Staff Bios

Gary Phillips, MPA

A Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, has held senior management positions in both the private and public healthcare sectors, in acute and long term care settings. His broad scope of experience affords him a shared understanding and appreciation for the complexities of the business and the extraordinarily high expectations set by the regulatory agencies and accrediting bodies. As Managing Partner of Pinnacle Health Management, Gary’s primary roles are to provide administrative support to Pinnacle’s team of clinicians and to invest time into fostering productive partnerships with each nursing home and assisted living facility under contract; while being responsive to the needs of all.

Roger Bayog, M.D.

Dr. Bayog is a founding partner and Medical Director of Pinnacle Health Management. Dr. Bayog is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 30 years. He completed his residency training at Boston City Hospital and is a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. Presently, Dr. Bayog is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Tufts New England Medical Center, Medical Director of Norcap Lodge and the Chairman of the Department of Behavioral Medicine at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA.

Penny Ackley, MSW, LICSW

A licensed clinical social worker is a graduate of Boston College with over 20 years experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Since graduation from Boston College in 1986, Penny has simply thrived in her work as a therapist, both in facility and clinic based settings.

Kristen Barletta

An ANCC board certified Nurse Practitioner with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. A graduate of Regis College, Kristen has been an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2011 with a work history that includes psychotherapy, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders in both an outpatient and nursing home setting. She enjoys the connection with her clients, always striving to provide healing through the caring, therapeutic bond coupled with carefully considered psychopharm and behavioral interventions.

Elise Beaulieu, MSW, ACSW, LICSW

Is currently a PhD Candidate at Simmons College. Her undergraduate work was at Suffolk University with a Master’s in Social Work from Boston College. She has over 25 years of clinical social work practice experience with older adults and those with disabilities in nursing homes, housing, rest homes, and visiting nurses. In addition, she has taught full-time and lectured at a number of Massachusetts’s colleges and universities. She currently serves as the Chair of the Nursing Home Shared Interest Group for Massachusetts Chapter. She is the author of a number of published articles and A Guide for Nursing Home Social Workers, 2nd Ed. (Springer Publishing, Co, N.Y., 2012).

Maribeth Coughlin, MSW, LICSW

A licensed clinical social worker, Maribeth is a 1977 graduate of Boston College and has practiced for over twenty years in diverse clinical settings. Her main focus is in geriatric mental health where she provides psychotherapy services to those dealing with emotional, behavioral and adjustment issues. Interventions include cognitive/behavioral, solution-focused, griefwork, mind/body and spiritual therapies.

Nancy Crouse, RN, CNS

A Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with over thirty years experience in clinical and community mental health services. Nancy is also a clinical instructor at Boston College where she provides supervision, instruction and planning for her students. She embraces the diversity of her work; including acute psychiatric emergencies, cultural differences, and assistance in transition patients from the community to long-term care facilities.

Meredith Detwiler, RN, NP-C, MSN

An AANP certified Nurse Practitioner and a 2007 graduate of Regis College. Meredith’s experience includes family practice, emergency medicine, and the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions in adults and the elderly.

Marysarah Frank, MSN, APRN-BC, CS

An ANCC Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, “Meg” has over 30 years’ experience in nursing with the last 12 in the advanced practice nursing role. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Nursing. Her practice history includes 20 plus years in substance abuse nursing, 15 years in acute inpatient psychiatry at the Rogers Unit at St. Lukes Hospital, 10 years as an outpatient psychotherapist, and 6 years as an associate professor of psychiatric nursing at Bristol Community College. Meg has been working with elders since 2008 and thrives in her role as therapist and psycho-pharmacologist.

Henry Gates, D.Min

Henry Gates entered geriatric psychology when DPH first allowed mental health specialists in LTCFs in 1982, having been supervised by Jon Lieff MD, psychiatrist. We met at his Upward Bound project for Elders in the South End, and Gates pioneered expressive arts therapy with him. Gates was then licensed as a psychologist in 1987, passing the State exams with a doctorate in Psychology and Clincal Studies from ANTS, had internship as a chaplain. He has stayed full time in this work, wrote a geropsych manual, did research on Draw-a-Person,developed a field instrument, and lectured on Behavior. He’s especially pleased that Pinnacle brings the energy and commitment of the original founding organizations.

Melinda Gribko-Reyes, MSW, LICSW, LADC, LNHA

A licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience in both clinical and administrative capacities. Since graduation from Simmons College in 1999, Melinda has been engaged as an outpatient counselor, Clinical Director and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. Melinda provides counseling and clinical support to residents in need of therapeutic and/or behavioral intervention(s).

Nancy Le, RN, NP-C, MSN

An ANCC board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with over twenty years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychological disorders. Nancy is a graduate of Boston University. She has over ten years of dedicated practice experience in treating elders with psychological and/or neurological disorders.

Rosemary MacFarlane, M.S., R.N., C.S.

An ANCC certified Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing received her graduate degree from Northeastern University in 1995 and has been a practicing nurse since 1973. Rosemary has had a notable career, serving in the US Nurse Corp from 1982-1987 where she earned the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Since settling back in to a civilian career, Rosemary has devoted much of her time to her outpatient practice and her work with the elderly, both as therapist and psycho-pharmacologist.

Amanda McCloy, RN, MSN, PMHNP

An ANCC certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Amanda joined Pinnacle Health Management in the fall of 2011. Amanda has
been a registered nurse since 2004 and obtained her Master’s degree from Regis College in 2011. Her practice draws on a wealth of experience garnered from her work as a registered nurse at McLean Hospital, Department of Corrections at MCI-Walpole and as an outpatient practitioner. Amanda enjoys working with the elderly and their families, finding the experience both gratifying and rewarding.

Jeanne McCluskey, RN, MSN

An ANCC board certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the treatment and diagnosis of both neurological and psychological disorders. A graduate of Northeastern University, Jeanne has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1995 with a work history that includes acute rehab, critical care and behavioral medicine.

Edith Minkin, RN, MSN

An ANCC board certified Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the treatment and diagnosis of both neurological and psychological disorders in the elderly. A graduate of Boston University School of Nursing, Edie has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1989 with a work history that has predominately focused on elders living in long term care settings.

Nancy Perroni RN, MSN

An AANP certified family nurse practitioner is also a 2007 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston. Nancy’s professional experience includes primary care, addiction medicine, critical care nursing, and diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions in adults and the elderly.

Natalie Rosenberg, MSW, LICSW

Natalie received her undergraduate degree from Simmons College and went on to complete her MSW at Rutgers University. Since graduation in 1982, Natalie has provided psychotherapy services to individuals and families in a variety of settings with a special emphasis on working with the elderly. She is a skilled therapist and educator, working with staff to develop skills in the areas of crisis intervention and behavioral management.

Maria Salafia, M.S.N., R.N., C.S.

Maria is Board Certified by the ANCC as both a Clinical Specialist in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and as an Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her graduate studies in psychopharmacology marked the first collaborative training of Northeastern University nurse practitioners and Harvard University psychiatric residents. Having received her graduate degree from Northeastern University in 1999, Maria has been a practicing nurse since 1977. Maria’s career has included both management and clinical practice in inpatient, residential and community based settings. She has devoted much of her outpatient practice in support of the elderly, both as therapist and psycho-pharmacologist.

Ruth Soderberg, RN, MS, Ed.M., CNP, ANP-C

A certified Nurse Practitioner with extensive experience in the treatment and diagnosis of both neurological and psychological disorders. A graduate of Northeastern University, Ruth has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1994 with a work history that includes pediatrics, critical care and emergency services. Ruth works closely with each resident’s primary care physician in determining appropriate pharmacological interventions and adjunctive therapies.

Sui-wen Yang, MSS, LICSW

A licensed clinical social worker is a graduate of Simmons College with over 30 years experience in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Since graduation from Simmons College in 1973, Sui-wen joined the State’s Department of Mental Health where she worked until retirement in 2007. Later that year, Sui-wen was coaxed out of retirement and joined with Pinnacle to continue her work as a skilled and devoted therapist.

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