Peter Piraino, LMSW – Clinical Director
Peter Piraino is a social worker and addictions specialist who graduated from Stony Brook University with a master’s degree in social work and a specialization in addiction. He has worked extensively with clients and families seeking recovery in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He taught the treatment of addiction at Stony Brook University and has been a guest speaker at the National People of Color Conference. He specialized in working with adolescents and children as part of his addiction and family treatment work at programs such as Little Flower Foster Care Agency and the Long Island Center for Recovery. Most recently, Mr. Piraino served as the Program Director of The Dunes East Hampton, where he shaped and helped to create the Northeast’s foremost high-end residential substance abuse facilities. His knowledge and experience helps make Origins a world-class leader in the highly competitive field of addiction recovery.
Dr. Frank Lawlis, Ph.D. – Director of Psychological and
Neurological Plasticity Programs
Dr. Frank Lawlis has focused on clinical and research methods involving the relationship between the mind and the body since 1968, when he received his Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in medical psychology and rehabilitation. Frank has written and co-authored over 100 published articles, as well as several New York Times bestselling books. He was awarded Diplomate by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology. In addition, Dr. Lawlis received the status of Fellow from the American Psychological Association for his scientific contributions to the field of clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, as well as other awards for his pioneering research in the field.
Dr. Lawlis co-founded the Lawlis and Peavey PsychoNeuroPlasticity (PNP) Center in Lewisville, Texas to revolutionize the practice of behavioral medicine. The Lawlis Peavey PNP Center offers full psychological assessments wherein each patient can be given a thorough medical, psychological, neurological, sociological, and family dynamics evaluation all during the same week. The practice has taken great strides in truly understanding the complexity of each individual patient, and addressing issues within a finite time period. In addition to his role at the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center, Dr. Lawlis has acts as Chief Content and Oversight Adviser, as well as a Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board. He has been a member of the Dr. Phil and Robin Foundation since the very inception of the Dr. Phil Show. Frank is responsible for evaluating the themes of potential shows to determine the meaningfulness and benefit of the concept for viewers, making him a big factor in the development of each episode. He also consults with Dr. Phil about potential guests, and oversees resources for the guests as they leave the show.
Barbara S. Peavey, Ph.D., M.S. PsyPharm, BCIAC
Dr. Barbara Peavey is an internationally recognized licensed psychologist; a true pioneer in neuroplasticity, self-regulation, biofeedback and neurofeedback. She received her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, and continued her education to obtain a Post-Doctoral degree in Psychopharmacology. She is also recognized (both nationally, and internationally) as a respected speaker and trainer in brain-based disorders, such as addiction, psychophysiology, stress management, and psychopharmacology.
Barbra has 40 years of clinical experience, and has been named a Senior Fellow with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA) as well as a Diplomate with the Academy of Pain Management. In 1975, Dr. Peavey established the first behavioral medicine clinic at the University of Texas at Dallas. She has also served on the graduate faculty in the doctoral program of behavior medicine faculty at the University of North Texas.
In addition to her work at Origins Recovery Centers, Peavey teaches Psychopharmacology in the College of Clinical Psychophysiology at the University of Natural Medicine. She is also the CEO and Clinical Director of the Lawlis-Peavey PNP Center. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), and was also President of the Biofeedback Society of Texas. Dr. Peavey is uniquely capable of helping the clients at Origins Recovery Centers to find their strengths, and to integrate their heart, mind, body and spirit for both health and well-being. Origins is truly privileged to have Barbra on our staff, providing means for clients to discover themselves and escape the cycle of addiction.
Laura Martinez, BS, LCDC Intern – Neuroplasticy Coordinator
Laura Martinez serves as the Neuroplasticy Paraprofessional for Origins Recovery Center. Laura received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience and Pre-Medicine from Texas A&M University. While there, Laura spent four years examining the effects of chemical dependency in the Neuroscience research labs. She has a passion for providing supportive guidance to individuals and help battle their addiction through brain plasticity. Laura loves the outdoors and being with nature. In her free time, she enjoys fishing, hunting, surfing, spending time with family, and traveling.
Aubri Clements, BS, LCDC Intern – PNP Liaison
Due to her father’s drug and alcohol addiction Aubri’s parents divorced when she was just 11, giving her personal insights into the dangers addiction can place on family members. Seeing firsthand how destructive her fathers lifestyle was, not only to himself but the people around him, truly opened her eyes to this disease and the devastating effects it has for those that suffer from it. Being part of a team that not only focuses on the apparent addiction, but all the multiple facets that make up the individual and their disease, is something that has driven her desire to be part of the solution from a very young age. Serving at a facility like Origins, where clients receive expert medical, clinical and spiritual care individually designed for their needs is extremely exciting and gratifying for her. She has been a grateful participant in the 12-step community for many years, and considers it a “blessing to be working alongside and learning from such an amazing team” as exists here at Origins. Origins is equally grateful to have Aubri as part of that team.
Ramon Rodriguez – PNP Liaison
Ramon was born in the Rio Grande Valley of deep south Texas. Ramon has worked in various roles within the addiction treatment field and he is driven by his passion for 12 Step-based recovery. Ramon has enjoyed continuous sobriety since May 15, 1987. Since then, he has steadily grown into a spiritual way of life. Ramon enjoys being of service inside and outside of 12-step groups. His personal mission is to help alcoholics, drug addicts and their loved ones to a better way of life. Ramon enjoys reading, writing, painting and spending time with his loved ones and friends.
Orlando Montalvo, LCDC – Clinical Coordinator
Orlando Montalvo is a 22-year veteran in the substance abuse recovery community, and he is well known for his compassionate and zealous approach when working with clients and their families. Prior to joining Origins Recovery Center, Orlando worked as a Treatment Director for two state funded programs, as well as a Trainer of Trainers for both the Cannabis Youth Treatment and Matrix Stimulant Abuse Models. As a trained Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Mr. Montalvo is highly sought after to present his views on recovery at the State and Federal level.
Orlando is a proud and grateful member of the 12-step fellowship for over 23 years. He is well respected for his spiritual insights, and his passion for helping others find a lasting recovery. In his spare time he enjoys reading, sharing scripture, and playing golf on the weekends.
Dr. Bob Lynn – Clinical Consultant
Dr. Bob Lynn is an internationally recognized lecturer, researcher, and clinician in the fields of Counseling Psychology and Drug Dependency. He is also a recognized expert in Family Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Lynn completed his doctoral studies at Rutgers University School of Graduate Education. His major research focused primarily on issues related to treatment outcomes, and he has maintained a focus on social justice and crisis management for much of his counseling endeavors. Bob has been recognized by NJ Assembly Resolution for his efforts in the fight against Drug Dependence.
Throughout the past 40 years, Dr. Lynn has held leading positions in various clinical settings, addiction treatment programs, employee assistance programs (EAP), the State Government, and as a professor at several different universities. He is a licensed professional counselor and has been named a Senior Fellow in Biofeedback Practice. When he is not at Origins, Bob keeps himself busy. He works as an Adjunct Instructor for Rutgers Institute of Addiction Studies, and he is also a skilled international consultant for treatment delivery systems. He is the Clinical Director of The Counseling Group and Family Institute, the Director of Special Projects for C4 Recovery Solutions, and the Clinical Director for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence NJ Juvenile Justice System Adolescent Evaluation and Treatment Project.
Although he is often recognized for his many contributions to the treatment community, Dr. Lynn may be best known for developing assessment and placement methods for clients, and for developing client-centered care coordinated treatment systems. His major focus was to develop systemic, community-based systems that promote wellness; he focused on outcome data in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Lynne has the keen ability to help restore hope in communities overwhelmed with despair, and finding strength when resources have been depleted. He teaches and empowers people to better utilize finite resources, and to create programs for growth that promote family and community sustainability.
Connie Motley, M.Ed., LPC – Family Services Coordinator
After over 20 years as a successful business woman, Connie Motley returned to school at the University of Oklahoma where she earned a BA in Psychology and subsequently a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, thus becoming the first person in her family to ever earn a college degree. Throughout her schooling, Connie found a way to work full-time on a federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant in Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco Prevention. Her work created a statewide strategic prevention plan focused on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) for Oklahoma adolescents. She even co-authored an award-winning publication of programs using evidence-based programs with SAMHSA. Ms. Motley also worked as a trainer of trainers to the state prevention network and community coalitions — all while simultaneous completing her education and internship in Child Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. Amazing!
Not one to be idle, Connie continued her on her path by becoming a Director with Red Rock Behavioral Health Services. As Director, Connie oversaw operations at one of the satellite offices, offering mental health and substance abuse service for Oklahoma’s largest Community Health Center. At the same time, she was working as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a local psychiatrist, providing patients with psychotherapy in coordination with psychotropic medications.
Connie is a proud (and grateful) recovered alcoholic herself, with over 20 years of sobriety. Her education, extensive training, personal recovery experiences, and her proven dedication made Connie a perfect fit for Origins Recovery Centers. Ms. Motely understands and appreciates all of the therapies used at Origins, including EMDR, cognitive and dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodrama, among others. Moreover, she knows how to integrate these therapies with other therapies to help patients achieve a thorough and lasting recovery. Originally from Oklahoma City, it is only recently that Connie decided to move to Texas to pursue her passion for helping people heal. She remains an active participant within the 12-step community and takes great pride in her daughter, who has followed Connie’s example and is now working as a PA in Neurosurgery.
Laura Abbruzzese, LPC-I, LCDC – Family Services Case Manager
Bio Coming Soon!!
Bianca Montalvo – Clinical Liaison
Bianca has always felt driven to help people and to be a positive influence in their lives. After hearing about Origins from a friend and reading about our program of addiction recovery online, she knew she had found an environment where she would be able to apply her extensive experience in communication and public relations to accomplish just that. With a varied background which includes community relations for political action committees and campaigns, promoting positive public awareness for various Texas media and communication companies, as well as coordinating events and advertising production programs, Bianca has a proven ability to organize and manage relationships with the goal of mutually benefiting both parties. These skills, combined with her desire to help those in need, are directly applicable to the work Origins does to repair the lives of people broken by a life of addiction. Her attention to the details of maintaining clear communication between the client, their families and the staff dedicated to helping addicts overcome their addiction is vital to the success of Origins’ world-class program of recovery. She really enjoys being part of the process to restore the lives of people living with crippling addiction, and is thankful that her experience can be positively applied to help people who desperately need a second chance to lead fulfilling and productive lives. Her gifts of patience and paying attention to what is being said affords her the opportunity to make the positive impact on lives she has always striven to provide.
Julie Willingham, LCDC – Transitions Coordinator for Hannah’s House
Julie Willingham received a B.A. in Sociology from Pomona College. Since that time, Julie has served in the addiction treatment field in a variety of positions. Over a 25-year span, she worked as the Regional Marketing Coordinator for Sante Center for Healing, the Program Director for Burning Tree Programs, a Counselor and Clinical Director of the Adolescent Program for Dallas-based Solutions Outpatient Services, and a Counselor and Community Service Representative for La Hacienda Treatment Center. It is the gratitude she feels for her own recovery (since 1985), and her fear of complacency that fuels Julie’s passion to help others to recover.
Julie is best known for her counseling style, blending compassion with candor. Using one of her own analogies, Julie likes to turn sprint racers, who look promising coming out the gate but never make it around the first lap, into long-distance runners who can handle life’s unexpected course of ups and downs. Ms. Willingham’s specialty is working with clients who are too smart, too sensitive, or too charming for their own good. Her personal commitment is to never give up on anyone and to never ask a client to do something she would not be willing to do herself.
Bruce Cooper LCDC, CCS ADCIII, AAC, CCJP, NCACII
Weekend Clinical Supervisor
Bruce Cooper has worked in the field of chemical dependency for over 25 years, both in outpatient and inpatient settings. Bruce is on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP), and he is active in the testing process of new counselors entering the field. Before coming to Origins Recovery Centers, Bruce first began working in Longview, Texas with the Palmer Drug Abuse Program; he has continued to work with the Palmer Drug Abuse for the last 25 years.
For 27 years, Bruce has proudly stayed sober with the help of the 12-step program. He is active in the lobbying process for the field of chemical dependency; Bruce works hard to improve and maintain the quality of service provided to those in need of help recovering from the effects of drugs. In addition, he frequently speaks on the dangers of drug use and abuse in our society. Bruce personally believes in the need to ‘carry the message’, and that there is recovery from chemical dependency and hope for all.
Kito Holtzman, LCDC, LPC – Transitions Coordinator
Kito Holtzman has always enjoyed exploring and taking new experiences no matter what the undertaking may be. From his beginning in Caracas, Venezuela, to his repeated false-starts in obtaining a degree from the University of Hawaii, and then his success in getting his life back together, earning himself both a B.A. in History and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Texas, Brownsville.
As a chronic relapser for many years, Kito enjoys nothing more than watching his patients mature, recover and rejoin society, just as he did. He has had a variety of experience working with adolescents, adults and their families, providing comprehensive counseling and teaching substance abuse prevention techniques (in individual, family and group sessions). Mr. Holtzman is particularly proud his work at the Lighthouse Counseling Center, a center which focuses primarily on substance abuse and dual diagnoses. He is a fierce advocate of those under his care, and loves watching the transformation of individuals as they move from desperation to recovered.
Before working at Origins Recovery Centers, Kito had a private practice in Brownsville, Texas for many years. He finds his work at Origins to be extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Kito’s enthusiasm for this work is evident in everything he does; his zest for life is infectious for everyone around him. He has spent his entire life enjoying the beach, particularly surfing — an activity he incorporates in his therapy.
Aaron Austin, LCDC – Adult Case Manager
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Leslie Hunt, LCDC, LPC-I – Adult Case Manager
Leslie Hunt is a lifelong Texan, growing up in Dallas, TX. After acquiring her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Texas, Dallas, she continued on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counselling from Amberton University, also in Dallas. During a difficult adolescence, involving an environment surrounded by addiction in both her family and personal relationships, Leslie came to realize that rescuing people from a life of addiction had become second-nature to her. As a result of this upbringing, her drive to help people has benefited from extensive, life-changing therapy and a strong involvement in the 12-step recovery community. From that therapeutic immersion, she has eagerly reinforced her desire to help people suffering from addiction, including the co-dependency and anxiety issues which often accompany this debilitating disease. She completed her graduate school practicum at Burning Tree Ranch in Kaufman, Texas, an extended-stay treatment center for drug and alcohol addiction, and finished her LCDC internship here at Origins. Leslie is thrilled to be a part of the talented Origins staff. She is extremely passionate about the need for using a variety of therapy modalities, tailored specifically for the needs of each client, to achieve the most effective path for our clients toward realizing a joyful, productive, and addiction-free way of life.
Jeff LaMure, LCDC – Adult Case Manager
Jeff LaMure is a 24-year veteran in the substance abuse recovery community. He is well known for his compassionate approach to counseling, which surely stems from his own personal battles with substance abuse. Jeff is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Since his personal journey into recovery in 1987, Jeff has held various positions in both psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers. He is well known for his tremendous passion, and his gift for helping reform some of the most helpless cases.
Deborah Miller, MA, LCDC, LPC-I, CAPMS – Adult Case Manager
Collin Speciale, LCDC – Adult Case Manager
Bio Coming Soon!!
David Tejeda, LPC-I – Adult Case Manager
Bio Coming Soon!!
Michael Householder – Clinical Intern
Michael is a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas, TX and is an impassioned Origins employee, as he seems at times to be on fire with the message and spirit of recovery. He feels honored and privileged to get to work with the Origins patients as they navigate the often rough terrain of early sobriety, however he maintains a strong belief that anyone, no matter how bad things have gotten in their life, can and will recover from drug and alcohol addiction, provided they are open, honest and willing to take direction from others who have been blessed to find recovery themselves. Michael is studying human services, as well as pursuing his LCDC credential. Michael is a grateful recovered addict who has managed sober houses in the past. He enjoys riding motorcycles and he is a member of the Third Tradition Motorcyle Club, which is an association of recovering alcoholics and drug addicts who promote, share and enjoy a life-style free from the bondage of alcohol and drugs, and for the benefit of charity.
Janet Thorp – Clinical Intern
Scott Vandenburg, LCDC-I – Clinical Intern
Bio Coming Soon!!
Emily Lusk – Continuum of Care Specialist
Cody Griffin – Continuum of Care Specialist
Cody is one of the lucky youths who found his way out of addiction at a very young age. Growing up in Allen, TX, a suburb of Dallas, Cody fell into the chaos of addiction in his teens. He discovered the spark of recovery when in Kerrville, TX and has not looked back since. He has dedicated himself to teaching others how to achieve a life free from addiction, one which furthers the concept of using recovered addicts as the means to spread knowledge about overcoming this devastating disease. Embracing this notion, he has put it into practice through his work with other troubled youths at Pathways 3h Youth Ranch, managing a sober house, as well as sponsoring dozens of others seeking a better, more productive life through successful recovery. He sees Origins as the next step on the road to saving others who suffer from this disease. A place where he can continue to learn more about how the 12 step process works to help addicts find a way of life that does not require chemical abuse just to feel normal. Being young and recovered himself allows him to effectively connect to all the other young addicts who come to Origins, and he provides an example that youth is not a barrier to success, but rather an opportunity to leverage the possibilities a future without addiction holds for those with so much more life to live. He looks forward to being part of a program that transforms people from a life of despair, to one without limits on what can be accomplished.
Chelsea Champion – Recovery Advocate
Chelsea Champion grew up in a small northeast Oklahoma town, also named Chelsea. Her own battles with methamphetamine addiction helped her to discover a new direction and purpose for her now sober lifestyle. Her purpose, she determined was one of giving back to the community that gave her life back to her. By returning the knowledge so freely given to her on achieving a successful recovery, Ms. Champion has become a wonderful example of the goal of the recovery community in which all addicts become a part of the solution for others to learn from.
She absolutely loves working with the women at Hannah’s House, and passing on the legacy of recovery to women going through the difficult process of learning to live life without the burden of addiction. Her energetic personality and passion for our program of recovery is rewarded as she gets to watch these women grow under their newly discovered higher power, to move on to a drug-free life where anything is possible and achievable. Chelsea is a model of the positive changes that occur once a person embraces a recovered lifestyle and puts into practice the altruism that is the hallmark of practiced recovery. With the additional experience of having parents who have also recovered from this debilitating disease, Chelsea has a more complete understanding than most of what it truly takes to turn a life of chemical dependence around. Her future goals include returning to school to further her education in the field of alcohol and drug abuse treatment.