The Nova staff is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with various personal and professional experiences with addiction. Our team members are fully committed to providing the best possible care in every aspect of addiction treatment and strive to create a caring and supportive recovery environment at all times. Please take a moment to read about our team members.
Frederic J. Wilson, MD
Dr. Frederic J. Wilson is a licensed MD specializing in psychiatry. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and his specializations include dual diagnosis with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and behavioral problems. He received his undergraduate degree from California Lutheran University and attended medical school at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. His general psychiatry residency was completed with the UT Southwestern Program in Austin. He has experience at a number of facilities including Seton Shoal Creek, the University of Texas Mental Health Center, Austin State Hospital, Dell Children’s Medical Center, and more.
As Medical Director of Nova Recovery Center, Dr. Wilson sees clients on a regular basis. Dr. Wilson utilizes a multidimensional approach to the mental health needs of Nova clients, incorporating biological, psychological, and social aspects into addiction treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Wilson, please visit his website.
Lora has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in studio art from Texas State University and the University of Kentucky, respectively. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Fort Hays State University. Before being the Clinical Intern, Lora was an RA at Nova for three years. In her current role, she regularly completes intake assessments for new clients, facilitates process groups, and fills in for the clinical team as needed. Lora enjoys meeting with clients one-on-one and making new clients feel welcome and heard. In her free time, Lora likes to do Hot Yoga, walk her dog, and travel.
Cathy has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, as well as a dual master’s degree in Social Work (Clinical and Administrative) from Texas State University. She is a Licensed Social Worker (LMSW), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and is completing clinical requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has more than a decade of experience working in substance abuse treatment and mental health counseling, with a special focus in trauma. Throughout her professional career, she has worked with adolescents and adults in prevention, intervention, and other areas of treatment and healing. Cathy has been in recovery for more than 18 years herself and shares her passion and hope with those she works with and around. She enjoys spending time with her animals, traveling abroad with her partner, and any chance for a new adventure.
Primary Licensed Counselor
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Southern Methodist University and a master’s degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has eight years of professional experience in mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment. Throughout her professional career, she has served clients and their families in a variety of capacities and stages of treatment. As someone who has been in recovery for more than 13 years, Jennifer chose this line of work because she truly believes that it works. She says the most inspiring part of her job is watching her clients’ eyes come back to life as they transition out of a life of addiction and into a life of recovery. When she’s not working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two rescued dogs, Chloe and Rudy, and traveling with her husband.
Recovery Specialist Director
John has worked in the addiction treatment field for more than seven years. He has served as a team member in various roles, including a Resident Care Associate, Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Recovery Manager, and a Recovery Specialist, helping numerous clients implement the 12-step values as they transition from rehab to independent sober living. Currently, he also leads 12-step groups, co-facilitates Nova’s three-day intensive Family Program, and oversees the Recovery Specialist Department and the Clinical Department with the goal of maintaining the unification and culture on the Nova campus. John has been with Nova since October of 2014 because he firmly believes in the company’s vision. “Nova is not centered on creating an image or producing a cookie-cutter version of someone in recovery,” he says. “Nova is very interested in maintaining one’s truth, while at the same time, introducing them to a community in which one person cares about another.” In his free time, John enjoys playing music in a band, spending time with friends, playing golf, and meditating. He is also married and has a fourteen-year-old son.
Derek struggled with addiction at a very young age and first experienced the freedom of recovery at the age of 20. He received his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Elgin Community College in Elgin, Illinois and has nearly eight years of professional experience in substance abuse treatment. At Nova Recovery Center, Derek guides clients through a spiritual process of awakening and growth. As a mission-driven person, he gravitates toward mission-driven companies, so working for Nova was a chance to pursue a set of values that both he and the company share. Derek also enjoys the family atmosphere that Nova provides. “Within a month of working here, I already felt like family,” he says. “I’ve never experienced that anywhere before.” When he’s not working or attending recovery meetings for his own recovery, Derek actively sponsors others, maintains his recovery blog (bigbookwizard.com), and facilitates recovery-related workshops. He also enjoys a game of chess or Magic the Gathering and is an avid reader.