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Clinical Team

Leah Puffer, RN, BSN (she/her)


Leah joined Gould Farm in October 2023, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a passion for community-based mental health care. With a background rooted in fostering connections within community settings, Leah was drawn to Gould Farm's unique approach to mental health recovery. Having previously served on a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team at Maine Behavioral Health and later as a nurse at Ellenhorn, a community-based residential treatment program, Leah understands the importance of integrating individuals into supportive communities. What particularly captivated Leah about Gould Farm was the therapeutic community and its integration with the diverse work program in a natural setting, providing a refreshing departure from the isolation often experienced by those receiving services in the mental health field.

Leah's role as a nurse at Gould Farm encompasses a diverse range of responsibilities, from managing medications and addressing injuries to providing vital medical care. Additionally, Leah serves as a vital link between medical providers and the clinical team, ensuring seamless coordination of care along with other nursing office staff. With a commitment to holistic wellness, Leah also offers invaluable support to guests on their journey toward healing.

Academically, Leah pursued studies in psychology and biology at James Madison University, where her interests in healthcare were nurtured through various shadowing experiences and hands-on medical care roles. Her journey led her to obtain her EMT license and eventually pursue nursing, completing an accelerated BSN program at the University of New England. Leah's practicum experiences on psychiatric units further solidified her dedication to mental health care, ultimately shaping her career trajectory.

Certified in pain reprocessing therapy, Leah brings a nuanced understanding of chronic pain management to her role, enhancing the support offered to guests at Gould Farm. Outside of her professional endeavors, Leah finds solace in walking her beloved dog, Frances, amidst the tranquil woods of Gould Farm.

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