Exceptional care from experienced professionals
Our treatment team consists of experienced clinicians including an Addiction Psychiatrist, Addiction Medicine Physicians, a Psychiatric Nurse Practioner, Licensed Addiction and Drug Counselor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Jay B Benson, MD
Dr. Benson is a board certified in Addiction Medicine and is a co-founder and the Clinical Director of Connecticut Addiction Medicine, LLC. He is fully devoted to the field of Addiction Medicine.
M. Aslam, MD
Dr. Aslam has extensive research experience having served as a co-investigator on numerous clinical trials. He has presented at several conferences and received many awards and honors in his field.
Edith Hergan, MD
During her years of practice, Dr. Hergan has served as Chief and Medical Director of Anesthesia and Preoperative Medical and Pain Management at University of Illinois Hospitals and Medical Colleges of Wisconsin.
Mary Patricia Dunbar, LCSW
Mary Patricia Dunbar, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years’ experience in the community/behavioral/ health field in Connecticut.
Jeff Epps, LMSW, LADC, CCJP
Dr. Epps is a licensed master of social work (LMSW), a licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC) and a certified criminal justice professional (CCJP).
Tim Bombard is a Family Nurse Practitioner with 37 years of healthcare experience. In 2001, Tim earned a Master in Science degree from the University of South Florida.
Dr. Manju Aggarwal, MD
Manju Aggarwal, MD has been with Connecticut Addiction Medicine for over four years working with the Manchester and Hartford communities. Dr. Aggarwal has over 40 years of experience, being Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Thomas Defanti
Dr. DeFanti believes having access to a mental health prescriber and counselor is essential for staying on the right tract. This combined with group therapy, where people with similar issues get the opportunity to share their troubles and provide each other with support, creates great potential for success.
Dr. Sujana Sunkara, MD
Dr. Sunkara is a board certified Internal Medicine physician and well trained in Addiction Medicine.
Carol Whelan, NP
Carol Whelan is a Nurse Practitioner with over 35 years of experience in healthcare. Carol is a graduate of UCONN and Yale University. She has worked extensively with underserved populations and is passionate about helping our clients achieve success.
Stephanie Thurber, MD
Dr. Stephanie Thurber is a family practice physician who has worked in primary care for 20 years. Stephanie graduated from the University of New England and completed residency at UMDNJ. She has a passion to provide health care to the indigent and underserved population. Stephanie recognizes the escalating crisis of addiction is affecting people across all age groups and socioeconomic strata. She has joined CT Addiction Medicine in order to provide a wholistic approach to recovery for those with a common struggle.
Carole Simons, LADC
Carole Simons is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, LADC, in the state of Connecticut. After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Services at UMASS Boston she went on to earn a Masters of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. She has over 30 years of clinical experience in addiction and mental health including developing and implementing a smoking cessation program for Boston Public Health and Addiction Services Methadone Maintenance Program where she was employed for over five years. She also has experience in detox’s, inpatient and outpatient programs, and federally qualified community health centers. Carole has devoted her career to working with the most vulnerable of populations. In her current role of substance abuse counselor she provides initial assessments and ongoing treatment to patients with substance use disorders as well as conducting individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Throughout her career Carole’s primary focus has been and continues to be on helping people to recover from addiction and learn to live productive meaningful lives without the use of all mind altering substances.