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.
Terry Alley, MD, DFASAM,DABAM
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!
Sarah Skoog, PhD, LPC
Sarah comes to us from Lubbock, Texas, where she earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Counselor Education from Texas Tech University. Specializing in neuroscience of addiction, she applies her skills to addicted individuals and families. Sarah has a great passion for educating, counseling, and advocating for her patients and their families. In recovery herself, she believes that the real magic is found when she is knee-to-knee with a fellow addict and/or alcoholic.
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.
Family Support Specialist
Eric Button has a lifetime of experience in addiction treatment and recovery.
Jennifer Johnson, RN-SANE
Director of Nursing
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.
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
Residential Advocate Supervisor
Rosen Method Instructor
Claudia Gopp, LMSW
Vista Taos Therapist
Sue Breazeale, LCSW
Vista Taos Therapist