Dr. Arun Patel, M.D.   Medical Director

Dr. Arun Patel, M.D.

Medical Director

 
 
 

Eric Hammer/ President

NCC,LPC,LCDC
ehammer@mynextstepllc.com

Arun Patel, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist with an extensive background in addiction psychiatry. Dr. Patel received his medical degree from Government Medical College, Surat in 1979. In 1982, Dr.Patel received the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (EDFMG) certificate and moved to the United States. Prior to moving to Texas, Dr. Patel practiced in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. In 1993, Dr. Patel received his Texas license and has been practicing here ever since, serving in various roles ranging from medical facility staff psychiatrist to Chief of Medical Staff.

Additionally, Dr. Patel holds the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) accreditation. Currently, Dr. Patel is in private practice in Lubbock, TX as well as a contract Psychiatrist for Lubbock Regional MHMR and My Next Step in Amarillo, TX.

 

Eric received his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He is a National Board Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). He has a heart for sharing the love of Jesus Christ with those suffering from addiction and other mental health disorders. He enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families to help them understand themselves and maximize potential through changing their thought processes to healthy, Christ-centered motivation and reflection. Eric opened My Next Step, PLLC in 2014 to pursue his goal of giving life and healing through the love of Jesus Christ with the counseling process. He shares with all of his clients how to create solutions and flourish in their current life situations by understanding their true identities.

 
Scott Walker/Adult Clinical Director   Ph.d(C), LMFT, LCDC, EMDR Trained, Ceritified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist   swalker@mynextstepllc.com

Scott Walker/Adult Clinical Director

Ph.d(C), LMFT, LCDC, EMDR Trained, Ceritified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist

swalker@mynextstepllc.com

 


Scott is a licensed marriage family therapy associate (LMFTA) and a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC). He has a Bachelor's degree in Community, Family and Addictive Services, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has completed course work and qualifications as a PhD candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Texas Tech University. Scott is EMDR trained and a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. He has been an active member at the Texas Tech Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery since beginning his educational journey in 2007. Scott's focus of study is on addiction and the family, counseling the chemically dependent individual, and trauma. His research interests include; long term recovery, and integration of clinical treatment modalities with the principles of the 12-Step program. He enjoys spending time with his family, his co-workers, and the great outdoors.

 
Lashauna Morris / Adolescent Clinical Director   MA, LMFT   lhedtke@mynextstepllc.com

Lashauna Morris / Adolescent Clinical Director

MA, LMFT

lhedtke@mynextstepllc.com

 

Lashauna brings a wealth of experience as a mental health clinician. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Counseling, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She worked at the Pavilion for almost ten years in different capacities, both as a director in two departments and also served as a therapist where she conducted group, individual and family therapy sessions, prepared treatment plans, and participated in team meetings. Her previous experience also includes crisis counseling, court advocacy for children, work with juvenile offenders, family violence victims and offenders, and the physically and developmentally disabled. She has been an effective teacher in providing community education seminars on mental health topics. Her passion is her family and helping other family systems function in a healthy way. She focuses on whole body wellness, realizing the mind, body and spirit are one unit and if one area is neglected it impacts the entire system.

Isaiah 40:31 "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

 
 
Don Morris / Counselor   LMSW, LCDC, CAMS1   dmorris@mynextstepllc.com

Don Morris / Counselor

LMSW, LCDC, CAMS1

dmorris@mynextstepllc.com

Don’s life experience allows for a personal connection with those from various demographics. Don realizes God’s purpose and passion for him to help others achieve spiritual, emotional, and relational healing through individualized and group counseling and he gives God all the glory. Don’s educational endeavors include achievements as a Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Certified Anger Management Specialist. Don also has a heart for care-givers. He regularly volunteers at local and surrounding area agencies to teach coping skills such as self-care in order that they may better serve their clients and communities as well.  

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (NIV)

Dr. Emily Grace Hammer Ph.D.   Humans Resources Director  emhammer@mynextstepllc.com

Dr. Emily Grace Hammer Ph.D.

Humans Resources Director

emhammer@mynextstepllc.com

 
 
Ashlee Gwin, B.A.   Director of Business Development  agwin@mynextstepllc.com

Ashlee Gwin, B.A.

Director of Business Development

agwin@mynextstepllc.com

Emily Hammer earned her BBA, MBA and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. She holds an SPHR from HRCI. As the HR Director for My Next Step, PLLC. She provides support for My Next Step in all aspects of employee performance, engagement, and development. She has two children, three dogs, and a loving husband. Dr. Hammer loves the Lord first and foremost and carries Him with her always.


One day at a Time.

Ashlee is a life-long resident of Amarillo and relishes her West Texas roots. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from West Texas University in 2018. Prior to that, Ashlee worked as a Realtor for 11 years. That career enabled her to establish a wide range of connections throughout the local community as well as getting to know many of its local residents and their families. Ashlee brings her valuable education in communications and a wealth of experience in procurement to MNS. Ashlee is devoted to enriching the lives of Amarillo's residents and its rural communities.  She is dedicated to and passionate about spreading My Next Step's message of hope and inspiration as well as diminishing the stigma associated with addiction. Ashlee is happily married and the mother of three very active children-her spare time is entirely consumed by chauffeuring them to activities and feeding them along the way.

 
 
Mistala Hammer   LVN, Peer Recovery Specialists   mhammer@mynextstepllc.com

Mistala Hammer

LVN, Peer Recovery Specialists

mhammer@mynextstepllc.com

Mistala received her LVN license from Clarendon College and was previously employed at Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic for 12 years. Simultaneously, she owned and operated "Maid to Organize," an organizational business specializing in individual lifestyle consultations.  

 She is currently employed at My Next Step in the capacity of Peer Recovery Specialist and a LVN addressing necessary individual and personal needs of recovering clients. 

 Mistala is married with two sons. 

 Phillipians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.