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.
Dr. Alley comes to us with over 30 years in the addiction field. He leads our medical team providing detoxification and addiction medicine services to our clients. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received his MD from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He began his career in Family Practice until 1985. At this time, Dr. Alley became certified as an ASAM Addictionologist and continues to be active in the American Society of Addiction Medicine (Diplomat) over the many years of practice. Dr. Alley has served on multiple committees and professional organizations across the country, as well as the ASAM Board of Directors.
Dr. Alley has devoted his life to serving those suffering with substance abuse and addiction challenges. He recently relocated from Nashville, TN to the beautiful Taos Valley with his wife Michele.
We are very fortunate to have this gentleman with us – combining his rich history of experience along with his gentle nature to work with our clients here in the Southwest!
Alana Smith, LCSW
Alana Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has worked in Inpatient, Outpatient and Private Practice Settings for 12 years and has developed chemical dependency treatment programming and family treatment programs. She received her B. A. in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work in 2004 from the University of Houston under the professorship and tenure of Dr. Brene’ Brown. Alana has a passion for educating families and empowering them to heal from the disease of addiction. She is the Vice Chair of the International Association of Family Addiction Professionals and presents at conferences on family recovery. A native Texan, Alana and her family frequented New Mexico during her childhood. Being in Taos is a homecoming for her, and being at Vista Taos is an opportunity to provide addiction treatment in an amazing setting with dedicated professionals.
Lorie Dwinell, LCSW, LICSW
Senior Clinical Advisor
Lorie Dwinell, a native of New Mexico, has been on the forefront of treatment for individuals and families suffering from the dysfunction brought on by chemical dependency since 1967. Her experience is extensive both in private practice and as an educator with the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.
Lorie has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as a guest therapist and is especially well-known for her work with adult children of alcoholics. She is widely considered an expert in the field of family and group dynamics and has authored and coauthored several books on the subject including, After The Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma. In addition, Lorie has won numerous awards for her many lifetime achievements and her contributions to the field of chemical dependency treatment and family therapy.
Lorie’s treatment philosophies addressing the trauma and grief of living in an alcoholic/addict’s family system are invaluable to the treatment process at Vista Taos Renewal Center and weigh heavily into our 3-day intensive family workshop that is part of our comprehensive substance abuse treatment program. The devastation and pain that alcoholism and drug addiction can inflict upon all the members of a family can be overcome but must be aggressively addressed in a therapeutic setting in order to best facilitate a successful recovery.
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.
Joseph A. Sweeney, BA, CAI, CADCII
Director of National Business Development
Joe has over thirty years of experience in the addiction and behavioral health fields. He is known for his integrity, responsiveness, and passion for those individuals and families suffering from addiction. Joe has worked as both an inpatient and family program therapist, been executive director of both inpatient and outpatient CD and psychiatric programs, and worked as an Interventionist. He spent eight years as a Consultant at the University of California Irvine Neuropsychiatric Center and at several other highly regarded addiction and dual diagnosis programs. Prior to joining Vista Taos, Joe spent the last eleven years at Willingway serving as their Director of National Business Development. Joe is a graduate of Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA. He is an avid skier, a hiker, and a car enthusiast who enjoys autocrossing and rallying. Joe is committed to Twelve Step Recovery.
Regional Outreach Specialist
Cindy Chadwick is no stranger to the treatment center experience, as she was a client herself in 1986. Now 30 years sober, she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to heal and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Cindy is passionate about helping others to be free from the spiral of addiction and the pain of suffering. Coming from a background of sales and marketing in the apparel industry as Territory Manager for such companies as Ocean Pacific and Life is Good; Cindy decided she wanted more purposeful work. Entering the field of recovery in 2010, she became Marketing Director of an intensive outpatient facility in Denver and moved on to a National Marketing Director position. Cindy is pleased to cover the states of Colorado and New Mexico for Vista Taos Renewal Center in this beautiful southwest region.
Reuben serves Vista Taos clients’ medical needs during their detoxification period and cares for their needs for their entire stay. Because of his interest and commitment to addiction treatment, he entered addiction nursing after an extensive career in the medical field as a registered nurse.
Dr. Robert Mooney
Dr. Mooney, is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and specializes in Addiction Psychiatry. He began his career as a certified addiction counselor and is proud to be currently certified as a Master Addiction Counselor by the National Association for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.
He graduated from Mercer University School of Medicine in 1991 and completed a residency in Psychiatry from Quillen College of Medicine in 1994. “The shared recovery phenomenon is the most significant life changing intervention in the history of addiction treatment and has resulted from the love of one alcoholic touching the pain of another alcoholic; it doesn’t get any better than that!” He has continued his dedication through writing and lecturing extensively in support of total abstinence in the treatment of those suffering from addiction.
Director of Transitional Living
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.
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.
Director of Admissions
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.
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.
Utilization Review Coordinator
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.
Shane Lovelady, a native New Mexican, received his degree in Culinary Arts in 2006 from the Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina after which he continued his studies abroad in Australia to further his culinary skills. Equipped with international experience and a passion for the fusion of Southern cuisine with Southwestern flair, Shane brings over a decade of experience with fine dining and luxurious catering to bear in creating a menu that is highly nutritious and is satisfying to even the most discriminating palate. Shane is accompanied in the kitchen by Sous Chef, Sean Lovelady, graduate of the University of New Mexico, and Pastry Chef, Megan Withers. It is their belief that food and healthy eating habits are essential to the recovery process. Together, their goal is to provide wholesome comfort food with an emphasis on only the freshest ingredients and local food products.
Julia Dougherty-Hanna has been practicing massage therapy since her graduation from the Institute of Natural Healing in 1997. Julie has witnessed, in her years at Vista Taos, the therapeutic benefits of massage and healing touch. Clients appreciate how much massage can ease stress, decrease anxiety, relieve physical pains, and provide additional support to the process of recovery.