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About Us

Dennis Bates, CADC, LADC-I, Executive Clinical Director

Dennis has been a sitting member for the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Counselors Board of Directors for over 10 years, received the Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Healthcare’s Provider Recognition Award for “Excellence in Outcomes,” in October 2012, and NIATx Innovations in Treatment Award; 2012 Gosnold-Falmouth Hospital Collaboration and has been published in US News and World Report. 

As Executive Clinical Director, Dennis oversees each patients treatment plan and ensures they are getting the care that is appropriate for them as an individual. He is a firm believer in promoting hope in every patient and letting them know that with a little work, recovery is possible.

Courtney Carpenter, MA, Service Director

Courtney Carpenter, MA, is no stranger to management roles in substance use treatment. She was previously the Regional Director of Program Operations at Recovery Centers of America where she provided executive leadership to case management and the clinical departments for two Massachusetts locations. 

Courtney earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. She chose to apply her education to substance use treatment because while it can be challenging, for her, it is the most rewarding. 

As Service Director, Courtney oversees the operations of the facility and the delivery of quality patient care. She facilitates communication between departments within the facility as well as between outside agencies, coordinating the continuum of care. Her primary focus is ensuring patients are receiving a treatment and discharge plan that adequately addresses their individual needs and aids them in long-term recovery.

Kate Toomey, Business Development Representative

Kate Toomey, Business Development Representative, brings extensive healthcare experience and nearly three decades of Worcester-area community affairs to Sunrise Detox. She is a former art therapist and secondary education instructor, with a degree from Regis College.

Kate is a sitting member of District Attorney Early’s Opioid Task Force, and Chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee. She is currently serving her seventh two-year term as a Worcester City Councilor and is a former member of the Worcester School Committee.

Kate is an experienced, trustworthy patient and family advocate, and a reliable source of up to date information. Kate works with families, local unions, and health professionals to arrange treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol and substance use.

David Bassano, NCIP, Business Development Representative

David Bassano, NCIP, has worked in substance use treatment for the last five years in various positions including conducting interventions, sober transportation, program management, and coordinating the continuum of care based on an individual's specific needs. He holds a Bachelors in International Business from Johnson & Wales University. 

Born and raised in Massachusetts, David chose to work in substance use treatment to make a difference in peoples lives. One of his greatest strengths is communication with anyone in crisis; guiding them towards the path to recovery. 

His personal experience in recovery gives him a unique insight into addiction, and in turn a great ability to communicate with those struggling with substance use. David strives to make and develop relationships with collaborating organizations, ensuring that he is helping as many people as possible. 

Beth Sandstrom, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing

Director of Nursing, Elizabeth Sandstrom, RN, BSN, has worked in substance use treatment for over seven years including two years as a staff nurse for an inpatient detox. She earned her Associates Degree in Nursing from Mount Wachusett Community College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix and is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Walden University. 

Elizbeth focuses on to maintain a safe environment, patient advocacy and managing a conducive climate for recovery. She believes in building trust with each patient she serves and working with her colleagues as a team to maximize the chances for success in recovery.

More Than 68,000 People Have Trusted Sunrise for Drug and Alcohol Detox.

You Can Too.  Call (508) 581-5225

"I found this place on the internet and from the first phone call I was treated with dignity and respect. Derek answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable."

A. (female) detoxed in 2013

"Counselors were excellent. Friendly yet stern and professional staff."

M. (male) detoxed in 2014

"The staff here is amazing and very nice, I also really love the fact that they are all recovering addicts and alcoholics themselves. They know where you're coming from."

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