Four Winds Recovery Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary group of skilled behavioral health professionals including:
- Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (LADAC)
- Licensed Substance Abuse Associates (LSAA)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Registered Nurse (RN)
- Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP); serving as medical director.
- Prescribing Psychologist; providing diagnostic and medication management services for co-occurring mental health disorders.
Meet a few of Our Staff Members
Counselor – LADAC
Julie is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with the State of New Mexico, and has an Associate’s degree in Human Services. Julie has been employed at Four Winds Recovery Center since 2007. Julie enjoys working with the clientele at Four Winds Recovery Center; sharing some hope and wisdom to help with their recovery efforts and life changes.
I was born in South Bend, Indiana moving to Farmington, New Mexico at age 14. I am family oriented, married, mother of five children, and have four beautiful grandchildren. On my leisure time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching my children’s sporting events and riding the Harley with my husband and friends.
Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Aftercare Coordinator – LADAC
Minnie is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with the State of New Mexico. Minnie’s clans are Tsi’naajinii (Black streak wood people clan) born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle people). Minnie is originally from Gray Mountain, Arizona, and raised in Coalmine Mesa, Arizona, and moved to Farmington, New Mexico in 1993 where she has resided for over 20 years. Minnie comes from a line of Traditional Practitioners: grandfather, father (carries Protection Way Ceremonies medicine bundle), mother (Hand Trembler); she was raised in the traditional way of life, and exposed to Western Way of Living Boarding School; a Mormon Placement Program. Minnie has an Associate Degree from the College of Eastern Utah. Minnie has 20 years of experience in the field of addiction; she has worked in adolescent residential/outpatient treatment, adult residential/outpatient treatment, jail-based treatment, worked in private practice part-time, and has facilitated female sweat lodges.
Minnie has three amazing and beautiful daughters, and is the grandmother of three beautiful grandchildren. Minnie likes to attend pow-wows, gourd dancing, running, sewing, and quality time with the family and grandchildren. Minnie loves working with people I the field of addiction, and she is bilingual; speaking in Navajo and English.
Mental Health Therapist – LCSW
Susan spent 25 years doing archaeology in the Four Corners area before returning to school; where she received he Masters Degree in Social Work, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Susan worked with children in Treatment Foster Care, and with adolescents in long term incarceration; both of which showed her how prevalent addiction is in the Four Corners and has led to her now working directly with the addicts.
I enjoy doing the Mental Health Therapy portion of the program at Four Winds Recovery Center, helping people see what led them to addiction, and finding strength and skills to regain control of their lives. Susan finds solace in nature; both the untouched flora and untamed fauna of the Earth.
Prescribing Psychologist – PHD
Dr. Robert Sherrill Jr.
Dr. Sherrill has practiced as a psychologist in Farmington, New Mexico since 1977. In 2007 he completed advanced training to be licensed to prescribe medications for emotional disorders. Dr. Sherrill began his internship in prescribing at Four Winds Recovery Center in 2006, and has continued to consult here ever since with clients who have co-occurring disorders.
Dr. Sherrill is the author of scientific articles on neuropsychological assessment and biofeedback, and a book chapter on the history of academic psychology. Dr. Sherrill served as the chair of the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners from 2006 to 2012. In his leisure time he enjoys weight training, gardening, and spiritual study.
Monica N. Ortega is originally from Texas, however has spent the majority of her life here in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. A recovering addict herself, she understands the needs of this community and is able to call on personal experience and empathy to help clients overcome their addiction. Monica went to school here in San Juan County, graduating from Farmington High school in 2004. A recent graduate of San Juan College, she is currently working on her LSAA licensure to add to her peer mentoring experience. Monica began her addiction recovery career at Masada House, Inc., working there for just over four years and where she continues to volunteer. She has also worked at the San Juan County Alternative Sentencing Division at the Axis and Nexus Programs and at the PMS Sobering Center. Passionate about work, she understands how important it is to create relationships with clients that show them how to achieve success in recovery, be accountable for themselves, and have hope for a better future. Monica continues to stay active in the community, is active in a 12 Step program, and spends any free time she has traveling, seeking adventures, and reading.
Medication Technician, Counselor Aide
Susanna moved from Pueblo, Colorado to Farmington, New Mexico. Susanna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is working towards her Masters Degree in Social Work. Susanna is working on becoming a Licensed Substance Abuse Associate, and plans to continue her path in substance abuse and social work at Four Winds Recovery Center; becoming a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
LSAA; Medication Technician
Heather has lived in San Juan County most of her life, and sees the struggle our community has with addictions. Heather is a recovered alcoholic, and has decided to dedicate her time to help others overcome the barriers that keep people from living a full life free of alcohol and drugs. Heather recently achieved getting her LSAA and plans on continuing on to receive a Masters Degree in Social Work.