• Executive Director of Clinical Services

Jonathan graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 where he earned his MSN in psychiatric nursing. He has received the Connecticut League of Nurses Award and the Joan Lynaugh Award for Outstanding Clinical Scholarship. Jonathan has worked extensively with adolescents and adults with co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. His philosophy is to educate and empower clients to become better self-advocates and consumers of mental health services.

  • Director of Clinical Systems
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Katina Varzos holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Master of Science degree in nursing from Yale University. She graduated with honors as a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society and later went on to complete additional post-graduate training in psychiatry at Drexel University.

Katina is dually certified in both women’s health by the ACNM and as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner by the ANCC. She has over a decade of experience in community mental health providing in-home care for clients with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Most recently, she provided all medication management services for college students seeking mental health care at Wesleyan University’s counseling center. Prior to devoting herself full-time to Turnbridge, Katina maintained a small private practice in which she provided specialized care for women struggling with perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Her approach to care is holistic and collaborative; she combines evidence-based treatment modalities and ongoing education to empower clients in their path towards recovery.

  • Associate Clinical Director

Lexi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She earned her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013, and a Bachelors of Arts in both Legal Studies and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts in 2004. 

Before coming to Turnbridge, Lexi worked as a treatment coordinator at St. Vincent’s dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program where she provided crisis management, family, group, and individual psychotherapy, as well as case management.  Lexi utilizes a trauma-informed, integrated approach to therapy, pulling from such models as EMDR, CBT, DBT, person-centered, experiential, and motivational interviewing.  

Lexi has traveled much of the United States, and her passion for social work and addiction recovery truly began in Northern California while serving in AmeriCorps.  Lexi practices yoga and meditation daily, loves music, the outdoors and being present for her son.   She considers herself a lifelong learner and is dedicated to her continued growth as an individual, mother, and practitioner.  

Lynn Staffa, LCSW
  • Associate Clinical Director

Lynn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15+ years of experience in the mental health and substance use field. Lynn earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at Springfield College and Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. She is certified in School Social Work and the Seven Challenges model of treatment, and specialized areas include grief and loss, post-concussion or traumatic brain injury, and trauma-informed practice. She completed several years of internships and employment within the school setting in both New Britain and West Hartford, CT school districts. Prior to Turnbridge, Lynn worked as an intensive in-home family therapist at Wheeler Clinic for the Multi-Systemic Therapy program with New Britain Juvenile Court for many years and as a lead clinician at Rushford at Stonegate, a residential treatment center for adolescent males in Durham, CT. Both previous positions included individual, family, group, and crisis management services to a population of at-risk youth with behavioral and co-occurring disorders.

Within Turnbridge, Lynn oversees the utilization review department or all insurance related matters for all clients and families. Her clinical approach with clients includes several modalities including but not limited to CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Multi-Systemic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and trauma informed approaches. She finds it important to shape the therapeutic process to meet each client’s needs and to support or empower the client to better advocate for themselves and their recovery.

  • Associate Clinical Director

Joanne Ruggiero is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She received her Masters’ in Social Work from the University of Vermont and her Bachelors in Psychology from Providence College. Joanne began her career working as a direct care staff in a residential program for adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

Joanne has worked extensively with people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a variety of settings from in-home to the wilderness to group homes to outpatient. Most recently she managed an FQHC Behavioral Health Outpatient clinic for Wheeler Clinic in New Britain CT.

Joanne's practice is strongly informed by a whole person, solution focused approach. Most recently she has completed her training to be an EMDR therapist. Joanne has a passion for helping people recover from addiction in part by her own experience with recovery.

  • Medical Director
Dr. Elsamra received his medical education and specialty training at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry. He spent four years as a staff supervisor at the APT Foundation and at the Yale Substance Abuse Fellowship program in New Haven, CT. His special areas of interest include addictions and trauma recovery. Dr. Elsamra believes strongly in the resilience of the human spirit and sees the role of the psychiatrist as assisting the person in removing obstacles to the natural healing and recovery process.
  • Director of Eating Disorder Services

Joy received her Doctorate in Psychology and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She has also completed a Master’s of Philosophy in Education and a Master’s of Science in Education in Professional Counseling and Psychological Services, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania. Joy completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Joy is also credentialed as a National Health Service Psychologist.

Most recently, Joy was the Supervising Psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi, providing therapeutic services in the college counseling center, and had worked in several other college counseling centers during her training and education. Joy also has experience working in private practice settings and community mental health. As the Director of Eating Disorder Services at Turnbridge, Joy uses evidence-based practices and treatments to help both men and women who are struggling with addiction and eating disorder concerns. Additionally, Joy provides psycho-diagnostic assessment to those engaged in services at Turnbridge. Joy also continues to teach at the graduate level to help prepare the next generation of mental health clinicians.

  • Director of Family Relations

We know that addiction is a disease which affects the entire family.  As the Family Liaison for Turnbridge families, Lauren offers support, caring guidance and education to parents and families as they negotiate the pathway to their own recovery.   She believes that parents having their own recovery program is not only essential to their own health and well-being, but in turn aids in their sons’ or daughters' recovery.

Much of the insight Lauren brings to the position of Family Liaison is from her personal experience as the mother of a son who has the disease of addiction.  Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives.  Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work.  She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care.  She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ.  Lauren currently facilitates a Caron Foundation support group for parents of addicted children in Northern NJ.

  • Primary Therapist

Kat is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.  Sheholds master's degrees in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University and Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University. Originally from San Francisco, she moved to the East Coast for graduate school after graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice. While living in San Francisco, she worked at Seneca Center For Families as a behavioral therapist for at-risk youth. 

As a graduate student in New York, Kat held several research assistant positions exploring the impact of trauma on survivors of 9/11, depression and suicide in spouses of deployed active military personnel, and conducted assessments for a charter school. Following graduation from Columbia University, Kat worked as a substance abuse clinician at The Addiction Institute Of New York where she provided both individual and group therapy. She also has experience working as a domestic violence therapist and case manager. Prior to starting at Turnbridge, Kat worked at Fairfield Counseling Services/LifeBridge Community Services as an individual and family therapist. 

  • Clinical Dietition

Ashley DeBella is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RD) and a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD).  She received her Master of Science in Nutrition and her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics & Nutrition from University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.  Ashley spent her first year of college at Sacred Heart University, where she was recruited as a Division 1 track athlete with a specific interest in cross country running. 

Prior to joining Turnbridge, Ashley worked for 5 years as a Dietition at Institute of Living’s Eating Disorder Programs, while also performing nutritional consults and facilitating nutritional groups in their Schizophrenia Treatment Center for young adults and adolescents.  Additionally, she worked as a consultant dietitian for Newport Academy in Bethlehem, CT.

Ashley believes nutrition plays a crucial role in recovery from an eating disorders and substance use disorders.  At Turnbridge, Ashley helps clients to establish a balanced, sustainable relationship with food, free from negative or distorted thoughts about oneself.  She believes in the “All Foods Fit” philosophy, and uses psychoeducation as a tool to help clients recognize the adverse medical implications of disordered eating and the importance of recognizing hunger and satiety cues related to physical need, rather than emotional triggers.

  • Family Outreach Specialist

Diana aids and educates the family members of our clients. Recognizing that family members often live in a constant state of stress and anxiety, Ms. Clark authored and facilitates the workshop: Family Healing Strategies, which provides participants with tools they need to become or remain healthy. As both a specialist in addiction and family systems, she is a recognized force of clear speech, logic and loving acceptance – moving families to engage in behaviors which aid in the recovery process.

With a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1997, Diana has been employed as a therapist, interventionist and consultant addressing issues of addiction and chemical dependence. Prior to her work in the field of psychology, she was a practicing Labor and Employment Attorney advising employers about the need for clear, compassionate and enforceable policies.

  • Primary Therapist

Nell McGloin-King is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Marymount College of Fordham University, and a Masters in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. While completing her Master’s degree, she interned at the Veteran’s Administration in Newington, CT, in a residential program for veterans dealing with PTSD. She also interned at AIDS Project New Haven, where she started their art therapy program.

Nell has been working in the field of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment since 2009. Prior to working at Turnbridge, she has worked in both inpatient and outpatient programs on the Connecticut shoreline. Her therapeutic approach is person-centered, and incorporates aspects of Rational Emotive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Nell has a specific interest in trauma-informed care, and helping clients to understand the underlying causes of their behaviors.

In her free time, Nell enjoys swing and blues social dancing, as well as exploring and investing in the many events and communities in New Haven.

  • Primary Therapist

Jennifer Chase is a board certified Registered Art Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS), a Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional, and a Certified Sexual Assault Counselor. Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College and her Master’s in Art Therapy from The College of New Rochelle.  She has over 20 years of experience providing therapy to individuals suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. She specializes in relational issues, anxiety and depressive disorders, addictions, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Jennifer’s career as a psychotherapist has included a multitude of both direct-care and leadership positions, both as a clinician and as an educator.  She is an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College, where she teaches graduate-level coursework on Art Therapy and Substance Use Disorder Treatment.  Additionally, she has been asked to guest lecture several times on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the American Art Therapy Association’s annual conferences.

Jennifer’s counseling style is relaxed, casual, and inviting.  She incorporates mutual respect, sensitivity, and compassion into her approach and is proficient in cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic counseling theories.

Allegra Hachey
  • Primary Therapist

Allegra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who moved to Connecticut in 2018 from Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. Allegra graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services with a focus in Trauma-focused therapy, and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Roger Williams University.

Over the course of her career, Allegra has served adolescents and families in multiple settings such as in-home, outpatient, and therapeutic day treatment. Additionally, Allegra has experience providing therapeutic individual and group intervention in a maximum security correctional center for adult males suffering from a wide range of mental health/co-occurring disorders including substance abuse, major depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.

Allegra specializes in trauma-informed therapeutic intervention, applying skills from models such as TF-CBT, ABFT, CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing. Throughout her therapeutic practice, Allegra has worked with a number of people who struggle with eating disorders and body image issues, which is where her passion lies. In her spare time, Allegra enjoys maintaining an active life style, visiting family in Massachusetts, and day trips to New York City.

  • Primary Therapist

Victoria Massey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fairfield University. Before coming to Turnbridge, Tori worked in a private practice agency serving couples, families, and individuals who struggled with anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. She is passionate about helping people on their journey in recovery.

Working with both systemic and experiential approaches, Tori embraces a sense of curiosity, open heartedness, and compassion with her clients starting wherever they are at in their journey in life. She believes in tailoring the therapeutic process to meet each individual client’s needs. Tori practices from a solution focused approach as well as uses motivational interviewing. Another component of Tori’s work is the intersection of psychotherapy with spirituality and the 12 steps. She has recently completed additional training in the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model and embodies its belief that every human has the capability of tapping into a deep source of inner wisdom. She remains convinced that with developing self-knowledge and self-acceptance each individual can overcome their challenges and restore balance to their lives.

During Tori’s free time she enjoys spending time outdoors in nature and at the beach. She likes to exercise, spend time with family and friends, and enjoys cooking.

  • Primary Therapist
Ali is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has dual Master's Degrees in Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Stonehill College and is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Prior to working at Turnbridge, she worked at an in-home addiction treatment program where she developed and led their Family Wellness component, a comprehensive program dedicated to educating families of individuals struggling with substance abuse. She is a systemic practitioner to the core, always examining the ways in which entire systems can function in ways that better promote health and recovery. She utilizes Gestalt experiential techniques and exercises to co-create enriching experiences that help individuals to achieve new insights. In the therapy room, she creates a warm, supportive, and solution-focused environment where individuals feel equal parts support and accountability. When she isn't working, Ali can be found spending time with her two dogs, practicing yoga, and running races.
Stephen Falconieri LADC
  • Primary Therapist

Stephen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been working in the helping professions for over 15 years. His education includes a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services, and an Associate’s in Drug and Alcohol Addiction Counseling.

Stephen believes in an eclectic counseling style, adapting his approach to the needs of the individual, and utilizes many different evidence-based approaches, including Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Logo Therapy, and person-centered therapy.

In his free time, Stephen enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.

  • Primary Therapist

Courtney Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston University. She graduated from Boston University with a specialization in group therapy.

Prior to her work at Turnbridge, Courtney worked as a therapist in Boston treating clients with eating disorders and comorbid diagnoses such as substance use disorders, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. She has extensive experience with individual, group, and family therapy. Courtney’s approach is client centered and incorporates what she has learned from trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

During her free time, Courtney enjoys traveling to see family and to different countries. While she’s home, she enjoys cooking and reading.

  • Family Therapist

Julia is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master's degree in Marital and Family Therapy as well as Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is trained in trauma-informed practices and has extensive experience treating the impact of trauma on individuals and families. Her treatment approach with client and families is person-centered and strengths based. As a family therapist at Turnbridge, Julia works to support each of her families by revealing their capacity for healing.

Julia enjoys adventuring to new places and sharing experiences with loved ones in her free time.

  • Primary Therapist

Jack Britton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. After receiving a master's degree in accounting from Southern Methodist University and having worked in that field, Jack decided to change careers and entered the helping profession through earning a master's degree from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School.

Prior to Turnbridge, Jack worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas, first in Lubbock and later in Austin. Since 2010, in both inpatient and outpatient programs Jack has engaged with young adults struggling with substance use disorders and mental health challenges.

Clinically, he utilizes rational emotive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing techniques, enjoys exploring identity change and resolution, and likes to consider how we select mates and friends. Jack loves to golf, supports the performing and visual arts, appreciates a good tailor, and prefers cowboy boots.

  • Family Therapist

Josh Watson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University

Josh has nearly a decade of clinical experience working families and treating mental health and substance abuse disorders. He has seen the transformational impact that families have when they are engaged in the recovery process. Before coming to Turnbridge, Josh served as the Clinical Team Leader for Young Adult Services at BHcare and as a Primary Clinician at the Yale Child Study Center working with youth and their families. He has a private practice in Greenwich, CT where he works with individuals, couples and families.

As a family therapist at Turnbridge, Josh brings his expertise and understanding in working with family systems and families in recovery. He has additional certifications and training in Gestalt Psychotherapy, Attachment, Regulation, & Competency (ARC), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care, Mind/Body Modalities and 12-Step Philosophies. He is also an AAMFT Clinical Member and holds AAMFT Approved Supervisor Status. 

  • Primary Therapist

Parker Hampson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in mental healthcare. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology Practices from the University of Hartford and subsequently taught at his alma mater for eleven years, maintaining an academic focus on psychological assessment.  Parker holds additional certifications and training in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Sanctuary Model for patients suffering from trauma.  

Parker's career includes extensive work in both direct-care and supervisory roles.  Most recently, he was the director of an inpatient substance abuse treatment program, during which he successfully integrated alternative medicine therapies such as yoga, drum circle, and mindfulness meditation. 

Parker is a lifetime member of the International Honor Society in Psychology.  He maintains a special interest in neurocognitive substrates of the disease of addiction, while recognizing the need for a holistic approach to treatment for successful outcomes.

In his free time, Parker enjoys exercise, attending live jazz concerts, and traveling with his family.

DAVID VIEAU, President  & C.E.O.
  • President & C.E.O.

David’s extensive business background combined with his personal story of recovery led to the founding of Turnbridge in 2003. Under his direction, Turnbridge has evolved into a nationally recognized program for young men and young women. He has pioneered innovative approaches and developed programs specifically for young adults that have changed the way the industry approaches transitional living.

His educational background includes a Liberal Arts education from Harvard University. In addition to spending most of his career in the non-profit world, his professional experience also includes a variety of leadership roles with start-up organizations and educational institutions.

He enjoys spending time with his ten year old daughter Alexis, is an aspiring musician, and an avid golfer.

  • Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Brett provides oversight and support to all departments within Turnbridge. He joined Turnbridge in February 2010 and is responsible for maintaining focused and driven business operations, project management and execution, increasing programmatic efficiencies both clinically and residentially, and ensuring quality client care is accomplished.

As a graduate of the Turnbridge Men's Program, Brett offers a unique perspective on client centered treatment. He is always willing to speak with families and residents to share his experiences and knowledge of the Turnbridge Program. Before joining Turnbridge, Brett worked for Blum Shapiro, the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm in New England. He graduated from Champlain College with a B.S. in Professional Writing. In his free time, Brett enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, the arts, and the pursuit of personal growth.

  • Vice President

As Vice President, Jamie not only participates in and oversees the admissions process, but also spearheads the effort to build bridges between Turnbridge and other high quality treatment programs across the country. Maintaining close ties with other centers gives Turnbridge two distinct advantages. First, knowing the people, philosophies and practices of primary treatment centers makes the process of integrating new residents from these centers smoother and easier. Second, by understanding the specialties of other centers, it allows Turnbridge to recommend the best care option for young men and young women when Turnbridge may not be their best solution. Jamie has helped hundreds of families navigate the difficult road of choosing an addiction treatment program that best suits their loved one's needs.

Himself a Turnbridge graduate, Jamie offers parents seeking hope a compassionate ear and first-hand knowledge of the Turnbridge Program and its unique benefits. Before joining Turnbridge, Jamie attended college for nursing, and has extensive experience caring for people in need including his work with veterans for the American Red Cross. Jamie continues to live his passion for helping others as a Turnbridge Leader.

  • Executive Director of Residential Services

As Executive Director of Residential Services, Tom is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the residential curriculum in both the Men’s and Women’s programs of Turnbridge.    

Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bentley College, and completed his Masters in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University in 2012.  Before coming to Turnbridge, Tom held the position of Director of Operations at a women’s residential treatment facility in Colorado that specialized in co-occurring disorders. Tom also held a private practice in Colorado, in which he maintained a clinical focus on trauma and substance use disorders.

Tom’s career in the field of addiction treatment began in 2008, a transition that was motivated by his own journey in recovery and his passion for helping others recover.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga and meditation, and is an avid handball player.

  • Director of Professional Development

John makes sure every Turnbridge family is getting the support and direction they need to become and remain healthy. John helps both the individual and family members understand how to build a strong foundation in recovery. He facilitates a practical path to rebuilding lives using the tools that the resident and his family already possess.

Throughout his 30 year career, John has held a variety of leadership positions with national and international organizations. His own personal experience with recovery, along with a strong desire to help young men achieve their goals, brought him to Turnbridge in 2009. He graduated with a degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in 1979.

  • Director of Operations

Bill has over a decade of professional experience in the field of substance abuse treatment, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.

In Bill’s current role as Director of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.

  • Director of Admissions

Gordon helps families in crisis find hope and help for their loved ones in need. As a board certified addiction counselor, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young men and young women overcome addiction and mental health disorders is informed by both personal and professional experience. This perspective allows Gordon to relate deeply to these issues, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Preparative Care Program.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome addiction and mental health disorders. He completed a specialized counseling certification program and joined Turnbridge where he excelled in a variety of direct-care roles. In July of 2013, Turnbridge asked Gordon to apply his knowledge and insight to the work of Admissions, where he has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families seeking help, and Turnbridge’s ability to give hope.