Our Taos Team

Roland JamesRoland Jacobs, M.D., Medical Director, Taos

Dr. Roland Jacobs obtained an MD degree from Rutgers University and completed psychiatric training at UCLA in 1979. He has had 12 years of experience treating substance use disorders at residential treatment facilities in New Mexico. In California, he served as a medical director of a free-standing psychiatric facility that included an acute detox program. His approach is to focus on “co-morbid” psychiatric conditions that complicate sobriety and encourage continued dependency, for example, counterproductive, detrimental self-medication behaviors. As the Medical Director at Shadow Mountain Recovery – Taos, he seeks to parse emotional and behavioral issues as a result of substance abuse vs. primary psychiatric illness and treat accordingly. His goal is to use the minimal amount of medication necessary and encourage the development of ego strengths and social skills to live and function without drugs or alcohol. His philosophy and approach is to bring the dependent individual to the “therapeutic table” so they can participate in our therapeutic program, learn to heal themselves from within, and lead healthy, productive, and fulfilled lives.

Jacquie ArcandJacqueline Arcand, LMSW, Program Director, Taos

Jacqueline Arcand joined the Shadow Mountain team in 2014 bringing with her 15 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment. She has filled a variety of roles during this time, including program development and leadership, in addition to working directly with young adult clients as a therapist. Jacqueline possesses a thorough working knowledge of the treatment and etiology of substance abuse, and has personally experienced the impact of addiction on the individual and family. Her studies and experience have given her a deep understanding which she integrates into her approach to therapy with clients. Her area of greatest interest is the impact of childhood trauma and its relationship to addiction, with particular focus on the traumatic resonance of early childhood disruptions, be they due to adoption separation, loss through divorce, the experience or witnessing of domestic violence, as well as parental substance abuse. Jacqueline is a licensed Master of Social Work with a Clinical emphasis (New Mexico Highlands University), holds licensure as a Substance Abuse Associate (NM) and is a trained EMDR therapist. She currently holds the position of Program Director at the Taos facility. Jacqueline’s professional life prior to entering into the addictions field included corporate communications, project management, marketing and research. With Canadian roots, Jacqueline enjoys a life in recovery, with her husband and dogs, has a passion for the outdoors and travel and the exploration of innovative ways to help those in need.

Morgan OrtizMorgan Ortiz

Morgan is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native with strong ties to the community. As a former law enforcement officer he was dedicated to helping those he served, and he now dedicates his time to help those wanting to get sober. Morgan is completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Addiction Studies in 2018. Morgan is an accomplished wrestler and grappler and at one point was ranked the #1 grappler in the nation. He is also a coach at the world famous Jackson/Wink MMA Gym. He is happily married with two daughters.