Behavioral Health Providers
Ghirmay Haile, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Ghirmay Haile, DNP, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. He received his Bachelor Degree in Sociology and Social Works from the University of Asmara, Eritrea, a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the New Mexico State University and a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice with a specialization in Mental Health from New Mexico State University.
Prior to joining La Clinica de Familia, Dr. Ghebreslasse worked in psychiatric inpatient, (Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric) units at Mesilla Valley Psychiatric Hospital for 7 years as a Psychiatric Mental Health Technician and Psychiatric Nurse. He has also 5 years work experience as Adjust Professor at Donna Anna Community College, teaching Sociology classes to freshmen students.
Currently, Dr. Ghirmay Ghebreslasse is providing service for Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric clients both at Children Behavioral Health (Central) and Adult Behavioral Health (Griggs). He brings to clinic a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients.
Rita Pacheco-Gonzales, MD
Rita Pacheco-Gonzales MD was born and raised on a farm in a small village in northern New Mexico named Maxwell. After graduating with the same 12 classmates with whom she first started head-start, Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales attended University of New Mexico and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales studied at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, which also included guidance and mentorship by Dr. Frank Crespin at La Clinica de Familia in San Miguel, New Mexico. Upon earning her Doctor of Medicine degree, Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales relocated with her husband and son to San Antonio, Texas to complete her internship, residency in adult psychiatry, as well as a two- year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences in San Antonio. After completing her training and certifications, Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales returned to Las Cruces and has practiced in the Mesilla Valley since 1995. She currently serves as Medical Director for Behavioral Health Services at La Clinica de Familia and provides psychiatric care to children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales also oversees residents from the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
When asked about the passion she holds for her work, Dr. Pacheco-Gonzales said, “No matter what, I always planned to return home to serve New Mexico. My extended family has lived in New Mexico for over 600 years, in communities all across the state. I truly feel it is my duty to help care for the same communities that inspired those ancestors who came before me, and continue to inspire the next generation of New Mexicans.”
Obi Chinyelu, LMSW
Chinyelu “Devine” Obi, LMSW, attended University of Nigeria where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work/Community Development. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at New Mexico State University. She currently provides Clinical and Behavioral Health services to Adult Outpatients at Las Cruces LCDF Behavioral Health Specialties. Her passion and goal is to continue her education in mental health with opportunities to work and impact lives domestically and globally. She would also love to establish a Non-profit that will cater to the overall mental health and basic needs of the under-served population.
Victoria Compean, IBH
Victoria Compean, LMSW, attended the University of Texas at El Paso where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social work. She currently provides Integrated Behavioral Health services at our Central Medical clinic. Victoria is passionate about preventative care and mental health and hopes to be an advocate for our patients at La Clinica De Familia for many years to come.
Anthony Esquibel, TFC Clinical Supervisor
Anthony Esquibel, LPCC, attended New Mexico State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and his Master’s Degree in Counseling & Guidance. He currently is the clinical supervisor for the Shelter and Treatment Foster Care program at La Clinica De Familia. Anthony hopes to continue his work in community mental health and build upon his experience of helping children and adolescents.
Kelli Giron, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
Kelli Giron, DNP, PMHNP-BC currently cares for clients in the ACT Program at Motel Blvd. She is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Giron graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2019.
Jannet Miramontes, Therapist
Jannet Miramontes, LMSW attended New Mexico State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She is an outpatient clinician for Anthony BHS where she sees adolescents and adults. Jannet’s focus is on serving patients with severe mental illnesses and substance use disorders. She plans on becoming independently licensed and gaining her EMDR license in the near future.
Jade Jenkins, LMSW
Attended University of Texas at El Paso and earned a BA in Psychology. Went on to attend New Mexico State University and earned a Masters of Social Work. Currently providing outpatient therapy for adults with La Clinica Behavioral Health. I am pursuing a clinical license in social work and hope to continue a career in mental health as an independent clinician.
Erika Milo, LCSW
Joann Cooke, BHS Health Specialties
Elizabeth Fernandez, LCSW
Elizabeth attended New Mexico State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Languages and her Master’s Degree in Social Work. She provided intensive in home services to Dona Ana County as a Multi Systemic Therapist for Problem Sexual Behaviors (MST-PSB) both as a therapist and supervisor, for about nine years, collectively. Elizabeth is currently the Children’s Clinical Director. Elizabeth hopes to continue to grow access to behavioral health services across the county to ensure all children, youth and families can receive quality mental health services.
Maria I. Gonzales, LCSW
Maria received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University in 2011. Her training includes counseling services to individuals and families in a variety of settings. In June of 2014, she joined La Clinica de Familia’s team and embarked on the journey of integrating behavioral health services into primary care with the goal to make behavioral health services accessible to the community. She is currently the Integrated Behavioral Health clinical supervisor and provides direct patient care at the OB/GYN clinic. Maria’s goal is to continue to provide safe and compassionate care to patients as well as reducing mental health stigma and increasing patients’ access to behavioral health services.
Rosanna R. Camarena, LMSW
Rosanna is a Licensed Master of Social Work, LMSW. Rosanna attended the University of Texas at El Paso where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and master’s degree in Social Work. Rosanna currently provides integrated behavioral health services to adults at the Miranda adult outpatient clinic in Las Cruces, NM. Rosanna has experience with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, veterans, adolescents and migrants. Rosanna has a background in research of homeless and immigrant populations. Rosanna hopes to provide healing, advocacy, empathy and strength to those who struggle with mental health concerns.
DeAnna Jaramillo, LCSW
I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners. I hold a Master of Social Work Degree in Social Work Clinical Practice. I received both my Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from New Mexico State University. I am currently located at the La Clinica de Familia, behavioral health center at 535 S Miranda Las Cruces, NM.
I have experience working with clients with a variety of mental health differences, concerns, and diagnoses which have included substance use, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, various mood disorders, communication issues, relationship issues, anger management, life transitions, self-esteem and acceptance issues, and more. I work with adults and couples. I have facilitated an evidence-based parenting group for over three years at La Clinica de Familia. I strive to create a comfortable, transparent, non-judgmental, genuine environment for my clients by sharing unconditional positive regard, compassion, empathy, acceptance, and a bit of humor. My goal is to provide a space where you can openly share your story, identify and explore unhealthy behavioral and cognitive patterns, as well as support and help facilitate change where desired and needed.
I utilize a client-centered approach incorporating a variety of therapeutic modalities based on client need including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), DBT/Mindfulness, psychoeducation, and EMDR.
It is my experience that my clients know themselves better than anyone, they are their own (and my) best resources when it comes to treatment. I view the trust that clients offer to me as a privilege and respect the opportunity to witness each person’s healing as a gift. I believe that therapy should be an enjoyable process, it is my intention to be a practitioner who is welcoming of the full range of human experiences, supporting others in remembering they are already whole and complete, simply helping them embrace this truth in a powerful, lasting way.
I welcome those willing to actively engage in the process of becoming their best selves and very much remain committed to ongoing personal and professional growth myself. As a native to Las Cruces, I value helping those in my community.
Mohamed Farag Ahmed, LPCC, LADAC
Hello, my name is Mohamed Farag Ahmed, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) in the State of New Mexico. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at John Jay college of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, and Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling, with an emphasis in Professional counselling and Rehabilitation Counseling at New Mexico Highlands University. My 10+ year career in counseling has been focused on helping empower individuals in overcoming substance abuse, personal trauma, and navigating through life’s challenges. I have worked with clients of diverse backgrounds and experiences including complex trauma, emotional disturbance, life adjustments, coping disorders, substance abuse, and other mental issues. My counseling style is strengths-based and collaborative; I view my role in therapy as a facilitator, helping clients resolve uncertain feelings, find the internal motivation, and taking control of their own lives. I aim to foster a safe space for clients that is based on empathy, celebration of steps towards growth and change, self-reflection, and motivation. I enjoy working in one-on-one settings and in small groups that promote positive change, building self-confidence, and healthy relationships. I use a blend of techniques that suit the clients’ interests and may offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational interviewing (MI) to help clients discover new ways of being that allow clients’ growth.
Dora Caro, IBH
Dora is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in NM. Dora attended New Mexico State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a minor in Spanish Counseling. Dora currently provides Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) services at the San Miguel Medical Clinic. As the IBH Provider, Dora provides walk-in crisis services, outreach and psychoeducation, individual, family, and group therapy, to the surrounding communities of San Miguel and Anthony.
Fonseca Marva, Therapist
Marva Fonseca, LMHC, attended Park University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology: Clinical & Abnormal and her Master’s Depress in Mental Health Counseling. She currently provides integrated Behavioral Health services to adults in Anthony, New Mexico LCDF. Marva hopes to advocate for better quality of life while providing strength, hope and rehabilitation for people struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.
McGuinness Erin, MPH, LCSW
Erin attended The University of Chicago where she received her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Political Science and Saint Louis University for her Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health. She currently supervises the Anthony and Sunland Park Behavioral Health Clinics and the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program.
Leasette Hernandez, IBH
Leasette Hernandez, LMSW attended University of Texas at El Paso where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social work and University of Texas at Austin where she received her Master of Science in Social Work Degree. She currently provides Integrated Behavioral Health services at LCDF Chaparral Clinic. Leasette enjoys being able to provide the community with support and advocacy for behavioral services, and will continue to work towards reducing the stigma against mental health.