40 Under Forty: Allison Beckler, DO, 33


Medical director

YOU, Inc., Worcester, Gardner & Baldwinville

Lives: Gardner

Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine

Colleges: University of New England, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Beckler was named the medical director at Worcester's YOU, Inc. just last fall, but her efforts to improve health care in Central Massachusetts extend far beyond that appointment. The Maine native volunteer teaches psychiatry students at UMass Medical Center – where she completed her residency herself as a child psychiatrist – to help them adjust to the challenging role of children psychiatry and high burnout rates. Before joining YOU, Inc., she helped create a case conference by video between UMass and Shanghai. At YOU, Inc., Beckler has started a tele-psychiatry program to help patients in the Southbridge area access care if they can't get around because of transportation issues. She's brought stability to a position that had seen a period of quick turnover, and occupied at a young age a critical position for the only nonprofit children's behavioral health agency in Central Massachusetts providing intensive acute inpatient care. As for Beckler's imprint on getting people to stay in the field? Her first year as medical director included no turnover within her department. 

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Dr. Beckler's dedication and leadership has been instrumental in strengthening YOU, Inc. as an organization, and she influences the lives of children and their families on a daily basis. She is doing work on a day-to-day basis that shapes the future of our community and society.”

What would you like people to say about you when it is all said and done? I made them laugh, smile and cry, and was someone who cared deeply about people.

If you could go back in time, when would you go back to? The 1920s because I have always loved the book “The Great Gatsby” and would have loved to attend a party like his.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.