Joe started his career in Houston, including time on the team of famous heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey. He moved his family to the Hill Country in the mid-1990s while still working in Houston, then decided to find a job closer to home. Joe responded to a newspaper ad for La Hacienda, not having any previous knowledge of the treatment center. “I got ‘the feel’ as soon as I walked on campus. Then, one night after I started here, I went up on Serenity Hill. I got the feeling that this is home. And this is where I have been since.” Joe finds satisfaction in witnessing patients recovering their health. “I see them from the beginning of their treatment to the end. I see the improvement in their appearance, their mood, and in their outlook on life. It turns from negative in the beginning to positive and hopeful at the end.”