In her role as Executive Clinical Director, Connie provides clinical leadership and administrative oversight to the substance use disorder treatment programs in South Padre Island. Connie is well versed in Origins’ treatment modalities and its commitment to the 12-Step philosophy. Connie’s extensive industry knowledge and leadership experience helps her to integrate the best therapies and techniques into patient programming. Connie has worked in private practice, in operations and management, and has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Substance Abuse Services Alliance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Connie enjoys music, nature and spending time with her family.
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 San Antonio. In addition, he holds Appointments at the Texas Medical Association Committee on Medicaid and the Uninsured, the Department of Family Health Services Ad Hoc Committee on Psychotropic Medications Oversight in the Foster Care System, and the Commissioner’s 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.
Scott has been a dedicated member of the Origins team since 2014. Serving as Program Director, he oversees and coordinates clinical and recovery services for the men’s program. 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 Chemical Dependency Counselor and a 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.
Laura assists patients with brain transformation and skill building, which enable individuals to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. She co-authored “PsychoNeuroPlasticity Protocols in Addiction” with Dr. Frank Lawlis in 2015, and “Nature and Animal Rituals” which focuses on unleashing the power of our ancestor’s rituals.
She spent years examining the effects of chemical dependency in the Behavioral Neuroscience Research Department of Texas A&M University. Laura was a part of a team that researched the effects of lead in the brain on addictive cocaine use. She also holds a License of Chemical Dependency Counseling.
Laura is a highly-sought-after national speaker on neuroplasticity and spiritual work when paired with addiction treatment.
Chad Lentscher is a recovered drug addict and alcoholic who has been a part of Origins Behavioral HealthCare since its first year of operation. He is dedicated to a life based on the principles of the 12-Steps, and he’s passionate about sharing this way of life with others. His steady personality and humorous approach to life is a great complement to the Origins Behavioral HealthCare community. As Director of Alumni Relations, Chad brings a level of structure and high accountability that offers an opportunity for change. His hope is that everyone will experience the freedom and joy of living a sober life that is focused on God and others.
Sober since January 15th, 1988, Myers has spent the last 16 years traveling worldwide as a lecturer for 12-Step recovery groups. This experience led to his current role at Origins where he has worked for the past three years. Back in the ‘70s Myers trained as a bookbinder and a book restorer. He served as a conservationist for museums and libraries and owned Raymer Bookbindery, Inc. until just last year. He realized he missed the work so he recently opened another smaller bindery doing restorations on recovery books. Married for 33 years, Myers’ other passions include being a private pilot, a blacksmith and a bee-keeper.