Highly Credentialed Clinical Staff
Dr. David Hendricks
A Board Certified Emergency Physician, Dr. Hendricks has an extensive record of leadership in healthcare organizations.
He served most recently as the Associate Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT where he has had the honor of being named Physician of the Year. He served formerly as the President of the medical staff at Griffin Hospital.
Dr. Hendricks believes that substance abuse is a multi-factorial disease requiring treatment by a comprehensive team from multiple disciplines. By bringing together a strong team of medical professionals, social workers, and staff, Dr. Hendricks and High Watch ensure that all guests receive the treatment and support they need to recover.
Dr. Hendricks received his degree in medicine from Ross Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, CT and his Emergency Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Gregory Boris
Assistant Medical Director
Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Boris is an award-winning physician with over twenty-two years of clinical experience.
He has served most recently as the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT since 2002. He is also an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Quinnipiac University School of Medicine where he lectures to medical students and teaches clinical medicine in the Emergency Department.
Dr. Boris believes that guests of High Watch should receive holistic care for more than just their mental health and addiction needs. He believes that their physical health is equally important in ensuring that guests are able to manage their addiction successfully.
Dr. Boris received his degree in medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health center in Bronx, NY.
Victoria Wendland, LMSW
Victoria has worked with mental health and addiction clients in both residential and outpatient settings.
She believes that meeting High Watch guests where they are at and providing a safe space for them to express themselves is tremendously beneficial to help them embark on their journey to recovery.
Victoria received her BA from the University of New Haven where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received a Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University.
Donna Hoskins, APRN
Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
A Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Specialist. Donna brings extensive management and nursing experience to the High Watch clinical team.
As a clinician, Donna’s approach is holistic. Her education in psychotherapy was Interpersonal, but as her style has developed, it has become more eclectic, including more CBT and mindfulness techniques.
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, and is a member of the American College of Nurse Practitioners, AANP, and the American Nursing Association, ANA. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatric Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Ms. Hoskins is credited with being one of the founders of Women’s Support Services in Sharon, CT, as well as, one of the developers of the Cornwall Child Center in Cornwall, CT.
Ms. Hoskins holds a BA from George Washington University and a Masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing from St. Joseph’s College, in West Hartford.
Dana Pollack, MSW, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dana Pollack is recognized for her ability to develop individualized treatment for residents based upon their strengths using an eclectic approach. Ms. Pollack is a specialist in relapse prevention using cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Helping someone to better understand themselves or move through a difficult situation in their life, is what Dana finds the most rewarding part of her work.
Ms. Pollack received her MSW in Social Work with a specialization in addictions from Fordham University and her BS from Dominican College.
Patricia Pellino, APRN
Patricia Pellino is our Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, who has brought more than 30 years of experience in nursing and mental health to High Watch Recovery Center. She joined our team in 2011.
Prior to joining High Watch Patricia was an APRN at Danbury Hospital, where she was independently responsible for managing a case load of approximately 150 patients. Also functioning as a clinician, she evaluated patients at the hospital’s Crisis Intervention Service.
Dedicated to educating and helping foster the next generation of Nurses, Ms. Pellino has been an adjunct faculty member of Mount Saint Mary College and currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Connecticut State University where she teaches the student nurses during their Mental Health Clinical rotation. She has also been the Clinical Nurse Manager of Silver Hill Hospital’s Acute Care Unit.
Ms. Pellino received a BS in Nursing from Mercy College and a MS in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Adelphi University, with extensive post-Masters work as well. She is also a member of the Zeta Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing.
Janet Prindle, LCSW
Janet is a seasoned social work professional with over 30 years’ experience working with clients spanning all age groups. She has held both clinical and administrative roles and has received four awards for outstanding performance in the social work field in the past six years.
Janet has expertise in treating individuals with co-occurring disorders. She has a strength-based approach to treatment and believes strongly in empowering individuals to take charge of their recovery. She utilizes evidence-based treatment including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Janet believes that the greatest calling in life is to be of service to others.
Janet received her BA in Psychology from Northeastern Illinois University and her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Connie Merriman, LPC
Connie has extensive experience in assisting and counseling individuals as they work through their substance abuse struggles on their way to recovery.
She has worked in both residential and outpatient settings as well as the correctional system. This experience gives Connie the ability to understand and appreciate just how different the needs of our guests can be and she focuses her work on tailoring treatment plans that meet their individual needs.
Connie is very focused on educating her peers and has presented her work on multiple occasions to the Connecticut Counseling Association conferences.
Connie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology as well as her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Patricia Carrin, LMSW
Patricia has worked as a clinician and counselor in the addiction and mental health field for over a decade.
She has worked in both detoxification and residential programs as well as with out-patient clients. Her broad experience helps her to understand that guests at High Watch have had many different life experiences and each has unique needs.
Patricia was appointed by the Governor of CT to serve two terms on the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities. During her years on the Council, Patricia focused her efforts on educating policymakers and the public about the challenges faced by those with disabilities and was an active advocate for the those individuals.
Patricia received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Smith College.
Steve Douglass, LMSW
Steven is a skilled social work professional who has practiced in a variety of clinical settings, including outpatient, detox, and in residential rehabs. Steve specializes in mental health and substance abuse and has made endeavoring to reduce the human cost of addiction a life focus since receiving his MSW from the UCONN School of Social Work.
Steven has a strong, present-centered approach to clinical interventions, rooted in evidence-based practices drawn from a number of clinically proven therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and Mindfulness-based relapse prevention.
Steven has a special interest in identifying the ways in which the principles of modern psychology and the latest research in that field often reveal pathways to healing that are closely aligned with directional guidance available through active engagement in 12-step recovery through the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Alison Rosa, LMSW
Alison has an extensive history working with adults and adolescents who struggle with substance abuse, eating disorders, and co-occurring disorders, including: bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Alison employs the most effective therapeutic modalities for her client’s specific needs.
Alison has also developed a skill for creating a safe, nonjudgmental environment. She helps individuals explore and navigate discomfort through both traditional and holistic therapies. Alison teaches skill-building while facilitating self-discovery, helping clients find meaning and purpose. Alison received her BA from Pace University in Applied Psychology and Human Relations, and she graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, with a Masters in Social Work.