Meet Our Clinical Team

Our clinical team consists of all licensed master level clinicians with specializations in various areas of mental health including trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) motivational techniques, substance use, EMDR, couples therapy, family work, Play Therapy, and much more.

Tiffany Anschutz, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Tiffany is a licensed clinical social worker who has extensive experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Tiffany graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work. While in graduate school, Tiffany co-facilitated adolescent group therapy at Lehman High School in Kyle, TX and established the county’s first LGBTQ peer group. Her final internship was a clinical position on the adult intensive care psychiatric unit at a large psychiatric hospital. Tiffany was hired full time immediately upon graduation and became the hospital’s detox social worker; conducting individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Later, Tiffany joined their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) running a Dual IOP group. While with the organization, Tiffany helped train new staff and interns, developed a training manual, created a database for the resource department, and helped audit for Joint Commission compliance. 

In her varied experience, Tiffany knew there were elements that were missing from a top notch program that could make a huge impact in the success rate of a client’s recovery and mental wellness. This desire to bring about the change that was needed led her to open the doors to Sage Recovery & Wellness Center. She wanted to create an aesthetically pleasing, warm environment that promoted tranquility and comfort in a modern spa-like atmosphere. She hand-selected master level therapists who are well respected in their fields and who also embrace the importance of research-proven methods for treating mental health and substance abuse. Sage Recovery & Wellness Center is built upon this philosophy: client centered quality care.


Cole Weatherby, D.O.

Medical Director & Adult Psychiatrist

Dr. Weatherby is a graduate of the University of North Texas Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training in Austin at the UT Southwestern at Seton Healthcare Family General Psychiatry program, and opened a private practice in southwest Austin in the summer of 2012. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Weatherby believes in a patient-centered, integrative approach to psychiatric care that combines the best of modern evidence-based psychotherapy and pharmacologic treatment with up to date complementary and alternative approaches. He is a strong proponent of mindfulness and self-compassion based therapies. He also feels that a successful approach to recovery has to address all aspects of life— mental, physical, spiritual, social, etc.

Dr. Weatherby adheres to a high standard of ethical behavior. He does not interact with the pharmaceutical industry, and cautiously evaluates evidence pertaining to new treatment approaches and best practices. He is a perpetual student and polymath, with interests in art, music, poetry, botany, astronomy, cooking, and philosophy. Dr Weatherby is available to see Sage adult clients for medication management.

 

Bob Beare, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Beare has over 20 years of clinical leadership experience in the addiction and mental health treatment field. He is a licensed professional counselor with a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a specialist in process addictions, healing through creativity, shadow/depth work, action methods of healing, family of origin issues, and emotional intelligence. Bob is the founder of The Brave Heart Experience, a dynamic rite of passage workshop for men in recovery. He was a certified leader with The Mankind Project International, faculty at the C. G. Jung Educational Center in Houston, is a professional actor, singer, composer, experienced expressive arts therapist (art therapy, psychodrama, etc), and is founder of Houston Playback Theatre – an improvisational personal story-based theatre company.

Bob is the author of The Creative Fire, 10 Weeks to Creative and Emotional Fitness. His published dissertation was on Leadership and Vulnerability which focused on the inspirational qualities of leaders who are emotionally transparent. Bob brings a personal passion to recovery and healing through depth work and transformational processes. “I love watching people transform from hopeless to passionate, with a mission of recovery and healing”.


Emily Keefer, LCSW, ADS

Clinical Team Lead & Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

Emily earned her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to receiving her MSSW, Emily gained experience working in the chemical dependency field with individuals experiencing homelessness at an Austin-based non-profit agency. This work helped solidify Emily’s passion for working in the co-occurring disorders field and led her to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work. Upon graduation, she continued her work in the homeless service sector, prior to coming to Sage. Emily has received extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, and fiends the clinical framework invaluable in her work. She operates from a relational approach, bringing warmth, compassion, and humility to the therapeutic process.

Emily approaches therapy under the assumption that all individuals have the capacity to self-heal, and that a supportive and respectful therapeutic alliance can be the perfect catalyst for emotional healing, self-growth, and connection. Through a guided and collaborative conversation, one can discover why he or she repeatedly falls into the same behavioral, cognitive and emotional patterns and then begin developing practical strategies for choosing to live life differently and becoming “unstuck”. 


 Ashlyn Riley, LPC-i, LCDC

Supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S, LMFT

Clinical Team Lead & Adolescent Program Therapist

Ashlyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University and her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of North Texas.  For the last 6 years, Ashlyn has worked within the homeless services and addiction community and specializes in Dual Diagnosis treatment with the adolescent population. 

Ashlyn has experience working with adults, adolescents and families who experience anxiety, depression, trauma and substance use disorders; gaining extensive experience within the homeless shelter system as well as both Outpatient and Residential Centers. Ashlyn is trained on Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, Play Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
 
Ashlyn utilizes both Client Centered and Strength Based approaches to provide holistic care based on individual need through collaboration, compassion, and unconditional acceptance.  
 
She believes that therapy is a way to be supported in your journey to discovering your full potential and is a great place to start for growth and change. She is passionate about helping others and enjoys seeing the progress people can make through time and care.
 

Michelle Wilkinson, MA, LPC-S

Individual & Group Therapist

Michelle received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! She started out as a Resident Assistant in undergrad and has been helping others reach their full potential ever since. After working for an outpatient psychiatric clinic in her hometown of New Orleans she relocated to Dallas, Texas to complete her Masters of Arts in Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Michelle served as a chaplain and counselor at Union Gospel Mission Center of Hope shelter where she developed psychoeducational groups and helped address spiritual and emotional needs of residents. Michelle later began her internship at a residential treatment facility where she developed her approach to assessment and crisis intervention. She gained extensive knowledge of addiction, co-occurring disorders, and closely worked with jail diversion programs to provide treatment in place of incarceration. 

Michelle is a social service professional with over 15 years of experience in a variety of areas from direct care mental health treatment to non-profit management. Though she spent the last few years as a senior level program director at a non-profit serving people with disabilities, she most enjoyed the opportunity to train and coach staff and facilitating life skills/wrap services programs. In addition she counseled adults and youth with significant challenges, by employing techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, encouraging 12-Step and Celebrate Recovery participation, case management and community referrals. She was also able to sustain her organization by capturing metrics for grant funding, making presentations, and connecting with community partners. 

Michelle is excited about joining the Sage team because of the center’s holistic approach to treatment. She believes in addressing the whole person–mind, body and spirit. Michelle’s passion for helping others and warm demeanor are her best tools for building therapeutic relationships.



julie falchukJulie Falchuk, LMSW, LCDC, RYT

Individual & Yoga Therapist 

Julie graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work with a Master of Science in Social Work and from Sundara Yoga Therapy with a 200-hour teacher training certificate in Austin, Texas. She has worked with diverse communities including LGBTQ, people living with HIV and AIDS, survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, and people experiencing addiction. While living in New York City, she facilitated support groups for active and recovering substance users and coordinated a mobile based harm reduction program to support people in accessing substance use services.

Through her work with diverse populations, Julie believes that any person is capable of practicing and delving into the benefits of yoga, regardless of physical ability. With her training experience, she tailors her teaching to the needs of her students, working with them were they are at in their mind, body, ability, and willingness to open up and explore a new connection with the self. She believes the practice of yoga, of the mind/body/emotional connection, can be a powerful tool towards healing the self and increasing self-worth.


Jody Hatch, LPC-i, LCDC

Individual Therapist

Jody graduated with an Advanced Practice Master’s Degree from The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Her specialty training includes treating individuals with concurrent mental health and substance use disorders.  She completed multiple rotations at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Treatment Center in Minnesota; and worked there as an inpatient counselor before returning to her hometown of Austin, TX.

Jody strives to provide the guidance each client needs to live a life that is complementary to their values and abilities.  She offers a compassionate approach to every individual and utilizes therapeutic interventions that will best meet a client’s unique situation. She understands the complexities of the addiction cycle and applies an integrated (biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual) approach to recovery. She has expertise in mindfulness based relapse prevention, 12-step intervention, CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing. Jody is committed to empowering her patients with the information, insight, and practical skills necessary for them to take control of their life so that they may live well while in recovery from substance use and other co-occuring mental health disorders.


Libby Burleson-Porras, LCSW, ADS

Individual, Group Therapist & Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

Libby is a licensed clinical social worker who has six years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work with a clinical concentration. Libby gained experience working with adolescents while completing educational internships at Ann Richard’s School for Young Women Leaders and worked with both adults and adolescents at Austin State Hospital (ASH). While interning at ASH, Libby co-facilitated a Dual Diagnosis group on the adult unit. Later, she continued her experience in the mental health and addiction fields while working with Austin Travis County Integral Care’s ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) team providing intensive community based psychiatric services to vulnerable adult population with mental illness, substance abuse, and/or chronic medical conditions. While on the ACT team, Libby facilitated DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) group as well as COPSD (Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance use Disorder) group. She also worked individually with the COPSD clients to assess readiness to change using the transtheoretical model to encourage movement through the stages. Her clinical experience includes mental health issues (anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, and self-harm issues) as well as substance use related disorders. Libby uses a strength-based approach to acknowledge a client’s resiliency and empower him or her to improve their quality of life by teaching them lifelong skills.

Amy Ryan, LMSW, LCDC, PRC

Individual, Group Therapist & Peer Recovery Coach

Amy received her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University. While earning her Masters Amy worked at Hope Alliance where she provided violence prevention services, education, and crisis intervention for those affected by family and sexual violence. Upon graduation she worked with parents and families involved in the court system due to domestic violence, child and adult attachment and/or substance abuse issues.

Since 2013 Amy has worked with Communities for Recovery leading educational support groups and providing support services for individuals in various stages of recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Amy has completed Peer Recovery Coach Training and is working toward her Chemical Dependency License. Amy has knowledge of 12-step and other sober support groups and understands the bio-psycho-social-spiritual nature of substance abuse. Along with evidence-based techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT, Amy utilizes a collaborative approach to address a client’s specific needs in a  supportive environment to help facilitate awareness, growth and positive change.

Amy is passionate about helping individuals identify their strengths, recognize their potential and make the changes they want to make in order to lead a more satisfying life.


Neathery Thurmond, LCSW

Individual & Group Therapist

Neathery is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Neathery received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin.
Neathery’s experience in mental health includes roles in research, nonprofit development, business consulting, and clinical experience in the outpatient, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient levels of care. After graduating with her master’s degree, Neathery worked at Hill Country Recovery Center (now Eating Recovery Center of Austin) treating severe eating disorders and co-occurring issues. At Sage, Neathery works with individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring issues as well as individuals with mental health disorders.
Neathery works with individuals, couples, families, provides group therapy and specializes in treating the following issues: eating disorders, body image, trauma, attachment, depression and anxiety, self-harm, suicidality, personality disorders, substance use, loss/grief, divorce, interpersonal issues, impulse behaviors, trichotillomania and dermatillomania (hair pulling and skin picking), and LGBTQI+ concerns.
Neathery is honored to join others on their healing journey and works hard to continue her own professional training and personal growth. Neathery has intensive training in and uses the following modalities: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Modern Analysis, Motivational Interviewing, and Experiential and Expressive therapies (play, art, sand tray, body-based techniques). Neathery’s clinical style is founded on compassion and nonjudgement, unconditional acceptance, and humor- bringing a whole new meaning to laughing until you cry! 

Meghann Flynn, LMSW, RYT

Yoga Therapist

Meghann earned her Master of Science in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and her 200-hour yoga teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Massachusetts. While finishing her degree, Meghann worked on a U.S. hospital base in Germany providing military members with treatment for addiction and PTSD. Meghann has also addressed  concurrent mental health and substance use disorders as a social worker at the Veteran’s Administration in New York and at a Austin nonprofit for individuals experiencing homelessness. Meghann currently runs a dual diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Group in Austin and is a Yoga instructor for adults in treatment at Sage Recovery.

Meghann approaches every client encounter through a strengths based lens. By highlighting a person’s inherent wisdom and capabilities, Meghann’s clients learn to acknowledge their resiliency and learn more compassionate ways of relating to themselves. Meghann has additional training in mindfulness and meditation, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, which she is passionate about teaching. Meghann encourages a non-judgmental curiosity about body, mind, and spirit. Meghann teaches that yoga is more than the physical practice we so often assume it to be, and that every person can benefit from incorporating yoga into their lives. Through self-compassion and acceptance on the yoga mat, clients come into deeper connection with their authentic selves. 

Alexis Custard, LPC-Intern, LCDC-CI

Supervised by Angel Landrum, LPC-S, LCDC

Individual & Group Therapist

Alexis received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science from Western Kentucky University. While working in the field writing and reporting human interest stories on individuals with disabilities and mental illnesses. Alexis decided to attend the University of Kentucky and received her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling. During her time at UK Alexis also received a graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities where she published her first children’s book about Schizophrenia. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals with a wide array of challenges from: anxiety, depression, individuals in the criminal justice system, substance abuse, personality disorders, and more.

Alexis is a professional with 6 years of experience working in a variety of states and areas. Alexis worked as a substance abuse therapist at a center for men with co-occurring disorders and sex addiction. She then worked with individuals with Developmental Disabilities (mainly Traumatic Brain Injuries) in helping them create IEPs and prepare for their next stages of life. She has worked for NAMI Kentucky and had a role in the passing of Tim’s law (House Bill 94) which advocates for people with severe mental illness in order to keep them off the streets and out of psychiatric hospitals. The Bill allows them to be ordered into outpatient medical treatment, instead of jail. Alexis worked as an outpatient therapist where she covered numerous counties working with adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After relocating to Texas she worked on an Assertive Community Treatment team working with adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness. Alexis is a creative mind that strives to help those struggling with trauma, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, and individuals that just want to change their lives for the better. Alexis believes in looking at all aspects of individuals lives and incorporates a holistic approach into therapy. She believes we can all change the world one bite at a time.

 

 Jeannette Lara, RYT500

Yoga Therapist

Jeannette is a certified 500-hour Hatha Yoga teacher with an additional specialization in Ayurvedic cooking and lifestyle practices. She is dedicated to helping people lead lives that are healthy, fulfilling, and balanced. Jeannette takes great care to custom-tailor all classes to participants’ individual needs so that each person is able to fully receive the benefits making her classes for everyone. She works with people going through life changes within mental health groups and substance recovery groups. Jeannette also has over a decade of experience working with adolescents within therapeutic and educational environments. Her past work inspired her to join us at Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, where she can lend her experience and gifts to a wide demographic. In her free time, Jeannette enjoys getting closer to nature while working in her garden, inventing new recipes using her latest homegrown harvest, and taking in the fresh air on hikes with her dog, Bella.


Rachel Larreta, LMFT Associate

Group Therapist

Rachel is a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate who works with individuals, couples and families in Austin and the surrounding area. While earning her master’s degree from St. Edward’s University, she trained in Family Systems Theory at Austin Family Institute, a local non-profit that provides affordable mental healthcare to the community. Rachel continued with Austin Family Institute as a Post-Graduate Associate upon completing her master’s, and worked with couples struggling to connect, families dealing with divorce, and individuals coping with anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Rachel celebrates the diverse paths we take through life and encourages clients to view situations with curiosity rather than judgment. Approaching personal experiences as narratives that can be developed or re-edited as needed, she helps clients identify how the stories they tell themselves influence their perspectives on life and the world around them. Aware that change can take time to accomplish, Rachel inspires her clients to find joy in the journey along the way.
 

Rebecca Kalomiris, LMSW

Therapist

Rebecca acknowledges life is unpredictable and ever changing. Skilled at developing trusting relationships with clients, Rebecca helps them find their balance through the highs and lows of life. Rebecca comes from a place of empathy and understanding. She believes that creating a safe and non-judgmental space is key to personal growth and successful counseling. Rebecca strives to build clients’ greatest strengths and help them recognize all their unique gifts. Rebecca understands that not all clients are comfortable expressing themselves verbally. She has been trained in experiential techniques including use of art, nature and music as outlets of communication and healing. Rebecca specializes in working with adolescents, adults, older adults; anxiety, depression, stress management, mindfulness, aging related issues, gender and sexuality concerns, mind-body connection, and experiential therapies.

Rebecca is from Illinois and received her Bachelor’s in Arts degree in 1996 from Illinois State University. She received her Master’s in Social Work in 2013 from Aurora University. She and her family moved to Texas in 2015 where they are excited to continue their adventures in life.


 

Amber Davis, LPC, LCDC

Therapist

Amber joins the Sage Recovery & Wellness Center team with 5 years of experience in the helping field as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She attended Tarleton State University where she earned both her Masters in Counseling and her Bachelors in Psychology.

With steady qualities of sincerity and creativity, Amber is an approachable presence. After experiencing development and engagement in different settings, what Amber appreciates most is building relationships with people who are ready to try something new. She understands that trying something new may not be a comfortable decision, and believes that there is not a “one size fits all” approach to creating change and that communication will solve problems. To achieve this, Amber encourages the implementation of meditation, mindfulness movement, and structure.

Amber has assisted in several mental health settings, including geriatric clinics, community centers, and inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities. The majority of her approach focuses on overcoming addiction, trauma, anxiety, and promoting individuals to live fulfilling lives that center on acceptance and growth.