Meet Our Staff

Our staff is dedicated to making your experience with Willow Springs Recovery as enjoyable and comfortable as it is rewarding


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Eugene Miller

Executive Director

Eugene Miller

As the Executive Director, Eugene Miller brings extensive knowledge of quality care standards established by the Joint Commission, experience in addictions treatment and successful program management to the Willow Springs Recovery team. With over 10 years of experience in addictions treatment, Eugene has held many roles within the industry ranging from Program Director to Executive Director. Eugene focuses on strong relationship based leadership, bringing empathy, compassion and insight, so as to provide a culture within the facility that promotes healthy boundaries and allows those trying to recover, the ability to immerse themselves in their treatment. Working with the Leadership Team of Willow Springs Recovery Eugene has created a culture that promotes the health and wellbeing of all that seek help.

 

Medical and Clinical Staff

Jeremy Smiddy RN

Nursing Director

Jeremy Smiddy RN

Jeremy, our Director of Nursing, has been working as a Registered Nurse since 2010 after receiving his degree as a Registered Nurse at Kilgore College School of Nursing and continuing on at Stephen F. Austin. He is currently in the process of advancing his degree as a Nurse Practitioner. He has worked in many fields within the nursing industry, studying many specialties. From 2010 to 2014, he worked in a Cardiovascular ICU, Telemetry and Post Operation Recovery Units. Since then, he has worked in the behavioral health field, continuing to develop his abilities in helping those he serves. Jeremy’s goal is to provide the best treatment to every client we serve. We are extremely proud to have Jeremy as a valued team member.

Dr. Nadia Bening

Medical Director

Dr. Nadia Bening

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

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.

Marilyn Juarez

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Marilyn Juarez

Marilyn Nunn Juarez is a 1978 Licensed Vocational Nursing graduate from Brackenridge School of Nursing at Austin Community College in Austin Texas. Marilyn’s career has afforded her many opportunities and rewarding experiences. Marilyn’s medical journey began in 1975 when she started working as a Certified Medical Assistant for Travis State School MHMR in Austin, Texas. Marilyn gained experience in Med-Surg, post and pre-op patients, Orthopedics, ICU, CCU, Neonatal ICU, Neuro ICU, OBGYN and ED. More recently in 2011 Marilyn was the Triage Nurse for Wellmed Senior Clinic. She triaged patients telephonically and in person. She is IV certified, CPR and First Aide certified, she has taught CPR classes and has experience with alcoholism, addiction and dementia patients.

James McKenney

Licensed Vocational Nurse

James McKenney

James McKenny another one of our very experienced nurses, has worked as a Licensed Vocational Nurse for many years and in a variety of areas within the nursing industry. James became a License Vocational Nurse in 1993. James has experience working in Cardiac, Neuro and physical rehabilitation, long term care and ltac units. James is also a certified BLS instructor. James is a very strong and compassionate person who loves working with those in need. James is excited about the team here at Willow Springs Recovery and hopes to finish his career with this company after many more successful years of service to those in need and suffering from the disease of addiction.

Kendra Todd

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Kendra Todd

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.

Tanya Yarbrough

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Tanya Yarbrough

Tanya Yarbrough Started her career in a Mobile Infirmary unit in 1996. After successfully serving on the Med Surgery unit floor she moved back to Texas. Tanya started work with St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan College Station. Over the course of the last 15 years Tanya worked in The Home Health Industry where she focused mainly in case management and direct patient care. Tanya prides herself on being a kind and compassionate person who loves life and all it has to offer, Tanya greet each day and everyone with a smile and a positive outlook. Tanya’s goals are to continue to care for patients in the nursing field for many years to come.

Sheritha Chambliss

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Sheritha Chambliss

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

Susan Marks

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. Ferrell

Counselor

Brad S. Ferrell

Bradley has worked in the recovery field for 5 plus years with various populations and addictions. 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.

Angela Beck

Counselor

Angela Beck

Angela Beck specializes in residential treatment with experience working with the special needs population as well as dual diagnosis clientele. Licensed as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in the state of Texas, she received her Associate’s degree in mental health services from Central Texas College and has been working in the field of substance use disorders for more than two years. Angela has worked under a mentor in the practice of Power Yoga, which is considered a holistic approach to the improvement of both mental, physical health and wellbeing. She has also worked as a counselor in direct practice, aided in the development of curriculum for group therapy practices, and held a position as a lead counselor at a female special needs facility. Angelia and all of her wonderful talents have proven to be great assists to those she serves here at Willow Springs Recovery.

Jennifer Waida, MA, LPC

Intern as Supervised by Michelle Silva Segura, LPC-S, LMFT-S, SEP

Jennifer Waida

Jennifer Waida is a Licesnsed Professional Counselor – Intern, Supervised a private LPC-S, LMFT-S. Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counseling from St. Edward’s Univsersity. Jennifer currently holds a Licensed Professional Counselor – Intern Licensure and she is currently working towards her Marriage and Family Therapy – Associate Licensure; she is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jennifer is immensely passionate in the servce of helping others. Her goal in therapy is to empower clients through a collaborative approach. She offers clients the ability to establish healthy perceptions, utilizing tools, and gaining an awareness that will help in all their relationships. Jennifer is originally from Dallas, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art at Texas Tech Univiserity. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling at St. Edward’s Univeristy in Austin, TX.

 

John Freeman

Counselor

John Freeman

John Freeman is a graduate of the Institute for Chemical Dependency Studies and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas, Permian Basin. Prior to becoming an addiction counselor, John had varied careers as a business owner, a motion picture sound recordist, a radio broadcaster, and is still a lifelong performing musician. John has been a primary counselor in local Recovery centers, in Austin Texas. John brings the experience of his own recovery and a commitment to the spiritual aspects of healing from addiction. John enjoys bringing creative expression such as music to the addiction treatment experience. We are proud to have him as part of the team here at Willow Springs Recovery.

 

Operations Staff

Megan Lesser

Operations Director

Megan Lesser

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."

Brittany Shields

Client Care Coordinator

Brittany Shields

As the Client Care Coordinator, Brittany oversees our testing compliance and serves as the client liaison to help bridge the gap between clinical, operations and medical. Brittany is a dedicated and passionate member of the Willow Springs Recovery team. Brittany is now working on obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. After years of watching countless loved ones struggle in their battle in addiction, Brittany became driven to help others who suffer from these diseases. Brittany has helped our client’s in many ways and we look forward to the accomplishments she will help the team achieve in the years to come.

Dara Musick

Lead Behavioral Health Technician

Dara Musick

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!”

Jessalyn Yagunich

Behavioral Health Technician

Jessalyn Yagunich

Jessalyn has always sought out jobs where she can assist people in helping themselves create a better life. Jessalyn enjoys seeing the major changes in a person from the first day they come in, then watching them leave a different and healthy person. Jessalyn says “I love when the whole team can get together and share the accomplishment of trying to make a difference in each person’s life.” Jessalyn has a humility about her that is extremely beneficial to the team culture.

Sara Savage

Lead Behavioral Health Technician

Sara Savage

Sara, one of our Lead Behavioral Health Technicians is passionate about working in the chemical dependency field and takes joy out of helping others. Sara has seen first-hand what the disease of addiction can do to a person’s life and how it impacts the entire family system as she has had family members who have struggled with chemical dependency. Sara strives to help those afflicted with this disease by encouraging and supporting them during their treatment experience. Sara has been a valued team member since September of 2016.

Chris Gallina

Director of Compliance

Chris Gallina

Chris Gallina is the Director of Compliance for Willow Springs Recovery, a position dedicated to consistent, safe, and effective treatment and operations practices. A San Diego, CA native, Chris moved to North Orange County for college where he received a B.S in Biological Science from California State University, Fullerton. In the past, Chris has worked and consulted for a multitude of companies nationwide to achieve successful licensure statuses and third-party accreditations including the Joint Commissions Gold Seal and CARF International accreditations. Chris’s passion and dedication to improving performance and eliminating risk position him to impact the daily lives of Willow Springs Recovery staff, clients, volunteers, and interns in a positive and meaningful way.

Culinary Staff

Nesa Dominguez

Chef

Nesa Dominguez

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 Jaurez

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

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.