Chief Executive Officer
When Deana joined the FBH team in February of 2018, she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to build an innovative team that is both passionate and committed to client-centered care. As the CEO, she is responsible for the oversight of our family of programs which include City View Detox, Thistle Hill Program for Women, Trinity Vista Program for Men, Evergreen Path Program for Adolescent Males, and Camp Worth Autism & Spectrum Disorders Program for Adolescents. Deana holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and MBA from Southeastern Oklahoma State. She has been in the mental health industry since 2006, specifically working with substance abuse and eating disorders, and has extensive expertise in clinical support, admissions, marketing, and operations. Deana’s passion for working with others in the recovery industry is rooted in her own family’s legacy of addiction.
Lolly Wool, M.ED., LPC, NCC
Lolly Wool received her Masters degree in counseling from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. First and foremost, Lolly believes deeply that recovery is possible for all individuals. Lolly brings her passion, servant leadership values and innovation to the Fort Behavioral team. Lolly is trained in EMDR, Schema Therapy, and is currently in her second year of Somatic Experiencing training. Lolly brings an approach that includes Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment theory and Somatic Experiencing in order to provide a clinical approach that allows the Fort Behavioral team to make treatment plans that are personalized and treat the whole person. Lolly believes that the approach to the treatment of addiction must incorporate a balance of brain, body and mind and interventions that match each of these areas. Lolly has experience with the 12 step model and believes that for some individuals that the 12 step community is a valuable resource to individuals. Lolly has worked in residential treatment since her internship, treating eating disorders, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma disorders and personality disorders. Lolly is a constantly learners and expects that of the Fort Behavioral team in order to make sure that we are providing clients with a variety of tools that meet their needs. Lolly brings compassion, transparency and hope to the clients and families she serves. Outside of work Lolly enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and exploring the city!
David Henderson, MD
Chief Medical Officer
David is a board-certified psychiatrist with a passion for treating the whole individual. Since receiving his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University, he has applied his skills to helping people in the public, non-profit, private, and educational sectors. With an extensive background in substance use, mood disorders, anxiety, delusional disorders, bi-polar, and forensics, he brings a wealth of medical and therapeutic experience to the team here at Fort Behavioral in order to create highly personalized treatment programs for our clients. David is also a passionate speaker and educator who served as the Department Chair of Counseling and Professor of Psychology at Criswell College for 5 years, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for 8 years. If he looks familiar, you may have seen one of his various appearances as a correspondent in news outlets such as Newsweek, NBC, CBS 11, FOX 4, CW33, WFAA, and KCBI. He is also a member of the board of directors for Drug Prevention Resources, Inc. and Mental Health America of Greater Dallas. At heart, however, David is a creative, and in his spare time you can find him creating art, writing and publishing books, such as his latest work on adolescents: "My Teenage Zombie: Resurrecting the Undead Adolescent in Your Home", or working on various creative cinematic projects. We're excited to have him as an integral part of our team here at Fort Behavioral! If you want to meet Dr. David and the rest of our amazing team here at FBH, or if you know someone who may be in need of help, reach out to us today!
Ben Sodek joined Fort Behavioral Health as Controller in January 2017.
In this role, he provides guidance and strategic leadership regarding the finances and financial health of FBH He leads the following system departments: managed care, revenue cycle and treasury, and will also be responsible for finance system, accounting, decision support, supply chain, reimbursement, forecasting/budgets, reimbursement and financial operations across the system.
Ben has over 30 years of experience in patient accounting and health care operations. Prior to this opportunity Ben was with Triad/CHS for over 14 years in the Ambulatory Surgery Center Division in business operations. Ben was successful with the transition of acquired centers to the CHS system, divestment of centers and de novo projects. He developed a tool to evaluate potential investments. Performed routine analytical reviews of the revenue cycle and developed action plans if a facility falls below standards. Additionally, he played a significant role in the multiple system’s tech conversions and the redesign of financial systems and business processes. He has previously served as a controller for two acute care psychiatric hospitals.
Ben graduated from the University of Texas of Arlington with BA.
Mellissa Bruce, RN, BSN, CARN
Director of Nursing
Mellissa joined FBH as the Director of Nursing in 2018, bringing with her over 10 years experience working in residential and outpatient treatment settings. Following graduation from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing in May 2008, Mellissa spent several years working as an Intensive care nurse in central Texas. Mellissa is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and a member of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (intNSA) and strives to stay in front of current trends in the field of addiction medicine. When she is not working at FBH, Mellissa enjoys spending time with her family and working out with her friends at Camp Gladiator.
Michael Miller, CEC, CDM, CDT
Director of Culinary Services
Chef Michael Miller is responsible for all things culinary at Fort and has received high praise and great reviews on our client surveys. He holds an associate degree from Johnson & Wales in Charleston, SC and is a graduate of the Culinary School of Arts in Boussier City, Louisiana. He is an experienced and gifted chef with a flair for delicious Cajun cuisine and a member of the American Culinary Association.
In addition to being a Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Chef Mike is a Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Diet Technician (CDT). He is trained at the technical level of nutrition and dietetics practice for the delivery of safe, culturally competent, quality food and nutrition services, an integral part of healthcare and food service management.
Chef Mike worked for Holland America Cruise Lines, where he developed and refined his culinary techniques. He further honed his skills through his own catering company and bed and breakfast, as well as culinary services management of country clubs and 4-star hotels.
In his spare time, Chef Mike enjoys music, water skiing and creating beautiful pieces of stained glass art.
Business Development Consultant
Melvin received his bachelor degree in Business Administration at Houston Tillotson University. After college, he began working with troubled youth in a residential setting, outside of Austin, TX. This is where Melvin found his purpose in life. He brings over 43 years of passion and service in the Behavioral Healthcare Industry to Fort Behavioral Health. Prior to joining the Business Development team at Fort Behavioral Health, he held the position of Director of Business Development at four of the largest Behavioral Healthcare Corporations in the nation.
He enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, restoring classic trucks and mentoring young men in his church.
Sara Kaylor, LPC
Director of Marketing
Rosemary joined the FBH team as Director of Marketing in 2018. With a solid reputation for relationship building and community collaboration, she looks forward to introducing the Fort family of services to those seeking residential treatment. Rosemary studied psychology at the University of Houston and has over 15 years experience in admissions, marketing, business development, operations, and team development. She is truly passionate about helping others find hope and happiness through healing and recovery. In her spare time, Rosemary enjoys creative projects, working out, and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Human Resources
Kristin joined the FBH team as Director of Human Resources in 2019. She studied Social Science/Education/HR Management at Ashford University in Iowa and has over 17 years’ experience in Healthcare, Human Resources, Operations, and Employee Development. Kristin specializes in Service Excellence and Cultural Diversity & Sensitivity. She is truly excited to be a part of the Fort Behavioral Team and watching clients grow and heal. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys cooking, watching & going to softball and baseball games, and most of all, spending time with her husband of 19 years and her two kids.
Business Development Specialist
Whitney is a Fort Worth native and joined the Fort Behavioral team in May of 2019 as our Business Development Specialist for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She holds her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where she also played basketball. She returned home to pursue graduate school at Texas Christian University and earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Whitney gained clinical experience working with adolescents and their families in both residential and outpatient settings, specializing in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and helping clients identify their strengths and uncover their own innate abilities to empower themselves in their lives.
Prior to joining Fort, Whitney spent the last four years wearing multiple hats in the admissions and community outreach roles at a Dallas private school. She thrives on building meaningful relationships and being able to connect people to the helpful resources they need. In her free time, you can find Whitney on a treadmill, trying local foodie spots, cheering on the Horned Frogs at TCU home games, or exploring the world with her wife, Lindsey. They also have three fur babies and a handful of nieces and nephews they love to spoil at any opportunity.