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San Cristobal Academy names new clinical director

May 5, 2011
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San Cristobal Academy, an addiction treatment center specifically for young adult males between the ages of 17 and 26, has hired a Chip Hunter, PhD as Clinical Director, and Lori Beth Gomez, LMSW, LADAC, CCS, CADAC and David Stewart, LPMHC as Therapists.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I am with these three,” explains Dave Johnson, CEO and Owner. “I have waited almost four years to hire someone like Chip as my Clinical Director, a Licensed Physiologist who’s experience directly relates to the treatment of young men with troubled pasts.” Chip Hunter is an accomplished addiction treatment professional in dealing with young adult men who suffer from substance abuse, particularly those with dual diagnosis issues. He has previously served as Clinical Supervisor for the University of Wisconsin, University of Miami, Doctors without Borders, and multiple State of Florida programs.

To add to that, he also has a background in wilderness activity from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which will serve well, given that San Cristobal Academy is situated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. “As Clinical Director, Chip will be challenged with motivating our young men in a therapeutic way, as well as discerning what, if any, diagnosis fits best,” expands Johnson. Lori Beth Gomez brings a plethora of qualifications to the table as one of San Cristobal Academy’s lead therapists. Not only is she a Licensed Master’s Level Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified & Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC & LADAC), but she is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), which will allow San Cristobal Academy to aid other addiction treatment clinicians to obtain their licenses in the state of NM.

“Lori’s experience will help us implement our therapist internship program” according to Johnson. “This will allow us to provide the best possible clinical treatment for the young men enrolled at San Cristobal Academy and develop some of the most revolutionary therapeutic curriculum in the field.”

“David Stewart will also be part of our clinical support team,” furthers Johnson. “He is a Taos local who has served as an aftercare support therapist for the Meadows Treatment Center, in Arizona.” Stewart, who is a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC), explains his role, “my goal is to get these young men to see that resolution is possible. It is of utmost importance that these young men learn a way to reach peaceful and adult-minded solutions. This skill will help the immensely as they move on to become college students, employees, and, most importantly, adult men.”

“After owning San Cristobal Academy for the past five years, I can finally say I have created the program I envisioned,” closes Johnson. “The Team I have sought after, and subsequently hired, are placing SCA in position to provide the best possible treatment for addicted and dually diagnosed young adult men.”

San Cristobal Academy is an addiction treatment and residential program serving young adult men, ages 17-26, addressing chemical dependency, dual diagnosis and substance abuse issues through the 12-step recovery process and therapeutic care.

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