Therapists

Gina Rodi, MS, MHC

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Gina Rodi, MS, MHC

Group Psychotherapist

Gina earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business, along with an M.S in Mental Health Counseling from the St. John Fisher College. Gina is ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) certified and has worked with the National Suicide Prevention Line for the past five years. Gina has developed her skills in the field from internships at the Easterseals and the Veteran’s Administration, where she fosters skills to handle complex, sexual trauma, and exposure and response prevention. Through these different sites, Gina has evolved her skills working with youth, adults, and families.

Shelby Willoughby, MSW

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Shelby Willoughby, MSW

Primary Therapist

Shelby has a B.S in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in human services from Elmira College and obtained her M.A. in Clinical Social Work at Keuka College. Shelby completed her undergraduate internship and Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, where she developed further interest in Trauma care and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Most recently, Shelby was a HARP Recovery Coordinator for a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center, working with dual-diagnosis patients. Shelby has experience in grief, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, trauma, domestic violence, and disordered eating behaviors. She also has group experience in teaching art based trauma groups and empowerment, crisis, and motivational skills for individuals who are or were experiencing intimate partner violence. Her therapeutic approach integrates a strength based, systems, and person-centered approach through a trauma lens.strengths-based approach to help patients.

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 Lesnick

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Lia Lesnick, 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

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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, CT

Ashley Pinkeney

Ashley Pinkeney, LMFT, CT

Primary Therapist

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 Hibbard, LMSW

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Alexandra Hibbard, LMSW

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, LMHC-P

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Courtney Smith, MS, NCC, LMHC-P

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

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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

Outpatient Clinical Coordinator

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.

Molly Farrell, LMFT

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Molly Farrell, LMFT

Clinical Coordinator, PHP/IOP

Molly Farrell, LMFT, earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work at SUNY Fredonia and her Master’s in Couple and Family Therapy at North Dakota State University. She started volunteering at The Healing Connection in 2015, was brought on as a primary therapist in the partial hospitalization program and eventually the clinical coordinator and family therapist in the outpatient clinic. She is now the clinical coordinator for the partial hospitalization program and intensive outpatient program where she can focus more on the supervision of staff and program development. She values connection, fairness, honesty, and authenticity, and strives to live by these values, both personally and professionally.