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.

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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.

Our Partners and Awards

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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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Sarah Cozzemera, MA

School Programs Coordinator

I am the School Programs Coordinator for Harmonia. I hold my MA in English Composition and Theory from Fredonia State University. I am certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office as a Family Assistance Success Coach. Before joining Harmonia, I dedicated 15 years of my career path to educational and community support programs and service providers. My focus has been on building intentional communities and delivering excellence in program and project management. Harmonia has a strong culture of communication and understanding. Being able to build accessible programming and support which enriches the lives of students and families is very rewarding. I love being of service to the community! Nature, being outside and creating art move my soul. Learning, reading, thinking, meditating and exercising bring me joy. I frequently and humbly remind myself that “balance” is a constant negotiation.

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Jordan Alston, LMHC

Clinician, Senior School 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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Erin Bascug, LMSW

Clinician

I am a Licensed Master of Social Work. I received my MSW from the University at Buffalo. I specialize in trauma-informed approaches and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Koru Mindfulness approaches. I am a member of the Council on Social Work Education. I believe survivors of violence and trauma deserve a system that is responsive to and appropriate for their needs. Learning how to connect with these clients, and working with them to alleviate their trauma symptoms is my life’s work. Harmonia’s emphasis on holistic wellness for clients and clinicians alike is what I most enjoy. It is so important to take care of ourselves so we can give our best to those we serve! I find my balance listening to music and singing. Sometimes I sing in choirs, but I’m known to break into song in my day-to-day life. I most appreciate the indie-folk movement but appreciate a wide variety of music genres from Motown to alternative. I love attending concerts and listening to live music!

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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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Kathryn Blanchard, LMSW

Clinician

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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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Cynthia Haist, PsyD

Clinician

I am a Postdoctoral Psychologist. I hold my PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Medaille University’s APA accredited program. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and mindfulness practices. I specialize in integrating various modes of therapy with a Person-Centered therapeutic approach, as well as Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and working with victims of intimate partner violence. I am professionally affiliated with the American Psychological Association (APA), Psychological Association of Western New York (PAWNY) and the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ). Working in my field allows me the privilege of helping others heal through the therapeutic bond that I develop with my clients. I am honored to be involved in the unique journey of each person, as a facilitator of increased self-awareness and therapeutic change and growth. I appreciate Harmonia’s natural and holistic atmosphere and approach. As a clinician at Harmonia, I feel unconfined and free to explore, practice, and integrate a variety of therapy modalities. I also feel appreciated and supported by trained, experienced, and caring clinicians and supervisors. I find my balance in spending time with my family, reading, and taking mindful moments to pause and feel gratitude towards others and my good fortunes.

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Gayle Hayes, LCSW

Clinician

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I love working in my field for the human connection. People are so resilient and strong; helping them to realize this is a great reward! I work with very good people at Harmonia and enjoy the calm atmosphere. When I’m at home reading, spending time with my granddaughters, or while being entertained at Shea’s is where I find my balance.

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Kelsey Nicosia, PsyD

Clinician

I am a Postdoctoral Psychologist. I received my PsyD from Medaille University’s APA accredited program, and I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I am a professional member of the American Psychological Association (APA). I have experience working with adults diagnosed with chronic pain/illness and have assisted these individuals with pain management, lifestyle adjustment, and managing co-occurring mental health conditions. Also, I am experienced in treating severe mental health conditions in adults. I love helping clients to be the best versions of themselves. It is rewarding to get to know my clients and serve as their guide and support as they work towards their goals. Harmonia’s values and approach align with my beliefs. They strive for quality care that puts the client first and best fits their needs. It is wonderful to work in a setting with friendly and supportive co-workers that share and strive for that same goal. I find my balance in exercising, listening to music, and spending time with close friends and family.

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Cherie B. Ruben, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Senior 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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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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Veronica Smith, MA, MHC-P

Clinician

I am a Mental Health Counselor, and I utilize a person-centered approach with adolescents and adults. I specialize in treating anxiety and depression. I am trained in Play Therapy and EMDR. I also have experience collaborating with persons with disabilities, assisting with their mental, physical, and daily support needs. I enjoy working in a field where I can give back and help others develop growth in their future. Harmonia offers a supportive environment; everyone enjoys what they do, and it shows. I find my balance having a positive support system of friends, family, my puppies, and shopping.

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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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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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Courtney Klimowicz, AA

Office Manager

I am the Office Manager at Harmonia. I hold an associate degree in applied science in Business Administration. I have worked in the mental health industry for several years and I love being able to help connect clients in establishing counseling relationships where they feel welcome and heard. Harmonia provides such a warm environment for both employees and clients. Everyone works together to ensure the needs of our clients are met. I find my balance taking walks with my dog, reading and spending time with my friends and family.

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Jennifer L. Gunia, BS

Director of Senior Services

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., Director

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Christine J. Kluckhohn PT, DPT, MSHSA - Secretary

Self-Employed, Healthcare Consultant

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John Grennell, Esq. - Director

Self-employed, Attorney

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Tristan Keelan, MBA - Director

CCNY, Director of Business Development

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Francesca Tioleco, MA

Self-employed, Digital Marketing Consultant

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Suzanne Jasinski

Board Member Emeritus

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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Sarah Cozzemera, MA

School Programs Coordinator

Jordan Alston, LMHC

Clinician, Senior School Clinician

Erin Bascug, LMSW

Clinician

Marissa Biondolillo, LMSW

Clinician

Kathryn Blanchard, LMSW

Clinician

Tammy Lyn Davis, PhD, LMHC

Clinician

Rachael Ann Dudczak, LMHC

Clinician

Cynthia Haist, PsyD

Clinician

Gayle Hayes, LCSW

Clinician

Kelsey Nicosia, PsyD

Clinician

Cherie B. Ruben, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Senior Clinician

Kristine Ingro, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

Lena Rocco, PMHNP-BC

Prescribing NP

Veronica Smith, MA, MHC-P

Clinician

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

Kristy Gasiewicz, MS

Health Home Director

Courtney Klimowicz, AA

Office Manager

Jennifer L. Gunia, BS

Director of Senior Services

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., Director

Christine J. Kluckhohn PT, DPT, MSHSA - Secretary

Self-Employed, Healthcare Consultant

John Grennell, Esq. - Director

Self-employed, Attorney

Tristan Keelan, MBA - Director

CCNY, Director of Business Development

Francesca Tioleco, MA

Self-employed, Digital Marketing Consultant

Suzanne Jasinski

Board Member Emeritus