Our Staff: Katy

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Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Banking and Financial Institutions at the University of Houston, Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC worked as a banker for several years prior to a second career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Gary started his career as an addictions specialist with the Cenikor Foundation in Dayton, Texas, where he worked for four years. In 2011, Gary joined New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers where he works as the Director of Substance Abuse Counseling.

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Mohammed Ayoub, MD

Mohammed Ayoub, MD is a practicing Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Houston, Texas. After finishing General Psychiatry Residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Dr. Ayoub has been practicing in Clear Lake since 2002. He has been with the New Dimensions Day Treatment program of Clear Lake as the Medical Director of their Adolescent Program since 2002.

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Harry Carpio MS, LPC – Associate, NCC

Harry Carpio MS, LPC-Associate, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (License # 92033) supervised by Ana Valenzuela MS, LPC-S, NCC, LCDC, CTRP-C (License # 74356). I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from my home country, the Philippines. I earned my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I have long experience working with different ages, from 4 to 80 years of age, with multiple Physical and Mental Health Conditions. I worked as a bedside Patient Care Assistant at Methodist Hospital for over a year, PASRR Lead Evaluator for more than nine years, and as a Registered Behavior Technician at Action Behavior Center, working with children diagnosed with autism disorder.

I have experience providing counseling services with adolescents diagnosed with both Mental Health conditions and substance use disorders. I handle group and individual counseling using an eclectic approach but primarily focused on CBT, Person-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. I also know how to build trust connections with children utilizing behavioral techniques and play therapy.

Counseling Mission: To provide a safe space to my clients from different walks of life and form a therapeutic relationship with a welcoming and judgment-free environment. I believe in the power of people to overcome struggles with the proper guidance, support network, and tools to overcome adversaries in their lives.

Languages Spoken: English and Filipino

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Terri R. Yanoviak, LCDC

My name is Terri Yanoviak and I am the counselor for the Chemical Dependency Program in Katy. I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) specializing in adult and adolescent outpatient treatment. I received my LCDC from St. Thomas University in Houston. Through my own lifetime journey with addiction and recovery I discovered a passion in working with people who are battling substance abuse issues. I have a natural innate calling to help people and can quickly establish a great rapport and harmony with all my clients.

It is my goal to help you reach your full potential in life and realize that you can enjoy happiness substance free. Take that first step and come meet me where you are, this is a judgement free area. I know you will love our dynamic group setting where we practice didactic techniques and process through internal and external barriers to recovery. Stop hurting, and begin your recovery today! In my spare time I like to travel, sail, hike, cook and read while lounging on a beach.

“I do not think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” -Anne Frank

Regina Elrod

Regina Elrod, LPC-Associate 

Regina Elrod joined NDD Treatment Centers in the April of 2023 as an Adult Mental Health Therapist. Regina is a Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate under the supervision of Professor Larry Garrett. She brings 17 years of experience in education from Houston ISD, Katy ISD, and KIPP Texas, where she worked as a Lead Math Teacher, Athletic Director, Head Track & Field Coach, and Dean of Students. Regina received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Oberlin College (Ohio) in 2002, where she was also a member of the Women’s basketball team and a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar. Soon she would work in banking, payroll accounting, and then teaching her in Texas. In 2013, she received her master’s in educational leadership and then her second master’s degree in 2022 in Counseling and Development from Lamar University.

Regina has worked in “counseling” over the years in various forms, beginning in high school as a peer mediator, then six years as a teacher as a Restorative Circle/Justice facilitator at Morton Ranch High School and Junior High, five years as a counselor in an international women’s group, and finally, and as a counseling intern through Lamar University. She has experiences with individuals with addictions, marital issues, depression, family issues, and suicidal ideations. “I continue to be a teacher, encourager, and coach patiently working with every person I encounter. I want people to know that their information is confidential with me, and I work my hardest to guide them in their change for the better.” Regina enjoys spending time with her husband and watching their two college kids and youngest play sports and develop their talent in the arts.

“You are planting seeds now and one day when you least expect those flowers will bloom. Trust the process.” -Germany Kent


Francisco R. Mendez, MS, LPC-Associate 

Welcome! My name is Francisco Mendez. I am an Adolescent Psychotherapist at New Dimensions, Supervised by Marcet Gamboa, LPC – Supervisor. I earned my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas in 2017 and my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Houston—Clear Lake in 2022. 

I decided to be a counselor because I want to empower others to overcome the challenges they face by providing support, compassion, and having a strengths-based perspective. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in my psychotherapeutic approach. 

In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with family and going to the movie theatre.

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Dr. Jasime Sonny, PsyD

Dr. Sonny is a Provisionally Licensed Psychologist (TX License #39625). She holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Psychology from Touro University Worldwide, as well as a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Dr. Sonny believes that every person is a unique individual and should be treated with the utmost respect. When working with clients, her primary goals are to be compassionate, culturally sensitive, and professional. Dr. Sonny specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations of mood disorders, ADHD, ASD, and many other mental health disorders. In addition to treating depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and ADHD. She has many years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings with both children and adults. She has experience providing individual therapy, family therapy, and crisis intervention. Dr. Sonny is passionate about assisting her clients with appropriate interventions so that they can live their lives to the fullest.

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Stacey Sullivan, NP

Stacey Sullivan is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who has been treating individuals of all ages for over a decade in mental healthcare. Ms. Sullivan graduated from Abilene Christian University Magna Cum Laude in 2006 and from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2011. Ms. Sullivan served as a medical-surgical telemetry nurse before obtaining her graduate degree and decided to pursue mental health two years later. Ms. Sullivan feels that the decision to go into mental health was one of the best decisions of her life. Ms. Sullivan specializes in medication management while also incorporating medical, emotional, environmental, hereditary, and spiritual aspects of care.

Ms. Sullivan is very passionate about changing the quality and access of mental healthcare. Ms. Sullivan values the education and research that goes into the treatment of others and how important it is for one to be an active participant in their own health. Ms. Sullivan is a current member of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Houston, American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Delta Theta Chapter. Ms. Sullivan lives in The Woodlands/Tomball area with her two daughters and enjoys life with her girls, music, working out, and the outdoors.

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Traci Turner, MA, LPC

As a Therapist, nothing compares to helping my clients find meaning during their most difficult times. With the many challenges that life throws us, my goal is to help you positively navigate through these challenges, come out on top, and LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE! 

Over the course of my 15+ year career in mental health, I have strived to obtain a diverse background, in order to be able to help the many needs of my varying clients. My background includes working in residential treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, correctional settings, hospitals, as well as private practice. Through these various avenues, I have been provided services such as direct care, case management, individual, group, and family counseling, as well as psychiatric assessments.  Through various therapeutic approaches, I work with my clients to help them heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths. I truly believe that all of my clients have the power to change within, which is why I utilize a collaborative approach. My primary treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy. I proudly hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana., as well as a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my 2 children and our puppy Oreo,  travel (anywhere there’s a beach), and just enjoy life!

Rose Johnson

Rose Johnson, Community Liaison

After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Houston Baptist University, Rose Johnson began her journey in sales/marketing. High energy with a contagious laugh, accomplished and business savvy professional with the innate ability to connect with individuals from diverse walks of life has provided Rose with the ability to establish solid relationships. Having dealt with Alcoholism in her family has armed her with the compassion, sincerity, and empathy that is needed when conversing with individuals that are struggling with abuse issues and getting them to commit to the initial appointment. Rose Johnson joined New Dimensions in 2020 as Community Liaison and she truly enjoys connecting the dots between New Dimensions, Hospitals, physician practices, and Behavioral Health locations.

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