Therapists

Deborah Sarnoff

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Deborah Sarnoff

Office Clerk

Deborah Sarnoff earned her bachelors of science degree from SUNY Brockport in 2012. She spent time volunteering at The Healing Connection before being hired on as a part of the team. As well as working at The Healing Connection she works at Strong Memorial Hospital aiding patients with education and helping them order meals compliant with their prescribed diet orders. She also serves on the Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders and is very passionate about eating disorder advocacy.

Emily Silco

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Emily Silco, MS, MT-BC

Primary Therapist

Emily is a board-certified music therapist who received her master’s degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Nazareth College. She began working with individuals struggling with eating disorders during her music therapy internship at Golisano Children’s Hospital, where she facilitated both individual and group music therapy sessions with adolescence in the inpatient setting. Emily is employed by the Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders as a music therapist providing outpatient and group music therapy services. She also facilitates an eating disorder support group through REDO. Through her experiences, Emily became passionate about providing mental health services to individuals and their families. She utilizes experimental therapies and creative practices to encourage self-expression, working toward a higher quality of life. Emily is excited to use her creative background to support individuals through their personal journey toward overall health and wellness.

Lia Conte

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Lia Conti, LMSW

Primary Therapist

Lia is very excited to be a part of The Healing Connection team as the bariatric intake evaluation specialist/bariatric primary therapist and is dedicated to working collaboratively and compassionately with patients. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Following her B.A. in Psychology, Lia went on to pursue a Master’s of Social Work degree with a concentration in Mental Health. Lia has experience in grief, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship difficulties, and body image issues. She also has a background facilitating anxiety, grief, and substance abuse therapy groups. Throughout her graduate studies, Lia received training as a substance abuse counselor at Huther Doyle specializing in opioid addiction. She completed her second clinical field placement at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS). While at CaPS, Lia provided individual psychotherapy and group therapy to students. She has also spent time volunteering as a hospice caregiver at the Aurora house, and as a youth mentor through Compeer Rochester. Lia has developed an integrative therapeutic approach that incorporates a strengths-based perspective; mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy; and interpersonal relational techniques. 

Stephanie Biren

Stephanie Biren

Stephanie Biren

Primary Therapist

Stephanie Biren received her B.A. in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She later obtained her M.S. in Creative Arts Therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. Before working on her master’s degree, Stephanie enjoyed her time serving as a Western New York AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member, where she helped to eradicate poverty in Buffalo, NY. She interned with arts organizations for youth such as Free Arts NYC, which provides under-served children with arts and mentoring programs. She volunteered as a teaching artist for The Children’s Museum of the Arts NYC and the Memories in the Making program through Alzheimer’s Association, Colorado Chapter. During graduate school, she interned with dual-diagnoses youth at Creekside Day Treatment program, affiliated with Hillside Family of Agencies. Her work with eating disorders began in graduate school as an intern at The Healing Connection. She often integrates mindfulness, metaphor and strength-based approaches in art therapy.

Ashley Pinkeney, LMFT

Ashley Pinkeney

Ashley Pinkeney, LMFT

Group Therapist/Intern Coordinator

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.

Alexandra Felluca, MSW

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Alexandra Hibbard, MSW

Primary Therapist

Alexandra has achieved a Masters of Social Work degree with a specialty in Mental Health from Roberts Wesleyan College. Her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Abnormal Psychology from Mercyhurst University has prepared her for working with diverse populations. Throughout her career, she has had the honor of counseling: veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder within the VA Outpatient Clinic in Rochester NY and survivors of domestic violence seeking Orders of Protection through Willow Domestic Violence Centers Court Advocacy Program. In addition, Alexandra was the Counseling Center Program Counselor at Willow Domestic Violence Center, facilitating the group and individual counseling sessions. This experience has increased her passion to provide an empathetic and client-centered approach to all those she meets and supports. Alexandra is looking forward to creating positive relationships with not only patients but their family members as well.

Courtney Furness, MS, NCC

Courney Furness

Courtney Smith, MS, NCC

Primary Therapist

Courtney earned her B.S. in English Literature with a minor in Sociology, along with an M.S in Mental Health Counseling from the College at Brockport. After graduation, she earned her National Counseling Certification (NCC). Courtney has developed her skills in the field from internships at the Catholic Family Center and the College at Brockport Counseling Center, as well as employment through Liberty Partnerships. Through these different sites, Courtney has evolved her skills working with youth and families. Her strengths include rapport building and creating a nonjudgment environment for her clients. She is thrilled to come to the Healing Connection as a Primary Therapist to help the team develop counseling programs in local schools. She feels this outreach of services to students and families will help them take steps towards reaching their goals.

Diane Barone

Diane Barone

Diane Barone, MSED, MHC

Primary Therapist

Diane holds a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College and a Masters Degree in Counselor Education from SUNY Brockport. She has worked extensively with adolescents, young adults and families in the public school system and now brings this expertise to her work in community mental health. She is skilled at applying a biopsychosocial framework to assess and treat a range of mental health needs in patients and families. Diane did her clinical internship at The Healing Connection starting in January 2017 and joined our team as a Primary Therapist in our outpatient clinic in July of that same year.

Victoria LoMaglio, LMHC, NCC, CASAC II

Victoria LoMaglio, LMHC, NCC, CASAC II

Primary Therapist - Outpatient Clinic

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. Victoria completed her undergraduate internship at Monroe County Hall of Justice, where she developed further interest in alternative to incarceration approaches and policies. 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. This approach uses evidence-based practices to identify and treat unhelpful relational patterns and outdated coping strategies that are causing distress. The hope is for a genuine, empathic and collaborative session. Victoria is licensed to practice mental health counseling by New York State, is certified as a national counselor by NBCC, and as a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor by OASAS.

Elizabeth Colebeck, MSW

Elizabeth Colebeck

Elizabeth Ou, MSW

Primary Therapist

Elizabeth is a primary therapist with experience in trauma work, addictions, and mental illness. Elizabeth earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and during her training, she received experience as a group therapist at the Rochester Regional Health PROS Program and spent a year at the VA as a PTSD therapist. Prior to earning her Masters Degree in Social Work, Elizabeth earned her Masters of Education Degree from Nazareth College. Elizabeth taught as an elementary school educator for three years and it was during those years when she realized her desire to provide more individualized support to those struggling with an eating disorder. Elizabeth is excited to take the training and skills she has gained as an educator and apply that knowledge with the skills she has learned while being a therapist. Elizabeth hopes to join together and walk beside patients and families as they walk this journey towards recovery and healing.

Mia Scalzitti, MHC, NCC

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Mia Scalzitti, MHC, NCC

Primary Therapist

Mia is a Mental Health Counselor with experience in trauma and relationships. She obtained her Bachelor of Sciences degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She went on to receive her Master of Sciences degree in Mental Health Counseling at The Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her previous counseling experience includes the time she spent with Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, NY where she provided individual and group therapy. Additionally, she spent time at a women’s shelter in Pennsylvania where she earned a state certification for counseling survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Mia is thrilled to be a part of the team here at The Healing Connection and is excited to be using her integrative, strengths-based approach to help patients.

Molly Farrell, LMFT

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Molly 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.