PursueCare is a technology-enabled health services provider aiming to help solve the nation’s growing opioid epidemic by increasing access to stigma-free treatment. The company has launched a first-of-its-kind telehealth substance use disorder and opioid addiction treatment platform available through an iOS/Android mobile app. Through our platform of services, patients can conveniently and quickly access Medication-Assisted Treatment like Suboxone from qualified physicians.
We offer a complete telehealth SUD treatment program, bringing together MAT prescribers, therapists, mail-order pharmacy services, at-home toxicology screenings, on-demand sessions, and care coordinators into a network of evidence-based care. Our telehealth platform provides on-demand, interventive, and transitional care to patients coming from hospital inpatient and emergency departments, primary care, and rural health clinic settings. It is also directly accessible by patients and can be offered by insurance plans and employers as a lower cost, personalized, at-home addiction treatment option.
Most importantly, our focus is on improving the lives of the patients in recovery that we care for. We utilize a patient-centric harm reduction model for care. Our clinical protocols rely on ASAM-supported best practices. PursueCare has passed LegitScript’s certification process for transparency and compliance with industry standards for addiction treatment.
Nicholas Mercadante, Esq.
Chief Executive Officer
Nick previously served as MedOptions’ President and COO. MedOptions is the largest provider of behavioral healthcare to LTC residents. Under his leadership MedOptions grew from a 150-provider regional operation, to 650 providers servicing 1500+ LTC facilities nationally, merging with the company’s largest competitor during that time. He helped integrate operating infrastructure post-merger, develop key client partnerships and relationships with payors, and strategically address operating challenges. Nick also led development of a telehealth program to serve facilities where traditional in-person staffing is challenging. Nick originally joined MedOptions as General Counsel and Vice President of Payor Relations.
Steven Powell, MD, MPH, CPE, FAPA
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Powell is currently the Chief Medical Officer for Pursue Care, and the Chief Executive Officer for New England Medicine and Counseling Associates which provides addiction treatment across New England. Prior to this role, Dr. Powell was the Chief Medical Officer for New London Hospital, a Dartmouth affiliate, for greater than six years. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from Clayton College and State University in Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Integrative Studies. He earned his M.D. from Mercer University School of Medicine in Georgia and his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Clinical Practice from The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Assistant Vice President of Operations
Innis develops, oversees, and manages the key on-boarding, implementation, and training processes that help launch our partners’ telehealth practices, and the ongoing support to make them successful. She formerly led all training and development initiatives at MedOptions, the nation's largest behavioral health provider in the long-term care setting. She also led EHR training initiatives at Phoenix House, a national leader in residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment. She holds an MA from the University of Southern California and is working on her MBA. Innis enjoys spending time with her family and her furry companions.
Chief Growth Officer
Jonathan comes to PursueCare with over a decade of experience in healthcare operations. Jonathan previously served as Vice President of On-demand Operations at InSight Telepsychiatry. InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization. Jonathan helped with strategic initiatives in both Operations and Business Development with focus on developing and maintaining key client partnerships. During his time InSight merged with a Chicago based telepsychiatry provider even furthering their ability to provide access to care in Hospitals, Rural Clinics, and correctional settings. Before InSight, Jonathan worked with Nick at MedOptions as a Regional Vice President of Operations.
Sherie Friedrich, PsyD
Clinical Director of Psychology
Dr. Friedrich completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire and received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. She completed an APA accredited internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NYC, working with adult patients on a long-term secure psychiatric unit. Additional training experiences include a formal Postdoctoral Fellowship at Seacoast Mental Health Center and a one-year advanced Psychotherapy Fellowship at Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Her past work experiences have been in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health settings, and in private and group practice.
Jessica Badichek, PharmD
Director of Pharmacy Operations
Dr. Badichek is the Director of Clinical Operations for CompreCareRx, PursueCare's partnering pharmacy provider. With extensive knowledge of psychopharmacology, substance use disorder treatments and pharmaceutical compounding, she is dedicated to providing optimal clinical care that focuses on the needs of every individual patient. Dr. Badichek has also authored psychiatric drug formularies and was involved in the development of PursueCare’s Clinical Policies and Procedures. She has previously worked for Bryn Mawr Hospital in the greater Philadelphia area and Arrow/Partners Long Term Care Pharmacy working with hospice and senior patients.
Amber Brinegar, PharmD
Lead Clinical Pharmacist
Dr. Brinegar joins PursueCare taking an active role in the connection between our pharmacy operations and PursueCare telehealth operations to help ensure clinical compliance, a high level of customer service to telehealth patients, and enhancement of our services as we grow. Amber is extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the SUD/OUD space from a pharmacological and social perspective. She has Naloxone certification and trains in Naloxone administration.