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, CC-AASP
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Bader enthusiastically joined the DWR team on the first of October 2017. She brings with her a breadth of knowledge and a variety of experience in clinical settings. Dr. Bader has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for more than 16 years. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 with a Ph.D. 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. Her areas of expertise include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Trauma-Focused – CBT (TF-CBT), Trauma Recovery Protocol (TRP), Biofeedback, and the treatment of dually diagnosed clients.
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 collegiate environment in athletic departments and counseling centers. She transitioned to DWR after a rewarding experience at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) as the Manager of the Professionals Program and Ascent track (for elite athletes).
She compliments our multi-disciplinary team by providing clinical evaluations, group facilitation, trauma integrated treatment, and brings years of experience working with professionals, executives, and athletes. In addition, she maintains a private practice offering counseling, consultation, and sport psychology services.
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.
Briana Severine, MS, LPC, LAC, CPRP
Director of Marketing and Admissions
Briana joined the DWR team in March of 2018. Briana brings over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, working across levels of care, including acute care psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, community-based psychosocial rehabilitation, and private practice. Briana received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Science in Psychology from the University of Reading, England.
Briana has spent most of her career working with those with chronic persistent mental illness, where she learned about the effect of underlying mental health conditions and trauma in substance use disorders.
In the last five years of her career, Briana has focused primarily on the placement of individuals. She worked for a national family of residential treatment centers, supporting people to find the most appropriate treatment for their specific needs. Briana has a passion for supporting women to find the treatment that will fit them best and to support them on their journey to recovery.
Outreach and Admissions Representative
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!
Caitlin Duncan, LCSW, LAC
Director of Human Resources and Compliance
Cait brings to DWR 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. Cait received her Masters in Clinical Social work from the University of Denver with an additional certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies in 2014. Cait is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor Level II.
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.
Anna Smith, LPC, CSAT
Family Program Therapist
Anna grew up in Eastern Asia, which was instrumental in her identity development. It gave her a deep curiosity about the world, a drive to understand people as unique individuals, and a thirst to constantly learn. This wanderlust led her from career to career and gradually drew her closer to counseling. Anna earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Denver Seminary, where she is now an adjunct professor. She feels it is life-giving walking with people in the darkest of times, hearing their stories, and helping them develop new tools to overcome. From her own personal experiences, she is aware that there are seasons in her client’s life that are heartbreaking and overwhelming. Anna holds constant hope that those times are not the end of the story, and the therapeutic relationship itself can be a major component of surviving and healing.
Anna has advanced training and years of experience with sexual addiction, chemical dependency, and complex trauma. She is a certified sex addiction therapist and is working towards her LAC. She is trained in EMDR and brainspotting, which can be beneficial in processing trauma of all kinds. Big or small, helping clients let go of whatever is keeping them stuck in unhealthy cycles. She sees each client who comes in the door as a distinct person, with an original story. Anna works with her clients to establish a safe relationship, define goals, and work towards helping them through the seemingly impossible seasons.
Sarah Lyons, MA, LPCC
Sarah Lyons joined the team at DWR in September 2019 and brought a passion for helping women develop their self-worth and discover their intrinsic courage. Sarah has worked with people in recovery since 2011, and she believes that healing and transformation are possible, no matter a person’s history or present circumstances. She obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University. Sarah also has an extensive background in somatic healing, including teaching yoga as a form of relapse prevention. Sarah believes that mental, physical, and spiritual health are all connected and necessary for lasting recovery.
Olivia Pait, LPC, LAC
Olivia is a firm believer that as a therapist you can only take clients as far as you yourself have been willing to go in healing. In various capacities, she has spent her career engaged in staying present, open, and ready to help. She decided to pursue more training and completed her Master’s in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver, where she was able to learn about the connection between addiction, mental health, trauma, and troubles with the legal system from both classes and her first clients in therapy. From there, Olivia has pursued working with folks with addiction, trauma, and mental illnesses. She consistently seeks to learn more about becoming an effective therapist, while continuing to push her own understanding.
In terms of her style of counseling, Olivia finds the most helpful interventions are clear and empathetic. She tends to work on developing strong relationships that can carry direct communication. Olivia welcomes clients to do the work of healing and offers a safe, nonjudgmental space to do so. Olivia draws from a variety of modalities in her sessions, but would describe herself as an existential therapist. This simply means her goal is to help her clients find meaning as they find holistic wellness. She is honored to be with you as you bravely pursue a better life for yourself.
Susanne Neal, LPC, LAC
Susanne joined Summit Women’s Recovery in December 2019. She understands the challenges for women that have experienced trauma and struggle with addiction. She completed part of her internship at a women’s outpatient substance facility in Denver, Colorado and looks forward to embarking on this opportunity as case manager with Summit Women’s Recovery. Susanne Neal is a Licensed Addiction and Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is trained in EMDR. She received her bachelor’s degree in the Science of Psychology from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado. Over the past thirteen years, she has worked in detox as a case manager, provided individual outpatient substance abuse treatment and groups in a local community mental health facility, a behavioral health therapist in an integrated medical clinic and has a private practice.
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.
Denver Case Manager
Katie herself struggled with addiction for many years before finding freedom in recovery. When she found peace, after many years of searching, she knew she needed to find in a position she was able to help others in. Katie began working at Denver Women’s Recovery as a Support Staff member and quickly discovered it was her passion, she found purpose and true happiness helping to guide other women to enlightenment and she feels this role is much more than a job. Today, Katie believes she has a front-row seat to miracles and is grateful to be able to contribute to the empowerment of women. In her role as a Case Manager, she gets to help clients grow and learn in their sobriety. One of her greatest passions is helping women learn and grow from “mistakes” free of judgment or shame. Katie is currently working to obtain her Certified Addiction Counselor credentials.
Emily joined the Women’s Recovery team in June of 2018 when she came on board to work directly with the women to develop and enhance life skills while empowering them to grow. Emily then took on the role of administrative assistant, where she utilizes her upbeat, helpful traits to ensure seamless communication between departments and unparalleled support. Emily is passionate about supporting women on their path to express their individuality and helping them find a joyful future, her intimate relationship with recovery has motivated her to devote herself to a program that is making an impact in the world, as well as her local community.
Case Manager Support Staff
Kat joined DWR in May of 2020. She is a recovering human in an ever evolving love affair with her life and her community. A passionate advocate of social justice and women’s rights, working in recovery has given her the means to be of service to women in an incredibly meaningful way. Undoubtedly chatty and enthusiastic, Kat has found a home in the community of DWR surrounded by women doing the amazing work of building authentic relationships with themselves and fully realizing their potential. Kat’s best friend is her three legged Labrador mix named Howie. Her home is filled with aquariums for fish keeping, axolotls, and a snake named Roswell. She is a visual artist but, thanks to her recovery community, is getting back into singing and learning guitar. She is so grateful to be exploring what life has to offer, from the creative, to the challenging, to the outright silly with amazing women in recovery.