Our team would like to welcome you to our recovery center and offer insight into what it’s like working with our clients at Cypress Lakes Lodge. Our team are either living in recovery actively or are part of a specialized trained medical team that deals with addiction and mental health. Read through their profiles and get to know them before you schedule your intake call. We can’t wait to go on this journey toward recovery together. Remember, recovery is found with a great support system behind you.
Dr. James Flowers Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Flowers is one of the most familiar and respected names in the area of pain management, addiction treatment and chronic pain assessment in the United States. For over twenty years, Dr. Flowers has occupied an expert leadership position in the pain and addiction treatment field, and has used his experience and knowledge to develop a substantial number of Addiction and Pain Recovery Programs within some of the most respected Physicians Practices, Hospitals and Residential Treatment Centers in the country. He designed multidisciplinary addiction treatment programs and clinical protocols, he has driven and achieved CARF and JCAHO accreditation for clinical programs, recruited and trained top clinical and administrative staff.
Dr. Flowers has a passion for healthcare and creating positive change in the lives of people who have been impacted by pain and co-occurring addictive disorders. Dr. Flowers is a pilot who loves to fly airplanes as often as possible. He is a lifelong distance runner, finishing more than 28 marathons, and has competed in several ultra marathons including 70 and 100 mile trail and mountain races.
Dr. Kerry Evans Medical Director
Dr. Evans is an emergency medicine doctor in Woodville, Texas. He received his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
David Bryant Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Bryant has over 25 years of healthcare experience in operations and acquisitions of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Previously Mr. Bryant served as Director of Acquisitions and Development for Universal Health Services, Inc., which is the third largest hospital management company in the United States with operations across North America, Puerto Rico and France. Mr. Bryant also served as Vice President and Executive Director for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield in Houston, Texas. From 1993 to 1996 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, which was named one of HCIA’s “Top 100 Hospitals” during his tenure.
David has a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Southwest Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Abilene Christian University.
Belinda Vasquez, LCDC, CART Executive Director
Belinda Vasquez leads Cypress Lakes Lodge with skills honed over a 20+ year career in addiction treatment and recovery management. Her experience has included case management, counseling, program coordination, clinical direction and supervising at several addiction treatment centers across Texas. As our Executive Director, Belinda is dedicated to improving our treatments and streamlining administrative processes for the benefit our clients -- when our day-to-day and behind-the-scenes operations run smoothly, the experience of recovery can be seamless and rejuvenating. Belinda is inspired by the strength of those who enter into recovery programs and strives to promote positivity and encouragement among both clients and staff members.
Christi Gryder, MS, LPC-S Clinical Director
Christi Gryder is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She received her Masters at Tarleton State University in Killeen TX where she specialized in Counseling Psychology. In her career of 20 years of experience to Cypress Lakes Lodge which include private practice, clinical direction, and supervision. Christi has worked with clients who have both military PTSD and civilian PTSD both in her private practice and in recovery centers. Christi counseled clients in her private practice which included issues ranging from trauma, depression, grief and loss and substance use disorder to name a few. Christi believes the therapeutic process involves the connection of Mind, Body, and Spirit and the underlying issues of substance use disorder must begin to be addressed in treatment in order to for the client to heal and continue the process of recovery and healing after the treatment process.
Eric Ayles Director of Marketing
Eric Ayles brings over 12 years of marketing and business development experience in the addiction and mental health fields. He has had an impressive career working for industry leaders including UT Southwestern Medical Center psychiatry department and at other national residential treatment programs including Delphi Behavioral Health, American Addiction Centers and Right Step.
Eric has been a board member for Mental Health of America of Greater Dallas and the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals in both the Houston and Dallas Chapters. He has served on many committees for behavioral health professional conferences including TAAP Spectrum, DFW Behavioral Health Symposium and many CEU educational seminars. Eric was selected as chair of the Adolescent Symposium of Texas in 2014 attracting nearly 600 professionals.
Eric began the Spiritual Care Network groups in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and two groups in Houston. Currently he is a leader for the North Houston Spiritual Care monthly networking meeting. These groups bring together faith leaders and mental health professional to support collaborative care and to share resources to help people struggling with addiction or mental health issues.
I’m inspired by this industry of caring professionals that save lives every day. Almost everyone I know has been affected by addiction is some way and I believe that no matter how bad the problem that people can change.
Pat Spurlin Regional Business Development Manager
Pat Spurling is the Regional Business Development Manager for Cypress Lakes Lodge in the Austin Area. Since August of 2015 Pat and his wife have successfully helped many families not only get help for their loved one but also helped the families start the necessary healing for themselves. Pat is an Interventionist and completed Arise Training and certified through TAA (The Addictions Academy). Pat and his wife LeiRonna reside in Round Rock, Texas where they actively work within the community by serving on the Austin ROSC Leadership Team and helping non-profit organizations working with addiction issues. He is also an active member of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals.
Pat was a long time resident of Ruidoso New Mexico before moving to Texas seven years ago. For 25 years he had an active role in multiple family businesses ranging from managing retail stores to running a commercial development company. After moving to Texas, Pat found his sobriety after a 35 year struggle with addiction and now has a mission to help other people change their life. He has a strong passion for helping families get their loved ones into treatment through his intervention service HPS Addiction Services.
Meredith Massey Business Development Manager
Meredith Massey is the business development manager in the Louisiana area for Cypress Lakes Lodge. She graduated from LSU with a Bachelors in Family Child and Consumer Sciences. Her former positions in healthcare include social services director and admissions manager then found her calling to help people overcome addiction. She has been working as a treatment consultant in Louisiana for the past four years specializing working with physicians, hospitals and mental health professionals.
I love meeting so many awesome professionals that share the same passion for helping others struggling with addiction and mental health. I'm constantly inspired by the courage it takes for clients to make the conscious decision to do what's necessary to heal their broken lives, said Meredith.
Leonard Green Regional Business Development Manager
For the past twelve years Leonard Green has been dedicated to making a difference in the healthcare industry. Leonard has a proven track record of success developing growth and client outcomes across markets including home health, hospice, diagnostics, chronic pain and addiction treatment. He is especially proud and grateful for the 7 years he has spent working in the addiction treatment industry from direct client care at residential and intensive outpatient settings to Director roles in business development and marketing. His broad skill set and compassion creates a positive impact in the organizations and people he works with. Leonard is passionate about championing the quality of life for everyone he serves. He has 6 and 10 year old sons he loves spending time with and teaching them sports.
Rick Matthews Treatment Consultant
Rick Matthews currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Cypress Lakes Lodge. Rick joined Cypress in September, 2016, and assisted with the licensing and opening of the facility. He directs all of the marketing, business development, outreach, and admissions efforts.
Prior to joining Cypress Lakes Lodge, Rick was the Community Liaison Leader for Memorial Hermann Prevention & Recovery Center, and Director of Business Development for Kemah Palms Recovery. He has a real passion for helping people achieve long term sobriety, and utilizes his 21 years of insurance industry knowledge to help navigate the difficult insurance policies to get people to start the recovery process.
Rick is married, has three children, and five grandchildren. When he’s not spending time with them, he enjoys playing golf, hunting and fishing.
Paul Wicker, BAAS, LCDC Lead Counselor
Paul Wicker contributes years of experience as a counselor and program administrator to his role at Cypress Lakes Lodge. Over the course of his career, Paul has served as a lead counselor, program coordinator and interim director at a number of Texas treatment centers. His educational background in communications and psychology led him to find his passion for alcohol and drug addiction counseling -- he next pursued a certification as an Alcohol and Drug Counseling Aide, and then his LCDC licensure. He is a dedicated and gifted counselor who values each client and feels rewarded each time he works with someone who finds their light at the end of the tunnel. He says, “Witnessing an awakening in an individual is an invaluable experience.” In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor hobbies and is an avid disc golf player.
Tobin Wells, LCDC Crisis Intervention Counselor
Tobin Wells brings extensive community-oriented experience to his role at Cypress Lakes Lodge. During his education in Human Services at Angelina College, he specialized in drug and alcohol counseling and went on to receive his chemical dependency counseling license. He has previously served as an outreach, screening, assessment and referral supervisor for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council; has spoken at community-based agencies including Child Protective Services and probation departments; and has played key roles in organizing local recovery events with 600+ attendees. His wholehearted investment in each client shines through in his dedication to the work we do at Cypress Lakes. He says, “In our field, it is so important that no one is left behind. Anyone can get clean and sober if they are willing to do the work -- we can’t give up on anyone.” Tobin enjoys bike rides, traveling and spending time with his family.
Max Bowen M.A. LPC EMDR Counselor
Max believes it is important to have a collaborative process between therapist and client in assessment, goal setting, and treatment. he provides experienced, compassionate counseling and psychotherapy, and works with a variety of personal problems and issues, including: addictions, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, trauma, couples therapy, and migraines. He is trained and experienced in cognitive-behavioral therapy, couples therapy, hypnosis, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and is especially excited about my recent training and work treating migraines using Integrated EMDR.
Jordanna Cook, LCDC Admissions and Utilization Review Counselor
Jordanna has worked in the addiction treatment field since 2005. She got her start as a counselor intern at LaHacienda Treatment Center whom she considers her clinical home. She went on to get her LCDC license and participated in building the young adult program at Memorial Herman Prevention and Center for many years. As a seasoned counselor, Jordanna has worked with clients, families, and other treatment providers in both residential and outpatient programs. Her wide range of knowledge and experience in the industry allows us to closely assess clients prior to admission to ensure the best fit in treatment placement and ultimately the best possible outcomes for clients. Jordanna credits her late husband, Jacob, who was in long term recovery, for inspiring her desire to help those in the throes of addiction. “He taught me what recovery looks like and that everyone deserves a chance a redemption.”
Anne Messina, LPC, LCDC Admissions and Utilization Review Counselor
Anne Messina is a native of Beaumont, Texas, whose personal connection to the area and background in the field brings invaluable insight to our team. A Hatton Sumners Scholar during her Psychology degree at Schreiner University, Anne sets a high bar for her work at Cypress Lakes Lodge. She followed her undergraduate work with a Master of Education in Counseling from Lamar University and entered the world of addiction treatment as a counselor and continuing care coordinator at La Hacienda Treatment Center outside of San Antonio. She has recently returned to the Beaumont area with her husband and young daughter and feels privileged to continue her work at Cypress Lakes. Of her career path, she says, “I love helping people in their early stages of recovery -- being a small part of people’s journeys is humbling and rewarding.”
Cindy Willman Business Office Manager
JoAnn Williams Human Resources Manager
JoAnn was born and raised in Houston, TX, however decided a more relaxed tempo was what she desired. She has lived the past 20 years in Woodville, TX and has made this community her community. JoAnn attended school in nearby Lufkin, TX and has a degree in business administration. She is continuing her education with emphasis in Human Resources She is honored to offer her experience for the mission and vision of Cypress Lakes Lodge.