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.
Mykol Workman, RN, PMHNP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
As an RN for 18 years and now a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a graduate from Regis University, I value the power of the mind and the role mental health plays in physical wellbeing. I utilize a holistic treatment approach with the understanding that mental wellbeing is complex and multifaceted. I appreciate that each client I have the pleasure to work with is unique, and I work diligently to uncover the most effective treatment plan based on individual goals.
I understand that seeking mental health care can often elicit feelings of vulnerability, and I work diligently to provide a safe environment free of judgment. I am deeply passionate about the therapeutic process and the power to change through self-awareness and a commitment to hard work. While many elements of life are beyond our control, others are not. I have witnessed the transformative healing that can occur when individuals choose to actively engage in their own journey to mental wellness. I am here to partner with you in navigating that process.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Zoe Jackson, MSW, LSW, AASW
Zoe Jackson joined 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.
Rachel started her work at Denver Women’s Recovery in January 2021 as a Clinical Case Manager. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2022 where she received her Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies. Rachel is currently at Regis University where she is studying for her Masters in their Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has experience working with women who have suffered from cumulative trauma and substance use disorders. Rachel is also passionate about working with different group dynamics and uses a client-centered approach. Lastly, she is dedicated to providing support to women navigating through important stages of their recovery.
Venus comes to Women’s Recovery with a background of working as a certified addiction counselor with the Department of Corrections and Denver Human Services. She has spent significant time working with individuals with developmental disabilities. Venus discovered her passion is for helping people achieve success and find independence. Venus assists with scheduling and organization, facilitating a streamlined communication path for the women of DWR.
Kelli Ruhl, MA, LPCC, NCC
Kelli joined the Denver Women’s Recovery team as a Primary Therapist in September of 2022, having previously honed her passion for working with women overcoming addiction as a Clinical Case Manager in 2021. Kelli obtained her BA from the University of Colorado, and graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University. Kelli works from a foundation of empathy, authenticity, and unconditional positive regard, with a focus on collaborating with each client to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, compassion, respect, and honesty. Her approach centers the client’s inherent value and humanness, facilitates self-discovery and self-acceptance, and provides a means towards healing and positive growth. Kelli firmly believes that every client is the expert in their own life, and has an inherent capacity to reach their full potential; her role as therapist is as a guide, ally, mirror, and holder of safe space as she walks alongside clients on their journey through recovery. She is committed to creating a warm, affirming environment for any and all who are seeking a helping hand along the road to hope, health, empowerment, and healing.