MEET OUR TEAM
Addiction Medicine Team
Kevin Snyder, MD, Medical Director, Vice President
Undergraduate studies – University of Colorado and Colorado State University
M.D. – Graduated 2001 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.
Psychiatry Residency – Completed in 2006 from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.
Dr. Snyder is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Dr. Kevin K. Snyder moved to Colorado as a child and grew up most of his life in Monument, Colorado. He finished undergraduate work at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Before medical school, he worked as a psychiatric technician at an inpatient facility and an adolescent treatment facility. He returned to Colorado and worked as a Board Certified Psychiatrist at the state hospital in Pueblo for several years. He also provided psychiatric care for patients at a few other organizations in Southern Colorado including the US Army at Fort Carson, the Colorado Department of Corrections, Aspen Pointe, and Cedar Springs Hospital. He was the Medical Director for The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, a substance abuse treatment facility that cares for people with addiction and concurrent mental health issues.
Ryan Cole, Psy.D
Dr. Ryan Cole is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012. He started practice in Colorado Springs at a community mental health center before opening up his own private practice, Brain and Body Integration. This practice has grown and is now a team of exceptional mental health providers performing psychological evaluations and mental health services. He now has two offices, one in Colorado Springs and one in Denver, specializing in performing psychological, neuropsychological, learning disorder, and autism spectrum evaluations. He also has expertise with biofeedback treatment for adults and adolescents who experience anxiety, anger, depression, and addiction.
Robert completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Colorado. He received his Physician Assistant (PA) degree from Yale University. Robert has practiced as a PA for over 20 years. He has worked in various settings such as: ER, Urgent Care, Orthopedics, Addiction Medicine, and Wellness Medicine. Robert loves the outdoors and is passionate about health and wellness medicine.
Mark completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Genetics at the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs. He received his Physician Assistant Degree from the University of Alabama: Birmingham Medical Center. Mark has practiced as a Physician Assistant for over 30 years working in various settings such as Addiction Medicine, Cardiac and Peripheral Vascular Surgery, General Surgery, and Pain Management. Mark shares an active lifestyle with his wife Sabonn and Labrador Retriever Weaver, and is an avid snow and water skier, cyclist and hiker.
Ashlee started in the medical field as a registered Medical Assistant and Phelbotomist. She pursued education and experience in nursing and radiology while moving frequently in a military family. She has experience and education in Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Nursing, and Radiology. She is passionate about her role with Achieve Whole Recovery, taking on the position of Clinic Manager starting October 2018, with the responsibilities including patient care development, community liaison development, El Paso County Grant Coordinator, and Probation and Parole Liaison officer. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration at CSU. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her two children, traveling, and cheering on the Nebraska Huskers.
Ashley received her RMA certification and EMT-B in 2006. She has worked in various medical fields such as emergency medicine, OB/GYN, ENT, & Allergy/Asthma. She enjoys sports, her volunteer work at the Humane Society and spending time with her family.
Christy has degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, and Education. She has served in the Navy and was a teacher in D49. She is currently one of the Administrative Assistants here at AWR. She is amiable, compassionate and will do her best to see that your mental health and addiction needs are met at our office.
Alison Shapiro, NP
Alison Shapiro graduated with an associates of science degree in 2006. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2011. She attended the Pueblo Nurse Practitioner program in 2013 and graduated with honors. She was awarded the Mary Koonz excellence in nursing award upon graduation. She was inspired to be a nurse after caring for her older sister who had cancer, as well as for a sister who is developmentally delayed and deaf. She enjoys working with the LGBTQ community. Alison prescribes psychiatric medications, as well as provides counseling and therapy in a holistic, accepting atmosphere. She firmly believes we can all benefit from expanding our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. Her practice centers on working collaboratively with you; assisting, guiding, and joining you on a pathway to greater overall health and wellness.
Dan Lowe, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Cece Crouch, NP
Chong (Cece) Crouch is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. With full prescriptive authority in the state of Colorado, she treats each patient through her or his lifespan, from children to adults, and is fluent in Korean (Hangul).
With an overall nursing career spanning 20 years, Cece incorporates previous positive treatment philosophies and methods within her current advanced practice in the treatment of a myriad of mental health issues. Believing that any successful patient recovery is multidimensional, Cece utilizes a targeted treatment plan for each patient individualized on specific medication and therapy, coupled with lifestyle alterations. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Cece freely collaborates with other members of the health care team, ensuring that the most up-to-date and knowledge-based treatment plans are precisely created for each patient.
Originally from South Korea, as a naturalized American citizen, Cece has lived in the United States for the past 34 years and has lived in New Jersey, Virginia and Alabama. Proudly calling Colorado her home for the last 3 years, Cece offers a caring, compassionate, and positive approach to each of her patients.
Melanie Sida, MSN, RN, CPNP
Melanie has a Masters of Science in Nursing and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is Certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She graduated from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in 2002. She received her Bachelor’s of Nursing from The University of Utah School of Nursing in 1991. She has 26 years of experience as an RN and 16 years as a PNP, all of which are in Pediatrics. Melanie practiced in the Evergreen and Denver area as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice before moving to Colorado Springs in 2015. She has also worked as a clinical instructor for Pediatrics at UCCS, Metro State and Regis University and taught nursing school at Arapahoe Community College. She specializes in developmental and behavioral problems including ADHD, depression and mood disorders, and children with Autism and special needs. Her personal interests include outdoor activities such as hiking and camping and spending time with her daughter.
Mental Health Therapy/Addiction Therapy
Robin Waters, MA, LPC
Mental Health Therapist
There are times in everyone’s life that “life gets in the way”, many of us need help learning coping skills or just being able to talk with someone that will actively listen to you. I use an eclectic manner in therapy that consists of Dialectical Behavior therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Grief and Loss and Person Centered. Real recovery means one does not have to be in therapy forever.
I see children and adults and seniors who maybe struggling with life’s changes. Graduate of UCCS and Regis University, I am working on my Ph.D., I am a licensed LPC. and work with the local NAMI Chapter. Please call and arrange an intake at Achieve Whole Recovery.
Robin Waters AA, BA, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Jamie Wozny is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of counseling experience in community mental health. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapy, among other evidence-based practices, to help individuals identify strategies for overcoming the unique challenges they face, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, substance use, relationship issues, trauma and coping with life changes. She has worked with adults, couples, older teens, military members, and individuals who are new to therapy. She is trained to provide EMDR therapy when it is appropriate for the individual. Jamie holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and is licensed to practice in Colorado.
Maribeth Cooley MA, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Maribeth Cooley is a talented and compassionate therapist with extensive clinical experience serving diverse populations in a variety of practice settings to include hospital and private practice, and as a federal employee providing psychotherapy for Active Duty service members and their families in Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Primary Care clinics. She has also provided clinical services to our Veterans in VA Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinics. Since retiring from federal service in September 2018, Maribeth chose to contract with Achieve Whole Recovery to continue doing what she finds so rewarding – helping people live healthier lives with improved mental health, increased meaning, satisfaction, and happiness.
Starting therapy can often be anxiety-provoking, but Maribeth uses a gentle approach and provides a non-judgmental and safe space to discuss things that may be difficult to open up about. She can assist you in identifying what you truly value and help you make specific changes to effectively deal with the challenges that are preventing you from living out these values. These challenges may be: unresolved childhood/adult trauma; depression; out-of-control anxiety; chronic insomnia; debilitating panic attacks; OCD; toxic or unsatisfying relationships; parenting problems; unmanaged psychosis or bipolar disorder; lack of social skills; addictions; disordered eating; problems setting effective boundaries; complicated grief; difficult life transitions/challenges; and bad habits that keep getting in the way of you functioning as you desire.
Maribeth has the following academic degrees: A Bachelor of Science with a double major in Learning/Behavioral Disorders and Elementary Education; a Master of Arts Degree in Guidance & Counseling; and a Master of Social Work specializing in clinical social work. She is licensed in the states of Colorado and Texas as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in good standing. On a more personal level, Maribeth is the mother of five adult children, has five grandchildren, and three spoiled dogs. She enjoys hiking with her husband, gardening, birding, playing all sorts of board/card games, and has a keen interest in learning to watercolor.
If it is important for you to include your spiritual/religious beliefs within the psychological aspect of therapy, Maribeth has experience providing this integration. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is part of a nationwide network of professional counselors who provide local mental health services to referrals provided by New Life Ministries. Just let her know!
Darla SLICTON, Psy.D
Are you feeling hopeless about where you currently are in your life? Did you expect to be somewhere else at this point in your life? Do you feel like you’re unable to connect with others or that others don’t understand what you are going through? One of the most difficult things about experiencing mental health symptoms is that you often feel alone. Often times you feel as if no one “gets you” or that things will never get better. Depression, anxiety, hopelessness, lack of motivation, stress, and similar feelings can stem from unresolved trauma, guilt, or grief. I can help you learn how to address these issues in a safe non-judgmental setting. Thinking, I’ve tried therapy before and it didn’t help. Maybe you didn’t have the right therapist.
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 15 years. I believe in using a holistic approach to treat the whole person; only by looking at the person as an integrated whole can we adequately address how the mind and body interact to bring about symptomology. Because I believe in treating the whole person I vary the treatment approach to the specific needs of each client in an attempt to bring about the best outcome.
Candace Eritano-Richey, MCJ, MA, LPCC, NCC
Mental Health/Addiction Therapist
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles in 2004 and, after graduation, I became Director of Operations for a mobile tactile training team comprised of members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau. In 2014, I earned a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
My research focus is in the neurobiology of trauma primarily associated with sexual assault. Following graduation, I became a Victim Advocate at the Colorado Springs Police Department and on November 27, 2015, I was part of the response team to the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. It was this tragic event that changed my life. Advocating for a shooting victim and assisting other victims allowed me the opportunity to witness the impact of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Prior to that event, my experience concentrated on empirical research derived from reviewing hundreds of sexual assault cases and police investigative analysis.
As a direct result of my experience as a victim advocate, I returned to school and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in substance abuse from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. It is through my work with law enforcement, members of the military and victims of crime that I have gained a deep understanding into the dynamics of trauma, vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, and repercussions of untreated PTSD. It has also been my experience that the vast majority of substance abuse disorders stem from untreated and unaddressed adverse life experiences that are inherently trauma related.
My clinical specialty has been working with first responders, military members and their families as well as victims of crime. I also conduct psychoeducational training to law enforcement agencies on psychological best practices when responding to critical incidences, how trauma influences victim narratives, and how first responders can incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives.
Nicole Gaal-Jordan, Psy.D
Dr. Gaal-Jordan joins AWR with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field. She has received training in cognitive processing therapy, solution focused behavioral therapy, and EMDR. Although she specializes in treating trauma, she has helped many who experience depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse issues, elderly issues, and is LGBTQI+ friendly. She practices therapy from a person centered approach and will meet you where you are in order to foster a positive working therapeutic relationship.