Daniel Garcia, Ph.D., M.T.S. 
Executive Director 

Dr. Garcia is a bilingual, licensed psychologist. 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 a candidate analyst at 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.

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.

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 AngeliL.P.C.I.

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.


*Intern- supervised by Suzan Cotellesse, MS, LPC-S 


Bethany SturgisPatient Liaison

Bethany Sturgis is The MendCenter's Patient Liaison 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. 


Ashley TaylorPh.D. Candidate

Ashley Taylor is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at The University of Houston. She is completing her 2020-2021 doctoral practicum under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Daniel Garcia and has been a vital part of The MendCenter since 2019. Her clinical focus is centered on Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychosis, personality disorders, and other serious mental illnesses. 

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Gerilyn FadnessResidential Home Manager

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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Damon SmallsResidential Home Assistant Manager

Damon Smalls is a retired Navy veteran from New York City.  He received his Bachelor's degree from The University of Maryland in Humanities.  He comes to The MendCenter from the Sheppard Pratt Health System's Jefferson School Residential Treatment Center where he worked with adolescents. He has held positions as Resident Counselor, ETA, Resource Specialist, and Senior Resident Counselor. Additionally, Damon is certified in Crisis Intervention, Behavior Interventionand CPI, CPR, DBT.

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Erica ReyPh.D. Candidate

Erica Rey is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Houston. She is completing her 2020-2021 doctoral practicum under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Daniel Garcia. Her clinical interests include the treatment of trauma and stressor related disorders, personality disorders, and the psychoanalytic exploration of self and identity.

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Luiza MartinsPh.D. Candidate

Luiza Martins is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Houston. She is completing her 2020-2021 doctoral practicum under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Daniel Garcia. Her clinical interest focuses on trauma and stressor-related disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and Lacanian Psychoanalysis. Luiza is fluent in Portuguese and English.


Taewon KimPh.D. Candidate

Taewon Kim is a licensed psychologist in Korea and has worked with adults and college students in the United States. She is curretnly a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at the University of Houston completing her 2020-2021 doctoral practicum internship  under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Garcia. Her counseling approach draws from Psychodynamic approaches, Lacanian Psychoanalysis, and Interpersonal
Psychotherapy with a multicultural perspective. Taewon is fluent in English and Korean.