Identifying Solutions and Overcoming Barriers for the People in Our Programs
Dr. David Gennis starts his day at CLARE|MATRIX with an open mind coupled with a spirit of kindness and curiosity. A former gymnast and professional dancer, Dr. Gennis’ day-to-day responsibilities as Sr. Director of Clinical Services have taught him a new form of dance: one of psychological and emotional balance that continues to put his athletic mental skills to good use. On any given day, he can be found providing clinical oversight to three CLARE|MATRIX treatment programs – the Healing House Crisis Residential Program, Men’s Treatment Program, and Pregnant and Postpartum Women’s Program.
Dr. Gennis’ unconventional career journey is underscored by his longtime interest in better understanding the human mind. Raised in the northeastern corridor of Massachusetts, Dr. Gennis studied classical ballet, jazz and modern dance at Emerson College before moving to Nevada to perform as a tumbler on the Las Vegas strip. After enduring the harsh impact that tumbling had on his body, he decided to transition into a traditional career in office administration. He later enrolled in graduate school, where he initially began studying human resources management. But he soon found himself drawn to taking psychology courses to discover the psychological reasons behind the choices people make. He eventually earned a doctorate in psychology, and has since worked in the field for the past two decades.
At CLARE|MATRIX, Dr. Gennis says that its residential treatment center is life-saving, offering a clinically driven and trauma-informed program that is often intense but compassionate. He supervises each program’s incorporation of the world renowned Matrix Model and the 12-step philosophy found in Alcoholics Anonymous. Yet equally important, he oversees the center’s intensive behavioral therapy practices to encourage long-term sobriety. He says, “We strive to ensure that everyone in our care is exposed not only to the 12 Steps and Matrix Model, but also to dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and meditation, seeking safety, and other modalities that help individualize one’s pathway to recovery.”
Dr. Gennis believes that helping those in treatment should be done with deep care and dignity. “In my role, I get to experience how CLARE|MATRIX truly individualizes care to meet the needs of the men, women and children in our programs in order to create positive recovery outcomes,” he says. “Our team strives to provide trauma-informed care and to operate with one question in mind: How would you want your most beloved to be treated if they were receiving care at CLARE|MATRIX?”