Matt Estey, LCSW
Matt has 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults as they navigate life, develop or regain self-identity and explore how they will contribute to their community. He has worked in wilderness, residential, inpatient and community integration programs. His clinical expertise focuses on strengths-based interventions and therapeutic attachment relationships. Matt has been part of The Menninger Clinic since 2009.
He completed his master’s degree in clinical social work at the University of Houston and holds an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Dallas. As an adolescent, he moved with his Army family numerous times and, after graduating from high school, he had the opportunity to backpack across Europe a few times, road trip all over the U.S., tour China and India, and trek Guatemala and Mount Kilimanjaro.
His clinical interests include cognitive-behavior therapy, mentalizing, thought disorders and psychosis. Matt’s passions are reading, running, live music and staying connected to family and friends. He also enjoys playing with his three dogs: Sparky, Mr. Grey and Louie.
Neil Puri, MD
Medical Director, Menninger 360 Program
Staff Psychiatrist, Hope Program for Adults
Director of Graduate Medical Education, The Menninger Clinic
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Puri highly values taking a collaborative approach that empowers individuals to make the best choices for their care. He believes in incorporating psychological and social factors into medication management.
His expertise is in adult psychiatry with special expertise in psychosomatic medicine and psychodynamic psychotherapy. He regularly presents on such topics at national conferences and to medical trainees. He is also the co-author of several articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Puri completed his fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at George Washington University's Inova Fairfax Hospital and his psychiatry residency at the University of Pittsburgh's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He also completed a fellowship in psychodynamic therapy at the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center and a fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at the University of Pittsburgh.
He earned his medical degree from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He also earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, where he majored in religious studies.
In his free time, Dr. Puri enjoys cooking, travelling, and the arts.
Amy earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and started her career with Menninger in 2013 as a Betty Ann Stedman Psychiatric Nurse Resident. She completed an evidenced-based project on cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia, which was the basis for a Clinic-wide sleep promotion group.
Her co-workers and fellow team members recognized her for providing high quality patient care by nominating her for Menninger's Gary Napier Nursing Excellence Award in Direct Patient Care in 2017. Additionally, her leaders recognized her for living The Clinic’s five core values in her daily interactions with patients and colleagues by nominating her for the Pillar Award, Menninger's top employee honor, in 2017.
Prior to Amy’s career in nursing she was a chief petty officer in the United States Navy, serving almost 12 years onboard two navy vessels and at the Pentagon. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association and enjoys spending time with her two dogs and traveling the world.
Kaitlyn earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a concentration in crisis and trauma, from Michigan State University. Right after getting her undergraduate degree, Kaitlyn continued her education, earning a master’s degree in mental health counseling and marriage and family therapy from Sam Houston State University. At SHSU she studied individual, family, couple's, career and group therapy.
She began working in the mental health field in Michigan, working for Volunteers of America as a retention specialist, helping homeless veterans find homes and jobs. Since moving to Texas Kaitlyn has worked as a therapist at Family Time, providing crisis intervention and therapy to individuals and families. She started working for Menninger in 2017 as a mental health associate for the inpatient adolescent unit. Her clinical interests include narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and systemic family therapy.
Kaitlyn has a goal to continue her education with a doctoral in counseling psychology in the near future. She enjoys crafting, traveling, hanging out with her friends and family, and a strong love for all dogs (including her two: Stout and SoCo).
Community Integration Specialist
Laquinta has worked in the mental health field for five years. She worked at The Harris Center of Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, where she started out as a rehab clinician on the Assertive Community Treatment team. She provided psychosocial-skills training to clients who had a wide range of diagnoses, including dual diagnoses. She also worked as an employment specialist, supporting clients as they gained independence and got back into the workforce. Laquinta has worked at The Menninger Clinic for several years in both inpatient and outpatient treatment. She has learned how to best support clients in meeting their recovery goals.
Laquinta graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Houston Downtown and is currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling. She enjoys traveling, eating out and spending time with Sir Carter (her handsome dog). Laquinta remains very passionate about working in the mental health field and helping clients reach their recovery goals.
Emily received her bachelor of arts in psychology from Rice University and her master's of education in counseling from the University of Houston. Emily has provided counseling, case management, psychoeducation, advocacy, community outreach and psychosocial support to individuals, families and groups of diverse ages, backgrounds and presenting problems in school, hospital and community settings. Emily also has experience in building collaborative community partnerships in order to provide clients and families with comprehensive, coordinated support services.
Emily is particularly passionate about, and experienced in, providing mental health care to young adults who are struggling with the transition to adulthood. Prior to her work at Menninger, she helped develop and implement an innovative, community-based mental health program for transition-age young adults and their families affected by serious emotional and behavioral health difficulties.
Her therapeutic approach is collaborative, strengths-based and person-centered. She aspires to empower and equip individuals and families with the confidence and skills that they need to achieve positive mental health and greater self-sufficiency.
A native Houstonian, Emily loves acquainting newcomers with the area, helping them discover why Houston is such an amazing place to live. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, going to concerts, eating at new restaurants, reading, biking and spending time outdoors.