Taos Recovery Center Team

Richard Pelfrey, LADAC, NCACI, Executive Director


Richard Pelfrey, LADAC, NCACI

Richard G. Pelfrey is a LADAC and NCACI. Over the course of his career, he has worked to empower others to begin the process of change in their lives through recovery from addiction. Richard believes that recovery is available to and possible for all people, regardless of severity. He believes recovery begins with healthy connections, and as such, he places high value on the importance of modeling healthy relationships and fostering safety in a therapeutic environment. Richard also brings a passionate belief in the holistic nature of recovery to the Shadow Mountain program, and with that places strong emphasis on the “bottom-up” element of the treatment experience.

Richard came to Shadow Mountain having worked in several non-profit residential treatment centers, with an enthusiasm to share his experience and grow alongside the recovery community here. He has since become an integral part of the treatment team, adding his personal passions to the services offered at Shadow Mountain. Richard holds certifications in mindfulness, nutrition, and trauma informed yoga as well as Kundalini Yoga for addictions. As an addictions counselor, Richard has a passion for continued growth in walking alongside others on their journey toward a healthier life.  He currently serves in the capacity of Campus Director at Shadow Mountain Recovery, ensuring that all people who seek help on the mountain are provided a safe, challenging, and insightful space for their personal healing and growth.

John Beemer, Case Management / Alumni Coordinator


John Beemer

John comes to Shadow Mountain after spending nearly 24 years as a Chemical Dependency Counselor in Maryland, and the Del.Mar.Va. area. He has worked in a variety of treatment modalities during his career to include private practice, residential as well as non-residential and brings his vast experience to Shadow Mountain. His skills encompass a broad clinical background as well as administrative. His passion is in the area of relapse management and addiction education.  John was a key member as Shadow Mountain transitioned to a formal treatment program.  He served as Program Director at the Taos campus, and subsequently was asked to serve in the same capacity at the Albuquerque campus.  He returned to Taos in December of 2017.  He currently serves as the Senior Staff member, and Recovery Advocate Manager in Taos.

Brent Hutcheson, RN, Registered Nurse


Brent Hutcheson, RN

Brent Hutcheson RN, Originally from South Carolina and a graduate of Clemson University, he joined our Shadow Mountain Recovery team in January. He brings experience from a Men's Ministry Recovery Center in Columbia SC as well as a Wilderness Therapy Program in Old Fort, NC. Brent leads a wellness program within our community and is also WEMT certified to provide medical support on off-campus excursions. 

Randall Staton, MS, LPCC, Lead Therapist


Randall Staton, MS, LPCC

Randall Staton is a licensed psychotherapist with nearly 30 years of experience in the field of addiction and mental health. Randall’s experience includes both clinical and leadership positions in mental health centers (integrated care, group homes, PSR, crisis-intervention, health home), social service agencies (counseling, case management, developmentally disabled), addiction-recovery organizations (inpatient, residential, PHP/IOP), psychiatric hospitals (admissions, PHP/IOP, crisis) schools (director of alternative school), churches (counseling, family life education), and in private-practice (counseling/consultation).

Randall is the Clinical Supervisor at SMR Taos. His clinical philosophy is a holistic philosophy – integrating mind, body, & spirit while incorporating the best practices in cognitive-behavioral therapies, trauma therapies, health & wellness, spiritual practice & healing, and living a life of recovery. He provides direct individual, family, & group therapies, assessment, clinical supervision for all levels of staff, and SMR program development.

Randall is married with 2 adult daughters and 2 adult stepsons. Randall lives in Taos, NM. He enjoys his family, playing basketball, riding motorcycles, most forms of live & recorded music, politics & spirituality, arts & culture, travel & new people, and of course the great outdoors in New Mexico.

Nathan Lawson, CPSW, Lead Mentor


Nathan Lawson, CPSW

Nathan Lawson is from southern New Mexico and has been with Shadow Mountain Recovery for nearly three years. He obtained his CPSW in 2017 and is continuing his education in the field, majoring in Human Services with a goal to become a Substance Abuse Counselor. Nathan brings passion and leadership to the Taos facility, modeling that recovery and change is possible for everyone. Being a person in long-term recovery, Nathan shares his experiences with our clients on a daily basis. His believes in connection with others and walking along side each individual in their own journey to healing and growth.

Mydee the Dog, Support Canine, Certified Therapy Animal


Mydee the Dog

Mydee was abandoned and homeless in the town of Hohenwald, TN prior to finding our program director Richard 5 years ago. Since then, Mydee has been an active daily contributor to the residential treatment environment. Mydee is a certified therapy animal, and his scope of practice is providing unconditional love and emotional support to all humans he encounters.

Taos Recovery Center


  • 250 Shadow Mountain Road
  • Taos, NM 87571
  • Phone: (800) 203-8249

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