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Staff

Our Team

 
 
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Dr. Garry DelConte, 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.

gdelconte@daybreaktreatment.com

 

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.

tmills@daybreaktreatment.com

 

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! 

sgregory@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Jon Tinniswood, MA, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Program director

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.

jtinnis@daybreaktreatment.com

 

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.”

kbednarek@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Dr. Robert Hoehn, M.D.

Psychiatrist

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.

gmcmanus@daybreaktreatment.com

 

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. 

swelch@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Emily O. Vanderpool, M.A., 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, group, and family therapy at Daybreak.

emilyv@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Rebecca Kamody, M.S.

Doctoral Intern & Primary Therapist

Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science from Adrian College in 2012, and began work on her Ph.D. that same year. Rebecca is currently a 5th year Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student at The University of Memphis, with a special interest in understanding how dysregulated emotions influence problematic behaviors in teens. 

She began her clinical work as a therapist in September 2013, and has been in her role as a doctoral intern at Daybreak since September 2015. During her time at Daybreak she has served as a primary therapist, group facilitator, and DBT skills trainer. 

Her dissertation involves the development of a DBT skills group for disordered eating being led at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, for which she won a research award from the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Originally from the Cleveland, OH area, Rebecca is extremely thankful for her work bringing her to Memphis, as it has allowed her the opportunity to work with the phenomenal Daybreak treatment team. This has led her to develop a passion for DBT, seeing first-hand the amazing improvements it helps teens and families to make in the Daybreak treatment program.

 

Sarah Barnes, M.S.

Doctoral Intern & Primary TherapisT

 

 

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.

solson@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Lacy Jamison

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Lacy received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from The University of Memphis in August 2015 and joined Daybreak in November 2015.

Lacy’s responsibilities at Daybreak are as varied as they are valued. She is the primary contact for parents on all issues related to medication and psychiatrist appointments.  She leads DBT skills groups where our students learn the tools to change their lives. “Miss Lacy,” as the students call her, is the go-to person for almost any question a person has (child or staff!). Additionally, Lacy assists in the daily clinical administrative operations and business office needs of the program. She has also recently implemented a recycling program at Daybreak to help the program in our goal of becoming more “green.”

Lacy also volunteers in the REACH Lab at The University of Memphis where she is investigating the role of resilience in the aftermath of trauma and/or loss among children and their families. She has presented at national and international conferences, including APA and ISTSS. Lacy has also published several articles investigating depression and resilience among survivors of intimate partner violence.

Outside of Daybreak, research, and working to be environmentally friendly, Lacy sings professionally, spends time with her beloved cats Ralph and Tiger and dog Zelda, and is an avid online gamer.

lacy@daybreaktreatment.com

 

Mary Catherine Chase, B.A.

Patient Care Liaison, DBT Skills Trainer

Mary Catherine Chase is from Memphis, TN and graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a B.A. in Sociology. 

After graduating college, she moved back to Memphis and has been with Daybreak since December 2012. Mary Catherine’s role at Daybreak keeps her in close contact with the students as she is a popular DBT skills group leader. She also provides support to the business office and admissions department. 

In her spare time, she enjoys teaching social skills to adults with autism, volunteering, and trying new recipes. 

mchase@daybreaktreatment.com