Mandy is passionate about caring for the mental health population and encouraging her staff to provide the best patient-centered care. When Mandy first arrived at West Oaks, she focused on improving West Oaks’ culture to start and end with thinking about our patients. There is rarely a day she is not seen on at least one of the units as she likes to lead her hospital knowing the ins and outs of our patients’ journeys. She leads the way on various hospital improvements to elevate patient stays so hospital aesthetics match the top care and programming patients already receive. Mandy also seeks to elevate mental health programming with the help of her staff through alternative programming classes like yoga, pet therapy, music appreciation, and art appreciation. She is a strong advocate for leadership and team building. She encourages her team to mentor other mental health professionals in the community as well as students aspiring to be mental health professionals.
Mandy grew up in Trenton, Tennessee. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 2005 and has held her LCSW since 2011.
Dr. Shoaib has participated in medical missions to Kosavo and Kashmir, helping people traumatized by war and earthquake, respectively. He also volunteered at Houston Shifa Clinic, a faith based organization that helps indigent people, with healthcare needs.
Currently, he is the Medical Director at West Oaks Hospital. Dr. Shoaib treats patients with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, ADHD, and substance abuse disorders.
Paul manages the West Oaks Business Office and is continually looking to improve operational efficiencies. Paul enjoys knowing that all financial decisions that better West Oaks positively impact our patients. His newest passion project is managing the financials for Behavioral Health Connections in the Houston and Dallas markets, allowing him to make an even larger impact than he already is in mental healthcare.
Paul is an Alexandria, Louisiana native and received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Louisiana College in 1983.
He is a change agent and is dedicated to improving delivery of care systems to meet the Affordable Care Act demands for safe and quality care. He promotes and supports change through the use of teams and collaboration, evidence- based practice, quality improvement, innovation, health informatics, and advanced technology. In addition, he is committed to creating an environment that supports professional growth, changing the professional nurses’ image, and creating a culture of safety for patients and nurses.
Michael is a native of Wells, Texas and received his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Colorado Technical University.
Allyson is passionate about using data to help drive and sustain measures of process improvement and to help provide quality care. Allyson enjoys utilizing a collaborative approach with new processes and working with all of the leadership team to ensure that the facility is maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies and state regulations. She is passionate about helping shape a culture of positive change at West Oaks Hospital.
Allyson was born and raised in Houston, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. Then, in 2010, Allyson received her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Creating opportunities to learn about West Oaks are what drives her on a daily basis. “People deserve the best mental health care the first time around and we have it.” Cassie is an avid volunteer in the communities West Oaks and our outpatient clinics serve. Cassie is a former recipient of the distinguished honor of “Volunteer of the Year” for Katy area Chamber of Commerce and has received the ‘Beacon of Light Award’ for the Fort Bend County Mental Health Association. Other volunteer activities are American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and NAMI.
Cassie has been in Business Development for 18 years and has a background in Internal Medicine Nursing and Adult Education.
Colleen’s favorite age group to work with are the adolescents. Every Saturday, there are multi-family groups conducted on the children’s and adolescent units for parents and caregivers so that they may participate in groups that educate them on mental health issues and ways to be supportive.
Colleen has two licenses—a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Supervisor. She is a strong believer in approaching problems from the systemic perspective by involving families and support systems, and using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approaches. Colleen believes in the importance of physical exercise as a way to help with depression and mood issues as well as an overall sense of well being.
Colleen was instrumental in starting school on campus, provided by Houston Independent School District for ages 5-17 years of age, which began in February, 2018. Colleen overseas the programming on each unit which includes group therapy, recreational therapy, music appreciation, art appreciation, Zumba, yoga, and pet therapy. Colleen is in the process of starting a “Trauma Track” for those patients who have suffered from trauma.
Colleen is a native Houstonian, and received her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Our Lady of the Lake University. Colleen is also a graduate of the LCDC Addiction Studies program from the University of Houston. Additionally, she holds a music degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
A native of Houston, Danielle has worked across multiple medical disciplines as well as served in many capacities. She has worked with acute geriatrics to wound care to psychiatric inpatient care; Danielle is certainly very versatile and multifaceted. With over seven years as a Registered Nurse and over 20 years as a medical professional, Danielle has proven her natural niche for patient care as well as her affinity for leadership.
Jenn started her career working as a therapist with adolescents who were involved in the Juvenile Justice System. In her role as Risk Manager, Jenn has a strong focus on patient safety, and is continuously looking to improve the patient experience. Her former roles include Unit Therapist, Patient Advocate, and Quality Improvement Analyst.
Jenn is a native Houstonian. A graduate of The University of Houston, Jenn received her Master in Counseling Psychology in 2014. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.
During his 15-year tenure as Director of Pharmacy at West Oaks Hospital, Kevin has been recognized by Comprehensive Pharmacy Services with multiple awards for service and dedication. In 2008, he was recognized as the Director of the Year for the Behavioral Division. Also, in 2016, he was awarded the Boscoe Godfrey Heart and Soul Award for going above and beyond to provide patient care in a disaster situation.
Kevin is a native Houstonian and is a member of APhA and ASHP pharmacy professional organizations. He received his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Texas Southern University in 2000.
Kim’s approach as a leader is to be a role model. She never asks something of her staff member that she would not be able and willing to do as well. Kim has high expectations of herself and even higher expectations for herself. Yet, team expectations are constantly met as the Utilization Review Department is a fantastic and highly-skilled department. She believes that team bonding activities are important and her team has lunch together at least once a week.
Kim is a Huntsville, Texas native and she graduated from Sam Houston University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology.
These programs and the many other HR initiatives are designed to hire, develop, recognize, reward, retain and empower the best staff. Under Krishna’s leadership of HR, the hospital enjoys one of the highest employee retention and employee engagement rates among the UHS Texas region. She has a passion to help the people who help the patients.
Krishna is a proud native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston –Main Campus. She is a certified senior human resources professional and mediator.