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.
Kyle Infante Chief Marketing Officer
After finally achieving sobriety in 2013, Kyle’s made it his mission to help others in life. After multiple treatment center stays and repeated relapses, Kyle received a holistic approach to recovery and thoroughly worked the 12 steps. Prior to recovery and into his sobriety, he’s had a passion for helping others in the form of developing effective marketing and advertising strategies, on the agency and client sides. Kyle brings years of effective media strategies to Cypress Lakes Lodge because he believes anyone can get sober, whatever their circumstances. Kyle credits all the miraculous things that have unfolded in his life to recovery: his marriage, rebuilding of relationships with family, and a passion for helping others recover from the disease of addiction.
In addition to overseeing all internal and external communications for Cypress Lakes Lodge, Kyle is also a contributor for Forbes and a part of the Forbes Communication Council, sits on the Board of Directors for RecoveryPeople, and has been featured by the #Truth campaign’s latest opioid PSA.
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.
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.
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.
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.”