Known for his compassion for the addicted and their loved ones, Rich has spent the last 30 years helping thousands of people attain treatment for addiction across the country. Rich is a seasoned professional with very strong leadership abilities who is adept at finding solutions to problems quickly. Considered knowledgeable and well connected in the industry, he has helped to manage some of the best treatment centers in the country while serving as treatment advisor for the Dr. Phil Show.
Which brings us to his present project, The Texas House. A dream of Richard’s has been to develop a luxury, non-traditional, setting for professionals to find recovery. One that allows an executive to work on his own recovery while maintaining engagement with his work place. Always taking into consideration the importance of family in the role of recovery. He wanted a place that would be small enough to truly individualize a treatment plan for each resident and their family to recover. Along with his partners and staff, Rich has achieved just that!
Rich enjoys fishing, kayaking, gardening, reading and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Kelly Stewart Shay
Co-Founder The Texas House
During her successful career as an international fashion model, Kelly found herself grappling with the disease of addiction. In 2010, after a 10 year struggle in and out of various detoxes, treatment centers, and sober living homes, Kelly found recovery through the 12 Steps. Today, her passion lies in carrying the message of recovery to those that still suffer, whether through speaking engagements or sponsorship. The Texas House is a way for Kelly to expand her reach in helping those suffering from alcoholism or addiction.
Mrs. Shay brings a unique perspective to The Texas House, as someone who was a chronic relapser, accustomed to bouncing from facility to facility and very familiar with being a "patient" or "client". She also brings an understanding of the need for discretion, given the high-profile nature of her former career.
Kelly's vision for The Texas House is a place where men can learn to implement the tools for successful, long-term recovery without having to put their entire lives on hold. She believes that recovery is an inside job, not dependent on external factors, but that doesn't mean that one must achieve recovery in a stark, treatment center environment. She hopes The Texas House will provide a discreet, luxurious environment for men to recover while staying active in their lives and careers.
When Kelly isn't busy with her recovery work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, DJ, and their twin boys. She is an avid reader, loves practicing meditation, and enjoys working out to her favorite music!
Margo DelaGarza, Ph.D., LPC
Director of Family & Clinical Services
Dr. Margo DelaGarza is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. She provides clinical services at Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care, Ripple Recovery Ranch, and provides mindfulness sessions at San Antonio Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. Dr. DelaGarza began her career working with adolescents in 1998 and is experienced in the treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a variety of behavioral and mental health issues. Dr. DelaGarza specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, relationship problems, and trauma. She is trained in several treatment modalities and uses Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Dr. DelaGarza completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and her doctorate at St. Mary’s University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas.
Dr. Melissa Stennett Deuter, MD
Dr. Melissa Deuter is a board certified psychiatrist in San Antonio, Texas. She has been recognized as a San Antonio’s “Top Doctor” and a “Best of” Doctor, a Texas Super Doctor’s “Rising Star,” and has received the American Registry “Patient’s Choice Award.”
Fitness Consultant/Personal trainer
Emily Hartman has been a Certified Personal Trainer and group fitness trainer since 2005. She majored in Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas and has several certifications including: ISSA, Cooper Institute in Dallas, ACE, NASM-CPT and is also CPR and first aid certified. She is known for getting her clients results quickly and effectively; holding them accountable and pushing them, while keeping them excited about living a healthy lifestyle.
Emily thrives in group training and maintaining a high energy environment.
Her vision is to help each resident to achieve a high level of fitness that ultimately leads to a healthier life.
Nadia L. Jafar Burns, JD
Nadia L. Jafar-Burns, a woman in recovery, is an attorney in Austin. She is a graduate cum laude of the University of Texas School of Law, a practicing member of the Texas Bar since 2003. In recent years, Nadia’s passion in life has been recovery from the disease of alcoholism/addiction, promulgated by her own personal struggles as an alcoholic. Nadia’s work focuses on rehabilitative advocacy and alternative sentencing through courts, serving as a court liaison for individuals in treatment for drug/alcohol abuse with legal issues; serving as in-house corporate counsel to treatment centers or recovery-related entities; and serving as a professional/executive recovery coach.
As a recovery coach for professionals, Nadia helps her clients discover that recovery is, in part, the process of developing a narrative or story though which one can understand and accept the past, embrace the present, and develop a roadmap to an envisioned future. Nadia excels at helping the suffering alcoholic or addict by inspiring real change, and promoting client care and healing.
Nadia brings to this work the many rewards and advantages of her own personal long-term recovery and stays invested in the success of her clients and their families.