Our Team

  

AlexandraWAlexandra Wilkosz, LCSW
Clinical Director

Alexandra Wilkosz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in eating disorders and training in wellness and relational issues. She was originally exposed to eating disorders while working towards her B.A. in Psychology at Siena College where she received formal training and gained preliminary experience working with those affected by the illness. Since then she actively sought out opportunities to be involved in prevention and education related to eating disorders and went on to receive a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative Masters of Social Work Program with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Health.  Prior to her position as Clinical Director, Alexandra's professional experience includes outpatient care as well as partial hospitalization and acute inpatient work. She is a board member on the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders Community Advisory Board and currently runs a small private practice specializing in eating disorder treatment. She is passionate in her provision of outreach, education, and evidence-based treatments to patients and families.

 

TammieHTammie Hills
Office Manager

Tammie Hills comes to The Healing Connection with over 20 years of experience in office management, intake coordination, registration, medical records, and billing. She has strong organizational and interpersonal skills and is a passionate patient and family advocate. Before coming to The Healing Connection she worked in several administrative positions in Behavioral Health at Unity Health System, including work in outpatient settings and in the SAMHSA-funded primary care program.

 

 




 

StephaniePStephanie Preller, LCSW
Primary Therapist

Stephanie Preller has a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to attending graduate school she worked in a hospital as a mental health worker on adolescent and adult psychiatry and eating disorder units. She went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University. She recently moved to the Rochester area from Queens, NY, where she was working as a primary therapist at an outpatient community mental health clinic. Stephanie has also gained clinical experience working on a multidisciplinary team with adolescents and adults on an inpatient psychiatric unit in Brooklyn, NY and at an outpatient substance abuse clinic in Manhattan, NY, where she provided individual, family, and group therapy. She also has experience working with parents and caregivers of children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and mental illness. She has provided parent training, workshops, and family therapy for caregivers in both school and home settings.  Stephanie uses an eclectic approach to therapy and is mindful of meeting the individual needs of every patient and family that she is working with.

 

MollyF2Molly Farrell, LMFT
Primary Therapist

Molly Farrell earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the State University of New York, College at Fredonia. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at North Dakota State University. The CFT program is committed to center all aspects of training in feminist and social justice principles to help students develop the skills and competence necessary to work with diverse and marginalized communities and to use those skills to create meaningful social change at the national, international, and local levels. During her Masters program, Molly provided therapy services to individuals, couples, and families at the Couple and Family Therapy Center at NDSU and at Southeast Human Services, both located in Fargo, ND. Following her Master’s program, Molly worked in the Youth Shelter/Runaway Program at Youthworks in Fargo, ND. There, Molly provided family therapy services and also served as the Assistant Program Coordinator for the Attendant Care and Short Term Assessment Center providing housing to runaway and homeless youth. Most recently, Molly served as a Monroe County Child Protective Caseworker where she gained additional skills in collaboration and knowledge of community resources. Molly is an active member of Metro Justice, a progressive organization working for economic and social justice. Molly became interested in working with patients with eating disorders through her volunteer work at The Healing Connection, Inc.

 

Stephanie CRStephanie Catlin-Rakoski, MHC
Primary Therapist

Primary Therapist, Stephanie Catlin-Rakoski earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the State University of New York College at Brockport.  Following this, she began working at The Sage House, a residential facility for women 18 years and older who were in Eating Disorder treatment in the community.  She learned that she wanted to do more with this population on a deeper level.  She then earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at The State University of New York College at Brockport.  She had internship placements at the campus Counseling Center as well as an urban outpatient clinic in the area.  Post graduate degree, she was employed at an outpatient mental health clinic in the inner city where she did individual and group therapy with a wide variety of patients whose diagnoses and needs varied.  She specialized in DBT groups, as well as Anger Management with the Spanish-speaking population.  Stephanie uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the needs of her patients, maintaining that the therapeutic alliance is the most useful tool in making change.

 
 
RachelFRachel Fisher, LMSW
Primary Therapist

Rachel Fisher began serving those affected by eating disorders and their families while pursuing her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Rochester.  Under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Kreipe, Rachel gained clinical and research experience in the field.  She co-facilitated the Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders Parent Support Group and has been a member the Community Advisory Board.  Rachel was involved in FMRI research investigating the neural correlates of Anorexia Nervosa.  Together with Drs. Kreipe and Starr, Rachel co-authored a chapter on Eating Disorders in The Behavioral Health Sciences.  Rachel received training in prevention and piloted the program, Body Positive, at the University of Rochester’s Counseling Center.  She has also been involved in legislative advocacy around funding for eating disorder treatment.  While working toward her Masters Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rachel received training and experience in rural and urban community mental health through internships at the Child & Adolescent Outpatient Clinic at Strong and Genesee County Mental Health Clinic.  Rachel currently serves as a Christian counselor at churches in Genesee, Monroe, and Wyoming counties.

 

vikkiVictoria LoMaglio, LMHC, NCC
Primary Therapist

Victoria has a B.S. in Criminal Justice with minor in Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology and obtained her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the George Washington University. Prior to completing her degrees, she volunteered at St. Joseph's Villa (now Villa of Hope) Residential Treatment Facility, assisting adolescents with SPMI, and Sunset House, hospice for the terminally ill. Victoria completed her undergraduate internship at Monroe County Hall of Justice, working with a variety of departments, including Juvenile Justice, County Court, and Drug Court. Victoria's graduate internships included on-site individual therapy at the George Washington University Community Counseling Center, and off-site Individual and Group Therapy at Kolmac Clinic, Intensive Outpatient Program for Drug and Alcohol Treatment. Most recently, Victoria was a primary therapist for Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, Inpatient Addictions Recovery, working with dual-diagnosis patients. Her therapeutic approach is integrative and person-centered. Areas of interest include mindfulness, grief and loss, positive psychology, alternatives to incarceration, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

 

Ashley PinkeneyAshley Pinkeney, LMFT
Psychiatric Meal Time Technician, Group Therapist, and Research Assistant

Ashley Pinkeney received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Ashley then pursed her Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy at University of San Diego, with specialty training in Medical Family Therapy. Ashley gained clinical experience as a Bereavement Counselor at San Diego Hospice & Institute for Palliative Medicine and at Golisano Children’s Hospital in her role as Pediatric Bereavement Coordinator. Additionally, she gained clinical experience as a psychotherapist while working as a Primary Therapist at Unity Health System and as a Marriage and Family Therapy intern at Agape Counseling Associates. These positions have allowed her to work with individuals across the life span in individual, family and group counseling. In 2010, Ashley served in AmeriCorps, dedicating 1700 hours to national service and addressing critical community needs in a nonprofit environment. Ashley is a member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The American Association of Christian Counselors, and is an active participant in the Genesee Valley Chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists.

 

MarieBMarie Bieber, BA, RD
Registered Dietitian

Marie Bieber has a BA in Psychology from State University of New York College at Cortland and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Nutrition from The Sage Colleges. She completed her dietetic practice hours with West Virginia University Healthcare and has worked as a Nutrition Assistant at Albany Medical Center. Marie has a strong focus in Medical Nutrition Therapy and takes a holistic approach to nutrition incorporating physical activity and stress management.

 

 





MikeMike Gauthier
Chef

Mike Gauthier has a degree in Culinary Arts from Monroe Community College and he has worked in a variety of food service establishments. He worked as a cook at St. John's Nursing Home and at the Episcopal Church Home in Rochester.  He also cooked for the Rochester Red Wings during their 2009 season. He was the original chef at The Healing Connection when they first opened in 2010 and worked there for three years before leaving to go to St. John's. He missed working with the people and patients at The Healing Connection though so when the job opened up again in 2015 he was very happy to return.

 



Mary Tantillo PhD PMHCNS-BC FAEDMary Tantillo PhD PMHCNS-BC FAED
Founder

Dr. Mary Tantillo founded The Healing Connection (THC) with the help of many devoted individuals in recovery, family members, colleagues and the Monroe County Office of Mental Health in 2010. She previously served as THC CEO and Clinical Director. She continues to help facilitate Multifamily and Relational Therapy Groups at THC and is a permanent founding board member. Dr. Tantillo is also the Director of the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED), one of three NY State Department of Health-funded CCCED’s. She is a Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She also is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), receiving the Meehan-Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy from the AED in 2010. She received a grant from Hilda and Preston Davis Foundation to conduct a study piloting a new and innovative Multifamily Therapy Group approach (Reconnecting for Recovery) for young adults with Anorexia Nervosa.

 

Tom Thomas Gift, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Gift is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a member of the Strong Memorial Hospital Quality Council. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Chicago School of Medicine, he completed the general psychiatry residency and a residency in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester. He served as the Vice President of Mental Health for the Park Ridge Health System and the Chief of Psychiatry at Park Ridge hospital.  He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a past president of the Genesee Valley Psychiatric Association. He has often presented at national professional meetings and is the author of numerous scientific papers.

 

 

 

OdysseusAOdysseus Adamides, MD, DFAPA
Risk Management/QI Consultant

Dr. Adamides is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. He previously provided consultation for Norris Addictions Treatment Center, Dick Van Dyke Addictions Treatment Center was the Medical Director at Wayne County Behavioral Health.  He is currently the Medical director of CFC (Catholic Family Center) and provides evaluation, treatment to patients in the substance abuse and mental health outpatient settings as well as risk management education for therapists. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Diplomate in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a forensic psychiatrist. He has been a faculty member for the past 35 years in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and a consulting forensic psychiatrist for the courts and Criminal Justice System for Monroe County, Wayne County, and New York State. Dr. Adamides functioned as a risk management consultant for the Unity Health, Wayne County and the DePaul Group for 30 years. He was the Associate Chair for the Department of Psychiatry at Unity Health System from 1993-2004, and previously served as the Medical Director of DePaul Community Services and Monroe County Socio-legal Clinic. Additionally, he served as Medical Director on the Behavioral Medicine Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital from 1980-1986 where he worked extensively with individuals with eating disorders and their families. Dr. Adamides has received numerous teaching and community service awards including the 1993 NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, the University of Rochester's Department of Psychiatry Sidney Rubin Teaching Award, and the 2007 John Romano award.

 

SusanBSusan Blaakman, PhD, RN, NPP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Dr. Susan Blaakman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing and Director of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She is a nationally certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with many years of clinical, education and research experience, mainly specializing in health behavior change, crisis intervention and disaster mental health care across the lifespan. In addition to her work at the Healing Connection, Susan is a project nurse and motivational interviewing interventionist in General Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Susan has co-authored many publications and serves as co-chair for the American Psychiatric Nurses Tobacco Dependence Council. She is the 2013 Rochester Academy of Medicine Nursing Award recipient for her recent clinical research.

 

EileenHEileen Hayes, MSW, RYT
Yoga/Movement Therapist

Eileen Hayes began studying yoga while in graduate school completing her Masters of Social Work degree, with the intention of discovering a method to empower herself and others to embrace their ability to foster healing in their lives. Discovering this power in yoga, she went on to complete her 200 hour training in the Anusara tradition with Blue Lotus Yoga. She has also spent extensive time living and working at an ashram in the Catskill Mountains studying Yoga asana and philosophy, being immersed in the Vedic culture out of which yoga was born. She respects yoga as a catalyst to transform the individual from the inside out by reconnecting them to their innate sense of wholeness - to return to the experience of the body as good and trustworthy, as an ally rather than adversary. She works with populations ranging from children and families, Deaf and hard of hearing, people in recovery, to athletes. She currently teaches private classes, Office Yoga, workshops for children, group classes at Rochester Wellbeing, as well as classes at The Healing Connection.