Our Team

Management Staff

Nicholas LessaNicholas Lessa, MA, LCSW, CASAC
Chief Executive Officer
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Nick has been in the addiction treatment field for over 40 years. He began his career as a counselor at a therapeutic community on the Lower East Side and today is the CEO and Partner of INTER-CARE, an industry leader in the field of chemical dependency treatment. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work at NYU and Adelphi University.

He is sought after by the treatment community as a trainer, and is nationally recognized for his seminars on chemical dependency.  He has co-authored two books on treatment, the well received Concise Guide to Mental Health: Substance Use Disorders and his newest book, Living with Alcoholism and Drug Addiction: The Teen Edition.

Nick is known as an innovator and leader to his colleagues, a mentor to his staff and interns, a teacher to his students, a therapist to his patients: a man whose commitment and dedication has made a huge contribution to the addiction field.

Read "Nick's Blog" here.  It's full of insight from decades of experience.

Nick was recently interviewed on WVOX, giving his perspective on INTER-CARE's approach to treatment. Click Here to listen to the interview.

Featured on "One Hour At A Time" Hosted by Mary Woods and Jonathan Routhier, Nick highlights the components to look for when searching for an effective outpatient treatment program including facility standards, staffing, services offered, and management. Original airdate: March 21, 2016. Click Here to listen to the interview.

Maria Gross

Maria Rowie Gross
Chief Financial Officer
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Maria Gross has been involved in the addiction field for more than 18 years. She has held several, fiscal directorship positions and today is the CFO and Partner of INTER-CARE.  She has served in both profit and non-for-profit organizations creating budgets, analyzing financials, creating fiscal reporting for government agencies, and leading the development and implementation of various training events and workshops in the addiction community. She is currently volunteering her time to the INTER-CARE Family Foundation that will help individuals and their families affected by the disease of addiction gain access to quality treatment regardless of their financial and insurance status.

Laura Lessa

Laura Lessa, LMSW
Chief Program Officer
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Laura Lessa, LMSW, has held management positions in the private and public sectors for over 25 years and has worked in the chemical dependency field since 1994. As Director of Operations, she is involved in all aspects of program development, training, and management, both clinically and administratively. She oversees the agency’s compliance standards and quality improvement programs, and is the site coordinator for the agency’s internship program. Laura dedicates much of her time to the INTER-CARE Foundation creating treatment opportunities for those who could not otherwise afford it and developing wellness groups and family programs for the INTER-CARE community. She brings her wealth of experience to Chat2Recovery as an operations consultant. Laura has done extensive work with the treatment community on the policy level and has chaired committees to develop professional workshops, conferences, and special events. She is a member of NASW, holds a SIFFI license and is a volunteer with NYC Medical Reserve Corp.

Alessandra Parisi

Alessandra Parisi
Director of Client Services and Business Development
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Alessandra Parisi has been with INTER-CARE since 2007 and plays an integral role in the company’s development and day-to-day operations. She serves as a liaison between all of INTER-CARE’s directors and plays an active role in the marketing department.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Justice, Alessandra’s goals took a turn as she began her work in the health services field. She has learned the inner workings of the addiction treatment field by helping patients, working with insurance companies, and developing working relationships with other members of the addiction community. Alessandra has developed an in-depth understanding of the effects of addiction and the importance of support-based and 12-step recovery. With this knowledge, she strives to support the members of this community and to help INTER-CARE continue to provide quality services to those in need of treatment.

Alessandra has learned that one of the most important pieces of a person’s recovery is a seamless, stress free approach to beginning treatment. In her role as a director she has vowed to make INTER-CARE’s referral process reflect this ideal.

Anna Hlinka DEC 2020 SMAnna Hlinka
Administrative Director
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Anna has been a dedicated employee of INTER-CARE since 2005. She started her employment as an Executive Assistant with INTER-CARE Private Services working with founders, Vince Casolaro and Robert Smith. After the move to INTER-CARE Outpatient, Anna transitioned into the role of Insurance Coordinator and became an expert at navigating the managed care systems and being the point person for all insurance related questions and concerns. Her hard work and dedication to INTER-CARE’s mission has been a continuous trait of Anna’s throughout the years and has allowed her to take on other roles such as her current position of Office Manager at INTER-CARE’s Manhattan location. Anna plays a crucial role to ensure that all clients’ needs are met with the exceptional quality of care that INTER-CARE has prided itself on over the past 25 years.

Joseph CasaronaJoseph Casarona, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Joseph Casarona has extensive formal training in both psychiatry and neurology and joins INTER-CARE with a 30-year history in the management of addiction psychiatry, Psycho/Neuropharmacology, and neurological disease.  Beside a private practice, Dr. Casarona has been an attending physician at many New York hospitals including St. Clair’s Hospital, Interfaith Medical Center, New York Methodist Hospital and Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital and Downstate Medical Center.

Dr. Casarona is an active member of the American Psychiatric Academy, the American Academy of Neurology, the Brooklyn Medical Society and the Brooklyn Neurological Society.