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.
Melissa Pennington, D.O., ABAM, CEDS – 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, 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.
Clinical Program Directors
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- 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
Dr. Jason Doorish, LPC-S, CSAT – 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 Candidate.
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, LCSW – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Karin Hunt has been in behavioral health since 1997, the year after Santé was founded. A therapist since 2001, Karin holds a Master’s of Social Work from University of Utah. She comes to Santé from Utah, where her spectrum of career experiences included adoption work, outpatient therapy in a variety of settings, and eight years of dual-diagnosis, substance use disorder residential treatment. Karin’s contributions to Santé includes creating relationships with clients in order to understand them, see them for who they are, and to help them see the same. She introduces clients to new ways of managing the hurt that accompanies addiction and mental health issues. Karin chose Santé because she aligns with the way Santé views clients, treating them for the issues that brought them to treatment without threatening to discharge them for those very behaviors with which they need help. Karin enjoys being part of this integrated team approach and describes her Santé colleagues as a sharp clinical team with genuine expertise in handling complex issues. In her spare time, Karin spends time with family and friends; she also loves traveling, reading and cooking. Her latest venture is learning how to play the guitar.
Shelley D. Evans, M.Ed., LPC-S – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Shelley D. Evans, is an EMDR-Certified therapist who has been in behavioral healthcare since 1996. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Her professional experiences include leadership as County Director for CPS in Arkansas and Florida. Now at Santé, Shelley facilitates clients’ identification and processing of trauma. Alongside her clients, they develop healthy coping, interpersonal and social skills to overcome addictions and life problems. What’s her ultimate goal? To help clients develop healthy relationships and lifestyle without addictions. Shelley is passionate about Santé because she appreciates the teamwork, values and mission. She also has a special interest in the ongoing neuro, psychological and biological research for therapy application. In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her family (four children, five grandchildren and two dogs) and outdoor activities.
Sally Pratt, MS, LPC-Intern – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
If you ever want to talk about life’s many journeys and roles, talk to Santé’s Sally Pratt. Sally has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lubbock Christian University and a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. She came to Santé where she could create trusting relationships with clients by listening and understanding them. Her proudest moments are witnessing the difference in people as they overcome their addictions and manage their mental health. She tells people Santé isn’t just a residential treatment center; it’s a family of loving, caring, and compassionate people who come together to make a lasting difference in all. In her spare time, Sally spends time with her family and dogs. She also loves musicals and playing card games.
Gail Richardson, LPC-S, EMDR, LCDC – Residential Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Gail has recently joined the Santé team due to her alignment with their clinical excellence, philosophy and practice of facilitating change in those with multiple forms of addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. Assisting others with recovery from trauma, Sex and Love addiction and other co-occurring disorders is her passion and purpose. She has been in the field since graduating from the University of North Texas with a Masters in Counseling in 1999. She continued working in Education, using her Journalism BFA from SMU for another 12 years for a total of 15 years. Initially teaching Newspaper and Yearbook and then moving to Counseling, she eventually obtained her Professional Counseling licensure.
In 2011 she attained LPC-Supervisor status and opened a part-time private practice while also moving to full-time agency work with dual diagnosis clients in Mental Health/Addictions. EMDR from Emdria training was completed and she also obtained a LCDC – licensed chemical dependency counselor during her 4.5 years at another inpatient treatment center. She is completing Pia Mellody PIT training from The Meadows this spring. She has two grown children, lives with an adorable little white mini schnauzer, and enjoys yoga and Pilates, boating and beaches, gardening, international travel and reading fiction.
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.
Ashley Whitted, MS, NCC, LPC-Intern – Weekend Program Therapist
Ashley began her work at Santé as a counseling intern in May of 2018. She is now the Weekend Program Therapist for the residential treatment program. Ashley 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 pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. Her current role at the Santé Center involves providing coverage over the weekends, ensuring that patients have ready access to clinical resources throughout the entirety of the week. 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.
Jordan Wolfe, MS – Family Communications Coordinator
Jordan has been with Santé since January 2018 as a Counseling Intern and now works as the Family Communications Coordinator. Jordan received both her undergraduate in Psychology and Master’s degree in Counseling and Development at Texas Woman’s University. She is currently pursuing licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. 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) and family therapy series sessions. Jordan has a passion for relationship and loves connecting with others in meaningful ways.
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.
IOP Case Managers
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. His experience includes, but is not limited to, more than 13 years in inpatient mental health treatment working with children, adolescents and families. Adam was drawn to Santé’s work with dual diagnosis and trauma informed care, which addresses the core issues often related to chronic relapse. Through Adam’s Case Manager/Primary Therapist position at Santé, he facilitates change in the addictive system through direct, compassionate care and treats clients holistically. In his time away from Santé, Adam enjoys time with his family and friends, golfing and Syracuse basketball.
Tish Garceau, MA, LCDC – IOP 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.
Ryan Holland, MS, NCC – IOP Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Ryan began at Santé in August of 2018 as a counseling intern and is now a Case Manager for the Intensive Outpatient Program. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. He is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. 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 playing music and spending time with his wife and three dogs.
Denny Taylor, MS, LPC-I – IOP Case Manager/Primary Therapist
Supervised by Lisa Beijan, LPC-S
Denny Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern who graduated with his master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Texas in December 2017. Denny specializes in addictions, trauma recovery, and personality disorders. Denny prides himself on being a big, friendly giant, despite his beard and stature. During therapy, Denny enjoys integrating expressive arts techniques whenever possible. Also, Denny’s bachelor’s degree is in Radio, Television and Film, so please feel free to come talk to him about movies and TV shows!.
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.
REBECCA REILLY, MS – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Rebecca has been with Santé Center for Healing since February 2019 working as a Counseling Intern and then as an Intake and Admissions Counselor. She incorporates a person-centered perspective in her counseling, facilitating an environment in which clients can realize their full potential. Rebecca received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Rhetoric & Writing from The University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Texas. She is working on becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. Rebecca enjoys music, concerts, soccer and silly jokes.
Mandy Barton M.A., LPC-Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Supervised by Steve Tryling, LPC-S, LCDC, CSAT
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.
Sam Reed, MA, LPC-Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Supervised by Tina R. Arnold, MS, LPC-s, NCC, CDWF
Sam has been with Santé Center for Healing for over a year working as both a counseling intern in the residential program and an intake and admissions counselor in the intake department. Sam enjoys helping clients see their worth, gain self-esteem and working with them to achieve their goals. Sam received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2015. Sam recently completed her Master’s degree in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University in 2018, and is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She enjoys spending time with friends, reading and going to the movies.
Benjamin Klaassen, MA, LPC-Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Supervised by David Huffman, PhD, LPC-S
Benjamin is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and has worked in mental health since 2015. He earned his Master’s degree in counseling from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas Tech University. He believes everyone has the potential to find meaning and peace in their lives and he considers it a privilege to join them in their journey.
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
Amy Miller, MBA – Referrals 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-Intern – Intensive Workshop Therapist
Supervised by Sam Slaton, M.Ed., LPC-S, MBA, MHSM
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. Areas of specialization include: trauma, codependency, ptsd, depression, anxiety, identity, abuse, neglect, poverty, suicidal thoughts 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.
McKensey Coit, BAAS – Special Programs Coordinator & Alumni Team Member
McKensey has been with Santé Center for Healing since the summer of 2018. As the Special Programs Coordinator, McKensey oversees the “Maintaining Proper Boundaries” courses, Intensive Therapy Workshops, Alumni Retreats, and other events held on campus. She uses her trademark skills of problems solving, creativity, and flexibility to ensure each event runs smoothly from start to finish. McKensey received her degree from the University of North Texas. She gained experience in sales and marketing by working under the national marketing director of a custom home builder. Mental health has always played a large role in her life having both a mother and sister who are LCSWs. McKensey strives to coordinate events that promote education, sobriety, and healing to every attendee. In her free time, McKensey enjoys showing horses, spending time with her dogs, and traveling.
Finley Thornton, BSBA – Administrative Assistant
Finley earned their Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Arkansas. Currently they are in the thesis phase of completing a Master’s in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. Finley is also pursuing certification through Animal Behavior College in Cat Training and volunteers at the local Denton animal shelter. Finley is an avid researcher on social justice issues like disability rights and LGBTQ+ rights. They are passionate about using their skills and knowledge to help support Santé’s mission and bring about positive change in people’s lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.