Robert Olivarez, LMSW
Director of Operations/COO
Robert became the Director of Operations in July of 2017. He brings over 20 years of operations and management experience to the Clear Springs Ranch community. Robert has worked in multiple settings in a leadership capacity, from the United States Air Force, to the car industry, to a small business owner. He got his B.A. in Human Services with an emphasis in Addiction in 2015 from the University of Phoenix and he was recently awarded a Masters in Social Work degree from Arizona State University.
Robert believes in the mission and vision of Clear Springs Ranch wholeheartedly. His desire to help others that struggle with addiction has been a driving force in his life over the last 12 years. Not only does he bring experience, strength, and hope from his own recovery experience, he comes from the heart.
In his off time, Robert is devoted to his family. He is blessed with 3 daughters and a wonderful wife. They enjoy sports, outdoors, farm life, and raising livestock together.
Hallye Swoboda, LVN
Hallye was born and raised in Kerrville, Texas. She graduated from Schreiner University’s Vocational Nursing Program in 2006 and began her career in substance abuse treatment as a staff nurse at a local drug and alcohol treatment center for adults and adolescents.
Hallye joined The Ranch team as a staff nurse, at its inception in 2012. Since her beginnings at The Ranch at Clear Springs, Hallye has collaborated with physicians, clinicians, and administration to craft a seamless approach to the treatment of addiction and build a strong and effective nursing department. As Nursing Supervisor, she brings over 10 years of experience in Chemical Dependency to the team of nurses at The Ranch, providing exceptional care to those seeking a life of recovery.
Bruce Cooper, LCDC, AAC, ADCIII, CCS, CCJP, NCACII
Bruce has been a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor for the last 30 years. He is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Criminal Justice Professional, an Advanced Addictions Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor Level 2. Bruce cross-trained to work with veterans, youth and families through several different programs, and he has worked both in inpatient and outpatient programs throughout his career.
Bruce has been in recovery for 32 years and says that he has enjoyed a wonderful recovered life. His true passion is to carry the message of recovery to others. His greatest desire is to help both the addict and the individual’s family begin to discover a solution to the many problems the disease creates.
Michelle Ramirez, M.Ed., LPC, LCDC
Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her extensive experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor includes incorporating 12-Step knowledge and programming with clinical services for people in recovery from substance use disorders and dual diagnosis mental illness. As an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained trauma therapist, Michelle has provided EMDR therapy to numerous clients struggling with trauma issues affecting their treatment. She especially enjoys facilitating process and psycho educational groups, individual sessions and family sessions.
Anand Mehendale, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Mehendale is board certified in both Neurology and Addiction Medicine. He has been a pioneer and a visionary in Texas regarding physician health issues including Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) for over 25 years. He is currently in a private practice of Neurology at Phoenix Medical Associates in Kerrville, Texas. Dr. Mehnedale is the Chief Medical Officer for Clear Springs Ranch and the Medical Director of OnTrac Relapse Prevention.
Throughout his impressive career, Dr. Mehendale has been appointed and elected to various leadership positions. Instrumental in the development of the Texas Physician Health Program, he is currently on the governing board of that program, which is administratively attached to the Texas Medical Board. Additionally, Dr. Mehendale was on the governing board of the Texas chapter of American Society of Addiction Medicine and served as the chapter’s past president. He is also a past member and chairman of the Texas Medical Association’s Physician Health and Rehabilitation Committee and has served as a consultant to the organization.
Dr. Mehendale wrote a chapter on epilepsy for an international book titled “Hemisyndromes: Psychobiology, Neurology, Psychiatry,” and he has published many journal articles. For six consecutive years from 2010 to 2015, “Texas Monthly” selected him as one of their Super Doctors. “Leading Physicians of the World” chose him in 2013, and he is listed in “America’s Top Physicians” in 2014. He is currently the section editor for “SM Journal of Neurology and Neuroscience” and editor in chief of “Journal of Addiction and Prevention Medicine,” both of which are international peer reviewed open access journals.
Todd Dugas, LCSW
Todd joined the Clear Springs Ranch team as their Clinical Director in September 2017. He previously worked as The Arbor’s first Clinical Director and The Last Resort’s first Clinical Director and Executive Director.
Todd was first credentialed in Louisiana in 1992 as a Board Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and in 1998 as a LCSW. Over the past 28 years, Todd has progressively advanced administratively and clinically in addictive disorders and mental health agencies in the public systems, criminal justice systems and private sectors. He has held positions as Clinical Director or Executive Director since 1998.
Todd started his recovery journey in February 1984 and has been in continuous long-term sobriety since April 1988. Todd enjoys working with new-comers and old-timers. His other interest includes time with his son when he is in town on break from college and cycling on his road bike with his cycling team in the Austin or Waco area. Just beware, if you ask him about his recovery, his son or his cycling it may be a long and enthusiastic response.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Bellevue University in Omaha, Nebraska. He joined Clear Springs Ranch at its inception as the Director of IT Services. He has a total experience of 15 years in the IT field and has worked in various positions of technical support and customer service for a wide range of industries. In his last position, as Executive support liaison at Texas Instruments in Dallas, which he held for 5 years, he was responsible for all technological requirements for the corporate leadership team there. This included meeting support , aircraft data connectivity, and remote technical support. In his free time, Chris likes to fish and read. His daughters keep him too busy for much else.
After over a decade of not living life on life’s terms, I was guided down a path of recovery that included residential treatment, direction from the legal system and strong suggestions that I found a recovery program that worked for me. Through the support of my family, friends and the 12 step recovery fellowship, I began the journey of contented sobriety. I have enjoyed 16 years of continuous sobriety and share the passion that comes from my recovery with addicts and their loved ones.
I am currently working on a Bachelors of Psychology and will begin working on my LCDC by the end of 2017.
I enjoy spending time with my family, children and granddaughter and I love the outdoors! I have many friends in the recovery community that are a huge part of my life and help to keep me grounded in a lifestyle of recovery. I have a passion for working with the alumni and oversight of their continuum of care. Watching people grow in recovery makes all the hard work and dedication worth every second.
Dave Dauber, LCDC
During the first 37 years of life, I was a Hair Designer for 21 years and was engaged in active addiction for 24 of my first 37 years. With a gentle nudge from Denton County Adult Probation, I went to my first Residential Treatment Program. Upon completion, I moved to Waco, TX, actively participated in a 12 step program and created a new life for myself with the help from a God of my understanding. I now work as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and own a Sober Living home with my wife of 7 years. I have celebrated 14 years of contented, continuous sobriety. Recovery has given me a life I never dreamed possible, full of peace, love, serenity and a spiritual connection that enables me to help others who suffer from the same spiritual malady that I embraced for too long. My purpose in life is to help all who struggle with addiction and their loved ones to start on a journey of recovery, with the hope of a spiritual awakening and a life of contented recovery.
Rebekah Poyner, M.A.
Rebekah graduated from Southwestern College in 2016 with her master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling. She is passionate about using art and other creative means to support self-exploration, expression, and healing on the journey to becoming a holistically healthier person.
In the last two years she has used art therapy with Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls working on conflict resolution, co-facilitated veteran support groups, and has worked with men and women in addiction recovery. She has recently returned from India where she worked with orphans who have HIV/AIDS and women with significant traumatic experiences.
Rebekah is excited to bring her love of people and creativity together as she witnesses men and women discover their potential at Clear Springs Ranch. Outside of art therapy, she also enjoys creating her own art, kayaking, and exploring.
Dan Newby, Co-Founder
The founders wanted to build a treatment center that would deliver a program to meet the criteria for the treatment of addiction that had evolved from their discussions. This new facility would provide clients with the care and programs that would help them understand the nature of their disease in an environment that would facilitate their recovery. This understanding of the factors that led them down the path to addiction would provide them with a more complete set of tools in order for them to achieve success and return to their families and communities.
The founders located a 200 acre ranch in Aquilla, Texas, acquired it, secured the funding from a group of investors and recruited an experienced staff from their contacts of 50 years. In August of 2013 “Clear Springs Ranch” became a reality.
Dan Newby was cofounder and a senior executive at CRC Health Corporation the largest treatment provider in the US for nearly 20 years.