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 embrace the importance of research-proven methods for treating mental health and substance abuse. The Sage model is built upon the philosophy of client centered quality care.
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 diplomat 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, and 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..
Emily Keefer, LMSW, LCDC-i, ADS
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 been part of the Sage Family since its beginning in 2014. She has received extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, and finds the clinical framework invaluable in her work. She operates from a holistic and relational approach, bringing warmth, creativity, and humility to the therapeutic process.
Emily approaches therapy under the assumption that all individuals have the capacity to self-heal, and through a supportive and respectful therapeutic alliance, healing, growth, and connection can grow. By exploring vulnerability and tapping in to our creative selves, lasting change can occur.
Outside of the therapeutic world, Emily has a passion for reading, writing, art, exploring spirituality, and appreciating nature..
Kristy Mickle, BSW
Director of Admissions & Client Relations
Kristy graduated from The University of Michigan Flint with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. While in school, Kristy served as a case management intern for individuals with disabilities at Blue Water Center for Independent Living (BWCIL). At BWCIL, Kristy gained experience in program development; developing and teaching life skills to chronically homeless individuals with disabilities living in transitional supportive housing (TSH).
Kristy worked as a case manager at Lapeer County Community Mental Health, Lapeer Area Citizens Against Domestic Assault and the TSH Program for surviving families. After moving to Texas, Kristy gained experience in customer service and business administration. Kristy brings her background in the mental health field and management experience to the Sage team.