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Health and Wellness Instructors

The instructors for our Health and Wellness Professions classes are healthcare and medical industry experts who enjoy sharing their knowledge, skills, and expertise. As part of their continued commitment to the industry, they stay informed on the newest technologies, and methods.

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Jennifer Cady, MA, LPCC, LADAC has been on the faculty of the Substance Abuse Studies Training Program since 2000. She received her B.S. from Ohio University in Community Health Education and shortly thereafter a M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Case Western Reserve University and Ashland Theological Seminary. Her work includes Case Manager/Resident Advisor in Ohio and New Mexico, Mental Health Worker and UNM CASAA Counselor, Family Services Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for both adolescents and adults needing psycho social assessment, treatment planning, group and individual therapy to patients. Jennifer received her M.A. in counseling psychology in 1989 and is currently completing her doctoral studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is actively involved with the New Mexico Addiction Education Network to help those entering this field become educated. Jennifer goes the extra mile with joy to guide those with a passion for this challenging but satisfying work.

Upcoming Classes:

Substance Abuse Office Hours (Section FAC‐PD) ‐ 11/17/2018
Evidence‐Based Treatment (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 2/9/2019
Managing Co‐Occurring Disorders (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Substance Abuse Office Hours (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/9/2019
Working with Adolescents: Treatment and Prevention (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/13/2019
Addiction Counselor Exam Preparation (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 5/18/2019

Ms. Chavez has been employed in the Health Care Industry for over 28 years. Her experience ranges from coding and billing to compliance and education. She received her CPC (certified professional coder) certification in 1991 and her CPC‐H (certified professional coder‐hospital) certification in 1998 from the American Academy of Professional Coders. In 1998, Ms. Chavez is credited for initiating the Albuquerque AAPC Chapter in which she served as chapter president for 2 years. In 2007, Ms. Chavez received her CCP‐P (certified compliance professional‐physician) certification from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and her CMAS (certified medical administrative specialist) from the American Medical Technologists. Ms. Chavez was the co‐founder of Medical Academy Services LLC and in 2008 became the sole founder of New Mexico HealthCare Consulting Services LLC.

Upcoming Classes:

Testing Strategies with CPC Exam Preparation (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/22/2019
Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy for Coders (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 1/24/2019
ICD‐10‐CM Coding Specialist (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 10/29/2018
CPC National Certification Boot Camp (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 11/10/2018
Testing Strategies with CPC Exam Preparation (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 11/6/2018
CPT‐4 Coding Specialist (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/7/2019
ICD‐10‐CM Coding Specialist (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/18/2019
FRESH LOOK ‐ Orientation to Medical Coding and Billing Training (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 5/15/2019
CPC National Certification Boot Camp (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 6/15/2019
Medical Billing and Healthcare Specialist (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 6/17/2019
HCPCS Level II Coding (Section SUA‐PE) ‐ 6/3/2019

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Pharmacy Technician + MAA with Clinical Externship (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Dialysis Technician (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Pharmacy Technician with Clinical Externship (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Electronic Health Records Management (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Physician's Office Assistant + EHRM with Clinical Externship (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
EKG Technician (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Medical Administrative Assistant (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Medical Billing and Coding (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
Medical Billing and Coding + MAA (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/21/2018
EKG Technician (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Physician's Office Assistant + EHRM with Clinical Externship (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Medical Administrative Assistant (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Medical Billing and Coding (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Medical Billing and Coding + MAA (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Dialysis Technician (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Pharmacy Technician + MAA with Clinical Externship (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Electronic Health Records Management (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Pharmacy Technician with Clinical Externship (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/23/2019
Certified Professional Medical Auditor (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Medical Billing and Coding + MAA (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Dialysis Technician (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Pharmacy Technician + MAA with Clinical Externship (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Electronic Health Records Management (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Pharmacy Technician with Clinical Externship (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
EKG Technician (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Clinical Medical Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Physician's Office Assistant + EHRM with Clinical Externship (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Medical Administrative Assistant (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Dental Assistant with Clinical Externship (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019
Certified Professional Healthcare Compliance Officer (Section SPB‐PD) ‐ 6/1/2019

Eric completed his Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2000, he and his wife, Kathy, moved to New Mexico where he obtained his Master of Science, also in Psychology, at UNM. He then went back to school at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) to complete a teaching education program, culminating in receiving his Secondary Education License with endorsements in Science and Psychology. After working as a long‐term sub at Rio Rancho High School, Eric returned to the UNM Psychology Department to teach full time. Although considered new faculty, Eric has taught psychology since 2006. His teaching interests are primarily in the Cognitive/Brain and Behavior area, but he can be found teaching a variety of courses. When not in the classroom, Eric is the Vice President of GREY2K USA Worldwide, an international greyhound advocacy group, and Communications Director for Greyhound Companions of New Mexico, a greyhound rescue, adoption, and advocacy group. He also volunteers with NMDOG, an all‐breeds rescue based in the Albuquerque area. Eric and Kathy share their home with four greyhounds and one Pibble mix.

Upcoming Classes:

Drugs of Abuse: Introduction to Psychopharmacology (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 11/17/2018

Having been raised with traditional medicine, raChelle has always had a keen interest in holistic health, and thanks to her grandfather she learned early on how to integrate plant medicine into her own health and well‐being. raChelle has studied Clinical Herbalism, with an emphasis in Ayurveda medicine at the University of New Mexico; and Complimentary Alternative and Herbal Medicine at the American College of Healthcare Sciences. Her specialties include Health and Lifestyle Coaching, Herbalism, Nutrition and Exercise.

Upcoming Classes:

BrainFit ‐ Our Mind for the Ages (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/20/2019

Frank G. Magourilos, MPS, CPS, ICPS is a Sr. Certified Prevention Specialist and a SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework National Trainer. Mr. Magourilos holds a Masterís Degree in Prevention Science from Oklahoma University and Bachelorís Degrees in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico. He is a Prevention Consultant and Evaluator for several New Mexico Counties DWI Programs, including the Bernalillo County Department of Substance Abuse Programs. Mr. Magourilos is also the Executive Director of the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals, www.NMCBBHP.org and the founder of the New Mexico Prevention Network, www.nmpreventionnetwork.org. Mr. Magourilos is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Oklahoma where he develops Prevention Science classes for Oklahomaís University Master of Prevention Science Program. Mr. Magourilos also sits on the National Board of Directors for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Upcoming Classes:

Prevention and Education (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 12/1/2018

Sonia Masocco, LDT, C.Ay.P., CAH is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy as well as a member of the American Herbalist Guild. For the past 14 years, Sonia has had a private practice in Albuquerque; she also participates in lectures and conferences worldwide.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Herbalism 101 (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/10/2019
Foundations of Ayurveda (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 1/8/2019
Ayurveda Assessment Techniques (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/2/2019
Clinical Herbalism 102 (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/4/2019

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Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Homeopathic Medicine (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 2/6/2019

Dr. Vickie McGinley, DBH, LPCC, has been working in substance abuse and mental health for over 23 years. She has worked with homeless, homeless youth, criminal justice, and domestic violence clients during that time. For seven years, she worked at UNM/CASAA and is a veteran of several clinical trials with CRA, A‐CRA CRAFT and MI protocols, including COMBINE (Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions), ESTAR (Expanding Services to Albuquerque's Runaways), and OTEP (Opiate Treatment Enhancement Project). She has been teaching evidence based treatments for addictions at SASTP for the past 14 years. Recently she was working in Juvenile Justice and is a statewide coordinator of substance abuse treatment services, training staff in CRA and MI and is now at UNMH as a therapist. She received a Doctor of Behavioral Health Degree from Arizona State in 2014.

Upcoming Classes:

Group Therapies (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 1/26/2019
Community Reinforcement Approach (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/9/2019

This instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Medical Assistant (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 3/4/2019
EKG Technician Certification Program (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/9/2019

Robert O. Phillips, D.BH, LADAC, LMSWDr. Bob Phillips is a terrestrial from Roswell, New Mexico and is Coordinator of Human Services and Addiction Studies at Eastern New Mexico University‐Roswell. With 35 years of experience, Bob serves as clinician, educator, trainer, and consultant in the fields of addictions treatment and the integration of behavioral health into primary medical care. His research interests include program evaluation, youth risk and resiliency, and occupational health including risk and protective factors for burnout and compassion fatigue. In addition, he has served and led the human service professions at local, state, and national levels and organizations, including the New Mexico Addictions Education Network; the International Coalition of Substance Abuse Educators; and the National Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health.

Upcoming Classes:

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) (Section FAA‐PD) ‐ 11/3/2018

With a career ranging from archeologist and and university teacher through environmental consulting and land use planning to computer network design and administration,; Bruce can draw on a wide range of experiences. He has degrees in anthropology from Rice and Yale and in Public Administration from the University of Denver. He has a long standing interest in the history,; technology,; and economics of the ancient Mediterranean area. He feels that history more interestingly seen in terms of the way people lived their daily lives and interacted with their surroundings than as a parade of political events.

Upcoming Classes:

New Mexico Ecological Herbalism Series (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 1/28/2019

You can improve your value to your organization and serve your organization better by recognizing some of the legal issues that work organizations face on a regular basis. For non‐;lawyers in a variety of work environments,; you will find out what you should know,; and when to consult a lawyer.

Upcoming Classes:

Health Coach for ACE Certification (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 4/2/2019

Zac Van Note received his BFA in Graphic Design from New Mexico State University. Zac has over 25 years of experience in graphic design,; web development,; marketing and communications. He has worked on a wide range of projects,; including websites,; mobile apps,; user experience research,; catalogs,; magazines and tradeshow booths. He is currently a manager of User Experience (;UX); Research and Design for a large government contractor.

Upcoming Classes:

Dealing with Stressful and Traumatic Events (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 3/2/2019
Finding and Understanding Medical Research Studies (Section SPA‐PE) ‐ 4/9/2019



Upcoming Classes:

CRAFT and Working with Family Members (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 5/4/2019



Upcoming Classes:

Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy for ASCP Certification (Section SPA‐PD) ‐ 2/18/2019


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