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Our Behavioral Health Experts

Dr. Santana R. Simple


Behavioral Health Director

Dr. Santana Simple is a native of Houston, Texas, and a proud former student of Texas A&M University, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.P.H. She furthered her education with an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Houston Clear Lake and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Simple is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor with over a decade of clinical and leadership experience.

At UHPhealth, Dr. Simple plays a pivotal role in developing mental health clinical services, policies, accreditation, and interventions for all communities. Her responsibilities include crisis assessment, behavioral health programming, and clinical coordination with therapy providers. As a clinician, Dr. Simple practices a holistic liberation psychology model of therapy, focusing on creating a safe space for clients to embrace their values, engage in healing, and regain personal strengths.

Additionally, Dr. Simple is an active presenter at conferences, where she shares her expertise on topics such as suicide prevention and intentional healing interventions.

Melany Villarreal


Mental Health Therapist

Melany Villarreal is a dedicated Mental Health Therapist with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Houston and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker.

At UHPhealth, Melany is committed to enhancing the well-being of her patients through compassionate, evidence-based care that promotes emotional resilience. She focuses on building trusting therapeutic relationships, empowering individuals, and assisting them in navigating mental health challenges to achieve their therapeutic goals.

Melany is bilingual and has extensive experience working with children and teens, utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is also a Certified Trauma Professional. Outside of her professional life, Melany enjoys constantly learning, reading, and playing and coaching basketball.