Welcome to Harmonia

We want to welcome you into a collaborative process that will positively affect how you think, feel and act—improving your confidence, your relationships, your outlook and your life.

Here For You

The Mission of Harmonia Collaborative Care is to deliver best-practice health home, senior and behavioral health services to foster individuals' independence and improve their quality of life. Our Vision is to empower individuals to be healthy and fulfilled.

Expertise

Our clinicians are professionals who use a multidisciplinary approach to counseling. View our counselor credentials and specialized treatment methods in the Meet Our Staff section. You can also go to our Resources to learn more about our specialized techniques.

Advantages

Having experienced clinicians allows for provider autonomy. Our therapists value this and we are able to maintain low turn-over rates. Benefits to our holistic approach shine through in our team approach to your well-being. Our Senior Services, CarePanion and Health Home Services work in concert with our clinical staff to assure your needs are addressed.

Setting

Our friendly staff and relaxing, natural environment create an inviting atmosphere where you can feel comfortable exploring personal growth. Listen to our fountains and enjoy being creekside!

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Megan Brautlacht, LMHC

Director of Mental Health Clinics

I am a Mental Health Counselor licensed in the State of New York and Director of Mental Health Clinics. I specialize in Self-Esteem, Borderline Personality Disorder/Attachment, Sexual Trauma and Internal Family Systems. I believe human connection is the most important ingredient in life. I enjoy working at Harmonia because I can help my clients achieve their dreams in their own way. I find my personal balance playing with my dog, Maisie, dancing to music and cooking with friends and family.

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Jordan Alston, LMHC

Clinician

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, specializing in providing services to teens and young adults. I have been trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA). I love Harmonia because of my colleagues. I enjoy working with them and being able to learn from experienced professionals. What I most appreciate about my job is being able to offer guidance and support to people in need of help. Being outdoors calms my spirit. My balance comes from doing things in nature; I find it refreshing.

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Marissa Biondolillo, LMSW

Clinician

I am a Licensed Master of Social Work trained through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. I also received my 200-hour yoga teaching certification through the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo and I specialize in utilizing mindfulness and the mind-body connection in the therapeutic context. Before getting my master’s, I worked for several years as a mental health technician for BryLin Hospital, providing social and emotional support to people suffering with serious mental illness. I enjoy working at Harmonia because the staff really cares about clients and we collaborate to best serve their needs between the mental health clinic, Health Home Department, and Senior Services. We have so many resources to get our clients closer to where they want to be. I love social work because I believe that connecting genuinely is one of the most powerful and impactful things any of us can do. I have the honor to witness people finding and developing their strengths; which I find to be a gift. I find my balance through spending time outside, with family, friends, and pets; through meditation, dancing, and making music.

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Tammy Lyn Davis, PhD, LMHC

Clinician

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with training in Progressive Counting and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I hold my Doctorate in General Psychology. I value the physical environment and energy at Harmonia that relates to an overall sense of well-being for both staff and clients. I enjoy helping facilitate healthy changes in my clients and giving back to my community to continue fostering positive mental growth. I find balance by spending time with family, friends and spending time in nature. I am an active volunteer member of the Springville 6-Star Post VFW Women’s Auxiliary where I work with my therapy dog, Beau, to support our local veterans.

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Rachael Ann Dudczak, LMHC

Clinician

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 25 years of providing therapeutic counseling to adolescents, adults and families. I have experience treating depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ODD and ADHD. I believe success in coping occurs by finding the authenticity in relationships with ourselves and others. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of individuals’ journeys of self-exploration. Being a part of a shared community of therapists which support staff is a value to working at Harmonia. We complement each other in our roles of assisting others. Plus, the visual serenity of the Hamburg Location, parallel to 18-Mile Creek is the best way to start and end my workday. I find balance spending time with family, exploring nature, listening to music, reading and spending time in my garden.

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Julia Lorusso, MHC-P

Clinician

I hold my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling; currently I have my permit to practice mental health counseling through NY State. I am professionally affiliated with The American Counseling Association (ACA), Psi Chi Gamma Academic & Professional Honor Society (Canisius College’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota). I am also certified through NY State in Elementary Education. I find deep satisfaction in “holding space” for people, honoring the therapeutic relationship and helping clients look “within” to find answers. Empowering people to live their best lives is a gift. I am passionate about working with couples/marriages and senior citizens and would like to specialize with these populations. As I work towards my full licensure form the State I plan to continue to train in these areas. At Harmonia I have experienced first-hand the welcoming atmosphere and dedicated professionalism of everyone who works here. I am looking forward to many great moments! I find my balance in prayer, yoga, family and my black lab, “Bo”.

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Jessica Grobe, PsyD

Clinician

I am a Postdoctoral Psychologist and have earned my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Medaille College. I received specialized training on health and rehabilitation psychology. In my practice I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. It is important to me to factor in diversity, such as gender identity and cultural backgrounds. Building a strong therapeutic alliance has been the cornerstone of my success. Being welcomed into a client’s world, as a part of their journey towards healing is an honor. I am professionally affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA), New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA), Psychological Association of Western New York (PAWNY), World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and United States Professional Association for Transgender Health (USPATH). Harmonia fosters my autonomy as a clinician; to serve clients without a “one size fits all” mentality. I value the serene environment, as well as working alongside a group of skilled and supportive clinicians. Immersing myself in nature allows me to achieve balance and harmony. Camping, listening to music, reading, laughing, mindfulness practice, creating new memories, and “all things Disney” are essential to maintaining my balance.

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Jeremy Mauro, LMSW

Clinician

I am a Licensed Master of Social Work with training in Solution-Focused Therapy and Polyvagal Theory. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Therapy and have experience with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. I enjoy working at Harmonia because it gives me the opportunity to work with a team of experienced, talented clinicians who love what they do to help others. I value being able to work with my clients to help them work towards finding balance together. I find balance at home with family and friends and being out in nature. Quiet moments of peace help me recharge and regain my balance.

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Cherie B. Ruben, PhD

Clinician

I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in depression, anxiety and the mental health needs of older adults. I am certified in Medical Psychology and Psychopharmacology. My professional affiliations include the Psychological Association of WNY, Central NY Psychological Association, NYS Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. I enjoy connecting with people to help improve their mood and outlook as they develop their own connections in their social world. My favorite moments at Harmonia are home visits to those who live in isolation in underserved areas. I find balance in singing semi-professionally and walking to work.

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LuAnn Stevens, LCSW

Clinician

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adults, geriatrics, adjustment to illness, chronic pain, grief and mental health and wellness. I am affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and have received training through Real Life Heroes® for the treatment of traumatic stress. I utilize Motivational Interviewing and Problem-Solving Therapy to empower people to recognize and integrate their own strengths. I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to build resilience. I enjoy working for Harmonia because we embrace a Trauma-Informed philosophy. I have been fortunate in my career to have endless opportunity to help others help themselves. I find balance in the love of my family, friends, and the mystery of life.

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Elizabeth Walker, LMSW

Clinician

I am a licensed Master of Social Work. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR), Schema Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Couples Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I hold an Advanced Certification in EMDR. I am also certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. I am professionally affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and EMIDRA, the International Association for EMDR practitioners. It is a joy to work for such a highly ethical and professional outpatient behavioral health clinic. My colleagues at Harmonia are exceedingly competent and compassionate. I truly value the opportunity to work for this Agency in service to the Community. I find it an honor and a privilege to work with our clients; I never stop learning from them. I also enjoy the abundant opportunities this type of work provides for collaborative problem solving and intellectual growth. I find my balance by being in nature, hiking, seeing friends/family, music, history, museums and reading.

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Kristine Ingro, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

I am a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I hold my Master’s in Nursing from D’Youville College’s Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program. I have over 12 years of nursing experience in both the medical and psychiatric settings. I specialize in treating adolescents, adults, and families in a wide range of psychiatric disorders. I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and I am professionally affiliated with the American Nurses Association (ANA) and American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). Mental illness effects every one of us in some way. My goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of those suffer, and their families through compassionate, patient-oriented care leading to improved quality of life. I enjoy the close-knit, supportive atmosphere at Harmonia. From the day I interviewed I knew I wanted to be part of the Harmonia Team. Everyone displays a kind and caring spirit towards each other and the patients we serve. My balance in life comes from spending time with my three children, my dog and three cats. I also love running and participating in road races including marathons and half marathons.

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Lena Rocco, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). I specialize in working with adolescents, adults and families. I enjoy helping clients transform their lives, accomplish their goals and grow as individuals. Harmonia has the most welcoming environment. It truly feels like a family, and everyone is dedicated to the community. They go above and beyond for the clients they serve. I find my balance at home, spending time with my puppy. I also enjoy cooking, reading and watching documentaries.

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Rachael Ruppert, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). I have experience caring for adolescents and adults, managing a spectrum of disorders. I have six years of medical background, including emergency medicine and critical care. I am happy to be able to make a significant impact in the lives of patients suffering from mental health disorders, resulting in positive patient outcomes and improving overall quality of life. Since day one, Harmonia has created a comforting atmosphere for me and the patients. All of the support staff are pleasant to work with and respectful which has cultivated a professional environment. Traveling with my husband, getting together with my friends, or relaxing with my dog, Frank is where I find balance.

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Valerie Nowak, LMHC, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

I hold my master’s degree in Public Administration. I also have a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and I am licensed in NYS. I am a Health Leaders Fellow through the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, and certified in Continuous Quality Improvement. I am professionally affiliated with the American Counseling Association, NY Mental Health Counseling Association (state and local), Buffalo Niagara Chapter Co-Coordinator 2013 – 2017, President 2017-2018 and Kappa Gamma Pi Honor Society. From my first days at the organization until today, I have felt at home. The staff and leadership celebrate and support each other. I value their growing together as a team to help our clients reach their goals. As a therapist, I love seeing people improve. I believe everyone is collectively better for it. As a CEO, my position allows me to learn and innovate. Being able to improve processes, develop staff and grow Harmonia is invigorating. I find my balance in attending festivals, eating good food, listening to music, spending time at the beach and in nature, crafting and laughing with family and friends. I believe we find balance when we use the right ingredients at the right time. Listen to what your soul needs and feed it!

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Michelle Chiappetta, AA

Director of Finance & Administration

I have an Associates of Arts & Science in Accounting. I have training in Accounting, and I am certified in HIPAA, Compliance for Health Care Professionals and Human Resources. I am a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. I value the team atmosphere at Harmonia. I appreciate how everyone works together toward a goal of helping our clients get the quality services they need to feel their best. I believe my work in strengthening the organization’s internal systems supports those working directly with Harmonia’s clients. I find my balance in practicing yoga, spending time with my family and reading.

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Beverly Eagan, BS

Human Resources & Compliance Specialist

I am the Human Resources & Compliance Specialist for Harmonia. I hold my BS degree in Business Studies from Buffalo State College, and I am a certified Professional in Human Resources through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Additionally, I have a certification from Cornell University in Labor Relations. No two days are alike in my field; which I love. HR and Compliance cover so many aspects and always offers new learning opportunities. I have held positions in a variety of industries, and I find Harmonia to be very welcoming. The agency tries to accommodate employee needs and requests. The staff is focused on providing the best service for our internal and external clients in a generally relaxed environment. I find balance when trying new recipes, reading about history and spending time with the great friends I have been blessed with. I also enjoy travel; my last trip was to England, Scotland and Wales!

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Mary Bradshaw

Office Manager

I love my position as the Office Manager at Harmonia because of the pleasant atmosphere and positive company culture. I enjoy being a part of something that makes a difference to improve the lives of others. Watching the changes in our clients and knowing we are improving their quality of life brings me joy. I find my own balance by spending time with my family, friends and working out. I am certified trainer, and love working on teaching others the advantages of health and fitness.

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Kristy Gasiewicz, MS

Health Home Director

I have a bachelor’s degree in Health & Wellness and a Master of Science in Adult Education. I value the intimate feel of a small agency where you are more than just a number. I have years of experience in the field and enjoy making a difference in peoples’ lives. I am passionate about connecting people to services that advance their health. I find my balance at the gym and with my dogs, 4-year old chiweenie, Molly; 7-year old dachshund, Coco; 15-year old dachshund, Weenie, and 4-year old English bulldog, Bertha. I am actively involved in animal rescue and fostering dogs. One dog comes in when the other dog finds its forever family. I am also a Girl Scout troop leader for my daughter’s troop.

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Jennifer L. Gunia, BS

Senior Services Program Coordinator

I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and I am a certified Person-Centered Case Manager. I am professionally affiliated with the WNY Integrated Care Collaborative, Network in Aging and the Southtowns Coalition Group. I have a passion for helping those who are frail and isolated. I believe that at the end of the day, no matter the age, everyone wants to be in their own home. I am thankful that our Case Management staff can help our clients achieve that wish. I find my balance with my husband raising our twin boys. Going down to the beach is my happy place.

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Howard Martin - Chairman of the Board

Self-employed, Professional IT Services Consultant

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Louis Atti, CPCU - Vice Chairman

Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Senior Vice President, Personal Lines Manager

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Rajan Patel, CPA - Treasurer

Freed Maxick CPAs P.C., Senior Manager

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Christine J. Kluckhohn PT, DPT, MSHSA - Secretary

Self-Employed, Healthcare Consultant

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Kathleen Armstrong, MA - Director

Lawley Insurance, Manager, Enterprise Accounts

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Andrew Belden, DPT, PT, LNHA - Director

Fidelis Care, Clinical Lead, Utilization Management; Rehabilitation

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John Grennell, Esq. - Director

Self-employed, Attorney

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Suzanne Jasinski - Director

Retired

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Tristan Keelan, MBA - Director

CCNY, Director of Business Development

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Francesca Tioleco, MA

Incept, Digital Marketing Manager

Meet Our Team

The Harmonia team welcomes you to discover the tools you need for a balanced life. Get to know us.

Join Our Team

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Megan Brautlacht, LMHC

Director of Mental Health Clinics

Jordan Alston, LMHC

Clinician

Marissa Biondolillo, LMSW

Clinician

Tammy Lyn Davis, PhD, LMHC

Clinician

Rachael Ann Dudczak, LMHC

Clinician

Julia Lorusso, MHC-P

Clinician

Jessica Grobe, PsyD

Clinician

Jeremy Mauro, LMSW

Clinician

Cherie B. Ruben, PhD

Clinician

LuAnn Stevens, LCSW

Clinician

Elizabeth Walker, LMSW

Clinician

Kristine Ingro, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

Lena Rocco, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

Rachael Ruppert, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

Valerie Nowak, LMHC, MPA

Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Chiappetta, AA

Director of Finance & Administration

Beverly Eagan, BS

Human Resources & Compliance Specialist

Mary Bradshaw

Office Manager

Kristy Gasiewicz, MS

Health Home Director

Jennifer L. Gunia, BS

Senior Services Program Coordinator

Howard Martin - Chairman of the Board

Self-employed, Professional IT Services Consultant

Louis Atti, CPCU - Vice Chairman

Tompkins Insurance Agencies, Senior Vice President, Personal Lines Manager

Rajan Patel, CPA - Treasurer

Freed Maxick CPAs P.C., Senior Manager

Christine J. Kluckhohn PT, DPT, MSHSA - Secretary

Self-Employed, Healthcare Consultant

Kathleen Armstrong, MA - Director

Lawley Insurance, Manager, Enterprise Accounts

Andrew Belden, DPT, PT, LNHA - Director

Fidelis Care, Clinical Lead, Utilization Management; Rehabilitation

John Grennell, Esq. - Director

Self-employed, Attorney

Suzanne Jasinski - Director

Retired

Tristan Keelan, MBA - Director

CCNY, Director of Business Development

Francesca Tioleco, MA

Incept, Digital Marketing Manager