Meet The Staff



    GARY S. WHITING, PH.D., DIRECTOR




Dr. Gary Whiting is the director of RTR, Inc.  He received his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1990.  During his internship at the University of Missouri, he helped manage the Stress Management Laboratory which was adjacent to the Student Health Center and received referrals for medical conditions that clearly had a stress-related component.  He has had extensive training in biofeedback, meditation, prayer-based techniques of self-calming, and clinical hypnosis, and was certified by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in 1998 after meeting their training and supervision requirements.  He has been the co-director of a work hardening/physical therapy clinic specializing in Workers' Compensation injuries and rehabilitation, and has extensive experience dealing with the posttraumatic stress issues that often occur after life-threatening injuries.  He has a particular interest in community-based models of mental health, and feels that a great amount of healing comes from mutual support and the ingrained desire we have to help one another.






     POONAM SHARMA, PH.D.


I have served the San Antonio area as a licensed psychologist for 20 years, first as faculty at the medical school, and now in independent practice. I earned my Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. In my clinical practice, I provide psychotherapy for adults and also specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress. I also coach and consult with people who are not in any psychological distress, but would like support in achieving their most important health, professional, or relationship goals.


I have served on the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for several years in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, and Comprehensive Dentistry. I was President of the Bexar County Psychological Association in 2000-2001. I am currently a professional member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Texas Psychological Association, Bexar County Psychological Association, and American Society for Reproductive Medicine. I am credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology through the National Register. I am certified to offer the mind/body program for infertility created by Dr. Alice Domar, a leading researcher in the area of stress and infertility. I am also a Certified TeleMental Health Practitioner through the Telemental Health Institute.


I believe that it takes a true partnership to bring about change in a person’s life. My job is to bring you the professional expertise that I have developed through many years of education and training. Your job is to tell the truth, take risks to be open, and make an honest effort to follow through with what we discuss. I will work very hard to make it comfortable for you to be yourself, so that you can take the emotional risks that are necessary for growth. I will believe in you every step of the way. As someone who has dealt with health challenges personally, I believe I have a unique perspective on living life fully, no matter what your personal limitations. My style is to listen compassionately to understand your situation clearly, help you set realistic goals, and then support you in courageously taking steps toward the results you desire.








   BROOKE BUCK, LPC


When it comes to matters of the heart, maybe it's time to make a change.  If you are ready to take this courageous step, I would be honored to walk alongside you.  Let's find out how to untangle the past so you can attain freedom for your future!  There is so much more ahead!  My areas of counseling include:  anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, abuse, anger, co-dependency, stress, self-esteem, grief and loss, pain management, addiction, marital and pre-marital, mood and personality disorders.


 I graduated from UTSA with my Undergrad in Psychology and my Masters in Community Counseling.  I will feel honored to work with you as we begin the journey to help you achieve all that you desire in the process of counseling.  I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.


I have had the privilege to be married to my husband for 38 years, raise 4 beautiful daughters, have 3 wonderful son-in-laws, and 4 wonderful grandchildren.  I am a lover of horses, beautiful lakes, and traveling.  I will always be a lifelong learner!  I am so grateful to be a part of the staff here at Rehab Therapy Resources and look forward to working with you!








     CHERYL WRIGHT, LPC


The decision to seek therapy is difficult and personal. Not knowing all the answers to your life questions is natural. Often, people choose therapy during times of stress, discomfort, chaos, and emotional pain. It may also be when you are ready for changes or growth to happen in your life. I believe that within every individual lies the ability to overcome, learn, and persevere through the concerns that brought them to therapy. 


My clients count on me to provide an honest and direct professional appraisal of their specific situations for which they are seeking change and to offer realistic, holistic, and sometimes challenging guidance with insightful feedback. I listen with absolute non-judgment, helping navigate the journey to your desired goals.


Whatever your reason for seeking therapy, I will listen to your concerns & help you decide upon the most appropriate course of action.








 ERNEST CENTENO, LPC


Ernest received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Law from Southwest Texas State University and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Counseling/Vocational Rehabilitation from Our Lady of the Lake University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

Mr. Centeno has more than 30 years of experience in disability management and return to work.  For more than 18 years, he worked as a RTW specialist in selective job development and placement of individuals with catastrophic and severe disabilities with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), formerly known as the Texas Rehabilitation Commission.  In addition, he has extensive experience in private practice in guiding individuals with disabilities through the vocational rehabilitation and the return to work process.

 










    LAUREN HASHA, LPC


 I specialize in working with clients who are suffering with depression and anxiety as a result of injury, illness, physical pain, trauma, addiction, or other emotional issues. I see individual clients as well as couples and families dealing with relationship concerns. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and solution-focused to support and empower my clients. Through the brave work of therapy, my clients will explore emotions in a safe environment, reduce negative thought patterns, increase coping skills, gain confidence in decision making, and further develop their strengths and skills.



Sessions include instruction on using meditation and other self-calming skills in pain and stress management, making improvements in daily health habits, finding a movement program within safe limits, and an increase in daily enjoyable activities. 






    VIVIAN RULE, PT


I received both my PT degree and Masters degree from the University of Texas, and have practiced physical therapy for many years and in many different settings.  My husband, Dr. Gary Whiting, the pain psychologist and director of this clinic, asked me to come help him in his work at RTR a few years back.  Many of his clients are people who suffer from chronic pain, and he felt that my skills as a PT would be useful in their rehabilitation efforts.  Chronic pain can be demoralizing and exhausting.  Each person struggling with this issue has different levels of strength, tolerance, and stamina.  Many have failed in standard "cookbook" physical therapy because of this and need a more gentle, individualized program.  I work one-on-one to help patients regain flexibility, mobility, and strength, focusing on education, breathing, pain management, and hands-on work.  I will listen carefully and do my best to help.