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VFR - Veteran & First Responder Healthcare
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WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

VFR HEALTHCARE DIFFERENCE

Veteran and First Responder treatment by Veterans and First Responders.

At VFR, we know that service to country and community has an effect not only on the person serving but every aspect of their life. We know this because we are you. Many of our staff and clinicians are veterans and first responders ourselves. We are proud that our team of clinicians are some of the top minds in the industry from some of the top research hospitals in the country.

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OUR TEAM

VFR’s trauma-informed, client-centered approach to treatment has been developed by the VFR team under the supervision of Dr. Robert L. Pyles and Dr. John Rodolico, both veterans, in collaboration with some of the most highly regarded professionals in the fields of substance abuse, addiction, and behavioral health.

 

Our team, in their own words:

“…the opportunity to help fellow veterans coping with mental health and substance use issues has been – by far – the most rewarding.”

Eric Golnick graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 2009. He attended U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School shortly after and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in the summer of 2009. In his first position with the Navy, Eric served onboard two U.S Navy warships as a project manager for over 300 million dollars of equipment while supervising over 100 sailors. He was involved in multiple operations and exercises throughout Asia As a senior foreign policy analyst at the Department of Defense dealing with U.S. military operations in Latin America. Eric worked directly with the President’s National Security Council, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Congress regarding U.S. foreign policy.

“I never imagined I would ever find any calling more worthwhile or important as my time in the Navy,” Eric Golnick says. “However, of all my life experiences during and after my Naval career, the opportunity to help fellow veterans coping with mental health and substance use issues has been – by far – the most rewarding.”
“…organizations like ours, VFR, do understand more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”

Dr. Robert Pyles is an established leader in the addiction and mental health fields, with over 55 years of experience. Dr. Pyles has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the Coalition for Patient Rights, among other organizations. He has shown a relentless commitment to setting the highest standards of care and was appointed an Area and Component Liaison by the American Psychiatric Association, producing ten Practice Guidelines, including the “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders.” <br><br> Additionally, Dr. Pyles, a recognized pioneer and leader in the field of psychiatry, has received many awards and recognitions, including a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association in and the honor of “Distinguished Life Fellow” of the American Psychiatric Association. A United States Navy veteran himself, Dr. Pyles’ has pioneered work with the Veteran population, combined with recognized expertise on trauma, PTSD and other comorbid conditions.<br><br>Dr. Pyles also currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School – a position he has held for over 45 years.

“In Vietnam, I was a “Berry Planner,” in which every physician was obligated to serve two years in the military. My two years fell between 1967 and 1969, the height of the Vietnam War. Stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital, receiving direct Marine and Naval casualties from Vietnam, I ran both a locked and an open neuropsychiatric ward, evaluating and treating combat casualties. I’ll never forget the look in the faces of the young guys coming in daily. I swore to make it better for them. It’s decades later and now organizations like ours, VFR, do understand much more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”
“Every Morning I looked into their eyes and said a little prayer”

Dr. Rodolico comes to VFR Healthcare from Harvard McLean Hospital, where he served as the Director of Adolescent Addictions Training and Director of Military Consultation Service. He is also currently the Chief of Behavioral Health in the Massachusetts National Guard, Medical Command. As an officer in the United States Army Reserve, he served as the Executive Officer of a combat stress company deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2006. During that time, in his operational role he helped redesign the delivery of mental health care to Soldiers and Marines in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq while maintaining mission completion throughout the region.

“In 2006, I was at a forward operations base in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq. Every morning as I was going about my medical duties, I watched convoys of young soldiers going out the gate, these kids leaving on patrols. I knew they would not all come back. Every day, I watched them up on the turrets, I looked into their eyes and would say a little prayer. Right then and there I made a vow to myself that I would dedicate my life to working with veterans affected by substance abuse and other mental health problems.”
“My brother, an infantry officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Iraq. At 20 I was made the executor of my brother’s will.”

Eric Frieman previously served as Director of Finance for Elements Behavioral Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services with 18 residential facilities, 29 outpatient locations, and approximately 2,000 employees across the United States. Eric’s brother, Jonathan (Army Veteran), served as an Infantry Officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division where he was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt. Eric graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and Psychology and was a member for the Vanderbilt University Football Team where he was awarded to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

“One of the most trying times of my life is when my brother, an Infantry Officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Iraq. The gravity of the situation didn’t hit me until, at 20 years old, I was made the executor of my brother’s will. Then and there I made a commitment to help fellow military and first responder families – a mission VFR shares.”
“Reintegration as a vet is very, very tough, and especially if you are in recovery. VFR is determined to help rebuild the bonds of trust between the community and those in recovery.”

Michael Evans has over 20 years of related work experience in operations, finance and human capital. Most recently, Mr. Evans served as Chief Systems Officer of Elements Behavioral Health, where he operated in several roles, including: reorganizing and rebuilding the finance, operational and billing & collections infrastructure in Texas that successfully integrated 4 Residential Programs and 21 Outpatient locations and nearly [doubled] Elements’ monthly cash collections.

Prior to joining Elements, Mr. Evans served as Vice President of Operations and the Chief Compliance and Information Security Officer for Episource Inc.

“Reintegration as a vet is very, very tough, and especially if you are in recovery. VFR will work with anybody that has the courage to help rebuild the bonds of trust with those in recovery. We partner with community projects, activists, schools and government. In short our vision is social change, as well as individual change, and we are determined to make it happen.”

ADVISORY BOARD

    • Chief David Goldstein
    • Chief of Franklin NH Police Department

 

    • Caroline Murtagh
    • Director National Sales, Entercom New York, Entercom Pittsburgh

 

    • Dr. Jonathan Rosen
    • National Drug Policy and Crime Expert, Holy Family University

 

    • Matt Thorn
    • Executive Director, OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

 

    • Brent D. Walker
    • U.S. Army Veteran and member of the MA Veteran Court Advisory Board

 

  • Macklin Woodruff
  • Junior Board Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation

OUR TEAM

VFR’s trauma-informed, client-centered approach to treatment has been developed by the VFR team under the supervision of Dr. Robert L. Pyles and Dr. John Rodolico, both veterans, in collaboration with some of the most highly regarded professionals in the fields of substance abuse, addiction, and behavioral health.

 

Our team, in their own words:

“…the opportunity to help fellow veterans coping with mental health and substance use issues has been – by far – the most rewarding.”

Eric Golnick graduated with honors from the University of Miami in 2009. He attended U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School shortly after and was commissioned as a Naval Officer in the summer of 2009. In his first position with the Navy, Eric served onboard two U.S Navy warships as a project manager for over 300 million dollars of equipment while supervising over 100 sailors. He was involved in multiple operations and exercises throughout Asia As a senior foreign policy analyst at the Department of Defense dealing with U.S. military operations in Latin America. Eric worked directly with the President’s National Security Council, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Congress regarding U.S. foreign policy.

“I never imagined I would ever find any calling more worthwhile or important as my time in the Navy,” Eric Golnick says. “However, of all my life experiences during and after my Naval career, the opportunity to help fellow veterans coping with mental health and substance use issues has been – by far – the most rewarding.”
“…organizations like ours, VFR, do understand more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”

Dr. Robert Pyles is an established leader in the addiction and mental health fields, with over 55 years of experience. Dr. Pyles has served as President of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and the Coalition for Patient Rights, among other organizations. He has shown a relentless commitment to setting the highest standards of care and was appointed an Area and Component Liaison by the American Psychiatric Association, producing ten Practice Guidelines, including the “Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Substance Use Disorders.” <br><br> Additionally, Dr. Pyles, a recognized pioneer and leader in the field of psychiatry, has received many awards and recognitions, including a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association in and the honor of “Distinguished Life Fellow” of the American Psychiatric Association. A United States Navy veteran himself, Dr. Pyles’ has pioneered work with the Veteran population, combined with recognized expertise on trauma, PTSD and other comorbid conditions.<br><br>Dr. Pyles also currently serves as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School – a position he has held for over 45 years.

“In Vietnam, I was a “Berry Planner,” in which every physician was obligated to serve two years in the military. My two years fell between 1967 and 1969, the height of the Vietnam War. Stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital, receiving direct Marine and Naval casualties from Vietnam, I ran both a locked and an open neuropsychiatric ward, evaluating and treating combat casualties. I’ll never forget the look in the faces of the young guys coming in daily. I swore to make it better for them. It’s decades later and now organizations like ours, VFR, do understand much more and can help. I’m proud to be a part.”
“Every Morning I looked into their eyes and said a little prayer”

Dr. Rodolico comes to VFR Healthcare from Harvard McLean Hospital, where he served as the Director of Adolescent Addictions Training and Director of Military Consultation Service. He is also currently the Chief of Behavioral Health in the Massachusetts National Guard, Medical Command. As an officer in the United States Army Reserve, he served as the Executive Officer of a combat stress company deployed to Iraq in 2003 and 2006. During that time, in his operational role he helped redesign the delivery of mental health care to Soldiers and Marines in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq while maintaining mission completion throughout the region.

“In 2006, I was at a forward operations base in the Sunni Triangle of Iraq. Every morning as I was going about my medical duties, I watched convoys of young soldiers going out the gate, these kids leaving on patrols. I knew they would not all come back. Every day, I watched them up on the turrets, I looked into their eyes and would say a little prayer. Right then and there I made a vow to myself that I would dedicate my life to working with veterans affected by substance abuse and other mental health problems.”
“My brother, an infantry officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Iraq. At 20 I was made the executor of my brother’s will.”

Eric Frieman previously served as Director of Finance for Elements Behavioral Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of substance abuse treatment and behavioral health services with 18 residential facilities, 29 outpatient locations, and approximately 2,000 employees across the United States. Eric’s brother, Jonathan (Army Veteran), served as an Infantry Officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division where he was deployed to Iraq, Kuwait, and Egypt. Eric graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and Psychology and was a member for the Vanderbilt University Football Team where he was awarded to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

“One of the most trying times of my life is when my brother, an Infantry Officer in the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division, was deployed to Iraq. The gravity of the situation didn’t hit me until, at 20 years old, I was made the executor of my brother’s will. Then and there I made a commitment to help fellow military and first responder families – a mission VFR shares.”
“Reintegration as a vet is very, very tough, and especially if you are in recovery. VFR is determined to help rebuild the bonds of trust between the community and those in recovery.”

Michael Evans has over 20 years of related work experience in operations, finance and human capital. Most recently, Mr. Evans served as Chief Systems Officer of Elements Behavioral Health, where he operated in several roles, including: reorganizing and rebuilding the finance, operational and billing & collections infrastructure in Texas that successfully integrated 4 Residential Programs and 21 Outpatient locations and nearly [doubled] Elements’ monthly cash collections.

Prior to joining Elements, Mr. Evans served as Vice President of Operations and the Chief Compliance and Information Security Officer for Episource Inc.

“Reintegration as a vet is very, very tough, and especially if you are in recovery. VFR will work with anybody that has the courage to help rebuild the bonds of trust with those in recovery. We partner with community projects, activists, schools and government. In short our vision is social change, as well as individual change, and we are determined to make it happen.”

ADVISORY BOARD

    • Chief David Goldstein
    • Chief of Franklin NH Police Department

 

    • Caroline Murtagh
    • Director National Sales, Entercom New York, Entercom Pittsburgh

 

    • Dr. Jonathan Rosen
    • National Drug Policy and Crime Expert, Holy Family University

 

    • Matt Thorn
    • Executive Director, OutServe-Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

 

    • Brent D. Walker
    • U.S. Army Veteran and member of the MA Veteran Court Advisory Board

 

  • Macklin Woodruff
  • Junior Board Founder, Bob Woodruff Foundation

OUR MISSION

We are passionate about what we do because there is a bond that comes from service to our nation and community that you can’t find elsewhere.

 

We personally understand the unique and specific needs of the veteran and first responder community. VFR provides best-in- class dual treatment for substance abuse and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) options for service members, Veterans, first responders and their families to help them overcome the debilitating effects of substance abuse and PTS.

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THE VFR APPROACH

Our approach incorporates cognitive behavioral techniques and other skill-building interventions found in evidence-based practices such as:

Cognitive–
Behavioral
Therapy
(CBT)

Motivational
Enhancement
Therapy
(MET)

Twelve
Step
Facilitation
(TSF)

But, importantly, VFR goes deeper to provide holistic treatment for trauma (Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)) and the root causes of clients’ addictions and disorders.

Part of the Health Network

VFR is proud to be a partner in the Strive Health network. As with all Strive Health care, VFR is an outpatient recovery program which allows you to maintain your daily life in your home and in the real world. We know that the true challenges to sustaining a healthy life without relapse exist in the everyday experience.

Part of the We call this RealWorld Recovery. Health Network