Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction: The Teen Brain and Risk Taking by Dr Ruth Potee

Decription: Dr. Ruth Potee, an expert in adolescent and adult addiction, will share the latest information on the developing teenage brain and its impact on risk taking, identifying the signs of drug use and addiction, treating addiction as a brain disease and treatment options available, and providing practical advice for how to use this information to safeguard our youth and community.

Dr Ruth PoteeNorthfield resident Ruth Potee, M.D. has been honored by her physician peers of the Franklin District Medical Society as the district society’s 2015 Community Clinician of the Year, an honor recognizing her professionalism and contributions as a physician. 

Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.

Dr. Potee is being recognized for her multiple health care efforts throughout the community. Since 2013, she has co-chaired the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin, and since 2012 has served as the school physician for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, encompassing a regional high school and four elementary schools. As school physician, she hasprovided training and curriculum for school nurses throughout western and central Massachusetts on adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, a position she assumed in 2014 that oversees care for 300 inmates in the county.

From 2002-2010, she was an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and received a number of awards during her time as an instructor. She was twice named Faculty Preceptor of the Year by medical residents, was nominated in 2010 for the American Academy of Family Physicians National Teacher of the Year, was nominated for the Boston University Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2007, and received the Pfizer Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008, one of only 15 family physicians selected nationwide.

A graduate of Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree cum laude, with post-graduate studies at Mount Holyoke College, Dr. Potee earned her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine in 1999.

Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction: The Teen Brain and Risk Taking

Dr. Ruth Potee, an expert in adolescent and adult addiction, will share the latest information on the developing teenage brain and its impact on risk taking, identifying the signs of drug use and addiction, treating addiction as a brain disease and treatment options available, and providing practical advice for how to use this information to safeguard our youth and community.

ATTEND RUTH'S WORKSHOP FROM 10:45AM TO 12:00PM




Contact Information

Sarah Dinklage, LICSW
Executive Director

sdinklage@risas.org

Charles Cudworth, MA
Director, SAS

ccudworth@risas.org

Leigh Reposa, MSW, LICSW
Program Manager
lreposa@risas.org

Colleen Judge, LMHC                  Manager, SAS
cjudge@risas.org 

Kathleen Sullivan
Manager, Community Prevention
ksullivan@risas.org


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