United Counseling Service Announces New Medical Director
United Counseling Service (UCS), a mental health and human social services provider in Southern Vermont, is proud to announce the appointment of Alya Reeve, M.D., M.P.H. as the organization’s Medical Director. Dr. Reeve brings over 20 years of experience to the position and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is licensed to practiced psychiatry in Vermont.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Reeve to UCS,” said Executive Director Ralph Provenza. “Her diverse experience and impressive educational background will benefit our organization and the community we help.”
“I’m excited to work with everyone at UCS to foster building a strong community in Bennington. It’s especially important that we offer exceptional care and work to reduce stigma for individuals who are addressing mental health or substance use disorders so we can help them on their path of recovery,” said Dr. Reeve.
Previous to joining UCS, Dr. Reeve served in multiple professional and academic roles at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics. Most recently she was a full professor and clinician educator for the UNM Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics; the Principal Investigator for the Continuum of Care Project, and a Neuropsychiatrist for adults with developmental disabilities at the UNM Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Reeve earned her M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, with residencies in psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the Dartmouth School of Medicine. She also spent time as a Registrar in the Epilepsy Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Reeve was a Fellow at the Clinical Brain Disorders Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington, D.C. She earned her M.P.H from the University of New Mexico in 2009. Her undergraduate work culminated with a B.A. in French and Zoology from Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut.
At UCS, Dr. Reeve is responsible for overseeing clinical psychiatric services and providing guidance to clinical staff. The Medical Director assures that agency patients receive appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, medical screening and medical or psychiatric evaluation. In addition, the Medical Director is the liaison for UCS with community physicians, hospital staff, and other professionals and agencies associated with psychiatric services.