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Community Preceptors

MariJane Kling, Regina Smith and Michelle Woltz, Gaudenzia Inc.

Academic Preceptors

John Costa, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Denise Curran, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Mary Kate McGinty, University of the Sciences


Philadelphia, PA


Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Tobacco Use, Cardiovascular Health, Oral Health, Nutrition and Weight Status, Physical Activity and Fitness


Project Goals and Objectives

  • To educate clients of the affects of drugs and alcohol on the body
  • To educate clients about the impact of cardiovascular and oral health and overall well-being
  • To shape a positive self image and boost self-esteem
  • To raise awareness of the many dimensions of addiction
  • To promote a health recovery process and provide resources for a successful recovery

Personal Statements

"My experience at Gaudenzia has allowed me to gain insight into the many facets of addiction. Addiction is capable of taking away anything: relationships, homes, and families. Hearing the women's personal journeys through addiction and witnessing their transformation in recovery firsthand is an experience I will carry with me the rest of my life. Their courage, strength and resilience through adversity and trauma is inspiring. They have shown me the true definition of willpower and determination. Being aware of the struggles these women have undergone allows me to be aware tof very real issues in our society and motivates me to try to make a change for the positive as a future clinician. These women have forever imprinted themselves in my hear and I hope I have touched their lives as they have touched mine." --Amanda

"My time as BTG intern at Gaudenzia Inc. Women's Co-occuring Program has been an overwhelmingly positive experience. The women in the program have given me an insight into addiction and the recovery process that I would not learn in an academic setting. Not only do I have knowledge about the physical effects of chemical dependency, I now have an understanding of the emotional, psychological and social impact of addiction on those battling this disease. I am honored that these women chose to teach me about addiction and recovery by sharing personal stories of their struggles and triumphs. I will take what i have learned from this experience and use it to shape how I practice medicine and my interactions with future patients, especially those suffering from addiction." --Ahunna

You are Your Sister's Keeper: Gaudenzia Women's Co-occuring Program