Meet Our Team
Paul Tucker, MS, LADAC
Founder and Owner
Paul’s education began with a BA in Social Science from Marylhurst College. He has a Master’s Degree in Experiential Therapy from the University Of Wisconsin. Paul has owned outpatient treatment facilities for the last 18 years. He founded Focused Recovery with a focus on providing superior quality treatment for addictions and co-occurring disorders. He is continuously working towards expanding treatment offerings to better serve the growing substance abuse and mental health needs of our community. Paul is an accomplished hand cyclist who enjoys camping and numerous other outdoor activities with his wife Rebekah and their dog, Bella.
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Marissa Evans, Yoga Instructor, CPSW. A devoted student of yoga for 5 years, Marissa completed the 200-hr YTT in 2018 in the school of hot power vinyasa flow. An avid backpacker, trek leader and guide as well as runner and traveler, she has never looked-back. You will get a full-body workout with focus on alignment and form as you flow through a moving meditation and slide on into final meditation with an exhausted smile and and a calm, relaxed state of mind. Marissa continues to pursue further specialized teacher trainings and opps abroad this year to honor her path as a yoga teacher.
Victor A. Faulkner, LADAC, For almost three decades, Victor has been realizing the miracle of recovery in his work with adolescents and adults who struggle with substance use disorder. Victor recognizes and honors the challenges of starting a new life and the extraordinarily difficult journey of change. Having worked alongside hundreds, if not thousands, who go on to rebuild their lives, he has seen miracle after miracle. Victor is proud to have held a License for Alcohol, Drug and Addictions Counseling for more than 20 years in the state of New Mexico.
Suzanna S Francis LCSW- IOP Therapist/Clinical Supervisor. As a Clinical Therapist I work with clients to help them find their path to sobriety and stability with substance abuse and mental health issues. I am a firm believer that the client holds the key to their recovery and I find great joy in facilitating this discovery on an individual basis. My approach is one that fits the treatment to the specific needs of the client; each client should be treated in a unique manner as I help with their successful transition into life.
Julia Herrera, LSAA, Intake Coordinator/IOP Therapist; Julia graduated from the University of New Mexico’s Psychology department with a concentration in Addiction Counseling. She has had years of experience in crisis intervention and has a history in case management and advocacy for the refugee population in Albuquerque. Julia currently does assessments for Turning Point and assists with IOP groups when needed. She is working on a Master’s degree in Counseling and is expected to graduate March 2020.
Megan Hosea is an OPD tech who conducts medical assessments for potential client’s, assists with vitals and medication management with current patients while achieving quality patient care. Megan graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in HealthCare Administration with a minor in Healthcare financing. Megan has been working in healthcare for over 18 years from working in the ER, OR and ICU to Labor & Delivery and NICU. Healthcare has been a huge part of Megan’s life which helps with her patient care as well as being in recovery herself, she is able to get on the same level as our clients. Megan loves to be outdoors. She enjoys spending time with her kids as well as fishing, hunting and camping.
Frances Kathleen Lopez-Bushnell (Kathy)
APRN, EdD, MPH, MSN
Kathy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a nurse researcher who has been working with substance use disorders for many years. She has been awarded a substance-use disorder fellowship, published in substance use disorders and she continues to work in this area. Kathy facilitates patients going through alcohol, opioid, or other withdraw with non-addictive treatments. Because of her ability to use motivational interviewing and her many years of experience with substance use disorders and research, she is able to provide excellent care with patients going through withdrawal. This successful protocol helps individuals go through withdrawal with minimal symptoms. It also helps them prepare for the lifelong journey of sobriety, a healthy, satisfying and productive life.
Lawrence Martinez is multitalented and very busy! He’s our Facilities Manager, taking care of maintenance, keeping all the facilities clean and operational including Turning Point and Focused Recovery, the recovery houses and the detox house. He cooks for our residential clients and makes sure there’s food on hand for the rest of us. But that’s not all! Well versed in IT maintenance and certified in Business Administrative Technology, he also takes care of our IT systems and makes sure everything is operational. He’s a computer enthusiast, but is also studying to become a Certified Peer Support Worker. How does he balance it all? As a loving husband and father of five, Lawrence is practiced at multitasking! He says, “I value honesty, hard work and the interpersonal relationships with my coworkers and clients.” We see those values in practice every day, in everything Lawrence does.
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An Albuquerque native, Thomas works as a peer support specialist to support clients through their process of recovery. As a recovering former addict, he can work on a closer, more personal level with clients outside individual therapy and IOP sessions, with the ability to relate intimately to the challenges and successes of recovery. He has recently started school at UNM pursuing a substance abuse counseling degree.
Danyelle Silva, Administrative Assistant, pursuing a degree in Medical Coding and Billing. Danyelle is one of the friendly faces you see when walking in at Focused Recovery, she is here to help and assist with whatever is needed. She loves being able to help the clients one on one and getting to know them on a more personal level. Interacting with the clients and the staff at Focused Recovery has taught her a lot, it has shown her that anyone is able to be in recovery and that no one is giving up on you. She realizes that there is a stigma against substance abuse and hopes that with her help it will end. In her personal time, she likes to spend time with her boyfriend and two dogs, she is also bubbly and outgoing but likes to watch her movies.
Sandra Spurlock, MA, LMFT, Certified Therapist in EMDR, and International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGCG-II) Intake Assessor and Therapist: Complete Intake Assessments for new clients; work individually and in group (as needed) with clients in recovery, and work with Inpatient Detox and Outpatient Detox teams to help stabilize and encourage clients very new to recovery. Professional accomplishments include experience as a clinical supervisor and program coordinator for teams of clinicians working in recovery. Special interests in women in recovery; and trauma processing. Strongest value is in establishing a therapeutic connection that will activate and enhance healing. Have been a resident of Albuquerque since 1982 and love the mountains, rivers, and high desert of New Mexico, with a special interest in native plants and wild birds.. Live in the North Valley with my husband Greg and delightful cat Hannah (who is never allowed outside with the wild birds.)
Dana brings over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of critical medical field applications, including the management of Urgent Care facilities, an Internal Medicine office, and domestic and international business development for a medical device manufacturing company. Her work as a key member and manager of the detox team begins with her passion for helping clients advocate for themselves and being part of each client’s recovery process. She holds certificates in healthcare administration and as a medical assistant.
Dr. Gail Thaler,
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April Trujillo is an experienced Administrative Supervisor who has extensive knowledge with all administrative tasks, in conjunction with scheduling and congruity. Having held positions in the medical and business fields April is able to modify her skills to meet the needs of many clients. She has skillfully increased efficiency in several of her assigned roles. April interacts directly with potential and current clients and has a strong desire to help those along in their journey towards recovery. While perusing a science degree from Central Community College April volunteered for the American Cancer Society and helped individuals with their battle through breast cancer. Helping people through life’s struggles is what April is most passionate about. On her free time, she enjoys playing board games and visiting with friends.
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