Healing Pines Recovery

Our Mission

Healing Pines Recovery is an exclusive and private 8-bed residential treatment center, specializing in treating men who suffer from addiction. Located on 40 acres in the heart of beautiful Colorado country, Healing Pines is the perfect setting for our Doctorate and Masters Level Clinicians to apply unparalleled, TRULY individualized care.

We are stakeholders in the success of your recovery.

Our family and loved ones have felt the calamitous impact of addiction. We have personally experienced the power of addiction and the tumult it unleashes on the addict and the people their life is connected to. We know that high-quality treatment requires experienced professionals. We are aware that a “one size fits all” approach always fails. We also know that a newly recovered person needs continued support.

With this information, we have devised a sophisticated treatment program that respects and understands where each client is in their lives. The treatment plan is designed according to the addict’s life, instead of warping it. We believe that sobriety can be prolonged and continued only if it is naturally incorporated into a person’s life.

Our lodge and the ranch, huddled among the pines, is beautiful and provides solitude. We’ve created an environment where you leave your daily life behind and concentrate on healing and recovery.

We maintain a private healing environment, yet being close enough to the major cities, such as Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs to facilitate family visits and our family program.

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Healing Pines Recovery is tailored to the unique needs of men during recovery. Men can have a difficult time expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions during therapy, so we have customized our approach to focus on making it easier for our patients in these areas.
When a patient is battling addiction, alcohol abuse, or a substance abuse disorder, they can feel trapped. We have the expertise, understanding and dedication necessary to help our patients reach their goals. Finding help from Healing Pines Recovery is a great first step. 

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paul leafstedt

Executive Director

Paul was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. He went to college in California at CAL Poly Pomona, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Being a person in recovery and always finding fulfillment in helping others succeed, Paul co-founded a treatment center in California with 4 other partners. Paul came back to Colorado to continue his journey in the field of addiction, and to share his vision for Healing Pines Recovery. “Colorado is such a magical place for me, it has everything a person could ever need or want. It’s natural beauty and peace lend itself for the perfect environment to really get in touch with yourself and others. Healing Pines is different, it’s real, you can feel it. What you see is what you get here. This is a safe place to dig deep and be vulnerable, to re-discover yourself, what the world has to offer and what you have to offer the world.”

cristi leafstedt


Cristi was born in the Midwest, moved to her “dream” place to live, Denver, CO, where she met, married, and raised a family with her husband Mark Leafstedt, PE.  Cristi began her professional career in secondary and post- secondary education.  She expanded her career with her work in the securities industry using her Series 6 and 7 securities licenses; obtaining her Masters in Human Communication and Consulting; spending several exciting years partnering in mediation and consulting company; and ultimately achieving a position that allowed her to combine all her prior experience by co-owning with her husband for 22 years an Engineering Consulting Company.

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Gabrielle May-Shinagle, LMFT, LAC

Clinical Director

Gabrielle May-Shinagle, LMFT, LAC, has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Regis University (COAMFTE Accredited) in Denver, CO. She is currently working on her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University (COAMFTE Accredited). She is also an AAMFT-Approved Supervisor as well as a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has been in the field since 2012 and has worked in a variety of different settings including inpatient/residential, outpatient, private practice, as well as withdrawal management/detox and opioid maintenance treatment. She is a supervisor and an OBH-Approved Trainer for CAC classes, as well as a Certified Motivational Interviewing Therapist, Certified Systemic Art Therapist, and Certified Systemic Play Therapist. Gabby is an Approved Treatment Provider for the Department of Corrections and is also certified as a Driving with Care instructor.

Emma Rowe, MA, NCC, LPC


I am a therapist, but I am also a person, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, and a participant in the same world you live in. I am a lover of cooking, baking, working out, most kinds of music, and books. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Colorado State University-Pueblo. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Reiki Practitioner, and an Acu Detox Specialist. I believe that each person has a solution as unique as their personality and therefore, I find it important to treat each situation individually without assumptions and treat the “whole” person.


James Mauldin, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Mauldin received a medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in 1995. After completing a residency in psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), he accepted a position as assistant professor at UTHSCSA in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Addictions, participating in research into treatments for chemical dependency.

Dr. Mauldin moved to Colorado in 2001 and worked for 8 years as a hospital psychiatrist at Lutheran Medical Center, serving his final 3 years there as the Department Chair. Since leaving Lutheran, he has worked in community health, inpatient, addictions treatment and private practice settings. He and his wife, Dr. Cathy Collins co-own Foothills Psychiatry, which offers medication and therapy services, as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation treatment.

Heather Charlet

Director of Admissions and Business Development

Heather brings over a decade of experience in the behavioral health field with an emphasis on substance use disorders. A Colorado native in long term recovery, her life is deeply rooted in the professional and personal recovery community here in Colorado and across the country. Connecting people looking for recovery with solutions and resources and making a positive difference in the life of someone affected by addiction, these are her goals every day. Heather is proud mama to Julia and Audrey, has a love of animals with 4 dogs, a cat, and an occasional foster, and is engaged to her love Alex. “I know it gets so much better, and I want to help others find that too”.