About Us

The Trauma Recovery Institute (TRI) was founded and is operated by Colin A. Ross, M.D. (www.rossinst.com). Kori Stauffacher, LPC is the Clinical Director of TRI.

Medical Director - Colin A. Ross, M.D.

Colin A. Ross, M.D. Colin A. Ross, M.D completed his medical school at the University of Alberta and his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He has served as President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is the author of over 230 papers and 34 books. He has spoken extensively throughout North America and Europe, and in China, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Ross has been a keynote speaker for numerous conferences, and has reviewed for over 30 different professional journals.

Dr. Ross has been running a hospital-based Trauma Program in the Dallas area since moving to Texas in 1991.

Dr. Ross's publications cover a wide range of topics. His clinical books focus on trauma and dissociation.

Dr. Ross's Trauma Model Therapy treatment results have been published in a series of treatment outcome studies in peer-reviewed journals, providing evidence for the efficacy of Trauma Model Therapy. Published treatment outcomes have involved large series of cases, with original research data and statistical analyses, including a paper in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

In addition to his clinical psychiatry interests, Dr. Ross has published papers and books on cancer treatment and human energy fields, as well as literary works including essays, fiction, poetry and screenplays. He also enjoys several different hobbies including hiking and travel.


Director of Clinical Operations - Kori Stauffacher, MA, LPC

Kori Stauffacher, MA, LPC Kori Stauffacher, MA, LPC, is trained in EMDR Therapy and in use of the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation. She has experience providing psychotherapy for trauma survivors, members of the community, college students, as well as the administrative aspects of mental health. After working in a facility specializing in eating disorders, Kori found that her true calling is working with dissociative and other trauma-related disorders. As such, separate from the required supervision hours when provisionally licensed, she received an additional hour of supervision every week specifically for treatment of complex trauma and dissociative disorders.

Kori is interested in providing a safe, comfortable, and healing environment that meets people where they are. She uses a wide range of therapeutic interventions to facilitate client growth and healing.

Outside of her professional career, Kori enjoys spending time with her dogs and family. When the Texas weather allows, you will most certainly find her outside enjoying all the peaceful & beautiful aspects that nature has to offer.

Chief Operating Officer & Nursing Director - Kandyce Walker, RN

Kandyce Walker, RN Kandyce Walker, RN began working in trauma and recovery in 2006 as an EMT, then Paramedic, Emergency Medical Dispatcher, and now as a Registered Nurse. Kandyce has an unwavering dedication to serving those in their greatest moment of need. With a sturdy hand and a loving touch, she makes sure her patients feel safe and supported in their journey to recovery.

Kandyce started her medical career in EMS as the first on scene in emergencies and eventually found herself in the ER. Working with patients throughout the process of a physical trauma, Kandyce was witness to its impact on people both physically and emotionally. She's also experienced traumas of her own. Her ability to empathize with a person in need, allowing them to feel seen and heard, is possibly her greatest skill.

It is no great surprise then, that her new home is in the mental health field where she can take her long experience of working in trauma and apply it to the root - a patient's emotional and mental health. Her passion is to help others achieve recovery and live full lives.

In her spare time Kandyce enjoys photography as a creative outlet and loves to spend time with friends and family.

Therapist - Ragan Jones VitaNuova, MA, LPC

Ragan Jones VitaNuova, MA, LPC Ragan Jones VitaNuova, MA, LPC, is a compassionate trauma therapist whose daily interactions stem from her own healing.

With a previous career in young adult training and development in the US and Asia, followed by educating those with intellectual and developmental delays, and now working with youth and adult trauma survivors, Ragan's experience of providing group and individual care encompasses work across the human lifespan and developmental spectrum.

Ragan has special training in Story Work through The Allender Center coupled with EMDR training. She has personal experience of healing in her brain and even at the cellular level of her body through these two disciplines. The process has positively impacted her emotions and relationships.

In life outside her career, Ragan enjoys time with her children, laughs often, loves family and friends deeply, and actively chooses body, mind, and soul care in each moment as a means of creating the life she most desires.


Therapist - Ashley Collins, LPC

Ashley Collins, LPC Ashley Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a desire to be a part of her clients' journey to achieving their goals and making the change(s) they want and need. While working on her Masters of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, Ashely gained experience working with the military community at the Veterans Administration (VA) hospital; as well, she has worked in substance abuse treatment facilities for almost two years providing both group and individual sessions.

Ashley believes that there is no one size fits all model and works to customize and tailor each client's experience to best meet their need(s). Ashley approaches counseling with an open mind, person-centered, mindfulness, and strength based approach; with the foundation being that her clients have the ability to solve problems with guidance and challenge.

Ashley works with individual adults (18+) and couples. Ashley has experience working with mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, and is working to become a trauma certified counselor.

Therapist - Bethany McKinney, LPC-A

Bethany McKinney, LPC-A Bethany is an LPC-Associate under Dr. Nicole Black's supervision. She has a passion for working with people who have experienced trauma and severe mental illnesses. She works for Trauma Recovery Institute remotely, conducting intake assessments for those who join the program.

Nurse Practitioner - Andrea Worley, MSN, FNP-C

Andrea Worley, MSN, FNP-C Andrea Worley, MSN, APRN, FNP-C began her journey into the medical field in 2006. She received her Registered Nurse degree in 2008 from Temple College, her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Arlington in 2013 and earned her master of science in nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2019. Andrea has an extensive background as an RN and has served her community in a variety of departments. Including the Emergency Room, where she has spent the largest amount of her career and still practices as an NP today. Throughout her time in the ER she has had exposure to both the physical and mental traumas of the world, and found she has a gift in her ability to help people through those most trying of times. Andrea was awarded the Daisy Award for her extraordinary passion in patient care. Her expertise in acute care and individualized approach to treatment ensures that each person receives the attention they deserve.

Andrea enjoys reading a good book while relaxing, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family, friends and pets.

Physician Assistant - James Koch, PA-C

James Koch, PA-C James started his medical career in 1991 when he became an EMT. In 1994, he became a Licensed Paramedic and started his career at Austin Travis County EMS. He worked as a Special Operations Paramedic until 1999. In addition to working at ATCEMS, James was a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for Southeast Travis County for 13 years. James started PA school at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia; upon graduation in 2001, James began his career working as a PA in family practice. James has worked in many specialties including Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Pain Management. Most recently, James has worked for 5 years at an Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility. In addition, he has worked as a contracted employee at a variety of inpatient and detox facilities, including a Ketamine Infusion clinic. James is a member of PA's In Virtual Medicine and Telemedicine.

James enjoys spending time outdoors, kickboxing, hunting, fishing, reading, and watching movies. He enjoys time spent with friends and family, including his three living children.

Trauma Therapy Treatment Books

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