Executive Director – Eric Ekberg, MBA, CADC, LADC
Eric Ekberg is Executive Director at Spring Hill, where he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the 34-bed facility. Eric has many years of experience in the addiction treatment field and is a certified and licensed substance abuse counselor.
Prior to joining Spring Hill, Eric was a director for an outpatient treatment facility specializing in opioid dependence and before that served as a director for a long-term inpatient addiction treatment facility. Before changing careers and following his passion to help those who suffer from substance dependence disorders, Eric spent over 16 years in the investment management business and earned an MBA in finance from NYU.
Medical Director – Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD
Medical Director of Spring Hill, Ximena Sanchez-Samper, MD is a Board Certified addiction psychiatrist. Dr. Sanchez-Samper trained at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and completed her addictions fellowship through Massachusetts General Hospital in 2004. After working with adolescents and young adults (and their families) with substance use disorders at Children’s Hospital Boston for many years, she transferred to McLean Hospital where she was the Medical Director at one of one of their residential programs.
Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an advocate of incorporating Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) into the comprehensive care of patients struggling with alcohol and opioid use disorders and has been prescribing Buprenorphine (Suboxone) since obtaining her waiver in 2003. She co-authored both a book chapter (“Opioid Use by Adolescents,” Handbook of Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Dependence, 2011) and published an article in a peer review journal (“Adolescent Substance Abuse”, General Considerations, Pediatrics in Review, 2009) addressing the needs of patients struggling with addiction and its aftermath. Dr. Sanchez-Samper is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and enjoys lecturing nationwide on substance use disorder identification, diagnosis, and treatment.
Clinical Director – Alice Lenhart, MA, MEd, LMHC
Alice Lenhart is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician and serves as Clinical Director at Spring Hill in Ashby, Massachusetts. Alice brings years of experience as a mental health professional and educator to her work at Spring Hill. She has specialized in substance abuse treatment and suicide intervention, and practices solution-focused, client-centered treatment, emphasizing positive attributes and resilience, and setting attainable goals that reinforce meaningful progress towards sustained recovery. Alice’s clinical expertise includes cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness skills. Alice has extensive experience in program development, education and training programs, transformational leadership, and has served on the faculty of Rivier University and Southern New Hampshire University.
Alice holds master’s degrees in counseling psychology and education and is currently pursuing her doctorate in leadership, focusing on aftercare and recovery-sustaining support services.
Director of Nursing – Sibongile Chihota, RN
Director of Operations – Robin McRae
Director of Admissions – Cynthia Kelly
Director of Utilization Review – Stacie L. Meacham, LMHC
Director of Family Programming – Linda Maguire, LICSW
Regional Director of Clinical Outreach – Amy George
Primary Therapist – Thomas J. Thelin
Primary Therapist – Charles Sexton-Diranian, LADC II
Primary Therapist – James S. Direda, LICSW, PhD
Primary Therapist – Nicole Shattuck, MA
Primary Therapist – Melanie Zibit, MA.Ed, LADC 1
Primary Therapist – Mac Newman, LMHC, NCC, MAC
Primary Therapist – Liz Beach, MS, LADC 1