Our Ripple Ranch Team
Laura Kotlowski, MA, LPC, LCDC, NCC, CCTP, Clinical Director
Laura Kotlowski is originally from Chicago, Illinois and moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2006. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Purdue University, and her Master of Arts in Community Counseling from University of Texas at San Antonio. Laura is a Licensed professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She has a specialization in addiction and trauma work and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Laura began working in the mental health field in 1998 and has served a variety of populations in diverse settings. Some of the populations Laura served prior to moving to Texas include: children diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s and other developmental disabilities; adult and adolescent patients suffering from a myriad of mental health concerns; and women and their children who were seeking safe haven from domestic violence. Laura then moved to Texas and worked for Covenant Hills Women’s Center, serving adult women who suffered from chemical dependency, PTSD, relational problems, depression, anxiety, bipolar, borderline personality disorder and other mental health concerns. She worked at Covenant Hills from 2006-2017 and throughout her time there, worked as a direct care staff, case manager, therapist, program director and executive director. She is overjoyed to join the team and mission at Ripple Ranch Recovery, as the Clinical Director, beginning January 2018.
Laura feels both privileged and blessed to be a part of her clients healing process. She has a holistic view on client care and seeks to use the change modalities that work best for each individual client. She is trained and proficient in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Strength Base, Positive Psychology and Trauma Informed Care.
Laura strives to create a safe, comfortable, judgment free environment for her clients. She feels honored to be a part of the healing and road to recovery, peace, and joy that each and every person deserves. Her goal is to join her clients in the journey to processing their past and present experiences and understanding what they can do to reach a happy, healthy, fulfilled life.
Jeffrey Butts, D.O., Medical Director
Dr. Butts is a Fellow of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. A longtime family physician, he has been certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine since 2008. His expertise in both general medical practice and the specialized field of addiction medicine guide him in his role as director of our medical team at Ripple Recovery Ranch. With his leadership, our clients receive the medical support they need to manage a variety of health care concerns while in residence, including management of post-acute withdrawal symptoms and chronic pain issues. As an addiction specialist, he guides medical treatment options that are supportive of recovery, while avoiding those that may be problematic to recovery.
Sara Buckler, LCDC-I, Director of Admissions at Ripple Ranch at Austin
Sara Buckler was born and raised in Bedford, Texas which is located near Fort Worth. She moved to Austin with her husband in 2016 to help start a non-profit treatment center for substance abuse. She has worked in multiple positions in the substance abuse industry such as; Behavioral Health Technician, Outreach Manager, Business Development, and Marketing. Sara has a strong passion to help everyone. She enjoys working with families and clients to make the initial step into treatment. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading a good self-help book, and spending quality time with friends and family.
Sara went to Tarrant County College where she earned her certificate of completion in Social Work as well as, Associates in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She is currently a LCDC-Intern. Sara graduated in April of 2018, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology. She currently attends Grand Canyon University and is working towards her Masters of Science in Health Care Administration.