“I became an Addictions Specialist in 1993 after my experience as the drummer for the rock band, the Del Fuegos allowed me to experience firsthand the devastating effects of drug and alcohol abuse. I survived it to see clearly the need for innovative services, support, and ongoing encouragement for people who have been affected by addictions and mental health disorders.”
Woody Giessmann is the CEO and founder of Right Turn – Intensive Outpatient, Medication Assisted Treatment, and an Extended Care Housing Program. Right Turn provides a continuum of evidence-based treatment with complimentary experiential therapies of music and the arts. Woody is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Interventionist who became an addictions specialist in 1993 after his experience as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. Woody began as an employee of HOPE HOUSE, a DPH/BSAS program in the South End of Boston. In the following years, he attended The University of Massachusetts for his BA in Human Service Management followed by Suffolk University for a Masters Level Certificate in Community Human Service Management. He worked at The Cambridge Health Alliance, Outpatient Addiction Services (OAS) program where he first met Mark Albanese MD. In 2000, Woody was instrumental in establishing the Cambridge Program of Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT) for DMH, which works with people who have severe and persistent mental health issues. Woody was introduced to Dr. Anne Alonso in 2002, whose philanthropy and encouragement spurred Woody to open Right Turn. Woody trained with Dr. Judith Landau as an ARISE Certified Interventionist. Woody serviced on the Client Advisory Board (CAB) for Michael Botticelli for 5 years starting in 1996, The MOAR Board / Maryanne Frangules since 2008, and appointment as the ethics chairperson for the national Association of Intervention Specialist (AIS) in 2014. Woody was appointed to the Board of Registration in Medicine by Governor Baker as a public member in February 2016. While Woody still enjoys playing music, his creative focus is on landscape and portrait painting.