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Paul Tucker
Chief Executive Officer

Paul’s education began with a BA in Social Science from Marylhurst College. He has a Master’s Degree in Experiential Therapy from the University Of Wisconsin. Paul opened his first treatment center in 1997. He founded another recovery facility with a focus on providing superior quality treatment for addictions and co-occurring disorders. He is continuously working towards expanding treatment offerings to better serve the growing substance abuse and mental health needs of our community. Paul is an accomplished hand cyclist who enjoys camping and numerous other outdoor activities with his wife Rebekah and their dog, Bella.

Dana Stratton
Director of Admissions and Detox Services

Dana brings over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of critical medical field applications, including the management of Urgent Care facilities, an Internal Medicine office, and domestic and international business development for a medical device manufacturing company. Her work as a key member and manager of the detox team begins with her passion for helping clients advocate for themselves and being part of each client’s recovery process. She holds certificates in healthcare administration and as a medical assistant.

Sandra Spurlock
Intake Assessor, Clinical Supervisor

Sandra Spurlock, MA, LMFT, Certified Therapist in EMDR, and International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGCG-II) Intake Assessor and Therapist: Complete Intake Assessments for new clients; work individually and in group (as needed) with clients in recovery, and work with Inpatient Detox and Outpatient Detox teams to help stabilize and encourage clients very new to recovery. Professional accomplishments include experience as a clinical supervisor and program coordinator for teams of clinicians working in recovery. Special interests in women in recovery; and trauma processing. Strongest value is in establishing a therapeutic connection that will activate and enhance healing. Have been a resident of Albuquerque since 1982 and love the mountains, rivers, and high desert of New Mexico, with a special interest in native plants and wild birds.. Live in the North Valley with my husband Greg and delightful cat Hannah (who is never allowed outside with the wild birds.)

Stephanie Kohler
HR Director

Stephanie Kohler has been in human resource management for over 20 years during which time she has been responsible for creating and managing all aspects of human resource departments.  She has spent the last 5 years working as the HR Director of a substance abuse program and works as a contractor for Southwestern HR consulting. Prior to this she worked as the HR Manager for Payday; the current payroll system and consultants that we use.  We are very lucky to have her!  In addition to everyday HR tasks, she will be working with Leah Schenider (our organizational interventionist) and the leadership team to redevelop human resources (policies/procedures, etc) with a focus on improving organizational structure, health and culture- where employees are at the top of our values list.

Shanelle Martinez
Accounts Receivable

Shanelle Martinez, Accounts Receivable, Certified Peer Support Worker. I love engaging and interacting with the clients. the transformations are beautiful and very rewarding to be there to support the client on their journey. When I am not at work I am mommy to my son and three daughters, and wife to my husband. We are both recovering addicts and are celebrating 3+ years.

Katie Ross
Billing Specialist

Katie Ross, BA in speech and hearing sciences, Administrative Medical Coding and Billing Specialist. I began at TPRC as a receptionist. I loved meeting all of the wonderful clients that came to our program and I loved seeing the many success stories unfold. My detail-oriented personality eventually led me into the billing department, where I have since become an expert in working claims to receive payment from insurance companies in order to make client responsibility minimal. Outside of the office, I spend my days out in the wilderness exploring with my family and my dogs. I enjoy good books and long floats on the river!

Nate Gonzales
Detox Manager

Nathan Gonzales, Detox Manager. My job is to ensure all clients receive quality patient care while adhering to the requirements as set forth for all documentation in order to receive payment. I oversee the medical assessments, admissions, and discharges from all medical detoxification programs, and work with the provider to establish the appropriate level of care for each patient. I have worked for TPRC x4 years, starting at inpatient detox, as a technician.

Megan Hosea
Inpatient Detox Technician

Megan Hosea is an OPD tech who conducts medical assessments for potential client’s, assists with vitals and medication management with current patients while achieving quality patient care. Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in HealthCare Administration with a minor in Healthcare financing. Megan has been working in healthcare for over 18 years from working in the ER, OR and ICU to Labor & Delivery and NICU. Healthcare has been a huge part of Megan’s life which helps with her patient care as well as being in recovery herself, she is able to get on the same level as our clients. Megan loves to be outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her kids as well as fishing, hunting and camping.

Paul Weeks
IOP Therapist/Aftercare

Paul has worked with people struggling with addictions since 2008, providing guidance for individuals in recovery and facilitating supportive interactive group therapy. Paul grew up in upstate New York and, after receiving his undergraduate degree in sociology and philosophy from SUNY Fredonia and studying western literature at St. John’s College in Annapolis and Santa Fe, Paul came to Albuquerque to work as a VISTA Volunteer in a literacy program in the south valley. He received his master’s degree in counseling in 2007 from Southwestern College. Paul works toward a vision where everyone who wants recovery from substance abuse can achieve it.

Vince Baca
Peer Support

Vince comes to us with several years of related CPSW experience. He recently worked with Bernalillo County Behavioral Health as a Case Manager.

Lauren Bermingham
Benefits Coordinator

Lauren Bermingham, B.S, Admissions Supervisor. By studying Health and Behavioral Sciences, I found a passion in mental health and more specifically, treatment and recovery services for substance use disorder. I have previously worked in treatment centers in Delaware and California where I did counseling and program management for outpatient services. Outside of working for TPRC, I enjoy reading, learning to cook, and staying active.

Jeremy Cordova
IOP therapist

Jeremy Cordova, BA, CPSW, TPRC Admissions Coordinator. I am dedicated to helping addicts find recovery and maintain sobriety. Prior to Turning Point, I studied Psychology and Sociology at the University of New Mexico, I am currently planning to work towards earning a Masters in Social Work. In January 2020, I will be celebrating three years in recovery. Outside of work, I stay busy with working out almost daily, playing beach volleyball, and caring for my giant baby Jaxx, a 150 pound Rottweiler.

Chrissy Hines
Peer Support

Chrissy will be working as a CPSW and CCSS in Peer Support. Chrissy has several years of experience working for the State of the Recovery Center and Duke City Recovery Toolbox.

Christopher Padilla
Inpatient Detox Technician, Peer Support

Christopher has a strong recovery background, a great attitude and a strong desire to help others in the paths to recovery.

Thomas Salas
Sober Living Manager

An Albuquerque native, Thomas works as a peer support specialist to support clients through their process of recovery. As a recovering former addict, he can work on a closer, more personal level with clients outside individual therapy and IOP sessions, with the ability to relate intimately to the challenges and successes of recovery. He has recently started school at UNM pursuing a substance abuse counseling degree.

Elijah Williams
Peer Support

Elijah Williams is an Admissions Coordinator here at Turning Point Recovery Center. He is often the one who will pick up the phone when you call and ask for help. When he is not screening clients over the phone, he is either meeting face to face for registration or on the phone with insurance companies. He also participates in alumni activities as he graduated from Turning Point July 2018.  At 9 months of sobriety he was interviewed as a success story for Turning Point and you can read his story on our website. Since then that number has grown too 22 months of sobriety.  He believes accountability within our program and the individuals accountability to themselves is what makes this program work. He believes that getting himself to the IOP groups, making the required phone calls, the required 12 step meetings and being willing to dig deep and make major internal and external changes was a recipe for success, and he is the proof. Now he gets to take his personal Turning Point experience and use it to help others remain successful in our program. Outside of work he is regarded as one of the top Stand Up Comedians in the city of Albuquerque. He is also an aspiring filmmaker and uses his own experiences as inspiration for both.

Lawrence Martinez
Facilities Manager

Lawrence Martinez is multitalented and very busy! He’s our Facilities Manager, taking care of maintenance, keeping all the facilities clean and operational. He cooks for our residential clients and makes sure there’s food on hand for the rest of us. But that’s not all! Well versed in IT maintenance and certified in Business Administrative Technology, he also takes care of our IT systems and makes sure everything is operational. He’s a computer enthusiast, but is also studying to become a Certified Peer Support Worker. How does he balance it all? As a loving husband and father of five, Lawrence is practiced at multitasking! He says, “I value honesty, hard work and the interpersonal relationships with my coworkers and clients.” We see those values in practice every day, in everything Lawrence does.

LouAnne Pease-Dirawi
Medical Laboratory Scientist

LouAnne Dirawi, MLS (ASCP)CM, LMT, NTS, IRM, I am the Medical Laboratory Scientist for TPRC. It's a fancy title awarded to me for achieving a Bachelor in Science and a national licensure allowing me to perform urine drug screens for the company.

And as much as I love lab analytics and testing, I have another side to me that might surprise you if you were to meet me in person. I help people heal themselves as a Licensed Massage Therapist, a Natural Therapeutic Specialist, and an Integrative Reiki Master. I also enjoy facilitating an energetic connection to Spirit through meditation and other Shamanic practices (non-drug related of course).

I feel that it is important to embrace all aspects of your personality to be a complete and whole person. I believe that it is important to never stop learning, never stop growing, always embrace who you are, how special you are, and what you have to give back to others. There is only one you and you are awesome so share it.

Kathy Lopez-Bushnell

Kathy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a nurse researcher who has been working with substance use disorders for many years. She has been awarded a substance-use disorder fellowship, published in substance use disorders and she continues to work in this area. Kathy facilitates patients going through alcohol, opioid, or other withdraw with non-addictive treatments. Because of her ability to use motivational interviewing and her many years of experience with substance use disorders and research, she is able to provide excellent care with patients going through withdrawal. This successful protocol helps individuals go through withdrawal with minimal symptoms. It also helps them prepare for the lifelong journey of sobriety, a healthy, satisfying and productive life.

Eric Mechenbier
Chief Information Officer

Eric is the Chief Information Officer for Turning Point Recovery Center and also owns MechenbierIT, his own successful tech company in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to MechenbierIT, Eric was a Senior Analyst for an IT consulting company, focusing on EM design and implementation of IT systems consisting of subject matter expert interviews, requirements gathering and documentation, as well as project management experience.

Alaina Goff
Director of Operations, Interim Peer Supervisor
Keith Grigsby
Financial Director
Karen Berry
Substance Abuse Counselor
Hannah Casey
Care Coordinator
Tana Chavez
Peer Support
Kyle Ezell
Peer Support
Neal McDonnell
Andrea Lapin
Nichole Meo
Registered Nurse
Naomi Driggers

Naomi comes to us with several years of related experience, most recently working for New Mexico Treatment Services.

Anthony Dowdowicz
Medical Director

Anthony is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and has a background in addiction treatment - as well as an MBA! Dr. Dowidowicz allows us to provide an even greater level of safety, retention and care

Leeza Gomez
Patient Accounts
Aubrey Moreno
Admissions Coordinator
Vanessa Wendlick
Finance Assistant
Alison Kionka
Inpatient Detox Technician
Shani Crawford
IOP Therapist
Calli Feerer
IOP Therapist
Juliana Loretto
IOP Therapist
Germaine Melton
IOP Therapist
Cristie Ortiz
Clinical Therapist
Lanecia Runyan
Clinical Therapist
Ethan Bruer
Admissions Supervisor
Michael Oman
Peer Support
Sean Smith
Peer Support
Marc Garcia
Residential Supervisor
Eloyd Saavedra
Residential Technician
Ken Smith
Residential Technician
Harley Yearout
Residential Technician
Joseph Ellis
Quality Assurance
Kurt Lebeck
Program Development
Kristina Stafford
Christine Watson
Utilization Review Specialist

Christine has prior UR experience so we are delighted she decided to bring that knowledge and experience to us!

Ben Shaffer
Registered Nurse

Biography coming soon!

Asuzena Sanchez
Certified Nursing Assistant

Biography coming soon!

Amber Code
Human Resources/Payroll Coordinator

Biography coming soon!

Brian Baldonado

Bio Coming Soon!

Contact Turning Point Recovery Center:


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Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 9:00pm

Other Important Information

Emergency Please Call: 911

New Mexico Crisis And Access Line:

Call toll free anytime 24/7/365 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474)

AA Main Number: (505) 266-1900

Tipsy Tow: 1-800-AAA-HELP