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.
Dr. Kimberly Mercer, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Kimberly Mercer is double boarded as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and also as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC).
Dr. Mercer’s undergraduate degree is from Midwestern State University (MSU) in Wichita Falls where she also serves as Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program and a guest lecturer for the Family Nurse Practitioner program. Dr. Mercer received her graduate degree from The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) and a post-master’s certificate from UTA. Before pursuing further education in psychiatry/mental health, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in a variety of medical settings including cardiology and family practice.
Dr. Mercer has served in a variety capacities for numerous professional organizations, including:
- Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
- Board of Directors for Texas Nurse Practitioners (TNP) from 2008-2010 representing the Wichita Falls/Fort worth/Arlington affiliates
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Dr. Mercer has also participated in medical missions to Sri Lanka and Haiti, and is published in a peer reviewed journal, Journal of Arts and Humanities Vol. 4 No 5 (2015). Animal-Assisted Therapy and Application to Older Adults in Long Term Care.
Preji Somar, M.S, M.S.N, APRN, PHMNP-BC, LPC – 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.
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 LPC, CSAT-C – Clinical Services Program Manager
E. Avery Rowles, LPC, CSAT-C 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 Clinical Staff
Jason Doorish, M.S., LPC-S – Case Manager
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.
Jaylia Rentfro, MS, LMFT-Associate – Case Manager
Jaylia earned her Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. Jaylia served her internship at UT Southwestern Medical School as a Medical Family Therapist Intern in the ALS Clinic and as a Family Therapist Intern in the Family Studies Center, specializing in marital therapy. Jaylia served as the Program Manager over two outpatient programs prior to coming to Sante and during that time, she became inspired by those that were in recovery and wanted to learn how to help others in their journey. Jaylia’s therapeutic interests include addictions and their impact on the relationship with self and others. Jaylia’s therapeutic style includes techniques from Emotionally Focused, Transgenerational, and Gottman therapies.
Hannah Grossman, MA – Case Manager
Hannah completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Colorado State University and her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health-Counseling at the University of North Texas. While she originally hoped to enter the research aspect of the field, Hannah learned fairly quickly that her passion was in working with clients on a daily basis. Hannah began her journey at Santé as an intern in the Residential Program, and upon graduating accepted a position as an Outpatient Case Manager full time. Hannah works with clients in Santé’s Transitional Living/Outpatient Program, and her duties include running daily groups for residents in the morning, helping clients with independent living skills while in transitional living, and continued support and counseling in addictions and recovery. Hannah incorporates Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy into her counseling style.
Martha A. Graham, MA, LPC – Case Manager
Biography coming soon.
Doug Richardson – Residential Case Manager
Bio Coming Soon
Outpatient Clinical Staff
John McCutheon, MA, LPC, LBSW, OPCM – Outpatient Case Manager
John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement in 1989, leading to a position as a caseworker for adolescents on probation. While working in this role, he completed his Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University. John also completed his certification as a Baccalaureate Social Worker and Licensed Professional Counselor in 1998. John’s interests include the 12 step addiction recovery program, Celebrate Recovery, Regeneration, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. He has conducted individual, couples, and group therapy and tries to find the best treatment approach for each individual’s needs by thinking outside the box. John is the kind of guy who likes disc golf, hiking, biking, and writing about himself on staff bio pages.
Serra Ramey – Outpatient Case Manager
Bio Coming Soon
Nicholas Overbeck, MS, NCC, LPC Intern Supervised by Carly Shannon, MEd, 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.
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.
Ashley Fowler MS, LMFT-A – Family Communications Counselor
Biography coming soon.
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.
Melissa Martinez, MA, LPC Intern Supervised by Russ Bartee, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Melissa began working as a counseling intern with Santé in January of 2016 and accepted a position as an Intake and Admissions Counselor after completing her Masters in Professional Counseling from Texas Wesleyan University in August of 2016. Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern and is passionate about helping people navigate their journey to wholeness.
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.
Brett Cousins, MA, NCC, LPC Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor
Brett completed her Masters in Counseling, with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During her graduate program, she interned at an addiction treatment facility in Williamsburg, Virginia, which inspired her passion in working alongside individuals and their families on their recovery journey. She is driven in helping clients heal from past or present wounds, and is committed to assisting those individuals in building new and healthy relationships as they move forward. Brett enjoys working alongside the Intake and Admissions team, as well as getting the opportunity to learn and grow as a therapist at Santé.
Donald Thibeaux, MSW, LCSW, LCDC – Residential Case Manager
Bio coming soon!
Sally Pratt, MS, LPC-I
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
Charles Wheeler, RN – Nurse
Stephanie Schmidt, 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 – Therapeutic Intensives Facilitator
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: 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’s 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’ inaugural series of therapeutic intensives – Recovering from Trauma and Recovering from Codependency. Utilizing a collaborative approach, Lisa encourages individuals to identify problematic patterns of behavior and to begin establishing coping strategies that encourage personal growth and self-care. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys and loves travel, photography, watching movies and trying new things.
Pepper Harper, MA Counseling, LPC, S-PSB, EDS, DBT, EMDR And Intuitive Eating Trained – Referral Communications Coordinator
Pepper earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Masters in counseling at Dallas Baptist University. Pepper came to counseling after feeling drawn to the field by her own experiences. Pepper has been with Santé’ for more than five years – serving in Intake/Admissions, Case Management and now Referral Communication Coordinator. Pepper is trained in Anger Management, EMDR, Intuitive Eating and DBT. Pepper also holds certifications in Problematic Sexual Behavior and Eating Disorders.
R. Dean White, DDS, MS – Boundaries Course Faculty
Biography coming soon.
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, MSW, CP – Psychodrama
Biography coming soon.
Kerrie Sanders – Public Relations/Special Programming Coordinator & Boundaries Course Administrator
Kerrie Sanders moved to north Texas three years ago from Tucson, Arizona but calls California home. She studied Chemistry and Physics at Montclair State University and received her masters from the University of Arizona in Business Administration. Kerrie has spent over a decade in marketing, project and event management for fortune 500 companies and the FDA. In her free time, Kerrie volunteers with the MS Society and ASPCA. She loves going on road trips and will drive for hours to find the perfect croque madame.
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 two 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 their prepare to discharge.
David Lawson, M.S., LPC Intern, NCC TF-EAP, EMDR Supervised by Sam R. Slaton, LPC-S, EAP – Equine Therapy
David is Equine Assisted Therapist certified through Equine Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and has advanced training in Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through Natural Lifemanship. His specializations include addictions, dual diagnosis, and trauma in adolescents and adults.
DeAnna Shires, M.Ed., E-RYT 500s – Yoga Instructor
DeAnna is a Certified Hatha Yoga teacher with specializations in Yoga for Beginners, Prenatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Therapeutics, Ayurveda, and Yoga for Recovery and Emotional Healing. Since beginning her personal yoga journey in 1993, DeAnna has been blessed to have studied with a plethora of wonderful teachers from around the world, most influential being Karen Prior, E-RYT 500 of N2Yoga for Hatha & Therapeutics, Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) in the areas of Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda, Anodea Judith for the Subtle Body/Chakra System, and Jill Kline for Reiki Healing. DeAnna is the Director and Author of the Breathe Into Awareness Teacher Training programs at the 200 Hour Level and Co-Author, along with Jan Guinn E-RYT 500 at the 500 Hour Level. In addition to yoga related services, DeAnna is a Life Coach trained through the Gardner Institute, offering Mindset for Success and Core Coaching with a Neuroscience approach.
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
Biography coming soon.