The people behind Innova Recovery
Kasi Howard, PsyD
Dr. Howard is a Texas native and Baylor graduate. After many years of working with at-risk and adjudicated youth, she began her transition to specialize in trauma and eating disorders and completed her Postdoctoral residency at the Eating Disorder Center at San Antonio. Dr. Howard has been intensively trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Interpersonal Therapy. She has developed several group curriculums, including an educational support group for spouses and significant others of those who suffer from mental illness. She believes in the importance of engaging family in treatment. Dr. Howard served as President of the Bexar County Psychological Association. She has also taught at Trinity University and is a regular contributor for MD Monthly magazine.
Having been a military spouse, Dr. Howard has a special heart for those who have served our country. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, DIY projects and exploring the world with her 9-year-old son and Labrador puppy, Jackson.
Olinka Tristan, LPC
Olinka Tristan has been a Counselor for three years. She has had the privilege of working with diverse populations such as, eating disorders, survivors/victims of domestic abuse, refugees, children with several diagnoses and their families. She has been specially trained in Sensory Trauma therapy, Gottman relational therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Body-oriented Therapy. She has been an invited guest speaker at Texas A&M San Antonio.
Olinka is also a Zumba instructor and loves being able to incorporate music and dancing as part of her daily life. She loves road trips and being able to travel any chance she gets!
Admissions Specialist/Office Manager
Kathryn Thrush has worked in the medical field since 1992 when she received her EMT certification. She worked as a Paramedic, Emergency Room Technician, and most recently as a office medical assistant for 17 years.
In 2007, her then husband served in Iraq. After his deployment, he returned home with a career-ending injury and was diagnosed with PTSD. Kathryn understands firsthand the impact that deployment can have on families.
She has 2 amazing boys, Hudson and Walker (16 & 14). She is a SPURS fanatic, and her favorite places are Port Aransas and the Texas Hill Country.
Elizabeth Garrison is a Guided Imagery/Meditation Therapist with over 25 years of experience. She studied the art of relaxation through Transcendental Meditation training at the Meditation School in Houston, Texas. This modality together with Autogenic Training, would craft her own special technique of Guided Imagery/Therapy which has helped clients dealing with pain, debilitating illnesses and both physical and emotional stress. She has partnered closely with local physicians, psychologists and therapists, using her modality as an enhancement to their sessions. Her tenure has privileged her to conduct group and private sessions with many types of patients ailing from various forms of cancer, terminal illness, post traumatic stress, debilitating chronic stress and eating disorders. She is also able to craft her own Guided Imagery and Mindfulness sessions to her clients’ specific needs.
Elizabeth is an ardent animal and nature lover, enjoying yoga, walking, and gardening and spending time with her little dog Winifred Louise. Elizabeth is from New Zealand is very close to her children and family. She loves spending time visiting with them and is in constant touch with friends and family from all over the world.
Lucy K. Ziegler MA, LPC, LLC
Lucy has been working with adults and adolescents as a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1996. She was a counselor for the Rape Crisis Center of San Antonio for over 10 years and continues to work with people dealing with Trauma, Loss and Grief and Stress in her private practice. She volunteers with the Parents of Murdered Children and frequently presents training workshops for Mental Health Professionals on topics such as Trauma Counseling, Ethics, and “The Beauty of Adulthood”.
Lucy is a Qualified Teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) helping individuals learn how to counter the effects of Stress such as problems relating to energy, sleep, emotional balance, concentration and anxiety.
At times, we all need help sorting out life’s complexities and coping with the events of our lives. Lucy and her clients work together to understand those complex events and to develop adaptive coping skills to deal with them in order to achieve emotional safety and survival.
Pam Curtis, MA, LPC
Pam is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 40 years experience in the mental health field. She has worked as a counselor/therapist the majority of that time and has worked with diverse issues and populations. Ten years were devoted to working with people with eating disorders, including families, couples, individuals, and groups. Body image, trauma treatment, art, and movement have always been specialties. Pam has been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and has also received training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Pam’s passions include dance, art, yoga, jogging, and spending time in nature. She loves spending time with her family and is the proud grandmother of 4 precious grandchildren.
Kate Medina, LCDC
Kate is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a Masters in Psychology who has 17 years experience in the behavioral health field. She is a veteran of the US Army and has experience working with active duty, veterans, and family members dealing with substance abuse, adjustment, relationship, assertiveness, combat stress, and post-traumatic stress issues. Kate also spent several years with the Bexar County mental health authority working with adults and adolescents with substance use and severe mental illness. She has experience with group work focused on the effects of sleep, pain, and trauma on cognition and functioning. Her focus is on an integrated approach, utilizing influences from Contemporary Psychodynamic Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Kate’s free time is devoted to her husband of 14 years and her 11 year old daughter. Together they enjoy traveling to hip hop events in support of her daughter’s love for breakdancing. She also loves to read graphic novels, Steven King books, and her animals: 4 cats, a tortoise, and a sugar glider.