Michelle Kerrigan is the Alumni Coordinator and Patient Advocate for Caron Ocean Drive.
As the Alumni Coordinator, Michelle is dedicated to supporting the continuum of care by fostering relationships with those who have completed the Ocean Drive program. Through collaboration with the clinical team, patient’s, and internal and external referents, Michelle determines the most effective resources for continued care. Michelle utilizes various continuing care models to help bridge the gap for clients transitioning to their home environments while maintaining a connection to Ocean Drive throughout their recovery process. Additionally, she facilitates making connections with alumni buddies to support patients, and alumni excel in executing their strategy. Michelle joins alumni weekly for the Ocean Drive Alumni Support Group and has supported the development of several alumni-run support groups offering continued support and strength to the community. She provides patients and alumni a safe, trusting environment that enables them to be honest and forthcoming about their fears, struggles, and barriers to effectively seek solutions and resolutions.
As the Patient Advocate, she ensures that patients’ needs, feedback, and goals are met throughout their stay at Ocean Drive. Additionally, she encourages patients to play an active role in their treatment and supports them in setting and achieving treatment goals. Michelle assists with creating and planning Caron events including the NY Gala, Ocean Drive Alumni Weekend, and the Gratitude Weekend Reunion.
Michelle joined the Caron team in 2015, first as a counselor assistant and later as a lead counselor assistant, where she oversaw staff and clients. These roles involved patient care, crisis management, and assisting patients in developing trusting relationships. She is currently completing her master’s degree in social work through Florida Atlantic University.