Melonie Bacoccini, CMA
“Give yourself permission to live a big life. Step into who you are meant to be. Stop playing small. You’re meant for greater things”
Melonie has worked in the Substance Abuse Treatment field since 2006 where she began her career at Bernalillo County MATS Detox/DSAP program. Melonie comes to Viewpoint Rehabilitation Center with a wealth of experience in 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 circumstances to those who are willing to undergo a total lifestyle transformation. Her true admiration and dedication provoke a different way of thinking that empowers those around her to live their most authentic lives in recovery.
Dr. 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.
Rene Gonzales, M.D.
Supervising Residential Aide
Abbas began his journey in the field of health & fitness over 10 years ago helping individuals achieve mental and physical success. This led him to a desire to learn more about human behavior and he began his journey in the field of psychology. Having been inspired by profoundly deep thinkers such as Aristotle, Fredrich Nietzsche, Alan Watts, and Carl Jung, he gained an insatiable desire to help humanity live to its full potential and overcome the darkest aspects of the psyche. Abbas went on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy and a concentration in addiction. He has also been accepted into a doctoral program (PsyD) to continue his academic endeavors in the field of psychology.
As Abbas made the decision to pursue his passion to help individuals in need of mental health, he also realized the epidemic of alcohol and substance abuse and its correlation with mental illness. Abbas started in Los Angeles and worked in the field of addiction with adults and troubled youth for several years. He has witnessed the horrifying effects of addiction with hundreds of clients and has also witnessed the life-changing effects proper treatment can provide.
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.” -Aristotle
Chaney was born in California and raised in North Carolina; he has been a New Mexico resident since 2011. Previously a student of Japanese Studies at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, he received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico in 2018. In the past, he has 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. Chaney feels that his own experience as a person in recovery has given him valuable tools and perspective that has allowed him to be of service to other addicts and alcoholics, and to engage with clients from a place of compassion and empathy.
Veronica is a New Mexican native. Having struggled with addiction herself, she knows recovery is possible. Veronica loves that she now gets to help others learn how to obtain sobriety with a 12-step program. Through empathy, patience, and understanding, she believes we make recovery possible for all our clients.
Physically active all of his life, whether it was football, baseball, basketball, or skiing if it involved getting outside, Tom was doing it – always 100%. While working and raising kids he took up martial arts running, and strongman competitions, which led him to CNM’s Physical Fitness Program, where he graduated in 2015 and earned his American Council on Exercise (ACE) certification. When Tom’s not teaching classes in the studio or working in his auto body shop, he’s running with his wife Chelsie, attending his kids athletic events or teaching at Viewpoint Rehabilitation.
Ray 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.
Krystal is a New Mexican native and a mother above it all with a heartfelt passion to connect her community to themselves, each other and the deeper world all around using the mindfulness practice of yoga. She believes that when people can get to a place beyond the limits of their mind and live into deeper places of their being is when true compassion and magic unfolds. Her work is a reflection of this very belief. She was traditionally trained in Hatha and Vinyasa styles under the guidance of Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico, a credentialed + certified Yoga Alliance approved institute.
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.
Jaclyn Hart is a Nutritionist with over 13 years of clinical and outpatient experience. She was born and raised in Washington state where she worked in Seattle’s major trauma hospital. Jaclyn made the move to Albuquerque this year and she is really enjoying the beautiful city. She loves working at ViewPoint and educating people on how to repair their bodies through optimal nutrition. She is also a very proud mom of 3 she also enjoys running, hiking and spending quality time with my family.