About J. Flowers

Health Institute

We provide luxurious, executive-level concierge service and uncompromising evaluations administered by a renowned, expert team of clinicians and physicians.

Our Holistic Wellness Approach

We believe in a proactive, total health-based approach using top providers, technologies, and leading-edge diagnostics to help you look, feel, and be your best self. Our experience, understanding, and dedication to this approach help us succeed where others often fall short.
Dr. James Flowers and Robbin Mooney, the founders and visionaries of J. Flowers Health Institute and their team have clients who travel from all over the world to reach optimal health through our practice. We educate and empower those who strive to find long sought-after answers. We hand pick the best providers and protocols from western medicine, holistic health, integrative nutrition, sports medicine, and more that will help our clients reach optimal health. Please contact us today to learn more about how we can help you reach all your goals and live the best life possible. We are here for you.

We Specialize in Complex Cases

At J. Flowers Health Institute, we provide the best experience and top service for anyone who is tired of not understanding why they haven’t been successful in finding the root causes of many of life’s problems; which can include chronic pain, migraines, medication complexities, failure to launch, addiction and substance use disorder concerns, joint pain and joint care, cardiovascular health, aging, hormone replacement or eating to reduce inflammation, and any other point of concern in one’s health.
Our caring team of expert providers are comprehensively trained, board certified, and experts in their fields. We spend time assessing and evaluating you and your total health, creating customized plans to identify the root cause of each health concern. With each evaluation, we provide expert diagnostic care, effective results, exceptional care coordination, and world-class support.

The Mission and Vision of J. Flowers Health Institute

Mission Statement

J. Flowers Health Institute is committed to saving lives and improving wellness by providing clarity, direction, and results through comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and holistic treatment.

Our Vision

To raise the standards of effectiveness and client service in healthcare.

Meet the Team

James S. Flowers, Ph.D, LPC-S

Founder

Robbin Mooney, CRS

Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer

Michael Beard

Chief Operating Officer

Chase M. Wade

M.ED, LPC

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Robin French

Vice President of Concierge Relations

Shay Butts

Vice President of Growth and Client Experience

Vaughn M. Bryant, III,

Ph.D, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC-CCS

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Melanie Somerville

PhD, LPC-S

Director of Integrative Wellness

Arti Patel, LCSW-S

Clinical Supervisor

Rebecca Jones, RN

Director of Concierge Nursing

Leonard Green

National Director of Professional Relations

Bob Banks

Regional Director of Professional Relations

Susan Nelson

Regional Director of Professional Relations

Andrew Hummel

Clinical Logistics Manager

Olivia Potter

Client Coordinator

Jeremy Cameron, CRS

Client Liaison

Reginald Johnson

Client Liaison

Tony Anderson

Client Liaison

Zach Hogan

Client Liaison

Amanda Billstone

Client Liaison

James S. Flowers, Ph.D, LPC-S

Founder

For more than 25 years, Dr. James Flowers has been one of the most recognized and respected names in the field of chronic pain, pain recovery, and addiction. With his broad educational background and extensive experience in both the evaluation and treatment of chronic pain and co-occurring addiction, he is recognized as an expert.

Dr. Flowers has completed several fellowships in behavioral pain management complete with clinical rotations.

He personally developed pain and addiction recovery programs for some of the best-known healthcare and addiction treatment centers in the country. He directed programs integrating assessment and treatment planning with a course of treatment to promote successful recovery.

Dr. Flowers also co-founded several well-known, exclusive treatment programs in the state of Texas, dedicated to his passion – that of designing multidisciplinary addiction treatment with clinical protocols, to help individuals suffering from addiction, chronic pain and other underlying disorders, successfully recover. With a demonstrated commitment to create positive change in the lives of his clients, he is dedicated to progressive healthcare, human healing, and to developing healthcare systems which best serve this population.

Dr. Flowers has been arranging assessments and evaluations for many years, but in founding J. Flowers Health Institute, he has advanced the process to satisfy a great void – to provide truly comprehensive assessment and evaluation for those who need diagnosis, and to then develop post-evaluation treatment recommendations. Having spent over 28 years in the Texas medical and clinical community, Dr. Flowers is uniquely qualified to assemble some of the finest health care professionals in the world to perform these evaluations and treatment.

Over the years, Dr. Flowers’ passion and dedication to his clients, as well as his unique approach, has earned him an exceptional reputation as one of the nation’s premier experts. He is a popular public speaker and lecturer to audiences across the United States and abroad and has led an exceptional and distinguished career.

“Everything is about you. Everything is about your health.”

Robbin Mooney, CRS

Co-founder, Chief Development Officer

Since 1998, Robbin Mooney has worked in the health and wellness industry creating and implementing dynamic marketing solutions, designs, and branding messages for a variety of companies.

Business development, public relations and marketing roles have been her passion, and through these roles she’s found a way to help others find a full and successful life.

Robbin feels fortunate to be able to merge her entertainment background and holistic wellness specialties into the health and wellness services field.

Robbin served as the Outreach and Communications Liaison for Crossroads Centre Antigua, an internationally recognized addiction treatment program founded by Eric Clapton in 1998.

For 16 years at Willingway Hospital, she served in various roles such as Director of Communications, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator. Willingway Hospital was the first freestanding addiction treatment hospital in the state of Georgia, as well as one of the first in the country.

Over the past 17 years, she has been actively involved supporting MusiCares, which is the non-profit arm of the Recording Academy, helping musicians and individuals in the entertainment industry find the recovery help they need.

Robbin was a professional makeup artist for many years, working in film, television, and photography, and is also a certified Yoga Instructor.

Michael Beard

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Beard is a seasoned senior healthcare executive with over eighteen years of psychiatric and substance abuse experience as an executive team member. His vast array of management expertise includes multi-site operations, strategic planning, business development, and finance. Mr. Beard served as a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer for several start-up healthcare organizations, including Driftwood Recovery, Kemah Palms Recovery, Cypress Lakes Lodge, and Healthtrust. Throughout his previous tenure with the Healthtrust organization, he championed the startup and successful development of more than 50 addiction and pain management programs in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. His consistent demand for quality standards for credentialing and competency evaluation of healthcare professionals set his companies apart in the healthcare industry.

Mr. Beard has been recognized for his leadership and charitable organizational strategies, raising funds, and generous giving. He was also on the Joint Commission advisory council for Kemah Palms Recovery and Cypress Lakes Lodge.

Mr. Beard is a passionate alum of the University of Alabama and bleeds Crimson Red, taking in as many football games as possible. He is also a nationally ranked top softball player and has played in the Softball World Series every year for the last 25 years.

Chase M. Wade, M.Ed, LPC

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Chase Wade has worked in the counseling profession both as a counselor and healthcare administrator for nine years and is skilled in several areas of counseling thanks to his passion for helping others.

Throughout his career, Chase has worked as an outpatient counselor, group counselor, intake director and hospital administrator. He has experience opening outpatient clinics and a behavioral health hospital startup.

No matter what level of care is needed, Chase brings a positive energy to the clinical planning process and supports patients in their search for successful recovery.

Chase’s clinical and administrative background provide him the experience necessary to navigate through the barriers patients and their families may face. Whether it’s chronic pain, addiction, depression or anxiety, Chase believes that individuals can develop the skills and tools to help overcome life’s obstacles.

Chase earned his bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University in Human Development and Family Studies. He then went on to earn his master’s degree at Texas Tech in Counselor Education. During his time at Texas Tech, Chase was a varsity letterman in cross country as well as track and field.

He enjoys spending his time mountain biking, road cycling, and playing with his three big dogs Kippy, Kingston, and Dexter.

Robin French

Vice President of Concierge Relations

Robin’s entire career has been focused on enriching the lives of exceptional people.  Prior to joining J. Flowers Health Institute, Robin worked in the nonprofit sector, healthcare new business development, healthcare management, and then 16 years as a Senior VP in the luxury matchmaking industry.

Robin’s incredible talent for connecting people, combined with her empathetic nature, make her the perfect candidate for her role as Vice President of Concierge Relations. She is thrilled to join the J. Flowers Health Institute team with our mission solely dedicated to changing the lives – and many times saving the lives- of truly remarkable people.

Shay Butts

Vice President of Growth and Client Experience

Since the early 2000’s, Shay Butts has been a part of modernizing the mental healthcare industry, working with programs and families in a variety of roles to create an excellence in young adult and adolescent residential mental health and addiction treatment. With an extensive background in program leadership, program development, admissions and therapeutic consulting, Shay developed a passion for creating fresh and innovative programming and strategies that offered families not only a baseline standard of care, but a level of care that surpassed expectations and provided cutting edge, world class services. Shay believes that every family deserves hope…and every family should have a comprehensive plan to move forward into collective wellness.

After winding down a successful therapeutic consulting practice, Shay began to consult with a variety of programs, and found a common bond with Dr. James Flowers. Their vision for world class care was very much aligned, and the ability to recognize the need for an alternative to the treatment currently available sparked many conversations about “what’s next?” Ultimately, Shay joined Dr. Flowers and the J Flowers Health Institute as the Vice President of Growth and Client Experience. Shay works directly with the clinical team, families and referral sources to ensure quality of care and identify areas of growth. Shay also serves as the liaison for Therapeutic & Educational Consultants and their clients.

Vaughn M. Bryant, III, Ph.D, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC-CCS

Clinical Supervisor

Vaughn M. Bryant, III, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC-CCS has been a mental healthcare provider, trainer and educator for over 30 years. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of psychological, behavioral and relational problems to the J. Flowers Health Institute.

Dr. Bryant is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-S), Professional Counselor (LPC-S) and Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-CCS). He also holds Approved Supervisor status on all three of those professional license boards. Dr. Bryant earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology (1988), Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy (1991) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology and Christian Counseling (2000).

His career has included three decades of clinical service, clinical education and executive management experience in large corporate healthcare settings, substance use disorder treatment centers, a large military hospital, clinical pastoral care and as a professor in higher education. Dr. Bryant has a very particular set of skills that he has developed over a long career that has equipped him to identify the root cause of dysfunction and create a plan of care that moves individuals and families in the direction of recovery and wellness.

Dr. Bryant is a master in the diagnosis and treatment of Trauma Related Disorders, Emotion Regulation Disorders, Addictive Disorders, Personality Disorders and Relational Problems. His clinical approach is to first achieve accurate diagnosis then apply focused interventions while closely monitoring outcomes. He is a master practitioner and trainer in Diagnostic Evaluation, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Addiction Counseling.

Dr. Bryant is a native Texan, born in Austin and raised in Bryan. He was actively involved in competitive swimming in his youth, winning multiple events at the Texas Age Group State Championships. He went on to be a four year Letterman in college on the NCAA Division I varsity swim team at Northeast Louisiana University. Dr. Bryant is married 31 years to his wife Katherine and they have 4 children who are currently in adolescence and young adulthood. They have lived in the greater Houston area for 25 years and are 4th generation Houstonians.

Dr. Bryant is an empathetic encourager. He has a big heart and he cares deeply about helping people overcome their problems. He believes that love is what heals people. His philosophy about love is that; “Love must first be received from the Source then accepted by self and given to others.”

Melanie Somerville PhD, LPC-S

Dr. Melanie Somerville’s career has been defined by a life-long interest in and love of learning. This guiding force has directed a diverse path brimming with memorable people, experiences, and lessons. She is also guided by the belief in the basic goodness of all human beings.

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Melanie was the Medical Practice Administrator for the first free-standing interventional pain management clinic in South Texas. In the days when doctor’s offices set aside entire rooms for their patient’s medical records, Melanie led the busy medical practice’s transition to electronic patient records and billing. Meeting patients coming and going from the practice and learning about their lives led her to become interested in chronic pain, especially why some patients responded to traditional pain interventions while others remained trapped and unable to resume everyday life after pain from an accident, work injury, or chronic illness diagnosis.

Melanie returned to school, earned her master’s in Counseling Psychology and began treating the psychophysiological aspect of chronic pain. The psychophysiological aspect of chronic pain is the hidden and often subconscious processes that can keep individuals trapped in pain. Facilitating a person’s insight and awareness and encouraging them to act despite pain is the key to living a full life despite a chronic pain condition.

Melanie’s diversity of experience includes several years of pro bono community counseling and work with at-risk youth, adjunct teaching at Texas A & M International University, and managing her private practice. While pursuing her doctoral degree at St. Mary’s University, she continued community counseling and completed a doctoral internship in hospice care at Christus Health. Her dissertation research delved into the lives of mid-life women and their adjustment to divorce. She completed Gestalt training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and meditation training in the Shambhala tradition at Shambhala Meditation Center of San Antonio, Texas. She is also certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

In 2016, Melanie was hired as the Director of Pain Recovery at Driftwood Recovery. In this capacity, she worked with individuals struggling with substance use disorder, co-occurring mental health diagnoses, and chronic pain. She developed a program of integrative wellness to introduce new healing skills while learning how to live a valued life despite the hardships of pain, addiction, or mental health challenges. While at Driftwood, she had the opportunity to consult with and be mentored by Dr. Ron Siegel, author of several books, including The Mindfulness Solution, a guide to managing chronic pain through mindfulness. The tradition of mindfulness is integral to Melanie’s personal and professional practice.

In January 2021, Melanie accepted a position with J. Flowers Health Institute as the Director of Integrative Wellness. In this role, she provides patients her knowledge and expertise of addiction, mental health challenges, and chronic pain to create a care plan that addresses each person’s distinctive needs. In addition to her dedication to her career, Melanie is interested in science, books, textiles, food, and travel. Her favorite books include East of Eden by John Steinbeck and Way to Love by Anthony de Mello. She is a dedicated Francophile and dearly loves cooking and tasting anything remotely connected to tacos or chocolate.

Arti Patel, LCSW-S

Clinical Supervisor

Arti Patel has been working in the field of social work/mental health since 2003. Arti attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work in 2005. She has been a masters level clinician since 2008 and received her Master of Social Work Degree from Yeshiva University in New York City. She has worked in a number of different settings from schools, outpatient substance use treatment, private practice mental health, residential treatment centers, and inpatient psychiatric units. She has a passion for the adolescent population and their families. Arti especially enjoys facilitating psychotherapy groups and is creative in this area.

Arti is trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills, family systems, child attachment, trauma-informed care, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Her special areas of interest are in psychodynamic therapy, adoption, attachment, mentalizing, and grief/loss. Arti’s philosophy on therapy comes from a humanistic approach with the idea that anyone can work through and feel a range of emotions without having to suppress them. Arti comes from a place of cultural humility and holds the belief that addressing cultural diversity and race in psychotherapy is important work in order to develop a higher standard of care in this area.

Rebecca Jones, RN

Director of Concierge Nursing

Rebecca was drawn into the mental health field due to the personal impact throughout her childhood witnessing both her parents and her siblings struggle with mental health and substance abuse. Rebecca has practiced for 5 years as a nurse in the specialties of mental health, substance abuse, correctional medicine, medical-surgical and trauma/emergency medicine.  She is currently pursuing her Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner license at the University of Texas.  Her passion for treating dual diagnosis patients in the field of mental health, substance abuse and chronic pain is the main reason Dr. Flowers refers to her as “Nurse Extraordinaire” here at J. Flowers Health Institute. In Rebecca’s free time you will find her reading, traveling and learning new things.

Leonard Green

National Director Professional Relations

For the past thirteen years, Leonard Green has been dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives.

Leonard finds working directly with professionals, clients and their families satisfying, and enjoys helping them get on a path of achieving total health and wellness. His broad skill set and compassion creates positive change in the organizations and people he works with.

Leonard has proven success working in diverse markets including home health, hospice, diagnostics, pain management, mental health and substance use disorders. Leonard understands the importance of customer relations and customer satisfaction.

Leonard is passionate about championing the quality of life for everyone he serves.

He has two sons he loves spending time with and teaching them how to play sports.

Bob Banks

Regional Director Professional Relations

Bob comes to the J. Flowers Health Institute team with extensive experience in organizational development, business development and client care outreach coordination. Bob has experience in marketing and team development to meet the overall goal for quality care.

Bob served as Regional Sales Director and Regional Sales Manager for a large national company in the healthcare field for the past nine years.

Bob’s experience has been working with individuals to change their lives through obtaining services and working with the clinical team to ensure quality client care. He also managed a large team of staff he supervised to coordinate the operational quality systems and protocols. His ability to develop and lead professionals is evident in the organizations he has led.

Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Bob has lived in the Atlanta area since 2004 and currently resides in Cumming, Georgia.

He is happily married to his best friend and partner, Mrs. Kirsten Banks, and they share a passion for travel, hanging with the family and their chocolate lab, Lucy.

Shannon Frost

Regional Director of Professional Relations

Shannon has worked in the behavioral health field since 2012. She has worked with psychiatric hospitals, sober living homes, and residential treatment centers in various positions from admissions to outreach. She served as Director of Outreach with The Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Recovery Centers and Serenity View. Before that, Shannon served as Business Development Officer at Caron Foundation.

Shannon is passionate about connecting families and referrals to the appropriate resources across the United States. She studied communications at SMU and graduated from LeTourneau University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, the arts, and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Nelson

Regional Director of Professional Relations

As far back as she can remember, Susan has had profound respect for ethical, well-trained and compassionate health professionals, no matter what their area of specialty. Many she has been fortunate to know and work with over the years, have had a heart for helping people, and a level of commitment fueled in large part by a desire to make a positive difference.

Prior to joining J. Flowers Health Institute, Susan worked for more than 30 years in behavioral healthcare marketing, professional relations, and business development at The Menninger Clinic.
As an experienced professional, Susan is a creative problem-solver, and appreciates the opportunity to help respond to a wide range of treatment inquiries. Working individually, or in concert with a team, she finds the work immensely rewarding.
Susan is prepared to respond to a wide range of treatment inquiries and requests, including, but not limited to: calls from individuals seeking help for themselves, a child or a loved one; professionals seeking help for themselves or their clients; and troubled individuals whose lives have become unmanageable.
Susan believes in the importance of solid, reliable, professional relationships and connecting people with excellent, quality care. Susan shares her enthusiasm for the work being done by the professionals at J. Flowers Health Institute in Houston.
Born and raised in Kansas, Susan currently resides with her husband, Monty and their large German Drahthaar, named Fritz. They enjoy gardening, spending time with family and friends, and outdoor activities.

Andrew Hummel

Clinical Logistics Manager

Andrew graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005. After undergrad, he taught high school in inner city Denver, CO. This experience was instrumental in shaping his professional life. In 2010 Andrew moved to Houston, TX where he was a QA manager for a small Oil and Gas company. In 2013 he started working for a Houston based winery. With vineyards in Napa Valley, CA and Mendoza, Argentina Andrew did logistics for their wine club with customers all across the US. In 2019 Andrew came to J. Flowers Health Institute and his many work experiences have helped him as he helps schedule the unique and individualized experiences, patients of J. Flowers Health Institute are provided. When Andrew isn’t working, he is probably rooting for his beloved Cleveland Browns or playing golf, softball, or tennis.

Oliva Potter

Client Coordinator

Olivia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Sam Houston State University in May 2019. Throughout her college career, she worked in various healthcare settings as an administrator, technician, and other management roles. After graduation, Olivia moved back to her hometown, Houston, Texas, and began working for J. Flowers Health Institute as a client coordinator. Olivia’s experience in administration enables her to provide an efficient and professional experience for each client while they are here at J. Flowers Health Institute. In Olivia’s free time, she can be found spending time with her family and friends, riding horses, and exploring the outdoors with her blue heeler, Sadie.

Jeremy Cameron, CRS

Client Liaison

Jeremy has worked as an advocate in the addiction and recovery field for almost 4 years and he has dedicated his professional career to helping others. Jeremy was strong enough (and fortunate enough) to overcome his own personal struggle with addiction in the past.  He believes in “paying it forward” by sharing his personal experience with mental strength and hope with his clients whenever possible.  He is a living, breathing testimonial of what recovery can do to turn your life around.  Jeremy especially enjoys watching the younger clients learn to live their best life through the J. Flowers Institute.  One of Jeremy’s greatest passions is exercise which challenges him to living a physically, mentally and spiritually strong life. He tells us the best part of working here is when he is able to spend one on one time with his clients showing them how to enjoy the simple things in life such as eating good food, playing golf, tennis, and exercising. Jeremy and his beautiful fiancé keep extremely busy raising their one-year-old daughter. We can attest to the fact that Jeremy is extremely dedicated to his family and to his work here with the J. Flowers Health Institute.

Reginald Johnson

Client Liaison

Reginald Johnson is a business professional with 15 plus years of experience in both project and personnel management for planning and administrating of Social Work, Customer Care Programs and Case Management. Reginald has an Associate Degree in Psychology from Houston Community College, a Bachelor Degree in Psychology Counseling from Texas Southern University and is currently pursuing his MBA in Recovery and Sexual Addiction at Liberty University. In Reginald’s leisure time he can be found enjoying his family as well as working out, tennis , bowling, acting and/or cooking.

Tony Anderson

Client Liaison

Tony has had over 25 years in various industries in both private and public sectors of Customer Service. Tony’s diverse experience has proven beneficial in all aspects of his career. He is best known at the J. Flowers Health Institute for his warm personality and positive attitude. Tony is an accomplished jazz guitarist and vocalist. Other interests and hobbies include Architecture, Interior design and Traveling the world experiencing different cultures.

Zach Hogan

Client Liaison

Zach Hogan was born and raised in Orlando, FL. Growing up on a ranch with horses and cows gave him the passion for the outdoors as well as his love for animals. Zach graduated college at Florida Tech. He moved to TX in 2013 and began a career in oil in gas only to find that “behind a computer for 12+ hours wasn’t my calling”. His next position in O&G took him abroad which was a serious eye opener for Zach. It changed his outlook on life and how he plans to live it. Zach Hogan is passionate about helping others and it shows. He believes his calling in life is to help improve the life of others both professionally and personally. He loves to sing, play sports, workout and watch his team, Florida State University.

Amanda Billstone

Client Liaison

Amanda has over 20 years of diversified experience in hospitality sales, marketing and business development.  She has a gift for connecting and cultivating relationships that she creates with her clients and colleagues, which is her true passion. Working at some of the finest hotels and resorts, Amanda has the experience and the desire to provide exceptional service, professionalism and attention to details that exceed the client’s expectations.

When Amanda isn’t working you can find her on the tennis court, at a concert, and spending time with family and friends.