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Alcohol treatment centers Colorado Springs

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, its natural beauty and peace lend itself for the perfect environment to connect 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.”

THOMAS AUSTIN, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Tom has called Colorado home since 2014. His passion for helping others early in life led him to the field of Social Work. He earned his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University and went on to earn his Master’s in Social Work right here in Colorado. Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a seasoned community advocate, speaker, and leader. His innate sense of empathy and person-centered approach to this work create a welcoming and personalized experience for all residents. His passion for life and the work of recovery is contagious. Tom believes that recovery from addiction goes deeper than simply refraining from our substance of choice; his mission is to help others find their passion for living and lead by example that there is hope for a bright future. Tom is a lifelong musician and loves to be active outdoors. When he is not on-site, he can generally be found snowboarding, camping, and playing his guitar. Tom brings a warmth to the facility that can’t help but be felt by all.

Robyn McQuitty Chance

Robyn McQuitty Chance, MA, LMSW, LAC

Therapist

Robyn has but one mission in life: Helping people find their freedom. A native of New Zealand, Robyn is the only daughter among 3 brothers of a working-class family. Robyn worked in Hospice care for several years in Denver before moving to Arizona to obtain her formal education, first earning her bachelor’s degree in health and human sciences, and then continuing obtain her master’s in social work. Robyn began her professional career in the addictions field as the admissions director at a residential treatment center for adult men over thirty years-old and later became an owner and CEO of Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, another residential treatment center for adult men.

Christine Fiorey, BS, CAS

Lead Therapist

Christine grew up in Florida and has lived in the beautiful state of Colorado for ten years.  She began to work in the field of behavioral health after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Central Florida in 2012.  It was around this time she realized a passion for working with those grappling with addiction and their families.  Being in her recovery herself, she has worked with clients at various levels of care and recognizes the importance of healing as a family.  She is a Certified Addiction Specialist (previously known as a CAC III) and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Christine has a huge love for animals and enjoys being connected with nature, hiking, swimming, and traveling.

Christine Fiorey
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James S Dietz, Ph.D

Lead Behavior Health Specialist

James received his Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has 25+ years of experience in teaching and research in human cognition and behavioral and social sciences. James has devoted his life to spiritual growth and learning and to help people find new meaning and life paths through recovery. James has worked for the federal government, non-profits and charitable foundations, international relief agencies, and the private sector. He has sponsored dozens of addicts and alcoholics in recovery; spoken at recovery conferences, workshops, detoxes, prisons, hospitals, and treatment centers; and clocked thousands of hours of volunteer time with homeless addicts and alcoholics. James’ interests include hiking, camping, travel, reading, writing fiction, and art and music. 

Zoe Phillips, MA, LACC

Therapist

Zoe is a recent graduate from the University of South Dakota where she obtained her Master’s in Addiction Counseling while specializing in co-occurring disorders. Zoe’s passion for this field grew while living and working in Alaska, serving rural communities across the interior. Zoe has developed a unique set of skills through her experience in detox, residential, and intensive outpatient settings. She finds value in a holistic approach and incorporates mindfulness and healthy living skills into her practice whenever possible. Zoe is passionate about the outdoors, yoga, dogs, and facilitating positive change.

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James Mauldin

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.

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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Heather Charlet

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.

Heather Lister

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.