South Padre Team
Scott Vandenburg, MA, LPC, LCDC, CART – Executive Director
Scott has been a dedicated member of the Origins team since 2014. Serving as Executive Director, he oversees and coordinates clinical and recovery services for all programs in South Padre Island. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Boise State University and a Master of Arts degree in addiction studies from Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and Certified Anger Resolution Therapist.
Scott’s approach to co-occurring disorders treatment integrates clinical science and 12-Step recovery methodologies to provide services and interventions that address the physical, mental, and spiritual elements of substance use and mental health disorders. He is passionate about both 12-Step philosophies and the treatment model of Origins, as these principles have been an integral part of his own personal recovery from addiction and alcoholism. Working in treatment is a departure from his previous career, but Scott is convinced that helping others recover from a hopeless state of mind and body is his ultimate purpose in life.
Dr. Michael Anthony Hernandez, M.D. – Medical Director and Psychiatrist
Dr. Hernandez is from Corpus Christi, Texas. He began overseeing South Padre Island’s medical operations in late November 2020. He earned his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and his doctorate in medicine from Indiana University. Dr. Hernandez completed his residency in general adult psychiatry at Scott and White Memorial Hospital at Texas A&M College of Medicine.
He is Board-Certified in Adult Psychiatry and holds a Certification for Buprenorphine Treatment through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. He has years of hands-on experience working in various settings, from substance abuse to primary psychiatry, to owning and operating his private practice. As Medical Director and Psychiatrist, Dr. Hernandez will be supervising and collaborating with our nurse practitioners, who provide the day-to-day medical and psychiatric services and then traveling to the Island every other week in-person to support our patients and teams.
David Tejeda, LPC – Clinical Director
As a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in diverse therapeutic services, case management, and psychoeducational teaching, David Tejeda has specialized expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), substance abuse, and family counseling services, including the creation of didactic and experiential psychoeducation. David received both his bachelor’s in psychology and his Master of Education in counseling and guidance from the University of Texas at Brownsville. He is a skilled and knowledgeable speaker who has taught graduate-level courses in addiction counseling at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. Prior to his current role, David started in 2014 as a primary counselor for Origins, then served as Family Services Director on South Padre Island. As Clinical Director, he oversees all clinical operations and teams at our South Padre Island locations, including the development and implementation of therapeutic groups and services for our patients and their families.
Jennifer Pinkerton, LCSW, LCDC, Certified EMDR Therapist – Program Director, Hannah’s House
Prior to beginning her current role as Program Director, Jennifer Pinkerton served as a Primary Counselor for Origins on South Padre Island for over two years. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a Certified Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from St. Mary’s University and her Master of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University. Jennifer is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS).
Alexandra Brotzman, MSN, APRN, FNP-C – Family Nurse Practitioner
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with extensive experience in dual diagnoses associated with substance abuse and psychiatric medicine, Alexandra Brotzman has been part of the Origins family since 2011, serving initially as a Nurse Manager prior to assuming her current role in 2015 as Family Nurse Practitioner in residential care. She provides a broad range of advanced practice nursing services including holistic evaluation, diagnosis, and management of both acute and chronic medical conditions and says its especially rewarding to see the entire process of change occur in our patients from admission to discharge. She plans on returning to school to become board certified as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She’s an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Outside of work, she stays busy with the Mayflower Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Special Events Committee of South Padre Island.
Meghan Brooks – Director of Admissions
Meghan started working with Origins in 2016 as an Admissions Specialist, seven years after beginning her own personal journey as a Hanley Center patient. With a firsthand understanding of the unique struggles that patients and their families endure prior to reaching out for help, Meghan knows that the initial phone call can potentially shape an individual’s outlook and willingness to seek and sustain treatment. Meghan received her bachelor’s in marketing from the University of Central Florida. She loves working in the recovery community, especially when she can assist other women to get the expert help they need. She is grateful for the opportunity to lead a talented Origins team that is on the front lines of healing in a company fully dedicated to advancements in treatment.