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, LCSWTiffany 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.


Kayle Evans, LMSW, LCDCKayle Evans, LCSW, LCDC, ADS

Program Director, Individual Therapist & Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist

Kayle graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Science in Social Work. During school, Kayle worked for the University and Dr. Craig Field at the Health Behavior and Training Institute at the Center for Social Work Research. Kayle continued her work full-time upon graduation as a clinician and Project Manager for the program. She was intensively trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI) by Dr. Miller, Dr. Rollnick, and Dr. Moyer, the founders of MI.  She continued her education and field work in a hospital trauma unit with Drs. Field and Stephens. On this unit she conducted brief MI sessions with patients admitted due to alcohol and drug related trauma. Later, she held Dual Recovery IOP counselor and inpatient case manager positions at Central Texas’ largest hospital network.

As a clinician for Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, Kayle has assisted in developing the program by utilizing her research background to help ensure that the Center’s programs are evidence-based.  She incorporates her MI training and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills in counseling to help educate and motivate clients toward change.


Emily Keefer, LCSW, ADS

Lead Therapist & 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 chemical dependency and mental health field and to pursue a master’s degree in clinical social work. Upon graduation, she continued her work in the homeless service sector, focusing on mental health and substance use issues. Emily has received extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, and finds the clinical framework invaluable in her work with clients.

Emily works 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 and self-growth. Through guided conversation and a personalized and collaborative approach, 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 become “unstuck”. Emily believes that therapeutic process is an exciting, creative method for self-discovery and building increased satisfaction with life, through the realistic application of self-care and behavioral health coping strategies.


 Ashlyn Riley, LPC-i, LCDC

Supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S, LMFT

Lead 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.

 


Megan Simmons, LCSW

Individual & Group Therapist

Megan Simmons is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Texas State University. While in college, she volunteered at Safe Place and was employed as a Hotline Advocate and House Manager. Megan worked at a medical hospital following graduation, where she discovered her passion for mental health treatment. Thereafter, Megan worked with MHMR in Comal County assisting residents in their homes with medication management, building life skills, and equipping them with knowledge and resources within their communities. Her next role was in an inpatient care setting where she specialized in working with adolescents and children conducting group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy, as well as customizing programming for clients that needed a specialized treatment plan. Megan’s nine years of working in the mental health field has given her experience with a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, and substance abuse. Megan has also completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy training so she is better able to assist clients with emotion regulation, personality disorders and self-harm issues. Megan takes a holistic approach to therapy and strives to empower her clients by teaching them tools they can utilize long after completing treatment.



julie falchukJulie Falchuk, LMSW, LCDC, RYT

Individual, Group, & 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.


Sean Gorman, LPC

Group Therapist

Sean Gorman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 19 years of experience working with adolescents, couples and adults.  He works primarily with people experiencing mental health difficulties related to anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, trauma history and relational problems. Sean utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of his clients incorporating the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of their lives. Sean believes that education on the impact of mental health and brain development, how to manage emotions and socially connect with others, and developing skills to help manage thoughts are all important aspects of therapy.  Sean will work with you to develop personal goals and objectives and help you to mitigate the obstacles preventing you from living the life that you desire.


Chelsea Fielder-Jenks, LPC

Group Therapist

Chelsea Fielder-Jenks is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas with a Master of Arts degree in Health Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Texas State University. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies and takes a holistic approach to helping others, which considers biological, psychological, environmental, and cultural aspects of their lives.

Chelsea has experience working with individuals, families, and groups at outpatient and inpatient levels of care. Her clinical experience has been in helping individuals with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, stress management, and more. Chelsea specializes in treating eating disorders and eating disorder dual diagnoses. She began her experience working with eating disorders as a Practicum Student Therapist at the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio and Hill Country Recovery Center (HCRC). After earning her Masters degree, Chelsea was then a therapist at HCRC, where she conducted individual and family therapy and facilitated the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders. Chelsea also has experience working at Austin Oaks Hospital, where she has served as an inpatient and outpatient therapist and the Interim Director of Outpatient Services. At Sage, Chelsea facilitates the 7-week Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program and Adolescent DBT Skills Group, and conducts individual and family therapy.

Chelsea is certified in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training from Behavioral Tech, LLC. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Austin Eating Disorder Specialists group and an active supporter of the National Eating Disorder Association and the Binge Eating Disorder Association.


Libby Burleson-Porras, LCSW

Individual & Group Therapist 

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.


Molly Simpson, LCSW, LCDC

Individual, Couples, Family, & Group Therapist

LMSW Supervisor

Molly Simpson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.  She received her master’s degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University.  Molly has extensive experience providing individual, group, and family counseling for people struggling with addiction, mental health issues, trauma, and family dynamics.  She is passionate about helping people cultivate hope, brave fears, create healthier relationships, and build new skills.  She believes that when given a safe environment and a simple invitation just to be curious about oneself, anyone can experience profound internal awareness that can then translate into meaningful external change.

Prior to joining the team at Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, Molly worked at Austin Recovery, a residential treatment center, first as a primary therapist and then as the Director of Clinical Services.  In those roles, Molly developed and implemented programming, facilitated family education workshops, co-facilitated intensive family weekends, and led groups on mindfulness, co-occurring disorders, and relapse prevention.  Molly also has experience working with children and adolescents in the Texas foster care system as well as with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.

Molly has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an effective and well-researched treatment approach for recovering from trauma, anxiety, negative self-beliefs, and other barriers to wellness.  She has also received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment approach that focuses on building new skills to cope with intense emotions and urges.  She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.


Amy Ryan, LMSW, LCDC

Individual & Group Therapist

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

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. 


Rachel Larreta, LMFT Associate

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.