President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Anne M. Esquivel serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mind Works, a trailblazing pediatric behavioral healthcare practice in South Central Texas. With a mission grounded in Compassion, Integrity, and Accountability, Mind Works is dedicated to providing exceptional behavioral healthcare tailored to the needs of children and adolescents. Dr. Esquivel’s visionary leadership has set a new standard in the children’s behavioral healthcare industry.
As a respected figure in this field, Dr. Esquivel has made it her life’s work to address the pressing mental health challenges faced by young minds. Her unwavering commitment has been pivotal in enhancing the mental healthcare system in Texas, particularly for children and adolescents who often grapple with issues that, when left untreated, can lead to adverse outcomes like school failure, substance abuse, violence, and even suicide.
In 2009, the journey began with the birth of Mind Works, a haven for pediatric behavioral healthcare excellence. Today, this remarkable practice boasts a dedicated team of over 50 staff members and providers, offering a comprehensive range of expert services, including medication management, counseling, parenting support, and psychological testing. Dr. Esquivel’s leadership has been instrumental in guiding Mind Works through over a decade of growth and success.
Under her stewardship, Mind Works has reached new heights, expanding its footprint to four locations across the San Antonio — New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. This expansion aligns with the demographic reality of the region, with over 640,000 children between the ages of 3 and 17. In the last four years alone, Mind Works has touched the lives of nearly 100,000 children, making a profound difference in their well-being and development.
Before embarking on the Mind Works journey, Dr. Esquivel practiced privately in multiple states, including California, Virginia, and Texas. Her ability to adapt and thrive in diverse environments was honed by her marriage and partnership with a U.S. Marine Officer. Over the years, Dr. Esquivel specialized in psychological testing (assessment) to provide precise diagnoses of psychiatric conditions and prescriptive protocols. Her recommendations served as a roadmap for clients, helping them identify their strengths and weaknesses, fostering self-awareness, and enabling successful treatment pathways.
Dr. Esquivel brings a wealth of experience, with over 23 years in senior-level healthcare roles across different regions. She has played a pivotal role in advancing psychology as a science, academic discipline, and profession, including areas such as psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and program evaluation.
A prominent leader in the industry, Dr. Esquivel was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council. This council plays a crucial role in advising on research, diagnosis, treatment, and education related to pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome, a condition affecting many children in Texas.
Dr. Esquivel’s journey in this field began with honors, as she graduated with distinction from the United States International University, holding a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Beyond her professional accomplishments, she remains actively engaged in discussions on healthcare policy and women’s leadership.
Dr. Anne M. Esquivel’s unwavering dedication and transformative leadership have left an indelible mark on the world of children’s behavioral healthcare. Her commitment to compassion, integrity, and accountability continues to make a profound impact on the lives of young patients and their families.
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