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Panelists of Family Dynamics in Addiction Treatment, Baltimore, MD

Additional panelists to be announced.

Kristine M. Hitchens, Ph.D, LCSW-C, LCADC, CCDC

Kristine M. Hitchens, Ph.D, LCSW-C, LCADC, CCDC, is the Director of Family Programs at the Father Martin’s Ashley treatment center in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Dr. Hitchens received a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Psychology from Wesley College, and then a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Widener University. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College. As a Clinical Social Worker, Kristine has had the honor of working with families and individuals in a variety of settings and on a variety of concerns. She has developed and facilitated a number of specialized programs, presented at national conferences, worked as an adjunct professor and volunteered with domestic violence and juvenile justice programs. Since 1999, her main focus has been working with the patient, community and family populations of Maryland’s leading inpatient drug, alcohol and co-occurring disorder treatment center where she oversees all family and children’s programming and supervises a talented group of clinicians and volunteers.

Joseph A. Troncale, MD  FASAM
Medical Director, Retreat of Lancaster

Dr. Troncale is a graduate of the University of Alabama and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He has been practicing medicine since 1982. He has served as the residency director at the University of Alabama Birmingham and also Reading Hospital and Medical Center and St. Joseph's Hospital in Reading. He was a full time faculty member at Jefferson Medical College, and for the past 20 years has been affiliated with Lancaster General Hospital in a number of roles with Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Occupational Medicine. He was the medical director of the Susquehanna Addiction Unit and the Caron Foundation before coming to the Retreat of Lancaster as the medical director there. His interests are in family and narrative therapy in the treatment of addiction. He was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010. He lives in New Holland, PA with his wife of 38 years, Lisa, who is a social worker in the field of adoption.

Melanie Storrusten, LCSW
Director, Foundations Atlanta at Midtown
 
Melanie serves as the Director of Foundations Atlanta at Midtown, having joined the team in early 2014. Storrusten earned her undergraduate degree from Valdosta State University, where she also completed her graduate research focused on the need for drug courts in rural southern Georgia. While still an undergrad, she took a non-clinical job in the treatment field that influenced her future career. When she moved on, she realized she missed that aspect of her work and sought out a return to the field of addiction treatment. Prior to coming to Foundations Recovery Network, Melanie was the executive director of Breakthru House, a non-profit residential addiction treatment program for homeless women.
 
Courtney Wunderlich, LCSW-C
Social Worker at Silver Oak Academy
 

Courtney has 14 years of substance abuse experience in outpatient setting with adults and adolescents. 4 years of substance abuse experience with high risk high school age males in residential setting. Certified MI and EPICS trainer. Trained in numerous EBP practices including Cognitive Behavioral substance abuse through the University of Cincinnati, Thinking for a Change and many others.