Meet Our Expert Staff
Meet the Gallus team of addiction recovery experts
At Gallus Detox Centers, you’ll find a team addiction recovery experts comprising of: board-certified physicians, ICU-level registered nurses, and medical care technicians, all with backgrounds in critical care and emergency medicine. They have over 75 years of combined work experience helping patients suffering from alcohol and substance use disorders.
The goal of each Gallus team member is to compassionately and professionally guide you through every phase of your detox treatment.
Patrick J. Gallus, DO
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Gallus is a board-certified emergency medicine physician. He obtained his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Montana, and his D.O. from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Texas A&M University, Scott & White Memorial Hospital. As the Chief of Staff at Yavapai Regional Medical Center in Prescott Arizona, he developed two emergency departments with a staff of 18 board-certified physicians that saw 72,000 patients a year. Dr. Gallus has over 15 years of experience treating drug- and alcohol-related issues.
Gina Carroll, RN
Director of Clinical Operations
Gina’s compassion and understanding is reflected by everyone on the Gallus Detox staff and passed on to each and every patient. She has worked in and around the medical field since 1994. Gina has many nursing certifications including Advanced Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Prior to joining the Gallus Detox team, she was the administrator and human resources director at a large private practice in the Prescott, Arizona, area. In addition to her career, Gina enjoys her family, hiking, biking, and traveling.
Steve Carleton LCSW, CACIII
Executive Clinical Director
Steve worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs for 10 years. He is a PTSD and substance use disorder expert with over 14 years of experience in and around addiction. Steve is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social work. He teaches cognitive behavioral therapies, Motivational Interviewing, assessment skills using DSM-5, amongst others.
Shannon Weir, RN
Director of Clinical Education and Quality Assurance
Shannon is the Director of Clinical Education and Quality Assurance at Gallus and has been a Registered Nurse for 30 years. She has 15 years of experience in critical care, 5 years doing various things including flight nursing, detox, sexual assault exams, and SWAT nursing. The past 10 years she’s been at Gallus Medical Detox.
John Gossett, MSW, LCSW
Clinical Director - Scottsdale
John worked in mental health for over 20 years. He has worked with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders for the last 15 years. John is a veteran of the United States Army and Army National Guard. He has a deep passion for assuring that those being served receive excellent care. Prior to joining the Gallus Detox team, he was clinical director in a residential treatment program in Phoenix, AZ. John enjoys time with his family, lifting weights, and is a practitioner of Zen.
Chief Executive Officer
Doug is a successful PE portfolio, Inc 5,000 and Fortune 250 executive with over 30 years of experience in consumer-focused, market-driven companies in consumer services, healthcare and business services (loyalty, insurance) verticals. Doug has served as a C-suite executive for the last 20 years, with a track record of driving profitable growth demonstrated by four successful go private and recap exits of 20%+ share price and 15X+ EBITDA. Doug has a proven track record in leading multi-site healthcare leadership in: eating disorders, 28 programs, 5,500 patients; primary care, 38 locations 1MM visits; infertility, 45 locations, 25% of IVF in US; Cosmetic Surgery, 48 locations; Vein Therapy, 58 locations; Massage, 78 locations.
Doug holds a BA, cum laude, from Middlebury College, an MBA in Healthcare Management from The University of Connecticut and has completed several executive education programs at Harvard Business School and Dartmouth’s Tuck School.
Laura Herrmann, MA
Chief Outreach and Marketing Officer
Laura is the Chief Outreach and Marketing Officer at Gallus Medical Detox, she has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare marketing field in digital, social, product marketing, strategy and sales leadership.
Her passion for those struggling and recovering from substance use disorder and mental health as well as advocacy for patient empowerment has driven her career and continues to be the motivation to work within the best treatment options to help those struggling. With a Master’s Degree from Tufts School of Medicine and Emerson College in Health Communication, Laura has continued to find excitement and challenge in her chosen field. She is also the Board President, BarZero and Board Member of the Colorado Professional Liaison Association. Please contact her at [email protected] or (303) 434-0602.
Louie Lugo, SHRM-SCP
Chief People Officer
Louie Lugo, SHRM-SCP is the Chief People Officer at Gallus Medical Detox. He brings diverse professional skill sets to the role. As an active HR leader in Colorado, the United States, and abroad, Louie has a passion for helping organizations succeed and seeing people thrive. Some of his motivated skill sets are Culture Curation, DEI&B, HR Technology Platforms, Organizational Development, and Business Intelligence. As a global HR leader and strategic partner to the C-suite, Louie champions a positive, people-centric culture and a higher level of data awareness to help executive leadership affect positive change, greater revenue, and improved profitability.
Louie’s HR career spans 18 years, 6 different industries in both private and public sectors. He holds a BA from Jacksonville State University as well as an MM, Summa Cum Laude, and a DM (ABD), Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University. Additionally, Louie is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and has completed executive business courses and certificate programs through Vanderbilt University, University of Copenhagen, and University College London.
Senior Business Development Director
Vanessa Starr-Comiskey has over 26 years of experience in the business development field, with 11 years of management-level experience and the past 7 years in the addiction recovery field. Vanessa is a certified Layman Counselor and volunteers for faith-based counseling and hospital visitations. She has a degree in Business Management and certifications for Layman Counseling and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Vanessa has lived in Las Vegas for 22 years with her husband and three children. She has a passion for people and loves to hear people’s stories. “I believe that everyone has a story we can learn from…good or bad we just need to take the time to listen”. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, spending time outdoors, reading, and redoing furniture.
Please contact Vanessa at [email protected]
Alternatively, you may call 866-358-6446 and speak to an admissions customer care specialist.