At Women’s Recovery, we are guided by an awareness that most women who begin the DWR or SWR programs are coming from a place of loneliness, isolation, and a small worldview – one that keeps them blocked from connecting with others and moving forward in life. One of our main goals is to empower the individual to tap into the strengths and abilities she already possesses. Please know that the WR Treatment Team looks forward to walking with you along your path of self-discovery and recovery – one day at a time.
Holly Wilson, MA, LPCC
Founder, Chief Empowerment Officer
As Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer, Holly Wilson brings years of experience in the field of mental health and addiction to Denver Women’s Recovery. She has worked in some of the most reputable treatment programs in the country in various roles, including her role as Managing Director and Program Director for a nationally renowned dual-diagnosis, extended care program. Holly was responsible for evidence-based development and maintenance of program scheduling for clients, facility, and staff for three levels of care; residential inpatient, transitional, and sober living.
Having an intimate knowledge of the substance abuse recovery, Holly is a strong advocate for clinically savvy, gender-specific, co-occurring treatment. Holly is deeply committed to the recovery community of Denver.
Executive Director of Women’s Recovery
As the Executive Director, Donna Cheramy brings an incredible passion for ethically responsible and compassionate care to Women’s Recovery. With a background in operations, marketing, business development, and admissions in various addiction, mental health, and trauma treatment facilities, she has learned the strongest client, and patient care comes from a supportive culture, and opportunities for professional development trickled down through the leadership team of each department.
Donna believes successful patient care begins by having a highly-trained clinical and medical team utilizing evidence-based practices. The National Institutes of Health supports gender-specific care for co-occurring disorders producing stronger outcomes in the treatment of women, which leads to Donna’s dedication to gender-specific programming.
LaTisha L. Bader, Ph.D., LP, LAC, CMPC
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Bader has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 17 years. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 with a PhD in counseling psychology and specialization in sport psychology and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Addiction Counselor, in addition, she also a Certified Mental Performance Consultant working with elite athletes and teams.
Dr. Bader has worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential, outpatient, private practice, and Native American health care. She spent time in the sport environment in collegiate athletic departments and working with professional teams She currently compliments the multi-disciplinary team at Women’s Recovery by serving as the Chief Clinical Officer, advancing treatment for women. In addition, she maintains a private practice offering counseling, consultation,
educational presentations, and sport psychology services. She serves on the Speakers Bureau for the National Marijuana Initiative as a subject matter expert on emerging research, addiction, and treatment.
Sandra Loftin, M.D.
Sandra Loftin, M.D., is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine. She completed her training in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, along with a Harris Infant Mental Health Fellowship in 2007. She has worked at the Haven, CeDAR, and the Denver VA Medical Center. She is currently the Medical Director of Denver Women’s Recovery and has a private practice in Denver, CO. She is interested in issues of pregnancy and addiction and women’s trauma and addiction.
Alexa excitedly joins the team at Women’s Recovery. She has a passion for helping women who are struggling with substance/alcohol abuse and mental health. Alexa began her career as a client support specialist and has since transitioned into many roles including adventure therapy teams, admissions, business development, and establishing alumni services. In her role, she helps clients and families understand the steps to seeking treatment for themselves or their loved ones. Alexa places extreme importance on comforting the client and family through the treatment process. She also works hard to build relationships in the community to be a primary resource for those seeking addiction treatment and recovery. While Alexa is a sub-par mountain biker, she loves to rock climb, play tennis and ski the beautiful Colorado mountains!
Melissa Woodring brings years of experience working in client advocacy roles and as an admissions representative for a substance abuse, mental health, and trauma informed program. As a woman in recovery herself, Melissa is dedicated and passionate about empowering woman and expanding treatment options to those struggling with substance abuse and mental health. She has learned the best way to combat the shame so often associated with substance abuse, is a loving, inclusive and welcoming community and that the gifts of recovery are never ending. Melissa is committed to being an advocate for women and working to dismantle the stigma of substance abuse. She believes empowered women can change the world. In her role, Melissa works to build community relationships, spread awareness, and helps provide resources to place women in the best individual treatment for them. In her free time, you can find Melissa playing tennis or volleyball or enjoying live music.
Caitlin Duncan, LCSW, LAC
Cait brings to Women’s Recovery her years of experience working with high-risk populations in the areas of substance abuse and mental health at both the inpatient and outpatient levels. After being highly trained in various modes of therapeutic interventions, she brings a diverse and eclectic treatment style heavily rooted in Narrative and ACT therapies.
Cait received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Salve Regina University in 2011. Salve Regina is home to one of the most rigorous social work programs on the east coast. She devoted herself to giving back to needy populations through a service year with Mercy Corps after obtaining her undergraduate degree. This is where she began to focus her career on working in substance abuse and mental health serving in various roles in nonprofit organizations. Cait received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver with an additional certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies in 2014 and began working in treatment programs in Colorado. Cait is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. After several years as a primary therapist at Women’s Recovery, she transitioned to the Program Director role to combine her passions for therapeutic work and program development.
Jeanette Kintz, LPC, LAC
Clinical Director, Summit Women’s Recovery
Jeanette Kintz joined Summit Women’s Recovery in August 2019. She has extensive knowledge and passion for working with people with substance use disorders, mental health issues, and trauma. She believes the therapeutic relationship between her and her clients is of the utmost importance for recovery. She uses humor and compassion to guide clients to develop integrity, self-worth, and self-respect in order to move them to the next level of their healing and recovery.
Jeanette is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and is trained in EMDR. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 1997 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2002. She has worked in outpatient settings and clinically supervised outpatient clinicians and interns in Summit County for the last 17 years. She has also supervised a detox setting and a Recovery Court program. She is a Colorado State Approved Certified Addiction Counseling Trainer.
Amanda Miller, LCSW, LAC
Amanda joined the Denver Women’s Recovery team in April of 2019. Amanda’s passion is working with women during their healing process from trauma, mental health, and substance addiction. Amanda believes that the healing relationship is incredibly important for those in recovery and therapy. Amanda strives to connect, understand, and walk beside each of her clients throughout their process.
Amanda got her Bachelor’s degree in Generalist Social Work from Colorado State University and then continued her education at the University of Denver. Amanda got her Masters Degree in Social Work, concentrating on mental health, trauma, and substance use. Amanda has experience working in a multitude of environments with various populations, including inpatient and adolescents. While working with clients, Amanda has continued to further her education with training in EMDR and will be completing her Licensed Addiction Counselor requirements in the Summer of 2020.
Zoe Jackson, MSW
Clinical Case Manager
Zoe Jackson joined Summit Women’s Recovery in June 2021 with a passion for working with individuals experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring mental health diagnoses. Zoe earned her Master’s of Social Work and Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Denver. She believes in the importance of compassionate care while using a trauma integrated approach. Zoe focuses on helping clients to bring the therapy and recovery skills they are learning into their everyday lives. She has experience working as a Family Advocate at Warren Village First Step for women transitioning out of homelessness and most recently as a Clinical Social Work intern at UCHealth Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR). In addition, Zoe received an Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from University of Denver’s Institute for Human- Animal Connection. She enjoys integrating animals into the therapeutic setting to help make clients feel more comfortable in the beginning stages of recovery. Zoe is dedicated to providing client-centered, empathetic, and compassionate care to the women of Summit Women’s Recovery.
Karina Palermo, MA
Clinical Case Manager
Karina began her work at Denver Women’s Recovery in September 2020. She has a passion for working with women to promote empowerment and self-advocacy. Karina believes that finding a mental health professional with whom one can form a strong therapeutic alliance is the key to finding healing. Karina approaches case management with a strengths-based mindset, focusing on client gifts to serve as a compass in finding the path to recovery. Her experience prior Mental Health experience includes Substance Use treatment, Domestic Violence rehabilitation, and Grief and Loss work. Karina attained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Dayton in 2019, and graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in June, 2021. Karina is dedicated to making the world a more just place through empathy, activism, and women’s empowerment.
Meesha McGee, MSW
Clinical Case Manager
Meesha is a native Denverite and has been in recovery since June 2014. Having been in their shoes and a fan of the whole person wheel, Meesha is drawn to working with women when they need compassion and an action plan to better their lives. Since finding a new happiness and way of life, she feels it is not only her duty but her honor to be available for other women on the same path. Meesha‘s passions are drawing, dancing, and spending time in nature. She spends her free time with her husband and her loving lab, Ace.
Samantha Marshall, MA, LPC
Samantha joins Women’s Recovery with a zeal for recovery and gender specific treatment. She has experience working with community mental health as a substance use recovery therapist at the AllHealth Network IOP program and also worked with female inmates in Denver County Jail. Samantha obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2018 and completed her graduate school internship at Denver Family Institute, where she focused on healing couple and family relationships. Samantha has a passion for walking alongside women navigating a life of recovery and learning to thrive as their authentic selves.
Laura Allgire, MA, LPCC
Laura first joined Women’s Recovery in 2019 as a Clinical Case Manager, where she grew her passion for working alongside women overcoming drug and alcohol abuse. Now as a Primary Therapist, she utilizes evidence-based practices and a collaborative therapeutic approach to empower women to create the life they deserve, free from addiction. Laura has gained previous experience as a substance abuse therapist as a team member on the Adams County Drug Court, where she supported individuals on their journey to recovery and reintegration into their community. She received her Bachelors from the University of San Diego, her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver, and is pursuing accreditation in EMDR therapy and certification as a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Laura is driven to bring energy and enthusiasm to her work, and to effectively assist each women in their unique path to health, wholeness, and recovery.
RACHEL ENGLISH, MA, LPC, CAC III
Rachel English joined the team at DWR in August of 2020 and brings with her a passion for working with women and helping break down the barriers they face through gender specific treatment. Rachel has been working with people who have both mental health and substance use disorders since 2004. She has previously worked in outpatient, private practice and as part of leadership in the co-occurring field. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming, and her Master’s in Counseling degree from Regis University. Rachel also has an extensive background in trauma, behavioral addictions, and mood disorders. She is trained in mental health Nutrition as well as EMDR level II. She believes that recovery is possible in both mental health and substance abuse. She is passionate about helping discover their purpose as well as helping women discover a life worth living.
Alumni Coordinator & Lead Case Manager
Crystal joined the Women’s Recovery team in 2017 as a case manager and care coordinator. Women’s Recovery continued to grow, and the need for a structured, fun, and supportive alumni program became apparent. Crystal knew this was her calling. After being spiritually awakened herself, Crystal found that a fellowship of people around her showing compassion and understanding was paramount to her journey and is dedicated to “paying it forward” here at WR. She believes the choice to be surrounded by others that share similar goals and value systems is one of the most powerful and rewarding decisions to be made. As the Alumni Coordinator for Women’s Recovery, Crystal is determined to walk the continued journey with alumni by holding a safe space on the hard days and celebrating the miracles she has the opportunity to witness so regularly.