began developing and practicing her skills at multiple agencies including the Empowerment Factory, Thundermist Health Center and The Providence Center. These agencies offered Morgan experience working with children and adults of all ages in both individual and group settings within schools, healthcare facilities and substance use programs. While in her Master’s program, Morgan participated in the RIISOIE grant project where she expanded her knowledge and passion for working with those impacted by substance use. Additionally, Morgan has been trained in multiple modalities of substance use and mental health treatment including CBT, harm reduction, SBIRT, psychotherapy and motivational interviewing.
Morgan approaches her work with clients with a strengths-based perspective and provides support to clients through her use of empathy and empowerment.