Chief Executive Officer
Matt has been working in helping professions since 2003. He has worked in therapeutic wilderness programs, residential programs, inpatient hospitals, community integration programs, and PACT teams. Matt started the 3rd private adult PACT program in the United States (the first outside of the East Coast) at the Menninger Clinic. He then started the first, and only, adolescent PACT program in the country during the height of COVID in May of 2020. In addition to the success of these programs meeting the needs of clients and families, his teams consistently ranked as the most engaged team in the entire Menninger organization.
Matt has developed unique expertise in training, supervision, hiring, clinical care, admissions, and marketing PACT programs.
Chief Financial Officer
James has 25 years of experience in finance and operations in the healthcare and banking sectors. Most recently, he managed a budget of $55M for Harris Health System and has led multiple teams both clinical and non-clinical for outsourced medical services with this organization. He has a proven record of accomplishment in building dynamic professional teams, developing process improvements, and creating efficiencies with limited options. James has multiple years of policy and procedure development and has multiple years of experience as a trainer in a variety of organizations and roles.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Frederic Wilson, MD started his career in medicine in the 1990s as an EMT and later as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy. By the end of the 90s, he followed his dream of pursuing further medical education. Dr. Wilson earned a BS in Biology from California Lutheran University. During the year between undergrad and medical school, Dr. Wilson worked in FDA compliance at a major pharmaceutical company. Dr. Wilson graduated from Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine then did both General Psychiatry and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Programs in Austin, TX. Dr. Wilson served as staff psychiatrist at Communicare Health Centers, a federally qualified health center, providing psychiatric care in an integrative model to underserved populations. Dr. Wilson was Medical Director for a drug and alcohol treatment center for 8 years during a period of rapid growth. He has continued to be involved in medical education serving as Affiliate Faculty for the UT Dell Medical School.
Patrick Thomas, MD, PhD earned a B.A. in Biology from Rice University. After finishing a Fulbright Fellowship in Madrid, Spain, Dr. Thomas joined the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Washington and graduated with an MD and PhD. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute.
Dr. Thomas served as Outpatient Chief of the Addiction Medicine Clinic and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He was a Fellow in the UCLA Borderline Personality Disorder Initiative, where he conducted mentalization-based therapy for patients with borderline personality disorder and co-occurring disorders. After fellowship, Dr. Thomas was an inpatient psychiatrist for the Professionals Program at the Menninger Clinic. He also served as the Program Director of the Professionals Program prior to going into private practice.
Director of Nursing and Wellness
Amy is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse and has worked in the mental health field since 2013. She graduated from the University Of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Prior to moving to Austin she worked at the Menninger Clinic in various roles to include charge nurse on an inpatient unit and a team nurse on their PACT team. Before pursing her career in nursing Amy served in the Navy for almost 12 years and enjoys collecting plants and playing with her dogs.
Kate received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Addictions from the University of Denver in 2016. Prior to graduate school, she spent many years working with families in their communities as a therapeutic advocate for school and at home needs. She has spent most of her career engaged with families to help rebuild and strengthen a system of connection. If you are seeking support for your child, she works collaboratively with you as caregiver to build upon internal strengths and resources both individually and as a family system to reach the therapeutic goals of the family. Her love and passion for child and family counseling has expanded to individual adult work. Kate has experience working with clients that have survived sexual, physical and emotional abuse, neglect, attachment wounds, substance abuse and domestic violence. Her EMDR training allows her to help you find the resiliency within yourself despite the traumas of your past.
She is certified in Brene Brown’s Daring Way model and through this she has come to know the importance of vulnerable connection and how internalized shame from our experiences can make this difficult.
Angela is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Associate and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern. She received her bachelors from the University of Texas at Arlington and worked with people diagnosed with Autism starting in 2016. She later received her Master's Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Southwestern College and New Earth Institute. While living in New Mexico, she worked with victims of domestic violence, and at a community art center. Upon returning to Texas, Angela continued to gain experience providing services in residential and outpatient settings for addiction recovery.
Mark is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with endorsements in Substance Abuse, Gambling & Forensics, as well as an Air Force Veteran. He has additional trainings in SMART Recovery, Illness Management & Recovery, Whole Health Action Management, Transgender Scan-Echo and Wellness Recovery Action Management provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Client Experience Director
Kayla has almost 20 years of customer service and healthcare administration. She has worked in internal medicine, multi-practice facility, the state of Wisconsin and mental health offices. Previously worked at The Menninger Clinic as an Administrative Coordinator before relocating to Austin. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI before I became a Texas transplant 4 years ago.
Anastasia is a Registered and Licensed Dietician. She earned her bachelor's degree in 2017 and master's in 2020, both in Nutrition from Texas State University - San Marcos, TX, and completed her Dietetic Internship at Keith and Associates Distance Dietetic Internship (KADDI). She was born and raised in Austin, TX, but was given the opportunity to gain valuable experiences in Houston, TX to help further her knowledge and skills. Additionally, she has several years of customer service experience, which would be incorporated at every session. This will ensure that her clients receive the best care in nutrition, and meet them where they feel comfortable most. She has experience in nutrition counseling from weight management to eating disorders in adolescents and adults, meal support, grocery store tours, providing cooking lessons, and more.
Lee is a masters’ level clinician with over 7 years of work experience in the field of mental health and addiction recovery treatment, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with adolescents and adults.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston (UH) and his master’s degree in Social Work from the UH Graduate College of Social Work.
A co-author of two Psychology Today articles, "Virtual AA and 12-Step Meetings: 4 Benefits, 4 Downsides" and "Why Addiction Treatment Isn’t 'One Size Fits All'", Lee serves on the External Advisory Board of Cougars in Recovery, UH's Collegiate Recovery Community.
As an individual in long-term recovery, Lee feels a strong sense of duty to provide high-quality therapeutic and support services that he has benefitted from so greatly to others. He currently holds licenses or certifications as an Addiction Recovery Counselor, Social Worker, Peer Supervisor, and Peer Specialist.
Carla is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for affirming individuals in their mental health journey. Carla has over 6 years of work experience in the field of mental health, working in case management, long-term residential and group-home settings with adolescents. Carla earned her Master's degree in Social Work from Texas State University in 2018 and attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree. Carla has worked with clients who have experienced anxiety, PTSD, executive dysfunction, depression, crisis management, substance use, self-harm, suicide ideation, sensory processing, attachment wounds and family dynamics issues. Carla’s recent work has focused on collaborating with young adult clients to make a healthy transition into adulthood. Carla is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner and approved trainer, which has enabled her to train more than 200 individuals using the TBRI® Framework and different models of de-escalation and crisis management. In line with the TBRI model, Carla’s approach to her therapy and coaching work is to focus on building trust, empower clients to identify their needs, use their voice, and plant seeds for the future.