Peninsula Mental Health and Addiction Services
Staff

Staff

Mental Health

Michael B. Finegan, Ph.D.

Michael Finegan, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Peninsula Mental Health and its divisions, which include Peninsula Addiction Services and Peninsula Police Psychological Services. Dr. Finegan received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1984. He served his APA Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Clinical Psychology at the Texas Medical Center. Beginning with his first experience working with law enforcement at the Utah State Prison in 1983, Dr. Finegan has progressively dedicated more time to serving the special needs of law enforcement. Dr. Finegan also serves as Lead Psychologist for the Maryland State Police, heading a statewide emergency response team involved in critical incidents. His clinical interest focuses on treatment of trauma as well as mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Finegan has responded as a volunteer to disasters in India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Haiti, providing front-line psychologic interventions to the victims, first responders, and local/national leaders. He is a frequent guest on local CBS and ABC affiliate stations and has also been featured nationally on NBC’s Dateline, CNN Headline News and the Washington Post.

Dr. Finegan was named by Md Governor Hogan in 2015 to the the Maryland Emergency Heroin Opioid Task Force to address the opioid epidemic. Additionally, he is the governor’s appointee to the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

He has served as an invited speaker to the National Academies of Science, Medicine and Engineering as well as guest speaker at the International Conferences hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP).


Eugene White, Ph.D., LCPC

Dr. White earned his doctorate degree in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park and was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Salisbury University from 1978 to 2011.

He has been with Peninsula Mental Health Services since 1991 and is presently the Clinical Director of the practice.

He specializes in cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and Adlerian therapies, providing services to individuals, couples and families. He is licensed in the state of Maryland as a Clinical Professional Counselor.


Robert Branton, DO

Dr. Branton grew up in Springfield, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia and received his Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University. From there he attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA; one of the nation’s premier medical centers. Dr. Branton is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

 In addition to his Internal Medicine practice, Dr. Branton serves as Medical Director for Peninsula Addictions Services providing much needed medical care to those who suffer from the disease of addiction.


Efigenio Bautista, M.D.

Dr. Efigenio Lynes Bautista was educated at St. Thomas Aquiras University, School of Medicine and Surgery 1970. He trained at Manhattan State Hospital, New York City with affiliations at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital in 1974.

Dr. Bautista is a retired U.S. Naval Medical Officer, rising to the rank of Captain (O-6). During his 22-years of service he was assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet, Naval Hospital Subic Bay, and Clark Air Force Base, PI. and with a 5 year tour (1981-1986) at 2nd Marine Dr. F.M.F. Camp.

Dr. Bautista is currently a psychiatric consultant at Peninsula Mental Health Services.

Addictions

Steven Daggs, ADT

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Steven Daggs has been a substance abuse counselor here at Peninsula Addiction Services for the past six years. His journey to becoming a substance abuse counselor at Wor-Wic Community College began in 2012, earning his degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 2015.

Steven received a bachelor’s degree at Grand Canyon University for a B.S. in Counseling with an Emphasis on Addictions and Substance Abuse in 2018. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Steven was awarded the 2019 NBCC Minority Fellowship Award for Masters in Addiction Counseling.

In addition, he is the drug court liaison for Wicomico County Adult Drug Court. He has held this position for the past four years. Steven is very active in the community. Giving back to the community, he is committed to helping people change and instilling in his clients that change is possible.


 

Elizabeth Mitchell, CSC-AD

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Elizabeth has years of experience as a counselor treating patients with both addiction and mental health issues in both in-patient and out-patient settings. After obtaining her A.A. degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 2007, she worked therapeutically with patients in need of addiction treatment. The opportunity of working directly with mental health professionals in treating patients allowed her to grow professionally in knowledge and understanding of the population’s needs.

Taking the next step into an administrative role, Ms. Mitchell became the director of Maryland housing for a local treatment center. In that role, she managed clients, program policies & procedures, as well as connecting patients and residents with local resources to support their recovery efforts.

Now with over 10 years of experience in substance abuse treatment, she focuses on compassionate and personal empowerment of all of her patients.


Rebecca Kimmons, CAC-AD

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Rebecca worked in the AmeriCorps program working in prevention with youth in 2008. She earned her associate degree in chemical dependency counseling from Wor-Wic Community College in 2012.

She then went on to pursue her bachelor’s degree in social work and completed the program in 2017.  Rebecca was accepted into the advanced standing master’s degree program at SU for social work and obtained her Master’s degree in 2018.

Rebecca comes from working with patients in addictions in an in-patient setting for the past 9 years.


Crystal Ellis, ADT

Crystal began her internship at Peninsula Addiction Services in January 2020.

After excelling in her role, she was then hired at our facility as an addictions counselor. She was educated at Wor-Wic Community College and will soon be obtaining her Associate’s degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling this coming Spring 2021.

Crystal plans to further her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Addictions Counseling.


Judy Sieg, ADT

Judy received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1992. She then received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education at Towson University in 1996.

Judy taught in the Baltimore County Public School system for three years prior to moving to the Eastern Shore. Upon moving, she began teaching history and government at The Salisbury School from 1999-2018. From 2011-2018, she also served as the Dean of Students.

Judy decided to make a career change and received her Certificate in Chemical Dependency from Wor-Wic Community College in 2019. She began interning at Peninsula Addiction Services in January of 2019 and has been a full time counselor since July 2019.

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