When you’re ready to begin with an addiction treatment program, take the time to learn about our trained addiction treatment staff. With a vision to work within the most difficult dual-diagnosis domain, we intentionally only brought on master’s or Doctoral level clinicians to work with our patient population and their family members. Our primary therapists have achieved numerous specializations (i.e. grief, trauma, problematic sexual behavior, gambling) and hale from all across the nation, drawn to work at Santé. Santé’s staff also maintains various credentials including: CSAT (Certified Sex Addiction Therapist), CMAT (Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy), CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), shame resiliency, psychodrama, relapse prevention, and grief and loss training. Santé clinical and medical teams are adept to extending patience, compassion, guided expertise, and both realistic and challenging short- and long-term goals for our clients and patients. Our dedicated Intake and Admissions team, comprised of master’s level clinicians, are available at any time. Our professional team has the experience and training to offer a variety of addiction therapy services and programs to help clients achieve their recovery goals.
Dennis Wade, MS, FACHE – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wade has been leading Santé Center for Healing since 1999. In 2020, 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. Most recently, Mr. Wade was a finalist for D CEO’s 2020 Outstanding Healthcare Advocate.
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 Center for Healing. She serves as clinical consultant to the Santé treatment team. She won the 2008 Merit Award from Society of the Advancement for Sexual Health (SASH), the 1999 Carnes Award for outstanding achievement in the field of sex addiction and was the co-recipient with Dr. Schneider of the Clinician’s Most Valuable Article Award by the American Foundation for Addiction Research in 2003 for their work on disclosure. She is a past president of the Board for SASH and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Licensed both as an addiction treatment specialist and marriage and family therapist, Deb has over 35 years of experience working with and conducting research on addictive disorders and high risk families. She is also recognized as an international speaker with her focus on treatment of addictions, trauma resolution, disclosure, interpersonal neurobiology and meeting attachment needs. In addition to co-authoring Disclosing Secrets and Surviving Disclosure, she also co-authored Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide to Treatment of Female Sex and Love Addicts.
Sam Slaton, M.Ed., LPC-S, MBA, MHSM – Chief Operating Officer
Sam has been with Santé Center for Healing since 2004, and has been the COO since 2015. He has also served in several other roles during his tenure at Santé, including Director of Intake and Admissions and Director of Outpatient Services. 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.
MELISSA PENNINGTON, D.O., FASAM, CEDS – MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Melissa Pennington is the Medical Director of Sante Center for Healing in Argyle, TX. She is a board-certified psychiatrist, a board-certified addictionologist, and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist. Since joining the team at Sante, she has also completed advanced training in the treatment of problematic sexual behavior. She is currently on her second term serving as medical liaison for the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Prior to joining Santé, 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 psychiatric residency at John Peter Smith Hospital, where she was awarded intern of the year and served as chief resident for two consecutive years.
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, MSN/RN, PMHNP-BC- NURSE PRACTITIONER
Dykstra Freeman, APRN has more than 10 years of experience in the behavioral health field. In addition to APRN, he has served as an RN and an MHT. Education is fundamental to his work and his expertise. He has a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University, two Bachelor’s degrees (biology and nursing) from Northwestern State University at LA, and an Associate’s in Nursing from Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University of LA. Before coming to Santé, he worked as an advisor for the LSU-E Office of Accommodated Services for students with disabilities. He also worked for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. At Santé, Dykstra collaborates with his patients to find a suitable approach to treating their mental health. He believes in Santé’s team atmosphere, holistic approach and priority of patient treatment outcomes.
Avery Rowles, MA, LPC, CSAT – Clinical Director
E. Avery Rowles, MA, LPC, CSAT, is currently the Clinical Director 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, 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.
DR. JASON DOORISH, LPC-S, CSAT, EMDR-Certified – CLINICAL TRAINER/RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Dr. Jason Doorish graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a master of Science degree in counseling and Development in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in Family Therapy from 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 Therapist.
SHELLEY D. EVANS, M.Ed., LPC, EMDR-Certified- RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Shelley obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Her professional counseling experience includes 4 years in private practice and 12 years in residential treatment centers as a therapist and clinical program director. She is EMDR Certified and also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Play Therapy, Feeling State Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Internal Family Systems. She also has a special interest in the ongoing neuropsychological research for therapy application. Now at Santé, Shelley’s passion is working with her clients’ to identify and process their trauma and learn to achieve and maintain sobriety through the development of healthy coping, relational and social skills. Shelley appreciates Sante’s teamwork, values and mission. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her family and outdoor activities.
ASHLEY WHITTED, MS, LPC, CSAT Candidate – RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Ashley began her work at Santé as a counseling associate in May of 2018. She is now the Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist for the residential treatment program. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her current role at the Santé Center involves providing counseling in group and individual settings as well as psychoeducation and case management. Ashley is also responsible for crisis intervention and helping patients adjust comfortably to the residential setting. She has a passion for recovery and being able to help others build themselves back up when they are at their lowest.
JENNY NORTON, MS, LPC, LCDC- RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Jenny Norton received a Master’s in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University and completed her practicum and internship at Santé. After many years of counseling in the field of addictions, she has returned to Santé as a Case Manager. She has past experience in equine therapy, private practice and contract therapy work. She holds a Biology degree from The University of North Texas. Jenny is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a licensed teacher and a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America. In her free time, Jenny enjoys writing fiction, interior design and baking.
Josh Pitre, MSW, LCSW, EMDR Trained – RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Josh is a Licensed Clinical Social worker. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Masters of Social Work from Louisiana State University. Josh has worked with many populations internationally and locally. His experiences have included working in various Partial Hospitalization and Intensive outpatient clinics, college counseling centers and community based intervention services. It is his belief that healing begins with self-awareness and vulnerability. It is Josh’s hope and desire to be a guide for those who are searching and attempting to find a voice amidst their pain. Josh is passionate about working with those struggling with addictions, trauma and mental health.
Mehik Malik, MA, LPC – RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Mehik has a passion for inclusivity and working with diverse populations. She especially enjoys the creativity that comes along with adolescents, college students, and young adults. She has extensive experience helping manage depression, anxiety, processing sexual assault and trauma, and working through suicidal ideation. She fosters a safe space and non-judgmental space to process thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
It’s her belief that clients are empowered and given a voice in therapy. With the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Based Therapy, clients make choices for themselves that will lead to satisfaction with their life and relationships.
Mehik received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations and her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Oklahoma. During her undergraduate years. Mehik founded an organization, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc., which focuses on volunteer work, programming, advocating for social change, and promotion of women empowerment as well as giving minorities a voice to be heard. This only furthered Mehik’s interest in helping others achieve their dreams and goals.
In her free time, Mehik love arts and crafts and new DIY projects. She is passionate about volunteer work, especially working with homeless youth.
Vanessa Taylor, MS, LCDC-I – RESIDENTIAL CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Vanessa Taylor completed her Master’s in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University in 2021 and had previous experience completing her practicum and internship at Santé. Her experiences growing up in environments as different as Alaska and Southeast Asia taught her to be adaptable to change and to consider each individual’s unique perspective.
Vanessa believes in the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship and focuses on helping patients reduce shame and process their underlying pain and trauma in order to heal and gain insight about themselves and their addiction. Vanessa is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern and she is currently working to obtain state licensure and certification and is looking forward to continuing her career at Santé. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys recharging in nature and spending time with her dog, family and friends.
VERONICA CORTEZ, MS, CRC, LPC-Associate – WEEKEND PROGRAM THERAPIST
Supervised by Lori Martin, MS, LPC-S
Veronica joined the Santé team as an Intern during her last semester of graduate school. She is now the Weekend Program Therapist. She received her Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Studies with a minor in Addictions Studies with highest honors from the University of North Texas in May of 2018. She then continued her education at UNT and obtained her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling in December of 2020. During her graduate career, Veronica researched substance use disorders among collegians and authored a thesis examining on alcohol use among undergraduate sorority women. She is currently working to obtain licensure and certification and is looking forward to beginning her career at Santé. Veronica is a lifelong member of Delta Gamma and enjoys baking, playing piano and flute, and doing DIY projects in her free time.
Andrew Ahles, LMFT, ICGC-I – Family Therapist
Andrew graduated with his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University in 2012, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to coming to Santé, he worked in community mental health and addiction treatment in Oklahoma, providing both assessment and ongoing therapy for individuals and families suffering from addiction and severe mental illness. Andrew has devoted much of his career to helping families recover from the impact of addiction, and in pursuit of that goal, became a Certified Gambling Counselor in 2018. Andrew is passionate about using his skills as a Family Therapist to help patients and their families identify and change unhealthy or unproductive patterns of interaction in order to facilitate lasting recovery from addiction.
Ashley Fowler, MS, LMFT – Family Therapist
Ashley graduated in 2015 with her Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently working towards her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, also at Texas Woman’s University. Ashley has over 6 years of clinical experience and employs a Solution Focused and Narrative approach in the therapy room. She has experience in working with families, couples, and individuals who have experienced a multitude of presenting issues. Ashley wants to hear your story, and she wants to help find solutions to the issues that are brought into the room. Ashley believes that together you can find new ways of thinking and interacting with others in your lives. She believes that making that first move to seek out therapy is a big step, and admitting you need help is hard to do! However, asking for help does not mean you are weak.
Kevin Newton – Family Communications Coordinator
Kevin is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Addiction Studies at the University of North Texas. He has been working in the drug/alcohol treatment industry for the past four years in varying roles and has been here at Santé Center for Healing since October of 2020. As someone who struggled with addiction for over twenty years, Kevin believes his calling is to help those seeking to experience the same freedom from drugs/alcohol as Kevin found. Along the way, Kevin faced the realities of our legal system, the loss of close friends, and nearly lost what means the most to him, his family. As the result of working a program of recovery, Kevin is now on his way to living the life he was always meant to have. Kevin is a passionate sports fan and in his free time enjoys supporting the Oklahoma Sooners, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, and the Dallas Mavericks. When he is not at work or watching his favorite teams, you will likely find him at a 311 concert watching the best live musical experience one can imagine!!
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
Cedric Casteel, RN – Nurse
Isis Chochane, LVN – Nurse
Cassandra DeLeon, RN – Nurse
Crystal Enyart, LVN – Nurse
Susan Hayes, RN – Nurse
Kasey O’Connell, LVN – Nurse
Stephanie Schmidt, LVN – Nurse
Kristi Spiker, RN – Nurse
Craig Vance, RN – Assistant Director of Nursing
ADAM KARAZUBA, MSW, LMSW – DIRECTOR OF OUTPATIENT PROGRAMMING
Adam Karazuba brings to Santé a mix of education and experience. He attained his Masters of Social Work from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY. Adam was initially drawn to Santé’s work with dual diagnosis and trauma informed care, which addresses the core issues often related to chronic relapse. Prior to his promotion to Director of Outpatient Programming, Adam worked as a Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist. Adam’s experience includes, but is not limited to, more than 13 years in inpatient mental health treatment working with children, adolescents and families. Through Santé’s Transitional Living and Intensive Outpatient Program, Adam has the opportunity to work with those new in recovery as they develop the connections and principles associated with long term growth. In his time away from Santé, Adam enjoys time with his family and friends, golfing and Syracuse basketball.
RYAN HOLLAND, MS, NCC, LPC – IOP CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Ryan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began his work with Santé in August of 2018 as a counseling intern while finishing his Master’s degree. He is currently a Case Manager in the Intensive Outpatient Program. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. Ryan believes strongly in the collaborative nature of therapy and prioritizes helping patients process and reduce shame in order to heal and gain insight about themselves and their addiction. In his free time, Ryan enjoys making music, playing with his dogs and spending time in nature.
Meredith Sims, MS, NCC – IOP CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Meredith earned her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies with two minors: Addiction Studies and Human Development & Family Science, along with two certificates: Drug Use & Addiction Studies and Drug & Alcohol Use with the highest honors. A true Mean Green fan, Meredith received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Texas with the highest honors. During her time in the graduate counseling program, Meredith continued to focus on addiction studies and participated in process addiction research with professors from multiple universities. Meredith is a certified SMART Recovery facilitator and is familiar with the 12-step model.
Meredith has a passion for addiction counseling and believes each person has a unique pathway to recovery. She also believes that culture and diversity are an important part of each individual’s identity and cannot be overlooked in treatment. Meredith is also passionate about LGBTQ+ affirming counseling, trauma-focused treatment, and Dreamwork counseling.
In her free time, Meredith enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, journaling, yoga, and petting all the dogs!
Chloe Pieters MA, NCC, LPC-Associate – IOP CASE MANAGER/PRIMARY THERAPIST
Supervised by Angie Cartwright, PhD, LPC-S, LSOTP-S, NCC
Chloe is a National Certified Counselor who has been counseling since 2018. She received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Maryland, College Park. Chloe’s previous experience includes working with the eating disorder population as well as working in a community mental health facility, serving a diverse population with a variety of concerns. Her natural optimism and enthusiasm is apparent in every clinical interaction, with hopes that this serves as a motivating factor for clients and colleagues alike. Chloe is thrilled about her recent move to Texas and is excited to explore the state as a whole.
MICHELLE LUTTRELL, MA, LMFT-S – 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, Student Training. 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-Supervisor. Michelle is currently pursing a MBA with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration at Texas Woman’s University. She is driven and passionate to help clients and their families recover from the disease of addiction.
BRIANNA TAYLOR, MS, NCC, LPC – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF INTAKE
Brianna Taylor is the Assistant Director of Intake at Santé Center for Healing who has been translating her love of encouraging others through their struggles into her career since 2015, 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.
ARIANNA OROZCO, MS, NCC, LPC Associate – INTAKE AND ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
Supervised by JaeJeung So, LPC-S, ATR-BC, CTT
Arianna (pronouns: she/her/hers) earned her Bachelors of Science in Rehabilitation Studies from the 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 became inspired by the daily interactions of supporting the residents in their recovery to pursue the field of counseling. Arianna recently graduated with their 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 LGBTQIA+ populations, education and intervention in preventing addictions, and utilizing narrative therapy with clients.
Krysta Lacy, LPC Associate – INTAKE AND ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
SUPERVISED BY CYNDI DOYLE, M.Ed., LPC-S, NCC, CDWF
Krysta is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and has worked in mental health since 2018. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lubbock Christian University and her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University.
She finds it rewarding to walk alongside others in their path to healing and wellness. Her areas of interest include working with teens and young adults, as well as working with others on identifying their worth and true identities.
Whenever I’m not working I like to spend time with my dog and my loved ones as well as exploring new things in the DFW area since I have not lived here very long.
AMY MILLER, MBA – REFERRAL COMMUNICATIONS AND ALUMNI 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.
BRIAN SIMPSON, LCDC-INTERN- AFTERCARE 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.
LISA M. KING, MS, NCC, LPC – INTENSIVE WORKSHOP THERAPIST
Lisa King has spent more than 25 years, having lived, taught, counseled, served and worked, with individuals from all walks of life in North America, Latin America, and Asia. Along with being a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Lisa specializes specifically in the following areas: Trauma, PTSD, Codependency, Attachment, Identity, Abuse, Neglect, Cultural Adjustment Issues and Addiction. Lisa is a gifted communicator and experienced in personal and professional development, team building, strategic planning and crisis management. In addition, Lisa has extensive experience working with first responders, military and military veterans.
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 currently facilitates two 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.
NICOLE MILLER – SPECIAL PROGRAMS COORDINATOR & ALUMNI TEAM MEMBER
Nicole began working at Santé in September 2019. As the Special Programs Coordinator, Nicole oversees the “Maintaining Proper Boundaries” courses, Intensive Therapy Workshops, Alumni Retreats, and is part of the Alumni Team. Nicole received her degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. She worked for 15 years on the prevention side of addiction and became familiar with Santé through that experience. She is excited to now be at Santé and able to continue to positively impact the lives of individuals. Nicole enjoys spending time with family, friends and her dog.
SUSMITHA THOTA, MHSM, MBA – DIRECTOR OF COMPLIANCE & CARF INTERNATIONAL SURVEYOR
Susmitha joined Santé Center for Healing in 2014 as an Administrative Fellow after graduating from Texas Woman’s University in Health Systems Management and Business Administration. Susmitha worked as Project and Operations Manager before stepping into her current role. Susmitha leads entire compliance program at Santé including CARF Accreditation as well as oversees Medical Records Department. After six years of extensive experience with CARF standards, Susmitha branched out her professional journey as a CARF International Surveyor. Along with striving for continuous treatment quality improvement at Santé, Susmitha’s passion as a surveyor is to help different Behavioral Health Facilities in providing high quality treatment to people in need. Susmitha is also currently working on pursuing ASAM Certification for Santé.
Jennifer Hanes MS, RDN, LD – DIETITIAN
Jennifer believes there is a strong relationship between physical health, your relationship with food, and mental health. All aspects of this relationship should be addressed to achieve success in any one piece.
Through personalized individual appointments and larger group sessions she coaches patients to treat food as not only a fuel for your body but as a means to enjoy and celebrate your life, family, friends, culture, and community.
Jennifer graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters in Dietetics in 2018. Since then, she has dedicated her ongoing education to the interactions between food, nutrition, and mental health.
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.
Lori Martin, MS, LPC-S – Psychodrama
Lori has over ten years of experience working with adults, adolescence and couples in private practice. Her experience is in the areas of gender, sexuality, body image, disordered eating behaviors, trauma and substance abuse. Additionally, Lori has been a student of psychodrama at ETTi since 2014 and Bridging Harts since January 2017. She is pursuing certification in psychodrama and sociometry to assist individuals and groups in a safe and creative exploration of their stories to help find healing. She also has training in bioenergetics and body-focused therapy. Additionally, she enjoys supervising and mentoring LPC-Associates.
David R. Mitchell, MD – BOUNDARIES COURSE FACULTY
Dr. Mitchell has been a psychiatrist in the state of Oklahoma since 1995. He currently practices at the Oklahoma Forensic Center. Dr. Mitchell volunteers for the Oklahoma Health Professional Program facilitating a Boundary Group for impaired professionals. As a physician in recovery himself, he has a vested interest in helping others and co-founded the group “Doctors without Boundaries” to promote further study and education in the field of professional ethics and boundaries.
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
Kim Couch is an RYT 500 and E-RYT 200. She fell in love with the practice of yoga nearly 18 years ago, and began her journey to become a teacher back in 2012. She completed her 200-hr studies in 2013 and began teaching Hatha Yoga in Lewisville, TX. Since that time she has gone on to not only finish her 500-hr studies, but also acquired some special therapeutic certifications along the way. She is certified under Yoga Warriors International and has completed the Level 1 training under Warriors At Ease to teach yoga to those suffering from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), and Moral Injuries.
She has also completed her training under the Breathe Into Recovery program, and holds a certificate in Vedic Thai Bodywork. Along with teaching the men’s group at Santé Center For Healing, she teaches private lessons and conducts workshops.
CHRISTY BRUCE – GROUP EXERCISE INSTRUCTOR
Christy Bruce is from Celina, Texas and a graduate of the University of North Texas. Her professional career began in commercial real estate where she was a broker for 7 years. After marrying and starting a family of her own, her course changed. Since 2012 she has been a part of the health and fitness industry. Her love for working with others and encouraging them to fight for their best life is what truly inspires her. Overcoming her own battles of finding time, energy and space to take care of herself while raising a family is what pushed her to become a support system for other people.
Christy joined the Santé team back in 2017. She is the group exercise facilitator twice a week, focusing mainly on cardio endurance and core strength. She loves the interaction this opportunity creates and is inspired constantly by the progress she sees on a weekly basis.