The Palo Verde Wellness staff is here to help you in your journey to recovery. Our team is passionate about helping others achieve sobriety and we are dedicated to providing the best care possible. If you are ready to take the first step, please contact us. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about Palo Verde Wellness. Call us today at 866.913.4195 to learn more.
Darby Foster – ACSW, LAADC
Darby earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and graduated with honors from California State University San Bernardino. She later went on to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (ICADC). Darby is also a Certified First Responder Counselor (CFRC) and trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She graduated from California Baptist University with a master’s degree in social work.
Darby says, “I chose my career in the recovery industry because I genuinely care and because I wanted to give back what was so freely given to me. My personal journey into recovery led me to a path that allows me to help other people struggling with substance use find freedom. I found out that authentic and lasting recovery does not take place until there has been deep healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Bravely working on all three levels is the key that unlocks the door that holds us prisoner to our addictions.
It is my belief that those who are called to work in recovery are meant to be guides on a road that leads to reclaiming joyful and fulfilling lives. Our team has created a very specific curriculum designed to provide deep and meaningful healing of the mind, body, and soul. If you are looking to break free and restore peace, tranquility, and overall wellness, please contact us. We can most certainly help you.”
Terra Schmid – LMFT
Terra’s passion and drive for working in addiction and recovery come from the belief that everyone deserves a second chance. Some even a third or fourth chance; a chance to be free, a chance to live life, to feel happy and fulfilled. Her analogy of going from addiction to sobriety is that of a veil being lifted. All of a sudden, everything seems a little brighter and more clear, like being in love. Her why for working in recovery is to help people lift the veil so they can experience life and experience themselves and relationships in a new and different way, to fall in love with life again. There is hope, and she feels grateful and honored to be a part of our clients’ lives as they transform from who they were to who they truly are.
Why Terra chose to be a part of Palo Verde Wellness is because she wanted to be a part of creating their vision and being on a team with like-minded individuals. To change lives, to help our community, and more, to provide a holistic approach to recovery. The whole-person, holistic approach to recovery aligns with who she is personally and professionally. Recovery isn’t just about abstinence, just like addiction isn’t just about the drug or drink. Traditional recovery programs (although there is a place for them) teach and support the idea that as long as you don’t pick up or use again, your life will get better, and you will be healed. At Palo Verde Wellness, we treat the whole person, not just the addiction, because we understand addiction is a symptom, behavior, or dependence with physical, psychological, and spiritual components. At Palo Verde Wellness, we strive for lives to be transformed, not just to get sober. It is Terra’s promise and dedication to Palo Verde Wellness and our clients to help facilitate and ensure that process.
Terra holds the following certifications and honors
- B.A. Psychology, California State University of San Bernardino, 2010
- M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University, 2015
- Court-Ordered Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, 2016
- Certified Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, 2017
- Specialized Concentrations:
- Intergenerational trauma
- Domestic violence
- Couples therapy
- Parenting, co-Parenting, and family therapy
- Art therapy
- Child and adolescent therapy
- Group therapy
- Integrative medicine and nutrition
During her training and internship, Terra facilitated a life skills group at a women’s recovery center, where she used a variety of experiential interventions to promote education, insight, and change. She is trained and can use a variety of modalities, including but not limited to CBT, REBT, psychodynamic, solution-focused, gestalt, and client-centered therapy.
Devin Walters – RADT-1
Director of Admissions
Devin’s journey in recovery began in 2017 by committing to a treatment program. This was the best decision he could have ever made for himself. The staff at the facility made him feel welcome and accepted him for who he was. They helped him get to a place where life was finally worth living. After experiencing this life-changing event, Devin decided his purpose was to educate people and show them that they, too, can live a life free from active addiction.
Devin started working in treatment in 2019 and finally knew what his purpose in life was. He never thought that he would work in treatment, but after his own experience, he wanted to give back what was so freely given. Working in treatment isn’t for everyone, and it takes a special kind of human. Throughout his own personal experience, he realized he must meet people where they are, helping them feel accepted as he was, with love, kindness, and empathy.
Here at Palo Verde Wellness, we offer you an experience that can change your life forever. How? Remain honest, open-minded, and willing to accept everything and everyone for exactly who they are.
Director of Business Development
Jonathan has been working in business development and outreach in the recovery field since 2010. The ideals and principles of recovery and wellness are at the heart of what he holds dear in his life. Having a background in business finance, he felt called to do work that made a difference in the lives of his community, his friends, and his family. Changing careers at that stage in his life was the best decision he ever made. “Having experience working in this field for over a decade now, I better understand what works best for me and for the clients we are helping” he says, “Palo Verde Wellness focuses on the client first, their mind, body and spirit… and that’s what provides the best possible opportunity for long-term healing and long-term sobriety.”
When Jonathan met the team at Palo Verde Wellness, he saw the passion and purpose behind the work they were doing, and he knew that this is where he belonged.
Director of Business Operations
Melissa Corea earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University in business administration with a concentration in nutrition. Throughout her career, she specialized in consulting, managing, and owning several businesses within the hospitality and real estate industries.
When Melissa relocated from Philadelphia to Southern California, she did not want a job. Her goal was to use her life and business experience for a higher purpose. This desire led her to Palo Verde Wellness, and as soon as she met the team, she could not say no.
Joseph Lashley – RADT
Joseph has worked in the field of recovery since 2018. He is in recovery himself and has been since 2015. During that time, he developed a passion for helping people and began volunteering to help in treatment centers, churches, and hospitals. He also helped start a non-profit organization called Live180. His experience as a mentor at Live180 inspired him to pursue a career in the recovery field.
Joseph began working as a Behavioral Health Technician at a treatment center in 2018. After two years, he was promoted to Client Care Coordinator, and he then decided to pursue his Drug and Alcohol college certification. His belief is that the more he knows, the more effective and efficient he can be for his clients and fellow coworkers.
He has a genuine care for people, but he has deeper care for those people suffering from the effects of addiction. His empathy and compassion flow deeply, and his goal is for clients to connect with his positive energy. He comes from a place of non-judgment, understanding, forgiveness, and love.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from California State University San Bernardino in 2006 and his master’s degree from Loma Linda University in Social Work in 2013. He is trained in treatments such as:
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Trauma Resiliency
- Model (TRM)
- Jungian psychology
He has been a licensed clinical social worker since 2016. He has worked in the social work field since 2007.
Mike says, “I began my career in the recovery industry to support others in identifying and addressing the deeper underlying root causes that prevent sobriety. Having connected with the concept of ‘change your thinking, change your life’ but also experiencing self-sabotage, discouragement, and unworthiness; I found that underlying issues often keep people from the outcomes they deeply wish for. We all want to be happy but find ourselves stuck in habitual beliefs and patterns that keep us away from happiness. Being a part of the creation of a program that integrates ancient wisdom and modern science to provide a holistic approach to healing has been a joyful process. Supporting others through the process of letting go of their ‘misunderstanding’ of themselves and the world to connect to who they really are is the essence of Palo Verde Treatment Centers. Our goal is to empower clients to connect with their inner strength and potential to have the life they deserve finally.”