Dr. Sharon K. Anderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Sharon K. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Denver. She has been a licensed psychologist in Colorado since 1995 and has worked with Southwest Cares since June 2010. Her identified areas of clinical interest and expertise are working with people through transitions, relationship counseling and spirituality. Dr. Anderson is also an associate professor at Colorado State University. Her research and writing interests include professional ethics in psychology and counseling, as well as diversity related to issues of privilege. She writes a blog titled “The Ethical Therapist” for Psychology Today.
Dr. Dennis M. Beaufait, LP, BCPC
Dr. Dennis Beaufait attended Western Michigan University and earned a B.S. in Interpersonal Communications & Social Psychology, an M.A. in Counseling and an Ed.D. in Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology. He has been providing professional psychological services for nearly thirty years and is licensed in Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Wyoming. Throughout his practice, he has offered psychological services to various multicultural populations with diverse psychopathology.
Dr. Beaufait practiced in Michigan for many years, where he worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In his private practice and in other outpatient clinics, Dr. Beaufait provided psychotherapy and psychological evaluations for individuals, couples and families. In inpatient settings, he provided crisis intervention and behavior management services for MI/DD populations, addiction treatment services for the chemically dependent and comprehensive psychological services to adolescents and their families. Serving as a supervisor of clinical staff, providing administrative leadership and program management and supervising graduate psychology interns are some of the additional tasks Dr. Beaufait performed at various clinics and medical centers during this time.
At the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga, MI, Dr. Beaufait not only provided psychological services to a broad range of clients, but he also worked with the Tribal Health Care Team to develop an integrated mental health program utilizing IHS and tribal resources. He served the university community of students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO and the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Beaufait also worked with K-12 students and students in the Special Education program in the Van Buren Intermediate School District in Lawrence, MI, the South Central BOCES in Pueblo West, CO and the Weld County School District in Windsor, CO. Dr. Beaufait joined Southwest Cares in 2011, and he now focuses on treating geriatric populations in Fort Collins, CO.
Dr. Diana Calderon, Ph.D.
Dr. Diana Calderon is a clinical psychologist who received a M.S. and Ph.D. at the Caribbean Center for Advanced Studies. She also graduated with a B.A. from Catholic University of Ponce and with a B.S from Bayamon Central University,. located in Puerto Rico. . Dr. Calderon completed predoctoral and postdoctoral internships involving training at more than four different facilities ranging from working with children to rehabilitation with the geriatric population. She served on the Board of Psychologist Examiners from 1997-2004. In addition to working with Southwest Cares, she also operates her own private practice. She is currently an active member of the American Psychological Association and New Mexico Psychological Association./p>
Dr. Heather Conyngham, Ph.D.
Dr. Heather Conyngham graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude as an undergraduate and from Northern Illinois University with a M.A. and Ph.D. She completed her clinical internship at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque as part of Southwest Consortium. While on internship, she focused on treatment of anxiety disorders (specifically trauma), family therapy, addiction and behavioral medicine. She worked for eight years at the women's state prison, facilitating groups for a variety of issues and completing over 200 court-ordered forensic evaluations. She currently works for Southwest Cares and for the Mind Research Network, where she is the clinical manager of a multi-million dollar addiction treatment grant funded by NIDA. The grant is the first of its kind to incorporate neuroimaging as a measure of treatment success for addiction. She enjoys working with elderly individuals and finds working with nursing home residents extremely rewarding.
Dr. Melissa Maxwell Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Melissa Davis earned her B.A. in Pscyhology summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. She then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Her dissertation was titled "Development and Initial Validation of a Measure of Ways Adolescents Cope with Body Dissatisfaction."
Throughout her schooling and afterward, Dr. Davis has focused on research and has published and presented extensively. She acted as a graduate research assistant for studies such as "Prader-Willi Syndrome: Correlates of Compulsivity" and "Developmental Origins of Depressive Cognitions" at Vanderbilt University. Her publications and presentations include research focusing on depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation in veterans with PTSD, as well as a number of publications focusing on depressive symptoms in adolescents and children in response to body dissatisfaction, weight change and peer victimization. Dr. Davis has earned a number of grants and awards for her work and served as the associate editor of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews
Dr. Davis' clinical experience includes a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Durham VA Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive behavior therapy at The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque. She also worked as a staff psychologist at the Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM. In 2013, Dr. Davis joined Southwest Cares to work with geriatric residents of skilled nursing facilities in Santa Fe, NM and Albuquerque, NM.
Dr. Osvelia Deeds, Ph.D.
Dr. Osvelia (Shona) Deeds graduated from Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii as an undergraduate and from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California with a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship in San Diego, California in community mental health, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Miami where the focus of research was on infant prematurity and maternal depression.
Dr. Deeds has lived and worked in a variety of settings including Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore), where she provided residential treatment for the chronically mentally ill, and in Mexico City, Mexico, where she explored the genetic and biological effects of addiction. A focus of Dr. Deeds' work has been on multi-cultural issues as they pertain to personality development in Western and Asian cultures and on life-span development for treatment and psychological assessment.
In keeping with her life-span orientation, Dr. Deeds has worked with very young children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and, currently, the elderly population. Dr. Deeds has numerous publications in the field of development and in the cross-cultural literature. She has taught at the university level in Miami, FL and in Albuquerque, NM and finds her current work with Southwest Cares in providing services to the elderly a very enriching experience.
Dr. Stephen F. Drozda, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephen Drozda earned his doctoral degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and interned in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. As a psychologist in the U.S. Army, he directed a drug and alcohol abuse treatment program overseas and served at Army hospitals in the U.S. and Japan. He served as a consultant to a community mental health center and operated a multi-disciplinary group private practice in Oklahoma City before moving to Denver. There he has directed the mental health departments of a large staff model health maintenance organization and an urban general hospital. He has also served as clinical director for residential treatment programs for youth with severe mental health and behavioral disorders. His clinical interests include applying evidence-based treatments to client problems, conducting psychological evaluations for clinical and forensic cases and providing clinical supervision. Experience and an interest in working in medical settings with elderly and disabled individuals drew Dr. Drozda to work with Southwest Cares. In addition to maintaining a private practice, he teaches courses in a graduate counseling program.
Dr. Luigi Dulanto, M.D.
Dr. Luigi Dulanto is a highly experienced and well-reputed psychiatrist in New Mexico. Dr. Dulanto received his training at Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center in New York. He provided psychiatric services at the California Social Security and Disability department, Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, NM and numerous nursing facilities across New Mexico. In addition, he is currently on the psychiatric staff of the Correctional Medical Services in New Mexico, as well as New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, where he has been providing psychiatric treatment on the acute, special psychiatric, forensic units and long term care facilities since 2002.
Dr. David B. Heard, Ph.D.
Dr. David Heard received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and then spent the next four years involved in post-doctoral training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic in the field of Family Therapy.
He was a film maker and documented the clinical work of Salvador Minuchin M.D. In 1978 David moved to New Mexico and taught Family Therapy at the Department of Psychiatry at UNM and then he developed The Family Institute which offered post-graduate supervision and training and he contracted with many of the Youth Agencies including Hogares, Desert Hills, Juvenile Probation, Court Clinic, Reintegration Center, the Eight Northern Pueblos and the Five Sandoval Pueblos to provide Family Therapy training over a multi-year period of time. In 2005 David retired from private practice and he and his wife adopted five special needs boys who needed a home. For the last eight years David has worked at Rio Rancho Public Schools, Department of Special Education, and is currently assigned to Rio Rancho High School and Cleveland High School, Department of Special Education. For the past three years David has worked part-time with Southwest Cares in Belen and in Albuquerque delivering Psychological Services at several nursing homes.
Dr. Jamie D. Lee, Psy.D.
Dr. Jamie Lee is received her Doctorate of Psychology summa cum laude from the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, Missouri. She previously completed graduate coursework in clinical psychology at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida and earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Wyoming State Hospital in Evanston, Wyoming. While there, she supervised practicum students at Wyoming State Hospital and co-instructed an undergraduate course at Western Wyoming Community College. Upon earning her doctorate, Dr. Lee moved to Salisbury, Maryland for 2500 hours of post-doctoral training at Eastern Shore Psychological Services. While there, she performed duties as a psychology associate, a director of evaluation and research, and the assistant program evaluator of the Safe Schools/Health Students Initiative in Somerset, MD.
Dr. Lee moved to Nevada in 2008 and began working as a psychologist for the State of Nevada's Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, a forty-bed inpatient psychiatric facility. Her time there included participation on multidisciplinary treatment teams and clinical supervision/evaluation of pre-doctoral psychology graduate students, in addition to psychological assessments and therapy. She worked with the R.U.S.H. Organization in Las Vegas, NV, a company that provides supportive housing and mental health services to individuals with serious persistent mental illnesses. Recently, Dr. Lee began providing psychological assessment, psychotherapy and behavioral support planning at the State of Nevada's Desert Regional Center in Las Vegas, NV. After joining Southwest Cares in 2013, Dr. Lee has provided services to hospital, assisted living and nursing home populations in Las Vegas, NV.
Dr. Celinda Levy, Ph.D.
Dr. Celinda Levy received her degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from Boston University. She completed her internship at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her early career in Boston focused on Geriatrics. Her dissertation research, conducted in nursing homes, examined the use of psychological testing to differentiate the dementia which can accompany depression in the elderly from other nonreversible dementias. She implemented a multidisciplinary focused geropsych unit in a community hospital in Boston. The program was linked with a psychological consulting practice that specialized in providing psychological services to patients in nursing facilities in Boston and surrounding communities.
Dr. Levy also obtained her MBA at Boston University. Her career has included behavioral health, healthcare management and quality improvement. She moved to New Mexico in the early 90s. She worked in Las Cruces and towns in southern and eastern New Mexico providing clinical services in primary care settings and directing a number of community-based behavioral heath programs. She taught at New Mexico State University and worked on Border Health Issues. After moving to Albuquerque, Dr. Levy served as The Director of Quality Improvement at New Mexico Medical Review Association. In addition, she was the Hospital Administrator at Turquoise Lodge, a New Mexico Department of Health Hospital specializing in the treatment of Substance Abuse, and most recently was the Director of Care Management at University of New Mexico Hospital. Dr. Levy joined Southwest Cares in 2008 to draw together her career experiences in clinical and organizational settings and focus once again in providing psychological services in nursing and assisted living facilities. She is now once again in Las Cruces, NM, where she serves as Southwest Cares' Las Cruces Regional Director.
Pauline Lucero-Esquivel, MA, LMSW, LPCC
Licensed Master's Social Worker
Ms. Pauline Lucero-Esquivel received her B.A. in Spanish Literature from the University of Rochester and her M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Mexico. Her first position was working as a family therapist at Memorial Psychiatric Hospital. From there, Ms. Lucero-Esquivel worked as a Social Worker III and provided case management in a Children, Youth and Families Department, mainly specializing in cases of sexual abuse. In 1990, she worked as a Clinical coordinator and Child Interview specialist for Children's Safehouse of Albuquerque for alleged child victims of sexual abuse.
Ms. Lucero-Esquivel worked at All Faiths Receiving Home Family Services, where she provided group therapy for adults molested as children, as well as both short- and long-term therapy to children and families in the Crisis Shelter. She served as a Consultant and Trainer for The Arc of New Mexico SAVE Project to help enforcement and prosecution personnel to recognize, interview and successfully prosecute criminal cases which involved victims or witnesses with developmental disabilities. She also has a number of publications focusing on Child Sexual Abuse and Children with Developmental Disabilities.
Currently, Ms. Lucero-Esquivel works as a Behavior Support Consultant for Development Disability Waiver, State of New Mexico to provide treatment to clients with developmental disabilities. She is also a consultant and trainer throughout New Mexico and the United States, working with Native American communities for civil and criminal child abuses.
Dr. Michael A. Mauldin, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael A. Mauldin received his doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Houston. He worked for the Houston Independent School District for 14 years where he served as Director of Program Evaluation, conducting in depth evaluations of large scale educational programs, and as Executive Director of Student Assessment, where he headed the development and administration of large scale student and teacher assessments. Dr. Mauldin received his clinical training and supervision in family therapy at the Center for Creative Resources in Houston. During his 12 years of successful private practice in Houston, he specialized in working with spirituality, men's issues, couples, families and recovery from abuse. He left private practice to join Conoco's EAP where he provided psychological services to employees and their families and consulted with management on team development using the MBTI. Experienced in a variety of therapeutic methods which range from psychodrama to mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, Dr. Mauldin joins Southwest Cares with a rich and diverse clinical background with which to serve the needs of the elderly.
Mark OvRick, LISW, LSSW
Licensed Independent Social Worker
Mr. OvRick is recognized as a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker by the state of New Mexico. He has specialized in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient psychiatric settings and outpatient community mental health settings since 1990.
Mr. OvRick's previous career was in the performing arts field where he was afforded much domestic and European travel. Mr. OvRick started his second career after receiving his Master's of Science in Social Work; his current profession has taken him to different parts of Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. More recently, Mr. OvRick has been the Area Director of COPE, Inc. for Lincoln County, and the provider for the Lincoln County Juvenile Trauma Treatment Program.
His civic appointments have been varied. He is a founding member and past president of Centro Familiar Destino. He presently serves as a board member. He has been a voting member of the Lincoln County Health Council. He is an alumnus of Leadership Lincoln. He is an associate Member of the Lincoln County Collaborative. He is an affiliate member of the Lincoln County's Sexual Assault Response Team. He is both a founding and voting member of New Mexico's Organized against Trafficking Humans. He was the founding member of the Lincoln County Council on Violence against Women the parent organization of HEAL and the Nest, Lincoln County's Domestic Violence Shelter.
In Texas he was a past group facilitator for the Tarrant County Depressive and Manic Depression Association. Additionally, he was a Liaison Committee member of the Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department. In Colorado, he was a founding board member of the Eastern Head Start Program. He has presented and or organized workshops (in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico) on Vicarious Trauma, Trauma and Domestic Violence, Trauma Informed Care, Developing a Coordinated Community Response for Victims of Crime, Handling Sexual Abuse Cases, Responding to Domestic Violence Cases, Treatment of Court Mandated Substance Abusers, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Transitions for Special Education Students, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Dr. Charles Paddack, M.D.
Dr. Charles Paddack received his B.S. from Georgetown University and his M.D. from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center and an internship in mixed medicine with a focus on surgery at the USPHS Hospital in San Francisco. Dr. Paddack also completed a Post- Baccalaureate study on a Fulbright Fellowship in Biology at the Universite de Paris in Paris, France. Dr. Paddack has worked in general and family psychiatry in Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico and Washington, DC. He has worked in both private practice and as medical staff member, with experience in training and consulting for Mental Health and Rehabilitation Centers. Dr. Paddack also has experience teaching as a faculty member at the Family Center of Georgetown University Medical School and as a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Paddack currently works in general and family psychiatry in Colorado.
Dr. Diane Sarris, Ph.D.
Dr. Diane Sarris moved to New Mexico three and a half years ago after having a successful practice in Chicago for over 18 years. She completed her doctoral degree in 1990 and received honors for her academic work. While a graduate student, she engaged in geriatric research that later went on to be published. Dr. Sarris consulted to dozens of skilled and nursing facilities over 20 years of clinical practice.
Dr. Sarris has received specialized training in the treatment of trauma and multidimensional treatment that addresses the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of illness. She has had clinical privilages at a number of psychiatric facilities in the Chicago area and has provided mental health training to nursing students. In addition, Dr. Sarris has provided numerous trainings to facility staff for the purpose of improving the identification and understanding of mental health issues in geriatric and chronically mentally ill residents. Dr. Sarris has worked the past two and a half years at the New Mexico State Hospital as a Unit Coordinator for an acute psychiatric unit where she has been involved in policy and procedure development. She received cross-cultural training at the Indian Health Hospital in Albuquerque, where she did her doctoral internship, and ran a mental health clinic at the SIPI Indian School in Albuquerque.
Dr. Blake White, Ph.D.
Dr. Blake White is a licensed psychologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He is currently completing a post-doctoral master's degree in psychopharmacology at New Mexico State University. For 15 years, Dr. White worked in residential treatment facilities with the NM Department of Health serving developmentally disabled and neuro-psychiatrically impaired patients. He was a U.S. naval officer in Vietnam and subsequently worked with rehabilitation patients at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque. He served at UNM with a clinical appointment in psychiatry and also was a supervisor of clinical psychology interns. At present, he is a special education psychologist with Albuquerque Public Schools and is in a collaborative private practice with a family physician in Corrales.
Dr. Kathryn Torbush Wiggins, Ph.D
Dr. Kathryn Wiggins received her B.A. in Education from the University of Georgia and her M.S. in Psychology from University of New Mexico. She also obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology from University of New Mexico, writing a dissertation titled "Mindfulness and Emotion in Relationships: Emotion Regulation, and Affect as Mediators of the Association between Mindfulness and Relationship Satisfaction". She completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship at VA Puget Sound, American Lake Division focusing on clinical geropsychology, geriatric research, education and clinical center, memory clinic assessments and serious and persistent mental illness. She is a part-time instructor at University of New Mexico, where she has taught classes in abnormal behavior, emotions and health, family psychology and clinical psychology.
Dr. Wiggins' publications focus on relationships, mindfulness, PTSD, resilience and the use of complementary and alternative medicines.