Your Recovery Team

Your Recovery Team

Amazing work is only possible with the support of an outstanding team. Our credentialed, licensed staff members are passionate about Vista Taos Renewal Center and our mission of recovery. No matter who you meet on our campus, you are sure to feel welcomed and cared for – every step of the way.

First Contact

Clinical Director

Matt LeBeau, LCSW, LCDC

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Clinical Director Matt LeBeau, LCSW, LCDC

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

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Director of Community Relations

Jeremy Lihte

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Director of Community Relations Jeremy Lihte

Jeremy brings a vast amount of experience and passion to his role at Vista Taos. He spent many years working in the addiction treatment industry around the country before putting down roots here in New Mexico. Jeremy is especially devoted to uniting members of the substance abuse treatment and mental health communities and has established himself as an important figure in our state as the founder of New Mexico Leaders in Recovery.

Jeremy is known for his highly personal approach and professionalism, along with his background and sense of purpose which combine to make him a perfect fit for Vista Taos. He is a tremendous asset in furthering our mission of providing treatment that delivers the change, hope, and healing that our clients need in order to make a long-lasting and sustainable recovery.

Jeremy wants you to know that he is always available to offer support and resources and to answer your questions. He can be reached anytime at (505) 414-8089.

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Director of Admissions

Michael Wolff

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Director of Admissions Michael Wolff

Michael has been working with the Northern New Mexico recovery community for over thirteen years. After working as a Recovery Advocate, then as Residential Director, Michael took the role of Vista Taos' Admissions Director five years ago. His extensive knowledge of the day-to-day, hands-on recovery work that is core to our treatment program, gives him a valuable perspective and makes him uniquely qualified to help families get their loved ones into treatment. Michael works tirelessly in his role as Admissions Director often making himself available day or night.

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Medical Team

Medical Director

Christopher Blazes, MD, ABPN, ABEM

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Medical Director Christopher Blazes, MD, ABPN, ABEM

Dr. Blazes has been in clinical and academic practice for over twenty years, most recently as core faculty in Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He is board-certified in Psychiatry (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) as well as Addiction Psychiatry (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology). He is also board-certified in Emergency Medicine (American Board of Emergency Medicine) and his past affiliations include Albert Einstein Medical Center, UCSF (University of California San Francisco) and Brown University.

Dr. Blazes received his medical degree from the University of Rochester, the birthplace of the ‘Biopsychosocial Model of Medicine’, a philosophy of clinical care that seeks to methodically integrate biological, psychological, social, and emotional factors in addressing the complexities involved in treating the whole person. Dr. Blazes holds this philosophy as a primary guiding principle and has endeavored to integrate the spirit of this compassionate, comprehensive model throughout his years in practice.

Most importantly to the Vista Taos family, Dr. Blazes’ heart and mission has always been geared towards helping those suffering from the struggles of addiction. He has illustrated this passion through national lectures and publications in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent presentations include “The Neurobiology of Addiction and Recovery,” and “Benzodiazepines, the hidden epidemic.” Dr. Blazes’ passion for treating and consulting those suffering from substance use disorders has brought him to Vista Taos Renewal Center where he joins us in the fulfillment and gratification we experience every day, saving lives and restoring health and well-being to our clients.

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Director of Nursing

Jennifer Johnson, RN-SANE

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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.

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Client Experience

Residential Director

Rob VonDerAu

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Residential Director Rob VanDerAu

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Executive Chef

Ryan Schuessier

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Executive Chef Ryan Schuessier

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Master of Meditation

Patrick Shendo

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Master of Meditation 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.

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Residential Therapist

Caroline Landiss, LSAA

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Residential Therapist Caroline Landiss, LSAA

Caroline has been involved in the recovery community for over 10 years. Her approach to healing blends her own recovery and clinical education with her distinctive life experiences and training by her Native American family.

In addition to traditional therapeutic approaches, Caroline also has special training in Wellbriety, the Medicine Wheel approach, 12-Step recovery, and is certified in the Red Road approach, a cognitive and experiential approach that uses indigenous American philosophies of connecting with Spirit, created by the Lakota Indians.

Caroline received a Bachelor's Degree at Baylor University in 2005, and is currently working toward receiving her Masters in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota. Before becoming a counselor, Caroline worked as an EMT, Ski Patroller, and as a volunteer for the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Native Healing Program in South Dakota. She also has assisted both veterans and Native Americans in addressing substance use disorders using a combination of modern clinical methodology along with Lakota spiritual practices and sacred ways of healing taught to her by her Elders and Native American family.

Caroline's unique life experiences and world view come to bear in a beautiful way as she works with clients on their personal journey of healing and their return to wholeness.

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Residential Therapist

J.D. Schloss, LADAC

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Residential Therapist 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.

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Residential Therapist

Stephanie Greene, LCSW

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Residential Therapist Stephanie Greene, LCSW

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Spiritual Advisor

Richard Turnley

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Spiritual Advisor Richard Turnley

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Director of Women’s Transitional Living

Sally LeBeau

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Director of Women's Transitional Living Sally LeBeau

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Director of Men’s Transitional Living

John Polozzi

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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.

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Mindfullness Instructor

Jessica Arbour

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Mindfullness Instructor Jessica Arbour

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Rosen Movement & Yoga Instructor

Linda Flory

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Rosen Movement & Yoga Instructor Linda Flory

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Maintenance

Earl Salazar

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Maintenance Earl Salazar

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Acupuncturist

Ana Easter

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Acupuncturist Ana Easter

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Housekeeping

Estevan Paiz

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Housekeeping Estevan Paiz

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Recovery Advocates

Recovery Advocate Supervisor

Marcus Hall

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Recovery Advocate Supervisor Marcus Hall

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Recovery Advocate

Elena Carabajal

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Recovery Advocate Elena Carabajal

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Recovery Advocate

Farah Marshall

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Recovery Advocate Farah Marshall

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Recovery Advocate

Tammy Roybal

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Recovery Advocate Tammy Roybal

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Recovery Advocate

Vikki Sandoval

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Recovery Advocate Vikki Sandoval

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Recovery Advocate

Charles Woehler

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Recovery Advocate Charles Woehler

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Administrative

Administrative Director

Nicole Jackson

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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.

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Administrative Assistant

Kerri Trujillo

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Administrative Assistant Kerri Trujillo

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Leadership

Executive Director

Jeffrey LaMure, LDAC

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Executive Director Jeff LaMure, LDAC

Jeff is a 33-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.

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COVID-19 update: The health and safety of our clients at Vista Taos Renewal Center is our first priority. We are working closely with the New Mexico Department of Health to ensure that each person admitting to our program is tested for Covid-19 on site and subsequently restricted to a smaller area of campus until the results are returned by the DOH.
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