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Director of Counseling Services: Dr. Christie Melonson 

Dr. Christie Melonson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and adult educator with a variety of leadership experiences in behavioral health and educational settings. Dr. Melonson earned her Master’s in Community Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from University of the Incarnate Word. She has served as an adjunct professor and provides consultation and professional development in the community. Her research interests are in multicultural issues and intercultural learning. Dr. Melonson specializes in working with survivors of trauma, clients with PTSD, mood disorders, and at risk populations. Dr. Melonson likes to spend time with her nieces, enjoys international travel and cuisine, is an avid reader, and loves listening to music and writing. Click here to email

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Assistant Director of Counseling Services:  Dr. Chris Leeth

Dr. Leeth became Assistant Director of Counseling Services in 2012. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He received his Master’s degree in Community Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he also earned his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. In addition to providing counseling for a wide variety of concerns, Dr. Leeth has expertise in working with men, athletes, veterans, and issues of body image and eating disorders. He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of College Counseling, and is also one of the current Scholars-in-Residence of the American Counseling Association. Click here to email

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Clinical Counselor: Dr. Stacy Perez Waterman

Dr. Stacy Perez Waterman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in the state of Texas.  Dr. Waterman graduated with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Her therapeutic experience includes work with Bexar County Drug Courts, Haven for Hope, and substance use disorder intensive outpatient services.  Dr. Waterman’s research interests include relational approaches toward substance use disorder treatment, social justice strategies to combat the opioid crisis, and multicultural factors that may influence substance misuse and treatment.

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Clinical Counselor: Dr. Julieta Rubio Hobbs

Dr. Julieta Rubio Hobbs is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Rubio Hobbs received her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2017 from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).   She currently teaches master-level students at UTSA. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and at-risk populations.  Her research interests include multicultural and value issues, mental health disparities, and bilingual counseling/supervision.  Dr. Rubio Hobbs is a strong advocate for improving overall wellness by not only considering the mind but also physical and social wellness.  Dr. Rubio Hobbs is fluent in Spanish, enjoys spending time with family, and traveling.

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Psychiatrist: Dr. Lori Kels

Dr. Kels is board-certified psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Clinical and Applied Science Education at UIWSOM.  She earned her MD from the University of Nevada and her MPH from the University of Southern California.  Dr. Kels completed her residency in psychiatry at the George Washington University, where she served as chief resident.  Dr. Kels has a clinical interest in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women, particularly during pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Her research interests include medical education and novel treatments for mood disorders.

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Office Receptionist: Lori Alvarez

Lori is from El Paso, TX. She grew up with a very loving and supportive family. Lori obtained her Associates Degree in Arts from El Paso Community College. From there, she moved to Laredo for about three years where she worked as a CNA at the local hospital. She and her husband made the jump to San Antonio about four years ago. She is currently working on her Biology degree and hopes that she'll be able to work for a conservation in the future. For fun, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their children and traveling back home to El Paso to see their families.

 Meet our Interns for Counseling Services

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Timir is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has just recently moved to San Antonio, Texas.  In Chicago, he completed a double major in Psychology and Criminal Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduation, he attended Bradley University where he completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling.  Currently, Timir is working on his Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision at St. Mary’s University.  His research interests include multicultural issues, addictions, first-generation college students, and neurofeedback. When not in the academic setting he enjoys rooting on his favorite sports teams: Cubs (2016 World Series Champions!), Bears, Bulls, and now the San Antonio Spurs.  He also enjoys lifting weights, running, and hiking.  Timir looks forward to exploring and getting to know San Antonio.

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Laurel is currently in the masters' program in clinical and mental health counseling at UTSA.  She has recently been accepted into the PhD program at UTSA in Counselor Education and Supervision. She has a background in child welfare and social service leadership. Prior to working in counseling, Laurel was a professional violinist. Laurel works to empower her clients to overcome obstacles and to acknowledge their inner strength.