We’ve put together a top-quality staff to ensure our participants get the highest level of care based on the latest addiction research. Our staff includes two licensed counselors and a psychiatrist for every 16 participants. Our team includes:
ARAD Director of Residential Services
Former substance abuse section head, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
Our clinical director is Martha D. Burkett, MPA, LPC, NCC, CAADC, ACS, ADS, who joined ARAD on Feb. 1, 2017.
Ms. Burkett holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Education. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is also an advanced level Certified Addictions Counselor, a Nationally Certified Approved Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional, and a Certified Auricular Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. Additionally, she has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Holistic Health.
ARAD Co-Medical Director
Texas Tech University School of Medicine full-time faculty member; board certified in psychiatry.
James Avery “Jave” Rush, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist with 12 years of experience in treating psychiatric disorders, including drug and alcohol addiction. He is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Amarillo. Dr. Rush earned a Master’s degree in Math with honors from the University of Oklahoma; an MBA in medical services from Texas Tech University; and a medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.
ARAD Co-Medical Director
Texas Tech University School of Medicine Regional Chair of Neuropsychiatry Department; board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the addiction field, Jim has seen just about everything. He’s worked with participants in all levels of substance use disorders, from age 12 to geriatric, many of whom had co-occurring mental health diagnoses. He uses that wide array of experience to help program participants with an individually tailored treatment program designed to make them successful.
Specializing in dual diagnosis, mindfulness-based stress reduction and peer recovery support, Stephenie works to make recovery real for every participant in the ARAD program. She has a passion for helping people with substance use disorders find a path away from shame and toward recovery. This passion leads her to champion the individualized, client-focused care ARAD provides every participant.
Elishia joins the ARAD team after nearly a decade of substance misuse counseling in the Amarillo area, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. She holds an associate’s degree from Amarillo College in substance abuse counseling and a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University. Her favorite part of working at ARAD is witnessing the transformation participants go through as they become empowered by the program.
With a master’s degree in social work and specializations in mental health and substance use disorders, Linda is a key part of ARAD’s mission to provide holistic healing of the mind, body and soul. Her research includes the neurochemistry of addiction and how exercise affects those with substance use disorders. That research informs the integrated nature of ARAD’s recovery programs. Linda joined the team to be part of incorporating traditional treatment models with holistic therapies to prepare program participants for success.
As a counselor, Jonilee educates participants and their families about substance use disorders and works with the clinical staff to guide participants’ recovery through individualized treatment plans. Since joining the ARAD team, Jonilee has enjoyed being able to plant the seed of recovery and watch it grow in the lives of program participants.
An Army veteran, Rosa is always looking for ways to serve her neighbors. That passion for service brought her to ARAD, where she provides counseling services and is the instructor for Prime for Life, an inclusive, evidence-based motivational program providing prevention and intervention for people making high-risk choices. Beyond the opportunity to serve the people of the Texas Panhandle, Rosa loves her job because of ARAD’s focus on education for every person in the organization, from program participants to the director.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Equipped with a master’s in nursing from West Texas A&M University, Levina is tasked with caring for program participants’ health. She helps patients regain their health as they begin recovery and provides tips for healthy living after they’ve completed the program. Since joining the ARAD team, Levina has enjoyed seeing the light return to participants’ eyes as their lives improve from quitting alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
Chess uses acu-detox (acupuncture detoxification) to reduce withdrawal symptoms and give participants relief from the cravings, body aches, headaches and nausea that withdrawal can bring. He’s been a licensed chemical dependency counselor since 1993 and brings 29 years of experience treating substance use disorders in a range of roles, from detoxification to outpatient care.
Reiki Master, Massage Therapist and Tai Chi Instructor
As a seventh-degree Reiki Master, a medical massage practitioner and a neuro-physio balance practitioner, Jacque works to help every person in the program find solutions and healing. She’s been practicing Reiki since 2000 and providing massage therapy services since 2005, and her skills help program participants find healing and strength for their minds and bodies.
With 40 years of experience as an art teacher, Sheila brings a love of teaching art to the ARAD campus as she helps guide program participants in using art as therapy to aid in recovery. Her art lessons explore various forms of art, so participants can discover that the artistic outlet they find most fulfilling. Her desire to help people led her to join the ARAD team, and now she gets to see participants grow, express their feelings and achieve recovery.
As a night monitor, Trent helps ensure program participants are safe and receiving the highest quality of care at night and early in the morning. The ARAD mission hits close to home for Trent, as he started recovery in 2009. Since joining the team, he’s most enjoyed watching participants change and grow as they get the tools they need to live a life free from alcohol and drugs.
Currently pursuing his master’s in psychology, Ross helps ARAD ensure the safety and level of care that program participants deserve. Ross joined the team to be a part of improving people’s lives. He likes working at ARAD because he’s able to not only help program participants, but also make an impact on their families and communities through his work.
Food Service Specialist
As ARAD’s food service specialist, Azelin ensures that our program participants get delicious food at every meal. Azelin loves working at ARAD because she finds the mission meaningful for the city of Amarillo and finds it rewarding to see how the program helps participants find holistic healing through everything from counseling to nutrition.
As ARAD’s receptionist, Tabitha helps everyone who enters the campus feel at home. Her kind smiles and warm greetings let guests and participants know right away just how welcoming the staff is, and Tabitha takes that job to heart. She loves knowing that what she says to guests could change their day or life for the better, and she strives to ensure that every guest feels the family atmosphere while at ARAD.
Marty joins the ARAD team after serving 31 years as an active duty Marine and a civilian Marine. His experience and knowledge in leadership, program management and process improvement help to keep ARAD running effectively and providing top-quality service to program participants. In his capacity as operations manager, Marty’s in charge of human resource management, payroll, administration and billing.