Medical Team

Dr. Alex Kudisch, MD, DFAPA – Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Kudisch serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Origins Recovery Center. Dr. Kudisch is Board Certified in Psychiatry with a specialty focus in both adult and child psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is professionally affiliated with numerous hospitals in Texas. Dr. Kudisch has extensive experience treating the chemically dependent and dual diagnosed patient in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Psychiatry at San Antonio. In addition, he holds Appointments at the Texas Medical Association Committee on Medicaid and the Uninsured, also the Department of Family Health Services Ad Hoc Committee on Psychotropic Medications Oversight in the Foster Care System, and the Commissioners Round table. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health. Dr. Kudisch maintains a private practice in McAllen, Texas and is passionate about spending time with his family, traveling abroad, exercise, art and golf. Professionally, he advocates strongly for increasing Mental Health Care Access in South Texas.

Dr. Greg Johnson, MD – Staff Physician

Dr. Greg Johnson-SmAfter graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Johnson went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC), San Antonio, TX. He has since distinguished himself throughout Texas, highlighted by such positions as Emergency Room Director at Columbia North Hills Hospital, Occupational Medical Director at Medi-Center Bryant, Chief of Staff at the Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital, Sonora, TX, and most recently as Medical Director of the Emergency Care Center, UTHSC at Tyler, TX. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and has been a Medical Review Officer since 1998. Dr. Johnson is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, both regional and national, including the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Academy of Family Practice. As a lecturer he has presented several times for the Texas Medical Association on Physician Health and Rehabilitation, to the East Texas Family Practice Association, and for Grand Rounds in regard to the review and update of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, as well as on Street Drugs and Neuroanatomy, a topic on which he published a paper for the Family Medicine Digital Resource Library. His commitment to service on behalf of both UTHSCT committees and UTHSCT affiliated hospital committees is shown through his participation on, amongst others, the Trauma Level 4 Committee, the Ethics Committee and the ETMC/EMS Committee. Having spent much of his career performing in emergency care environments, Dr. Johnson is a perfect fit for attending to the care required during all stages of addiction recovery for our clients here at Origins. From the intense initial detoxification phase, through early post-acute withdrawal symptomology, and preparing for the longer term heath requirements of those recovering from addiction to a variety of chemical influences, his ability to quickly diagnose and react to the physical changes taking place in those experiencing life without chemical influence, often for the first time in years, is vital to a safe and healthy physical recovery. In his spare time Dr. Johnson and his wife, Becky, love to take advantage of the great outdoors through a variety of recreational activities; hunting, fishing, wind-surfing, just to name a few.

Dr. Robert Guevara, MD – Staff Physician

Guevara-Robert-SmDr. Guevara is a part-time staff psychiatrist and general medicine physician at Origins. He has worked in health care for the last 20 years, nearly half of them as a physician and the rest as a physician assistant and registered nurse. He is board certified in both psychiatry and family medicine, having completed his internship and dual psychiatry-family medicine residency training at the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine in Tulsa in 2009. He currently works locally full-time in the governmental sector with a focus on general psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and is active in teaching medical students through the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen. Prior to returning to the Valley where he was born and raised, Dr. Guevara worked for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for four years and as a clinical assistant professor with OU Tulsa where he completed a fellowship in the care of homeless and other vulnerable populations sponsored by the George Kaiser Family Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, Medical Branch School of Medicine in Galveston where he received the Edward Randall Medal for Academic Excellence in 2004. In his free time, Dr. Guevara enjoys reading, exercising, cinema and spending time with family.

Beverly Skloss, RN, MSN – Director of Nursing

Prior to becoming full time at Origins, Beverly was our Senior Nursing Consultant, and brings to us a wide range of experience and training. She completed her graduate work at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, earning a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialty in psychiatric nursing, mental health, and substance abuse. She has over 24 years of dedication to nursing, with extensive experience in administration, leadership, and management. This includes 12 years in Behavioral Health/Addictive disorders involving detoxification and other inpatient and outpatient services for those with dual diagnosis. She served 17 years of this time at Valley Baptist Health System with her most recent experience being Director of Education. In addition to her work here at Origins, Beverly serves as Adjunct faculty for the Professional Nursing Program at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, and has recently served 6 years on the Texas Board of Nursing Advisory Committee for Education. She continues this role as a nursing school survey consultant. Beverly is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing as well as being the President of the Board of Directors for the Rio Grande Valley Council, a non-profit agency that provides substance abuse education, prevention and treatment services for schools and communities in South Texas. In her own words “Living on South Padre Island, working for the ultimate addictions treatment center, and working in the field I love the most is my life’s dream that has become reality.” Beverly loves walking on the beautiful South Padre Island beaches, boating, and spending time with her family.

Julie Berman, CARN, RN – Nurse Manager

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Alexandra Brotzman, CARN, RN – Staff Nurse

Alex is a registered nurse who graduated from the Medical University of Ohio in 2007 and worked as a Medical/Surgical RN in Ohio prior to relocating to south Texas, where she worked as an ER nurse for three years before coming to Origins. Alex is very enthused at having the opportunity to work with the chemically dependent and she finds it very gratifying to be able to follow the clients of Origins from admission to discharge, witnessing first-hand the amazing process of recovery. She is constantly amazed at the transformation clients undergo and how they quite literally come back to life during their stay at Origins.

Vicente Esparza, Jr., MPAS , PA•C – Physician Assistant

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Liz McDermott, PMA – Professional Medical Assistant

Liz has come a long way from from her roots in south New jersey. After graduating from the Harris School of Business as a Medical Assistant, she went on to attend community college before deciding to move to Texas “looking for better job opportunities.” She found a perfect place to put her education to practice here at Origins. In her own words, “I like working in this field because it makes me feel good knowing my help really matters and is appreciated.”  She has always wanted to work for a company where the staff actually care about their job and want to make a difference, something she feels she has found in the Origins Family of addiction recovery specialists. Through the opportunity to help struggling addicts and alcoholics during both the initial phase of physical recovery, as well as the steady progression through all of the intermediate stages necessary to regain their health in mind, body and spirit, Liz has found addiction nursing to be particularly rewarding. Watching the clients grow from despairing and physically broken addicts, to hopeful, healthy addiction-free individuals is something not everyone has the privilege to watch from beginning to end. Her future plans include a desire to go back to school so she can further her nurses training. Given the chance, Liz really likes to travel whenever she can, but she also has two black labs who keep her plenty busy outside of work.

Janie Maheu, Medical Assistant

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April Butcher, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Julie Canepa, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Rudy Cantu, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Danica Carlson, RN – Shift Nurse

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Lori Dodd, RN – Shift Nurse

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Chelsey East, LVN – Shift Nurse

Chelsey East-SmChelsey is a recent graduate of the Vocational Nursing Program at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, TX and she is presently taking courses with plans to further her nursing career. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with substance abuse patients and to witness their amazing physical and spiritual transformation. She enjoys the positive atmosphere, dedication, and teamwork present within the Origins family, believing that you should embrace and overcome each challenge with grace and humility. That there is something new to learn each and every day.

Jeanne Espinoza, RN – Shift Nurse

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Norma Gonzalez, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Erica Kirby, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Que Manning, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Nidia Olalde, LVN – Medical Assistant

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Maggie Rangel, LVN – Shift Nurse

Maggie Rangel-SmMaggie Rangel graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville and has been an LVN for 21 years. It was while working at McAllen Medical in the Psychiatric Unit where she cared for many addiction patients that she decided she liked this type of work. Her work experience includes 9 years of mental health and substance abuse nursing, 2 years at a Methadone Clinic and 2 years as a staff nurse at a correctional facility. At the Doctoral College and Renaissance Behavioral Center she lead patient education groups and taught a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) class. Maggie has also been a nurse within a retirement community and supervisor for a nursing home. She has found that other work does not allow the opportunity to see the whole transition from sick to healthy, as is possible working with those going through the addiction recovery process. That is what makes working in the chemical dependency field her true passion. Maggie currently works part-time at an area detox facility in addition to her time at Origins, and hopes to one day become an RN. In her off time, Maggie enjoys running, shopping, and spending time with her family.

Erica Rios, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Karla Romero, LVN – Shift Nurse

Karla’s decision to go into nursing was driven solely by a desire to help people in need of medical care to get better, and at first she could do just that as her nursing duties were mostly involved with pain management. Here at Origins, however, the nursing staff plays a dual role of not only dealing with the physical health of each patient, but their mental health as well, which is a major factor when caring for people recovering from addiction. Karla really likes watching the more complete health picture present in the addiction recovery process, and how the person changes physically and psychologically in the course of treatment. She finds that the opportunity to see such dramatic improvement in both areas of health is more gratifying than when she was involved solely with pain management. This new phase of her professional experience will only serve to make her a better nurse, and what she learns here will prepare Karla well, as her next goal is to become an RN and continue to grow in the health care industry.

Rebecca Thompson, RN – Shift Nurse

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Karina Vazquez, LVN – Shift Nurse

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Diane Wallace, RN – Shift Nurse

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Jennifer Perez – Medical Records Coordinator

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Courtney Adams – Medical Records Specialist

Courtney Adams-SmCourtney grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and moved to Kerrville, TX in the fall of 2009. After several attempts at recovery, she became fed up with her life of addiction and was willing to go to any lengths for her own personal victory over drugs and alcohol. In November of 2010, Courtney realized her new-found conviction and has been sober ever since.

It was early in her sobriety when Ms. Adams decided to pursue her dream of working in a treatment center. After working for a brief stint at a treatment center in the hill county, Courtney traveled to South Padre Island to work at Hannah’s House. She believes in the Origins Recovery Centers’ recovery  process with her entire heart, and she feels extremely blessed to work for a facility that shares her confidence and spirit for success. It gives Courtney great satisfaction to be a model that the women at Hannah’s House can turn to in moments of crisis. She is excited to be working in a place with such great energy, where she can grow spiritually and share that experience with her coworkers and clients alike.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys swimming, reading and listening to music.

Jaron Berman – Medical Liaison

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Eric Church – Lab Liaison

Eric Church-SmBorn in Detroit, MI, Eric’s family moved to Plano, TX, a suburb north of Dallas, while he was still very young. He grew up there, graduating from Plano Senior High School and moving on to attend Collin County College for a while, but alcohol and drug addiction had taken control of his life so his life spiraled and he lost his direction. As with most people who fall under the shadow of addiction, Eric struggled with this disease for many years until finally finding peace, spiritual freedom and emotional sobriety.

Since that time he has dedicated himself to helping others find the same freedom from a life of addiction, forsaking a career in technology to be able to pass along his insights on how the 12 step program of recovery can take sufferers of addiction from despair to hope. He felt driven to take this message to others like himself, struggling with addiction and barely surviving the trials life levies on everyone. He is extremely happy to be able to effect this goal as a Recovery Advocate here at Origins, where modern medicine and psychological advances in tandem with the traditional 12 step process allow him to convey his passion for life, especially a life of sobriety, service work and helping others find a path to becoming a recovered, productive part of society.

Eric truly enjoys his new life and renewed connection with his family, including a college age daughter, his parents, and a sister who has given him 2 nephews and a niece. Through the institute of Chemical Dependency Studies, Eric is continuing his education in the recovery industry to attain certification as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). In his off hours he loves to fish, camp, outdoor activities and enjoying the beach and ocean readily available here on South Padre Island.

Lauren Hyden – Staff Nutritionist

Lauren Hyden is a Degree Certified Nutritionist. Lauren is passionate about nutrition and is always striving to enhance and develop her knowledge in the field. She has experience in individual and group counseling, addressing such issues as diabetes, weight control, eating disorders, and general nutrition and wellness. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Texas Tech University and continues her education in the field.

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