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Robb Holub

Chairman, CEO, Founder

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Robb Holub

Chairman, CEO, Founder

Robb has over thirty years experience in successful start ups and rapidly growing organizations in a variety of industries. Several of those organizations were sold to private equity and one to a publicly traded company.

After learning firsthand the complexities of navigating addiction treatment in 2007, we had a vision of offering a treatment experience and venue for recovery that resulted in successful outcomes for patients and their families.

As founders of Shadow Mountain Recovery, we have dedicated ourselves to fulfilling our mission of helping individuals on the road to recovery. We are grateful to work alongside the team of professionals we have built, who work tirelessly to make our vision a reality.

We have partnered in several successful start-ups, although none have been more rewarding or meaningful than Shadow Mountain Recovery. After 12 years, our passion and commitment remain stronger than ever for helping individuals and their families seeking recovery.

Debb Holub

Founder

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Debb Holub

Founder

After learning firsthand the complexities of navigating addiction treatment in 2007, we had a vision of offering a treatment experience and venue for recovery that resulted in successful outcomes for patients and their families.

As founders of Shadow Mountain Recovery, we have dedicated ourselves to fulfilling our mission of helping individuals on the road to recovery. We are grateful to work alongside the team of professionals we have built, who work tirelessly to make our vision a reality.

We have partnered in several successful start-ups, although none have been more rewarding or meaningful than Shadow Mountain Recovery. After 12 years, our passion and commitment remain stronger than ever for helping individuals and their families seeking recovery.

Manny Nsien, MHA, ACHE

Chief Operating Officer

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Manny Nsien, MHA, ACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Manny began his career working as an Operations Consultant within several Emergency Rooms across the United States. During his time as an Ops. Consultant, Manny acquired extensive experience in EHR system implementation, Operations Management, Managerial Finance, and Continuous Quality Improvement. His primary focus was on improving quality and throughput within the ER and improving patient experience , which led to improved Core Quality Measures, leading to increased hospital reimbursements. He later began working with Elements Behavioral Health, with the focus on utilizing data analytics to improve payer relations, revenue cycle management, treatment outcomes and the patient experience. He has a key specialty in developing strong teams to execute financial objectives while developing a culture that is highly patient-centric.

Manny’s passion and goal for the Behavioral Health industry is to reduce the stigma towards treatment and improve patient equity and knowledge on the different modalities of treatment.

When Manny is not at work, he is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He also enjoys spending time with his wife and son, traveling to Mexico to visit ancient ruins. He received a B.S. degree in Bio Immunology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from George Washington University.

Coni Barnette

Vice President, RCM/Payor Relations

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Coni Barnette

Vice President, RCM/Payor Relations

Coni brings 35 years of experience in the healthcare industry to include Physician Services, Dialysis, Behavioral Health, Contracts, Credentialing, and Revenue Cycle Management.

She was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and currently resides in Hendersonville Tennessee.  Coni attended the Nashville College of Registered Medical and Nursing program with a focus in Medical Coding, Billing and Physician Assistant. She loves the challenge of start-up company implementation and  Revenue/Denial Management, with exceptional appeal overturn success.

Coni spends her time outside the office with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren.  Coni is an avid sports fan, lifelong CHICAGO CUBS fan, most weekends she is traveling to her grandsons baseball games.  She also enjoys cooking, canning, freezing, and music of all genres.

Jackie Holub

Vice President, Quality Assurance

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Jackie Holub

Vice President, Quality Assurance

Jackie is a native Californian who transitioned into the behavioral health field after beginning her career in branding and sales. She has contributed to the success of growing organizations on a vast scale through workflow optimization, leading high-impact operational projects, and strategic planning and execution. During her behavioral health tenure, she's touched nearly every aspect of business operations, which lead to her expertise in licensing, accreditation compliance and people operations.

Jackie specializes in implementing systems that create a culture of quality, compliance, and continuous improvement. She focuses on building meaningful relationships that lead to enhanced cohesiveness and collaboration across departments. Her passion lies in maximizing resources and increasing efficiency to improve patient outcomes while fostering a safe space for patients to heal and move forward.

In her free time, Jackie can be found spending time with her loved ones, at the beach with her dogs, practicing yoga and soaking in the culture of Los Angeles.

Casey Odell, MS, LPCC

Regional Director of Clinical Operations

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Casey Odell, MS, LPCC

Regional Director of Clinical Operations

Casey began her career as an LPC in Alaska working with at risk youth in residential and wilderness therapy settings. Throughout that time, Casey began to see herself as a guide for folks seeking to better their lives. Casey views the counseling relationship as sacred, and a great privilege of being able to utilize her own life experience along with her training to support my clients on their path of healing.

In early 2017 Casey came to Taos New Mexico to join the Shadow Mountain team. Over the course of her time with Shadow Mountain, Casey has continued to work toward the development and growth of the clinical teams as well as the clients we serve.

Kathleen Seisman, MHA

Operations Coordinator

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Kathleen Seisman, MHA

Operations Coordinator

Kat is an East Coast transplant and new to Texas. She received her Masters in Health Administration from Louisiana State University and her Undergraduate in Criminology from The University of North Carolina. Kat has lived all over the United States and looks forward to settling down in San Antonio. She has been involved in the administrative field for the better part of ten years. Both of Kat’s biological parents are in recovery and are celebrating over 8 years of sobriety. Recovery is an integral part of her and her family’s life and she looks forward to growing in the industry and being able to give back to the community.

Admissions Team


Sara Buckler, BS, LCDC-I

Managing Director of Admissions

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Sara Buckler, BS, LCDC-I

Managing Director of Admissions

“I am so blessed to be a part of the amazing team at Shadow Mountain Recovery. We have a strong clinical focus and believe that treatment is not a one size fits all. What works for one individual will not necessarily work for another.”

Sara is originally, born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas but moved to Austin in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Grand Canyon University, and her Associates of Applied Science in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling at Tarrant County College. She also received a Certificate of Completion for Mental Health Social Work at Tarrant County College. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University to gain her Master’s in Healthcare Administration.

Sara is an active member in the recovery community and in her church. She is devoted to helping people in recovery and on the road to recover. When Sara is not working, she enjoys working out, helping the youth at her church, and hanging out with her family.

Abigail Todd

Admissions Coordinator

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Abigail Todd

Admissions Coordinator

Abby received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University. While attending Texas State, she was the Vice President of Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology. Abby was also the lead intern for one year in the counseling department at Mendez Elementary School. These experiences sparked her interest and passion for assisting individuals navigate the difficulties surrounding mental illness. Abby started her career in the mental health field while working abroad for a pharmaceutical company in the Netherlands. Her job entailed monitoring the white blood cell count for individuals who are prescribed Clozapine for treatment resistant schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. After moving back to Austin in 2017, Abby started working as an Admissions Coordinator for Shadow Mountain Recovery. 

"Working for Shadow Mountain Recovery has opened my eyes and heart to the hardships that accompany, not only the individuals suffering from addiction, but their friends and families as well.  Assisting these individuals through the admission process and helping them with the first step on their journey to recovery has been immensely rewarding and something I have loved being apart of."  

Kandace Garcia, LCDC-I

Admissions Coordinator

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Kandace Garcia, LCDC-I

Admissions Coordinator

Kandace Garcia, LCDC-I –Admissions and business development:  Kandace grew up in West Texas and thankfully landed in the Texas Hill Country in 2012. She is a dog mom and Triathlon Sherpa and loves animals, fitness, music and pizza. Kandace is a licensed chemical dependency counselor intern and has worked in the substance abuse and mental health industry for five years. She now attends a university where she is working on a degree in neuroscience to further her scope in the industry. Kandace has a passion for education and helping people and their families find recovery.

Marketing Team


Jeremy Lihte

NM Regional Manager, Community Relations

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Jeremy Lihte

NM Regional Manager, Community Relations

Jeremy Lihte grew up in New Mexico and has just recently returned after devoting the past decade of his life to working in the substance abuse recovery industry around the country. He has worked to support and develop addiction treatment centers in; California, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, and Michigan.

Jeremy has spent his years in the field working in many roles. His experience spans from working in; admissions, interventions, marketing, video production and assisting in the day to day operations of substance abuse centers. 

Today, Jeremy is the Director of Community Relations for Shadow Mountain Recovery and the founder of “New Mexico Leaders in Recovery”. His goal in this organization is not to only expand and promote our services, but to bring together all members of the substance abuse and mental health community in New Mexico and beyond, hoping to enable every New Mexican to succeed in finding the help that they are seeking.

Misti Melendez

NM Regional Manager, Community Relations

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Misti Melendez

NM Regional Manager, Community Relations

Bio Pending.

Joey Holub

CO Regional Manager, Community Relations

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Joey Holub

CO Regional Manager, Community Relations

Joey is responsible for creating and cultivating professional relationships in Colorado. His experience includes different roles in clinical care, admissions, marketing and alumni programming. His enthusiasm and drive for promoting community, growth and healing make him a valuable resource for many.

Taos Recovery Center


Richard Pelfrey, LADAC, NCACI

Executive Director

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Richard Pelfrey, LADAC, NCACI

Executive Director

Richard G. Pelfrey is a LADAC and NCACI. Over the course of his career, he has worked to empower others to begin the process of change in their lives through recovery from addiction. Richard believes that recovery is available to and possible for all people, regardless of severity. He believes recovery begins with healthy connections, and as such, he places high value on the importance of modeling healthy relationships and fostering safety in a therapeutic environment. Richard also brings a passionate belief in the holistic nature of recovery to the Shadow Mountain program, and with that places strong emphasis on the “bottom-up” element of the treatment experience.

Richard came to Shadow Mountain having worked in several non-profit residential treatment centers, with an enthusiasm to share his experience and grow alongside the recovery community here. He has since become an integral part of the treatment team, adding his personal passions to the services offered at Shadow Mountain. Richard holds certifications in mindfulness, nutrition, and trauma informed yoga as well as Kundalini Yoga for addictions. As an addictions counselor, Richard has a passion for continued growth in walking alongside others on their journey toward a healthier life.  He currently serves in the capacity of Campus Director at Shadow Mountain Recovery, ensuring that all people who seek help on the mountain are provided a safe, challenging, and insightful space for their personal healing and growth.

John Beemer

Case Management / Alumni Coordinator

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John Beemer

Case Management / Alumni Coordinator

John comes to Shadow Mountain after spending nearly 24 years as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in Maryland, and the Del.Mar.Va. area. He has worked in a variety of treatment modalities during his career to include private practice, residential as well as non-residential and brings his vast experience to Shadow Mountain. His skills encompass a broad clinical background as well as administrative. His passion is in the area of relapse management and addiction education.  John was a key member as Shadow Mountain transitioned to a formal treatment program.  He served as Program Director at the Taos campus, and subsequently was asked to serve in the same capacity at the Albuquerque campus.  He returned to Taos in December of 2017.  He currently serves as the Senior Staff member, and Recovery Advocate Manager in Taos.

Brent Hutcheson, RN

Registered Nurse

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Brent Hutcheson, RN

Registered Nurse

Brent Hutcheson RN, Originally from South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University, he joined our Shadow Mountain Recovery team in January. He brings experience from a Men's Ministry Recovery Center in Columbia SC as well as a Wilderness Therapy Program in Old Fort, NC. Brent leads a wellness program within our community and is also WEMT certified to provide medical support on off-campus excursions. 

Randall Staton, MS, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor

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Randall Staton, MS, LPCC

Clinical Supervisor

Randall Staton is a licensed psychotherapist with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Randall’s experience includes both clinical and leadership positions in mental health centers (integrated care, group homes, PSR, crisis-intervention, health home), social service agencies (counseling, case management, developmentally disabled), addiction-recovery organizations (inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP), psychiatric hospitals (admissions, PHP/IOP, crisis) schools (director of alternative school), churches (counseling, family life education), and in private-practice (counseling/consultation).

Randall is the Clinical Supervisor at SMR Taos. His clinical philosophy is a holistic philosophy – integrating mind, body, & spirit while incorporating the best practices in cognitive-behavioral therapies, trauma therapies, health & wellness, spiritual practice & healing, and living a life of recovery. He provides direct individual, family, & group therapies, assessment, clinical supervision for all levels of staff, and SMR program development.

Randall is married with 2 adult daughters and 2 adult stepsons. Randall lives in Taos, NM. He enjoys his family, playing basketball, riding motorcycles, most forms of live & recorded music, politics & spirituality, arts & culture, travel & new people, and of course the great outdoors in New Mexico.

Nathan Lawson, CPSW

Lead Mentor

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Nathan Lawson, CPSW

Lead Mentor

Nathan Lawson is from southern New Mexico and has been with Shadow Mountain Recovery for nearly three years. He obtained his CPSW in 2017 and is continuing his education in the field, majoring in Human Services with a goal to become a Substance Abuse Counselor. Nathan brings passion and leadership to the Taos facility, modeling that recovery and change is possible for everyone. Being a person in long-term recovery, Nathan shares his experiences with our clients on a daily basis. His believes in connection with others and walking along side each individual in their own journey to healing and growth.

Mydee the Dog

Support Canine, Certified Therapy Animal

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Mydee the Dog

Support Canine, Certified Therapy Animal

Mydee was abandoned and homeless in the town of Hohenwald, TN prior to finding our program director Richard 5 years ago. Since then, Mydee has been an active daily contributor to the residential treatment environment. Mydee is a certified therapy animal, and his scope of practice is providing unconditional love and emotional support to all humans he encounters.

Albuquerque Recovery Center


Raul Noches, MA, LADAC, CADC

Executive Director

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Raul Noches, MA, LADAC, CADC

Executive Director

Raul Noches has resided in Albuquerque, NM for approximately 14 years. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with Clinical specialization. He is currently pursuing a PsyD. in clinical Psychology with emphasis in neuroscience. He is the Executive Clinical Director at our Albuquerque, NM location.

Raul has worked independently with various government programs including the State of New Mexico, Drug Court, Native American behavioral health providers, and state/federal prison systems. He has earned significant clinical experience throughout his career that has led him to specialize in co-occurring disorders. His approach encompasses specific methodology based on scientific research in neuroscience and evidence based practices.

His approach addresses co-occurring disorders by focusing on promoting integral homeostasis. His current research is focused on; neuroplasticity, in particular promoting change in brain regions that possess established neural pathways, propagated by ascending somatosensory stimuli, initiated by a traumatic event. He hopes his research will help develop innovative therapy and treatment for PTSD and co-occurring patients in the near future.

Raul’s dedication to our population is evident in his administration of the delivery of our multifaceted services. He demonstrates emphasis on quality of care through assurance of specific and applicable provision of therapeutic interventions. He asserts person specific treatment planning and consistency in its execution. He also facilitates growth, expansion, and cooperation by connecting and collaborating with other community service providers that share mutual interests.

Lynne McLamb

Operations Manager

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Lynne McLamb

Operations Manager

Lynne McLamb is Shadow Mountain’s Operations Manager. Among other tasks, Lynne has dedicated the past two years to safeguarding quality of care. She continues working hard to improve operational procedures including the coordination of personal services, tracking resources, and balancing budgets to ensure financial disposition. 

Lynne is dedicated and passionate about providing a high quality of care to our clients. Her personal experience, having been a Shadow Mountain Recipient in 2014, has exponentially increased her desire to help others reach for recovery. Lynne has been exceptionally helpful in providing guidance with 12-step study, healing activities, and helping to coordinate other personal aspects of their process. Lynne believes that motivation to achieve sobriety increases with care, nurture, and love. Through observation of her work, it is evident that she possesses these and other qualities that promote, tranquility, serenity, and a sense of security within our population. This is felt by clients all across the center and creates a comfortable ambience, which influences treatment receptivity.  We are grateful for the experience she brings to our team!        

Kathy Young, LMHC

Lead Therapist

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Kathy Young, LMHC

Lead Therapist

Kathy Young is originally from California and Arizona. She has three grown children and has devoted her time to working in the Mental Health and Addiction field. Kathy holds an LMHC and is devoted to continuing her quest to learn more about Trauma and Addiction and to pass on the value of living a life, substance free.

“It is my passion to live my life fully and to invite and encourage others to join me in sobriety, strength and freedom. I approach clients with the firm belief that they have strength and answers deep inside. It is my job to help reunite them with their inner strength. I am Person Centered and draw from many Modalities as well as my own passion for Neuroscience and how Trauma affects the brain and body. I find this line of education empowers the clients to understand themselves and their environment better, which, in turn, allows them to build a firm, sober foundation upon which they can build a healthy life.”

Roselyn Mitchell

Family Therapist

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Roselyn Mitchell

Family Therapist

Roselyn G. Mitchell is our family therapist at Shadow Mountain Recovery Center in Albuquerque, NM. She was born in Miami, Florida, in 1956. Roselyn graduated with a bachelor degree in Psychology, and a Master in Mental Health Counseling. For the past 25 years Roselyn has played an active role in the field of family studies and social services by addressing destructive youth behavior at the middle school level mental health, and drug and alcohol addiction. Roselyn has dedicated her life to working with troubled youth and their families, homeless individuals, and victims of substance abuse. Realizing that education is the key to success, Roselyn works to develop in others any dream can be achieved through hard work, continuous education, and positive motivation.

It has been Roselyn’s determination to reach out to troubled youth and help them accomplish dreams considered to be only figments of their imagination. By constructively decreasing negative behavior through restoring self-esteem and self-awareness, the STEP Method program she has developed and published, will help youth and families, gain the education and strength necessary to direct their loved ones toward a successful outcome.

Denise LeRouge

Lead Case Manager

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Denise LeRouge

Lead Case Manager

Denise LeRouge has had the opportunity to experience life in New Mexico and engage in its vastly diverse tenets. She possesses personal knowledge and experience about New Mexico’s culture, which makes her an asset in the development of her current position.   

Denise is our lead case manager at Shadow Mountain in Albuquerque. She began her career in the human services field approximately 15 years ago. Denise’s understanding about the different groups residing in New Mexico including the Hispanic, Native American, Anglo, and immigrant inhabitants, has motivated her to contour services to meet specific client needs. During her career time, in particularly working with the criminal justice system, Denise has also observed the lack of services, which directly affected recidivism rates. This observation led her to make personal changes in her career that contributed to her current position. Denise is passionate about helping our clients connect to essential services that contribute to their specific needs and successful outcomes.

In her spare time Denise enjoys spending time with her daughter and working on self-care. She is also currently working to complete her CPSW.

Teresa Morris

Case Manager

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Teresa Morris

Case Manager

Teresa Morris is our case manager at Shadow Mountain recovery center in Albuquerque, NM. Teresa has brought forth a variety of positive attributes including knowledge about substance abuse form the cultural, social, and medical perspective. Teresa has worked in the field of addictions, counseling, and medical assisted treatment for over 5 years. During this time she has worked in therapeutic environments in a social services, case manager, and counselor capacity. She possesses extensive intervention experience in both individual and group counseling. 

Teresa grew up in Los Lunas, NM. Her observations during her time in this community led her to direct her studies toward the field of psychology and counseling. Teresa worked very hard on her goals and completed a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Today, Teresa is currently working toward independent licensure and has committed to continuing her work in the Albuquerque area.

Ripple Ranch Recovery Center


Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts

Medical Director

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Dr. Jeffrey L. Butts

Medical Director

Dr. Butts is a fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (double board certified addictionologist). He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Texas in Austin and medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.

Dr. Butts began practicing medicine as a family physician where he ran a solo family practice for 15 years. In 1999, he embraced an emerging trend in medical practice known as “concierge medicine” and began offering personalized treatment packages. In 2003, Dr. Butts founded a concierge practice called Celebrity Care making ‘house calls’ for the music and film industry.

Dr. Butts was not immune to life challenges that included a personal struggle with drugs and alcohol. These challenges led to a specialty change in 2004. He sold his solo practice and followed a path into addiction medicine.  He worked from 2006 till 2011 in an addiction practice, mentored by one of the early advocates of medication-assisted treatment for the opioid addicted patient (David Jones M.D.).

Dr. Butts and Mrs. Jennifer Butts moved to Boerne, Texas in 2011 and opened Celebrity Care Medical Clinic, an outpatient addiction practice.  The ‘celebrities’ Dr. Butts treats now are individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. Celebrity Care offers personalized and confidential treatment of unhealthy lifestyles in an affordable program under the care of Suboxone licensed physician for stabilizing opioid dependency. Medications prescribed for alcohol use disorder include Vivitrol, Campral, and Antabuse. Co-occurring mood disorders and pain in individuals prone to addiction are also addressed.

Dr. Butts served as the medical director for Covenant Hills, a residential treatment center for women from 2011 till 2016.  This experience motivated him to establish Addiction Medicine Consultants of Texas (AMCOT), PLLC in 2013.  AMCOT provides addiction medicine consults, medical directorships, in-patient treatment, and aftercare to the broader treatment community.  He is the Medical Director for Ripple Recovery Ranch and has held the position as interim Medical Director during start-up and transition periods for SOBA Recovery Center, Cedar Creek Recovery, and Warriors Heart.

AMCOT is gearing up to meet a new challenge for 2018 - to expand availability and provision of evidence based addiction treatment (medication-assisted therapy) in underserved markets through the use of telemedicine technology. Dr. Butts is teaming up with other addiction professionals including psychiatrists, mid-level providers, and counselors to provide addiction consults 24/7.

Dr. Butts’ Altruistic projects have included past medical mission trips to Guyana, Mexico, Venezuela, and serving as a founding board member for the Tribal Outreach Medical Assistance Foundation.

Laura Kotlowski, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CCTP, EMDR Trained

Executive Director

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Laura Kotlowski, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CCTP, EMDR Trained

Executive Director

“I feel privileged and blessed to be a part of the clients' healing process here at Ripple.  I seek to use change modalities that work best for each individual client and Ripple is a unique setting that aligns perfectly with my beliefs in achieving healing and recovery.  I am proud to be affiliated with a company that truly provides individualized, clinically focused, evidenced based, holistic treatment.”

Laura Kotlowski is originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Purdue University, and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from University of Texas at San Antonio.  Laura is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She has a specialization in addiction and trauma work and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Laura began working in the mental health field in 1998 and has served a variety of populations in diverse settings. Some of the populations Laura served prior to moving to Texas include:  children diagnosed with Autism, Asperger's and other developmental disabilities; adult and adolescent patients suffering from a myriad of mental health concerns; and women and their children who were seeking safe haven from domestic violence.  Laura then moved to Texas and worked for Covenant Hills Women's Center, serving adult women who suffered from chemical dependency, PTSD, relational problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder and other mental health concerns. She worked at Covenant Hills from 2006-2017 and throughout her time there, worked as a direct care staff, case manager, therapist, program director and executive director. She is overjoyed to join the team and mission at Ripple Ranch Recovery, as the Clinical Director, beginning January 2018.

Laura feels both privileged and blessed to be a part of her clients healing process. She has a holistic view on client care and seeks to use the change modalities that work best for each individual client. She is trained and proficient in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Base, Positive Psychology and Trauma Informed Care.             

Laura strives to create a safe, comfortable, judgment free environment for her clients. She feels honored to be a part of the healing and road to recovery, peace, and joy that each and every person deserves. Her goal is to join her clients in the journey to processing their past and present experiences and understanding what they can do to reach a happy, healthy, fulfilled life. 

Whitney Reina, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern, LCDC

Primary Therapist

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Whitney Reina, M.A., NCC, LPC-Intern, LCDC

Primary Therapist

Whitney is in long term recovery from substance use disorder. Entering the realm of recovery as an adolescent, she learned how to effectively communicate her needs and developed a relationship with a Higher Power. She became aware of her emotions, how those emotions originated and where they are held within her body. She discovered how rewarding relationships were when based on connection and trust. She became comfortable in her own skin and learned how to love herself. 

Whitney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, minoring in Sociology, from Lamar University-Beaumont in December 2015. Next, she received her Master of Arts degree from St. Mary’s University- San Antonio in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Whitney is also a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She has worked professionally in the substance use and recovery field since 2015. Previously, she worked as a Program Coordinator at non-profit Rise Recovery for four years for their Stipulated Adult program.

Through her own personal journey with substance use, Whitney found her purpose and passion in life; helping those who are struggling to overcome substance use. She believes that in order to achieve long-term recovery, one must find healing in all dimensions of their life: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. She believes that identifying risk and protective factors to recovery are most effective in a collaborative setting.

As the Primary Clinical Therapist, Whitney operates from the humanistic belief that we each have inherent infinite value. She utilizes an integrated approach to counseling that includes Motivational Interviewing, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Psychosomatic activities.

In her spare time, Whitney enjoys fishing in Rockport with her husband, and playing softball.

Rochelle Webber, MA, LMFT

Therapist

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Rochelle Webber, MA, LMFT

Therapist

“As a therapist, I truly believe in providing person-centered care. I work with co-occurring disorders (substance use and mental health disorders) and utilize techniques to assist in the holistic healing of our clients. I help clients navigate through treatment by identifying negative thoughts, emotions, and coping strategies to help our clients to progress towards maintaining their sobriety. I believe that clients are the experts in their experiences and utilize interventions to help process and express them through the duration of their treatment.”

Rochelle was born in Bitburg, Germany and raised across the United States due to being a member of a military family. Rochelle graduated with honors from Wichita State University with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She attended St. Mary’s University for her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked for two years dealing mostly with severe mental illnesses (Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Major Depressive Disorder, Personality Disorders), substance use, and psychological trauma at the Center for Health Care Services with court mandated clients. Prior to that she worked at St. Mary’s University as a career counselor for about two years assisting college students in finding their path in the university and in life. She has received training in COPSD, SAMHSA, Trauma, PTSD, and Complicated Grief, and Understanding Addictions. She typically utilizes a systemic counseling approach with Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or Emotion Focused Therapy. She is excited about joining the team in July 2018 at Ripple Ranch Recovery as a Clinical Therapist. She strives to incorporate more mindfulness techniques into her therapy in order to offer a more holistic approach in treating the issues clients present.

Cristal England, MA, LCDC - Intern

Case Manager

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Cristal England, MA, LCDC - Intern

Case Manager

“My passion is helping others make a positive change in their lives.

Cristal has worked in the addiction field since 2015 and is highly aware of new research in the field of Chemical Dependency, particularly Dual Diagnosis.  She is attuned to the educational aspect of her current position as Group Leader and Case Manager as the result of teaching high school for several years.  “It is my goal to reach out to each Client through the affirmation of their innate self- worth and potential toward positive growth”. 

Cristal England is originally from Kerrville, TX and moved to San Antonio in 1994. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Texas at San Antonio and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at St. Mary’s University. She returned to University of Texas at San Antonio to earn an additional Master’s Degree in Education.

Cristal began working in the mental health field in 1994. Early in her career she worked with distressed teens. This fueled her interest in education. She had the pleasure of home schooling her 2 daughters and returned to the education field to teach Special Education at Judson High School.

Jennifer Case, RN

Nursing Director

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Jennifer Case, RN

Nursing Director

"Each client will walk their own recovery road, and NO recovery road is ever the SAME, each individual has their story and personal struggles, Ripple Ranch specializes in creating a true individualized plan for each of our clients and working together with all our professional staff to develop a unique and specific plan for each individual to meet their specific goals of sobriety."
Jennifer Case was born and raised in the Hill Country of Blanco, Texas. Received her license as a vocational nurse in 2010. She worked in geriatric psych nursing while going back to school to become a registered nurse and is continuing her education to become a psychiatric Nurse practitioner.

Jennifer has worked in different fields of nursing throughout her career, with pediatric patients with disabilities to hospital setting emergency room and adult psych. Through her life she has helped friends and family members suffering through addiction and has developed strong passion for the field, in advocating for this specific population, her goal is to help eliminate the stigma throughout the medical and health care industry. Her strong passion for substance use disorder has led her to working in an inpatient detox and residential facilities for over 4 years.

Jennifer became the Nursing Director to a newly opening residential facility Ripple Ranch. She developed the medical foundation for our facility, with creating policy and procedures and has been with the company since their opening doors till present day. She has also helped several substance use facilities in opening their doors with training courses and the process of developing policies and procedures for the facility.

In her spare time Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys traveling and fishing. Jennifer is very active in her community in volunteering, participating in community events, and the Parent Teacher organization (PTO).

Nicole Weaver, MS, LCDC-Intern

Group Counselor

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Nicole Weaver, MS, LCDC-Intern

Group Counselor

"I feel so blessed to be part of a treatment team that focuses on meeting the unique needs of each, individual client. I love the holistic approach that Ripple takes in treating the mind, body, and spirit. My time at Ripple has been amazing and I am so happy to have the opportunity to work in a facility with diverse experience and complete commitment to client well-being and success."

Nicole Weaver is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has resided in Texas since 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2005 and went on to earn Master of Science Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Addictions Counseling in 2009. Nicole decided to pursue a PhD in Human Development and Behavior in 2012 and is currently completing her dissertation for that degree. Her research is focused on Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes. Nicole was a Certified Addictions Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and has since pursued her Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor credentials here in Texas.

Nicole entered the substance abuse treatment field in 2007, when she began working as an outpatient addictions counselor at Twin Lakes Center, in Somerset Pennsylvania. She then took a position as Lead Residential Treatment Counselor at Pyramid Healthcare in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2009, where she remained employed until making the move to Texas. Since residing in Texas, Nicole has worked in the social work field, serving children and families for the past six and a half years. Nicole has always had a passion for working in substance abuse treatment, and this passion drew her to return to the field. Nicole accepted a part time position as a clinical group leader at Ripple Ranch in July of 2018 and has enjoyed every minute of her time working at the facility.

Nicole feels extremely grateful to have the opportunity to share her experience and dedication with the clients at Ripple Ranch. She loves the fact that the facility provides a holistic healing approach to the clients that we serve.

Michelle Marshall, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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Michelle Marshall, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

“I am passionate about helping others heal from the disease of addiction, mental illness, or both. I believe in the power of individualized treatment tailored to each client. Ripple Ranch is unique in this aspect which is what led me to work with them.”

Michelle is originally from upstate NY and moved to Austin in 2010. She earned her registered nursing degree in 2003 and worked in a variety of settings where she found her passion for mental health and substance use treatment. Most recently, she has worked in dual diagnosis rehab facilities as well as the county jail. She earned her Master of Nursing Science from the University of South Alabama in 2017 and is board certified as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a licensed Suboxone provider and is well versed in addiction medicine and dual diagnosis treatment.

Kathleen Sullivan

Recovery/Expressive Art Group Leader

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Kathleen Sullivan

Recovery/Expressive Art Group Leader

“I love working with the clients at Ripple Ranch. I previously only worked at women's facilities. Male clients bring a new dynamic, and new creative challenges.”

It's also refreshing to move beyond 12 -step precepts and explore spirituality and recovery in art through other avenues.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Drawing from Old Dominion University, and studied illustration at NY School of Visual Art. Her minors were Marketing, and K-12 Art Education.
She enjoyed a full, award-winning career in illustration and graphic design, but early onset of Macular Degeneration in 2008 forced her to rethink everything she knew about her art making process. Since returning to her home in the Hill Country, she has been busy with portrait commissions, custom painting wild western boots and re-creating clothing under the name Gypsy Bluebird Studio. She has been featured by local media several times.

Kathleen long had a dream of incorporating her dedication to recovery and its principles with her art, as a way to help newly sober women and men find self-discovery and spiritual growth. Projects are designed to be creatively challenging, yet easy for the non-artist to experience success. Using a variety of mediums and techniques, clients encounter concepts of self expression, letting go, non-perfectionism, lack of control, paradox of individuality within commonalities, childlike delight, accomplishment, fun and joy.

Amanda Neill

Lead Recovery Technician

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Amanda Neill

Lead Recovery Technician

"Here at Ripple Ranch we have a caring and supportive staff that provides individualized programming. We offer an alternative to the 12-step approach to recovery. We help treat the underlying conditions that contribute to addiction with a clinically based approach while bringing mindfulness into practice. We genuinely love what we do and are ready help you reach your goals for healing the mind, body, and soul."

Amanda was born and raised in North Texas and has made South Texas her home. Amanda has the unique experience of working with clients in all stages of addiction, from birth to recovery, in a variety of professional settings. Amanda has a passion for helping individuals find balance and peace in their life through compassion, understanding and mindfulness. Amanda spends her free time focusing on family. Amanda loves the outdoors and working with her hands.

Dale Bea

Head Chef

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Dale Bea

Head Chef

“Ripple is a rehab that fills the void when someone doesn’t want 12 Step or has done 12 Step before and wants something different. I believe we provide valuable tools to cope in the world after they leave. We offer so many therapies and the small client number ensures that everyone gets enough one-on-one time with the counselors. I hear the conversations at meals that confirm the clients’ satisfaction with our program. I have worked here 4 years and loved every minute of it. Watching the clients change and grow thru the process is very gratifying. I know that the meals are a small part of the program, but it is important to heal the whole body as much as possible while they are here. I believe our menu helps with that. We serve healthy meals with a balanced diet of mostly organic ingredients and lots of fruits and vegetables. We also incorporate many different types of meals to keep it interesting and to broaden clients’ horizons beyond fast food. I’ve attached a week’s menu to show the kind of meals we provide.”

Marisela Mancha, Medical Assistant

Addiction Technician

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Marisela Mancha, Medical Assistant

Addiction Technician

“Being a part of a client's journey to recovery truly is the greatest calling anyone can ask for. Being able to see the clients come in either broken down, lost and even in pain, and have them leave with a sense of hope is the most rewarding aspect of working here. To make a difference in someone's life, you don't have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect, you just have to care. Don't lose hope--you never know what tomorrow may bring.”

Ashley Calzoncit

Addiction Technician

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Ashley Calzoncit

Addiction Technician

“Part of my job is to help, care and support clients in any way I can to the best of my ability. When client takes a step forward big or small towards their goals, makes me feel that I have accomplished my job in helping others. The simple “Thank You for your help” I get from clients when they have graduated the program is very meaningful makes it all worth joining the Ripple Ranch Recovery Team.”

Sarah Holman-Mathis

Chef

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Sarah Holman-Mathis

Chef

“I was invited to Ripple Ranch 8 months ago to help fill in for those that continuously provide meals to clients on a daily basis. Ripple Ranch is a unique environment that provides growth in all areas to include exposure to nutritious foods.  I stand firmly on the principals of whole body wellness and believe well rounded meals have a large impact on the way clients make it through their day as balanced nutrition is vital to proper brain and body functioning. As a PRN Chef I have had the opportunity to plant seeds of encouragement at meal times as well as provide clients with meals that help them to try new foods. The meals at our facility have been raved about by numerous clients confirming that wholesome, tasty food does do a body good!”

Denise Carnell, LVN

Addiction Technician

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Denise Carnell, LVN

Addiction Technician

“I am pleased to be a part of Ripple Ranch at Austin as we strive to provide a safe environment for our clients to heal.  Everyone here has a role to fulfill in the journey of our client’s recovery.  As a nurse, helping them stay medically healthy throughout this journey is one of my primary concerns. Recovery involves mind, body, and spirit and that is what Ripple offers.”

Monica Garcia

Addiction Technician

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Monica Garcia

Addiction Technician

“Seeing clients work hard and accomplish their goals is truly the reward we gain working here. Seeing their smiles knowing it was possible and they did it. Being here has showed me that we never stop growing as a person and can continue to strive to be the best that we can be.”

Elissa Lueckemeyer

Registered Dietician

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Elissa Lueckemeyer

Registered Dietician

“My name is Elissa and I am a registered dietitian. I enjoy educating residents at Ripple Ranch on how to improve their diet, apply healthier habits at home, and to cut through the abundance of diet confusion out there. Proper nutrition is one of the most important factors in preventing relapse, and I am honored to be a part of the Ripple Ranch team to improve patient outcomes and quality of life.”

Jim Filer

IIQTC Certified Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher

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Jim Filer

IIQTC Certified Tai Chi and Qigong Teacher

“When I retired in 2010 after 25 years with a Fortune 500 Company, I thought I was going to relax and take it easy for the rest of my life. Four months later I was going crazy. I started a small company called the Copper Dragonfly, LLC. Just to keep me busy. 4 years later I closed the store to take a job at a small drug and alcohol treatment center. It is here at Ripple Ranch that I am able to share the healing arts of Tai Chi Easy/Qigong and Shinrin-yoku with our clients.”

Marcus Evans

Recovery Technician

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Marcus Evans

Recovery Technician

“I work as an advocate for clients that suffer from the disease of addiction.  I aid on a daily basis to keep a positive focus on treatment.  Here at Ripple, we go above and beyond many strictly twelve-step based facilities due to the increased demand for alternatives. SMART recovery is offered, and a focus on positive psychology is addressed, recognizing character strengths of the clients, and identifying what brings joy to a client’s life that is not based on chemicals or processes. Clients learn to focus on mindfulness and move towards a more meaningful life filled with purpose rather than “just” not using any more. Relapse prevention is always a goal, and relapse mitigation is also taught because setting standards based on perfection can be a recipe for negative situations. Exposing clients to supportive “like minded” groups outside of treatment enhances the possibility of success. Aftercare and support are stressed.  Seeing positive reactions from the clients when presented with extra “tools” for recovery is why I choose to be a part of the Ripple team. Working here is more of a “calling” rather than simply a job.”

Leticia Cruz, E-RYT 200

Yoga Instructor

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Leticia Cruz, E-RYT 200

Yoga Instructor

"I've been part of Ripple Ranch since October 2014.  I believe that "If we change the way we look at things, the things that we look at change." By Wayne Dyer  I was in IT for 8 years, with a big Fortune 500 Company based in San Antonio, TX, before I decided to find, because of a knee injury, and follow my own yoga experience.  After a while, I was hooked and I enrolled in a two year yoga training program.  I’ve been practicing yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2009.  I believe that healing comes to us all in our own way and time.  We are all FREE to experience, choose, and heal as we understand that we are the designers of our own lives.  I thoroughly enjoy practicing yoga with the clients who want an extreme change from their present choices.  In the words of Nikos Kazantzakis – “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.”

Betty Hill

Reiki Master/Practitioner

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Betty Hill

Reiki Master/Practitioner

“I have been affiliated with Ripple Ranch at Austin since its inception, and I was honored to be brought on board in 2014 as their Reiki practitioner.  Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement and it works in conjunction with other medical or therapeutic techniques to promote recovery.  Reiki has proven itself to be an enjoyable and therapeutic treatment program for clients at Ripple Ranch at Austin.  I consider myself blessed to be involved with such an exemplary facility staffed with amazing people!”

Chloe L. Guillen

Recovery Technician

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Chloe L. Guillen

Recovery Technician

“I was brought onto the team here at Ripple Ranch late this year. Coming onto the team I wasn't sure what I was going to expect but I knew that being able to help people was my goal. As a Recovery Technician I help clients with the needs of their daily lives as they are in their treatment here. In my time here, I’ve seen so much care from every member of the team for each individual client. I’m proud to be a team member here because of this. Seeing each client grow from the beginning to the end of their treatment and being able to be a part of that has made me feel blessed. Being able to be a part of something that is bigger than myself is very rewarding.”

Teresa Chavira, Licensed Vocational Nurse

Addiction Technician

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Teresa Chavira, Licensed Vocational Nurse

Addiction Technician

“Everyone here is truly invested in the client’s recovery. It’s amazing and humbling to be a part of their journey.”

Natalie Rosales, Medical Assistant

Addiction Technician/Housekeeper

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Natalie Rosales, Medical Assistant

Addiction Technician/Housekeeper

“I have been working at Ripple since the initial opening almost 5 years ago.  I’m grateful to work with a team and in an environment that strives for better care and needs of clients.  I have experienced family who struggle with addiction and understand how hard it is. I love working for Ripple. The best part is knowing that we are here for clients who are fighting their addictions. The best feeling is seeing clients progress throughout their recovery and seeing a change in their lives and having them say “Thank you”.  It is an awesome feeling. “

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