AspenRidge Recovery Staff

AspenRidge Recovery consists of a professional, experienced staff that can help you overcome addiction.

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Jeff Burt, LPC, LAC

Clinical Director

Phone: (303) 955 5599

Jeff holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with specialized training in Adlerian Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Medication-Assisted Treatments, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Trauma- Focused CBT. He has been passionately serving diverse populations of people struggling with addiction and mental health issues for over 14 years. He is very active in the recovery community and is a strong advocate for mental health services. He has long term experience as a clinician and a manager in a variety of treatment settings, including Adult Outpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Therapeutic Communities, and Sober Living homes. His work experiences include Hazelden-Chicago, University of Colorado, and Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health.

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Dr. Shuman, M.D.

Contract Physician

Dr. Shuman is a ​licensed ​psychiatrist​ ​and addictionologist in the state of Colorado.​​ ​Dr. Shuman provides psychiatric care with psychotherapy and when indicated pharmacotherapy for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, addiction treatment and related concerns i​n the greater Denver area. This year Dr. Shuman is the president elect for the Colorado Society for Addiction Medicine. We are humbled by his extraordinary professional contributions here at AspenRidge.​

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​Jordan Brown, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Jordan is a compassionate and knowledgable, service-driven primary care provider with a diverse clinical background in medical, emergency and women's health settings. Jordan is also bilingual in English and Spanish. Jordan began her education at CU boulder where she obtained bachelor degrees in nursing and English. She then received her masters in Family Practice Nursing from CU Denver before getting her PhD in nursing from the University of Alabama. Jordan presently holds a multi-state license in nursing and a Colorado State Nurse Practitioner license as well.

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Ethan Castro

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: (303) 955-5599

Ethan is an organizational leader with 15 years of experience growing service organizations in technology, education and healthcare. He has worked as an educator, strategy consultant and executive with organizations that include Monitor Group, Teach For America and Citibank. His passion for the helping professions has now lead him to the AspenRidge Recovery programs, where he oversees the organization in many capacities.

Ethan holds an MA in Education, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a JD from Northwestern School of Law.

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Cortland Mathers-Suter, MSSA

Chief Operating Officer

Phone: (303) 955-5599

Cortland has held many positions in the treatment field from house manager to clinician to administrator. His academic background is in both education and social work, which allows him to bring a unique set of skills to this position. He currently holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Cortland uses his own addiction recovery coupled with his educational and professional experience to help clients succeed. Similarly Cortland uses this skill-set to create lasting connections with local agencies, ensuring that clients receive a high level of continuity in their care over the course of their treatment.

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Donna Segrin

Marketing Director

Phone: (877) 736-9727

Donna Segrin began working in the addiction and recovery field in 2013 after learning how to maintain sobriety herself. Before she began working with AspenRidge Recovery in 2015, she worked on the front lines at multiple treatment facilities with women in early recovery providing crisis management and real time support and guidance. Donna developed a passion for addiction and mental health treatment after seeing the growth that could be accomplished in just a few months. Today, Donna works to be a resource in the addictions community helping to guide those struggling with addiction into treatment centers that can meet their individual needs.

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Amanda Summers, LSW

Director of Quality Assurance

Phone: (303) 955-5599

Amanda Summers was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO . She received her Bachelors degree in Social Work at Colorado State University where she discovered her interest in mental health. She moved to Denver to continue her education at the University of Denver where she completed her Masters in Social Work focusing on substance abuse, mental health and trauma. Amanda has experience working with individuals and families ranging from clients of the Department of Human Services to adult inpatient and outpatient addiction services. Amanda is continuing her education in addiction by becoming a Licensed Addiction Counselor.

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Malissa Trojan, LSW, AASW

Primary Therapist

Phone: (303) 955 5599

Malissa is a highly compassionate mental health professional who is strength-focused with a collaborative, psychoeducational approach. She has a Master's degree from the University of Denver in Social Work, a certificate in Animal Assisted Social Work, emphasis in Interpersonal Trauma and Recovery, and focus on Family Systems. Malissa is a Colorado Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and is a candidate for her Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure. Additionally she has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing and is currently pursuing her Certification as an Addictions Counselor (CAC) II. Malissa has worked in several different and diverse therapeutic settings, a wide range of ages, diagnoses and presenting concerns.

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Ember Brown, NCC, LPC

Primary Therapist

Ember is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Colorado, a National Certified Counselor, and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Denver. Ember’s therapeutic approach is founded on the empirically supported Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Ember has worked in various settings that include residential, partial hospitalization, long-term court ordered programs, and private practice, with a focus on dual diagnosis. Ember is empathetic and compassionate, and through collaboration, openness, and creative interventions, clients learn strategies to help make space for what is out of their control, identify what is meaningful, and begin taking values based action to rediscover and transform relationship with self.

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Megan Vochatzer, M.Ed., LPC

Primary Therapist

Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master's degree in Community Counseling from The University of North Texas. Megan discovered her passion for working with mental health and substance abuse while earning her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies. She pursued a Minor with Addiction Disorders and Recovery Studies while being active in The University of Texas Tech's recovery community. Megan utilizes Adlerian Psychology, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma focused therapy with an eclectic variety of techniques to individualize care for her patients. Megan is also a certified Animal Assisted Therapist and often has her collie, Dixie, in tow to work with clients in individual and group settings.

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Sid Altum, LPC, SEP, CACII

Group Therapist

Sid has worked in the social services field for many years, ultimately completing his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. In 2007 he started a private practice, where he specializes in Somatic Experiencing therapy (SE), an evidence-based trauma therapy. Sid is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CACII), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

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Shane Hartman, CAC II, MAc

Therapist

Shane is heavily influenced by mindfulness-based approaches, using his education background in addictions to incorporates the 12 steps, spirituality, and meditation into his clinical work. He believes that community support and developing a sense of purpose in life are essential to the recovery process. Shane focuses on helping individuals to connect with their inherent worth as a means of cultivating the self-confidence needed for long-term sobriety.

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Jessika Sands, LPC, LAC, EMDR Certified

Trauma Therapist

Jessika has been working in the mental health field since 2005, specializing in trauma, dissociation, and addiction. She graduated from the Forensic Psychology Master's Program at Denver University's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2012. She has a variety of experience in inpatient/hospitalization, forensic settings, community mental health, substance use treatment centers, outpatient settings, and private practice. Her demeanor in therapy is empathic, compassionate, direct, and authentic. She is licensed in the state of Colorado as a professional counselor (LPC), addictions counselor (LAC), and an EMDRIA approved Certified Therapist in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She utilizes this type of therapy often with clients across all populations and diagnoses in healing from trauma and addiction.

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Chaya Abrams, LPC, LAC

Clinical Trainer & Addiction Counseling Supervisor

Chaya graduated with a Master's degree in Counseling from Regis University in 2006, and went on to obtain her LPC and LAC licensures between 2010 and 2012. In addition, she is presently a doctoral student at Adams State University, working toward a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, with an anticipated graduation date in 2018. As a former educator and current clinician, Chaya ultimately decided to combine her two greatest loves of teaching and psychotherapy in working toward an educational degree; one that enables her to embrace roles of both clinician and educator/supervisor in practice.

Chaya brings her love of sharing the human experience to her practice; striving to create a safe and uninhibited space. Her positions as a private practitioner and instructor/program developer at Regis University within the Division of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy further contribute to the passion of offering services that bring out the best in both provider and client/supervisee. Chaya believes that the client's input and experience in treatment extremely important to the clinical process, and she encourages the client's voice to be heard and integrated into services at all times.

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Jeri Innis, MA, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Group Therapist

Jeri Innis has been actively involved in the mindbody approaches to healing for 30 years, first as a physical therapist and currently as a somatic psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Jeri's somatic approach to psychotherapy couples well with addiction recovery by teaching individuals valuable life skills of emotion and nervous system regulation. She brings her personal passion for the importance of trauma resolution to the field of substance abuse treatment from an embodied mindbody perspective.

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Allie Quade, LPC

Therapist

Allie is passionate about inspiring people in the healing process to realize their fullest potential through experiential and creative group therapy modalities. She leads groups with adults and adolescents in both outpatient and residential settings. She received her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in 2013, and is currently working toward clinical licensure as a therapist. Allie believes recovery is most successful when there is opportunity to create and share art that represents one's story, and a supportive community to witness the growth that occurs.

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Belle Abramson, LPC, CACIII

Outpatient Therapist

Belle is passionate about helping clients in recovery. Her approach is to weave the best of traditional cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused psychotherapy, and addiction recovery with mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. She brings to her work a gentle sense of humor, deep compassion, inner wisdom and a healthy respect for practical results and accountability within a relational context. Providing counseling services in private practice and in human services organizations for the past 20 years, Belle integrates her meditative awareness experience with a Transpersonal psychology approach in caring for her clients.

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Carli Torr, MA, LPCC, BCN

Neurofeedback Specialist And Counselor

Carli Torr holds a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate in the state of Colorado and a registered National Certified Counselor. Her clinical experience spans from relational issues, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, and concussion recovery.

Carli is Board Certified in Neurofeedback and conducts brain mapping and neuro-conditioning identifying areas of the brain that need strengthening and developing protocols that lead to self regulation and freedom from feeling “stuck”. She believes that no one should have to go through the trials of this life alone and is passionate about helping people of all ages and demographics through their healing journey.

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Angelica Zaun

Director of Client Services

Phone: (303) 955-5599

Angelica Zaun is the Director of Client Services for AspenRidge Recovery. Angelica began her journey towards recovery years ago with stints in multiple treatment facilities and detoxes, all of which she began using shortly after discharge. At the time, Angelica could not understand why she was not able to remain sober after she graduated, no matter how seriously she took her recovery while she was there; Angelica was the perfect patient!

Five years ago, after many years of active addiction, Angelica went to a long term program and the entire process began to make sense. She was given all sorts of tools in those programs and she even retained them! The problem was, she didn't know how to put them into practical use. Angelica could easily talk about the tools that could keep her sober but when push came to shove she didn't have a clue how to enact them. This is how Angelica's passion was born, many painful years of active addiction solved by checking in to a facility that would allow her the freedom to make mistakes and correct them, learn how to call her friends in sobriety when she was struggling, learn to love, respect and utilize the women around her and learn how to confront those women in a healthy manor rather than shy away from her voice and her needs. Angelica learned how to connect to a world much bigger than herself.

Today, Angelica gets to help men and women grow and develop the skillset that undoubtedly played a huge role in saving her life. Angelica takes pride in her role at AspenRidge Recovery, and the effort in supporting clients to become active in setting up their foundation for long term recovery.

Team work makes the dream work. -Angelica

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Jean Healey, CNA, QMAP

Medical Coordinator

​Jean grew up in Texas, where he wrestled with addiction and alcoholism from a young age. ​After years of fighting addiction he found long-term recovery in his early twenties. Jean loves bringing his passion for recovery and his desire to assist in the medical process into his position here at AspenRidge. After working various positions throughout the organization, Jean completed his CNA and is working toward becoming a registered nurse. This educational track has lead Jean to run our medical department from a coordination standpoint. Jean also holds a certification in adult AED and First Aid.

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Emily Byrne

Billing Director

Phone: (303) 955-5599

Emily began working in substance abuse treatment in 2012. Driven by her personal experience in addiction recovery, she strives to help others through the process. Emily was a vital member of the housing team for a halfway house in Prescott, AZ. She later worked as an administrative assistant where she became skilled in billing, human resource essentials, policies and procedures, and state licensing. Emily brings a multitude of skills to the AspenRidge Recovery team and ensures seamless communication between all departments.

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Karma

Canine Clinician