Dennis Wade, MS, FACHE – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wade has been leading Santé Center for Healing since 1999. Wade came to Santé Center for Healing with over twenty years experience in healthcare, eighteen of which have been in healthcare administration. He has over 19 years experience at the Chief Executive Officer level in psychiatric and addictions hospitals. Mr. Wade is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has a B.A. from Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, and a M.S. from George Williams College, Downers Grove, Illinois. Mr. Wade began his career in healthcare at Mercy Center for Healthcare Services in Aurora, Illinois, where he was Program Coordinator of the Nelson Adolescent Program. From there, he moved to South Bend, Indiana, where he helped open Charter Hospital of South Bend. He was instrumental in designing, implementing, and administrating the clinical programming. Mr. Wade eventually served as CEO of that hospital. After leaving Charter Hospital, he moved to Dallas, Texas, where he became the Administrator of Green Oaks Hospital at Medical City Dallas and served on the Senior Management Team of Medical City Dallas Hospital.
George W. Straw, Jr – Co-Owner
George became the co-owner of Sante Center for Healing in September 2007, but has been involved with Sante since its inception. He is retired from Xerox where he was Manager of Collection Services, Manager of Accounts Receivables, and Corporate Trainer. George was also a bank officer in San Antonio and Branch Manager for a Savings and Loan. He was Executive Vice President for Sun Financial.
M. Deborah Corley, PhD, LMFT, LCDC, LSOTP, CSAT, CMAT – Co-Founder, Co-Owner and Clinical Consultant
Dr. Corley is co-founder and co-owner of Santé and is licensed as an addiction treatment specialist, a marriage and family therapist, and sex offender treatment provider. She has over 30 years’ experience working with and conducting research on addictive disorders. She was the 1999 recipient of the Carnes Award for outstanding achievement in the field of sex addiction and received the 1999 Clinician’s Most Valuable Article award by the American Foundation of Addiction Research for her work on disclosure. Most recently she received the Merit Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH) and the SASH Board of Directors named their research award the Corley Research Scholarship Award after Dr. Corley and her brother Rip Corley. Dr. Corley is the past president of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is recognized as a national presenter and has authored many articles and co-authored the books Disclosing Secrets and Surviving Disclosure and is one of the contributing authors on Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to the Treatment of Female Sex and Love Addicts.
Sam Slaton, M.Ed., LPC-S, MBA, MHSM – Chief Operating Officer
Sam has been with Sante’ Center for Healing for 13 years as Director of Intake and Admissions, Director of Outpatient Services, and Chief Operating Officer. Sam received his Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Health Systems Management from Texas Woman’s University. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, who received his Master’s in Counseling and Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Sam is an Eagle Scout and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is dedicated to service excellence and the mission, vision, and values of the organization.
Noah Longino, FACHE – Chief Financial Officer
Noah has spent the last decade working and studying healthcare administration and health systems. Noah graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University, and completed his MBA in Healthcare Organization Management there. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Noah has been with Santé Center for Healing for over 7 years as Controller and Chief Financial Officer. He is invested in the long term financial stability and quality of care at the center.
Previous to his tenure at Santé, Noah was the Special Projects Coordinator at The Lubbock Heart Hospital, a cardiovascular center in Lubbock, Texas as well as employment within a law firm before time spent in the banking and financial industry. Noah has served on the Rawls College of Business research faculty and has successfully owned and operated his own small businesses. He has volunteered time coaching junior high and high school level basketball and golf and has worked with several organizations to provide inner city and low income families with needed resources including food and housing. Noah currently volunteers as a Coordinator and Support Personnel with Denton County Medical Reserve Corps.
Melissa Pennington, D.O. – Medical Director
Dr. Melissa Pennington is a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency and eating disorders. Prior to joining Sante, she served as medical director of the Eating Disorders Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Of Dallas from 2010-2015. She attended medical school at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed her psychiatry residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, where she was awarded intern of the year and served as chief resident for two consecutive years. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Psychiatry.
Preji Somar, MS, MSN, LPC, APRN, CARN-AP, PMHNP- BC – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Preji Somar is board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a graduate of Advanced Master Psychopharmacology Program from Neuroscience Education Institute accredited by Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. Preji has 10 years of combined education, training and experience in the field of psychology and psychiatry and has experience working with all ages and variety of populations. After obtaining her Associate Degree in Liberal Sciences from Dallas County Community College and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, she further pursued her interest in behavioral sciences by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Abilene Christian University. She then further expanded her education and training in psychiatric care by becoming a registered nurse and obtaining her Master’s Degree in Family Mental Health Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dykstra Freeman, PMHNP – Nurse Practitioner
Bio coming soon!
Jessica Hutto, M.D. – Addiction Psychiatrist
Dr. Jessica Hutto is ABPN board-certified in both psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. She completed medical school and her general psychiatry residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Hutto was elected as chief resident during her final year of residency. She then continued her training by completing an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her excellence in humanistic clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service was recognized when she was inducted by nomination into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in May 2015. Dr. Hutto enjoys working with a diverse group of motivated clients, all wanting to improve their mental wellness and quality of life.
Clinical Program Directors
Jennifer Davis, M.Ed, LPC, NCC, CSAT – Director of Clinical Services
Jennifer has been with Santé for ten years in both direct patient care and administrative roles. She has served as an Intake & Admission counselor, the Director of Transitional Living, the Director of Outpatient Services, and is now the Director of Clinical Services. Jennifer utilizes her passion and expertise to promote Santé treatment programs as she oversees the Residential Program, Transitional Living, the Intensive Outpatient Program, and Family Therapy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas and is currently working on an Executive MBA at the University of Houston. Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is driven to help those struggling with chemical and process addictions in addition to co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses.
Avery Rowles, MA, LPC, CSAT – Clinical Services Program Manager
E. Avery Rowles, MA, LPC, CSAT, is currently the Director of Outpatient Services for Santé Center for Healing, She leads a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team that work hands-on with chemical dependency, process addictions, and co-occurring mental disorders. After spending the majority of career in addiction treatment, both as direct care provider and building teams in her role as director, she understands that treatment lies in utilizing the most up-to-date research and best practices to combat this deadly disease.
Avery specializes in sex and love issues in women as they relate to chemical dependency. Under the direct supervision of Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S she aided in implementing his curriculum in a managed care setting allowing access to a level of treatment previously cost prohibitive for some women. The curriculum was a trauma informed approach specifically focused on the intersection of women substance abuse and intimacy issues.
Her training includes Certified Sex Addiction Therapist- Candidate, intensive 2 year training in DBT through the Linehan Institute, Certified Daring Way Provider through Brene Brown and EMDR. Avery has been featured in Dallas Child Magazine, A&E Intervention and Family Matters magazine. Avery holds a BA in Literature, BA in Psychology, graduating both with high honors, and a MA in Counseling Psychology.
Residential Case Managers
Jason Doorish, M.S., LPC-S, CSAT-Candidate – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Jason Doorish graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a master of Science degree in counseling and Development in 2008. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate completing his degree in Family therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Jason is trained in EMDR, emotionally focused Couples Therapy, trauma informed cognitive behavioral counseling, motivational interviewing, Mindfulness Based relapse prevention, and has been working in the mental health and addiction field since 2008. Jason has a passion for working with those who struggle with mental health, trauma, and addiction. Jason is a Certified Sex Addiction Candidate.
Martha Graham, MA, LPC, CSAT-Candidate – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Martha Graham has more than 20 years of experience working in mental health, and more than 15 years working in private practice. Before coming to Santé, she worked in virtually every level of mental health care and developed the SAID program (Substance Abuse & Intimacy Disorders) for many other facilities. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She came to work at Santé because she felt that Santé shared her same core values. Martha enjoys being an instrument that helps clients put their broken pieces back together, so they can be proud and see themselves for who they truly are.
Adam Karazuba, MSW, LMSW – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Bio coming soon!
Bev Ozanne, MAMFC, LPC, LCDC, C-SAT-C – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Beverly (“Bev”) has been in the counseling field for more than 25 years – first as a pastoral counselor and then as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Her passion is helping both the addict/alcoholic and his family members, and her experience with this ranges from youth to adult residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities. For the past three-and-a-half years, she’s facilitated a family program she helped to develop, educating and providing solutions and hope for the family and addicts/alcoholics. Her niche includes individual and family/couples counseling. Bev’s experience compliments her clinical education: EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy to help clients work through past traumatic events; CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist) Candidate (2); Trauma trained therapist; and a Grief and Loss therapist. She supports the greater community by serving in numerous leadership positions: President of the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance and Foundation; Vice President of long-range planning for the Texas Medical Association Alliance; and the Physicians Benevolence Foundation. She sings in a worship band, reads, enjoys movies, spends time with her husband of four decades and her favorite subject is her children and grandchildren.
Karin Hunt, MSW – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Bio coming soon!
Shelley D. Evans, M.Ed., LPC-S – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
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Sally Pratt, MS, LPC-Intern – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
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Tish Garceau, MA, LCDC – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Tish obtained her Bachelor’s degree with a double-major in Psychology and Art from the University of North Texas and her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. She started at Santé in December of 2017, bringing with her more of a variety of professional experiences, including seven years working with non-verbal, autistic children with co-occurring disorders or traumatic brain injuries. Tish serves as Santé’s weekend therapist; she conducts patient assessments, implements master treatment plans, leads groups and integrates new clients into the residential program. As a therapist, she creates an environment of total acceptance, congruence and understanding. She thrives at Santé because of the opportunity to see Santé’s clients transform throughout the continuum of care, ultimately regaining their self-worth and achieving long-term recovery.
IOP Case Managers
Nick Overbeck, MS, LPC-Intern – IOP Case Manager
Supervised by Carly Shannon, M.Ed, LPC-S
Nick Overbeck has been with Santé Center for Healing since August 2016 as a Counseling Intern and now works as an Intensive Outpatient case manager. Nick was born and raised in Dallas and received both his undergraduate in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Nick’s therapeutic interests and experiences include chemical dependency, anxiety, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, co-occurring disorders, and working with families affected by addiction.
Ashley Fowler MS, LMFT-A – IOP Case Manager
Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Science in Technical Management from DeVry University and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University; she is licensed as an LMFT-Associate. Her primary role at Santé is to support our clients’ family and friends by reaching out to them and providing any resources they may need. She also actively facilitates Santé’s Family and Friends Support Group (FFSG), family therapy series sessions and relapse prevention groups. At Santé, she loves the team approach to ensure that no one person is left out on their own. She is passionate about continuing her education and is currently working towards her PhD.
Josh Treppel, MSW, LMSW, LCDCS – IOP Case Manager
Bio coming soon!
Family Programming Staff
Dana Lewin, MS, LMFT, LCDC-Intern – Family Therapist
Dana earned her Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She completed her internship and was a clinical manager at TWU’s Family and Counseling Clinic. Prior to Sante, she worked in Dallas helping clients with a dual-diagnosis and during this time found a passion for educating families about their loved ones diagnoses. By using emotionally focused therapy and transgenerational interventions, Dana explores the cycles that keep couples and families stuck so that families can move towards having healthier, stronger relationships.
Intake & Admissions
Michelle Luttrell, MA, LMFT – Director of Intake and Admissions & Licensed Professional Assessment Team Coordinator
Michelle has been with Santé Center for Healing since 2013 as an Intake and Admissions Counselor and now the Director of Intake and Admissions. She also is the team coordinator for our Licensed Professional Assessments. Michelle received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University and undergraduate in psychology from the University of Saint Mary in Kansas. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- Associate and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. She is driven and passionate to help clients and their families recover from the disease of addiction.
Arianna Orozco, BS – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Arianna earned her Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Studies from University of North Texas with minors in Addiction Studies and Psychology. Arianna has been with Santé since 2014 and worked as a Mental Health Technician while completing her undergraduate studies; she enjoyed the interaction of working with the residents in their recovery and became motivated to pursue the field of addictions further. Arianna is currently studying for her Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Texas and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota. Arianna’s areas of interest include working with adolescent populations, education and intervention in preventing addictions, and narrative therapy.
Mandy Barton M.A., LPC – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Mandy has been with Santé Center for Healing for a little over a year, working as both a counseling intern in the residential program and an intake and admissions counselor in the intake department. She is originally from Spring, Texas but moved to College Station in 2010 to get her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and then to Denton in 2014 to complete her master’s degree in mental health counseling at the University of North Texas. Mandy is currently awaiting my Licensed Professional Counselor Intern license.
Mandy enjoys being around and connecting with people, whether it be through helping a client process through an emotional situation, or just spending time with her friends. She hopes to eventually become certified as a sex addiction therapist and work with those struggling with sex addiction. Some of her many loves include pugs, going to see movies at the theater, drag shows, reading anything from therapy books to Stephen King, and pizza.
Brianna Taylor, MS, NCC, LPC-Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Supervised by Cyndi Doyle, M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC, CDWF
Brianna Taylor is an Intake & Admissions Counselor at Santé Center for Healing who has been translating her love of encouraging others through their struggles into her career for three years now, with a significant portion of her career spent serving area nonprofits. Brianna believes in the power of connection and counts it as privilege to be a part of another’s journey. Engage with her for any amount of time and you’ll pick up on her belief that every individual is good and deserving of treatment and success in their life. Brianna holds a Bachelor’s in Human Development from Virginia Tech and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She spends her spare time with family and friends, reading and writing, and exploring DFW’s best new restaurants.
Katie Durham, MS – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Bio coming soon!
Sam Reed, MA – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Bio coming soon!
Renee Stone, RN, BSN, CARN – Director of Nursing
Renee began serving as Director of Nurses in 2015. She has been with Sante Center since 2005 starting out as a staff nurse. She has been a nurse since 1993 and has worked in varies hospital settings and mental health hospitals.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is certified in Chemical Addiction Registered Nurse (CARN), and a member of International Nurses Society on Addiction. She is passionate about educating staff to grow their knowledge to better care for our clients.
Susie Becker, RN – Nurse
Crystal Enyart, LVN – Nurse
Michelle Morgan, LVN – Nurse
Craig Vance, RN – Nurse
Stephanie Schmidt, LVN – Nurse
Heather Figirova, LVN – Nurse
Victor Medina, RN – Nurse
Cedric Casteel, RN – Nurse
Laura Deane, MS, LD, RD – Dietitian
Laura views food as something that should be enjoyed and used to fuel life but not control it. She speaks to this message each day, coaching and encouraging individuals at Santé through personalized nutrition sessions as well as group classes. Through these experiences individuals begin to develop a healthy relationship with food while adopting balanced and sustainable eating habits. Deane graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University which was followed by a dietetic internship program and a Master of Science in Nutrition degree from Texas Woman’s University. This diverse background of education has provided Laura with the latest research and information concerning food and nutrition.
Lisa M. King, MS, NCC, LPC-Intern – Intensive Workshop Therapist
Supervised by Sam Slaton, M.Ed., LPC-S, MBA, MHSM
Life stressors and traumatic events often have a dramatic effect on our lives, which in turn, influence how we think and feel about ourselves and others. Lisa King has spent more than 20 years, having lived, taught, counseled, served and worked, with individuals from all walks of life in North America, Latin America, and Asia. Areas of specialization include: trauma, codependency, depression, anxiety, identity, abuse, neglect, poverty, suicidal thoughts and addiction. From these experiences, Lisa has acquired skills in effective communication, personal and professional development, team building, strategic planning and crisis management.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She is passionate about utilizing CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) to challenge stuck points and faulty ways of thinking and to help people find and experience transformational healing and hope. Lisa co-facilitated in Santé Center for Healing’s inaugural series of therapeutic intensives – Recovering from Trauma and Recovering from Codependency.
Lisa currently facilitates the 4-day Therapy Intensive Workshops at Santé – Mindful Transformation: Redefining your Trauma and Free To Be Me: Rescuing Yourself From Codependency. Utilizing a collaborative approach, Lisa encourages individuals to identify problematic patterns of thinking and to begin establishing coping strategies that encourage personal growth and self-care. Lisa also provides individual therapy services in the Community Based Services Clinic at Santé Center for Healing as well.
Amy Miller, MBA – Referral Communications Coordinator
Born and raised in the DFW area, Amy earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and her Executive Master’s in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University. She has been in operations and office management for over 13 years. In her free time, she volunteers as a Girl Scout troop leader and coaches youth volleyball through the City of Denton. Amy enjoys spending time outdoors, fishing, camping, and crafting. She is passionate about helping others and is committed to assisting in Santé’s important work any way she can.
R. Dean White, DDS, MS – Boundaries Course Faculty
R Dean White, DDS, MS has been involved in medical staff governance his entire career. He has served on virtually every medical staff committee and served as the Chief of the medical staff in 1999 and 2000 at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. He served on the Board of Trustees for the same hospital for six years. He served, part time, as the Medical Staff Advisor from 2002 to 2011 and was responsible for medical staff orientations, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, behavioral event peer review and the physician health committee. Dr. White is the past president of the North Texas, Texas and Southwest Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; he is a past president of The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. White currently presents frequently and consults with medical staffs and their leadership as well as medical staff professionals on a state and national level. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Managing Disruptive and Impaired Physicians, with Dr. Jon Burroughs and Medical Staff Leadership Essentials: A Guide to Developing Leadership Skills and Recruiting the Next Generation, and What the Hell Do I Do Now? A Professionals’ Guide to a Meaningful Retirement. He received his dental degree and oral and maxillofacial surgery training and master of science degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston Texas.
Richard Davis, M.S., LPC, BCN – Neurofeedback
Richard Davis is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Denton, TX. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from the University of North Texas (UNT) with a concentration in biofeedback, and he is Board Certified in Neurofeedback by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He is trained in all forms of biofeedback, but specializes in neurofeedback and quantitative EEG (QEEG). He has been involved with biofeedback for 19 years and has worked almost exclusively with neurofeedback for the last 15 years. He was a consultant to and a member of the training staff of the former University of North Texas Neurotherapy Lab. He is a former Treasurer and Board Member for the Biofeedback Society of Texas; and is a former two-term Treasurer and now President-Elect of the International Society of Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR), Treasurer for the ISNR Research Foundation, and a former Board Member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback Neurofeedback Division.
Julie Patrick, LCSW, CP – Psychodrama
Julie Patrick, LCSW, CP, has over twenty-two years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice in Dallas, TX. She is knowledgeable about addictions and the dysfunctional family system. She is a nationally certified practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry and group psychotherapy. She brings to all of her endeavors a caring heart and an unwavering commitment to deliver her best as a facilitator. Julie is dedicated to providing a safe environment where clients can explore difficult changes and challenges. Her approach offers a fresh take on pitfalls, triggers and places where you are “stuck.” Every workshop brings an opportunity for greater self-awareness, vitality and new beginnings.
Brian Simpson, LCDC Intern – Aftercare and Alumni Coordinator
Brian is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern who received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Anthropology at the University of North Texas. He has been with Santé for more than 5 years, serves as one of Santé’s Certified Ropes Instructors and feels a sense of pride and purpose working in the addiction field. As the Aftercare and Alumni Coordinator, Brian serves as a liaison for our alumni and creates individualized aftercare plans for each residential client as they prepare to discharge.
Tyler Kuelbs – Yoga Instructor
Tyler Kuelbs is a 200 RYT (hours registered yoga teacher) including the study of asana, anatomy, physiology, teaching methodology, pranayama, kriyas, philosophy, ethics and life-style. She is also a certified leader of Y12SR (yoga for 12 step recovery) and a member of Yoga Alliance. She is currently studying to become a yoga therapist at Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy. Tyler teaches all styles of yoga in her Grapevine studio, but Recovery Yoga is her passion. Tyler’s own yoga journey began here at Sante Center for Healing and she continues to carry the message through yoga to the recovery community in DFW.
Kim Couch – Men’s Yoga Instructor
Bio coming soon!