Connecting the Dots | Women, Addiction Treatment & Trauma

Presenters: Ellen Ovson, MD, Sarah Franklin, MS, LMHC, Mandy Jack, MA, LMHC, LPC, Lantie Jorandby, MD

Location: Lakeview Health, True North Conference Center
1900 Corporate Square Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Date: November 14, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Continuing Education: 2 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

You are invited to a special event featuring Dr. Lantie Jorandby!

This is an event for psychiatrists, doctors, therapists, and clinicians. Two CME credits offered.
We will have a networking social with hors d’oeuvres and a guided facility tour, followed by the presentation.

Call Megan Auch at 904-899-4500 Ext 4116 to reserve your space today or you can fill out the form below.

Reservations are required due to limited space.

If you are interested in booking a hotel room for the event, we do have a special, low rate available here.

Connecting the Dots: Women, Addiction Treatment and Trauma

Substance use disorders affect women differently. Women have unique pathways to use, as well as risk factors and consequences that shape and contribute to barriers for care. In this presentation, we will review gender and sex differences and their effects on women’s recovery. We will detail the comorbidities such as trauma, that complicate treatment and recovery and specific approaches to care that can improve recovery rates in this population.

Additionally, we will provide research, clinical theory, and anecdotal evidence to support the use of a Gender-Responsive approach in the treatment of women with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders such as trauma. The origin and development of the gender-responsive treatment model will be explored.


  1. Define sex and gender differences that affect women’s experience with substance use, SUD services, and recovery
  2. Identify common reasons that women initiate substance use, along with risk factors and protective factors for women and girls
  3. Elaborate on three common barriers women have to seeking and accessing treatment
  4. Classify specific trauma-informed gender-responsive treatment approaches in early addiction recovery.
  5. Differentiate how a gender-responsive model impacts change in patients in early recovery.
  6. Recognize the practical considerations for implementing this model of treatment

About the presenters

Ellen Ovson, MD

Medical Director

Ellen Ovson, MDDr. Ovson is a Medical Director at Lakeview Health where she performs assessments, formulates treatment plans, and functions as a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team. Her primary focus is addiction in women.

Dr. Ovson received her B.S. in chemistry from Emory University and her M.D. from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

After practicing Internal Medicine for 21 years, she became interested in Addiction Medicine and served a one-year fellowship at Bradford Health Services in Warrior, Alabama. She has since served as a Staff Physician at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, MS, as well as Medical Director of the Renaissance eating disorders program and Gentle Path sexual addiction program at Pine Grove. From 2009 until June 2017, she was Medical Director at Bradford Health Services in Madison, Alabama. She has been board-certified and -recertified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Sarah Franklin, MS, LMHC

Program Director at Stepping Stone Center for Recovery

Sarah Franklin head-shotSarah received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Florida. She has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida since 2014 and currently works as a Clinical Manager for the women’s treatment program at Lakeview Health. Prior to joining Lakeview in 2013, she worked for a non-profit outpatient program gaining experience with substance abuse and dual diagnosis clients and in the college counseling center at the University of North Florida developing her skills with trauma. In 2014, she completed Levels 1 and 2 of EMDR training and she went on to pursue certification in EMDR, which she obtained in 2016. She currently facilitates a gender-responsive trauma therapy group twice per week using Stephanie Covington’s Beyond Trauma curriculum.

Mandy Jack, MA, LMHC, LPC

Senior Program Director

Amanda Jack Senior Program DirectorMandy received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Indiana University and her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University. She became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2006.  She obtained her Florida license in 2012 and her LPC in 2019.  Mandy currently works as the Senior Program Director for Lakeview Health. Prior to joining Lakeview in 2010, she worked for a non-profit community mental health program gaining experience with leadership, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis clients. As Lakeview Health’s Senior program director, she is responsible for overseeing clinical services, creating clinical programming, and leading the clinical, patient advocate, wellness, business offices, and dietary teams.

Lantie Jorandby, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Lantie Jorandby, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Lakeview Health, a dual diagnosis and addiction treatment center whose in-patient facility is located in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Jorandby graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She attended medical school and completed her residency at the University of Florida. For seven years, Dr. Jorandby worked as a staff psychiatrist and mental health supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Viera, Florida. After completing her Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University, Dr. Jorandby became Medical Director for the dual diagnosis unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, which is ranked the top psychiatric hospital in the United States. She also served as faculty at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. She is one of less than 200 physicians in the United States who is dual board-certified in addiction medicine, and psychiatry and neurology.

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