Laura Bowen has been working in the field of mental health and addiction since 1998. She began her work in counseling after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Managemeny from the University of Texas, Dallas. “I became passionate about the work I was doing when I saw how much people’s lives improved when they found their path.” She sought further education and obtained a Master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor. Her experience in Mental Health began with her work with adolescents and families. She went on to work all populations and developed a passion for working in recovery after experiencing her own tragic loss. This drove her develop her skills and training in trauma work and addiction treatment. Laura has additional training and experience in Psychodrama, Expressive Art Therapy, EMDR, as well as CBT and DBT. Laura was born and raised in California but traveled and lived in several countries as her family served in the Foreign Services. She believes that this background enables her to relate to a variety of cultures. Laura has worked in many different settings; inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment and private practice. She has held positions as Clinical Director, Clinician, Manager and Business Developer, in both California and Texas. She enjoys combining her human resource management background with her clinical skill set; this combined with her diverse cultural background opened doors for her to work with executives, athletes, musicians, and performers. Laura uses a client centered multi modal approach in her work with clients.
LAURA BOWEN - Director of Clinical Services
KAMAL SHAH, M.D. - Medical Director of Pathos
Dr. Shah is passionate about helping patients on all three planes: Mind, Body and Spirit. He works closely with clients’ mental health care team to ensure integrated care as patients undergo the healing process. He aims to provide comprehensive diagnoses and flexible treatment plans.
Dr. Shah earned his medical degree from Tulane University. He completed his residency in Neurology at the University of Texas at TMC. He then completed fellowships in Movement Disorders and Addiction Medicine. His diverse background includes studies in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California and Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown.
JULIE CUNNINGHAM - Director of Clinical Operations
Julie is a long-time veteran in the war on drugs. It is her mission to change the way we view addiction and how we treat the individuals who are affected.
Julie graduated from Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked extensively with people with addiction who are dealing with childhood trauma and/or mental illness. In her free time Julie enjoys spoiling her 2 dogs and 2 accidental cats, painting, tinkering and belly laughing with the people in her life who get her.
XAVIER BARRON - Business Development Manager
Xavier Barron is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (Graduate), one of the youngest Internationally Certified Prevention Specialists in the World, and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist Candidate. Xavier attended the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies and is currently obtaining his Undergraduate Degree at Springfield College. Xavier entered the helping profession in 2015. He has worked extensively with children and adolescents, offering substance abuse prevention, intervention, and counseling to thousands of young people in the Greater Houston Area. Xavier specializes in helping teenagers and young adults who suffer from substance abuse as well as sexual and pornographic compulsions. He also offers Healthy Sexuality Education services. Xavier uses aspects of several different therapeutic modalities in his practice such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person- Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness. Xavier is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and has a wealth of experience helping young people who identify as LGBTQ+.
Xavier is a Recovery Support Therapist in The Lovett Center’s Pathos Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Adolescent program. He also sees individuals and families on an outpatient basis. In Xavier’s experience, addiction typically begins in adolescence and young adulthood. He chooses to work with young clients who suffer in the hopes that with enough therapeutic intervention, they won’t have to become old clients who suffer. Additionally, Xavier offers lectures and presentations on a wide range of behavioral health topics to schools, businesses, and other organizations by request. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering, and traveling the world.
CYRUS MARTIN - Intake Coordinator
Cyrus is a Master of Social Work and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston Downtown and later completed his MSW at Our Lady of the Lake. Cyrus was born and raised in Houston, Texas and now serves his community by providing intake services at The Lovett Center. He has been working deep within the community for over 10 years providing outreach, clinical services, and developing therapeutic alliances with community stakeholders. Cyrus’s MSW degree specializes in Hispanic and Latino cultural competence and he prides himself on his relationship building skills with multicultural communities. Working with a wide range of clientele from adolescents to specialized female populations, he has been fortunate to develop a broad clinical reach with family therapy, substance abuse, trauma, grief, and professionals seeking help. Cyrus has experience utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in tandem with motivational interviewing (MI) approaches to connect with clients. Possessing additional certified skills in cannabis youth treatment (CYT) and seeking safety (SS), Cyrus is equipped with expert knowledge and skills related to evidence based criteria. Working to develop an ecological perspective and treat clients from a holistic approach allows Cyrus to develop meaningful interventions for both people and communities. Dedication and commitment are Cyrus’s two pillars of focus and he thrives on communicating with and helping those in need.
CRAIG HARRIS - Office Manager
In my role as office manager for the Lovett Center, I bring a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge. In my current role, I supervise the administrative staff as well as manage building operations for the Lovett Center. I have worked in the healthcare industry for 11 years. Primarily in business office functions in mental health as well as hospice environments. My goal is to provide quality customer care to our clients, and quality administrative support to the clinicians of the Lovett Center. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, and spending time with my friends and family.
PA KELLY - Administrative Assistant
P. A. was born and raised in The Bronx, New York and left for California after graduating from high school. In the Bay Area, she marched in drum and bugle corps winning three national championships. With that experience, PA was asked to come and teach marching bands in Houston area high schools. She spent sixteen years teaching visual design resulting in national championships. While she was doing this, she was also working at Compaq Computers as a leader in manufacturing circuit boards and hardware. She is an artist and passionate about using color in abstract mediums. PA loves being around other people. She’s committed to dedicating her life to service in the community.
NORA BIGLEY - Administrative Assistant
Nora graduated from Lonestar Community College with an Associate Of Arts and is continuing her education at the University of Houston Downtown where she will graduate in May with a Bachelors in Science in Interdisciplinary studies. She has recently been accepted into the Texas Teachers Teaching program and aspires to be a teacher as soon as she completes the program. She believes that every child deserves the best education so that they may have a brighter future and reach their goals and expectations in life. In her down time she enjoys cooking , painting, and kayaking in the bays of Galveston.
FLORIAN ROBERTS - Administrative Assistant
Florian Roberts is an artist and creative thinker who offers a wealth of customer service experience to The Lovett Center. His focus at work includes providing the best quality administrative services, as well as being a solid team member that the Center can rely upon. He performs expertly and intuitively on the computer, having used PCs since they were merely two years of age. Florian recently graduated from Lone Star Community College with an Associates of Art degree. His interests outside of work consist of giving his cat attention, leisurely sketching and drawing, playing video games, enjoying nature, and indulging in cooking. When he is not involved in one of those activities, he enjoys spending time with his boyfriend, Alex.