Clinical Affairs Director
MEN’S TRANSITIONAL LIVING MANAGER
WOMEN’S TRANSITIONAL LIVING MANAGER
ROSEN MOVEMENT & YOGA INSTRUCTOR
John comes to Vista Taos after spending nearly 40 years in the substance use and behavioral health industry. He has worked in treatment centers of every kind and all across the country, John laid down roots in New Mexico in 2004 after his time with Father Martin Ashley in Maryland.
John has spent the past four decades developing his administrative and clinical skills. His passion is in the area of relapse management and addiction education. John’s time spent working with the vulnerable populations of people seeking recovery is invaluable to our clients and to our team at Vista Taos.
John can always be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Raised in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico, Amanda grew up with an appreciation for the sacred healing power found in the vistas of Northern New Mexico. It was here that she developed a passion for helping others reach their full potential through guidance and mentoring.
She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a dual-B.A. in psychology and philosophy, and she has since traveled the United States mentoring others in their professional and personal growth. In addition to first-hand experience with addiction, Amanda brings both a clinical and a marketing background to her position as Admission Specialist.
As the first point of contact for many of our clients, Amanda provides a knowledgeable, compassionate, and sincere voice on what is often the most difficult call anyone struggling with addiction can make. She is empathetic to our clients experiences before they reach our doors, and she is eager to make the journey as streamlined as possible.
Dr. Adair received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Georgetown University in 1969, his Ph.D. in Physiology from Emory University in 1974, and his medical degree in 1997, from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed Residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of South Alabama in 2000. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine, making him the ideal fit for the clients at Vista Taos.
In 2013 and 2014, he directed the Healthcare Professionals Program at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Newberg, OR. He continues to practice Internal Medicine at New Mexico Cancer Center, has served as Medical Director of the New Mexico Healthcare Professionals Wellness Program, and continues to serve on the Presbyterian Provider Wellness Committee.
Tiffany has lived here in beautiful Taos NM for 15 years. Being a staunch social justice advocate, she thought there was no better avenue towards working with her community than through nursing. She received her associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing through a dual degree program offered at the University of New Mexico-Taos. Addiction nursing became of interest to her during a clinical experience here at Vista Taos Renewal Center. After gaining experience in the hospital setting, she was eager to join the Vista team. Tiffany has also studied plant medicine for 20 years and has a balanced perspective between nontraditional healing modalities and Western medicine. She is passionate about helping people find stronger versions of themselves. Bearing witness to the positive transformations helps to fuel her dedication to her community. Her current role includes overseeing RNs and Recovery Advocates with the delivery of quality patient care in a supportive and empathic manner. She’s also responsible for ensuring Vista Taos Renewal Center provides the highest level of patient safety in an environment that is also safe and supportive to staff.
Born in Taos, NM, Abe Balsamo went to Taos High School before graduating and going to the University of Redlands where he played 4 years of varsity baseball and obtained a Biology Degree. Abe worked as a professional baseball player and coach for a few years and then began work in the biotech industry. From there, Abe returned to Taos to teach and coach. In 2006, Abe went to UNM SOM and finished with a degree as a Physician Associate. He began his medical career in 2008 while enrolled in the University of Nebraska’s Medical School where he ultimately got an Emergency Medicine degree. Abe came back to Taos in 2010 and has been serving his community since that time in Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, Primary Care, Correctional and Rehabilitation fields. Abe is active nationally in Pandemic Response, 988 and Opiate Abatement Initiatives.
Gina is a native of Arroyo Seco, NM and a graduate of Taos High School. She went to UNM where she studied Pre-Med, Biology and Spanish. She was the youngest person to ever be accepted to the UNM SOM PA School. She graduated with honors in 2010 and returned to Northern New Mexico to provide medical care. Gina has worked in Primary Care, Urgent Care and Rehabilitation medicine during her career. She is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Quality Officer for TaosMed Inc.. Gina loves to travel and is enjoying raising her 3 young children.
Shelley received her Associate Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling in 2016 and earned her LCDC in 2019. She is new to New Mexico relocating from Texas. Gaining experience at several locations along the way, moving to Taos was an opportunity she just couldn’t pass up. Continuing her education now in a Bachelors’s Program, Shelley is invested in learning and growing both as a counselor and in her own recovery. She believes that getting to shine a light to help others find their way out of the darkness is the best way to live in gratitude!
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.
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.