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Ryan Gagne


New England

Ryan was raised in Hudson NH by a wonderful family, no one would have suspected that Substance Abuse Disorder would shape his life. All activities, hobbies and life ambitions had fell victim to Ryan’s struggle with SUD and found himself in many treatment centers over the years. Finally March of 2008 the message of Recovery stuck with him and he has dedicated his life to helping other people find the freedom and happiness they seek through recovery from drug and alcohol addiction that he has found. Ryan believes completely in treating SUD by treating the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Since then Ryan has maintained and remained extremely active in his personal Recovery. He has also gone back to school for Criminal Justice at Great Bay Community College after only having a 6th grade education. His dream was to go back into the Correctional Facilities and develop models for Rehabilitation to help the people who are incarcerated for SUD related issues get the appropriate help they need. While in school took a job in SUD Treatment and fell in love with the work. Ryan started off by landing a role as a Case Manager, then fell into a Facility Operations Manager role where he worked his way into the Chief Operating Officer. Ryan also has experience being the Director of Admissions and Marketing where he established and maintained both local and national relationships with other Substance Abuse Treatment Providers. In October 2015 Ryan founded Live Free Structured Sober Living which provided highly structured supports and high levels of accountability for highly motivated residents. After seeing a need to have a higher level of care through the deaths around New England Ryan partnered with some like-minded folks and opened New England Recovery and Wellness in December of 2016. The Journey continues…

Heather Smith, MA, LCMHC, MLADC, R-DMT


New England

Originally from Alabama, Heather moved to New Hampshire after completing her BFA in Performing Arts/Dance at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to pursue a master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University New England. Heather’s professional career began at an inpatient psychiatric hospital where she worked with all psychiatric diagnoses and diverse populations from children to adults, leading up to program coordinator for the forensic adult unit. Eventually Heather understood the path God had planned for her and doors continued to open, and she went on to becoming a clinical coordinator for a NH county drug court. She gained much experiencing working with the criminal justice population. Heather is passionate about the person-centered approach to therapy and utilizing an individual’s strengths to build an increased awareness of self, learning self-compassion, and ultimately connecting to a Higher Power.

Amaris Jones


New England

Amaris Jones is a master’s level therapist in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a passion for the recovery field that is rooted in personal and family experience. Amaris completed graduate school with a Master of Arts in Counseling and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Cowell Theological Seminary. With care and creativity, she seeks to support and empower each client toward their goals. Amaris and her husband live locally and have a heart for New England and community renewal.

Steve Ritchie


New England

Steve lives in Concord but grew up in upstate New York and Northern New Jersey. He recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Addiction. He also holds an A.S. in Addiction Counseling and is presently seeking licensure as a LADC. Steve has worked in the field of addiction for 6 years in PHP, IOP as well as non-clinical and clinical residential settings as a Recovery Coach, Resident Instructor, Group Facilitator and now as an IOP Counselor. He has been active personally in the recovery community in NH and uses his 13+ years in recovery to help others in their journey. Along with 12 Step programs, Steve shares the Red Road with Native American Wellbriety as well as both Wellness and Mindfulness practices to offer clients several mix and match opportunities and experiences in their recovery. Steve is a member NAADAC, NHADACA and the William Glasser Institute and practices Reality Therapy.

Grant Rowland


New England

Grant Rowland started his path to recovery in 2013 when he moved to New Hampshire from Georgia. He began working for New England Recovery and Wellness as a clinical assistant/QA auditor at the beginning of 2017. He is currently a full-time student at the University of New Hampshire and is working towards getting a B.A. in business studies.

Kris Lang


New England

Kris Lang is the Office Manager for New England Recovery & Wellness. She has an Associate Degree in Accounting and Business Management. Kris has worked in the Mental Health Field for over 20 years. She assisted in the development of a Substance Use Treatment Program in the local community recently and found this to be her passion. Her goal is to use her many years of experience to help build and maintain New England Recovery & Wellness’s success and respect in the treatment community.

Lee Houston


New England

Lee has a passion for helping others maximize their potential, no matter how far down the scale they have gone. He comes from a military background and served four years in the Marine Corps. He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for service above and beyond the call of duty. Upon the completion of his enlistment in the Marine Corps, Lee obtained a position as a corrections officer at the New Hampshire State Prison and graduated at the head of his class. Lee worked as a corrections officer for close to ten years and achieved the Officer Jeremy Charron Award for military excellence. All this experience has contributed to Lee being able to help others take charge of their own lives and achieve their goals. Lee is able to help people overcome even the most difficult struggles because he has been there himself. Lee became a member of a twelve step fellowship due to struggling with addiction problems his entire life. He began working a spiritual program of action and his life started to dramatically change. Lee embarked on a process of rectifying his past mistakes and has dedicated his life to helping others do the same. Lee has found that his experience with the twelve step recovery process, along with his military background, have been vital tools to empower others to combat their own struggles. Today Lee is a family man who enjoys spending time with his fiancé, his children and his soon to be step-children. He also enjoys practicing fitness, nutrition, and having fun in the outdoors!

Matt Boyd


New England

Justin Reynolds


New England

A native of western Massachusetts, Justin has worked in the substance abuse treatment field for the past three years at several different New England facilities and is also in long term Recovery himself. His extensive personal & professional experience working with people from all walks of life are part of what makes Justin so effective in dealing with our client population. An attitude of understanding, empathy, and love for those struggling with substance use, as someone who has lived it, make him an indispensable member of the RAW team. As the head of the Intake Department, Justin’s compassion can often make all the difference in setting the tone for someone taking their first steps on this path. He is a beacon of hope and a shining example of recovery that one hopes to meet when entering treatment.

Daniel Maurer


New England

Dan is our Intake Coordinator, and as such it is his role to make new clients feel welcome, supported, and hopeful as soon as they walk through our doors. Dan is also in recovery from substance use disorder and he believes that his first hand experience with the disease and its treatment is part of what makes him effective in identifying with our clients as they start their own journey. He started here at New England RAW as a Behavioral Health Technician in March 2017 before transitioning to the Intake Department full time in August. Dan emphatically states that he has never worked for a company where everybody is so diligently devoted in their efforts to help others find the freedom he has been blessed with.