Meet Our Staff

Ashley OwenAshley Owen
PhD, Director of Counseling Services

Ashley Owen is a National Board Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, and a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. In 2009, Owen received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana Tech University. She returned to Louisiana Tech University to receive a Master of Counseling and Guidance in 2013, and completed her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Louisiana Monroe in 2021. Owen’s clinical interests include anxiety disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, disordered eating, and personal growth and development. Her research interest are issues in suicidal bereavement specific to existential regret, sense-making, meaning-making, relational aspects, and the impact of physical exercise on mental health. In her free time, Owen can often be found cheering on the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters, spending time with family, and volunteering.

Michael Garza's headshot on a white backgroundMichael Garza
PhD , Associate Director of Clinical Operations and Student Advancement

Michael Garza is originally from Fresno, California, and completed his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2020. He completed his APA-accredited internship training at Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, California and received post-doctoral training at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. Garza’s clinical interests include anxiety and related disorders, interpersonal issues, insight, personal growth, identity development, and depressive disorders. He enjoys supervision and clinical work, and also has a passion for research. His theoretical orientation is integrative, primarily consisting of psychodynamic and cognitive psychotherapies. Garza loves to spend time with his wife and daughter. He is a self-proclaimed board game guru, and very rarely loses a game of CLUE.


Dontisha Davis's headshot on a white backgroundDontisha Davis
MS, PLPC, Counselor/Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives

Dontisha Davis, originally from El Dorado Arkansas, is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor and is set to receive licensure in 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2015 and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Henderson State University in 2018. Davis’ clinical interest include anxiety disorders, multicultural concerns, relational issues, and personal growth concerns. On campus, she is involved with many student-led organizations such as the Black Student Union and Peer Leadership Council. When Davis is not providing clinical services, Dontisha enjoys photography, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Mallory Garza's headshot on a white backgroundMallory B. Garza
PhD, Assistant Director of Student Health and Wellness

Mallory Garza, who is originally from Effie, completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Louisiana Tech University in 2019. She completed her APA-accredited internship training at Kansas State University Counseling Services and received post-doctoral training at Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. Garza’s clinical interests include anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, working with survivors of sexual assault, and personal growth and development. Her also enjoys teaching, supervision, and facilitating interpersonal process groups, as well as campus and community outreach. Garza’s theoretical orientation is integrative, primarily consisting of existential and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies with adjunctive interpersonal process techniques. She is a self-proclaimed Harry Potter geek. In her “free” time, Garza enjoys reading (fantasy is a favorite), traveling, engaging in physical activity (especially if it involves competition), playing piano, jigsaw puzzles, game nights, and spending time with family and friends.

Sean R. Simmons
MEd, MA, Counselor/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Education 

Sean R. Simmons, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor currently working toward licensure. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2011 at Savannah State University. After realizing his passion for higher education he went on to receive Master of Education Degree in Higher Education Leadership from Mercer University. After working closely with students and parents in various enrollment management higher education administrative roles he stumbled upon an interest for mental health and career counseling, as he noticed the need in these areas, especially in the college setting. Simmons then went on to obtain his second Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. His clinical experiences include anxiety, depression, addiction, and substance abuse in both individual and group counseling settings. When Simmons is not providing clinical services, he enjoys writing books for children. He currently has published two children’s books by the names of “Together We Make A Family” and “The Day My Dad Turned Invisible.” In his free time he also enjoys watching and attending sporting events, weightlifting, traveling, and spending time with family.

Tony Young

Dr. Tony Young is a medical psychologist. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Louisiana Tech, prior to earning graduate degrees in Theology and Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary, and clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant International University. He is licensed as both a clinical and medical psychologist. Young worked in various settings, including academia, private practice, inpatient psychiatric, addiction treatment, group home facility, and medication management settings. Most of his work in medication management has been in an outpatient setting, where he continues to treat children, adolescents, and young adults. Young enjoys his family, his work, and gardening.

Kayla Duncan Henry
BA, Doctoral Intern Counseling Psychology

Kayla Duncan Henry's headshot on a white backgroundKayla Duncan Henry obtained her BA in psychology with a minor in criminology from the University of North Carolina- Wilmington in 2013. After graduating, she worked in various mental health settings including ABA for children with Autism and habilitation for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to entering Louisiana Tech’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program in 2019, Henry worked as a dispatcher for Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office where she gained invaluable experiences applicable to her long-term career goals. She is passionate about both psychology and law enforcement and aspires to bridge the gap that currently exists between these domains. Through the program’s training, Henry has gained experience providing psychological testing to clarify mental health diagnoses and guide treatment for concerns including but not limited to ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, and clinical syndromes including depressive, anxiety, and personality disorders. She is still developing her theoretical orientation; however, she has gained the most experience in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and is currently working toward becoming a more trauma-focused clinician. On a personal note, Henry enjoys nothing more than spending time with her husband and their daughter. She loves being outdoors, traveling, learning new recipes, and playing endless games of fetch with her dog, Baxter.

Matthew McKenzie's headshot on a white backgroundMatthew R. McKenzie
MA, Doctoral Intern

Matt McKenzie is currently a Counseling Psychology doctoral student at Louisiana Tech University. Originally from California, he completed his BS in Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and his MA in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. Before his educational journey, McKenzie served in the United States Marine Corps, which sparked his interest in psychology and mental health. His clinical interests include veterans, grief and loss, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Although integrative, McKenzie provides psychotherapy from person-centered and cognitive-behavioral perspective. In his free time, his enjoys video games (PS5), playing his guitar, and investing.

Caitlin Randle
BA, Doctoral Intern

Caitlin “Cait” Randle is originally from Minden. She completed her BA in psychology at Louisiana Tech University in 2019 and is currently pursuing her PhD in counseling psychology. Randle’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, stress management, and burnout. She also enjoys teaching and psychological assessment. Her theoretical orientation is still developing, although she leans toward cognitive behavioral therapy. In her “free” time, Randle is most often spending time with her family, but will also read, watch Netflix, and play video games.



Aungelique Sledge's headshot on a white backgroundAungelique “Lique” Sledge
MS, LPC, Doctoral Intern

Lique Sledge completed her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Henderson State University in 2017. She is a licensed professional counselor for Arkansas and Louisiana, where she has worked with adolescents and young adults. Randle’s clinical interests include a range of disorders in the context of anxiety, depression, impulsivity, defiance, and adjustment to daily stressors that hinder personal growth and well-being. Her clinical approach toward counseling stem from cognitive-behavioral therapy within an integrative theoretical framework that focuses on the triangular relationship of one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Collaboratively, Sledge and the client explore and confront barriers and cognitive distortions to holistically improve daily functioning, reasoning, skill, and management. She believes that that beautiful aspect of counseling is when she effectively empowers others; the empowerment is mutual. The client and the clinician grow to continue to empower others. Sledge is witty, and she often connects with others through laughter. She is very sporty and driven, so the gym is her second home. She is a hardcore Kobe Bryant fan. In her free time, Sledge enjoys reading, Facetime with friends and family, traveling, and binge-watching tv shows, “Hey Arnold” and “It’s a Different World.”

Kortney Wooten
BS, Doctoral Intern

Kortney Wooten is a fourth-year student in the Louisiana Tech Counseling Psychology Doctoral program. Kortney earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Wooten enjoys working with marginalized populations, such as racial minorities and LGBTQ+ individuals, as well as those struggling with depression and anxiety. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, incorporating cognitive-behavioral and relational-cultural therapies. In her free time, Kortney enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching true crime television shows.


Linda SmithLinda Smith headshot on white background
Administrative Coordinator, III

Linda Smith is a native of Choudrant, where she has resided with her husband, Charles, for the past 39 years. She has been employed with Louisiana Tech University in the Counseling Services Department for the past 13 years. In her spare time, Smith enjoys camping, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her husband and family.