Our Key Staff
Cecily has made a career of guiding women to recovery from addiction by helping them discover the patterns and behaviors that no longer work and replace them with new, productive alternatives. Cecily has worked at Portsmouth Pavilion a residential psychiatric facilities, as a therapist working on the adolescent unit, Mercy Recovery Center as a individual and group therapist, has had a private practice and designed, implemented and managed women's programs for for 25 years. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of New England with a specialty in clinical counseling and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
She is affiliated with the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), The Maine Clinical Counselors Association and is a member of The National Institute of Mental Health. Over the last twenty years Cecily has developed relationships with her clients by creating a safe environment using experience, effective communication, compassion and humor. To find out more about Ginger's House,
Stephanie has worked with horses all of her life. She learned about the field of Therapeutic Riding while working as a riding instructor and trained with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) to receive her instructor certification. Stephanie is now a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor and recently attained her Eagala Level 2 Instructor certification. Stephanie is an advocate for the therapeutic riding field acting as a Vice President of NESAR (New England Special Activities and Resources).
She is also a committee member of the Maine State Equestrian Special Olympics program. Stephanie is a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) and is also a Certified Brain Gym, Reiki Master, and Masgutova Method MNRI Core Specialist.
Scott is an Internist and Board-Certified Addiction Medicine specialist, serving as the Medical Director for Ginger’s House. He is also recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine for his service and contributions to the field of addiction. For over 23 years, Dr Davis has provided Addiction Medicine treatment services to those suffering with drug and behavioral addictions and abuse. His expertise includes treatment and assisting into recovery in all phases of substance abuse treatment from detoxification through medically managed inpatient care.
He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine; completing his Internal Medicine residency from the University of California, Irvine. He completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from Loma Linda University. Dr. Davis served as the Inpatient Medical Director for the renowned Betty Ford Center in California, prior to moving to Maine. He employs state-of-the art addiction treatment to help clients engage into a strong recovery process.
Sea Change’s gentle, trauma-informed teaching strategies are designed to be uniquely effective for students with trauma in their background. The elements of traditional yoga are modified to facilitate mindfulness, maximize tolerance, and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s body.
Students learn tools to feel safe, empowered and resilient, both on and off the yoga mat. Yoga contributes to balance of mind and body and a sense of calm and internal balance; attributes which are an integral part of recovery at Ginger’s House!
Rachel Wells is a board-certified music therapist and clinical counselor serving Southern Maine, from Portland to Kittery. She is the founder of Southern Maine Music Therapy at Headwaters Wellness. Rachel graduated in 2006 from Anna Maria College with a Bachelor's in Music Therapy.
She became board certified in Music Therapy in 2007. Upon completing her 1200-hour internship at Shriners Burns Hospital, Rachel moved to Boone, North Carolina to pursue further education from Appalachian State University.
She graduated in 2010 with honors with a Master's of Music Therapy, a Master's of Art in Clinical Community Mental Health Counseling, and a Post-Master's Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has also completed Level I Helen Bonny Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). Rachel has a passion for working with youth and young adults on Maine's beautiful seacoast, and is an embraced member of the Ginger’s House Team.
Terry L. Jordan MSW, LCSW, has been working in the greater Portland area for over 20 years. Terry, a Maine native, obtained a BA in Psychology with a double minor in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Rhode Island where she also received the prestigious Outstanding Psychology Student Award. Working tirelessly with the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals in acute settings throughout the community, Terry is passionate about helping others live the life they were meant to realize, with full potential, meaning and independence.
In 2003, Terry received her MSW from the University of New England and has been licensed as an LCSW since 2008. Terry comes to Ginger’s House bringing a wealth of experience, knowledge of area resources, compassion, integrity and training to help young women reclaim the parts of themselves that they have lost due to trauma and addiction. Terry is a specialist in trauma using evidence-based therapies to work with clients. Terry pays special attention to the strengths of each individual, building self-esteem and self-worth so clients can embrace who they are, which empowers them to be successful, thriving and happy young women.
At Ginger’s House, we work on both PTSD and substance abuse. Our Intensive Outpatient Program uses Seeking Safety, a treatment manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse as a way to establish safety, work on the symptoms of PTSD and engage clients in the process of recovering. This differs from existing treatments in its combinations of theory, emphasis on safety, compassion, honestly and making CBT accessible and interesting to patients who may be difficult to reach. The co-facilitators work with participants in group as well as individual therapy providing a holistic approach to recovery, health and wellness.
Heather Caldwell MBA, recently returned to Maine after six years in Iowa working on her PhD in Sustainable Business Management at Maharishi University of Management. Heather brings over 25 years’ experience, in strategic planning and development with a focus in marketing and public relations, to the Ginger’s House administrative team as Director of Operations.
Heather’s breadth of business experience most recently includes start-up of an in-home senior services company employing over 60 employees, supporting a plethora of seniors throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire. She has also worked with a number of Non-profit Board of Directors facilitating annual Strategic Planning sessions. Heather has received regional and national recognition including grant awards for a variety of projects including Task Force Development and Employee Assistance Program development. Heather’s marketing and community development experience covers a wide array of industries including healthcare, not for profit, insurance, government, retail, financial, and higher education.
Heather’s PhD research of integrating deep sustainability throughout organizations parallels Ginger’s House mission of providing a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment enabling residents to develop and practice the skills necessary for quality recovery and balanced living. This Spring, Heather looks forward to facilitating self-sufficiency skills with the creation of organic vegetable and flower beds which residents will seed, grow, harvest and sell at the local farmer’s markets during the summer. Heather’s undergraduate degree project was designing, building, and residing in a tiny house; all skills that Heather is eager to share with interested Ginger’s House residents as part of their journey towards self-sufficiency. When Heather is not building tiny houses and working on organic gardening, she can be found skiing, walking on the beach, reading, playing with her dog “Buddy”, and working on her dissertation.
Kendra B. Connelly, LCSW, has more than two decades experience as a social worker and counselor in the Greater Portland community.
Before joining Ginger’s House, Kendra directed a residential facility for 18-to-24-year-old men and women who presented with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse disorder and mental illness. Kendra was the founding director of the program under Ingraham and then Opportunity Alliance and served hundreds of young people in that role over more than 12 years. In addition to individual and group counseling, the facility provided residents with life skills training as well as job development opportunities.
Previously, she worked with homeless populations in Portland, and with incarcerated youth at Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. Kendra obtained her master’s in social work from the University of New England in 2001 and her bachelor’s degree from New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University.
While not known for her cooking, she makes an awesome shepherd’s pie and has an eclectic wardrobe that never ceases to amaze. Kendra is a dedicated runner who loves a moonrise a little bit more than a sunrise. She talks to birds, and they to her. She loves live music. She is a mother, a sister, a friend, an integral part of her community and a counselor.
Ginger’s House is staffed 24/7 with an awesome Case Manager Team! Available around the clock, our case managers provide recovering residents with a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment facilitating the development and practice of the skills necessary for quality recovery and balanced living.
When visiting Ginger’s House Corporate Offices on Exchange Street in Portland, guests may catch a glimpse of the “boys” in between naps. Ziggy and Buddy love visiting with our “girls” at lunchtime while sharing smiles and pats galore!