Meet Our Counselors | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Meet Our Staff 

Dr. Alan Korinek, LMFT-S (Managing Director)

Alan Korinek

Dr. Korinek has worked at the Health Sciences Center since 1998 and he has served as Managing Director of the EAP and PAS since 2004.  He earned his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Dr. Korinek is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and he is an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT.  Dr. Korinek enjoys doing therapy with couples when his schedule allows.  He also enjoys providing clinical supervision to the Counseling Center staff and consulting with supervisors, managers, and administrators regarding behavioral health concerns.

Kristie Collins, LPC-S, LMFT-S  (Associate Director)

Kristie Collins

Kristie has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She has been with The Counseling Center since 2015. She is trained in both EMDR and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has a passion for working with clients who have experienced trauma. Her therapeutic style utilizes both CBT and a Solutions Focused approach. Kristie believes her role as a therapist is to encourage, educate, and train clients to become the author of their own stories.

Madison Bishop, LMFT (Sr. Therapist)

Madison Bishop

Maddie specializes in working with couples and families, as well as individuals. Her experience in systems theories allows her to work with several different units and ranges in topics such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, and stress management. Maddie attempts to utilize a client’s own strengths and resources to overcome whatever distress they are currently experiencing. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Robert Ragland, LPC (Sr. Therapist) 

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Robert has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Liberty University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He is experienced in working with people who have severe mental illness including Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Disorder, and Personality Disorders, as well as marital issues, men’s issues, childhood trauma, and family dynamics. Robert began helping people in the Mental Health field in 2000, and has had the privilege to walk with individuals and couples through difficult times. This experience has given him the perspective that even though we may face extraordinary challenges, if provided with the right tools and understanding, overcoming becomes natural. Robert is trained in EMDR Therapy.

Emilee Hammond, LPC (Therapist)


Emilee is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science - Psychology from Abilene Christian University in 2016 and is recent 2019 graduate of Texas Tech University with a Masters in Education with emphases in Clinical Mental Health. She has experience with adults of all ages ranging from 17-85. Emilee enjoys helping those going through various life transitions, trauma, anxiety/depression, anger management, and boundaries. Her therapeutic style is a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Center Therapy.

Mandy Fair, MPA, MS, LMFT (Sr. Therapist)

Mandy is a Licensed MarriageMandy HSC photo and Family Therapist.  She has over 18 years of experience in grief counseling, PTSD, substance abuse, and mental health treatment.  Mandy realized her love of working with people when she began working with the Rape Crisis Center in 1999.  After receiving her BS from Texas Tech University, she entered the Air Force. She moved back to Lubbock after seven years and worked at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for nine years.  She has worked at LCJJC and The Ranch at Dove Tree. Mandy enjoys spending time with her family that includes three kids and her best friend, also known as her husband. Mandy’s passion lies in encouraging and empowering people to find joy and peace in their lives and how relationships play a part in that journey.

Natalie Harryman, LMFT Associate (Therapist)

Natalie specializes innatalie photo 2 grieving families adjusting to new family roles and structure. She has three years of bereavement experience and works well with most ages, especially older adults. Her therapeutic approach includes Emotionally Focused Therapy but may include other modalities, as necessary. Natalie received her Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Lubbock Christian University in 2017 and received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Abilene Christian University in 2020. She is supervised by Dr. Alan Korinek, LMFT-S.

John Thomas, M.Ed., LPC Associate (Therapist)

John has a Master’s DegreeJT photo in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas Tech University.  John is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, under the supervision of Sarah McDowell, LPC-S.  He is a member of the American Counseling Association and Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.  He seeks to walk alongside individuals, couples, and families who may be experiencing a valley of difficulty or pain; or those who may be on the mountain exploring new growth and opportunities.  He is particularly interested in working with men and boys who may be struggling with sexual addiction; or couples affected by sexual addiction.  John is also a Veteran, retiring after 20 years of military service to include two combat deployments. 

Rebecca Hyman, M.S., LPC (Sr. Therapist)


Rebecca is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an MS in Counseling from Lubbock Christian University. She has worked with survivors of domestic violence since 2012, and she is trained in TF-CBT and EMDR. Rebecca believes in the resiliency and strength inherent within each person, and primarily utilizes a combination of person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapies to meet clients where they currently are on their journeys.

Veronica Martinez, LPC Associate (Therapist)


Veronica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.  Most recently, she graduated from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a Master’s of Science  in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She works from a collaborative, strengths-based approach utilizing CBT and Solution-Focused Therapies.  Through her work, Veronica strives to foster a safe space where clients can tell their story and help them to develop a new reality that is more fulfilling.  She has experience working with  anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, self-esteem, anger, and stress management.  In her spare time, Veronica enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.  Veronica is supervised by Kristie Collins, LPC-S, LMFT-S.

Taylor Johnston, LPC Associate (Therapist)

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Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas Tech University. He graduated with his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Texas Tech University College of Education in 2021. Taylor works from a collaborative, strengths-based approach utilizing Solution-Focused, Dialectical and Rogerian theories. Taylor has been a member of the Lubbock Police Crisis Intervention Team where he provided care and assistance to victims of crisis, suicide and suicidal ideologies. He also worked in career counseling at the Texas Tech Career Center, where he promoted success with students’ career exploration and development. Taylor still enjoys playing competitive golf, and on the weekends he can be caught playing golf and spending time with his wife and son. Taylor will be supervised by Kristie Collins, LPC-S, LMFT-S

On-Site therapist for UMC 

Krayah Wilson, LMFT Associate (UMC Therapist)

Krayah specializes in griefKrayahand bereavement and helping individuals, couples, and families through life transitions. She received her Master's degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. Krayah has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, infidelity, suicide ideation, and grief. She is a dog mom and enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Her therapeutic approach includes Narrative Therapy and she strives to make the therapy room a safe and affirming place. Krayah is supervised by Alan Korinek, LMFT-S.

Stephanie Smith, LPC Associate (UMC Therapist)


Stephanie specializes in trauma counseling and serious mental illness. Stephanie graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a Master’s of Science  in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently pursuing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Stephanie has experience in working with grief/bereavement, life stage transitions, career issues, and suicidal ideation. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR to help individuals accomplish their goals and live a free and fulfilling life. She enjoys fitness, baking, and spending time with her husband, dog, and two cats. Stephanie is supervised by Kristie Collins, LPC-S, LMFT-S.

Trista Dearing O'Quinn, LMFT Associate (UMC Therapist)


Trista received her Master of Science degree in Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy from Texas Tech University. She has experience working with couples, individuals, and families through the various stages of development and life transitions. Trista has been trained in grief and trauma focused care. She has also had experiences working with co-occurring disorders, suicidal ideation and self-injury, infidelity, intimate partner violence, and many other common issues that accompany traumatic experiences and life transitions. Trista creates a safe and beneficial environment by tailoring her therapeutic approach for each client. She often uses a Narrative Therapy modality with some Cognitive Behavioral and Emotion Focused techniques. Trista enjoys spending time with her husband, her two dogs, and caring for her array of plants. Trista is supervised by Kristie Collins, LPC-S, LMFT-S.

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