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Staff Members at our Clear Lake Treatment Programs

Tracie Bein, MA, LPC

Clinical Director of the Adult Mental Health Program

Tracie Bein, MA, LPC is the Adult Mental Health Clinical Director and has worked at New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers in the position since 2000. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Bein received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Tufts University in Boston. She has over 27 years of experience in the field as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Besides working at New Dimensions she has worked in numerous adult partial hospital programs in Texas doing individual, family and group psychotherapy. She also has experience in geriatric outpatient mental health and in the past served as the Clinical Director for the Rape Crisis Center in San Antonio, Texas. Her clinical specialties include trauma counseling, bipolar, depression and anxiety disorders and grief work. She also is certified in Reiki II.

Maritza Martinez, MA, LPC

Adult Mental Health Therapist

Maritza Martinez, M.A., LPC received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston and her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health from Sam Houston State University. Maritza has experience in both outpatient mental health and private practice and a considerable amount of knowledge in areas such as: bipolar disorder, addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety. Maritza has also had the opportunity to work with young adults, adults, and the elderly.

Ali Aronowitz, LMSW

Adolescent Therapist

Ali Aronowitz, LMSW received her Bachelors degree with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology at the University of Arizona and then went on to receive her Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Houston. Ali has specialized in working with adolescents and adults over the last 10 years through her experience and involvement at previous internships, fellowships, and organizations representing Bellaire High School, the University of Arizona and the University of Houston. Over the last 3 years Ali has had the experience of working as a pediatric social worker in the healthcare setting where she provided individual therapy, group therapy, and case management services to adolescents and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, grief, trauma, and other life stressors. Ali’s passion is providing a safe and supportive environment to adolescent patients by using Person-Centered Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.

Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC

Clinical Director of the Adult Chemical Dependency Program

After receiving a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Banking and Financial Institutions at the University of Houston, Gary Hilliard, BS, LCDC worked as a banker for several years prior to a second career as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. Gary started his career as an addictions specialist with the Cenikor Foundation in Dayton, Texas, where he worked for four years. In 2011, Gary joined New Dimensions Day Treatment Centers where he works as the Director of Substance Abuse Counseling.

Mohammed Ayoub, MD


Mohammed Ayoub, MD is a practicing Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Houston, Texas. After finishing General Psychiatry Residency at Loyal University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, Dr. Ayoub has been practicing in Clear Lake since 2002. He has been with the New Dimensions Day Treatment program of Clear Lake as the Medical Director of their Adolescent Program since 2002.

Syed Ahmed, M.D.

Psychiatrist - Medical Director of the Adult Program

Dr. Syed Ahmed is a board certified psychiatrist. He is board certified in general psychiatry and as well in addiction psychiatry. He did his residency at university of Texas medical branch in Galveston. He was awarded best research paper by Texas society of psychiatric physician. He has thirty years history of treating patients with general psychiatric conditions and as well as addictions. He held several different positions including department chair of Baptist hospital in Beaumont. He was assistant clinical professor at the Medical school in Houston. He serves on the CME committee of IMANA. He presented scientific papers in international conference held by IMANA. He is currently in private practice and is medical director of New Dimensions day treatment hospital.

Maria Rutherford

Administrative Assistant/ Admissions

Cherie Johnson, LPC-Intern


Cherie Johnson received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. Cherie is currently an LPC-Intern and has been working in the field since 2017. Cherie has experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults, families, and couples in both private practice and outpatient settings.

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