Our Team


Susie Gregory, M.A.

executive director

Susie Gregory joined Daybreak Treatment Center in 2016 as the Director of Admissions. In this role she speaks personally to and guides each family through the process of being admitted to the program. Prior to handing the child’s care off to their primary therapist, Susie completes a thorough clinical history and assessment on each child and has contact with the referral source to ensure that Daybreak is the best clinical fit for each of our student’s needs. 

Prior to joining Daybreak Susie operated a private parenting and marriage skills development and coaching program. Also, in her nearly twenty years in the mental health field she has worked with children and families for both the state and nonprofit providers in Virginia and Tennessee.

Susie holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Liberty University and a Bachelors degree from Emory & Henry College, both in her home state of Virginia. She is also a Certified Professional Life Coach. 

When not at work Susie is an enthusiastic (if not talented) golfer and always enjoys a game of Trivial Pursuit.  Most of all she treasures time with her husband and son. Oh, and she is a proud GMSD parent!


Katheryn McLendon, LCSW

Clinical SUpervisor


Karyn Bednarek, B.S.

Director of Education, associate program director  

Karyn, “Miss B” as the kids affectionately know her, has been leading the education team at Daybreak Treatment Center for nearly 21 years. She is the first contact we make with every child’s home school, determining the best way to keep our Daybreak students up to speed with their classmates in the school they will return to when their treatment is completed.

As our Associate Program Director Karyn works closely with State Licensure officials regarding compliance with safety and confidentiality obligations. She also oversees ourmedical records department.

Miss B holds her degree in Special Education from Illinois State University. She hold a special endorsement for working with children who are visually impaired and blind.  Prior to joining Daybreak she gained 8 years experience in working with children with behavioral disorders in Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi.

Since she has only called in sick to work two times in the last 21 years, Karyn makes the most of her (always scheduled in advance) time off. She and her family simply love to travel, having taken 6 cruises and gone to Disney “more times than I can even count.”


Dr. Robert Hoehn, M.D.


Dr. Hoehn earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee. Dr. Hoehn is a member of both the American and Tennessee Psychiatric Associations. He has served as Daybreak’s medical consultant since 2001.


Gaye McManus, B.S.

Patient care Coordinator

Gaye attended the University of Memphis and has worked extensively in the customer service and management field prior to coming to Daybreak in May of 2015. Her education and experience make her a perfect fit for her position as Patient Care Coordinator. Gaye’s role includes acting as program liaison, intake coordinator, and business office manager. She is often the first person the family talks to and stays involved with not only during treatment but after.

Gaye assists in building data bases for patient satisfaction and coordinates patient clinical care during their progress at Daybreak.

Gaye's two daughters have also pursued professions in the medical field. Gaye is an avid University of Memphis fan and loves to visit with her two gorgeous grandsons.


Svea Welch, M.A., LPC-MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor, Primary Therapist

Svea specializes in individual, child, and family therapy designed to enhance relationships, eliminate ineffective behaviors, and gain emotional control. She will work with you to identify patterns, behaviors, and triggers that lead to interfering actions. She will walk with you providing skills along the way to help you reach your goals and create a more fulfilling and less chaotic life. 

Svea earned her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Treatment of Addictions from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois and her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia of Missouri. Svea is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Mental Health Service Provider (MHSP) in the state of Tennessee.  During her internship training in Illinois, she studied play therapy, which she continues to incorporate in her individual, group and family sessions. Svea went on to receive Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through the Linehan Institute. 

Svea's approach is non judgmental, mindful, and meets the person where they are in their journey. This is not therapy, as usual!  

Svea enjoys spending time with her husband, twin boys and stepdaughters. She is a member of the NAACP and BGR Run Group. In her free time she enjoys running and reading with her book club members.


Tracie Wilks, B.S.

Education Specialist

Tracie is “thrilled” to be the middle school teacher at Daybreak Treatment Center!  She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Memphis in 1994 with a B.S. in Education and is certified to teach kindergarten through 8th grade.  Tracie began her teaching career 23 years ago at Crosswind Elementary and taught kindergarten four years before starting family. 

She then took 10 years off from full-time teaching to focus more on being a mom.  Tracie never left teaching completely during those 10 years, however.  She taught for a home-school program, (grades 1– 6) for first 7 years.  She also was a substitute teacher for Briarcrest Christian School and Shelby County Schools.  In 2007, Tracie returned to the classroom as a teacher assistant at Germantown Elementary. Tracie stayed with Germantown Elementary until 2015. She then transferred to Riverdale Elementary to follow her heart to work with children with special needs. Tracie stayed with Riverdale until she joined our team at Daybreak in Summer 2017.

Tracie has been married 23 years to Bryan and they have two boys, Kyle and Luke.  Kyle is 19 and a freshman in college. Luke is 16 and junior in high school.  Their family is completed by one dog (Jake) and three cats (Rudy, Stache and Bogey). Tracie and her family enjoy college football, baseball and traveling.

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Leslie Turner, M.S., NCC

Primary Therapist, DBT skills trainer





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Madison Shepard, LPC

Primary Therapist, Coordinator of Training & Research, Lead DBT Skills Trainer

Madison received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from the University of Memphis in 2013. She recently graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Memphis. Madison joined the Daybreak team in January 2017 to complete her internship requirements for her Master’s degree. She is staying on at Daybreak as a DBT Skills Trainer and Medical Liaison. She has a passion for DBT and loves being able to equip our patients with the skills they need in order to live a life worth living! Madison has clinical experience working with children and adolescents from all different backgrounds including those who have experienced trauma and those who have a wide range of emotional disorders. In her spare time, Madison enjoys cooking, babysitting, trying new restaurants around Memphis, and cheering on the Ole Miss Rebels and the Memphis Grizzlies!


Cristin Laird, M.S., LPC-MHSP, NCC

Primary therapist, Intensive outpatient program coordinator


Tina C. Mills, MSW


Tina obtained her master’s degree from The University of Kentucky and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin.   Since 1986, Tina has established partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs for several major hospital corporations within the southeast region.  Tina has also served in the capacity of Program Director, Director of Social Services, and Director of Mental Health Services for hospital corporations.  Tina combined all of her experience and her passion for children to co-found Daybreak Treatment Center in 1992.

Tina’s role at Daybreak includes overseeing the business and marketing departments with responsibilities that include: obtaining and updating all Managed Care and Insurance Company Contracts, Accounts Receivables, Referral Department, Social Work Services, assuring that the community is aware of our services and programs, and the clinical assessment process.  Tina has received Tennessee’s Outstanding Achievement Award, and is active in The Tim Tebow Foundation and The Zach Brown Foundation, both of which provide services and support to children with special needs and their families. Tina was honored to serve as an escort at the Tim Tebow Night to Shine event at Hope Church. Tina also serves on the board for Camp Southern Ground, located in Georgia, which provides a camping experience to children with special needs at no charge to their family. 

Tina is married, has two sons, and, one (much beloved) special needs dog.  She is a member of Hope Church.  Her hobbies include exercising, dancing, water skiing, and playing board games with her family and friends.


Dr. Garry Del Conte, Psy. D.

Clinical Director emeritus & Co-Founder

Dr. Del Conte is Clinical Director Emeritus and co-founder of Daybreak Treatment Center. He has practiced psychology in Tennessee since 1982, specializing in adolescent and family therapy.  He earned his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Mental Health Sciences at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia and he has completed post-graduate training in Structural Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Prolonged Exposure. He is a Linehan Board Certified DBT Clinician and regularly attends mindfulness retreats for mental health professional under the instruction of  Marsha Linehan. He is board certified in clinical psychology with The American Board of Professional Psychology and he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Professional Psychology.  Believing that effective compassionate care must be both evidenced based and data driven he provides leadership to Daybreak’s nationally recognized program of research into the outcomes, processes and application of DBT for children and adolescents in partial hospital care. His outside interests include cycling, travel  and Italian culture which he prefers to do all together whenever possible.