Who We Are 2017-05-10T22:17:10+00:00

Clinical excellence driven by empathy and education.

Our Philosophy at Valley Vista

Valley Vista is a 100-bed inpatient addiction treatment center providing treatment for men, women and adolescents suffering from substance use disorder often compounded by co-occurring mental health conditions. Each program is rooted in a 12-Step abstinence-based philosophy where humility, acceptance and accountability 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 therapeutic environment. With two beautiful Vermont locations, in Bradford and Vergennes, Valley Vista offers recovery from addiction in humble and tranquil settings.

“Valley Vista’s evidenced-based, best practices addiction treatment has helped thousands find a better quality of life through psycho social well-being built upon an understanding of 12-Steps programming, personal reflection and insight, and spirituality.” – Craig Smith, Clinical 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, co-occurring inpatient treatment services to women, men and adolescents 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 masters-level clinicians, professionals that are empathetic and well versed in a variety of treatment protocols and methodologies helping patients overcome their substance use disorder and when necessary, co-occurring mental health conditions. The clinical team is supported by recovery aides, many of whom are also certified recovery coaches and continuing care specialists that ensure each patient has a comprehensive after-care plan when discharging from Valley Vista.

Jack DuffyExecutive Director, Chief Executive Officer
Jack brings more than 30 years experience as a senior executive at treatment facilities. As Executive Director at Arms Acres in Carmel, New York, Jack helped the facility expand its services recognizing the need for treatment of patients with co-occurring mental health conditions which complicated their substance misuse. Along with Rick, Jack was responsible for helping grow Liberty Management’s Conifer Park to a nationally recognized inpatient treatment facility serving women, men and adolescents. Jack is an avid golfer and finds peace in regularly hitting the links.
Rick DiStefanoVice President, Clinical Services; COO
Rick served in the Navy more than 30 years ago where he helped fellow sailors find enduring recovery from alcohol and chemical dependency. Along with Jack, Rick was responsible for helping grow Liberty Management’s Conifer Park to a nationally recognized inpatient treatment facility serving women, men and adolescents. During his tenure at Conifer Park, Rick was instrumental in the opening of 19 office-based outpatient treatment facilities throughout New York State. Rick finds balance as an equestrian and has a business that serves the equestrian community throughout the country.
Professional StaffClinical Team Leaders
Craig S. Smith, MSW, LICSW, LADC – Clinical Director
Dawn Taylor, MA, LADC, CS – Assistant Clinical Director
Frederick Hesse, MD – Medical Director
Susan Smiga, MD – Director of Psychiatric Services
Michelle Hollis, RN – Director of Nursing
Amanda Regis, MSW, LICSW – Women’s Program Director
Danielle Cayton, MA, LADC – Men’s Program Director
Nicole Mitchell, MA, LADC – Adolescent Program Director
Nina Gaby, APRN-PMH – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sara Poisson, MA, LADC – Program Director, Valley Vista Vergennes
Shauna Moustakas, APRN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Valley Vista Vergennes

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. Have any questions? Contact Jenny Gilman, Financial & HR Administrator, extension 306.

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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