Meet Our Vista Taos Staff 2020-03-04T15:45:27-06:00

Your Recovery Team

Meet the team of recovery experts that are helping clients every day start their journey to recovery.  If you have any questions about recovery resources, the expertise of our staff, or how to get started, contact us and we’ll gladly point you in the right direction.


Executive Director

Jeffrey LaMure, LDAC

Jeff is a 30-year veteran in the substance abuse recovery community and holds a certificate as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He was born in Roswell, New Mexico yet spent most of his adult life in Texas where he attended the University of Texas at Dallas and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in 1988.

Jeff began his career by working with adolescents at an in-patient unit of Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital in Dallas where he developed a tremendous compassion for those who suffer and need care. He has held various positions in both psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers since his own personal journey into recovery began in 1987. In the substance abuse treatment industry, Jeff is well-known as someone who understands what solid recovery looks like and supports that reputation through daily action.

Over the years Jeff has witnessed countless miracles in the ravaged lives of many, many people who have been touched by alcoholism and drug addiction and he has made it his own personal mission to help those who have lived under the profound oppression of their disease to find their way to the recovery that he knows all too well.

Medical Director

Christopher Blazes, MD

Dr Blazes is board certified in Emergency Medicine (ABEM) as well as Psychiatry (ABPN), and Addiction Psychiatry (ABPN). He has been in clinical and academic practice for over twenty years, most recently core faculty in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Other past affiliations include UCSF, Albert Einstein, Brown University. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, the birthplace of the “Biopsychosocial model of medicine,” and has endeavored to integrate the spirit of this model throughout his years in practice. He continues to lecture nationally and publish in peer reviewed journals. His most recent presentations include  “The neurobiology of Addiction and Recovery,” and “Benzodiazepines, the hidden epidemic.”

First Contact

Director of Admissions

Michael Wolff

Originally from California, Michael has resided in Taos for over 25 years and is a well-recognized member of the extensive northern New Mexico recovery community. He comes to us after working as a Residential Advocate and Phase Coordinator in programs geared toward chemical addiction recovery for young men working toward becoming contributing members of society after struggling with their addictions.

Michael joined the Residential Treatment team at Vista Taos in 2013, and now serves as Director of Admissions. Having an extensive knowledge of the day-to-day, hands-on recovery work that is at the core of the treatment program at Vista, Michael has a valuable perspective and is uniquely qualified to assist families who wish to find a safe place of healing for their loved ones in need of help.

Director of Nursing

Jennifer Johnson, RN-SANE

With a passion for helping others, Jennifer has served on the medical, surgical, CARE, and ER teams at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos. As a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), she provides medical and forensic assistance to rape and domestic violence cases. Jennifer understands the dynamics and challenges of addiction, as she has experienced the struggles first hand. As a former client at Vista Taos, she is truly happy to be on the path of recovery and giving back to those still suffering.

Clinical Director

Matt LeBeau, LPC

Matt has years of experience working in drug and alcohol recovery. He loves working with people and helping them overcome life obstacles.

Client Experience

Residential Director

Patrick Shendo

Patrick is a Native American from the Taos and Jemez Pueblos. A lifelong musician, he was soon drawn back to Native American flute playing. Patrick toured with two PBS theatrical productions, collaborated on eight albums, one of which won a Grammy. Understanding the transformative power of music, Patrick returned to Taos to join the team at Vista. As our Residential Director, Patrick manages our staff of Recovery Advocates, oversees daily life for our clients, and leads our recreational outings. Patrick has a unique relationship with each of our clients. His morning meditation draws on his cultural experiences blending music and meditation to create a reflective space for recovery. His experiential outings are designed to connect our clients to their environment and their five senses. In his free time, Patrick enjoys fly-fishing, road biking, and camping with his family. His artistic pursuits include painting, sculpture, and woodworking.


Sue Breazeale, LCSW

Director of Men's Transitional Living

John Polozzi

For over ten years, John Polozzi has been involved in directing programs that mentor recovering individuals, helping them to get a fresh start and become successful in their new sober lives. He has the critically important role of heading up the Vista Taos Transitional Living Program. As such, he and his staff work closely with clients in areas of life skills, money management, housing, parenting, job search and interviewing skills, and especially in the area of recovery protection skills. Transitional Living is an integral part of the Vista Taos treatment process. Studies have shown that the longer a client can stay engaged with a supportive therapeutic community, the greater their chances of success in living a sober and productive life and our Transitional Living Program has been designed with that in mind.


J.D. Schloss, LADAC

JD Schloss is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor with a passion for helping clients help themselves and find hope. He obtained his Masters Degree at The Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. JD worked as a counselor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in a residential setting before coming to Vista Taos.

JD’s own recovery has allowed him to find peace, joy, and contentment after years of chaos and despair. His mission is to help people recover from addiction and live the lives they want to live. JD’s strength is in helping clients find and nurture their inner strength and to build a connection with themselves as well as to the people and the world around them. JD is able to make the spiritual principles of recovery come alive through open sharing. His firm belief is that grief, anger, pain, and fear shared is halved; and that joy shared is doubled.

Rosen Method Instructor

Linda Flory

Executive Chef

Ryan Schuessler

Sous Chef

Kennet Flores

Residential Advocate Supervisor/12 Step Yoga Instructor

Megan Mason

Recovery Advocate Supervisor

Ian Sinon

Director of Women's Transitional Living

Salma Vir-Banks

Salma is a great asset to our team of caring professionals. Salma loves recovery work and enjoys helping women walk through the steps of recovery.


Administrative Director

Nicole Jackson

Nicole Jackson grew up in a small community North of Taos and joined Vista in the year 2000. Since that time, she has been a vital member of Vista’s growth and continues to assist in our efforts to achieve excellence in every area of our organization.

Amongst her other duties, Nicole interfaces with clients’ families and insurance companies to ensure impeccable communications between them. The thing that she likes most about her work is being part of a team that supports the transformation from addiction to recovery. Nicole has a real passion for her role on the team at Vista Taos.

Administrative Assistant

Kerri Trujillo

Utilization Review Coordinator

Michelle Frost

Michelle Frost has extensive experience working in treatment centers and supportive services for over twelve years and brings a well-rounded perspective to her position with Vista Taos. As Utilization Review Coordinator, Michelle’s role is to advocate for our clients and their families in interactions with insurance companies to see that the client is well represented and that the clinical team is able to do all they can to support the clients’ recovery process.

Michele is a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate and has experience working with the Taos County Detoxification Center and the Addiction Treatment Program of the Taos County Detention Center. She has also acted as a Community Case Manager for a sober living facility and as such has become a major proponent of substance addiction recovery and is a natural when it comes to championing our efforts at Vista Taos and assisting our clients to achieve long-term sobriety

Recovery Advocates & Support Staff

Behind the scenes, we have additional staff members that help support each client in their recovery process.  Recovery Advocates are specialized staff  members who accompany and walk alongside clients at meals and outings, often sharing their own experiences of recovery.  Detail-oriented housekeeping and maintenance staff keep the facility running smoothly and ensure client rooms and facilities are fit for the journey.  Our specialized ancillary staff,  including yoga, massage therapy, and other modalities, help our clients to learn how to deal with stress and have a positive experience.  Our staff are what makes Vista Taos one of the best treatment centers in the nation.

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