Our Team

The Pathfinder team comprises experienced clinicians, including a psychologist, rehabilitation therapist, social worker, chemical dependency counselor and resident advisors. The team is led by Mary Oxford, PhD, who serves as the program’s director, Mychal Riley, LCSW, LCDC-I, program manager, and Elissa Bauer, MEd, LPC, operations program manager.
maryoxfordMary Oxford, PhD
Before becoming the director of Pathfinder, Dr. Oxford was a staff psychologist on Menninger’s Hope Program for Adults. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Texas A&M University, from which she also obtained her undergraduate degree. Dr. Oxford completed post-doctoral clinical psychology residencies at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and The Menninger Clinic.
In addition to her responsibilities at Menninger, Dr. Oxford is an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. 

riley-mychal-2017-for-websiteMychal Riley, LCSW, LCDC-I

Mychal joined Menninger after completing a fellowship in social work at The Clinic. He earned his master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. He also earned his bachelor's degree in brain, behavior and cognitive science from Michigan.


Prior to coming to Pathfinder, he provided individual and family therapy on Menninger's Hope Program for Adults, as well as co-facilitated the Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy groups on Hope.


bauer-elissa-2017-websiteElissa Bauer, MEd, LPC

With nearly 10 years of experience, Elissa has special expertise in treating PTSD and trauma, as well as skills in EMDR, dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. She also has experience in addictions counseling and trauma-informed care.


Elissa earned a master's degree in counseling from the University of North Texas and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Texas.


She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors.