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Daniel Garcia, Ph.D., M.T.S. 
Executive Director / Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Garcia is a bilingual, licensed psychologist and psychoanalyst. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of the Incarnate Word, Harvard University, and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garcia received his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin, completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at Harvard Medical School/ The Cambridge Health Alliance, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Menninger Clinic. His research and clinical focus is the psychoanalytic treatment of chronic and severe mental illness. Dr. Garcia is also an analyst of The Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkley, California. 

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Maurien CaronClinical Director, M.S., L.P.C.

Maurien Caron is a Licensed Professional Counselor and analyst of Lacanian orientation. She is also a licensed psychologist in Brazil and has experience working with adults and young children. Her clinical focus is on Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychosis, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Maurien is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.  


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Marcelo ZigaranPh.D. / Consulting Psychoanalyst

Marcelo Zigaran is a concert cellist and Lacanian psychoanalyst. He combines his areas of expertise to provide unique therapeutic insights as a MendCenter consultant. 


Daniel R. GarzaM.D. / Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Garza is a fully licensed, board-certified psychiatrist. He specializes in mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression, as well as anxiety and attention-deficit disorders.

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Rie Kojima AngeliM.S., L.P.C. / Staff Clinician

Rie Kojima Angeli is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her clinical interest and focus includes the relationship between trauma, attachment, and addiction. Moreover, Rie pays particular attention to clients’ mind/body connection and is an experienced Internal Family Systems therapist. She is also fluent in English and Japanese.

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Bethany SturgisExecutive Assistant

Bethany Sturgis is The MendCenter's Executive Assistant serving as a critical link between the organization and the community. She has experience in the administrative aspect of the medical community. Bethany enjoys building relationships with clients and helping others. 

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Taz ShaikPh.D. Candidate / Case Manager

Taz Shaik is the MendCenter's Case Manager. She is passionate about helping clients bridge their mental health concerns with the goals they hold outside of The MendCenter. Taz is also a Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Meridian University. Her clinical focus includes trauma, anxiety and personality disorders.  Her number one goal is helping clients find their sense of recovery. 

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Gerilyn FadnessAdmissions Coordinator

A nurturer at heart, Gerilyn is passionate about helping people discover their full potential while encouraging them and their families to recover and heal. 

She graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has significant experience working in residential treatment settings. Gerilyn strives to make a difference in the mental health field and is inspired by the work of the individuals who have the courage to create their own personal life design.
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Anna De FilippiLPC-A / Staff Clinician

Anna De Filippi is a Licensed Professional Counselor – Associate (LPC-Associate).* She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Reed College, the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) / Paris VIII, and the University of St. Thomas, Houston. Anna’s ongoing clinical formation is in Lacanian psychoanalysis. Her areas of clinical focus include gender and sexual identity, anxiety, and intergenerational trauma. She speaks both English and French.

Supervised by Felicia Powell-Williams, LPC-S

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Montrellis SimmonsResidential Director

Montrellis Simmons is driven care professional steeped in 7 years of combined experience contributing top quality patient care with a focus mental health.

Montrellis attended Jackson State University , where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education. He has held positions as Teen Director, Direct Care Supervisor, and Lead Mental Health Technician. He is also an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Montrellis is skilled in MANDT, CPI, HWC, and CPR.

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James Torres Residential Staff

James Torres is new to Houston and comes to The MendCenter from the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys adaptive sports and was a part of a wheelchair basketball team called the Wheel Blazers in Portland, OR. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University. He is experienced in working in residential settings and case management. James was inspired by those that were supportive to him when overcoming obstacles in his life as a wheelchair user, and he is passionate to be that supportive person to others.