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Drug and Alcohol Rehab Staff

Rene Gonzales, M.D.
Addiction Certified

Rene staff memberDr. Gonzalez completed a psychiatry residency program at the University of Oklahoma and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arizona. Dr. Gonzalez has served as chief of staff/medical director at Charter Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital Behavioral Medicine department, and Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gonzalez holds medical licenses in Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico and has been in private practice since 1987. His achievements include Chief fellow at the University of Arizona Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Minority fellowship, American Psychiatric Association.


drug rehab doctorI am a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and am board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. As a former full professor at the University of New Mexico, I have developed deep roots in the state and its three cultures. I have integrated opioid, non-opioid therapies, always with a strong emphasis on counseling in the treatment of thousands of addicts. I have written eight novels in an attempt to better understand the human condition. On intake, I struggle to identify the factors-psychological, familial, environmental and developmental that combined to initiate the addiction. I work hard to partner with my clients to help them reduce their alcohol, opiates, and other addictive substances as quickly and safely as possible. I have innovated ways to help patients maintain sobriety. Reading new papers and books about addiction help me understand the roots and treatment of addiction.

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Program Supervisor

NM Viewpoint Rehab Melonie Program SupervisorMelonie comes to Viewpoint Rehabilitation with a wealth of experience project management, yet her heart continues to pull her back to her true love of working with those who have the desire to recover from addiction. Her personal experience gives her compassion and a unique perspective in working with addicts, alcoholics and their families. Melonie’s passion is providing the best possible care, under any given circumstance, to those who are willing to undergo a total lifestyle transformation. Her true admiration and dedication provokes a different way of thinking that empowers them to live their most authentic lives in recovery.


Daniel Bryant, Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Daniel is originally from Midland, TX but raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque, NM. Daniel’s previous background includes working with community outreach programs, teaching, and coaching. Daniel completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies at the University of New Mexico; he studied at New Mexico Highlands University for his Master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Daniel’s clinical mental health preference and approach is in Mindfulness and Somatic Experiencing. Daniel likes to bring a holistic and spiritual approach to his mindfulness groups.

Daniel enjoys spending time with his wife and two young girls outdoors, playing sports, and is an active member at his local church.

Daniel Bryant
Clinical Mental Health Counselor


Lori Armiji
Yoga Instructor

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Lori Armijo is a 500-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. Lori is trained in multiple styles of yoga and has been teaching since 2008. She trained with James Fox, founder of the Prison Yoga Project and worked with inmates at the county jail for 2 years. She worked for the New Mexico Department of Corrections leading a 12-week pilot program at the prison in Los Lunas. She also studied with Mark Lily, Street Yoga, Adapting Yoga for Trauma Sensitive Populations and David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga.

In addition to her services at ViewPoint, Lori offers classes at Bhava Yoga Studio, Grassroots Yoga, Mi Vida Yoga and Yoga by Julia. Lori seeks to help others experience the transformational power of yoga that has changed her life.


viewpoint rehab nutritionistHi! My name is Jaclyn Hart and I’m a Nutritionist with over 13 years of clinical and outpatient experience. I’m born and raised in Washington state where I worked at Seattle’s major trauma hospital. I made the move to Albuquerque this year and am really enjoying this beautiful city. I love working at ViewPoint and educating people on how to repair their bodies through optimal nutrition. I am a mom of 3 who enjoys running, hiking and spending quality time with my family.

Jaclyn Hart


Cherish Hoggan
Residential Aide

Cherish HogganHi, my name is Cherish Hoggan. I love my job and I truly care about helping others achieve sobriety. My personal experience in addiction and recovery is helpful to our clients and gives them hope. If I can do it, they can do it too. Recovery is possible.


Ray Romero, yoga instructorRRay Romero was born in Santa Fe, and is a lifelong New Mexico resident. He worked 44 years as a public educator, first as an early childhood specialist, and later he became a math and science instructional coach. He’s been practicing yoga for 25 years, studying primarily with Lyengar and Kundalini teachers. In 2016 Ray completed Sivananda yoga teacher training at Paradise Island in the Bahamas. He enjoys outdoor activities with his family and working with yoga students of all ages and levels. He is also the owner of La Luz Yoga Retreats.

Ray Romero
Yoga Instructor


Residential Aide

sean residential aide drug recovery addiction recovery new mexico“Find love in chaos.” This was the message Sean heard from a student while rafting through the Grand Canyon. After arriving in Arizona freshly sober, Sean ran an outdoor environmental organization in Flagstaff for young men in recovery. Sean has led expeditions all over the Southwest for young men and women recovering from challenges with addiction, behavioral health, and mental/physical impairments. Over the last ten years, he’s had the opportunity to spend many nights in the backcountry while traveling by foot or boat in wild places such as New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada, Central America, and Europe. After guiding river trips and expeditions for over 10 years Sean decided he was ready for the next phase in his life at ViewPoint. Working at ViewPoint Rehabilitation Center offers him the challenges and opportunities to connect with recovering addicts and help them to find a path to a life filled with love, honesty, and integrity.


Natasha Santillanes, 12 step clinicianNatasha Santillanes was born and raised in California but has lived in New Mexico for the past 25 years. With a background in psychology and over a decade in Recovery, she teaches the 12 steps. Natasha teaches
everything from identifying your character defects and triggers, recognizing your powerlessness and unmanageability, to the simple practice of meditation. She uses a philosophical approach to the practical
and pragmatic use of the 12 Steps in everyday life. Her philosophy centers around building self-esteem, recognizing your behaviors, and healing the inside. Her theory of learning is based on divergent
thinking, where she guides the group into possible solutions, always biased in positivity. Part lecture and part client participation, the group is taught thru discussion, quizzes, 12 Step material, and
philosophical debate.

Natasha Santillanes
12 Step Clinician


Sebastian Espeset
Residential Aide

Sebastian EspesetSebastian Espeset is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Santa Fe. His own experience in recovery provides a natural affinity for helping other addicts and alcoholics recover.


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Born in California and raised in North Carolina, I have been a New Mexico resident since 2011. Previously a student of Japanese Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, I received my BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico in 2018. In the past, I have worked as an outdoor educator, a backpacking expedition cook, a farm hand on a potato farm in Japan, and ‘animal wrangler’ for the Albuquerque Biopark. I feel that my own experience as a person in recovery has given me valuable tools and perspective that allow me to be of service to other addicts and alcoholics, and to engage with our clients from a place of compassion and empathy.

Chaney Howe