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 Consultant

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 CBT and mindfulness techniques. Traveling and living in countries around the world has given Andrew a global perspective that allows him to accept and view diverse cultures and lifestyles as interesting and valid. Andrew is especially interested in couples and family therapy and seeks to approach every session with an empathic and caring view. Andrew has been happily married to his veteran wife for 22 years (ask him about her!), enjoys playing with and coaching his ten-year-old son’s soccer team and loves hanging with his golden-doodle. Andrew loves 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

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.

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