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Our Team

BlueSky Behavioral Health offers individualized treatment programs for mental health and addiction issues. Our supportive and licensed clinical staff can make a difference in your life. Learn how to live life well by contacting our facility today.
David Moore Ph.d

Clinical DirectorDavid Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Moore graduated with his doctorate in psychology from Lehigh University and has spent over 10 years in the role of assistant director or director of behavioral health at residential and day treatment facilities. He has expertise in a range of mental health disorders and has extensive experience with clients identified with dual diagnoses. Prior to his director positions Dr. Moore worked as a psychologist at a residential treatment facility, adjunct professor of psychology, and published work on impulse control disorders. In addition, Dr. Moore has worked as a private practice psychologist in New York and Connecticut.
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PsychiatristOreste Arcuni, M.D.

Dr. Arcuni is a graduate of Cornell University College of Medicine, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He completed his psychiatric residency training at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York, N.Y., following which he became the Director at the Mental Health Clinic of Danbury Hospital and served as the Chairman of Psychiatry at Danbury Hospital for 25 years. Following this he became the Director of Addiction Medicine at High Watch Recovery Center in Kent, Conn. Dr. Arcuni is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine.
Jaime DelGrosso, LCSW

Assistant Clinical DirectorJaime DelGrosso, LCSW

Ms. DelGrosso is a Connecticut and New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with a diversified client base. Her experience includes clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and other personality disorders, psychotic disorders, as well as a range of mood disorders. Ms. DelGrosso specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
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Executive DirectorChhanda Som, BA

Chhanda Som earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a research concentration and Neuroscience in 2011 at the University of Connecticut. During her time there, she worked in various labs which included the clinical psychology lab that focused on the effectiveness of brief stress management techniques. She then worked at Franciscan’s Hospital for Children as a Residential Counselor in the Community Based Acute Treatment Unit in Boston, MA. In 2013, she joined BlueSky as a Life Skills Coach and earned her Life Coach Certification. In 2016 she became the Program Director and is currently the Executive Director of BlueSky.
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Psychiatric Physician AssistantStarnipha Fletcher, MS, PA-C

Starnipha Fletcher is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant, NCCPA certified since 2002. She first earned her BS degree at Pace-Lenox Hill Physician Assistant Program in 2002, then later her MS in Research studies in 2013. Earlier in her career, she worked in numerous multi-disciplinary areas of medicine including Acute Care Internal Medicine, Urgent Care settings, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine,Gastroenterology and Addiction Medicine. In addition to her position here at Blue Sky Behavioral Health she also holds a position as a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with the Correctional Health Services- PAGNY in NYC, namely, Rikers Island. Mrs. Fletcher is also nationally registered as DOT Medical Examiner.
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Krystal Antoniuk, LPC

Krystal Antoniuk received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Justice Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. Through her course of studies she gained experience interning in a county jail and an outpatient psychiatric mental health clinic where she facilitated groups focusing on self-esteem, anxiety management and DBT skills. Prior to coming to BlueSky Krystal was working as a therapist at an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Danbury, Conn., where she worked primarily with clients involved in the criminal justice system. During her time there she facilitated the Intensive Outpatient Program, REBT problem-solving groups and women’s recovery groups. Krystal has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, PTSD, chronic/severe mental illness and criminal justice system involved clients.
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Director of Addiction ServicesDonna Gleissner, MS, LPC, LADC

Donna Gleissner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), as well as the Director of Addiction Services. She earned a BA in Psychology and a BA in English and an MS in Counseling from Western CT State University. She has been working in the field of mental health and addiction for several years and has worked in residential and outpatient settings as well as facilitating group, individual, family and couples therapy sessions and has facilitated children’s bereavement and divorce support groups at Healing Hearts. She has also facilitated NAMI Family to Family educational groups. Trained through the Institute for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSD) she has specialized training in trauma and dissociative disorders. She has a diversified skill set including working with those with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, and substance dependence.
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Dan Grady, Ph.D.

Dr. Grady is a clinical psychologist in a private practice in New York City and Westchester, New York. He sees a cross section of patients with psychiatric, interpersonal, and substance abuse issues. He is part of the Personality Studies Institute in New York City, headed by Dr. Otto Kernberg, and supervises trainees on Transference Focused Psychotherapy. He is a graduate of Hunter College and received his doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City of New York. Before opening a private practice, he worked in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Room at Bellevue/NYU Medical Center
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Mary Rzasa, LMSW, CASAC

Mary received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University. Mary has served as a counselor at a domestic violence and sexual assault shelter, and as a case manager with both at-risk youth and at a substance abuse and mental health facility. She also volunteers with an organization to help feed and clothe the homeless, and is a co-pastor at a local church with her husband.
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Floren Schertzer, LCSW

Floren is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker in New York and Connecticut. Floren earned a Masters of Social Work from SCSU in 2013, interning at a nursing home, family service agency and Yale New Haven Hospital. She co-facilitated a caregiver support group for families struggling with end of life care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Her previous employment includes working as an ACT team family social worker at Queens Hospital Center and as a Methadone Counselor at Connecticut Counseling Center. She also volunteered for several years at Ann’s Place, a cancer support center in Danbury, Conn. Floren co-facilitated a young adult cancer survivor support group. Floren has experience with elder care, chronic illness, pain, substance use, severe psychiatric disorders and mental health issues. She spent a decade as a volunteer firefighter and is Firefighter 1 certified. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, photography, and reading, and giving back to the community. Floren is a passionate social worker, believing in a person centered approach to therapy.
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Jacqueline Sherling, LCSW

Jacqueline Sherling received her Master’s degree in clinical social work and urban leadership from Simmons College and her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Skidmore College. She specializes in helping clients gain insights and make connections, understand their internal dialog and core beliefs, and strengthen their sense of efficacy by empowering them with tools and skills to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She understands that individuals are part of other systems and has brought families together for therapy to assist in working towards these goals. Jacqueline facilitates the self-esteem, family relationship, anxiety skills, and DBT skills groups. Prior to coming to BlueSky Jacqueline was a supervisor at a domestic violence shelter, ran an Intensive Outpatient Program, and worked in a private practice.
Amy Grant, CADC

Amy Grant, CADC

Amy Grant received her dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services from the University of Bridgeport. Amy earned her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification from the Connecticut Certification Board in 2012. Amy is pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Psychology with Capella University set to graduate March 2022. She specializes in treatment of dual-diagnosis and addictions by utilizing a mixed modality of DBT, positive psychology, harm-reduction, motivational interviewing with a client-centered approach. She aims to promote client self-empowerment by fostering a therapeutic approach of mindfulness, self-care, and willingness. Amy is also employed in telehealth services by delivering behavioral coaching to participants around the country with AbleTo, Inc. Prior to BlueSky, Amy was employed for several years as a Transitional Living Residential Counselor at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT.
Obadiah Muhammad, LMSW

Obadiah Muhammad, LMSW

Obadiah Muhammad is a Gulf War Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who received his Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration of Veterans Services and a sub concentration of Health and Mental Health, from the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford; and his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Social Work and Social Welfare from Albertus Magnus College. Obadiah’s diverse professional positions before coming to BlueSky, include working at Native American Treatment program in Gallup New Mexico as well as working in the acute psychiatric department at Yale New Haven Hospital. Obadiah’s most recent position was as a clinician at a Connecticut Department of Corrections/Federal Bureau of Prisons Half-Way House in New Haven CT, working with formerly incarcerated individuals that suffer from severe persistent mental illness. While working in the halfway house, Obadiah performed individual sessions based on EMDR and EFT therapeutic techniques, as well as facilitated ‘S.E.L.F.’ Trauma focused groups, CBT, DBT, IVP and psychoeducational focused groups. Obadiah is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing); CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy); DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy); EFT (Emotional Focus Therapy-Tapping) and IVP (Intimate Partner Violence); Certified First Responder Counselor.
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Enhanced Treatment Program DirectorAshley Ripperger

Ashley Ripperger is the Program Manager of the Enhanced Treatment Program at BlueSky Behavioral Health. She has been working at BlueSky since 2016 after she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology; Human Services at Liberty University. She has a passion to serve others and has been a part of many community service projects throughout the years.
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Chelsea Hepburn, LMSW

Chelsea Hepburn received her Master’s degree in clinical social work through Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Mount Saint Mary College. Chelsea uses a strengths-based approach with clients to help them identify strong attributes and qualities, to empower them to promote change and well-being in their own lives. Chelsea has worked for Blue Sky as a life skills coach and has experience with direct care, crisis intervention and case management. She has worked with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, OCD and a wide range of personality and mood disorders. Trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Chelsea has experience in addiction as well and is working to become a (CAC) certified addictions counselor.
Amanda Bachman, LMSW

Amanda Bachman, LMSW

Amanda Bachman received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work through Southern Connecticut State University and her Undergraduate Degree in Social Work through Western Connecticut State University and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She has been working in the mental health fi eld for several years in residential, outpatient, hospital, and clinical settings including facilitating individual, group, and family therapy. Areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, co- dependency, substance use disorders, self- esteem/confidence building and is LGBTQI+ affirming. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is a Certi fi ed Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and is currently working towards certification as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, spending time with her two cats, Nala and Roo and traveling. She is a passionate social worker who takes a person -centered approach to help clients safely manage, gain insight and work through their mental health and substance abuse challenges.
Jessica Tavares, LMSW

Jessica Tavares, LMSW

Jessica received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Western Connecticut State University. Jessica has served as a case manager at an acute inpatient Hospital in Las Vegas, NV for individuals struggling with a multitude of mental health disorders and as a counselor at an outpatient setting for youth and families in Waterbury, CT. Jessica has experience working with those with depression, bipolar, anxiety, PTSD, chronic mental illness, and substance use.
Leigh Disston

Morning Program CoordinatorLeigh Disston


Leigh Disston graduated from The College of Westchester with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management with a concentration in advertising & marketing. After sometime within marketing, she decided for a career change in substance abuse & mental health and has been in the field since 2016. She joined the BlueSky Behavioral Health family in 2018 as the assistant in the Morning Program which works in tandem with the Enhanced Treatment Program. After 2 short years, she was promoted to the Morning Program Coordinator. She is currently on a track to become a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor. Leigh is a strong advocate for those that have addiction or any other co-occurring disorders.
Director of Community Outreach

Director of Community OutreachSarah Bell-Goncalves

Sarah received her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Naugatuck Valley and continues to pursue her Master’s in Forensic Psychology. Sarah has worked in the Western Connecticut Healthcare Network Hospitals for over a decade as a Certified Nursing Assistant, PCT, and EMT. She worked on various patient care units, including Adult Inpatient Psychiatric, Emergency Room, Med Surgical, Cardiac Stepdown, and as a First Responder. Sarah also has a vast background in other fields, as she worked as a Marketing assistant for Insurance Companies, Spanish and Portuguese Interpreter in the court system and Legal Secretary for a Law office, Swim Coach and Boxing Instructor. Sarah has previously volunteered in the hospital in Human Resources and Community Relations, and as tutor/coach for a non-profit. She is also an actively involved member of the local Chamber of Commerce, CT Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Danbury Wellness Committee, panelist for NAMI, and advocate for education to address the mental health stigma.
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Therapy DogCooper

Cooper is a registered therapy dog who loves his job. He was rescued by his handler, Jaime, over two years ago and loves meeting new people and both giving and receiving love. Cooper is a total mush and will spend time with anyone willing to spend time with him.

Cooper lives with his baby brother, whom he thinks is just the best when food falls from the highchair. After a hard day of work, Cooper loves to relax with a swim in the pool and a nap in the sun.

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BlueSky Behavioral Health offers individualized treatment programs for mental health and addiction issues. Our supportive and licensed clinical staff can make a difference in your life. Learn how to live life well – contact our facility today.
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Danbury, Connecticut 06810
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