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South Padre Team

Stephanie Smith, LPC, LCDC – Executive Director

In her role as Executive Director, Stephanie provides clinical, administrative and operational oversight to the substance use disorder treatment programs at Origins Recovery Center and Hannah’s House. She is skilled at communication and collaboration across all Texas campuses. With a broad range of industry knowledge, Stephanie draws upon her experience and training to relate with patients and provide guidance to her team. After recovering from her own struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, Stephanie has dedicated her career to helping others. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin; is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC); and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Stephanie continues to maintain her lifelong interest in music and appreciates the joy she feels while exploring the outdoors.

Jeanie Griffin, D.D, LPC, MFT, LCDC – Director of Family Programs

Jeanie Griffin is a licensed psychotherapist and treatment program consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. Her work combines the traditional 12 step approach to addiction treatment with clinical and non alternative forms of healing, in an effort to assist in physical, psychological and emotional healing of the person and spiritual transformation of the spirit or soul. With licenses in Texas and California and over 25 years experience working in the addiction field, she has been clinical director of treatment programs, faculty member at UCLA addiction counselor training program, private practice therapist, clinical consultant to treatment programs, facilitator and developer of family programs and spiritual director. She enjoys 30 yrs of sobriety, has learned to laugh and experience joy in sobriety and makes sure she spends times watching ants and other crawly things with her 4 yr old twin grandsons. Mr. Dickens the Delightful Dog rules her with an iron fist.

Jeanie Griffin is also shamanic practitioner, healer and retreat facilitator whose services include non-traditional spiritual alternatives to a variety of life challenges, including cancer, soul loss and addiction. With a Master’s degree in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling and licenses in marriage and family therapy and addiction counseling, Jeanie is qualified to blend healing practices of the modern and ancient worlds.

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

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.

Chad Lentscher – Director of Alumni Services

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.

Myers Raymer  – Alumni Support

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.