Executive Staff

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.

Physicians

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 patients, 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 as an Intake & Admission counselor, Director of Transitional Living, Director of Outpatient Services, and now Director of Clinical Services over both Residential and Outpatient Programming. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Texas.  Jennifer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist. She is driven to help those struggling with chemical, alcohol and sex addiction, eating disorders, gambling, gaming and other process addictions in addition to co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses. Jennifer utilizes her passion and expertise to promote Santé treatment programs as she oversees Transitional Living, the Intensive Outpatient Program, Family Therapy and the Residential Program.

Pepper Harper, MA Counseling, LPC, S-PSB, EDS, DBT, EMDR And Intuitive Eating Trained – Residential Program Manager

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. She has worked with eating disorders for many years; including writing her own recovery newsletter and running several support groups. Pepper is currently the Eating Disorder consultant and a Case Manager. Pepper works with those battling co-occurring addictions, mental health issues, and eating disorders. Trained in Anger Management, EMDR, Intuitive Eating and DBT, Pepper aims to find the best treatment approach for each individual’s needs by combining traditional methods with creativity. She brings to her practice a love of music, arts, writing and generally thinking outside the box to find the joy hidden inside us all.

Avery Rowles LPC, CSAT-C – LPC Outpatient 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.

Faye Reimers, PhD – Director of Training and Diversity

Dr. Reimers is a licensed psychologist and founder of the groundbreaking and innovative 4-day Therapy Intensives she facilitates regularly at Santé Center for Healing. She has created two Therapy Intensives, each with a different focus. The focus on one is Recovering from Trauma, and the other Intensive’s focus is Recovering from Codependency. Dr. Reimers has been working with individuals and groups on the shame that undergirds unresolved trauma for several decades. Dr. Reimers earned her undergraduate degree from Minnesota State University, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in psychology and women’s studies and went on to earn a Master’s degree and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Women’s University (TWU). Dr. Reimers completed her doctoral internship at the student-counseling center at University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She worked for several years for the Comprehensive Assessment and Treatments Services (CATS) division of Dallas Country Adult Probation. In this supervisory position, Dr. Reimers’ work focused on training and supervising counselors who worked with indigent probationers struggling with addiction and psychological issues. In 2013, she completed a three-year appointment to APA’s Public Interest Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES). Dr. Reimers research interests have been primarily focused around social class, race, and gender, with a particular focus on the intersectionality of these and other important diversity variables, with a recent publication in The Counseling Psychologist (2015), “Class at the Intersection of Race and Gender: A 15-year Content Analysis. Faye lectures at universities, workshops, summits and conferences on relationships between trauma, codependency and addiction. Most recently, Dr. Reimers has taken the lead in creating and implementing Therapy Intensives at Santé. In 2016, Santé Center for Healing held four successful 4-day Intensives entitled, “Santé Therapy Intensive: Recovering from Trauma.” In 2017, the Trauma Intensives continue along with a new Intensive focused on Recovering from Codependency. For further information:

http://www.santecenter.com/treatment-options/therapy-intensives-codependency/

or http://www.santecenter.com/treatment-options/therapy-intensives-trauma/

Residential Clinical Staff

Thaddeus Allen, PsyD – Case Manager

Dr. Thaddeus Allen completed his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Allen joined the Santé team in 2014 as a doctoral intern and when he completed his fellowship he accepted a position as a case manager full time.  Dr. Allen worked as a certified alcohol and drug counselor in Illinois prior to receiving his doctorate and has since broadened his therapeutic style which includes Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Emotions Focused therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.

Jason Doorish, M.S., LPC-S – Case Manager

Biography coming soon.

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.

Martha A. Graham, MA, LPC – Case Manager

Biography coming soon.

Rachel Goodwin, MA – Case Manager

Biography coming soon.

Hannah Brown, MS, NCC, LPC Intern Supervised by Cyndi Doyle, LPC-S, NCC, CDWF

Hannah first wanted to become a therapist due to addiction in her family system and she started that journey when she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying psychology. Hannah then relocated to Texas to start graduate school at the University of North Texas. She graduated in 2016 with her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Hannah has experience counseling teens and undergraduate students while in graduate school. Hannah completed her internship at Santé Center for Healing and jumped at the opportunity to continue her work at Santé upon graduation and has been a part of the treatment team since December 2016 . Hannah developed a passion for working in addictions through family experience and during her internship at Santé. Hannah is grateful for the opportunity to continue helping others on their path to recovery.

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.

Hannah Grossman, MA – Outpatient 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 patients 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 patients in Santé’s Transitional Living/Outpatient Program, and her duties include running daily groups for residents in the morning, helping patients 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.

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.

Belinda Shirk, MA, LPC, S- PSB

Biography coming soon.

Intake & Admissions

Michelle Luttrell, MA, LMFT – Director of Intake and Admissions & Licensed Professional Assessment Team Coordinator

Credentials: MA, LMFT

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 patients and their families recover from the disease of addiction.

Abbie Smith, MA, LPC Intern – Intake and Admissions Counselor

Abbie earned her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing from Tarleton State University in 2001. After a 13 year career in sales and marketing, she returned to school to pursue her passion in the counseling field. Abbie began her internship experience at Santé Center for Healing in May 2016 and graduated with her Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in November 2016. Shortly after graduating Abbie joined the Santé team as an Intake and Admissions Counselor. She greatly enjoys helping those who are seeking treatment receive the help they need to recover from 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 patient 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 patients 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.

Nursing Staff

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 patients.

Susie Becker, RN – Nurse

Crystal Enyart, LVN – Nurse

Michelle Morgan, LVN – Nurse

Craig Vance, RN – Nurse

Charles Wheeler, RN – Nurse

Nicole Ives, RN – Nurse

Wilson Makia, RN – Nurse

Stephanie Schmidt, LVN – Nurse

Victor Medina, RN – Nurse

Cedric Casteel, RN – Nurse

Supportive Staff

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.

Reverend Leo Booth, MTh, CAC, CEDC – Spiritual Advisor

Reverend Leo Booth is a Unity minister, and an internationally acclaimed author, lecturer, and trainer on all aspects of spirituality and recovery from depression, addictions, compulsive behaviors, and low self-esteem

Rev. Leo speaks at many National and International conferences, plus churches of all denominations. In addition to specific in-services and lectures on religious addiction and abuse, Rev. Leo presents workshops, lectures, and training on a broad spectrum of issues to a variety of organizations and institutions.

Rev. Leo writes regularly in Counselor Magazine and is the author of 10 publications, which include Say Yes to Your Life, Say Yes to Your Spirit, Spirituality and Recovery, The Wisdom of Letting Go, The Angel and the Frog and others. Rev. Leo has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and others.

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 SandersPublic Relations/Special Programming Coordinator & Boundaries Course Administrator

Biography coming soon.

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 patient as their prepare to discharge.

Felicia Schoenthal – Referral Communications Coordinator

Felicia is a Denton, TX  native, with an innate talent for building genuine relationships through trust and integrity.  She brings a Bachelor’s in Business from the University of North Texas and has spent the past 10 years in corporate America; most recently as a Corporate Recruiter for a pathology company, where providing patients with the right answer, was critical.  Passionate about helping others, the transition to Santé, was a natural fit.  Wearing many hats, she is the liaison between outside mental health professionals and internal clinical staff, along with other marketing initiatives. 

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.

Kim Couch – Yoga Instructor

Biography coming soon.

Kelly Briggs – Media/Special Programming Coordinator

Kelly is the Media and Special Programming Coordinator at Santé Center for Healing. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcast, and a minor in journalism from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Kelly holds over 15 years digital marketing, communications, media and event planning experience. Fortunate to have worked for some of the largest broadcasting companies in the nation, Kelly has gained professional experience working for The Walt Disney Company, ABC, CBS and Clear Channel. She has also worked within the marketing realm of higher education and spent time handling corporate communications for the Dallas Stars. Kelly loves helping others and lives by the philosophy of “always leave people better than you found them.”