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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.

Dr. H


Daniel Bryant
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Daniel Bryant, Clinical Mental Health CounselorDaniel is originally from Midland, TX but was raised in the South Valley of Albuquerque, NM. Daniel’s previous background varies from 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 and is in his last semester 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 an active member of his local church.


viewpoint rehabilitation healing yoga rehabLori Armijo is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor. Lori is trained in many different 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 also worked for the New Mexico Department of Corrections leading a 12-week pilot program at the prison in Los Lunas.
She has also studied with Mark Lily, Street Yoga, Adapting Yoga for Trauma Sensitive Populations and David Emerson, Trauma Sensitive Yoga.Lori offers classes at Bhava Yoga Studio, Grassroots Yoga, Mi Vida Yoga and Yoga by Julia.  Lori currently works at a recovery center for drugs and alcohol offering yoga and meditation.  Lori seeks to help others experience the transformational power of yoga that has changed her life.

Lori Armiji
Yoga Instructor


Jaclyn Hart

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.


ViewPoint Staff MemberMr. Chavez is a proud Native American who has a history of service to others. For the past seven years, he has held various positions with organizations dedicated to providing services to individuals in need. He has extensive experience in the alcoholism and drug addiction recovery field and also worked with special needs children and adults with autism.

Mr. Chavez loves working with his team at VRC because he is a person with a heart’s desire to help people in any way he can.

Lawrence “Lorenzo” Chavez
Resident Assistant


Ray Romero
Yoga Instructor

Ray Romero, yoga instructorRay Romero was born in Santa Fe and is a lifelong New Mexico resident. He worked for 44 years as a public educator, first as an early childhood specialist, and later he became in math and science instructional coach. He’s been practicing yoga for 25 years, studying primarily with Iyengar 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.


ViewPoint rehab staff memberStephanie is our Health Information Manager/Billing Manager.  She has a degree in Health Information Management and will soon be receiving her RHIT.  Stephanie’s life experience has given her a heart for working with addicts.  She is a mom to three wonderful children and loves spending time with her family enjoying the great outdoors.

Health Informations Manager


Natasha Santillanes
12 Step Clinician

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.


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.

Cherish Hoggan
Residential Aide


Sebastian Espeset

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.


Alessandra Santacruz, residential aideAlessandra Santacruz has been a medical assistant for 5 years, she truly enjoys helping others. She received most of her experience while working as a Medical Assistant with NM Corrections. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of others and help in any way she can.

Alessandra Santacruz
Residential Aide







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