Women's Treatment Team

Trauma, Mental Health, & Addiction Experts

When you seek treatment at Grace & Emerge Recovery, you’re promised a partnership — not a prescription. We know that everyone’s path to recovery is different and that every woman’s unique challenges deserve to be treated with the same level of care and expertise on every step of their journey. The entire Grace & Emerge treatment team is deeply committed to providing holistic care that helps women struggling with trauma, substance use, and/or mental health challenges to reclaim their power and move forward into a new life.

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Our diverse backgrounds, different academic focuses, proficiencies in varying evidence-based treatment modalities, and personal experiences in recovery ensure that every woman who seeks help at Grace & Emerge can find her people, find her purpose, and find herself.

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Leah Malone


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    Learning to sit with uncomfortable feelings can be painful and disturbing at times. When Leah was able to see her behavior patterns and decided there was enough pain to be disturbed, she became motivated to make changes and accept the work that needed to be done to heal. She needed direction and had no clue how to heal on her own. Through a connection with God, authentic connection with others, honesty, willingness, and humility, Leah is now in recovery from addiction and trauma. 


    Grace & Emerge Recovery came to fruition through Leah doing her own work, finding healing, and creating a life she is unwilling to risk. Leah is educated as a LCDC and is on track to earn a degree in marriage and family therapy. Leah is a mother to 4 beautiful children. When Leah is not working, she enjoys traveling with her kids and getting to know them for the people they are growing to become. 


    Leah, with her partner, created Grace & Emerge Recovery by walking their own paths to recovery and designed what they felt was missing for them along the way.  Experience, strength, and love are found in every aspect of the program they built and the work that gets done with every woman is not taken lightly.  

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Laurel Tracey, MBA, MAC, LCDC


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    After sustaining a series of injuries that ended her college soccer career, Laurel spiraled into addiction, necessitating professional intervention and support. In 2012, Laurel found recovery and began working in the behavioral health field shortly after, dedicating her career to helping others find purpose and regain peace. The recurrent thread throughout Laurel’s recovery has been the willingness to confront difficult truths where the needed courage comes from a powerful network of women walking alongside one another.


    Laurel is an experienced operations manager known for her analytical and resourceful approach. She has become an unwavering advocate for change by combatting misconceptions associated with mental health, trauma, and addiction and raising the standards of women’s treatment. Laurel attended the United States Air Force Academy, St. Edward’s University, and Our Lady of the Lake University. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a Master of Business Administration and will complete a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling in May 2024. 

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Stephanie Trevino-Cruz, M.A., LPC-S

Chief Clinical Officer

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    Stephanie specializes in working with people who have experienced adverse life events and find themselves using external avoidances to cope. She encourages treating the entire family system to enhance lasting transformation. Stephanie uses EMDR, Ego State Therapies and Somatic Release to regulate the body and mind.  


    She is a clinical supervisor that provides national consultation and training to other clinicians and agencies on trauma-focused care.

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Kara Ludeker,


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    Kara is a tenacious therapist who approaches the therapeutic bond with calmness, compassion, and equality. She obtained her MSW in 2008 from Indiana University and moved to Texas in 2018. As an LCSW-S, she has over 15 years of experience, and approaches trauma through the lens of the mind/body connection. She has worked in several different capacities, from community mental health to inpatient therapist at a dual diagnosis hospital. Kara specializes in trauma, addictions, suicidality and sleep disorders, and is trained in a plethora of modalities to treat these conditions. She practices EMDR, CPT, CBT-I, TF-CBT, CAMS, and MI. 


    Kara is currently in school for her PhD in Integrative Social Work, specializing in trauma and community mental health. In her free time, she volunteers for a local dachshund rescue (DDRTX), visits family in Indiana, and loves to spend time with her two senior dachshunds.  

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Irek Banaczyk, LMSW, LCDC


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    Irek has come to learn that a person’s life is impacted by a complex mix of influences such as family history, environment, genes, context, social, and personal experiences. These factors are what uniquely shape our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, all of which either expand or constrict one’s ability to make life-affirming choices. Undoubtedly, much of this occurs outside of conscious awareness, yet even where there is some awareness, coping patterns can become habitual, problematic, and difficult to change.


    Here’s the good news: Change IS possible. There’s an art of discovery that happens in the context of safe, attuned, contingent relationships with counselors trained in the process of reaffirming biological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral ways of being.


    With the gentle facilitation of a therapist, you can gain increased awareness of body and mind and assistance in enhancing motivation, agency, and integration of skills. These self-improvements allow for a more self-directed life, one that can be lived more fully through consciously curated personal values and choices. I believe what we do in the therapeutic setting in conjunction with these lifestyle enhancements can, over time, bring about lasting change.


    Informed by developmental neurobiology and emotionally focused in-depth psychotherapies, Irek aims to be that gentle collaborator in your process of integration and transformation towards the person you aspire to be and all that brings you purpose, meaning, and fulfillment.

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Tarai S. Zemba, LMSW,


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    Tarai is a Licensed Master of Social Work, earning her degree from the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin. She has experience supporting clients who are working to heal from substance abuse, trauma, behavioral challenges, emotional dis-regulation, and interpersonal difficulties. Practicing through a trauma informed lens, Tarai is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, EMDR and Health Care Social Work. Prior to joining Emerge Recovery, she spent several years serving adult clients with diverse psychological needs in local behavioral hospital settings, international non-profit organizations, and private practice. Tarai is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals through a collaborative, holistic approach that emphasizes client empowerment.

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Madelin Miles,


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    Madelin’s warm and engaging style of therapy serves to create a safe place where people can come as they are while collaboratively working together to embrace change. Being entrusted with the stories people have to tell is sacred, and Madelin cherishes each opportunity to be part of someone’s healing journey. Madelin’s desire for each of her clients is that they would experience deeper self-knowledge and respect, as well as increased satisfaction in life and their relationships.


    Madelin is a Counseling Intern pursuing her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Seminary of the Southwest in Austin,TX. She was raised in Heflin, Alabama and received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University. Madelin enjoys spending time with her family, time in nature—(skiing, Pickleball, horseback riding, swimming), cooking, working out, reading, and spending time with her mini fluffy diva cat, Fiona! 


    Madelin blends Polyvagal Theory with Resourcing (a component of EMDR) with more expressive forms of treatment, such as play therapy, meditation, and walking outdoor sessions in her work with children, teens, and adults. Madelin supports those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma (PTSD), developing healthy coping skills, boundary-setting, body-image, self-esteem, communication, identity issues, emotion regulation, and life transitions. Madelin incorporates biological, psychological, social, and spiritual perspectives, creating a holistic approach to each person and their healing journey. By offering multiple therapeutic mediums of professional counseling services, Madelin aims to help clients reach their goals by understanding and meeting each person’s unique and individualized needs.

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Alaska Ogden, MFT-A, LCDC


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Brittany Fell,

Clinical Case Manager

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    From a very young age, Brittany knew she wanted to work in the mental health field. She didn’t know that she would first have to take a journey of her own. Brittany struggled with addiction beginning in adolescence and first entered recovery at the age of 20. She stayed sober for nine consecutive years and, during that time, graduated with a Masters degree in counseling from Houston Baptist University. She planned to work as a therapist upon graduation. However, a relapse led to the next several years of battling addiction. 


    Brittany first came to Grace & Emerge Recovery as a client. She was at the lowest point of her life and was desperate for a solution. She was full of shame and guilt, especially since she had two amazing daughters that she wanted to recover for. During her treatment, Brittany identified that it was unhealed trauma that was keeping her stuck. Through individual counseling, EMDR, and working a 12-step recovery program, Brittany was able to pull herself back up after one last relapse. 


    In addition to her educational background, Brittany has experience working in the addiction field as a behavioral health technician and a case manager. Today, she is proud to work for a company that helped her regain her life. When Brittany isn’t at work, she is probably busy being a mom and supporting women to regain their lives, as women once did for her.

Morgan Sigle

Morgan Sigle

Housing & Client Services Supervisor

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    Morgan is a fiercely-compassionate professional that has an overwhelming desire to help others that are struggling with addiction. Her passion to walk alongside and mentor individuals through their journey of sobriety has become her heart journey for the last three years. She has felt the pain of addiction and understands the daily struggles that exert power and control over one’s life. Morgan grew up in College Station, Texas and was first introduced to alcohol and drugs while attending middle school. She attended a large high school and struggled to feel like she fit in or was a part of anything larger than herself. She often felt isolated and wrestled with anxiety and depression, but that all changed when she found alcohol and drugs. She found the confidence and acceptance that she had been looking for, but it was counterfeit. She soon began getting into trouble and struggled to manage her daily assignments and everyday tasks. Making life choices that centered around her addiction, caused her to end up on the wrong side of the law and she paid a price that she thought was too high to pay. However, unbeknownst to her, it was her saving grace. She began to get serious about her sobriety and has been on a journey to not only maintain her own sobriety, but help others in finding and maintaining their sobriety.

Skye Hinton

Skye Hinton,

Group Facilitator

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    Skye is the owner of New Obsession, a resource for artists and musicians in recovery from substance use disorder. Combining passion, experience and education in art and recovery, New Obsession offers support through one on one creative recovery coaching as well as community workshops, bringing skill building and creative outlets to recovering individuals. New Obsession prioritizes autonomy and seeks to enhance the recovery process through creative thinking, on and off the canvas!

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Kaytee Hernandez, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, CRYT

Yoga Therapist & Teacher

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    Kaytee Hernandez is a Latinx Yoga Therapist and Yoga Teacher. She was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Yoga has helped Kaytee heal from childhood trauma, grief, and loss. Her personal practice and faith infuse her life with meaning and joy.


    Kaytee hopes to share the therapeutic benefits of Yoga with others through her work as a Yoga Therapist. She believes everyone has an inner healer and empowers her students to look within themselves to find strength and healing. Kaytee utilizes trauma-informed practices, mantra, breath work, meditation, mudras, and yoga postures in her work.


    Kaytee has a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Media Design from the University of the Arts London and is currently a graduate student of Ayurveda and Integrative Health at Maharishi International University.

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Dr. Shiva Lam, M.D.

Medical Director

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    Dr. Lam brings nearly 25 years of experience in psychiatry to Emerge Recovery. Fellowship-trained and double board certified (in both general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry), Dr. Lam has served as Chief of Staff at Shoal Creek Hospital, Outpatient Director at Charter Hospital, staff psychiatrist at St. David’s Hospital, and Executive Medical Director at Austin Lakes Hospital. His distinguished career serving patients and families across Central Texas is hallmarked not only by his widely respected professional expertise but also by his genuine, warm, and kind bedside manner. Dr. Lam has extensive experience treating severe mental illness as well as substance use disorders. He will build trust with our beloved residents through in-person visits and after-hours care as he engages them actively in their treatment.


Ella Born

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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    Ella has devoted her entire healthcare career to mental health nursing and brings fifteen years of psychiatric experience to Emerge Recovery. More recently, she completed her training as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner under Dr. Lam’s preceptorship and has partnered with him ever since. Ella is deeply knowledgeable, compassionate, and supportive of her patients and their families. She values collaboration and ensures that those in her care and their loved ones feel heard, valued, and cared for.


Katie Nelson, LVN


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    Katie has been a nurse for over three years with experience in detox and residential recovery centers that included caring for a dual-diagnosis population. She has started her LVN to RN bridge program through Galen College of Nursing. She is passionate about the mental health of others and finds it just as important as their physical health. Katie is a caring mother to two wonderful boys. They enjoy going to the park, playing sports, and painting together.

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Our Mission, Your Solution

The mission of Grace & Emerge Recovery is to educate, support and nurture women as they develop and utilize skills to work through trauma and substance use disorders. Our vision is to provide a curative path to long-term recovery and a direct nexus between the decisive moment and crucial action that is needed to overcome suffering from addiction. We have developed innovative approaches to recovery that enable individuals to a lifetime of health and empowerment. Grace & Emerge is committed to providing the highest quality professional services to women seeking long-term recovery. 


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