Medical and Clinical Staff
Dr. Nadia Bening – Medical Director
Dr. Nadia Bening received her education from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is the owner and founder of Happy Mental Wellness Center, an integrative private practice in northwest Austin dedicated to providing thorough and compassionate care for psychiatric illness. At Willow Springs Recovery, Dr. Bening oversees the medical team while also providing psychiatric evaluation. She pays special attention to individual needs as shaped by each client’s personal history, his or her specific context, and stressful or traumatic life experiences or circumstances, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the client’s sense of comfort and trust.
Kiara Savlov – Clinical Director
Kiara Savlov is a licensed professional counselor who received her master’s in art of counseling with a concentration in grief, loss and trauma from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kiara has been working in the field of trauma and substance abuse for more than seven years in both New Mexico and Texas in residential treatment settings. Kiara has worked on developing and implementing curriculum for substance abuse groups. Kiara has a background in horticulture as well and has given a workshop on introduction to horticultural therapy to master’s in counseling students on the subject. We are extremely proud to have Kiara in this Clinical Leadership role.
Kendra Todd – Licensed Vocational Nurse
Kendra Todd is one of our respected Licensed Vocational Nurses. Kendra is from Virginia Beach, VA. Kendra came to Texas as a United States Army solider, and have always wanted to be a nurse. After 10 ½ years of serving for the United States Army Kendra decided to pursue her career in nursing. Kendra am CPR certified with American Heart, and started her journey as a Certified Medical assistant in 2013 at Cybertex Institute of Technology. In Feb 2017, Kendra become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Kendra has a passion for taking care of people who are sick, injured, or disabled. She would like to become a Registered Nurse in the near future, and work in the operating room as a surgical nurse. She has become quite a valued team member here at Willow Springs Recovery.
Sheritha Chambliss – Nurse Practitioner
Sheritha Chambliss, has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2016 after receiving my degree Master of Nursing Degree /FNP from Chamberlain College of Nursing. I obtained my Master in Nursing Education November 2013 and have taught at variety of technical colleges. From 2009-2016 , I worked in cardiovascular icu, surgical icu, medical icu, and neuro icu units. Since October 2016 I have worked in the field of internal medicine both acute and subacute , were my skills have been advanced and greatly utilized. I love working as a team and collaborating with the patient to enhance overall health and knowledge of care.
Susan Marks – Therapist
As an LPC-S Susan Marks holds a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and certification to supervise counselor interns. Susan’s experience includes working with persons of all ages, she uses a variety of approaches to help her clients on the road to recovery and look forward to the future with hope. Susan believes that within each one of us lies the ability to become who we were created to be. Susan uses a Person-Centered approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy, Reality Therapy, and extensive Psychoeducation. Susan has worked with clients in Substance Abuse Treatment, Grief & Loss, Crisis Intervention, and those with mood and mental health disorders. As a person with 24 years in recovery, Susan is uniquely qualified to assist those striving to recover from a hopeless state of mind and body.
Brad S. Farrell – Counselor
Bradley has worked in the recovery field for 5 plus years with various populations and addictions. He has a Masters in Addiction Counseling from U of South Dakota and graduated “Magna Cum Laude”. Brad worked for 3 years with teenage male alcoholics/addicts in a residential treatment setting. There, Brad was in charge of the entire Substance Abuse Coordination and 12-Step Curriculum which he was instrumental in developing. The experience in working with a youthful population has helped Brad develop patience and understanding in order to effectively teach recovery in a way that is easily understandable. Brad has valued experience specifically in providing men’s counseling, group therapy, life skills and case management. Brad enjoys teaching his clients to improve their Self-Efficacy. Brad is also in recovery himself and has held various leadership positions in AA and NA to include state level representation.
Ryan Orton – Group Facilitator
Ryan was born and raised in Austin, TX. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California–Santa Cruz. Ryan is currently a LCDC-I (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern) in the state of Texas and is RADT-1 certifiedby the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Ryan teaches recovery utilizing rigorous honesty and solution-based approaches. Ryan prides himself on providing a positive approach to treatment and remaining objective and compassionate in his care of clients. Ryan conducts himself ethically with an ability to communicate well and develop empathetic dynamics with all clients.
David Fornos – Counselor
David Fornos is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State. He has worked with a variety of clients from many different backgrounds in his career in both private-practice and clinical facilities and with individuals, families, couples and groups. David takes a person-centered approach to therapy, providing clients with a nurturing environment through which they can discover the work they truly need to accomplish. He emphasizes the role of the unconscious mind in session and is interested in holding unseen thoughts and beliefs to light that may be inhibiting an individual’s life. David draws from Internal Family Systems, Rational-Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Jungian approaches. He has experience working with individuals who have suffered trauma and is able to apply a systemic perspective to issues like codependency and addiction by investigating family roles and history. He is currently under the supervision of Carolyn Mehlomakulu, LMFT-S, ATR.
John Freeman – Group Facilitator
John believes in using meditation to promote spiritual development in order to advocate mindfulness and preparing for the path towards recovery. He has earned his certificate in Clinical Trauma as well as taking intensive courses in Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention, Harner Shamanic Counseling, and Vipassana Meditation, in order to better assist clients in their recovery process. He is also licensed by the state of Texas as a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor intern. John is experienced in facilitating individual and group counseling. He is dedicated to helping clients find their path in life and encouraging healthy choices to stay on it.
Margaret (Brooks) Milam – Counselor
Brooks has earned both a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Texas State University. She has been working professionally in the field of chemical dependency for over 8 years and is licensed by the State of Texas as both a Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Clinical Social Worker. Brooks has worked extensively with persons suffering from addiction, serious psychiatric problems and traumatic life experiences. Brooks also has specialized training in working with PTSD and trauma and uses this training to help clients find the inner strength and resources to create positive change in their lives. Brooks’ passion is with assisting clients and their families by providing counseling and educational services to help them address challenges with mental health, substance use problems and to cope with difficult life transitions.
Megan Lesser – Operations Director
Megan has been working in the behavioral health and addiction field since 2012 and has experience in various roles such as Behavioral Health Technician, Case Manager, Program Director and Director of Operations. Megan has a combined experience in operations, clinical and management which has enabled her to discover the most effective way to provide operational oversight of all therapeutic programs and provide the best service to our clients. Megan completed her addiction studies in Orange County, CA. Megan believes that all people struggling with addiction deserve the opportunity to recover. Megan says “I love watching the transformation happen when a client comes to treatment often scared, hopeless, and full of fear and by the end of their stay they have this reignited fire for life and have acquired some new tools to help them through their journey.”
Dara Musick – Lead Behavioral Health Technician
Dara Musick has been a part of the Willow Springs Recovery Team since from day one. Dara received Associates of Applied Science Degree in General Human Services specializing in Addictions from Austin Community College. She graduated with honors and was the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Student Achievement award. She then went on to Park University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Social Psychology where she also graduated with honors. Dara’s goal is to assist everyone suffering from addiction the opportunity to receive quality treatment. What keeps Dara passionate about working at Willow Springs Recovery is “…When I see a client come in absolutely broken and in a dark place, then after being here seeing the life come back into their eyes, that is what makes me love my job!”
Kat Golden – SMART Facilitator
Kat Golden came to us from with in the industry of recovery. She was the very first tech hired at Willow before we even opened our doors. Her daughter had such a transformation in rehab that she wanted to be a part of this miracle in the lives of so many more. Having had several businesses and being in the medical field, she has brought valuable skills and experience to her job. Having been a tech for a year, she now serves as our HR Assistant and SMART Facilitator . Kat also serves as our Editor in Chef for our company Newsletter and is our Quality Improvement Committee chairperson. She loves her job and our clients.
Nesa Dominguez – Chef
As Kitchen Manager, Nesa Dominguez is the Head Chef at Willow Springs Recovery, where she brings experience ranging from eating disorders, personal/private cooking classes, to holistic meal plans and nutrition. Her career path has led her to the field of substance abuse, where she engages and encourages clients that nutrition can overcome most health problems. As one of her favorite quotes states, “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food”. Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in 2008, she completed her externship at McCallum Place Austin Eating Disorders Center, where she built her career in holistic care through incorporating Macrobiotic food diets, while embracing the organic and local food wave. Nesa has been an absolute joy among the team and we are proud of all her accomplishments.
Priscilla Jaurez – Kitchen Aid
Priscilla is a breakfast cook here at Willow Springs Recovery, where she enjoys the atmosphere of food and cooking along with entertaining clients with her sense of comradery. Her passion in helping people led her to achieve her CNA certification where she worked in that field for 20 years. Her desire to make a difference in people’s lives brought her to Willow Springs Recovery, where she delights and engages clients to work on their personal nourishment in order to facilitate their treatment. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Randy Washington – Line Cook
Randy Washington is a current line cook at Willow Springs Recovery where he brings his love for cooking along with a listening ear to Willow clients. After graduating high school, he entered the food and hospitality industry which refined his proficiency in preparing delicious recipes that led him to a successful career path at one of Bastrop’s famous BBQ restaurants known for their baby back ribs. He worked as a lead chef from 2007 to 2016, until his search for a more rewarding role brought him to Willow Springs where he takes the role of the best kept secret weekend Line Cook.