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Julie Herrick, MSW, LCSW – Executive Director
Julie Herrick, MSW, LCSW and Executive Director of Oceanside Community Services, LLP, graduated in 2003 from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. She worked at Sweetser Children services for five years in various positions such as Youth and Family Counselor, Educational Technician III and Substitute Teacher learning various crisis intervention strategies and Special Educations techniques.
Julie’s interest in Social work and counseling continued to grow and in 2004 she was accepted at the University of New England’s School of Social Work. After graduating with her Master’s Degree, she obtained a clinical position with Sweetser’s Residential Staff Intensive and In-Home services programs. Her primary focus was working with adolescent males who had problematic sexualized behaviors, as well as other emotional and behavioral issues. She made therapeutic gains by using cognitive, behavioral and solution focused treatment modalities. Julie also provided clinical services through the 65M program, designed to support children and their family in their home environment and became fluent in Multisystemic Family Therapy [MST].
Julie joined the Support Solution Mental Health Clinic in 2007 as an outpatient Clinician. This transition allowed Julie to continue to provide therapeutic support and counseling to individuals and families, also learning and specializing in working with individuals dually diagnosed with mental health and intellectual disabilities. She continued to train and specialize by working with individuals with sexualized behaviors. Julie has clinical experiences working with trauma victims as well.
Julie is also a Behavioral Health and Children and Youth Services surveyor for CARF – Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. CARF focus is on ensuring companies meet the needs for quality services providing to their communities. She travels throughout the U.S. surveying companies to ensure conformance to the standards while offering consultation for companies who are attempting to complete CARFs accreditation process. For more information on CARF visit http://www.carf.org
Julie believes in Social justice and equality. As a Clinical Social Worker, Julie recognizes the need to provide exceptional services through evidenced-based practices to individuals and their family and actively collaborate with other service providers to enhance the quality and the delivery of services.
She and her colleagues are pleased to be serving the local community of Maine and promoting the well-being of the individuals and families served by supporting, integrating and collaborating with children and families.
Jonathan Negoescu, MSW, LCSW – Clinical Director
Oceanside Community Service’s Clinical Director is Jonathan Negoescu, MSW, LCSW. Jonathan moved to Maine in 2000 after leaving North Carolina with business experience in Medical Practice Administration. Jonathan continued to function as a Medical Practice Administrator for the Maine Centers for Endocrinology and Diabetes; the Maine Health Care System.
Jonathan’s continued interest in social work directed his focus to apply to, and be accepted by, the University of New England’s School of Social Work. After graduating with his Master’s Degree, he obtained a supervisory and clinical position with Sweetser’s Residential Staff Intensive programs. His primary focus was working with adolescent males who had sexually problematic behaviors, as well as those with various behavioral issues. Then, he moved and set his goals on developing an outpatient mental health clinic for a non-profit agency Support Solutions, Inc. While there, he continued working with an array of mental health issues and continued his specialty working on addressing sexual issues, developing harm reduction strategies and trauma recovery. While doing this, he also developed his craft by learning and working with individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities, Aspergers and Autism.
Jonathan then moved from working with established mental health agencies and decided, with his partner, to develop their own agency and named it Oceanside Community Services, LLP. During the time developing the clinic, Jonathan completed his training and is currently a surveyor for CARF – Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. He also travels throughout the U.S. surveying companies to ensure conformance to the standards and offers consultation for companies who are attempting to complete CARFs accreditation process. To learn more about CARF, please visit their website at http://www.carf.org
As a Clinical Social Worker, Jonathan Negoescu realizes the importance of communication, collaborative practice and community involvement and hopes his experiences will allow him to serve as a leader in the mental health community. He and his colleagues are pleased to be serving the local community of Maine and promoting the well-being of the individuals and families served by supporting, integrating and collaborating with children and families.
Rebecca Baker, MSW, LCSW
In 2012, Becca graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography. In the three years that followed, Becca worked in multiple school-based roles, including 2 years of service with AmeriCorps, working with at risk and gang impacted youth in San Diego County, California. Becca’s work with youth and families led her to following a path in the field of social work.
In 2015, Becca moved from California to Maine to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of New England. While attending UNE, Becca gained working experiences in various settings. Becca’s first year graduate internship was with Listen Up!, a music-based community day program designed to support adults with intellectual disabilities in meeting personal and therapeutic goals. Following this internship, Becca became certified as a Direct Support Specialist (DSP), and continued to work in the day program setting at Creative Trails in Portland, supporting individuals in developing daily living skills and autonomy through creative endeavors and community involvement. Becca’s 2nd year internship was with the Biddeford Public School Department, working as a school based social worker in the alternative high school program, Alternative Pathways Classroom (APC). It was during this internship that Becca first became connected to Oceanside Community Services, LLP, while co facilitating a student group with Oceanside’s Executive Director, Julie Herrick.
While attending the University of New England, Becca earned a certificate in Creative Arts and Social Justice. Becca has an interest and passion for incorporating creative arts in the therapeutic process, and has developed and facilitated ‘Arts & Wellness’ groups in various settings including Listen up!, Biddeford’s Alternative Pathways Classroom, Harpswell Coastal Academy and the Cumberland County Jail.
Following graduation from UNE in 2017, Becca accepted a position as a Day Treatment Clinician with Connections For Kids. Becca spent one year working in the day treatment setting in Fairfield, Maine, before accepting a position as a full time Clinician with Oceanside in the summer of 2018. Becca values creative and person centered approaches to therapy, and practices Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Interpersonal approaches.
Ericka Dubois, MSW, LCSW, LADC – Clinical Coordinator
Ericka has been employed at Oceanside Community Services as a per diem clinician since 2012. As a whole, Ericka has worked in the social service field for the past twelve years. Ericka has had her clinical licensure with the State of Maine since 2013. Her previous experience has included working with Sexual Assault Services in Southern Maine as a victim’s advocate; working within the Child and Family Bureau of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and working as a psychiatric clinician at Southern Maine Healthcare. Currently, Ericka is working towards her licensure in substance abuse as a LADC in order to better serve the needs of clients with co-occurring issues.
Ericka is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine. During her years as a student, she was able to obtain very meaningful internship opportunities. Ericka spent a year working as a clinician at a residential facility for adolescent boys. This experience provided her with a strong foundation for working with behaviorally challenged children. In addition, she also spent a year working on Southern Maine Healthcare’s Mental Health Unit working with individuals with high psychiatric needs. This experience strengthened her clinical skills by working with often time’s marginalized populations.
Ericka utilizes a strengths based approach to therapy due to her belief that all people have strengths within themselves that can be used to help them improve their lives and to recognize the value they bring to the world. During her time at Oceanside Community Services, Ericka has engaged in individual, family and marriage therapy. She is trained in Trauma Focused CBT, DBT and is committed in her pursuit of offering her clients a safe and supportive environment here at Oceanside Community Services.
Tia Robertson, LMSW-cc – Clinician
In 2014, Tia graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies. Following graduation, Tia worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as an Adult Protective Services Specialist, investigating allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults in the State of Oklahoma.
In 2017, Tia began pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake University. During her first-year graduate internship, Tia worked side-by-side with two different agencies. This included COPE INC., an intensive outpatient substance use program designed for individuals of color. In addition, Tia was also working with the Education and Outreach section of Planned Parenthood Great Plains- providing trauma informed and consent driven sex education to children, teens, and their guardians.
In 2019, Tia relocated to the State of Maine and began working for Preble Street, a Portland based agency dedicated to providing low-barrier and trauma informed emergency shelter for individuals currently experiencing homelessness. Seeking to begin her journey to clinical licensure, Tia began working as an Adult and Child Case-Manager for Gateway Community Services and received her MHRT/c from the State of Maine. While at Gateway, Tia worked with immigrant and refugee families to secure resources, social supports, medical care, and housing. During her second Master’s level internship, Tia remained at Gateway Community Services and began seeing clients as an Outpatient Therapist.
After graduating with her Master’s in Social Work in 2020, Tia returned to Preble Street to provide casework services at the Emergency Shelter, designated for members of the homeless community who had been diagnosed with COVID-19. During this time, Tia obtained her LMSW-cc from the Maine State Board of Social Work and accepted a position at Oceanside as an Outpatient Therapist.
As an LMSW-cc, Tia is licensed to provide clinical services to all Oceanside Clientele, while also obtaining additional support through regular supervision with the Oceanside Clinical team. Tia values Strength Based solutions, Trauma Informed CBT, Narrative Therapy, and Creative Expression. Tia is committed to fostering an environment where individuals feel safe and supported while engaging in services here at Oceanside Community Services.
Yvonne DeCory, MD – Medical Director
Dr. DeCory graduated with her BS in Biology from New Mexico State University and received her Medical Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Maine Medical Center, along with a Fellowship in Pediatric Psychiatry. Dr. DeCory is Board Certified in Psychiatry and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. DeCory has worked as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at MMC. She has experience working in residential settings at Spurwink and Opportunity Farm for Girls and Boys. She has also worked on MST / HCT / Children’s ACT Teams.
Jennifer O’Connor, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Hannah Kimball, ext 306 (In regards to Psychiatric Medication Management Referrals, Schedule Appointments, Requests for Consultations)
James Harrison, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist – Consultant
In 2015, Dr. Jim Harrison ended his work in Texas and decided on transitioning to Maine and accepted a position with Oceanside Community Services. Dr. Harrison graduated with his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas, after an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. He completed an internship in Child Psychology at the Child Study Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. A fellowship focusing on adult and child neuropsychology was completed at a consortium associated with the University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas.
Dr. Harrison was the founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Psychological Development and the Applied Psychology Group of Texoma, both are regional treatment and assessment center providing services to children and adults across North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. He served as the Director of Neuropsychology at the Austin Center for Therapy and Assessment, prior to his move to Maine. He has over 20 years of experience providing psychological and neuropsychological assessments for children and adults, with expertise in evaluating autism, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as other neurological diseases affecting brain functioning. In addition, he has expertise is evaluation and treatment of psychological trauma, as well as the forensic evaluation of children’s outcries in child abuse cases.
He has provided inpatient consultations at various acute care, rehabilitation, and psychiatric hospitals, as well as providing services under contracts with the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the Veteran’s Administration, Mental Health Mental Retardation programs, Juvenile Probation departments, and Juvenile Detention Centers. He has served as a court appointed expert in hundreds of cases in both civil and criminal trials.
Dr. Harrison has provided seminars and workshops on such topics as the neuropsychological evaluation of autism and dementia, forensically sensitive child psychotherapy, cognitive rehabilitation with ADHD and traumatic brain injury patients, developmental evaluation of preschool children, and the neuropsychological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. He has provided supervision to psychology students, interns, and post-doctoral psychologists, including serving as the Training Director of an APPIC approved internship program, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.
Dr. Jim is a distinguished professional who has dedicated many years in service to others. Oceanside Community Service is excited to have Dr. Jim join our clinical team and offer new clinical services specific to neuropsychological and psychological evaluations.
Ashley Besemer, Psy D, Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist-Neuropsychology Department Head
Ashley Besemer, PsyD graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in psychology. She received a Master in Arts degree in Child Development from Tufts University. She completed her doctoral work at William James College where she specialized in neuropsychology. During this time, she trained at Boston Public Schools, Butler Hospital, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas. After graduating with her Doctorate in Psychology, she completed her post-doctoral training in neuropsychology at Oceanside Community Services.
Dr. Besemer is the head of the Neuropsychology Department. She specializes in evaluating individuals across the lifespan. Her areas of expertise are numerous and include trauma, DHHS involvement, intellectual disabilities, dementia, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, personality disorders, attachment disorders, Autism, and mental health disruptions. She excels at evaluating individuals with complex presentations.
Leah Baer, Psy D, Licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Baer pursued her undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1999. After working in the research field for a few years following her graduation, she started her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology at Baylor University in Texas. As a part of her doctoral education, she gained hands-on experience in psychotherapy through practicum placements in various settings including a community mental health center, a college counseling center, and an elementary school. She also gained experience in psychological assessment through the doctoral program’s evaluation and assessment clinic. She was particularly drawn to the assessment realm in the field of psychology and, upon completion of her doctoral degree and pre-doctoral internship at the White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2006, Dr. Baer accepted a postdoctoral training position at Psychodiagnostic Services of Southern Maine, a small private practice that specialized in conducting psychological evaluations for children and adults. She remained on staff at Psychodiagnostic Services of Southern Maine (acquired by LifeStance Health in 2020) as a clinical psychologist conducting psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults for 15 years. She joined the team at Oceanside Community Services in September of 2021, excited to continue providing psychological assessment services in a small multidisciplinary private practice setting.
Brian Herrick, Ext 300 (In regards to scheduled appointments, Neuropsychological Referrals, Schedule Appointments, Requests
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for Evaluation Reports
Cadyn DiGiovanni- Psychometrician
Cassie Trask- Psychometrician
Lorie Garrison- Psychometrician
Jack White- BHP/Office Coordinator
Jack White joined Oceanside Community Services as Office Coordinator in 2012. He has 15 years of experience working in the mental health field previously serving at Sweetser Children Services. While there, he worked as a Youth and Family Counselor [YFC]; Behavioral Health Professional [BHP] and worked with the High Fidelity Wrap-Around Programs. He also worked at Saco River Health for 2 years as a Behavioral Health Professional and continues to work in that capacity with Bridges of Maine doing In-Home Services working with a variety of clients who have behavioral and emotional issues.
Jack has taken on many challenges during his career in the Social Services field. His training has been extensive working with populations from ages 5-19 who have a variety of mental health needs. He continues to do training’s through Bridges of Maine on a monthly basis remaining current with new information as it applies to his work.
Jack’s responsibilities at Oceanside are varied. As Office Coordinator, he is responsible for keeping client records up to date, audits and reviews, ordering supplies, following up on new referrals and ensuring the ongoing ease in flow for all office administration functioning. We are fortunate to have Jack working with our team!
Billing & Collections
571-9923, ext 310 (In regards to Billing & Collections)