Mandy Baker, MS – Executive Program Director, Vice President
Mandy Baker joins Origins Recovery Centers after spending ten years at the nationally-recognized Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University. With the help of her Texas Tech colleges, Mandy managed the development of multiple recovery support systems at colleges and universities across the nation. She has a deep understanding of the 18-25 year old demographic; her studies involving this age group have been published in academic journals, books, curricula, popular press outlets and other such publications. In addition to her professional experience in clinical and academic settings, Ms. Baker also draws upon her own personal experiences in recovery while working with those afflicted with addiction. In her spare time, Mandy spends time with her family. She is also working to complete her doctoral dissertation using data from MAP Accountability Services.
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.
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.
Jeanie Griffin, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, BRI II – Senior Clinical Advisor
Jeanie Griffin serves as the Senior Clinical Advisor to the executive, medical and clinical teams at Origins Recovery Centers; she also facilitates the Origins Recovery Centers Alumni group in Dallas, Texas. Jeanie possesses an advanced degree in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling , and she holds licenses and certifications for addiction counseling in both Texas and California. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Board Registered Interventionist II, and frequent conference speaker. For over 20 years, Jeanie has worked in the professional world of addiction and recovery. Before working at Origins, Jeanie served as a faculty member for the addiction counseling field at UCLA, St. Mary’s University, and San Antonio College. Ms. Griffin is also the Founder and CEO of A Space for Healing located near Dallas/Ft. Worth in Grapevine, Texas. She offers private intervention services, individual, family and group therapy as well as transitional groups following treatment.
Jeanie has proudly completed over 24 years of personal recovery with the help of the 12-step-program. Her clinical training, her knowledge as a therapist, and her personal recovery from alcoholism, codependency and childhood pain, all have come together to allow Jeanie to form herself into the amazing holistic caregiver that she is today.
Julie Willingham, LCDC – Clinical Coordinator
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 own of her own analogies, Julie looks to turn sprint races, 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 speciality 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 – Adult Case Manager
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 find 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.
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.
Jay Davis, LPC – Adult Case Manager
Bio coming soon!!
Orlando Montalvo, LCDC – Adult Case Manager
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.
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.
Xavier Salinas – Counselor Intern
Xavier has earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas Pan American. Currently he is residing in the Rio Grande Valley and he is also a recovered addict and alcoholic. His passion for recovery comes from attending 12-step meetings, working with other alcoholics and addicts, and carrying the message of hope to those afflicted who are presently incarcerated within in the criminal justice system in the valley. More than anything, he loves spending quality time with his wife and son.
Christine Chenoweth – Clinical Intern
Bio coming soon!!
Zac Sherman – Discharge Specialist
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Zac came to Origins having been involved in addiction and recovery from both sides of the community. He battled drug and alcohol addiction for 20 years before discovering and defeating the personal demons which had kept from successfully overcoming this often fatal disease in the past. That experience left him with a burning desire to share his newfound understanding with others, hoping they will learn from it and end their addiction without the emotional and physical suffering he endured for so many years. He began to use this altruistic attitude by working at a Dallas non-profit agency, primarily helping the indigent population at Crisis and Detoxification Units. Now with Origins, using their proven program of recovery within a safe and carefully monitored environment of healing, Zac is able to help others find the same inner strength he did, and continue their lives knowing they are truly free from the burden of addiction. He finds that watching these dedicated people grow is the most rewarding experience he could ever hope for.
Emily Lusk – Discharge Specialist
Bio coming soon!!