Our Team



Paul Tucker, MS, LADAC - Founder and Owner

Paul’s education began with a BA in Social Science from Marylhurst College. He has a Master’s Degree in Experiential Therapy from the University Of Wisconsin. Paul has owned outpatient treatment facilities for the last 18 years. He founded Turning Point Recovery Center in 2010 with a focus on providing superior quality treatment for addictions and co-occurring disorders. He is continuously working towards expanding treatment offerings to better serve the growing substance abuse and mental health needs of our community.

Paul is an accomplished hand cyclist who enjoys camping and numerous other outdoor activities with his wife Rebekah and their dog, Bella.

Turning Point Recovery Center Katherine Lopez
Frances Kathleen Lopez-Bushnell (Kathy) APRN, EdD, MPH, MSN

Kathy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and a nurse researcher who has been working with substance use disorders for many years.  She has been awarded a substance-use disorder fellowship, published in substance use disorders and she continues to work in this area.  Kathy facilitates patients going through alcohol, opioid, or other withdraw with non-addictive treatments.  Because of her ability to use motivational interviewing and her many years of experience with substance use disorders and research, she is able to provide excellent care with patients going through withdrawal.  This successful protocol helps individuals go through withdrawal with minimal symptoms.  It also helps them prepare for the lifelong journey of sobriety, a healthy, satisfying and productive life.

                           Kumara Hampton, MA, LADAC, LMHC - IOP Therapist

Kumara obtained his MA and LADAC in counseling, in addition to his LMHC; his dual license as a mental health counselor with a specialty in addiction makes him the ideal therapist for our clients.  He is a very grounded individual who enjoys spending his free time out in nature connecting to the earth. He began his career in the field of addiction three years ago.

Kumara’s passion is to help clients find their paths and a sense of inner peace. He understands that addiction is not an issue of morality but instead something much more complex that includes an array of deeper issues. Kumara prides himself on holding a safe space for clients to process deep work in group while he simultaneously approaches every client in a very individualized manner. He realizes that although each client may share a commonality of addiction issues, that each client is also a unique individual and should be treated as such.


                                 VANYA GARABEDIAN, LCSW - IOP Therapist

Vanya earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2012. Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, she brings a mindful, nonjudgmental approach to addictions treatment. Her involvement with substance abuse and recovery, both professionally and personally, provides her with an insight that is invaluable to our community. We are fortunate to have her on our clinical team. Vanya’s passion is clearly evident by her dedication to making a difference.


Elizabeth Brooks - Billing/Administration

Elizabeth has a background in Psychology and Biology with bachelors’ degrees from UNM, both in science fields.  She also volunteered with APD at their Forensic Science Center.  Elizabeth was born and raised in Albuquerque.  She enjoys traveling and has a 5-year-old rescue Pit/Lab mix, Ripley, whom she absolutely adores.  She loves to hike, run, snowboard and swim … she will do pretty much anything that involves signing a waiver!  She also enjoys volleyball and kickball.  We are fortunate to have Elizabeth on staff.


Jesse Holly - Administration

Jesse was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is currently attending  Central New Mexico Community College pursuing a degree in English. He has been clean and sober since June 17, 2010. He loves his family, his fiance, and his friends. His hobbies include writing, playing video games, and playing music.