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  • Rio Rancho, NM 87124
  • 505-218-6383

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    GD Psych Services, LLC

    Welcome to GD Psych Services, LLC. Our organization is comprised of the most professional licensed clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and psychologists in the community, offering a wide variety of psychological services to the greater Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, NM region.

    Clients are treated by a specialized licensed mental health professional in Individual & Group sessions; Marital Counseling; Military-Specific Therapy; Substance Use Counseling; Trauma Focused Counseling; Play Therapy; Sand Tray; Yoga Therapy; Counseling Focused on Emotional Functioning and Regulation, and CYFD and Court Referred Counseling. We understand the sensitive nature of your concerns and needs and work mindfully with our clients to help them achieve a resolution.


    Dr. Erika Updegorve, PsyD, BCBA, Neuropsychologist Consultant

    Dr. Erika Updegrove has worked over 20 years in the mental health field. She has experience working with adults and children throughout the lifespan, with varying clinical presentations. She has advanced training in clinical psychology, neuropsychology, behavior analysis and holistic methods, using this knowledge to develop a personalized approach to solve whatever difficulties you are facing.

    Prior to becoming a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Updegrove worked as a Behavior Analyst utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to help individuals with Autism and Brain Injury live more fulfilling lives. She then broadened her understanding of brain/ behavior relationships by studying neuropsychology. She trained, at the practicum level, in neuropsychology at Harvard affiliated teaching hospitals as well as with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She then completed her APA accredited internship in Gero/Neuropsychology at Central Regional Hospital and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She utilizes her training in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation to provide top notch consultation for clients at GD Psych Services.


    Rio Rancho, New Mexico

    Lisa Galles, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor

    Hi, I’m Lisa! I have a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and am independently licensed as a counselor (LPCC) in our great state of New Mexico. I have spent most of my career working in jails, as part of a mobile crisis team, with individuals whose functioning is seriously compromised by their mental illness (such as severe depression, bipolar or schizophrenia) and in rehabilitation facilities. My primary role at GD Psych Services is conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for individuals of all ages alongside a team of psychologists. These assessments are usually used to better understand an individual’s diagnosis, to clarify cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and to provide treatment recommendations.

    My secondary role is as a therapist, helping those who struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. I enjoy incorporating running or walking together into therapy sessions as being alongside one another seems to allow for individuals to open up in a way that facing each other in an therapy office doesn’t. Outside of my work (which I absolutely love), I enjoy being outside, spending time with my animals (four dogs, four turtles, and one chicken), playing soccer, riding my bike, and simply doing nothing. I believe every human is beautiful and is capable of positive change. Together, let’s figure out how to improve your life! I can’t wait to meet you.

    Alma Babbit, LPCC, LADAC, Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor

    Alma Babbitt is from Albuquerque New Mexico. She has her Associates in Liberal Arts from Central New Mexico College, Bachelor’s Degree in Science in Psychology with an emphasis in substance abuse. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she obtained her LSAA and volunteered briefly at AMCI while working as a psychiatric technician at a local juvenile residential treatment facility and completing her dual Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She has both a License in Alcohol and Substance Abuse counseling (LADAC) and License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) providing services for both individual therapy, group therapy, and completing psychiatric assessments for appropriate referrals.

    Specialties include working closely with severely mentally ill populations, trauma patients, and utilizing a psychodynamic approach (cognitive behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavioral therapy, moral reconation therapy, mindfulness practices, positive psychology, solution focused, and recovery support services).

    “I believe there is no single approach for every person, and each person is unique. My passion is help others to live a better existence with guidance, and support.”

    Connie Cox, LCSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor

    I am looking forward to meeting you! Your healing will be accomplished in the container we will create through compassion, safety, flexibility, and consistency. You are needed in the world: thank you for all that you were, are, and will be!

    I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh and have practiced as a Licensed Social Worker in several states. I am a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and completed 60 training hours of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Alan Fruzzetti, Ph.D. at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada. I have studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with David Burns at Henry Ford Behavioral Health in Detroit, Michigan, and in conferences. My practice is focused and applicable for adolescents 14 and above, adults, geriatrics, and families.

    Dr. Jerry Traylor, PsyD, LMHC, Contract Psychologist

    Dr. Traylor is a doctor of clinical psychology, licensed in Missouri and New Mexico as a mental health clinician with over 30 years of experience empowering his patients to choose to make their lives different using different approaches to the therapeutic process and content. Patients who see Dr. Traylor are exposed to a very different way of looking at their individual issues for seeking treatment and works to empower the patient to become their own therapist so they can take charge of their lives.

    Dr. Traylor enjoys observing the patient experience an “Aha Moment” and say, “I’ve never looked at my issues that way, or nobody has ever explained it that way.” His patients frequently tell him, “I have been to a lot of counselors but nobody has ever explained it the way you did.” “Why haven’t I been shown this before?” Dr. Traylor sees children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, using unique therapeutic approaches specific to each patient.

    Lydia Pollard, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor

    Lydia has a degree in Psychology and a master’s in Social Work. She has worked in the mental and behavioral healthcare field since 2012 and loves the complex and rewarding work she has been able to be part of. Lydia does a lot of cognitive behavioral therapy but is also trained in trauma and grief therapy, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, K9 and Equine therapy, relationship counseling, dialectical behavioral therapy and has experience working with LGBTQIA+, reactive attachment disorder, treatment foster care families, and individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder. She especially enjoys working with teenagers, parents, and couples. Lydia believes in the healing and love animals can give us and utilizes therapy dogs in her practice. In her free time, she loves to see live theater, help out at animal rescue organizations, read, watch movies and play video games.

    Meet Baby Juliet – Therapy Dog

    Baby Juliet graduated from her therapy dog training program in 2019 and got her start by listening to children read her books at her local library and lifting spirits at the UNM Cancer Center. She loves to wear her tutu’s and give kisses. She is an excellent napper and loves children. Back scratchies and compliments are two of her favorite things, and she is the goodest girl.

    Meet Romeo – Therapy Dog

    Romeo has been doing therapy since 2018, he has graduated from two different dog training programs and was an honorary member of the School of Social Work graduating class of 2021. He loves neck scratchies, snacks, helping people, and cuddles. Not necessarily in that order. He is an old soul with lots of love to share and is the goodest boy.

    Robert Irvin, LMSW, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    Hello! Life can be challenging at times. Do you find yourself thinking about painful memories from the past or worrying about the future? Did you have an unhappy childhood? Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Are you sometimes fearful or angry? For about 20 years I have worked with clients having almost every mental health diagnosis. It would be my pleasure to help you with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma, drug or alcohol addictions, grief, or other matters. I firmly believe that no situation exists that cannot be bettered. Please let me know if I can be of service to you. It would be my pleasure to help you have a happier, more satisfying life. My qualifications include a Master of Science degree in Counseling from East Texas State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker in New Mexico.

    Melissa Harris, LMFT, Mental Health Counselor

    Welcome to GD Psych Services! I hope I can be of service to you. It is my pleasure to work by your side to help you with depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD, or other matters. I have experience providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults. I provide Experiential Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy for children starting at the age of 5. I also love working with teens to help them build self-confidence, communication skills, emotional regulation, and coping skills. For adults, I focus on providing insight-oriented therapy with unconditional positive regard using tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. My qualifications include a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University of Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University of Long Beach. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New Mexico.

    Dr. Loan Phan, PhD, LPCC, CADS, NCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    In my work as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, I have helped clients through what you’re going through. I have an understanding of how hard it can be when your hectic life and the troubles of daily stress collide to pull your world apart. We can work together to access your ability to heal yourself, find your inner strength and resilience. Life can be manageable again. My approach is caring, simple, and direct. Your time is valuable and because I know it’s hard to come in to talk with a stranger, I respect and honor how difficult that first call can be. I want you to know that I’ll do my best to earn your trust and make sure you’re heard. Make an appointment – together we can figure out different choices, helping you to find contentment and happiness again.

    I work with adults in specialty areas including Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Relationship Issues, Anger, Coping Skills, Communication, Relaxation, Assertiveness, Codependency, Stress Management, Multicultural Issues and my treatments include: Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Acudetox.

    Rebekah Khan, LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor

    I have been practicing in the mental health field since 2007. My career began in Social Work which evolved into Investigative and Addiction services. For the last 5 years, I have been Positive Psychology focused on my services and expanded into Adolescent Mental Health and Marriage Coaching. I obtained my bachelor in Mental Health and Human Services, with post graduate certification from the University of Maine. I have a MS in Positive Psychology from Life University in Georgia. I graduated with my MP in Forensic Psychology at Walden University with ABD PhD in Forensic Psychology with a specialization in Victomology. I am certified in DBT, EMDR, ACT, ASDCS and Addiction treatment modalities. I have a background in neurodivergence and studied Doctoral level Functional Neurology at Life University. My specializations are Addiction, PTSD, Relationship Coaching/Counseling, and Family Counseling. I am a high energy extrovert that connects with the open-minded approach to positive psychology which influences my approach to therapy. Positive Psychology is the study of human flourishing and has a significant approach to optimal functioning. It can also be considered the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities, and organizations to thrive. I would describe my therapy style as flexible and have been described as a chameleon with personality and connection to my clients.

    Mya – Executive Greeter

    Mya enjoys greeting anyone who passes by her office. She enjoys frequent naps as she needs her beauty sleep to look her absolute best. She enjoys cuddles and nose boops. Her goal is to comfort and love anyone who comes her way.


    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Alyssa Butler, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    I am an independently licensed therapist trained in art therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed cognitive behavioral therapy. My goal as a therapist is to help clients learn about themselves and create growth in their lives. I am here to learn about you and support you on your journey. I believe you are the expert of your life; I am here to offer guidance.

    I have my LPCC, received my graduate degree in Art therapy and counseling from Southwestern College, and received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The School at the Art Institute of Chicago. I have primarily worked with children in treatment foster care since entering this field. I have in depth knowledge of trauma, how it impacts our ability to form healthy and lasting attachments, and how it impacts a person’s ability to live their day to day lives. I also have experience working with people who have addictions, grief and loss, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and people on the Autism spectrum. I am an LGBTQ+ ally.

    I believe humans are incredibly resilient and courageous and have the capacity to move through challenges. I am honored to walk beside the humans I work with and help them move towards a life of greater self-acceptance, self love, and understanding.

    Brenda Burgard, LMHC, Mental Health Counselor

    “I believe in a holistic and collaborative approach to helping clients reach their goals. I target the issues to help solve life situations, negative patterns, and behaviors. I think clients are individuals and deserve a therapy that will work for that individual. I believe that everyone has needs and wants and that people are the experts in their lives, and sometimes we help with the trials and tribulations of life.

    I work with adults, adolescents, couples, families, and children. I also work with diverse cultures as well as LGBTQ. My background in therapy is very diverse and covers a list of qualifications such as depression, social anxiety, addiction, addiction, trauma, PTSD, career choices, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia, school, work-related problems, and everyday life stressors.

    My primary focus and expertise is art therapy, which can be applied in many situations to help discover underlying problems.”

    Savannah Lujan, LMHC, Mental Health Counselor

    Hi there! My name is Savannah Lujan and I first want to commend you on taking the first step to seeking the right fit for therapy services. I have received my bachelors degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of New Mexico and my masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. I have a great passion to help individuals who are experiencing a variety of difficulties that life may bring. I strive to help my clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and mutually develop goals for therapy. I want my clients to feel complete, empowered and safe. I know that no single approach is the right one for each individual, so I enjoy using a range of different therapy approaches tailored specifically to each client’s needs. I believe that not one human is the same. I feel that the life experiences each person goes through, no matter the age, is what makes us all so different from one another which is what I find so intriguing and exciting. My personal goal is to achieve overall well-being and happiness for my clients. I aim to motivate others to be their best selves every day. Outside of the office, you can find me traveling, singing, watching movies and/or cuddling with my dog. I can’t wait to work with you and watch you flourish!

    Kathryn Young, LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

    My name is Kathryn Young. I am a Licensed Clinical Counselor. I am originally from Southern California, and I am so happy to live in the beautiful Land of Enchantment. It is my passion to help people find their strengths and to renew their spirit. My specialties include trauma and complex PTSD, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, self-esteem issues, life transitions, and developmental trauma. I use and integrated approach and, as a team, we can find strategies that help you meet your needs. My Person-Centered and Solution-Focused style allows me to meet you where you are. I believe that you have what it takes to change your life and to find lasting joy. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you.


    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    Lauren Herrel, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    Lauren specializes in helping individuals discover and live within their truth and values. She offers a non-judgmental space for clients to work through codependency, self-esteem issues, trauma, and the multitude of other challenges life can present. She strives to support growth, healing, and empowerment. Being a sex-positive therapist, she can support her clients on what they want to explore or discuss on the sexual spectrum. She has received training in Pia Melodies’ Codependence Post Induction therapy model, assisting clients in processing trauma, learning to set boundaries, and esteeming oneself. Lauren takes a person-centered approach to therapy to allow a client to learn to trust themselves and what’s best for them. Art, mindfulness, and talk therapy are some of the modalities she uses to help her clients heal. For individuals who are prepared to do the necessary work to improve their life, Lauren is the ideal professional to facilitate that change.

    Deborah Weisner, LMHC, Mental Health Counselor

    Deborah Weisner is excited to be serving as a full-time therapist at GD Psych Services Santa Fe. Deborah earned her master’s degree from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, specializing in Human Sexuality. Before becoming a therapist, Deborah spent her professional years providing diet and lifestyle consultations in the tradition of Ayurveda and worked as a massage therapist and private yoga instructor on the East and West coasts. Deborah has now lived in New Mexico for 26 years. In her free time, she enjoys solo travels around the world, doing yoga in the jungle, and spending time with nuclear and extended family. When not in the office, you can find Deborah in her garden or kitchen, or eating at an amazing restaurant.

    Roxanne Mercurio, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    Hi. My name is Roxanne Mercurio and I have been a Trauma Informed Mental Health Counselor & Forensic Evaluator for 8 years. I believe in aiding my clients to empower themselves. I work with primarily children, teen & female crime survivors. I am well versed in Domestic Violence Issues and often use Art Therapy, Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

    Dr. Lori Miller, PhD, LPCC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    Passionate about assisting others to find their strengths, joy, and fulfillment, I will work side by side with you to help you see your potential in finding your best life and self. Unfortunately, life happens, but you can survive it victoriously. You are the author of your life, and I would like to help you with your journey. I am Lori Miller, and my greatest gift is seeing the beauty in people.

    I am a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC) and have a level three K-12 School Counseling and Administrator’s (School Principal) license. I received my PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico and Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University. In addition, I have a Master of Education degree in Human Resource Training and Development from Idaho State University. With over twenty years of experience of working with adults and adolescents, my specialties are career and trauma counseling. I have training in EMDR and have a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 (CCTP-II).


    Corrales, New Mexico

    Robin Ingram, LMHC, Contract Mental Health Counselor

    Proven success as a Licensed Family Counselor, Therapist and Educator with ages 3-103. Expertise includes Children and Adult Individual and Group Counseling, Social/Emotional Support, Programs Development, Community Collaboration and Outreach, Classroom Presentations, Parent Classes and Professional Workshops.

    Areas of specialties include Behavioral Regulation, ADD, ADHD, OCD, ODD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Harm to Self-Behaviors, Gifted Challenges, Emotional Dysregulation, Grief and Loss, Pet Grief Support, Insomnia, Diet and Nutrition, Chronic Pain Depression, Couples Counseling, Parenting Supports, Language Development, Academic Supports, Bipolar, Social Anxiety, and Education and Career Planning.

    Interventions include Play Therapy, Equine Therapy, Animal Therapy, Art Therapy, Cognitive Reframing, Communication Skills, Compliance Issues, DBT and CBT, MST, Exploration of Coping Patterns, Exploration of Emotions, Exploration of Relationship Patterns, Mindfulness Training, Preventative Services, Psychoeducation, Role-Play/Behavioral Rehearsal, Interactive Feedback, Preventative Services, Structured Problem Solving, Supportive Reflection and Symptom Management.


    Grants, New Mexico

    Stacy Bond, LMSW, Mental Health Counselor

    Stacy comes with 20 years of experience as a Social Worker; Individual, Family, and Group Therapist; Adolescent Counselor; and Addictions Counselor. In addition to her Master of Social Work degree, she is experienced in Expressive Art Therapy, trauma work and has worked extensively with local Native American communities in New Mexico.


    Telehealth Only Clinicians

    Dr. Susanne Drury, PhD, Contract Mental Health Counselor, Evaluator, and Clinical Supervisor

    One of the things I have learned in my career is that we now know how to help clients rediscover their aliveness and vitality even if they have a history of trauma. Our understanding of the neurobiology of trauma allows us to integrate all the parts of someone into new wholeness. This is the scope with which I practice and has proven effective for my clients.

    I have been practicing as a licensed Psychologist for over 35-years, specializing in addictions and trauma informed care. During my time as a practitioner of mental health, I taught a five-course specialty program on trauma work for 17-years, developed and directed a residential trauma program for women, provided organizational consultion to various organizations and businesses, and conducted several team building trainings to groups needing assistance in getting past work place conflicts and dysfunctional communication patterns. Throughout my years as a practicing Psychologist, I have obtained certification and training from elite programs and instructors in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and over 400 hours of specialized training in treating trauma disorders. It is my mission to provide psychological support to individuals in need and to do so through therapeutic efforts, training, and consultation. Additionally, it is a passion of mine to teach other professionals in the field to provide these services to their clients as well.

    Sara Johnson, LMHC, Mental Health Counselor

    I am passionate about providing a safe and non-judgmental space where you can feel supported, listened to, and understood. We are all on unique journeys filled with moments of joy, pain, and uncertainty. Each challenge in life comes with the opportunity to learn and grow. Together we can embrace those challenges and see what gifts they have to offer you.

    I am originally from the East Coast, and I have lived in New Mexico for several years. I studied a holistic, consciousness-centered approach to therapeutic work that focused on trauma and integrating your mind and body. My special focus is on treating trauma, sexual abuse, and family of origin issues. I have worked at Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, Northern New Mexico Neuropsychology, and Life Healing Center.

    My personal journey of healing and the creative process are what inspired me to become a therapist. Many of the photos on my site I took while hiking with my dog, one of my favorite self-care activities.


    Dr. Stacey Goldstein-Dwyer, PsyD, Clinical Director, CEO

    I am a psychologist who has dedicated my professional career to understanding the psychological mind from various lenses and providing services to underserved populations. This provides me the opportunity to work with individuals from across the lifespan who have different needs and levels of diagnostic severity requiring different psychological intervention. My current focus of practice consists of forensic assessment and evaluation, expert testimony, psychological and neuropsychological testing, learning evaluation and waivers, and professional lectures with CEU eligibility. Separate from psychological services, I enjoy tutoring children of all ages in various subjects, or collaboratively develop a learning plan specific to a student’s learning style.

    Academically, I received a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree for Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, as well as a Psychology Doctorate from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. My APA Pre-Doctoral Internship was at Tewksbury State Hospital and APA Post-Doctoral Residency was with the United States Army as a direct commission Captain.

    My professional experiences include and are not limited to testing and assessment (neurological, psychological, learning), forensic practice (testimony, assessment, outpatient/inpatient therapy, evaluation, Court-mandated treatment, and correctional administrator), personnel selection, and grant writing. I have also published in academic journals and a text book, and provided CEU lectures around the country. Currently, I am pending licensure in the state of NM; however, GD Psych Services, LLC is a team of well-trained and capable Master’s level Social Workers, Mental Health Clinicians, and Licensed Psychologists who also provide these services.

    Mark Dwyer, COO/CFO

    I have worked as an Executive Manager for 30+ years as a results driven leader. In doing so, I have specialized in training/development, talent acquisition, customer service, new market development, expense control/management, data analysis, loss prevention, budget development, project management, merchandising execution, establishment of operational excellence and exceeded sales/profit expectations. For the past three years, it has been my honor to support my wife’s career as an Army Captain and now, after her retirement, stand along side her as a proud Co-Owner of GD Psych Services, LLC. It is my continued mission to provide training services in various fields to existing professionals and ensure only the best mental health care is provided to those in need.

    Wendy Riverman, Director of Risk Management

    Hi, my name is Wendy Riverman and am so excited to be a member of GD Psych Services, LLC! I have experience in being highly organized, a clear communicator, self-motivated worker and team player with decisive nature necessary to manage independent and program work. I retired from VA Puget Sound Health Care System as Associate Director, Health Plan Management. I was honored to have had the opportunity to serve Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our Country. My career with Veterans Health Administration afforded me the opportunity to build my expertise in budget and daily operational management while supporting executive leadership. I am experienced in office and resource management with over 40 years’ experience optimizing productivity, efficiency and quality of service across multiple program environments. I consider myself to be highly dependable, ethical and a reliable support specialist and leader that blends advanced organizational, technical and business acumen. I work effectively with cross functional teams by fostering a collaborative approach to ensure operational and service excellence.

    Morgan Trujillo, Executive Assistant

    Hello, my name is Morgan Trujillo Executive Assistant to our CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Stacey Goldstein Dwyer. I am as of recent an UNM alumni, I received a BA in Psychology minoring in Business in December of 2021. I aspire to be a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and with the mentorship and guidance of GD Psych Services LLC, I wish to touch the lives of those I meet just like my peers and soon colleges have. Some of the things that I enjoy in my leisure time is keeping up with my physical and mental health these include hiking, hunting, working out, and hot yoga when time permits. Looking forward to our journey together in making this a better community, society, and future!

    Britani Litchfield, Billing Specialist

    My name is Britani and I have worked in the medical field for about twelve years. I have many different skills and talents but taking care of people is the most natural thing I do. The medical field is where my heart belongs, and I have pursued that in many aspects. I have been a licensed Medical Assistant for 12 years, and I am also licensed in all 50 states as a Health Insurance Producer. In my spare time I enjoy working on my skin care products and doing my personalized resin work. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with my fiancé and our three children.

    Sandra Rodriguez, Lead Testing Specialist

    Sandra, our Lead Testing Specialist, is a dog lover, self-proclaimed foodie, and an advocate for mental health. Destigmatizing therapy and normalizing treatment are very important to her. When she isn’t in the kitchen whipping up meals or baking treats, you can find her enjoying car/bike racing, or spending time with her kiddo.

    Karen Edelen, Lead Client Specialist

    Karen is our Lead Client Specialist here at GD Psych Services. Karen, a Rio Rancho native, is a ray of sunshine who appreciates the simple things in life, like a delicious cup of coffee. She’s an artist, mental health advocate, and animal lover. In her free time, you can find Karen being crafty with DIY art projects, or just spending time with her family and loved ones.

    Ashlee Lockyer, Client Specialist

    Hello, my name is Ashlee, Client Specialist at the Albuquerque location. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Previously, I spent 7 years becoming well versed and known in the elderly health care industry. I ran and operated my own assisted living centers for 7 years. I’ve dealt everything from simple caregiving tasks all the way up to managing State inspections. I have an active Administrator’s license through the Department of Health. I have handled Adult Protective Service patients, Medicaid patients, and Hospice patients, with a specialization in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care (My favorite specialized skill!). My experience has led me to become active in multiple charities dealing with diseases and mental health issues. I spend my free time with my three children and our zoo of animals that we have acquired over the years. I absolutely love to travel and experience new things in life, especially new food!

    Robert Varley, Certified Yoga Instructor

    I have recently relocated from Seattle Washington to Rio Rancho New Mexico. I have been practicing yoga for the past 7 years. I was first introduced to yoga as a practice to heal and strengthen my body as I have been a hairdresser for 40 plus years and needed a way to alleviate the wear and tear on my body from standing behind the chair. I have always been a physically fit and aware person but as I grew older I realized my body and my mind needed something different. When I participated in my first yoga session I knew then that this was the practice for me. Through my practice and development in YOGA I decided that I wanted to become a teacher and Instructor. I felt that I could offer those like myself a benefit and support. I am also keenly aware that my interest in art and natural landscape could also be of benefit to those needing to have an outlet from which to express and create their own sense of well being. It is with this passion I grow and offer to others the possibilities and benefits I have received and enjoyed. I currently offer private yoga sessions to all ages including youth, couples, and families.

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