Meet Our Experienced Professionals:
LPCC, Clinical Director
Krista Miller-Tsosie has worked in the addiction and substance abuse counseling field for more than a decade in a variety of clinical settings including residential, in-home, and outpatient settings.
As the Zia Recovery Center Clinical Director, she is responsible for maintaining standards of care, clinical staff supervision, assessment, and quality control. Prior to coming to ZRC, Krista worked as a clinical director in Asheville, N.C. and in Albuquerque, NM.
She holds a Master's degree in Community Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselor in both New Mexico and North Carolina. She has experience in a number of addiction counseling modalities including alcohol, substance abuse, gambling, and other process addictions with patients ranging from children to adults.
DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, Medical Director
Dr. Portillo has been in the medical field for over 20 years. Completed her Associates and Bachelor's degree in Nursing at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2006 and 2007. First graduate degree obtained was Master's in Nursing with specialty in Family Practice which was earned at University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) in 2009. Her Doctoral degree in Nursing with specialty focusing in Family Practice was obtained at UTEP with clinical focus was in the forensic specialty field.
In 2013, she collaborated with University of New Mexico and La Clinica de Familia and assisted with the implementation of Integrated Addictions and Psychiatry to Southern New Mexico. This included her participating in an intensive program training on addictions and psychiatry. In 2017, she completed the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program at NMSU.
Other advance training she has includes forensic nursing, trauma informed care, renal care practice, rheumatology advanced practice, strangulation, pediatric abuse and maltreatment, and EMDR.
LAMFT, LADAC, Program Director
Cynthia has been with Zia Recovery Center since its founding in 2017. She has been integral in the formation of all levels of programmatic development as well as in the talent search that has led to the diverse group of FT and contract therapists that make up the current team at ZRC. Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC).
15+ years of social services; areas of expertise include parenting classes, substance abuse groups, and various supervisory positions. Professional Continuing Education Trainings include; Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Play Therapy, Couples Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Personality Disorders, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
LMSW, Primary Therapist
Matthew began his career with Peak Behavioral Health in Santa Teresa, NM. Matthew came to us through contract work and his talents were noticed immediately. Mr. Bryan is now our most recent addition to our in-house FT Therapeutic team.
Background in Therapy for dual diagnosis, Mental Health and Chemical Dependency, and Crisis Intervention and Admissions. Matthew graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with his Bachelor's of Social Work in 2018 and earned his Master's of Social Work from the same college in 2019.
CPSW, Case Manager
Ginger Shannon is an experienced Peer Support Specialist and Case Manager. She is driven by her desire to help those who are facing addiction and to help families become restored once again. After earning her certification as a Peer Support Specialist from the Office of Peer Recovery & Engagement, she started working with Zia Recovery Center to assist those seeking change and a new way of living.
Ginger believes in people and is open and willing to incorporate spiritual practices into the work she does for others. She completed a biblical ordination course and is an Ordained Minister.
LMHC, NCC, Clinician
Armando recently became a National Certified Counselor. He earned his Master degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 as he was finishing his internship at Peak Behavioral Health Services. He has provided direct services through therapy to adults, individuals, and families to overcome barriers of mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, and many other life obstacles.
He also has experience working with family and group therapy sessions with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with a variety of disorders including Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder. Armando is passionate about providing people with the help they need to meet their goals and ambitions.
Founder & CEO
A New Mexico Native, Ryan grew up in southern NM. After graduating from NMSU in 2006 he decided to stay in Las Cruces and begin a career in the family business as well as grow his company with his brother. After a few short years it was time to say goodbye to the family business and continue on with his own company. He and his brother created a clothing label which went on to see national recognition among its target demographics.
Soon enough personal struggles with addiction settled in. Ryan has experienced many modalities of the Addiction Treatment Industry. In 2015 he participated in a nationally accredited program which completely opened his eyes. He learned that serving others with what he had been blessed with was the only true way to gain meaning and purpose. Ryan latched on to every aspect of the program. He became well acquainted with the organization and its people, learned the ins and outs of the program structure and gained permission to bring it to New Mexico and share it. To help others just like he was helped.
With his background in business development and organizational structure, he was able to merge his heart for recovery with a viable model and foundation so that others could have the same opportunity he had. In four short years ZRC has grow from a small Sober Living Home operation to a full scale multi level Treatment Center. Las Cruces and Southern NM needed a void filled. ZRC took up the position.
Founder & Director of Operations
Daniel received a bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management from New Mexico State University. His professional background is in Sales and Marketing as well as the Hospitality Industry were a natural transition into the Substance Abuse Industry.
The transition into the Substance Abuse industry is made clearer knowing that Daniel has been involved in the local recovery community for over a decade. It is due to the intimate involvement that he realized the lack of professional substance abuse services in Southern New Mexico. Daniel's desire of bringing sick and suffering addicts and alcoholics into recovery became his life's mission long before the conception of ZRC. Zia Recovery Center has become the vehicle to serve many more individuals seeking recovery.
It seems that all paths have led Mr. Smead to his career with Zia Recovery Center. About five years ago Daniel met Ryan Brewer. The two realized very quickly that they held a similar desire to serve others in a meaningful way. Together they have laid the groundwork for a rapidly growing substance abuse treatment center in the Las Cruces area. The dream has become reality.
William "Bill" Branco
CPSW, Visionary & Detox Residential Locations Manager
Bill started with the organization during summer 2017. Originally hired to cut down trees in the back yard, he has proven his incomparable use in this organization. Bill possesses a unique ability to relate to clients on a recovery level. His unquestioned skills and service to the company and clients have put him in a position not many others could manage.
Responsible for every operational dynamic at our Detox and Residential location, Bill leads an amazing staff.
"I'm a Texan thru and thru, I'm in recovery myself and love sharing it with others. I'm a CPSW along with every other hat I wear for the organization. A real company man! Helped and continue to help in designing several of the locations, operations at the locations, and roles for techs, maintenance people, and anyone else that has needed help growing with the organization."
CPSW, Transitional Living Locations Manager
I am a Mesilla Valley native and 75th Ranger Regiment veteran who has lived experience with addiction and recovery. My journey at Zia Recovery Center started off as a part time technician and has turned into a growing passion for helping people. Today I am the Location Manager for the transitional living homes and sober living apartments.
I am a CPSW (Certified Peer Support Worker) finishing up my B.S. in chemical dependency counseling with Western New Mexico University and plan to continue on with the master's program. My military service and personal recovery has helped me build and develop a distinctive recovery style that mixes the Army values and the spiritual principles of the 12 steps. I learned through humility and faith that though I wasn't responsible for my addiction; I was responsible for my recovery.
My goal is to help facilitate an environment for addicts seeking recovery that has a strong emphasis on the altruistic nature of one addict helping another. Recovery has allowed me to become a proud father and husband, motorcycle enthusiast, and avid culinarian.
CBCS, Billing Specialist
After 27 years of serving the city of Las Cruces, NM as a waitress I decided to go back to school. Vista College Career Center is where I learned to be a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist as well as Office Administration. After I graduated with honors in the summer of 2019 I was hired as the front office receptionist in the winter of 2019. 2 months later I began using my coding and billing education to help Zia Recovery Center to grow into the amazing organization it is today.
Zia Recovery Center has not only given me the job of my dreams but also a family of people who understand recovery from addiction.
Stephanie has been in the Medical field since 2013. She worked in Albuquerque helping establish other successful substance abuse facilities, before joining the Zia Recovery Family.
Stephanie holds an associate of applied science in Health Information Technology. As a billing specialist, she enjoys working with individuals who are suffering from addiction and making sure those individuals can receive services.