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Our Treatment Team

Dr. Irene Little – (PsyD, MS, MA, LMFT, LCDC, ICADC, ADC III, MAC, CCC-SLP) CEO, Clinical Director

“I LOVE what I do! I get the amazing opportunity to help families heal from the devastating effects of substance use disorders. Families allow me to guide them on their journey through recovery to discover a better version of their life and themselves. And I get to work with the BEST team who truly love and appreciate each other and their role in helping the families we serve”

Access Counseling Group is led by CEO and Founder, Irene Little. Since 2007, she has led the organization and fostered its growth from a small group of passionate professionals to one of the most respected facilities in Texas.  In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, Irene is also the Clinical Director, ensuring that every client receives the absolute best Access Counseling Group has to offer. 

Irene is also on of the most sought after clinical speakers in this field, constantly invited to speak as an expert, to teach other and to share her passion for the recovery she knows is in each individual. Irene is particularly known for her understanding of working with adolescents and their families – especially in an era when many facilities have stopped working with teens.

MS in Communication Disorders
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy
PsyD in Counseling Psychology

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)
Licensed Speech Language Pathologist with Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)
Alcohol and Drug Counselor level 3 (ADC III) – 23+ years’ experience
Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)


Emily Buchanan, CMIS and Office Manager

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.”

Emily is a Certified Medical Insurance Specialist with over 14 years of experience in psychiatric care. She is passionate about working with others that may be considered the “underdog”. She believes that everyone deserves to have someone advocate for them to ensure they have the best possible outcome. 


Stephanie McGill –  Clinic Supervisor, LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor)

“I enjoy working at access because I enjoy working with the adolescents, adults and their families. I love to see the growth and progress they make while in the program”

Stephanie’s passion is bringing excellence to her clinical work. To her, that means surpassing ordinary standards to deliver care that is above and beyond for her patients. Her passion for excellent treatment coupled with her work ethic and compassion makes her one of the most complete therapists in North Texas.

Stephanie has an incredible passion for helping people recover from substance use disorders and to regain control of their life.  Her warm personality and commitment to professionalism are factors that differentiate her as a clinician.

She came to Access with an extensive background in therapy. But because she’s determined to be excellent, Stephanie still has a passion for learning and growing in her knowledge and best practices.

BS in Rehabilitation Studies

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)

Emily Stromberg – LCDC-I (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor-Intern)

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

Emily is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.  She has over three years of experience helping individuals and their families recover from addiction.  She is from Washington and has been enjoying the culture and hospitality of Texas.

Emily is passionate about the work she does at Access and is looking forward to helping your family heal.

Chemical Dependency Professional  Degree – Bellevue College
Associates Degree – Bellevue College

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Intern (LCDC-I)


Mary Ann Ghormley – LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor)

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”


 Mary Ann Ghormley has a Master’s degree and is a Licensed Profesional Counselor (LPC).  She has over ten years of valuable experience in working wtih teens and adults.  She has worked in the areas of addiction, play therapy and couples therapy.  Currently, she is working in experiential teambuilding and leadership training.  These are interactive activities that challenge people to discover and gain insight into their behavior. 


Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)


Dante R. Burtos, M.D. – Medical Director

Dr. Burgos has been in private practice in the Dallas/Ft Worth area for over 25 years. He is board certified in child adolescent and adult psychiatry. He has worked in various in-patient and out-patient settings. He enjoys the challenges of working with dual diagnoses clients, especially in light of new developments in addiction treatment.


1980-1984 Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico, M.D.
(senior year spent in a cooperative program with Ohio State University at Grant Hospital, Columbus, Ohio)

Professional Honors
1989-1990 Elected Chief Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Professional Society Memberships
American Psychiatric Association American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Examinations and Honors
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
• May 2004 Recertified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
• September 1993 Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (#3187)
• April 1992 Board Certified in Psychiatry (#35430) Federal Licensing Examination (FLEX) June 1986 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECEMG) Examination – February 1984


Lisa Beaver – Nurse Practitioner 

Lisa is from Ohio and has been practicing in the DFW area for the past two years specializing in dual diagnosis and medication assisted treatment for addictions. She has a talent for helping patients who have been resistant to medication compliance. Lisa is known as a dedicated and accomplished nurse practitioner experienced in addiction medicine, mental health, urgent care, family and geriatric care. Lisa is recognized as a compassionate provider and an excellent listener. She posses strong verbal and written communication, with a meticulous eye for detail. In addition, Lisa is a key contributor and collaborator with multidisciplinary teams to provide exceptional health care. She collaborates with individuals, their treatment provider and family members to ensure the best possible care, leading to improved outcomes and increased quality of life.

ADN in Nursing from Belmont Technical College
BSN in Nursing from Ohio University
MSN in Nursing from Franciscan University
Graduated with honors


Jeremy Little – Insurance and Billing Specialist

“It is so rewarding to get to advocate for our clients to get them and their families the help they need. Nothing is more rewarding than to see families healed and restored”

Jeremy will do whatever it takes to make sure our clients get the treatments they deserve. He is fully versed with most insurance plans out there. He works non-stop and tirelessly with the insurance companies to get our clients the treatments they deserve to obtain. Jeremy believes it is all worth it!

He works with insurance companies to verify benefits, filing claims, obtaining authorizations, or filing appeals. He will do the best he can to make sure our clients and their families are happy. Just like the Access Counseling Family, Jeremy is committed to advocate for each and every family we serve. We know through it all it is worth it.


Dorry Hatcher, Administrative Assistant 

“A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What I love most about working at Access is how helpful and welcoming everyone is. This place contains an amazing atmosphere and I love being a part of it!


Max, Love and Support Specialist 

“I just want to be loved and love others. I ALWAYS see the best in others.” –

What I love most about working at Access is being able to snuggle and love on people. Every day is a new day!