About Us

Dr. C. Thomas Brophy

Dr. Brophy specializes in Neuroscience, Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine. In the emergency department, he deals with the acute aspects of addiction such as overdose, acute withdrawal, and the social impact of substance abuse. While treating addiction in the outpatient setting, he helps bring hope and stability to those struggling with addiction, and is able to witness and assist as people rebuild their lives. He uses his background in neuroscience to educate our youth, and has built numerous addiction prevention programs that have been implemented in schools across western, PA.

 

Dr. Brophy is also one of very few physicians in the region to be Board Certified in Addiction Medicine as recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS). This designation has been awarded to a small number of physicians nationwide. He has also received numerous other awards for his efforts to educate the public and reduce the stigma associated with addiction, including a Proclamation from Allegheny County for the work he performed through the Opiate Reform Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit launched by Dr. Brophy in 2016. His knowledge on the topics, combined with his dedication to help people, and his empathy for the struggles of addiction are truly remarkable.

Brittany Brophy

Brittany Brophy is the Vice President of Trilogy Wellness and also performs multiple hands-on daily roles within and outside of our facility. From answering all of the incoming calls and questions, to dealing with your insurance company, to sorting out medication matters with the pharmacy, she is a highly skilled member of our team. Patient care is her top priority , from the first time that you call our office you will instantly realize that your comfort is her main concern.

 

Growing up in inner-city Pittsburgh and witnessing family members struggle with addiction, she has a keen knowledge of the destruction that substance abuse can bring into a family unit. Brittany has been fully immersed in the addiction treatment space for over 5 years now, we consider her the glue that keeps it all together. Many happy clients will tell you that her compassion for others and her warm heart are what makes Trilogy so special.

OUR PROVIDERS

It is our pleasure to introduce you to just a few providers on our team!

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       Dr. Russell L. Adams was born outside of Houston, TX.  He grew up in a small town in Northwest New Jersey called Byram.  He attended Muhlenberg College and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry, minor in German Studies.  Following college, Dr. Adams, attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he earned his Doctor of Osteopathy.  Following medical school, Dr. Adams performed his internship and residency at the Medical Center of Beaver in Beaver PA.  After completing his residency in Family Medicine, Dr. Adams completed a year of fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Adams first went to work for an Orthopedic Group in North New Jersey before settling back in the greater Pittsburgh area. 

       As the Chief Medical Officer of Trilogy Wellness, Dr. Adams is excited to bring his compassion and expertise to this fully integrated drug treatment center and work to advance the care of our patients to combine medically assisted treatment with comprehensive psychiatric care.  Dr. Adams started working in the Opiate Recovery space by starting Aurora Recovery Services 5 years ago.  He has been working through Crossroads Treatment Centers the last 2 years.

       Dr. Adams currently works in various other professional roles.  He is a staff Emergency Room Physician at Wheeling Hospital.  He is the Medical Director of a multi-disciplinary group called Allegheny Medical in Robinson, PA.  He was the Medical Director for almost 2 years for Grane Hospice in Pittsburgh.  He started and owns Elite Alternative Medicine 7 years ago, a multidisciplinary office in both NJ and PA promoting the certification of individual patients for Medicinal Marijuana.  He is also a part-time family physician at Montour Family Healthcare in Robinson, PA.

       Dr. Adams was commissioned in the United States Air Force in June 2000.  He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for his entire military career stationed in both Willow Grove and Coraopolis.  He has provided care as a staff physician and a flight surgeon.  Currently he holds the rank of Colonel and was the Medical Group Commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing for the past 5 years.  Dr. Adams has had an exemplary career and has received multiple accolades, the highlights are an Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and a Humanitarian Medal.  Providing humanitarian service in Uganda, Panama and Louisiana have been some of his most memorable opportunities.

Dr. Russell L. Adams D.O.
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Dr. Christal Dickun, M.D.

       Dr. Dickun is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician with over 10 years of experience practicing medicine. Dr. Dickun grew up in Connecticut and attended college at the University of Connecticut where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. Dr. Dickun’s medical training began in Philadelphia where she attended medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. Coming from a military family, she joined the United States Navy at that time and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency program at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
       Dr. Dickun served as an active duty emergency medicine physician for the U.S. Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, in addition to deploying to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, and supported the Pacific Fleet at Naval Hospital Guam before being honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Commander in 2016. At that time, Dr. Dickun and her family returned to the Pittsburgh area where her husband was born and raised. During her time in the military and many hours spent treating wounded warriors with complex injuries and pain problems she saw first hand how opiates can lead to addiction problems. After her time in the Navy she continues to stay clinically active in emergency medicine working for UPMC part-time. In addition, Dr. Christal Dickun also serves as the Medical Director for the Center for Pain Relief and Longevity where she treats patients with alternative treatments to control pain. She is currently working towards her board certification in Addiction Medicine and hopes to achieve this recognition by 2025. 

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Dr. Monica Garrick Drago, MD, MSW, MJ

       Dr. Monica Garrick Drago is a behavioral pediatrician, clinical social worker, and cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, having practiced medicine for over twenty years. Her undergraduate work was completed at Purdue University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, now the Medical University of Toledo. Her pediatric residency was done at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and she then served as co-chief pediatric resident at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, both in Cleveland where Dr. Monica was raised. Dr. Monica moved to Pittsburgh where she completed a fellowship in pediatric cardiology at Children’s Hospital. She remains true to Pittsburgh and the Steelers!
       After witnessing the need for mental health providers during her cardiology training, especially for children and families, Dr. Monica sought a Master of Social Work, concentrating on clinical practice, at the University of Pittsburgh. She reinvented her private practice in 2006 to focus on developmental and mental health disorders in children and adults. Special interests and expertise include the treatment of ADHD, OCD, anxiety, trauma, and bereavement. She completed further training in Cognitive Therapy at the Cleveland Behavioral Therapy Institute. In 2020, Dr. Monica completed a Masters in Child Law and Policy at the Loyola University Civitas Child Law Center, a division of Loyola Chicago Law School. Her master’s thesis was on the subject of pregnant women with opioid use disorder and why they should not be considered child-abusers. Dr. Monica has been passionate about treating and empowering people suffering from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and has worked in addiction medicine for the past 5 years. She has devoted the remainder of her career to treating OUD and hopes to bring a therapy dimension to the Trilogy treatment team. Outside of medicine, Dr. Monica enjoys baking, plays piano and guitar, and is a passionate golfer.