Our Support Team
Safe Landing was founded in 2015. Founder and Executive Director Richard Summers, LSW, is a licensed Social Worker and Private Case Manager in the Greater Boston Area.
By way of background, Mr. Summers has worked at some of the leading dual diagnoses treatment facilities in the country, including McLean Hospital (1986-2004) and Emerson Hospital (2004-2013). Most notably, while at McLean Hospital, Mr. Summers worked specifically as a psychiatric counselor in the Dissociative Disorder Post-Trauma unit.
Furthermore, his experience also includes management of children through adulthood, on a wide range of issues including addiction, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, altered thought process, relationship challenges and trauma.
Mr. Summers has successfully run a private behavioral coaching business for the past 12 years. His business is aimed toward working with individuals to help identify their triggers and support them as they sort through these thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Mr. Summer’s style is interactive and collaborative. Throughout his training he has found that in order to help change the self-destructive behaviors that accompany addiction and mental health, it is necessary to work on changing self-defeating attitudes.
According to Mr. Summers,
“In my years of experience, I’ve observed that one of the most effective ways to build relationships and break down the inherent wall of resistance that accompany some new clients is through activities that they find challenging and enjoyable.”
That is why at Safe Landing, Mr. Summers and his support team are dedicated to connecting with each individual to address the specific tools that are needed to live a meaningful life.
“Our clinical/therapeutic coaching style will help you come to terms with accepting where you are presently, while working together to formulate a plan of action in moving you forward.”
Karen Adler, MD
Dr. Adler is a consultant for Safe Landing, offering diagnostic consultations. She is trained in psychopharmacology (medication management) as well as a number of psychotherapies (psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, MBT and family therapy). She is also affiliated with McLean Hospital in Belmont. Dr. Adler offers a customized, thoughtful and collaborative approach to diagnosis and treatment for each individual and will coordinate with other care providers to ensure the whole person’s needs are addressed.
Eliot M. Gelwan, MD
Dr. Gelwan is a consultant for Safe Landing. He is the Associate Director, Dual-Diagnosis In-Patient unit with Emerson Hospital. Dr. Gelwan is Psychiatry & Neurology Board Certified. He graduated from Yale University of Medicine, New Haven, CT. in 1983. He has been practicing over 34 years. Among the conditions treated are; Anxiety Phobic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, Addiction. http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Eliot_Gelwan/video
BSN, RN Registered Nurse
Cyndi Gauthier is our on-site Registered Nurse. By way of background, Ms. Gauthier received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from UMass. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise derived from nearly 20 years of nursing. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer, with 9 years experience.
Ms. Gauthier has demonstrated success in empowering clients to take control of their overall health and well-being. She has 12 years’ experience dealing with dual diagnosis individuals and is effective at motivating individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles through nutrition, fitness, disease management and medication compliance, and to develop positive coping mechanisms.
Susan Barney comes to Safe Landing with over 15 year experience in the Healing Arts. Ms. Barney is a Certified Chi Gung and Meditation Associate and Instructor with the Universal Healing Tao. She has studied with Tao Masters, Mantak Chia, Marie Favorito and Sharon Smith.
More recently, Ms. Barney’s focus has been on men’s circles for empowerment, resilience and healing through meditation, movement, Chi Gung, and nutritional healing.
Simone is our Expressive Arts Teacher. She enjoys sharing time with our men here and thoroughly understands the healing power and therapeutic benefits of art.
Simone’s artwork can be found in many different homes, churches and businesses across New England. She enjoys working in many different mediums such as acrylics, watercolor, pastel, ink, clay, jewelry and more. Simone designs artwork on pumpkins for the Jack O Lantern Spectacular, held every October at Roger Williams Park Zoo. She also designs logos, t-shirts, and signs as well as creates murals and sets for community theater groups.
Simone is actively involved in sharing art in the community. She volunteers her time and talents on the board of directors at the QVCAH ART center in Southbridge and at Charlton Art Center in Charlton, MA. Simone enjoys leading art instruction at after-school programs for inner city youth through You Inc and New Hope.
Simone is the owner of a paint party business called Art by Simone. She travels to various venues and homes instructing groups on how to create a painting step by step. Those that paint along with her are able to take home a painting they are proud of.
Simone is currently teaching art to individuals with special needs through Seven Hills.
When she is not painting or creating something in her spare time, she enjoys raising chickens and ducks and taking long walks with her dogs.