Healing Pines Recovery

Our Mission

Healing Pines Recovery is a residential treatment center, serving male addicts. Founded, owned, and operated by Cristi and Paul Leafstedt, a mother and son team, the center provides advanced addiction treatment in a safe and comfortable setting.

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. It is an institution 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.

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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 have customized our approach to focus on making it easier for our patients in the 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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Our Team

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paul leafstedt

Executive Director

Paul Leafstedt was born and raised in Colorado. He went to school at CAL Poly Pomona, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Paul worked in the engineering field for several years in Southern California before opening and operating a treatment center there with four other partners. Paul has a 10-year-old son who loves snowboarding almost as much as his dad. You can find them on the slopes most weekends during the winter. Paul is a person in recovery and knows first-hand the devastation addiction can cause from the addict’s perspective as well as the family member of an addict. Through his experience in recovery and in the treatment industry, Paul wants to genuinely make a difference and truly change lives.

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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Amy Armstrong, LPC, LAC

Clinical Director

Amy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver along with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Amy has over eight years of clinical experience which includes individual, family, and group therapy. She has worked in both Residential and Outpatient settings as well as the Detox level of care. Amy believes treatment should be individualized and that no single approach is right for everyone. Therefore, she has been trained and educated in a range of therapeutic modalities and interventions which include EMDR, CBT, DBT, and Solution Focused Therapy. Her passion for helping is rooted in a deep understanding of life challenges and the belief that every individual has the resiliency to overcome these challenges.  

Jess Norwood


Jess Norwood was born and raised in Colorado. She attended college locally at University Southern Colorado.  Jess has worked in the addiction/ mental health industry for the last four years and believes that her personal recovery is an asset to her everyday interactions with others.  She believes that addiction not only effects the individual, but truly has an impact on the whole family unit. She tries to involve the family in as much as possible and when appropriate.  When she’s not working, Jess spends her time on her farm in Franktown with her husband and 3 kids. She has a rescue mini donkey along with chickens, goats, turkeys, alpacas and many more rescue animals!  Jess hopes to continue to share her story and help change the negative stigma surrounding addiction and mental health.

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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.