Casa Colina, led by a multi-disciplinary treatment team of substance abuse and health professionals, embraces a holistic approach to addiction treatment. Our passionate team of addiction treatment professionals have over 100 years of combined experience in the fields of addiction and behavioral health. We strive to maintain an exceptional and creative work home—one that allows our team to effectively and powerfully carry the message of recovery and to deliver education and guidance while fostering a healing environment for our guests at Casa Colina. Many of our team members are also active participants in their own recovery from the disease of alcohol and drug addiction.
Chico West, LPC-SCEO/Owner
John Campbell, LCSW, LCDCClinical Director
Dr. Gwen ShipePsychiatrist
Kay Fontenot, LCSW-SDirector of Admissions
Sean ConwayDirector of Operations
Scott PageOpperations Manager
Ashley Guin, LVNDirector of Nursing
Shannon WestCommunity Outreach
Caleb Parette, LCDCiCommunity Relations Specialist
KC Davis, LPC, LCDCFamily Program
Ivy Whitfield, LCDCCounselor
Dave Dauber, LCDCCounselor
Rachael Cash, MDiv.Spiritual Advisor
Rebekah Poynor LPC-I, ATR-P, LCDC-IArt Therapist
Kelly Clark, M.A., LPC-IEquine Therapist
Barbara ThompsonP.A.T.H. Certified Equine Specialist
Malak Saddy, R.D.Registered Dietician
Kelly Rozier, RDRegistered Dietician
Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, TEPAdjunct Psychotherapist and Trauma Specialist
Pila LopezExecutive Chef
Berenice HernandezChef Assistant
Drew OberchainAthletic Trainer
Emily RisoRecovery Advocate
Stanley WilsonRecovery Advocate
Donnie GrattonRecovery Advocate
Alec MartinezRecovery Advocate
Eric CobbRecovery Advocate
Jesse WhiteRecovery Advocate
Chico West, LPC-S
As owner and Chief Executive Officer at Casa Colina, Chico has a passion for connecting with and teaching others about an abundant life in recovery. As an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor as well as Certified Experiential Therapist, Chico has been in the field of addiction for over two decades. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Methodist University, he went on to receive his Masters Degree of Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. His own journey with sobriety began in August of 1989. His personal experiences both during and after treatment instilled in him a calling to develop a recovery community in Dallas of young men who are focused on the values of truth, service, accountability, spirituality, and love. He founded Gaston House transitional living in 2005.
His interest in education, combined with his desire to work with young adults and families, led him to serve as interim director for the Center for Alcohol Education at Southern Methodist University. He later accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer with a local, long-term residential recovery center in 2000. This position was instrumental in preparing him to lead, train and develop others by example. His experience as a private practice therapist over the years also has allowed him the incredible opportunity to engage and educate families and clients about addiction, treatment and recovery, all while offering hope and solutions.
His “joie de vivre” does not extend only to those at Casa Colina, it also includes his lovely wife, Shannon, and their two teenaged boys. As a South Texas native, you can often catch him wearing cowboy boots. Staying true to his roots, he emphatically supports the San Antonio Spurs. When he is not cheering exuberantly for them, you can find him cheering in the stands for his two boys.
John Campbell, LCSW, LCDC
Caring and compassionate, John joined the Casa Colina team as the Clinical Director in 2018. John previously served as Clinical Director at Powerhouse Services in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he was employed for close to a decade. He also has previous experience as a Social Work Case Manager at St. Clare Psychiatric Hospital. John completed his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University followed by his Masters of Science degree in Social Work at Louisiana State University. Having spent so much time in Louisiana, John can’t help but to root for the LSU Tigers…and the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks. His commitment to giving young men the same opportunities in recovery that he was given is just one of the reasons why he makes a wonderful person and a skilled clinician. He is especially passionate about extended care. He looks up to his father most of all for providing him an example of what it means to be a successful, loving, family man. John loves to work out, watch sports, and play golf. His favorite quote “go big or go home” serves him well as long as he goes home to his two dogs, Rambo and Stella.
Dr. Gwen Shipe
Originally from Fort Worth, Dr. Shipe serves as Medical Director at Casa Colina. She has been in private practice in the Dallas area for over seventeen years. She attended and received an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later attended medical school at the University of Louisville. She graduated from Residency in Psychiatry in 2007 from University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She then completed her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2009 from UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas. Her interests include anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia; Asperger’s disorder; Attention-deficit and disruptive behavior disorders; Mood disorders including bipolar and depressive disorders; Addiction disorders including alcohol and opioid-related disorders. Dr. Shipe is affiliated with the American Psychiatric Association [APA], the Dallas Association of Women Psychiatrists [DAWP], Genelex YouScript Pharmacogenetic Personalized Prescribing System, and the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians (TSPP) She also has additional certifications as a Qualified Practitioner, Cogmed Working Memory Training Program, [Cogmed], and Mental Health Specialist.
Kay Fontenot, LCSW-S
Kay Fontenot is a dedicated and energetic Licensed Clinical Social Worker who lives in a small town just outside of Dallas, Texas. Hailing from Louisiana, she had an avid interest in helping others at an early age. Growing up, Kay was selected as a peer mentor in middle school and later as a summer camp counselor in East Texas during her college years. These positions of mentorship taught her how to both encourage and empower others. It’s safe to say that what initially started as an interest has now become a main purpose in Kay’s life.
Presently, Kay works as Director of Admissions while also serving as a clinical social work supervisor. She has had direct experience in this particular area as well as motivational interviewing for over a decade now. Her goal is to continue to help as many people as she can.
When she has a few moments to herself, Kay likes singing in the car, taking road trips, reading great books, going to antique malls and cooking. However, family comes first to Kay. Spending time with her husband, their two children and their 95-pound dog is at the top of Kay’s favorite things to do.
A native Texan and an avid outdoorsman, Sean is passionate about leading by example. His own personal experiences and his commitment to integrity and accountability allow him to share knowledge and hope to others who are struggling.
As the Operations Manager, he desires to teach others what can be accomplished with thorough and honest work. He relays, “Having the promises come true for me has granted me a peace I never knew before; Serenity. I can now bear witness for the still struggling Alcoholic and Addict. My past experiences, once never discussed, are now my greatest attributes to show the newcomer it is possible to recover and to live free and happy.”
With a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University, Sean focused on history and psychology. He later went on to complete his Juris Doctorate Degree at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. His passion for knowledge was most influenced by his grandfather, whose thirst for knowledge and love of the arts was unmatched. He also happens to be Sean’s role model for life.
Sean’s favorite quote derives from page 46 of the Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “We find that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him.” In his free time, Sean supports Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, and the Costal Conservation Association all while looking for a rescue dog of his own.
Scott’s love of helping others and his desire to share his new life of freedom in sobriety are just a few of the reasons why he decided to join Casa Colina as a Recovery Advocate. Both Scott’s passion for recovery and his ability to adapt to his environment encourages others who are still struggling with change.
His favorite quote by Heraclitus, “the only thing that is constant is change,” reminds him to move forward continuously and to stay open-minded while he continues to grow. His willing attitude and work ethic is infectious to others.
When he is not spending time at Casa Colina, Scott enjoys expressing himself through music and spending time with family and friends. His own father’s example of servant leadership while Scott was growing up has inspired him to look forward to also becoming a father one day…all in good time.
Ashley Guin, LVN
As our staff nurse, Ashley is motivated and inspired to care for the men who chose to make Casa Colina their temporary home and refuge. Ashley has extensive experience in the field of addiction and in corrections.
Watching friends and relatives struggle with alcoholism and addiction influenced her decision to enter into the field of addiction and especially to join the team at Casa Colina. She has a strong motivation to succeed and to be the best leader she can be.
Her husband, her children and her faith in God all inspire her to provide the best care and support to others. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough” is her life motto. When she is not caring for others, she enjoys coaching softball and spending quality time with her family.
For Shannon West, working at Casa Colina is not just a profession but it is also a ministry. Being married to a counselor in the field of addiction for over twenty years has given her a unique perspective in working with young adults who struggle with addiction and alcoholism. She brings an organizational and operations background to Casa Colina as well an incredible ability to show compassion and love to others.
Her heart’s desire is that others will know the hope and joy found in Jesus and that she can be light in a dark world even as she experiences trials just like everyone else. With a Bachelors Degree in Arts from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Liberal Arts from Southern Methodist University, Shannon works tirelessly behind the scenes making sure things run efficiently and smoothly at Casa Colina.
As a mother of two boys, she volunteers actively with their schools and also works closely with an organization called Young Lives that helps teen mothers in need.
Caleb Parette, LCDCi
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KC Davis, LPC, LCDC
Having been given the gift of recovery at the age of 16, KC has made it her life’s mission to build programs that provide superior treatment to individuals and families suffering from addiction. KC is licensed as both a Professional Counselor Intern and a Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas.
She has served in numerous roles in the treatment industry that range from house manager to executive director. Her current roles at Casa Colina are Compliance Manager and Family Program Therapist.
Ivy Whitfield, LCDC
A Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Ivy first became interested in the field of addiction during her stay in residential treatment. With a strong desire to help others and a natural curiosity, she completed her Associates Degree in Arts in Applied Science and is current completing her Bachelors Degree at University of North Texas.
Ivy’s straightforward nature and honest dialogue are just a few of the qualities that she brings to Casa Colina. Her autonomy and experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings provides her with a keen understanding of the importance of a full continuum of care.
Her motto, “one day a time,” helps her stay grounded and focused on the experiences and people who matter most, her sobriety, her family, her friends, and her three fur babies.
Dave Dauber, LCDC
Having served as a primary counselor since 2010, Dave joined Casa Colina in 2019 as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Before finding long term sobriety, Dave had an active addiction which started in adolescence and continued for over 20 years of his life. His decision to enter residential treatment was instrumental in shaping his decision to start a new life.
Upon completion, he moved to Waco and started actively participating in a 12 step program. He also began to connect with the God of his understanding. He recently celebrated 15 years of contented, continuous sobriety and 8 years of marriage with his lovely and supportive wife. His desire to help those who struggle with addiction comes with his gratitude towards recovery, “Recovery has given me a life I never dreamed possible; A life filled with peace, love, serenity and a spiritual connection that enables me to help others who suffer from the same spiritual malady that I embraced for far too long.”
Dave considers his primary purpose in life to help all who struggle with addiction and their loved ones to start on a journey of recovery, with the hope of a spiritual awakening and a life of contented recovery.
Rachael Cash, MDiv.
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Rebekah Poynor LPC-I, ATR-P, LCDC-I
Rebekah is an Art Therapist who graduated her M.A. in Counseling and Art Therapy from Southwestern College in 2016. Her B.A is from Ouachita Baptist University in Fine Arts with an emphasis in ceramics.
Rebekah is passionate about healing trauma, increasing self-awareness, and teaching healthy coping strategies through a creative process. Rebekah has experience working with men and women in residential addiction treatment, as well as co facilitating the Family Program. Rebekah has worked with Creativity for Peace, a trauma informed camp for adolescent girls from Israel and Palestine, individual and group counseling with children, teens, and adults, working with women and children living in trauma in India.
Recently, Rebekah has been the director of a program for women who have survived sex trafficking in Texas. Rebekah makes her own creative process a priority, so that she can continue this work long term. She also enjoys kayaking, all kinds of dogs, and loves a good road trip.
Kelly Clark, M.A., LPC-I
Kelly Clark received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She has always had a passion for horses and enjoys working with them. Her horse experience includes Buck Brannaman Natural Horsemanship Clinics, studying with LM Performance Ranch in Oklahoma, and personal horse experience. Kelly works as an LPC-Intern under the supervision of Brenda Elledge,LPC-S. Kelly offers Equine Assisted Counseling, and Traditional Counseling sessions. Kelly personally owns 3 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. When she is not working, schooling, or horsing around, she enjoys activities with her church, family, and friends.
Barbara Thompson (aka Babs) has lived in the Midlothian area for 37 years. Barbara lives with her daughter, 2 Quarter Horses, 2 “mini horses” of the barking variety (Great Danes) and 3 cats. She has 10 years experience in working with all aspects of therapeutic riding and a wide range of ages and disabilities. Barbara has spent 19 years studying natural horsemanship, has passed Level 3 skills tests in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship program and is working to complete Level 4 requirements. Through the everyday application of natural horsemanship, horses continue to take Barbara to new levels of understanding and communication. Barbara became a PATH certified Equine Specialist to share her passion for horses with humans seeking help with a variety of mental health and learning issues. Barbara works in concert with the counseling team to facilitate a magical healing and learning experience for each client based on their individual needs.
Malak Saddy, R.D.
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Kelly Rozier, RD
A Waxahachie local, Kelly Rozier is passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with food. She completed her Bachelors Degree in Dietetics and Business Administration in 2002 from TWU. As a creative problem solver and a consummate patient advocate, Kelly works closely with our executive chef and fitness trainer to provide healthy and delicious meals to promote overall health and wellness at Casa Colina.
Both Nutrition and balance are priorities for Kelly. She desires to live a wholehearted life, living every day and every moment to the fullest. With her loving husband and family beside her, there is no doubt that Kelly can accomplish her goals. Her favorite quote to live by is by Brene’ Brown, “Owning our story & loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.”
Mary Bellofatto, MA, LMHC, NCC, CEDS, TEP
Mary has a private practice in Naples, but she is known for her experiential workshops and intensives that promote healing from the inside out, with individuals, couples, and families. Her sense of humor and ability to bring heart and hope to this dynamic process has been her hallmark. Before moving to Florida Mary directed a Pastoral Counseling Center in Massachusetts for many years and worked with area wide Pastors, their churches, and leadership.
Mary has worked extensively with a number of the première treatment centers in staff trainings, strategic planning, and program development. Forty years of experience in the field of addictions, eating disorders, and relationships, as well as directing a psychiatric treatment facility of 92 beds brings a lively history of experience.
Mary has owned her own training company since 1986 where she resides in Naples, Fl and specializes in addictions, eating disorders, and psychodrama, which has opened doors internationally. Mary has worked for the past 16 years taking 2-3 weeks /year to work with trauma primarily in Central Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, and more recently in Ghana, Haiti, and the Philippines. Mary works as a consultant to many of the treatment facilities, helping to establish programs, and training of clinicians. Mary offers intensives for individuals, couples, and families and travels throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa dealing with trauma, addictions, and reconciliation. Mary has worked as a consultant to Onsite Workshops in Nashville, TN for the past 6 tears doing psychodrama trainings, and intensives for individuals, couples, and families as well as trauma groups.
Mary resides with her handsome husband Paul in Naples where they are celebrating 45 years of marriage. T hey have a cute dog, named Rocco who thinks he is human.
Pila, our executive chef at Casa Colina, completed culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas, Texas. Her work experience began in the restaurant and hotel industry which later led her to Australia. She describes her time there as one of the most defining moments of her life. “Traveling to the other side of the world by myself and knowing not a single soul…it was one of the best moments in my life,” she remembers. After she returned state-side, her love of children and her desire to give back to her community inspired her to work with a local non-profit organization prior to joining Casa Colina. While there, she learned to work independently and to manage all aspects of the kitchen.
Her positive attitude, her consideration for others, and her passion for great food makes her an essential part of the Casa Colina team. Her love of sweets and her pastry experience is another plus. If you follow your nose to the kitchen, you will likely find her baking something delicious while also considering how she can help others find their passion. After all, her favorite quote by Joshua Marine is “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
Berenice strongly believes that life is about taking changes, learning new things and putting those opportunities into practice. With a background in event planning, Berenice brings her organizational skills, her creative problem solving skills and her humble and compassionate nature to Casa Colina.
Prior to joining Casa Colina, she attended Wade College and completed her Associates of Arts Degree in Merchandising. She draws inspiration from her family, especially her amazing mother.
Having fond memories of dinners with her family inspires Berenice to create a comfortable dining experience for the men of Casa Colina. Her greatest desire is to make her family proud of her. Her second greatest desire is to own a Corgi of her own.
Dedicated to physical, emotional and spiritual health, Drew is instrumental in teaching other men how to achieve overall health and wellness in their lives. Growing up in Dallas, Drew completed high school and obtained his Bachelors Degree from Texas A&M University.
Drew credits his love of physical fitness to different mentors he has had who have motivated him both inside the gym and outside of it. Drew’s confidence and commitment inspire staff and clients to live an abundant life. In his free time, Drew enjoys listening to praise music, spending time with friends, and working out at the gym.
Drew also enjoys leading Bible studies for young men through his church and carrying out mission work in Haiti.
Caring and helpful, Emily has a strong desire to inspire others. Finding freedom and joy in recovery for over three years, Emily enjoys both carrying the message and her role as Recovery Advocate at Casa Colina. One of the most defining moments in her life was her choice for treatment in Texas.
She credits this decision as being the catalyst for the self growth necessary for her to live the life she has today. She brings qualities such as compassion, integrity and responsibility to the team and her personal experiences in recovery help her relate to and identify with others who are still struggling.
Emily is currently a student at University of Texas at Dallas. Her favorite quote to live by is that “God is bigger than any problem.” When she is not giving back to others, she spends time traveling and playing with her puppy, Raisin.
After working for over twenty two years in the field of operations, Stanley decided to join Casa Colina to carry the message and to help mentor other men who are struggling with alcoholism and addiction. His near death experience with alcohol poisoning followed by his time in treatment have contributed to his desire to reach others through telling his own story and sharing his personal experiences.
With his management experience in retail and his military experience as a First Lieutenant in the Army, Stanley also brings exceptional leadership skills to the men of Casa Colina. His favorite life advice is to “wait on the Lord and to be of good courage.”
When he is not spending time with his wife and family, he enjoys volunteering with Meals on Wheels and believes taking meals to people in need is one of the most incredible experiences one can have.
A loving father, a good friend, and an all-around caring man, Donnie joined Casa Colina as a Recovery Advocate in 2018. Growing up, his desire was to become a surgeon and to make a difference in peoples’ lives. This motivation to help others influenced his decision to join the team at Casa Colina. When he is not at work, Donnie’s spends his time watching cartoons with his children, spending time in fellowship with his AA home group, watching football, and planning trips to the beach. He hopes to begin working towards his goal of completing college while at Casa Colina. Knowing Donnie as we do and his motto to “Never ever give up,” we are sure that he will accomplish whatever he sets out to do…including guiding others towards living a life in sobriety.
A passionate sports fan, Alec joined the team at Casa Colina in 2018 as a Recovery Advocate. His motivation to help others developed from finding peace and serenity through his own recovery program. Before joining Casa Colina, Alec completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and worked for a minor league baseball team and also in a collegiate setting in the sports information/media relations department. Some of the other causes Alec is passionate about are suicide prevention, improving education in inner city schools, and changing the stigma of mental health. When Alec is not working at Casa Colina, he enjoys watching or playing sports, volunteering, hanging out with nieces and nephews, playing with his dog Eva, and getting blizzards at Dairy Queen with friends.
Eric joined the team at Casa Colina as a Recovery Advocate in 2018 with the desire to be of maximum service to others who are struggling with addiction and/or alcoholism and to experience the life transformation that comes with sobriety. He was first introduced to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in 2005 and considers it a blessing to experience hope reborn in peoples lives. What he loves most about Casa Colina is the family-like work environment. Besides his own personal experience with recovery, Eric also brings his servant heart and his desire to humbly help others. When he is away from work, he most enjoys traveling, exercising, fishing, being outdoors and spending time with his family on the lake. His quote to live by is “keep it simple and take it one day at a time.”
Funny, loving, and outgoing, Jesse White joined Casa Colina in 2018 as a Recovery Advocate. His own experiences in treatment and also in recovery have strongly influenced his decision to help other men learn how to get better and to stay sober. With his ability to relate to others, Jesse brings charisma and a passion for recovery to the team at Casa Colina.
Jesse also feels strongly about working with troubled youth, carrying the message and serving as a worship leader in his church. When he is not working, he is happiest while enjoying the fellowship of AA, going to the lake, playing the guitar, spending time in prayer and meditation, and spending time with his family.
Some of his future goals include traveling to Paris with his wife and purchasing a home of his own; However he believes his real purpose in life is to be of maximum service to God and to those around him and to be a good father and husband to his family.
With a heart of gold, Mel Warren joined Casa Colina as our maintenance manager in early 2017 because he loves to help young people in whatever capacity he can. Mel has a love of teaching others and enjoys working with his hands. After serving honorably on the United States Marine Corps, he earned his Associate of Arts degree in Victoria, Texas. He then stayed on and taught welding at the collegiate level. He is most inspired by family and friends, particularly his wife of over 45 years and his grandchildren. When he is not at Casa Colina, he can be found wood working and constructing furniture in his shop.
14 year old Quarter Horse Mare
Claire loves humans and initiates contact. She will often park herself in the center of a group processing session. She loves to play with different objects & she will steal any food item brought into the arena.
14 year old Paint Gelding.
Cochise is always calm, cool and cooperative. He would rather have wither scratches than move his feet, but prefers napping or grazing to all other activity.
13 year old Paint gelding
Cash was abused & rescued from a slaughter house. He’s very playful. He insists on honesty from human partners and is quick to share his opinion on any matter.
13 year old Clydesdale Cross mare.
Lola is sweet but timid. Coming from an abusive environment, she’s learning to trust humans. She wants to please & will do what’s asked of her when she’s asked politely.
15 year old Quarter Horse mare.
Zee came to us with Lola, they were pasture mates for several years. She is the herd’s alpha mare. She is learning to trust humans again but is quick to join up with a human partner when she is treated with respect.