Dr. Sheila McDermott DHA, MSN, CRNP-BC
Dr. Sheila McDermott received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University and Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. In addition, she completed a Doctorate in Health Administration at the University of Phoenix. She attended Providence College for ROTC where she became a Distinguished Military Graduate. After serving four years of active duty in the Army Nurse Corp, McDermott was honorably discharged as a Captain.
She has served in the capacity of CEO in multiple inpatient behavioral health hospitals as well as Chief Nursing Officer for a large psychiatric institution. These roles have included facility start-ups, hospital turnarounds, and extensive program development. Her experience yields strong skills with fiscal, regulatory, and compliance initiatives for complex hospital systems. She brings competency in human resources, HIM, risk management, UR, performance improvement, and expanding service lines. As former adjunct faculty at Yale, Fairfield, and Sacred Heart Universities she remains committed to educating direct care providers in multiple clinical settings.
With over 30 years of nursing and administrative experience, McDermott has held numerous clinical roles in specialties that include diabetes, geriatrics, endocrinology, GYN, infectious disease, and psychiatry. Her experience includes work in the inner city, forensics, homelessness, internal medicine, addiction, women’s health, hospice, and behavioral health.
Dr. Robert Glanz
Co-Founder and Director of Clinical Services
Robert Glanz began his professional journey with a vision of joining the healing sciences with compassion and human connection. His path combined advanced training in Western sciences with humanitarian and spiritual work in India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Earned a doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin
Received a post-doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.
Trained in "behavioral-medicine" and the "relaxation-response" at Harvard University Medical School.
Applied his skills as a counselor at the hospice of Mother Theresa in Calcutta, India. While in India, Robert received intensive training in Tibetan meditation techniques for behavioral medicine.
Directed and developed an innovative medical education program in Ethiopia, Africa. Dr. Glanz organized a consortium of major universities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to implement the program. Successful grant-writing to fund the program was undertaken by Dr. Glanz.
Provided psychological services at Memorial Psychiatric Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the 1990s.
Managed a busy psychotherapy practice in New York City and served as a psychologist at a range of skilled nursing facilities in the area.
Co-Founder and Director of Operations
Mr. Marotta began his work in human services while attending Manhattan College in New York as a psychology major. His work as a house manager for Westchester ARC, Opengate, and Special Citizens introduced him to the budgetary challenges of providing uncompromised and compassionate care based on Medicaid reimbursements. He was inspired by the unflinching dedication of his affiliated clinicians in spite of their financial struggles and sacrifices stemming from Medicaid reimbursement rates. He became interested in the prospect of reconciling the challenge of adequately reimbursing clinicians while providing the highest standard of behavioral healthcare based upon anticipated Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Mr. Marotta transitioned to private industry in 1994 and honed his expertise in organizational logistics, budgetary and staff management and finance. It was during his tenure as Director of Finance for a multi-state security company that he decided to return to human services. He was fortified with the belief that provision of excellent healthcare need not require unwanted personal sacrifice.
He returned to behavioral healthcare in 2006 as a founding member of Southwest Cares. As Southwest Cares Director of Operations, Mr. Marotta has created a respectful and effective management style resulting in an efficient and motivated operations staff. Under Mr. Marotta’s leadership, Southwest Cares has built and maintained a vibrant, professionally gratified and exceptionally skilled clinical team that serves hundreds of individuals weekly.