About Alcoeur Gardens


Choosing the best elder care is a family decision. And when it’s time for help, Alcoeur Gardens is a place where you or your loved one is treated like family. We pride ourselves on providing a home away from home in a secure, safe, clean, and beautiful environment.

We don’t own or build large facilities for a reason. We fundamentally approach the philosophy of elder care with three words…

Compassion, Dignity, and Respect

While Alcoeur Gardens is licensed and surveyed by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services, as well as the County Board of Social Services and meets all mandated requirements for Residential Care facilities, we pride ourselves on exceeding government standards and mandated requirements.

We don’t look at your family member as an entry on the ledger sheet, we take the approach that we are extending and enhancing the care you would give them yourselves, if you could!

Denise Van Tassell, R.N. B.S. LNHA CALA


Denise founded Alcoeur Gardens after having earned Nursing and Biology degrees from CUNY Staten Island and New York Regents College. She went on to gain years of experience working in various hospitals and nursing homes. With a natural love for seniors she was so often frustrated by the institutional feel in senior care facilities that twenty years ago she decided to strike out on her own and create home-like alternative-living facilities for the memory impaired. From one facility, Alcoeur Gardens has now grown to include several new, clean, comfortable home-like facilities Brick, and Toms River, NJ (with another facility under construction in Aberdeen, NJ).

Aside from her roles as Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner of Alcoeur Gardens, Van Tassell is also a Certified Assisted Living Administrator (CALA) and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA) and the President of Varis Health Consultants, a company approved by the Department of Health and Senior Services to provide education for Nursing Home Administrators in the State of New Jersey.

Deanna Tuccio, R.N. B.S.

Deanna Tuccio is our Director of Quality Assurance at Alcoeur Gardens. Deanna has worked along side her mother Denise since she was twelve years old, starting as an Activities Assistant. A passion for working with the elderly began at a young age propelling her career in healthcare from Activities, to Dietary, to graduating from Brookdale Community College as a Registered Nurse. Deanna gained valuable experience working as a Director of Nursing before coming to Alcoeur Gardens, where she finds joy working in a smaller setting allowing her more one on one time with the residents. 

Aside from her position at Alcoeur Gardens, Deanna lives in Manalapan with her husband and two children. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, traveling, spending time with her children, and going to bingo with her mom.

Christy Minetello, L.P.N. C.A.L.A.


Christy Minetello is our Director of Community Relations. Christy started following in her mother, Denise's footsteps at fourteen years old as an activities assistant. Christy  went on to receive her LPN and is studying for her RN. She has a passion for helping our residents feel secure and content throughout the day. Christy works alongside the marketing department externally establishing long-term relationships within our community.

Christy is an avid member of her community and is an active member of the PTA. She is married with three sons who keep her constantly busy, and loves every moment of it. Christy loves spending time with her family in Florida and is always on the move with her boys travelling soccer teams. 

Stephanie Bollhardt B.A.


Steff is the Director of Staffing for Alcoeur Gardens. Steff is responsible for staffing both Toms River and Brick locations maintaining full time twenty four hour coverage. Steff provides leadership, oversight, and human resource guidance to ensure the success of the company. After working in different healthcare fields Steff has found the small community of Alcoeur Gardens to be more homelike and somewhere she is proud to work.

Steff has a healthcare background with a degree in Psychology. She is married with two sons and two dogs at home. She enjoys kayaking and going to the beach in the summer. Steff's mom is a nurse whose passion for caring for people inspired her to pursue a career in healthcare.

Melissa Andrews B.A.


Melissa is the Business Office Manager for Alcoeur Gardens. Melissa is responsible for all day to day Alcoeur Gardens communications, billing, and invoices. She keeps everyone on track in the office lending a helping hand to everyone.

Melissa is an experienced office manager with a degree in business administration. She has a background in bookkeeping and human resources. Melissa enjoys working with the senior population and loves the non institutional aspect of Alcoeur Gardens. When not working, Melissa loves cooking and traveling. She lives in Toms River with her husband. 

Stephanie Curley B.S.H.A.


Stephanie is the Director of Marketing for Alcoeur Gardens. Stephanie is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction, and new initiatives of the Alcoeur Gardens marketing and sales department. Stephanie ensures all aspects remain consistent with the community’s vision of providing the best quality care to those affected with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in our home-like environment.

Stephanie has a diverse background in healthcare but the care for those affected by memory impairment has been something that has always held a special place in her heart. Stephanie loves that Alcoeur Gardens offers not only a cozy home-like feel, but more personalized one-on-one care that is provided to our residents. Stephanie has earned many certifications as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Management.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys a very active lifestyle with her family in Toms River. She is happily married with two wonderful and very athletic children, who keep her on her toes. She enjoys attending her children's sporting events, fires in the backyard, spending the day at the pool or beach. But family bike rides to the lake after dinner to watch her kids skip rocks as the sunsets is one of her most favorite past times. 

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