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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

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PLANNING

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

Therapist

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.

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Alishia Heit, BSN, RN

Head Nurse

Alishia is a Registered Nurse (RN) with her Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) from Grand Canyon University, who has focused her career path around addiction, mental health, safety, and the overall wellbeing of others. No words can describe the joy and satisfaction she feels in helping others reach their health goals. Alishia likes to think of herself as an energetic and exciting person, a person who likes to make things happen. She is also a bit curious which explains her love for the medical field. The enjoyment she receives from making things happen and being overly interested in the medical field is proven by her extensive work history. Alishia has worked in the medical field for the last 23 years and her career has included such roles as a Family Practice Medical Assistant, Phlebotomist, Certified Nurse Assistant, Surgical Robotics Nurse, and currently, Director of Nursing for an opioid treatment facility in Denver, Colorado.  Alishia believes that a Nurse who is caring, compassionate, loyal, honest, and who enjoys providing a heartful service is a Nurse who can help people heal. Alishia understands the importance of support during the healing process and enjoys going to work every day and being able to say that she accomplished something great that day, that she helped someone, themselves, make things happen.   

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.

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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”.

Heather Lister, CPFS

Director of Recovery Services

Heather has over a decade of experience in the addiction arena of peer support, both from an alumni standpoint as well as peer coaching. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification. Recently, she has completed her facilitator training for CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training), which works exclusively with family members who are struggling and in need of recovery support. Heather and her husband recently moved from the city to a beautiful 5-acre farm with their three children and two dogs. They have since acquired fifteen hens, four goats and two mini pigs. Life is an adventure, and I enjoy helping others find their next adventure.

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