Committed to Your Recovery | Our Staff | ViewPoint Rehab | New Mexico

Drug and Alcohol Rehab Staff

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David Hoekenga, M.D.
Medical Director

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

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alcohol-treatment-facilities-Bob-GalliganMr. Galligan, a Harvard Graduate, has been a consultant and in private practice since 1988. He is a consultant to private residential in-patient and out-patient treatment centers and provides professional and private practitioner clinical services to individuals, couples and families in the area of substance abuse and dependency, relationships, growth, and change. Mr. Galligan has a lengthy relationship with New Mexico’s District Courts. He provides private practitioner services and testimony to the 2nd and 13th Districts’ Family Court in high conflict custody, custody reintegration and substance use cases for parents, children, and families. He also provides private practitioner services for the 2nd District Civil Court in DWI multi-offender license restoration assessment cases for individuals.

Robert Galligan, LPCC, LADAC,
Clinical Director

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Melonie Bacoccini, CMA
Program Director

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“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.

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New-Mexico-addiction-rehab-Rene-GonzalesDr. 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.
Psychiatrist
Addiction Certified

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Shireen Hill
Nursing Director, RN

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Shireen is a registered nurse and a member of the American Psychiatric Nurse’s Association.  Shireen grew up in Saudi Arabia and ended up in the state of New Mexico following graduation from New Mexico Military Institute.  She has more than 15 years of experience working in behavioral health and addiction medicine.  Her hobbies mostly revolve around her husband and son racing motocross and motorcycle road racing.  Shireen is also a proud member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean

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drug rehab Albuquerque bob bMr. Barns was led into this field by opportunities that came to him. He often states that working as an addiction counselor was not a part of his “life plan”. Mr. Barns has been fortunate that his liabilities transcended into assets, and brought meaning and purpose into his life. He believes that being a channel to share hope and light with any suffering addict is a gift…

Mr. Barns entered this field as a counselor in a group home for adolescents with substance abuse issues. After a number of years in the group home, he worked at Care Unit Hospital before finally opening Recovery Unlimited for a long 25-year stretch. Mr. Barns has taken an active role in the addiction community as he had an integral role in starting The Drug Court Programs in Bernalillo County. He was also the director of Life Choices that facilitated the treatment for Metro, District and Juvenile Drug courts for 5 years. Mr. Barns takes pride in his work and truly cares for all of the lives that cross his path.

Bob Barnes
LADAC

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Christina Blea
CNA, BSW

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Christina is a facilitator and recent BSW graduate from New Mexico Highlands University. She is currently continuing her education and licenses both MSW and LADAC. She has been working with adults in detox and recovery for the past three years, using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique need of each new client.

Christina has experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Her areas of practice include: seeking safety, mindfulness, meditation, coping with stress in the environment, anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, and life stresses and next step transitions.

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rehab-centers-for-drugs-mateoMateo Duran is a CPSW and a Recovery 12-step coach. He specializes in substance use disorders and mental health. Mateo is also in recovery. His primary purpose is to help clients transition to society and to educate them toward a better way of life. He has a passion and deep connection with his clients and is very informative about the disease of addiction. He loves his job!!!!!

Mateo Duran
CPSW

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Cherish Garcia
Quality Assurance
Supervising Residential Aide

best-alcohol-rehab-Alb-New-Mexico-Cherish-GarciaCherish Hoggan loves her job and truly cares about helping others achieve sobriety. Her personal experience in addiction and recovery is helpful to our clients and gives them hope. She believes If she can do it, they can do it too. Recovery is possible.

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best-alcohol-rehab-Alb-NM-Sean-Smith“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.

Sean Smith
Residential Aide

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Abbas Khan,
Residential Aide

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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

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New-Mexico-addiction-rehab-Chaney-Howe

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.

Chaney Howe
RA

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Shauna Shafer
Residential Aide

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Shauna Schafer MA and phlebotomist is a native of Albuquerque, NM. Shauna was first introduced to Recovery as a young child. Shauna’s mother worked as a Nurse for 10 years providing treatment during the 1980s. Shauna has followed in her mother’s footsteps. Shauna’s mother showed her at a young age that everyone deserves someone who cares without passing judgment. She prides herself in showing up just to help them those in need. She starts every day excited to make a difference. Shauna is here for those in need on the medical side and to help them with the 12-step program.

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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.

Veronica Flores
Residential Aide

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Tom McGuire
Personal Trainer

albequerque rehabilitation near mePhysically 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.

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drug-rehab-rio-rancho-Ray-RomeroRay 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

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Krystal Cordova
Yoga Instructor

drug-rehab-albuquerque-KrystalKrystal 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.

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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.

Lori Armiji
Yoga Instructor

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Jaclyn Hart
Nutritionist

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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.

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