At HOPE Center we strive to provide person centered care, which begins with our team.


Meredith Surdel

Associate Director

Meredith Surdel has over 16 years of experience counseling adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings. She has an extensive history in working with grief and loss, families impacted by incarceration, and crisis management.


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Stephanie Wagner

Program Manager

Stephanie is a graduate from Canisius College and has her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  Stephanie has experience working with adolescents, couples/families and adults.   Stephanie has a passion and experience for working with individuals seeking support around anxiety, depression, grief/loss, trauma, and gender related issues.

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Allie Steger

Program Supervisor

Allie is a graduate of Niagara University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Allie works with clients to develop and maintain stability, increase functioning, and overall better cope with life stressors. Allie has experience working with adolescents and adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, gender/identity concerns, and grief/loss.

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Madeline Kane


Madeline is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and has her Master’s in Social Work. She is passionate about helping clients improve their lives with skill building to accomplish their goals. Madeline has knowledge and experience working with adults and adolescents seeking support around anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, developmental disabilities and working with LGBTQIA issues.

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Rachael Salamone


Rachael is a graduate from St. Bonaventure University and has her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Rachael is a trauma-informed counselor with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults seeking support around depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, ADHD, and grief/loss.

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Alexis Tedesco

Alexis Tedesco


Alexis is a graduate of Medaille College and has her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Alexis has knowledge and experience working with adults, youth, and adolescents with histories of trauma that are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction & family conflict. Alexis has also worked with domestic violence victims, as well as adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Alexis is passionate about creating a safe place for clients to be their authentic selves while helping them to develop coping skills to live their best lives.

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Dr. Robert

Dr. Robert Erickson


Dr. Rob Erickson is the proud father of four and husband to Dr. Jen, his practice partner for twenty plus years. Rob values our patients’ success in achieving mind, body and spiritual well-being. His entrepreneurial spirit resonates through our health and wellness practices as he seeks out and applies care options all too often passed over. To keep up with Rob’s all-encompassing determination to provide total care to our patients, we keep looking ahead - and very alert.

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Dr. Jennifer

Dr. Jennifer Erickson


Dr. Jen Erickson is a bouncy, enthusiastic mother of four. Married to her practice partner for 28 years, Dr. Jen joyously participates in the delivery of Total Care, encompassing mind-body-spirit well-being.

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Valerie McDonald, PA

Physician Assistant

Valerie is a new mother who thoroughly enjoys participating in sports; skiing in the winter, boating in the summer and everything outdoors. Val’s interest in art and science guides her pathway in solving her patient’s problems. She deeply cares about the people she helps and loves to be clinically involved with them.

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Darren Holland, PA

Physician Assistant

Darren grew up in the southern tier enjoying everything to do with the outdoors such as hiking, hunting, and camping. Darren went to Daemen College and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in science and a Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies. He has worked with Inspired Health Group since 2012 and prior to that in the emergency room.

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Shari Kay

Shari Kay Shearing, BSN, RN

Nurse Manager

Shari Kay is the ebullient, happy head of the Inspired nursing team. Shari has strong faith and love of family matched by a joy in traditions. Shari knew she would be a nurse from a tender age.

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Nathan Schmidt, LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Nathan Schmidt is a Licensed Practical Nurse who has worked in the nursing field for three years.  Nathan has a passion and experience working with patients who are experiencing substance use, depression, and anxiety. 

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3671 Southwestern Blvd
Suite 209
Orchard Park, NY 14127

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(716) 895-7207 Office
(716) 667-6808 Fax
(716) 895-6701 New Patients

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