Our Staff

The people behind Innova Recovery

Kasi Howard, PsyD

Executive Director

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.

Justin Sanderson, LPC, EMDR Certified

Assistant Director

Justin is a Texas native and grew up in San Antonio surrounded by heavily military influenced family. Through different stages of Justin’s career he has been privy to work with a variety of populations. He has focused his attention on trauma therapy, which is where he began his career with an organization focusing on providing support for domestic violence survivors. Justin also has worked in the field of grief and bereavement. He worked with families throughout the Saint Louis, Missouri area who had experienced the death of a loved one. Before joining Innova, Justin worked as the assistant clinical director with a dual- diagnoses residential treatment center in Colorado. Through this experience he worked diligently with teenagers and their families in efforts to allows past traumas to be processed and grow a new foundation for the family to begin. Justin has become well versed in Love and Logic, a parenting approach to help give children more responsibility while empowering the parents. He has received trainings in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy ( DBT), Motivational Interviewing and more. Justin enjoys running, hiking, watching as much football as possible and spending time with his loving wife and their precious puppy, Magnolia.

Andrew M. Rapkin

LMFT-Associate

Andrew is a retired Air Force Veteran with a master’s degree in psychology and trained in CBTand mindfulness techniques. Traveling and living in countries around the world has givenAndrew a global perspective that allows him to accept and view diverse cultures and lifestylesas interesting and valid. Andrew is especially interested in couples and family therapy andseeks to approach every session with an empathic and caring view. Andrew has been happilymarried to his veteran wife for 22 years (ask him about her!), enjoys playing with andcoaching his ten-year-old son’s soccer team and loves hanging with his golden-doodle. Andrewloves hockey and football, reading, running, and exploring San Antonio with the whole family.

Deborah Daily, M.Ed.

Associate clinician

Deborah Daily has a M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from Texas Christian University and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, license number 73504. To build a mutually cooperative relationship, Deborah develops a safe environment that is supportive, trustworthy, and accepting. She helps clients envision a future where today's problems seem manageable, using the client’s personal strengths and experiences to bring about reasonable and realistic outcomes. Through the therapeutic process, she assists clients in seeing what may not be working and what practices to do more of - encouraging clients to experiment with new approaches to problems and entertain new possibilities. Deborah works with individuals to explore their immediate and long-term goals, creating individualized plans. Deborah’s counseling experience includes working with adolescents, young and older adults with a variety of concerns including: Autism Spectrum issues, mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, self-harm, relationship difficulties, as well as counseling clients who have experienced trauma and sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse.

Martha Bridge, LPC-S

Associate clinician

Martha Bridge has over 35 years experience in the social service field.  She is a licensed professional counselor – supervisor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist.  During the first 20 years of her career, Ms. Bridge was responsible for the start-up of 3 residential treatment centers for abused and neglected children in the state conservatorship.  She eventually ran and/or supervised these centers.  In addition, she worked in the adoption field as Vice President of Domestic Adoptions for The Gladney Center. These last 15 years, she has worked primarily in the substance abuse field where she helped start up a Faith-based women’s rehabilitation treatment center.  She was the first Program Director until she decided to open her own private practice in 2011. She is constantly growing in knowledge of the latest advances in her  trauma and addiction specialties.  In her spare time, Ms. Bridge enjoys gardening, running , spending time with her two sons and her Pomeranian, Dino.

Elizabeth Garrison

Meditation Specialist

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.

Tom Efird, LCSW

Associate Clinician

Tom is a North Carolina native who relocated to San Antonio after he separated honorably from the Air Force in 2016. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2003 with a master’s degree in social work.  Prior to that he worked as a case manager with at risk families in a small rural community in his home state.  Since 2000, has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families with a variety of mental health and substance abuse issues, backgrounds and cultures.  This includes owning a private practice for several years prior to commissioning in the service. Tom is trained in motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.  In 2007, Tom received extensive training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  Over the past 11 years, Tom has become certified in EMDR and specializes in treating trauma (including but not limited to combat, childhood abuse, military sexual assault, domestic violence, etc.), anxiety, depression, grief and performance issues.   In his off time, he is a pop culture nerd, plays at the guitar, engages in occasional shenanigans and tomfoolery (see what we did there) and spends his time with his wife, two cats and Ernie the dog.

Kate Medina, LCDC

Therapist

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.

Alyssa Albritton, LPC

Associate Clinician

Alyssa moved from the Texas coast to San Antonio, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Community Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio (Go Runners!). In college, she found her passion for helping those who suffer from Eating Disorders as she recognized the struggle with disordered eating patterns and body image issues, many of which were within her own circle of friends. Alyssa has worked with several diverse populations including Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder, in which she provided community case management support. She has extensive experience leading groups and working with individuals who present with personality disorders, anxiety disorders, depression eating disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and body image issues. Additionally, she has worked at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center facilitating groups in the adolescent day program, Formative Years. Alyssa has experience with Eating Disorders across the field, including Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, and ARFID, through her time as a Primary Therapist at the Eating Recovery Center at San Antonio. Alyssa believes in the power of family healing in the recovery process and is trained in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy and Family-Based Treatment. By incorporating a variety of treatment modalities, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and holistic approaches in her practice, Alyssa makes sure to individualize her clients’ needs in therapy. In her free time, she spends time with her very energetic 6-year-old, goes hiking with her Golden Retriever, Nala, whips up new recipes for her boyfriend, enjoys traveling, and making memories with family and friends.

Christal Alexander, LPC Associate

Associate Clinician

Christal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A & M University—Kingsville. After working for several nonprofit agencies and in multiple school districts that serviced at-risk youth and their families, Christal felt called to help others by giving them a voice and supporting them on their journeys to find freedom through therapy. Christal uses a blend of person-centered and solution-focused modalities. As a therapist, she places great value on the uniqueness of each client she serves, understanding that they are the true expert of their stories and circumstances. In her free time she enjoys poetry, live music, football, and spending time with her friends and family. Christal is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary’s University.

Edna Baca, LPC

Associate Clinician

Edna is a Texas native originally from Houston before moving to San Antonio. She has a M.Ed. from Our Lady Of the Lake University and B.S. in Psychology from Texas A & M University.   She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years experience working with older adolescents and adults in education and counseling. She has received training in CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Edna offers clients acceptance, compassion and hope. She creates a supportive safe environment to explore your challenges and build upon your strengths. She will help you develop new skills to improve your life and relationships. She enjoys spending her off time outdoors, walking, cycling, gardening and crafting.

Morgan, Aliff

Administrator

Morgan was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in Houston Texas, where she met her husband in high school. He joined the Air Force right out of high school and they married two years later. Morgan has  a sensitive heart towards those who struggle with mental health and always wanted to help those in need. Having grown up helping her friends with their depression and anxiety, she loves the mental health field and want to do all she can to help people find the help they need. She is the friendly smile you see when you walk in to Innova to welcome you with open arms. Morgan and her husband enjoy relaxing at home with their dog Peanut.

Cristina Hornedo, LPC

Associate Clinician

Cristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s in Counseling from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Cristina’s counseling experience includes working with adolescents and adults dealing with a variety of concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, major life transitions, LGBTQ issues, relationship issues, and substance use. Cristina has also worked with individuals who have experienced extensive trauma and co-occurring disorders. In therapy, Cristina aims to assist clients in facilitating personal growth, increase self-esteem, strengthen self-acceptance, and enhance self-awareness. She provides a safe space for clients to be able to explore life challenges through empathy and support. Cristina’s therapeutic approach is integrative. She utilizes various therapeutic methods/techniques to offer an individualized treatment to meet client’s needs. Cristina draws techniques from Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy along with existential and holistic approaches. In her free time, Cristina enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, and listening to podcasts.

Faith Rains, LPC

Associate Clinician

Faith is a Marine Corps brat, Air Force spouse and veteran who has helped countless clients obtain their goals and better maneuver through life’s peaks and valleys throughout the globe. Faith is a licensed therapist with a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University andis currently working on obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Saybrook University. She is devoted to providing a holistic (whole person) modality of therapeutic services to include Cognitive Behavioral Techniques and Jungian Play Therapy. Faith is a fervent believer that we all have the innate power to live more authentically,embracing our true potential while unleashing insurmountable resilience. Faith adheres to three core tenets of honesty, intention, and purpose throughout all aspects of her life and profession.

Wade Petree, Psy.D.

Associate Clinician

Dr. Petree is a native of St. Paul Minnesota. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he dedicated 25 years to serving his country. In October 2005, Dr. Petree deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom to support combat operations in Baghdad Iraq. While in the Army, he completed his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in psychology. After retiring from the military. Dr. Petree obtained licensure as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and worked in public schools for three years. Dr. Petree returned to graduate school and completed his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University in August 2018. His training and a pre-doctoral internship focused on trauma and traumatic stress in adults and children. He has worked with adult combat veterans and child survivors of sexual abuse. Dr. Petree has received training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative Therapy (NT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT). Dr. Petree has been married 24 years and has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and writing poetry.

Kristen Lockhart

Intern Associate

Kristen is a Texas native and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a master's degree in social work in 2011. She has worked with a variety of populations including adolescents in the criminal justice system, children and adults suffering from loss and complicated grief, adults with mood and anxiety disorders, veterans with PTSD and severe mental illness, adults with disabilities, adults in end of life, and individuals with substance use disorders and extensive trauma.
Over the last couple of years, Kristen has focused on her passion for working with individuals battling addictions and trauma histories. Prior to joining Innova, she worked as a counselor at a substance abuse treatment facility where she rediscovered her interest in psychosocial developmental and attachment theories, group work, and trauma informed therapies. Kristen's therapeutic approach is integrative, holistic and client centered. She believes in meeting the client where they are and building a therapeutic relationship centered around safety, trust, compassion, collaboration, and empowerment. She is trained in and utilizes techniques from motivational interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, complicated grief therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness based stress reduction, and cognitive processing therapy. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys running, strength and self-defense training, watching hockey and spending time with her 2 beautiful children and their family dog. She is honored and humbled to be a part of the incredible team at Innova Recovery.

Jennifer Mayer, MPAS, PA-C

Psychiatric Physicians Assistant

PA Mayer has lived in San Antonio for over 10 years. Born in Peru, she is bilingual.  She studied Nutrition as her first college career. PA Mayer wanted to expand her knowledge and was given the opportunity to visit the United States where she attended University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated with Highest Honors. She then attended Touro University Nevada In 2014 and graduated in 2017 with Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Physician Assistant-Certified (MPAS, PA-C). Since then, she has worked in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry.  She soon realized that psychiatry is her professional passion and has worked diligently to become well-versed in this arena. PA Mayer enjoys spending time with her family and does her best to teach her native language of Spanish, to her children.

Olinka Tristan

Associate Clinician

Olinka Tristan is originally from Cancún Mexico but has been in San Antonio for over twenty years and it is now home. She is passionate about working with minority populations. Her first language is Spanish and loves to communicate in it. She has been extensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has experience working with eating disorders, survivors of abuse and health counseling.  Olinka loves spending time with her son and husband. She loves being outdoors and embarking on adventures. She is the author of The Self Love Life: How to Love Yourself For Real, and the creator of Olinka Wellness Warrior on YouTube. She is passionate about mental health and normalizing therapy in order to enhance our lives and wellness.

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