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

photo_denise_van_tassell-150x150Ms. Van Tassell 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 ten 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 Whiting, 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.

Julie Treadway, BS, CALA, DCPA

photo_julieheadway-150x150Julie is the Director of Operations for Alcoeur Gardens, a homelike community for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. She dedicates herself each day to preserving the dignity and respect of all residents that live within the four locations that Alcoeur Gardens operates within Monmouth and Ocean counties. Julie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she majored in Special Education and pursued a career in teaching.

Her introduction into the health care field came when she met Denise VanTassell, the owner of Alcoeur Gardens. Forged from this friendship, came an interest and then a love for residents of Assisted Living facilities especially those with Dementia. Julie is now a Certified Assisted Living Administrator, a Certified Boarding Home Operator, a Dementia Care Provider Associate and an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator. The first Saturday of each month, she facilitates a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group Meeting in their Ocean location.

Julie and her husband, John, enjoy spending time with their 2 cats, 2 dogs and fishing. In her spare time she loves to scrapbook and create jewelry. Julie’s vision for all persons suffering from Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease is for them to live out their life as independently as possible with dignity, respect, joy and love.Julie’s passion for teaching never left her, as evident in the fact that she regularly educates her staff on the nuances related to Alzheimer’s disease. This continuing education helps to ensure that Alcoeur Gardens is a premier care giving community for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.