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.
Skye Heller, LMSW, LCDC
Staff Social Worker
Skye has many years of experience in clinical practice in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. He is skilled in both individual and group interventions that address substance abuse, mental health, dual diagnosis and trauma-informed practice. He is experienced in working with clients of various backgrounds. Skye also has experience in a coaching role, working to support employment-assistant program referrals, and clients trying to get back on their feet.
Skye completed his master’s degree in social work at the University of Houston and holds an undergraduate degree in human services from Springfield College.
Born and raised in Scotland, he is named after the Isle of Skye. He is fluent in German and can play the bagpipes. Skye enjoys outdoor activities and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He is passionate about recovery and supporting positive change in the lives of others.
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.
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.