Grace Street Recovery Services | About Us

Grace Street Services operates three outpatient and one residential medication assisted treatment and recovery programs in Lewiston, Portland and Sanford Maine. We are honored to have attracted a team of eclectic, talented, passionate people who are committed to helping their clients find their way home … inside and outside. We understand the road you are traveling, the darkness, the hopelessness, the black veil of shame and the yearning for something to fill that hole that many of us have never been able to define and yet intuitively know exists. We ask how did I end up here? Why do I feel this way? Why can’t I stop? Why should I even try? Would I be better off dead?

Come in and talk to us. Let us help you close the gates of hell behind you and author a new story for your life.  You never have to feel this way again.

Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre


I think if you were Satan and you were settin around tryin to think up somethin that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics.
― Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Marty O’Brien, CEO – On Addiction
Meredith Norris, DO – On Recovery
Tim Cheney Discusses Addiction


We have attracted and assembled a team of creative, compassionate, skilled and experienced addiction treatment and recovery professionals to design and deliver creative programs to help you get back home. We will meet you where you are and stay with you for your journey back.


Marty O'Brien - Founder of Grace Street Recovery Services

Marty O’Brien

President & Founder

Marty is the founding partner of Grace Street Services. Marty has worked in addiction/recovery for the past 22 years in In-Patient treatment, MAT and advocacy work. Marty envisioned a model of treatment that provides evidence based services in an environment of place and belonging. Recognizing the need for beauty, art and maker space the Design Team at GSS is busy at work. Grace Street radio talk show for 5 years in Portland Maine on addiction and recovery. Marty interviewed authors, speakers, community advocates and musicians. Many listeners called in to say that Grace Street was a place of sanctuary for them. This began a narrative of place and belonging that infuses the work of Grace Street Services today.

Produced “UltraLight” A play written by Michael Gorman in 2003 that opened to a sold out audience in Portland Maine. UltraLight traveled to Bangor and Ellsworth Maine and was seen by 2,700 people.

Produced “A Call To Return” a documentary film about Oxycontin mis-use in Maine. -2004-

Created an in-door skatepark in Bath, ME. with volunteers. The Bath Skatepark remains the largest in Maine. -2002-

Designed and curated the Art Show “The Poppy Fields of Maine” June-August 2014. The show was seen by over 1,000 people and gained national media attention in the Boston Globe, El Jazerra TV, Berklee School of Music, WCSH show 207 and other media outlets.

Produced a well known play from Dublin Ireland “Sweet Dreams, Mr. Heroin” Playwright Sean Rowan and cast performed 2 evening shows at Grace Street. The cast also preformed for our IOP with a discussion after.

Lewiston Art Walk. LAARTS asked Grace Street Services to produce an art show at 223 Lisbon Street. Well over 800 people attended.

Tim Cheney

Partner & COO
Tim joined Grace Street Services and the 88 Oxford Street Recovery Residence in 2015. As a person in long term recovery, Tim had previously been a heroin addict in New Haven – New York and Boston and spent 13 years in methadone assisted recovery.  His passion and commitment the entire continuum from hard reduction to recovery are his life’s work

Tim has devoted 35 years to understanding and advancing the treatment of brain diseases through advocacy, education and research. His passion is deeply rooted; as a child, he suffered a debilitating TBI that had catastrophic impacts on his life and catalyzed the brain disease of addiction. Five years ago, Tim suffered a temporal lobe stroke and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Undaunted, and in abstinence based recovery since 1981, he remains committed to finding solutions.

Currently Tim is the managing partner of , co-founder and President of The Choopers Foundation, a technology advisor to C4 Recovery Solutions and Orion Bio-Networks, a member of the Maine Substance Abuse Service Commission and a consultant to Patrick Kennedy’s addiction and mental health initiatives. Tim received a BA from Boston University (Summa Cum Laude with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) despite having attended only one semester of high school. He attended Yale Divinity School and holds designations of Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified International Personnel Consultant

After founding and selling two human resource and technology companies to an international public company, he served as SVP and Regional Executive SVP. As International Technology Division Chairman, he negotiated the Staffing industry’s first cooperation agreements with China in 2000.

Tim was the City of Boston Drug Treatment Program Research Director and the New Haven Community Correctional Center’s Program Director. As Boston’s SMSA representative and member of the Community Correspondents Group, he authored five NIDA epidemiological publications.

Tim has been active in the addiction treatment and child welfare communities for thirty three years. He serves(d) on the following boards: Children’s Home Society of the Treasure Coast, Floridians for Recovery, Faces and Voices of Recovery and is a Member of Leadership Council for the Association of Recovery Organizations.

He is the recipient of the following advocacy awards:

  • The Presidents Call to Service- Lifetime Achievement Award (2013)
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida – Treasure Coast Division – The David & Lorraine Thomas Child Advocate Award (2009)
  • Congressional Award – Flag of the United States for Advocacy with Foster Children (2009);
  • Guardian AD Litem 19TH Judicial District – Governor of Florida Annual Child Advocacy Award (2006)


Excecutive Director

Steve joined the Grace Street Services team as Executive Director of their intensive out-patient and residential programs in August 2017.

He holds credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and a Certified Intervention Professional. He is also certified in “Deep Memory Processing” regression therapy and is a Reiki Master Teacher.

Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Social Work (with a minor in Mental Health) from Boston College. He also spent several years studying with world-renowned Jungian analyst, Roger J. Woolger, Ph.D.

Prior to coming on board with Grace Street Steve held the position of Executive Director at Granite Recovery Centers’ New Freedom Academy in New Hampshire. He is the former owner of DANZIG Counseling and Intervention Services which provided therapy and interventions throughout the United States for over a decade. Steve has been in the field of substance abuse and mental health treatment since the late 1990’s. His experience with in-patient, out-patient, detoxification, long & short term care with multiple demographics have provided him with the necessary tools to work with any population facing the struggles of mental health and addiction.

Steve’s additional experience in the mental health and substance abuse field includes: Mercy Hospital Recovery Center, Spring Harbor Hospital, SMART Child & Family Services, Serenity House (men’s halfway house), Day One’s residential alcohol/drug treatment center for teens, Preble Street Resource Center, Windham High School substance abuse counselor, adjunct professor at Southern Maine Community College. Steve has held positions on several boards of directors for various non-profit organizations.

In his free time, Steve enjoys riding (and customizing) his Harley Davidson. He also enjoys fly-fishing, camping, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. Steve lives in the Sebago Lake Region with his wife, Jennifer and their three children, Declan, Brogan, and Moira.

Meredith Norris, DO - Medical Director, Grace Street Services

Meredith Norris, DO, ABAM, ASAM Fellow

Medical Director

Be Careful how you talk to yourself, you may be listening.”

Graduated from Wellesley 3 months after my 20th birthday with a double major in psychology and anthropology and moved to D.C. when it was still the Murder Capital. Was working at a psychiatric hospital when I had my epiphany that if I did ‘t go to med school, some doctor would continue to sabotage all of my cool work.

During the course of taking premed classes and waiting to get in to med school, held assorted jobs including medical secretary and martial arts instructor.

Residency was in Rural Family Medicine so I practiced in rural Maine for 7 years.

Fun facts: used to run a middle eastern dance workshop once a month in Blue HIll so people could learn how to exercise in a way that felt physiological not punitive; delivered all three kids at home; is a long distance runner which is a perfect metaphor for both the process of medical education and the process of recovery; president elect of the Maine Osteopathic Association and frequently writes testimony on their behalf particularly as relates to addiction and controlled substances; at one point have broken a slab of concrete with my hand, which is also a perfect metaphor for both medical education and recovery


Richard Entel, MD

ABAM Certified

Rich Entel MD, a physician with 31 years of medical experience, is board certified in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Entel believes in the healing power of the integration of well-chosen medication with the broad spectrum of individual and group activities and services that a program such as Grace Street Services provides.  His work is dedicated every day to the goal of respecting and collaborating honestly with his patients.  In his practice he has witnessed how this open approach is integral to freeing an individual to make deep and lifesaving changes made more urgent in the current surge of drug related deaths.  

Dr. Entel volunteers as a member of the circle of directors of Maine Inside Out (http://www.maineinsideout. org/  ), a program which initiates dialogue, develops leadership, and builds community across boundaries with collaborative original theater, inside and outside correctional facilities.

He is a dedicated visual artist and musician.  Most recently he had a show of sculptures which travelled the east coast of the US (http://www.entelmenagerie. and currently collaborates as a musician with a spoken-word artist.

Brian Kaufman, DO

Brian has board certifications in Internal medicine, Neuromusculoskeletal medicine and a subspecialty certification in Pain medicine. He has authored textbook chapters and is published in journals. Brian is a subject matter expert for the AOA Conjoint Pain board, and faculty at UNECOM and the NBOME.  He is on the Board of the Maine Osteopathic Association and is chair of the osteopathic medical economics committee for the American Academy of Osteopathy. Dr. Kaufman practices pain management, addiction medicine and internal medicine in southern Maine.  He is an avid musician, songwriter and is studying to become proficient in hypnosis.

Jeremy Hiltz, LADC, CSS

Clinical Director

Victor Dumais, LCPCC, CADC

“And luck in all its moods must be loved and not feared.” –Ian Fleming

BA–Psychology, University of Vermont, 2012

MA–Counseling Psychology, Assumption College, 2014

An Auburn native, Victor has worked as a retail associate, a painter, a gas station attendant, a transportation provider, a hiking trail maintenance provider, a learning skills assistant, a facility administrator, a waiter, a bar manager, a counseling intern, a counselor, and a program manager. Since beginning with Grace Street in 2015, Victor has worked with individuals and groups, taking part in the development of all four phases of treatment. He is a firm believer that better is better even when good doesn’t seem that good, and that good is best when it is acknowledged as being good, better, or even best.

Elizabeth Mahoney, LCPC, LADC, CSS

After working with people who struggle with mental health and substance use issues for over 20 years, I have come to believe these issues develop from unresolved emotional pain.  I consider it a privilege to offer people a compassionate, safe, accepting environment so they can tap into their inner wisdom and heal themselves.  I was born and raised in Chicago IL, where I received my training in mental health and Medication Assisted Treatment.  Ten years ago I moved to Maine, where I continued to work with people with mental health and substance use disorders.

Michael Connors, CADC

Lewiston Outpatient

I was born in Norfolk, VA and moved back and forth between Maine (where my Gram lived) & North Carolina (where my Mom lived) until I finally stayed in Maine permanently when I was 7 years old.  I spent my time between Wiscasset and Brunswick, and switching between they’re school systems as well.  I was raised until the age of 13 by my Gram.  I have a Son named Mykel who is in the Navy, and a Daughter named Kayla who lives in Bath Maine.

I love playing sports, especially Basketball and am a Die-Hard New York Knicks fan!  I have always enjoyed getting lost in comic-books and that has not stopped in adulthood.

I began using substances at age 12 and I was first incarcerated at the age of 12, and continued to be incarcerated in the Maine Youth Center, Various Maine County jails, and State Facilities until I was last released at age 33.  I was released from the Midcoast Regional Re-Entry Center in Belfast Maine, a facility which helped save my life. My clean date is May 13th 2014.

I Began school in October 2014 for drug & alcohol counseling at Intercoast Colleges.  I graduated from that program in October of 2015 with a 4.0 GPA.  I interned at Grace Street Services and was offered a full time position 2 weeks after my internship expired.

I work the front desk at Grace Street and set-up first contacts for assessments.  I love being the first voice people hear when they are seeking treatment.  I usually relate a little with the perspective client and let them know they are courageous for seeking help, and that they have nothing to feel ashamed about or embarrassed.

In July 2016, I became the Community Relations Coordinator for the Lewiston & Portland Offices.  In November 2016 I was granted my CADC license and began facilitating our first phase of treatment called “Restore.”  I also began seeing individuals on a one-on-one basis.

Bill Churchill, LADC

Lewiston Outpatient

Coming Soon

Tom Vurgason, MBA


Tom received his MBA from Temple University in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining HAM in early 2013, Tom worked 23 years for St. Mary’s Health System as Vice President of Behavioral Services.   During his tenure at St. Mary’s he was instrumental in expanding the scope and the size of the behavioral services where St. Mary’s became known as a center of excellence for its Behavioral programs. Tom provided vision and strategic change that reached across the state and the Nation.  He helped develop the first behavioral health carve out non-profit insurance provider here in the State of Maine.  That insurer now provides services to 165,000 New Englanders.  He developed the first Tele-psychiatric service in the state that did not depend on grants for its sustainability.  He pioneered the concept of behavioral and primary care integration.

Tom’s current role at Health Affiliates Maine as Director of Program Development includes helping the organization to grow and be prepared for the changing health care environment.  He continues to help develop our psychiatric assessment and treatment  program.   He also develops relationships with commercial payers and is looking for collaborative relationships with other agencies that can leverage and enhance the services provided to our Affiliates and their clients.


We work and partner with organizations and individual who share our vision and values.