Meet Our Clinical Team

Meet Our Clinical Team2018-08-23T09:50:19+00:00

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
Tiffany Anschutz, LCSWChief 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 with the vision of Sage Recovery Villa, a new residential treatment center for adults. 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.
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.

Adrienne DiRaddo
Adrienne DiRaddo Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Adrienne is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Sage Recovery & Wellness Center, seeing clients at both the Villa and Westlake campuses.
As a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Adrienne is licensed to provide psychiatric assessment and diagnosis, medication management and psychotherapy.

Adrienne works with adults in recovery, treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders with trauma-informed care. Adrienne approaches treatment holistically, believing that medication is one aspect of person-centered care. She incorporates current alternative therapies that are evidence-based, focusing on complementary practices such as meditation, exercise, nutrition, and beyond. To achieve this, she enjoys working collaboratively with therapists, clinicians, families, and other healthcare providers to achieve an integrated approach to client care.

Adrienne attended undergraduate at Vanderbilt University and worked in clinical neuroscience research. She then returned to the university to earn her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Adrienne began her career as a PMHNP in her hometown of Houston, working in a mental health crisis clinic affiliated with a large hospital system.

She relocated in early 2017 to Austin, and continued working in psychiatric crisis respite and residential services to help clients stabilize, maintain safety, receive crisis counseling, and get connected with local resources. This work further established a passion to address co-occurring disorders, knowing that mental health affects us all, regardless of cultural beliefs, values, race, gender, age or socioeconomic status.

Adrienne is available to see Sage adolescent clients ages 16 and up, as well as adults for medication management.

Emily Keefer, LCSW, ADS
Emily Keefer, LCSW, ADSClinical Director- Sage Recovery Villa
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.

Ashlyn Riley, LPC-i, LCDC, ADS (Supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S, LMFT)
Ashlyn Riley, LPC-i, LCDC, ADS (Supervised by Susan Gonzales, LPC-S, LMFT)Clinical Team Lead & 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
Michelle Wilkinson, MA, LPC-STherapist
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 Falchuk, LCSW, LCDC, RYT
Julie Falchuk, LCSW, LCDC, RYTClinical Team Lead
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, ADS
Jody Hatch, LPC-i, LCDC, ADSTherapist and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
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.

Amy Ryan, LMSW, LCDC, PRC
Amy Ryan, LMSW, LCDC, PRCTherapist
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.

Kate Peoples, LMSW
Kate Peoples, LMSWTherapist
Kate is a Licensed Master Social Worker with experience working within the mental health and substance use field, both in clinical and advocacy roles. Kate received her Master of Science in Social Work and her Bachelor of Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, treating severe mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. In addition to her clinical experience, Kate is an active advocate in the mental health field, working with a multitude of groups including the Eating Disorders Coalition, UT Austin’s Center for Students in Recovery, and Dell Children’s Hospital. Additionally, she currently serves on the Texas Health and Human Services’ Behavioral Health Advisory Committee.

Kate specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and concurrent mental health and substance use disorders, treating both adolescents and adults. Kate practices from a Relational Therapy model, with a strong focus on shame resiliency, in order to facilitate a space with her clients that is empathetic, compassionate, and fosters connection. Along with the utilization of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and trauma-informed care, Kate understands each person is an individual with unique needs and works collaboratively with clients to come up with the treatment plan best suited to their situation.

Rachel Larreta, LMFT
Rachel Larreta, LMFTTherapist
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.

Sarah Pendergraft, LMSW
Sarah Pendergraft, LMSWTherapist and Yoga Instructor
Sarah received her BA with a major in Plan II and Dance and MSSW at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification at CorePower Yoga. Her passion for integrating the mind-body-spirit connection in the healing process is reflected in her clinical interest in trauma. Sarah has been researching trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder since 2013 and often incorporates her knowledge into therapy when appropriate.

Sarah utilizes different therapeutic modalities: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness, play therapy, trauma informed yoga, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

While in graduate school, Sarah interned at Community Yoga Austin, teaching evidence-based, trauma-informed, population-sensitive yoga and also facilitated individual and group therapy sessions. Sarah has worked with a wide variety of populations, primarily with adults in recovery from addiction, trauma, and impulsive behaviors at Austin State Hospital, Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, and Seton Behavioral Health Care.

Sarah passionately believes that long-term growth comes from integrating fragmented parts of the self that manifest in one’s biology, body language, cognitions, emotions, and behavioral patterns.