Our treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help in treatment planning.
Robert Albanese, Jr, MD
Dr. Albanese is the program director of the Professionals Program and an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry, internal medicine and psychosomatic medicine.
Prior to joining Menninger, Dr. Albanese held such positions as chief of the Medical Service at the Boise Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boise, Idaho; medical director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Charleston, SC; and psychiatrist for the Combat-related PTSD Residential Program at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla.
Dr. Albanese is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a governor of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.
He earned his medical and bachelor's degrees from East Carolina University and completed his internal medicine and psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Patrick Thomas, Jr, MD, PhD
An assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Thomas is board certified in psychiatry, neurology and addiction medicine.
Before joining Menninger, Dr. Thomas was a volunteer clinical instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also was a psychiatrist with the Ryan White Program at To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Centers and with Shields for Families, both in southern California. In addition, he had a successful private practice in the area.
He is a member of the American Psychiatric Society and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Thomas has co-authored book chapters in The Clinical Handbook of Adolescent Addiction and Neurodegenerative Diseases: Neurobiology, Pathogenesis and Therapeutics.
A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Thomas completed a fellowship in Borderline Personality Disorder, a psychiatry residency and an internship at the University of California-Los Angeles. He earned his medical and doctorate degrees from the University of Washington and his bachelor's degree from Rice University.
George Bombel, PhD
Senior Staff Psychologist
Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Bombel's special expertise is in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, psychodynamic group consultation, personality assessment and clinical supervision.
His research interests include construct and predictive validity of personality assessment measures and scales. His most recent co-authored publications include "Standards, accuracy and questions of bias in Rorschach meta-analyses: reply to Wood, Garb, Nezworski, Lilienfeld and Duke" and "The validity of individual Rorschach variables: systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the comprehensive system," both of which were published in the journal Psychological Bulletin.
Dr. Bombel earned his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo, his master's degrees in education from Washington State University and in psychology from the University of Toledo and his undergraduate degree in applied psychology and developmental psychology from Eastern Washington University.
He completed a post-doctorate fellowship at the Austen Riggs Center and a post-master's internship at the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio.
Diane M. Benefiel, MSW, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
Diane has special expertise in grief, loss and substance abuse. Her research interests include grief and loss, mental illness in a medical hospital, palliative care and management training for social workers. She has presented at national conferences including the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care and the Association of Oncology Social Workers. She is also a member of these professional organizations.
Diane earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work and her bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.
Elizabeth Castrellón, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
A member of the National Association for Social Work, Elizabeth completed a post-master's fellowship in clinical social work at The Menninger Clinic. She earned her master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass., and her bachelor's degree in sociology from Rice University.
Lynn Q. Griffin, BA, MSSW, LCSW
Senior Social Worker
Lynn has extensive expertise in working with trauma victims, whether they be children, adolescents or adults, having had advanced training in trauma treatment, attachment therapy and family therapy, as well as significant cross-cultural experience. Her interests include the impact of yoga and non-verbal interventions on the remediation of trauma symptoms.
A member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Lynn earned her master's degree in science and social work from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and her bachelor's degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.
Chris Webb, CRC, CPRP, MT-BC
Chris has been with Menninger for 10 years. Her expertise includes dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy skills, wellness planning, perfectionism, eating disorders and body image, music therapy, vocational assessments and counseling, functional assessments and leisure assessments. Her research interests include music therapy practices in psychiatry, music therapy and eating disorders, community integration and innovative practices in psychiatry and the creative arts.
Chris has presented at the national United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association conference and at the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists conference.
She is a member of the Gulf Coast Music Therapists, Southwest Texas Music Therapy Association, American Music Therapy Association, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Houston Eating Disorders Specialists adn Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity.
Chris earned her master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Kentucky and her bachelor's degree in music therapy from Sam Houston State University.