SMART Clinical Team

"One of the things I like best is the onsite SMART Student Health and Wellness Center. I feel it is nice to have medical staff in the school. I think it helps keep down absenteeism, and if the children are not feeling well or struggling with something, the SMART staff can address any concerns or needs at that moment, onsite."  – LIFE MSA Parent

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Christopher Conti, MD

Licensed Medical Provider

Christopher Conti, MD, has been a practicing physician for over two decades. He has a very diverse background and has worked in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, emergency rooms, and community health clinics. He served as Chief Medical Officer for Primary Care Health Services, Inc., the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Pittsburgh, which hosts nine specific sites and an additional two sites that are partnered with Healthcare for the Homeless and dedicated to the homeless population in Pittsburgh. He has additional specialized training in sports and concussion medicine and has been a Team Physician for the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2018. Most recently, Dr. Conti became a designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) for the Federal Aviation Administration where he certifies the health and fitness of pilots and air traffic controllers.

At the LIFE Male STEAM Academy, Dr. Conti will diagnose illness and injury, provide treatment, prescribe appropriate medication, and work closely with the SMART Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician and additional clinic staff to support SMART’s “Whole Child, Whole School” focus. In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Conti will lead the overall clinical vision for the SMART Student Health and Wellness Center, providing medical oversight, expertise, and leadership to ensure the delivery of the most efficacious, integrative health care services that are consistent with the established evidence-based standards of the innovative SMART Model.

Dr. Conti received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Howard University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Following his medical residency in 2001, Dr. Conti served in the United States Air Force for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as part of the Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT), which transported wounded soldiers and civilians from the combat theater into hospitals. He is currently a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at Newburgh Theological Seminary.


Van Lee, Jr., RN, BSN, MA

Registered Nurse (RN) and SMART Utilization and Engagement Manager

Van has over 32 years of experience within the health care setting. He has experience as a registered nurse, case manager, and nursing assistant, and in various realms of patient care. In addition, this past summer he served as the Camp Nurse for Summers Best Two Weeks CitiKidz. He also currently serves as Youth Minister at Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church in Pittsburgh.

As a Registered Nurse at LIFE Male STEAM Academy, Van cares for students, families, faculty, and staff by supporting our SMART Licensed Medical Provider and Integrated Behavioral Health Clinician. He promotes continuity of care and triages students in keeping with the SMART “Whole Child, Whole School” approach. 

In addition, Van serves as the center’s Utilization and Engagement Manager. He ensures that every student in the school is consented and seen for an integrative screening to actively promote the wellness of all through prevention and early identification of needs and interventions.

Van provides vision and leadership in keeping with the SMART “Whole Child, Whole School” approach and is a crucial link between students and the care delivered by the SMART Clinical

Staff. He also supports SMART’s purpose to improve academic outcomes, school climate, and school culture by providing advanced support services in front desk and registration operations, enabling and enhancing the SMART Team’s capacity to deploy Active Access to Active Care.

Van earned an Associate in Science from the Community College of Allegheny County, a Bachelor of Science from Duquesne University School of Nursing, and a Master of Arts in youth ministry from Trinity Episcopal School of Ministry. He is certified in Biblical Counseling from Pittsburgh Laymens Bible Institute and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Signal School.

Mauri Tate, MSW, LSW 

LIFE Male STEAM Academy, Licensed Social Worker

Mauri brings over six years of experience working with youth and families in behavioral health in both school and clinical health settings. She has expertise in, and training with, assessment and diagnosis as well as providing therapy to individuals and families, group work, and crisis intervention. She is skilled in providing evidenced-based, trauma-informed behavioral health services and developing individualized treatment plans to support each youth and family’s unique needs.

Mauri is employed by LIFE MSA but works with the SMART clinic staff to develop individual goal plans with an emphasis on supporting academic success in each plan of care. She works in collaboration with the SMART Licensed Medical Provider to coordinate care and maximize SMART’s capacity to support a trauma-informed framework and healing, keeping with the SMART “Whole Child, Whole School” approach.

Mauri earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Duquesne University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

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