Dr. Garry Del Conte, Psy. D.
Clinical Director & Co-Founder
Dr. Del Conte is Clinical Director 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 he 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. As Clinical Director, Dr. Del Conte oversees the treatment of every Daybreak patient and leads the program’s DBT consultation group which ensures continuous training and adherence to evidenced based therapies. Believing that effective compassionate care must be both evidenced based and data driven he also directs 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.
Tina C. Mills, MSW
Administrator & Co-Founder
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.
She 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 was just as active in high school and college, garnering a National Cheerleading Championship Award, serving as president and the Graduate Counselor of her sorority; and leading her dance team and both captain and choreographer. As a graduate assistant at The University of Kentucky, Tina’s research resulted in the published papers “Out of School vs. In School Suspensions” and “End of Life Decisions From An Ethical Standpoint”.
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.
Susie Gregory, M.A.
Director of Admissions
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!
Jon Tinniswood, MA, LPC-MHSP, NCC
Jon has been the Daybreak Program Director since early 2016. Since then Jon has worked intensely with Dr Del Conte and the DBT Team on gaining the necessary steps to be a fully adherent DBT Therapist. In addition to DBT, Jon has extensive training and experience in Family Systems Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy. Jon is a Licensed Professional Counselor in both Mississippi and Tennessee, and carries MHSP status in the state of Tennessee.
Prior to Daybreak, Jon has had many varying clinical experiences leading some at Daybreak to call him the “Jack of all trades.” He has worked in the field for fifteen years in four different states (Oregon, Colorado, Mississippi, and Tennessee), treating adults and adolescents struggling with substance abuse, trauma, severe mental illness, teen pregnancy, adoption, foster care, and sex offense concerns. At Daybreak, Jon continues to earn his nickname by leading groups, doing individual therapy and even fixing the water fountain! In addition, Jon sees private practice patients after Daybreak hours.
On a personal note, Jon enjoys a variety of hobbies and interests. He is on the board of directors for two non-profits, one of which is an inner city soccer outreach where he helps coach and lead young people. He also coaches his own two sons in soccer, and has been sighted at the Germantown Athletic Club running on the treadmill or playing table tennis. Most of all, Jon enjoys going hiking with his family anywhere with trees.
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.
Emily O. Vanderpool, LPC, NCC
cONTRACT THERAPIST, CONSULTANT
Emily received her master’s degree in counseling from The University of Memphis and her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University. Emily has also completed the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis at The University of Memphis and plans to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She completed Foundational Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through the Linehan Institute. Emily provides individual and family therapy at Daybreak.
Tracie Wilks, B.S.
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.
Sarah Barnes, M.S.
Doctoral Intern, DBT SKILLS TRAINER
Sarah received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis in 2013, and her Master’s Degree in Psychology in 2015 from the same university. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Memphis where she specializes in the Child and Family Clinical Research Area. Sarah’s research interests focus on children’s peer relations, resilience, and emotion socialization and dysregulation. These research interest inform Sarah’s clinical work; she has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and their families struggling with emotion dysregulation, conflicted peer relationships, and other socioemotional difficulties.
Sarah joined the Daybreak team in September 2016 in fulfillment of requirements for her doctoral degree. She served as a primary therapist and also facilitated problem solving groups. Sarah was also heavily involved in facilitating Daybreak’s aftercare graduate group and worked as a DBT Skills Trainer. Sarah has seen firsthand how profoundly rewarding and life-changing Daybreak is, and has chosen to continue being a part of the Daybreak team despite her internship being completed in August 2017. Sarah will continue to work as a DBT Skills Trainer and help to facilitate Daybreak’s aftercare graduate group while she applies for her Pre-Doctoral Residency in Psychology.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys watching (and re-watching, and re-watching) the hit NBC comedy The Office, drinking coffee, and taking long trips to Target.
Sam Olson, M.S.
EDUCATIONAL SPECIALIST, DBT Skills Trainer
Sam received her master’s in education from The University of Memphis. She came to Daybreak in 2001 after working in special education with The Memphis City School System and with a local hospital corporation. Sam has coordinated tutoring and study skills programs, including publishing a book: “How to Study” for high school students.
Without question, the most popular staff member at Daybreak!
Madison Shepard, M.S., NCC
Patient Care Liaison, 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!
Kristina Decker, M.S.
Doctoral intern, primary therapist
Kristina earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and is pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Memphis with an emphasis in child and family research and clinical practice. Kristina’s research interests focus on understanding psychological, health-related, and sociocultural factors that shape adolescent identity development and quality of life. She is also passionate about understanding and addressing pediatric health disparities, particularly related to obesity and sleep.
Kristina joined the Daybreak team in September 2017 to fulfill requirements for her doctoral degree. She serves as a primary therapist, teaches DBT skills, and facilitates problem-solving groups. Prior to joining Daybreak, Kristina developed her passion for DBT skills while facilitating an outpatient skills group for adolescents who experience emotional overeating. Kristina also has clinical experience working with children and teens experiencing various emotional and behavioral difficulties, complex medical concerns, and autism spectrum disorder. She is excited to be apart of Daybreak’s incredible team and empower our patients to learn to solve their problems and lead a life worth living. In her spare time, Kristina enjoys practicing yoga, taking walks with her dog, and exploring Memphis (especially Escape Rooms)!