Ryan Dillon, APRN
Founder of GPS
Ryan Dillon was born and raised in Branford, CT. A life long resident, he started off his career with ambitions of being a teacher. It was only by accident that Ryan stumbled into the mental health field. Ryan's mother was a psychiatric nurse and it was through her that he was offered a position as a counselor while looking for a job in college. After graduating, he yearned to get back into the mental health field. Ryan obtained two jobs as a counselor, one in a residential setting and another at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with various complex populations in an acute environment.
Wanting to provide more services, Ryan weighed his options heavily on which career path to choose for graduate school and decided to "keep nursing in the family." Ryan applied and was accepted to Yale University where he mentored by leaders in the field of psychiatry and psychiatric nursing; this includes training directly under the president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. His experience includes sites at the Institute of Living, The Village for Families and Children, and Yale Behavioral Health. Furthermore, he was nominated and chosen to be the psychiatric nursing representative for Yale to provide mental health services to children in Nicaragua. During his advanced practice training, Ryan worked as a nurse for the inpatient child psychiatry unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Following graduation, Ryan spearheaded an effort to integrate advanced practice nurses into a largely regarded private practice in Fairfield County. It was here that Ryan obtained immense on-site education where he learned about the psychiatric treatment of children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population. He has also treated many special populations including substance abuse and pregnancy. Furthermore, he held per diem attending provider privileges at St. Vincent's Medical Center, where he managed the psychiatric treatment for the hospital (including managing inpatient, consultation and liaison, and emergency psychiatry).
Most importantly, Ryan is married to his wonderful wife Sarah. He continues to call Branford home and lives there with his wife and two fish (Cheeto and Frito, with a hopeful addition of Dorito!). Furthermore, Ryan is a huge Star Wars and Disney fan. He is also fascinated by sharks and loves visiting Cape Cod. Last but not least, let's go New York Giants!