Who We Are2020-10-26T21:19:58-04:00

Clinical excellence driven by empathy and education.

Our Philosophy at Valley Vista

Valley Vista is a 99-bed inpatient addiction treatment program for adult men and women suffering from substance use disorder often complicated by co-occurring mental health conditions. Each gender-specific program utilizes a patient-centered approach where individualized comprehensive treatment plans are customized to meet a patient’s unique needs. Valley Vista recognizes that one size does not fit all making use of multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities including health realization, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, Smart Recovery, and 12-Step Programming. Humility, accountability and acceptance underscore the work we do and service we provide to those seeking a life of enduring recovery. Substance use disorder does not discriminate and neither does Valley Vista; each patient is treated with respect, dignity, anonymity and validation in an intimate, safe and secure therapeutic environment. With two beautiful Vermont locations, in Bradford and Vergennes, Valley Vista offers recovery from addiction in humble and tranquil settings.

β€œValley Vista’s best practice driven addiction treatment has helped thousands find a better quality of life through psycho social well-being built upon an understanding of multiple evidence-based, patient-centered therapeutic modalities, personal reflection and insight, and spirituality.” – Amanda Hudak, Treatment Director

Valley Vista Core Values

  • UnityOur common welfare comes first; personal recovery depends upon working together towards a common goal.
  • RespectRespect for ourselves and others.
  • AnonymityAnonymity is the foundation of all our principles, honoring confidentiality.
  • Bias-freeTreatment that is free from bias or prejudice.
  • Enduring RecoveryContinuity of care that is considerate of an individual’s health needs as they relate to enduring recovery.

The Valley Vista Mission

To provide state-of-the-art, evidenced-based, best practice driven co-occurring inpatient treatment services to women and men struggling with substance use disorder often complicated by mental health conditions. All inpatient treatment is provided in a safe and secure therapeutic environment conducive to recovery and designed to ensure respect and validation for all patients served.

Our Staff

The Valley Vista team is led by a group of skilled and well-trained professionals, professionals helping patients overcome their substance use disorder and when necessary, co-occurring mental health conditions. The clinical team is supported and complemented by recovery specialists, many of whom are also certified recovery coaches. Valley Vista employs a multidisciplinary approach incorporating best practice interventions, skilled nursing, and psychiatric and medical services as well as a variety of treatment protocols and methodologies facilitating the best possible outcomes. Continuing care specialists ensure each patient has a comprehensive after-care plan when discharging from Valley Vista.

To contact our staff, please dial our main number at 802.222.5201 and you will be connected.

Administrative / Medical
Jack Duffy – Chief Executive Officer
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Rick Distefano – Chief Operating Officer
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Jenny Gilman – Chief Financial Officer
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Kevin Hamel, RN – Chief Nursing Officer
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Fred Hesse, MD – Medical Director
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Bonnie Brill – Admissions / Reimbursement Manager
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Mike Goforth – Clinical Manager
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Ashley Hutton, RN, LADC – Nurse Manager
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Psychiatry
John Severinghaus, MD – Consulting Psychiatry
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Nina Gaby, APRN-PMH – Consulting Psychiatry
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Men's Clinical Team
Holli Harris – Program Manager
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Tatum Lauzon – Primary Therapist
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Johnny Quezada – Primary Therapist
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Ronald Womer, LADC – Primary Therapist
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Carrie Biggam – Primary Therapist in Training
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Matt Melkonian – Primary Therapist in Training
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Charity Adams, CRC – Continued Care Specialist
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Jessica Welch – Continued Care Specialist
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Women's Clinical Team
Bradford Campus
Lisa Tedesco, MA, LADC – Program Manager
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Sarah Castello – Primary Therapist in Training
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Julian Emerson – Continued Care Specialist
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Valley Vista Vergennes
Yvette vermette-Stevens, MA, CCHP, LADC – Program Manager
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Marina Ecklund, APRN – Nurse Practitioner
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Georgia Burkhardt – Primary Therapist in Training
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Jessica Bezon – Program Assistant and Continued Care Specialist
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A Career with Valley Vista

Make a difference in the community where you live by joining our team of caring and service-oriented professionals. Valley Vista has openings available for Primary Therapists, Primary Therapists in Training, Recovery Aides and Coaches, and Nursing and administration services. Valley Vista provides training, a team-focused work environment, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance, and 401k plan for all full-time employees.

Valley Vista is an equal opportunity employer adhering to all state and federal laws related to fair employment practices including hiring without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities or ethnic background. We encourage diversity in the workplace.

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