Ryan Dillon, APRN
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.
Eager 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 was 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).
Ryan and his family continue to call Branford home. He 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!
Ryan's Telehealth Link: doxy.me/ryandillon
Courtney Streeto, DNP, APRN
Courtney Streeto has been passionate about mental health and reducing the stigma surrounding it for as long as she can remember. She knew from a young age that she wanted to work in psychiatry and help others to navigate and overcome their struggles with mental health, trauma, or difficult transitions. When deciding how best to work in the field, Courtney chose to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She has long admired the caring approach of nurses, and through her education and work experience hopes to bring the soul of nursing into her prescribing.
Courtney received her doctorate in nursing from Fairfield University, where she specialized in psychiatric mental health nursing and focused her research on nonsuicidal self-injury and unconscious bias. She excels in her work with this population and is committed to advocating for compassion and understanding. While obtaining her advanced degree, Courtney worked on the acute adult psychiatric unit at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she specialized in schizophrenia, schizoaffective, bipolar, and substance use disorders. She also has experience with dementia, having worked in long-term care prior to psychiatry. Prior to being a nurse, she worked for seven years at an after-school program at a local elementary school, which piqued her interest in helping children with their mental health needs.
In practice, Courtney utilizes a trauma-informed and client-centered approach and believes that you, as the client, are the expert on yourself and your experience. She realizes that each individual has had their own challenges, and as such, a one size fits all, cookie cutter approach to psychiatry is not efficacious to quality care. Together, she believes that you can collaborate to create a unique plan that meets your needs and lifestyle. Courtney knows that it can be challenging to begin treatment and strives to make this experience as comfortable as possible. After all, you are so much more than your symptoms.
Courtney continues to live on the shoreline, where she tries to spend as much time outside as possible. She enjoys Harry Potter, traveling, and bike riding, and prides herself on being a foodie and for her vast knowledge of random trivia tidbits.
Courtney's Telehealth Link: doxy.me/courtneystreeto
Allison Hayes, APRN
Allison graduated from The University of Scranton with Bachelors of Science in Nursing and then attended Fairfield University where she graduated with her Masters of Science in Nursing. She has worked in private practice since becoming a psychiatric APRN and sees children through geriatrics. She believes that it is important to make her patients feel comfortable and heard and she strives to develop a therapeutic relationship with each patient.
Allison lives in Fairfield county with her husband and children. She enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, and reading.
Allison's Telehealth Link: doxy.me/allisonhayes
Jennifer Narcisco, LPC, ATR-BC
Jennifer Narcisco is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and artist. As a therapist, she incorporates the expressive arts with solution-focused planning and a person-centered approach. In this, she offers unique opportunities for healing and growth, with the belief that every person has the capability to create their own success.
Discovering her love for helping people as an undergraduate student, Jen knew that this field was made for her, shifted gears, and was accepted into the Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapy program at Albertus Magnus College. As a child she was always doodling, and her love for art and creativity has only grown. As an artist, Jen's enthusiasm for art therapy shows in her own works. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College in 2015 with a Master's of Arts in Therapy and has since obtained her Art Therapy board certification and Licensed Professional Counselor license. Her experience has allowed her to work with children and adults of all ages and abilities, from age 2-92 in capacities such as art therapy, group therapy and individual therapy.
Jen has worked extensively with children and adults with intellectual disabilities in home, school, program, and residential settings for over 15 years. She is passionate about creating an environment for communication, autonomy, and self expression. Prior to joining GPS, she had facilitated individual and group therapy sessions focusing on coping skills, gaining career skills, social skills, grief and loss, sensorimotor needs, and even Lego! Working with this population allowed unlimited opportunities where Jen learned how to adapt, modify, and experiment with art materials to ensure that anyone, with any ability, could participate. Jen has also collaborated with local communities, and looks forward to serving the shoreline community. She facilitated a transitional program for post-secondary students with autism at Fairfield University, co-led a lecture series and art showcase at Albertus Magnus College, and led workshops at an arts co-op in downtown Bridgeport.
Jen lives with her family in Branford, Connecticut. She enjoys reading, nature, and making art. She proudly has a 5-star island on Animal Crossing and will someday build the Lego Hogwarts castle set.
Jennifer's Telehealth Link: doxy.me/jennifernarcisco
Jessica Bainer, LCSW
Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University.
Jessica has worked with many mental health populations, including: inpatient psychiatric patients, children and adolescents, families, caregivers, Veterans and their families.