Ph.D. candidate, Sydney Smith received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychometrics. Holding licensure's as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC-II), Ms. Smith brings a unique breadth of professional and life experience to RISE Center for Recovery. Devoting 15 years to the counseling field, she has spent the majority of her career working with co-occurring disorders as a substance abuse and gambling addiction therapist practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Immersed in cultures ranging from small-town Oklahoma to the West coast metropolitan areas of California and Nevada, Ms. Smith brings a depth perspective into the field of psychotherapy. Her expertise resides in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. Also having served as the Clinical Director of Family Services at The International Problem Gambling Center, Smith has brought added value to her current study. In collaboration with UCLA Psychiatry Department, Sydney Smith and her affiliates are conducting research focused on empirically based treatment of spouses and families of problem gamblers. Additional current research includes working with the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada on Problem Gambling education, prevention, and treatment with Native Americans in Nevada Tribal Communities.  



Josh Johnson, LPC

Josh Johnson has spent several years in the field of addiction counseling and practiced at Palmetto Addiction Recovery Center for 7 years before being asked to help develop the program at Pecan Haven Addiction Center in North Louisiana.

Josh received his Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2009, and his therapeutic style is based on an existential, person-centered cognitive behavioral model of counseling with a focus on group therapy and the advantages of working with clients in a group setting.  However, Josh’s main strength is his ability to make personal connections which accounts for the greatest factor in bringing about positive change.

His understanding of 12 step recovery is derived from his personal experience overcoming addiction and he has been in recovery for 11 years. His clinical expertise coupled with personal experience enables Josh to create and foster a supportive environment for his clients based on the principles of recovery and spiritual growth.


Nick Tangeman, LADC, Clinical Therapist

Jenny Casino, LADC, LCSW, NCGC-Intern,Clinical Therapist  

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Omar Fonteboa, Community Service Coordinator

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Omar Fonteboa is a Columbia University graduate, who earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Latino Studies. Currently, he is working toward his Master's Degree in Addiction Counseling with plans to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and National Gambling Counselor Certification. 

With a key interest in the social factors on addictive behaviors, Omar's passion and interest resides in working with families and children affected by addiction. Through Omar's experience with familial addiction as well as his personal struggle and path to recovery, he brings an in-depth understanding and perspective to his work in the field. A big proponent of spirituality and personal perspective as it pertains through the addiction journey, Omar looks forward to being able to combine personal compassion and understanding with proven counseling techniques to help individuals reach their recovery goals. 


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