The Lynch Wellness Professional Group is dedicated to rebuilding lives and restoring hope for individuals and families facing substance use disorders. Our team of professionals offer behavioral health services, including intervention and personalized therapy, as part of a comprehensive and balanced treatment program.
Founded by industry expert and advocate Dan Lynch, the Lynch Wellness Professional Group is also a valuable resource in the behavioral health community. With direct access to specialized connections and an extensive understanding of the field, Lynch Wellness Professional Group offers support, guidance and educational services to businesses, companies and facilities nationwide.
With more than 30 years of experience in the field of substance use disorders and behavioral health services, Dan Lynch has earned a reputation for results. Dan’s extraordinary success rate is largely attributed to his balanced and comprehensive approach to treating both the cause and effect of substance use disorders. With relentless enthusiasm and a wealth of knowledge, Dan has helped individuals and families on the path to recovery, working with everyone from professional athletes and entertainers to executives and high net worth individuals.
In addition to his role as president of Lynch Wellness Professional Group, Dan is a trusted voice for quality care in the substance use disorder industry through speaking engagements and presentations. Dan’s perspective, insight and empathy is strengthened further by the fact that he personally has been in recovery for three decades.
Previously, Dan was the founder of Lynch Wellness and Recovery Foundation, a non-profit organization offering advocacy to individuals and families dealing with substance use disorders. The foundation provided extended treatment services to those working toward recovery and delivered innovative educational seminars to young people, parents, schools and communities about prevention and awareness of substance use disorders.
Dan also served as the Regional Vice President for Caron Boston, a nationally recognized provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment.
A Certified Intervention Professional (CIP) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC-1), Dan is also a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
Karen MacKenzie is a clinical social worker dedicated to helping individuals, couples and families struggling with substance use disorders. Karen focuses on building trusting therapeutic relationships that encourage the exploration of issues that hinder sobriety. She specializes in exploring self-esteem, the effect of shame and trauma, as well as the impact and quality of attachment and close relationships. Karen places special emphasis on education in noticing the physiological changes that take place in the body when triggers to use occur. Her work also provides psychoeducation on current brain studies for those living with addiction.
Karen offers supportive techniques such as mindfulness to remain in the present and effectively cope. She believes that by collaboratively recognizing, honoring and building on the strengths and resources clients possess, they identify patterns occurring in times of stress and are able to glean a sense of hope to live a life of recovery.
Karen attended Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse before raising her family. She later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Simmons College with a B.A. in Psychology and attained her Master’s Degree from Simmons School of Social Work. Karen is also trained in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy.
John M. Burke recently joined the Lynch Wellness Professional Group as a Case Manager and Professional Wellness Advisor. John recently completed The Addictions Counselor Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston College of Advancing and Professional Studies. He has experience with developing Vet to Vet programs, Vets in Recovery to address the issues surrounding addiction as it relates to Veteran issues such as PTSD, TBI, substance use disorders and behavioral healthcare. The last two years, John was on the staff of The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and it’s Social Consequences as a Senior Advisor for Veterans Program Development. He has been volunteering and working in the recovery community for forty years. John holds a Bachelor Degree, and has attended the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Boston State College, the Cornell University Labor Relations Program, and the University of Massachusetts Boston- College of Advancing and Professional Studies.
Anna Shea is the owner of AB Financial Services Inc. Anna helped to launch the Lynch Wellness and Recovery Foundation Inc with Dan at the start of her business and continues to support the cause. Anna is a 2004 graduate of Suffolk University with a degree in Clinical Psychology. Since 2005, she has been visiting high schools, with her mother and sister, to share her family’s experience in the alcohol related death of her brother in 1995. In 2008, Anna started her bookkeeping company, AB Financial Services Inc. Her company offers different options for bookkeeping to cater to the specific needs of individuals, businesses or both. She focuses on money management techniques, household budgeting, and streamlining for business clients needing to simplify their accounting processes. Anna also provides consultation for clients at Lynch Wellness Professional Group to guide individuals and families in recovery to better manage their finances. Anna has 3 young children and is happily married to her husband of 8 years who is also in recovery. Anna has completed her curriculum at University of Massachusetts Boston in the Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Treatment Service Program. She is currently working towards fulfilling her CADAC licensing requirements.
Melany comes to us with an administrative background of eight years. She is also employed by a CSA (Community Service Agency) operating out of one of the leading Mental Health Care Providers in the Boston South Shore area where she is a Family Partner delivering CBHI (Child Behavioral Health Initiative) Services. Melany focuses on supporting families needing guidance with youth experiencing social and emotional behavioral difficulties. Providing the tools and education necessary to navigate the mental health care system and obtaining resources in the community for families is an important part of her role. In addition, Melany is a part of CCIT (Community Crisis Intervention Team) in her community, is Crisis Prevention Intervention certified and trained in Suicide Prevention. She is a certified Spanish Medical Interpreter, frequently interpreting in various hospital settings. Currently, Melany is working toward completing her Bachelors Degree in Social Work at the Bridgewater State University, she currently holds an Associates Degree in Human Services. Melany describes herself as a caring and passionate person who enjoys providing support to families and individuals who need it the most in order to achieve their goals.