About Us

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

Medical Director - 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.


Clinical Director - Danielle West, MA, LPC

Danielle West, MA, LPC is a psychotherapist and a passionate advocate for a mental health paradigm shift. Danielle aims to create an effective structure and safe environment for trauma survivors, as well as coordinating workshops and state-of-the-art trainings for mental health care professionals.

Danielle has been working with trauma and dissociation for decades, experientially and academically. She began teaching self-efficacy to traumatized orphans in India 20 years ago. She is driven by her conviction that the current psychiatric model is generally failing to treat mental health problems effectively. Her practice, Trauma Detox PLLC, located at 700 Market Street, Suite 105 in Cedar Park, TX focuses on using state-of-the-art treatment for mental health disorders based on Trauma Model therapy created by her colleague, Colin A. Ross, M.D.

Danielle's therapy approach is also based on her understanding of the brain's neurobiology, and the energy waves that activate our DNA thus influencing thought, behavior, mental illness, and disease.

Danielle is an EMDR Consultant In Training mentored by the only Shapiro-certified provider in Texas, Dr. Christie Sprowls, PsyD. In 2020, she will begin offering consultation to practitioners in the advanced use of EMDR, as well as writing, researching, and speaking publicly about the problems in current mental health practice.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys rescuing canines, the great outdoors, and traveling.


Nursing Director - Kandyce Walker, EMT-P, RN

Kandyce Walker, EMT-P, 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 Morales, MA, LPC

Ragan Jones Morales, 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 - Kori Stauffacher, MA, LPC Associate

Kori Stauffacher, MA, LPC Associate, supervised by Celina McDonald, LPC-S, 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.

Physician Assistant - 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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