Tabatha LaMere, RA Supervisor
Tabatha graduated from Ross S. Sterling High School in 2007 and is currently working toward an Associate’s degree at San Jacinto College. As the RA Supervisor, Tabatha manages the RA department and is the primary point of contact at our Houston detox center. She appreciates the way Nova Recovery Center provides hope to people who are struggling with addiction and the support it provides to its employees with education and leadership. In her spare time, Tabatha enjoys spending time with her children, attending concerts, and reading books.
Sarah Champaign, Recovery Advocate
Sarah received her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certification in 2015 and has worked in the addiction treatment industry for more than 17 years. She was employed at several different addiction recovery centers where she worked with adults and adolescents before joining the Briarwood team in February of 2018. As a Recovery Advocate, Sarah records and reports patient vital signs, organizes and supervises group counseling, ensures patient accountability and safety, and assists with facility upkeep. As a person in recovery with 19 years of sobriety under her belt, Sarah has a unique understanding of what it’s like to be an addict and enjoys helping people learn to love themselves again. She has a strong desire to give back to those that are trying to reclaim their lives. When she’s not at work, Sarah likes to spend time with her grandchildren, go to church functions, participate in AA and CA recovery functions, and enjoy some “me” time.
Sharon Siverand, Recovery Advocate
Sharon received her GED from Alvin Community College in 1979. She worked in accounting for over 35 years and spent a few years at a skilled nursing facility before becoming a member of the Briarwood staff in February of 2018. As a Recovery Advocate, Sharon admits clients upon their arrival, reviews all required documentation with them, inventories their belongings, and helps them get settled into their room. Throughout a client’s time at Briarwood, she serves as a consistent support figure, assisting with daily meditation, visiting with them, and ensuring that they are comfortable while they are progressing through their programs. Sharon describes herself as a people person, as she is a good listener and enjoys talking with people about their life experiences. In addition to being a homebody with her husband and dog Porkchop, Sharon enjoys saltwater fishing, going on daily walks, and attending her home church regularly.
Colleen Evans – Recovery Advocate
Colleen graduated from Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Texas and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Throughout her addiction treatment career, Colleen has worked with addicted individuals in various settings and situations, including residential treatment, adult probation, and domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She joined the Briarwood team in August 2018. As a Recovery Advocate, she facilitates group sessions, leads meditation, builds relationships with clients, and facilitates fun group activities. Colleen enjoys working with people in crisis and exploring new ways to help each individual in the best way she can. In her free time, Colleen likes to fish, cook, watch stand-up comedy, and spend time with her family.
Terry Gaines, Counselor
Terry has a Master of Arts in Counseling and 15 years of experience in the addiction treatment industry. She is a counselor at Briarwood Detox Center and enjoys having the opportunity to expand her expertise with the medical and clinical perspectives of detox. When she’s not working, Terry likes to dance, travel, and read.
Rita Kent – IOP Counselor
Rita is a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She has been in recovery for ten years and joined the Briarwood team in November of 2018 as an IOP Counselor. She knew immediately that Briarwood was the right place for her. Rita is also an avid history buff, loves Pink Floyd, and has several different hobbies, including traveling and playing classical piano.
Laurel graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park, Michigan. Her career in the medical field first began back in 1990 at the Texas Medical Center’s Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where she was secretary of the Baylor Perinatal Associates transport center team. She also spent two years at Kemah Palms Recovery, where she worked as the Human Resources Manager, Administrative Assistant, and the Safety Officer for all facilities. Laurel joined the Briarwood team in February of 2018 and prefers to spend her free time gardening and cooking.