Meet Our Team

Executive Committee:

  • Norman Alessi, MD (Founder)
  • Gary Dimitrie, LMSW, ACSW
  • Barbara Alessi, LMSW
  • Vinnie Alessi, MS


  • Norman Alessi, MD
  • Chase Bouschor, LLMSW
  • Sarah Webster, BSN, RN
  • Chris Traugott, BSN, RN

Research Staff:

  • Hannah Lane, MSW
  • Mark J. Latessa, MSW, CSW
  • Kimberli Cumming, LMSW, MBA

Administrative Staff:

  • Norman Alessi, MD
  • Mark J. Latessa, LMSW
  • Jody Miller, CPA
  • Shannon Wilson

Norman Alessi MD, DFAPA, FAACAP

The Founder of Alessi Psychiatry and Life Center, Dr. Norman Alessi has over 40 years of experience delivering nation-leading psychiatric care. Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Dr. Alessi has developed and defined innovative treatments for children and adults for decades. His work has resulted in over 225 journal publications and presentations. He has received numerous awards and has been recognized for 22 years as one of the Best Doctors in America.

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Chase Bouschor, LLMSW

After being born and raised in the Upper Peninsula on an Indian Community Reservation, Chase moved downstate to obtain his undergraduate degree at Albion College in Sociology and play varsity football. In 2020, he went on to receive his master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Michigan. Chase is a clinical social worker at Alessi Psychiatry and Life Center. He strives to empower those who may lack significant meaning or purpose in their lives as a result of their mental health state, social position in society, or inability to contend with the demands of life in general. He uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, psychotherapy, and existential therapy.

Kimberli Cumming, LMSW, MBA

Kim has a unique blend of skills and interests. As an outgrowth of her commitment to social justice and to her fellow humans' inspiring capacity for resilience and growth, she started her early career working with survivors of gender-based interpersonal violence. She is passionate about supporting individuals in their innate ability to heal and thrive in their own unique life circumstances. Kim’s therapeutic style is relational and egalitarian. She believes that her primary role as a therapist is to provide the supportive time and space her clients need for self-reflection and unlocking their own wisdom. She also likes to ask pesky questions that challenge assumptions, promote perspective-taking, and elicit insights for growth.

Kim earned both her MSW and MBA from the University of Michigan. In her day job as the managing director of the Michigan Ross Executive MBA, Kim leads transformational business education at campuses in Ann Arbor, MI and Los Angeles, CA. Prior to joining the Ross School of Business in 2015, Kim devoted her career to nonprofit leadership. For most of a decade, she was the executive director of The Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Kim loves all-things nature and can often be found digging in her garden or being pulled through a wooded trail by her rescue dogs.


Gary Dimitrie, LMSW, ACSW

A founding member of the Alessi Psychiatry and Life Center, Gary Dimitrie brings over 30 years of clinical, administrative, and supervisory experience in mental health clinical care and wellness practices. He provides services directly as well as supervising clinical trainees.

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Hannah Lane, MSW

Hannah studied biology before getting her master’s in social work with a focus on policy and political social work from the University of Michigan. Before joining Alessi Psychiatry and Life Center, Hannah worked at the Washtenaw County Health Department with projects focusing on community coalition building, policy advocacy, and health education. Hannah is currently working on outreach research and improving communications for the Center and hopes to continue to connect the community with the Center’s resources.


Mark J. Latessa, LMSW

Mark graduated from Eastern Michigan University with his bachelor’s in psychology and from the University of Michigan with his master of social work. Most recently, Mark has worked as a database programmer in the market opinion research field for seventeen years at MORPACE, Inc. Mark has been in the business of data collection and research in the fields of mental health, medical, and market opinion for most of his working career.

He has vast work experience, including working as a Psychiatric Care Worker at the University of Michigan Adolescent Psychiatric hospital, as a Specialized Foster-Care social worker, as a Research and Administrative Assistant and Quality Improvement/Program Evaluation at the Livingston County Community Mental Health Center for Adolescent Services, and as the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Coordinator & Coordinator for the National Database Center at the Rehabilitation Institute at the Detroit Medical Center.

Mark joined the Alessi Psychiatric and Life Center in August 2022, helping to implement new business software, assist with software training, documentation, form generation, and work-flow conceptualization.

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Sarah Webster, BSN, RN

Sarah has lived in Washtenaw County the majority of her life and received her nursing degrees from Washtenaw Community College and South University. She has worked as a nursing professional for 17 years with experience primarily in caring for critically ill patients. She has always wanted to transition into mental health and participate with evolving therapeutics. To say that she is delighted to be a part of the Alessi team as the Ketamine Infusion RN would be an understatement.

Shannon Wilson

Shannon studied at Washtenaw Community College for Office Management and CPC-A. She has worked in the medical field for over 20 years. She has other degrees and knowledge in RNA, CNA, and MA. She is also a HIPAA compliance officer and is on the BCBS advisory panel. She is extremely happy to be a part of Dr. Alessi’s as the office manager and billing coordinator!


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