Our Devoted Staff
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.
Kerianne Kuliga MSW, LCSW
In 2008, Kerianne graduated from Albright College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Gender Studies. She spent the next two years working as a case manager, primarily focusing on obtaining appropriate funding and services for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities [ID].
Kerianne’s continued interest in social work led her to move to Maine in order to obtain her Master’s degree through the University of New England. During her time of continued studies at UNE, Kerianne continued to gain experience in a variety of positions. First, she served as a Direct Support Professional [DSP] supporting individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in their residence supporting on building skills with daily living activities and building upon independent living skills. Secondly, Kerianne served as a Domestic Violence Shelter Advocate to women and their families who had been displaced following a domestic violence incident. While there, she worked with women on connecting to services and community supports.
While in her last year of graduate school, Kerianne spent her yearlong clinical internship with Oceanside Community Services, LLP where she gained clinical experience working with individuals in therapy, assessments, diagnostics, treatment planning and case management. Upon her graduation, she earned her Master’s degree and obtained her Conditional Clinical Licensure issued by the State of Maine Board of Social Workers.
With her accomplishments and hard work, Kerianne was offered and accepted a clinical position with Oceanside Community Services serving as a full time clinician and became an integral member of the clinical team.
Ericka Dubois, LCSW
Ericka has been employed at Oceanside Community Services as a per diem clinician for the past four years. 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.
Kathryn Best LMSW-CC
Kathryn joined Oceanside Community Services as a per diem clinician in June of 2016. She obtained her Undergraduate Degree in English from the University of Maine, Orono in 2006. She earned her Master’s in Social Work in 2014 from the University of New England. She is currently working on a grant funded project called the Lunder Family Alliance through the Department of Vocational Services at Maine Medical Center to help those between the ages of 18 and 30 who are admitted into Spring Harbor Hospital find employment or enroll in school. Prior to joining DVS, Kathryn worked in the Development Office at Maine Behavioral Healthcare assisting with fundraising efforts across the organization. Prior to graduate school Kathryn worked for a wind energy company assisting with community outreach efforts, to build support for various wind projects. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys discovering new places and most anything on or near the ocean.
Yvonne DeCory MD
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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
Kristin Mikkelsen, PMHNP (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner)
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Heather Tozier, MA (Dr. DeCory’s Medical Assistant)
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Heather graduated from Southern Maine Community College in May 2016, with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting. It was through passion and determination which lead her on the path of striving to provide quality healthcare. Through years of experience of providing outstanding Customer Support, as well as assistance to those in need, Heather is dedicated to helping promote a well-balanced lifestyle, focusing on the whole well-being of an individual. Heather is interested in furthering her education in the healthcare field, as well as becoming a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) in the near future. In her spare time, Heather is a devoted wife and mother, and enjoys playing the piano and singing, as well as indulging in DIY home improvements.
Dr. James Harrison, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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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.
Cadyn DiGiovanni- Assistant
Jack White BHP/ Office coordinator
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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!
Julie Smith-Billing, Collections, Neuropsychological Referrals