MEET OUR TEAM
Addiction Medicine Team
Kevin Snyder, MD
Chief Medical Officer, 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. Dr. Cole has worked in the past at a community mental health center, neurodevelopmental assessment center, community hospital, and in private practice. Dr. Cole and Dr. Snyder teamed up in 2017 to create Achieve Whole Recovery. They both share a vision that addiction is a disease that can be treated effectively with well-researched medical interventions. And they both share a commitment to this community, and to helping any person that has a desire to be in recovery.
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.
Eric completed undergraduate studies as a registered nurse in Indiana, and he received a bachelor’s in nursing in 1996. He worked in medical surgical units, emergency medicine, intensive care, and he was a traveling psychiatric nurse during 16 years as a Registered Nurse. Eric moved to Denver, Colorado in 2002. He attended graduate school at CSU-Pueblo, and he graduated in 2012. Eric completed his thesis work on Suboxone, and he worked with Dr. Stephen Martin in Pueblo throughout graduate school who had a Suboxone clinic through Parkview Medical Center. Eric started as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the state hospital, and he worked within forensic psychiatry. For the past eight years, Eric has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Eric has had a passion for addiction medicine for years, and he has employed this passion by helping AWR patients who struggle with opiate and substance use addiction.
Tammi Bancroft, NP
Colorado Springs is my hometown. I moved to Tucson AZ in 2001 and worked at University Medical Center level one trauma center as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse and Critical Care Nurse Float for 17 years. I served as ICU floor nurse, float, CPR/first aid instructor, charge nurse/night manager as well as Pediatric and Adult Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor for over 10 years. I received a scholarship to go back to school at University of Phoenix to treat underserved populations in family practice and I have found my niche in Addiction Medicine. I graduated with Sigma Theta Tau Honors in Master of Nursing Family Practitioner in 2016 and started working inpatient detox and medicated assisted treatment (MAT) outpatient clinics at various facilities across Arizona. I moved back to Colorado a couple of years ago to be closer to family and live in the one of the most beautiful places on earth.
As a provider, I continue to work addiction treatment facilities in Arizona doing suboxone, methadone OTP, and alcohol recovery treatment via telemedicine. I discovered Achieve Whole Recovery this summer and have enjoyed working here serving my local community in person.
Addiction work makes me feel like I am helping make the world and families better places for all of us. I encourage anyone that is suffering from or loving someone with an addiction to seek treatment. There is hope and you are not alone. It is not an easy path, but there is healing and hope. I feel privileged and blessed every day to do this work and help those that are struggling as if they were my own family.
Julie Washabaugh, NP
Julie Washabaugh has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years. She has worked in various settings but primarily in Intensive care. She graduated from Sinclair Community College in 2003 with her Associates in Nursing. In 2017, she graduated with her MSN in Nursing for Family practice from Frontier Nursing University. Since obtaining her FNP she has worked in urgent care, family practice, and corrections. When not working she enjoys spending time hiking with her daughter and their pets.
Sabrah Jean Collar, PMHNP
Sabrah Jean has been in the healthcare industry since 2004, embracing Colorado Springs’ diverse community in various arenas throughout her career. She received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Beth-El College of Nursing in Colorado Springs. She completed graduate studies from Walden University as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Sabrah Jean brings to Achieve Whole Recovery her excitement for the field of Addiction Medicine, along with effective communication, strong interpersonal, and managerial skills. Her passion ignited when she worked with an inpatient rehabilitation center, and grew brighter as she managed an acute care medical unit for patients in withdrawal. She has created and guided protocols for both opioid and alcohol withdrawal in an inpatient setting. Outside of work, Sabrah Jean enjoys an active Colorado lifestyle with her partner, her daughter, and their German Shepard dog. She is connected to our community and dedicated to improving the lives of people living with substance use disorders.
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.
Haylie started in the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2011 for 3 years and then continued working in pediatrics for 4 years. She went on to obtain her Medical Assistant degree through Pima Medical in 2018 and started her career with Achieve Whole Recovery shortly after. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.
Emalyn started in the medical field as a medical assistant in 2018. She began her career at a clinic in Houston, TX before relocating to Colorado in 2019. She joined the AWR team in September, 2020. Emalyn is passionate about helping others. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her two dogs-Kye and Nova.
Kayla started in the medical field as a medical assistant in 2012 and obtained her Medical Assistant degree through U.E.I Medical School. She began her career at a small Pediatric clinic in San Diego, CA., which quickly moved her into San Diego’s Top Medical group, Scripps health. She relocated to Colorado Springs in October 2019 and joined Achieve Whole Recovery shortly after. She has a passion for helping others and has enjoyed her career with AWR. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her 3 dogs, Dozer, Steeloh, and King. She loves cooking, D.I.Y. crafts and being an aunt to her 18 nieces and nephews.
Administrative Assistant to Julie Brann
Anna graduated from the University of Texas Pan American with a Pre-Medical Biological Science degree with a Minor in Chemistry. She also attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston for a couple of years when she took leave to have beautiful boy/girl twins! She continued gaining health/medical experience in the school arena as an elementary school health aide and later as a severe, special needs classroom paraprofessional after which she became an administrative assistant with Brain and Body Integration and Achieve Whole Recovery. Anna loves spending time with her husband and 3 teens whether at home or out enjoying scenic Colorado. She is active in her church, enjoys staying healthy through dance and exercise and is proud to be a part of a great team at Achieve Whole Recovery.
Debi graduated from Otero Junior College with an AA Degree emphasizing on Business Management. She started her career in human resource and office management. Debi joined the administrative staff at AWR in October 2018. Since then she has worked in the therapy offices, helping each therapist manage and build their independent practice. She loves being a part of a team who is helping people achieve their mental health goals. Her focus is on keeping herself mentally and physically healthy, through diet, mediation, hiking, running and weightlifting. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband and grandchildren.
Tricia started her career in the medical field over 30 years ago working as a caregiver for the elderly. She became a stay at home mom when her children were young and went back to work as a caregiver. She then began working in Assisted Living as a caregiver and Med Tech. She found her way to Achieve Whole Recovery and discovered a new way to help people. In her free time Tricia enjoys spending time with her husband, going to the races, camping, and watching any sports that she can find.
Justina joined the AWR team in August 2020. She has 4+ years of customer service and enjoys helping her team and everyone around her the best she can. Justina has learned a lot since the beginning of her employment at AWR, and she looks forward to continuing to learn and grow in the clinic. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, and creating Tiktoks with her siblings and cousins!
Brittney started as an intern out of high school for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company where she carried out various tasks and quickly became a process operator. After getting married, she became a stay at home mom to take care of her growing family. While at home, Brittney started and managed her own small business. She returned to the work force in August of 2018 as an administrative assistant at Achieve Whole Recovery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and animals, watching NASCAR, and supporting her kids in 4-H.
Dan Low, PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dan Low is a board certified adult psychiatric nurse practitioner. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing in 2000 from Rochester Community and Technical College. He worked as a Registered Nurse in various capacities at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He also provided care at Veteran’s Memorial Hospital and Winneshiek Medical Center in rural Iowa. In 2009, Dan obtained his Master of Science in Nursing degree from Drexel University. He obtained ANCC certification as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2009 as well. Since then he has worked as an adult psychiatric nurse practitioner at Backbone Area Counseling Center in Manchester, IA; Regional Family Health (integrated primary care) in Manchester, IA; St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA; AspenPointe (both inpatient and outpatient services) in Colorado Springs, CO; and Value Care Health Clinic (integrated primary care) in Colorado Springs, CO.
Julie Brann, Pmhnp
Director of Psychiatric Services
Julie Brann received her degree in nursing, and she later earned a Master’s degree in pastoral care and worked as a counselor for nearly ten years. She was awarded a doctorate in ministry with an emphasis in counseling. Julie has served in the military, worked in private practice, and worked for the Veteran’s Health Administration. She approaches healing from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective utilizing complementary and alternative methods as well as conventional medicines. In addition, Julie Brann is a Master Psychopharmacologist (awarded to her by the Neuroscience Education Institute). Julie has a passion to help people of all ages, races, lifestyles, and spiritual backgrounds reach maximum wellness in body, mind and spirit.
Dr. Brann treats adults, children, and adolescents.
Deb Avery, PMHNP
Bachelor of arts, Anthropology, Miami University, Ohio
Bachelor of science, Nursing, Fort Hayes state University, Kansas
Master’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the life span, Walden University, Minnesota. Board-Certified.
Deb has an extensive history in nursing beginning in 1992. Her background includes geriatric care, emergency and trauma care, cardiac diagnostics, pre-op and surgery, postop, community health and psychiatric care. She also worked as a travel nurse in New York City, Fort Collins, Palo Alto, and Oakland California.
Deb’s psychiatric practice is holistic-based and focuses on the patient and their particular goals for mental wellness. She utilizes medication but also supplements, lifestyle modifications, functional medicine practices and community resources to help her patient achieve their goals. She treats each individual in the context in which they live, which is different for each person.
She has received level I training in Brainspotting, a specialized therapy for addressing trauma.
She has co-authored a paper on Temporal Lobe Epilepsy in the Psychiatric setting with Dr. Julie Brann PMHNP-BC, and they presented a poster on this topic at the Neuro Education Institute conference in 2019.
Deb enjoys her 3 dogs, traveling, cooking and baking and considers herself a life-long learner. She is currently studying to be certified in Functional Medicine and she is also a clinical instructor for the Pikes Peak Community College nursing program.
Caitlin Brandt, PMHNP
Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery, AL
Graduate Studies: Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing in Psychiatric care across the lifespan from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
Caitlin started her nursing career at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in the Trauma ICU. Since then Caitlin has worked in multiple ICUs across the country including Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ, Westerly Hospital in Westerly, RI, and Lee’s Summit Medical Center in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also worked as a PACU nurse at St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, CO while working on her master’s program. Caitlin’s psychiatric practice involves a holistic approach utilizing conventional medicine in combination with supplements, alternative and complimentary methods, and lifestyle modifications to help patients of all ages achieve their goals.
Caitlin’s hobbies include riding and training horses and baking. She has a horse and a pony that she occasionally competes in local Eventing and Dressage competitions. One of her future goals is to become a certified Equine Therapist and share her love of horses and the power of their ability to heal with her community.
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
Laurie "Tara Kim" Warchol, MA, LPC, NCC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Laurie “Tara Kim” Warchol is a Board Certified (NBCC) Licensed Professional Counselor. She graduated from the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs, with a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services in May 2011. Tara Kim got her feet wet in the field decades before her University education began, due to a life-long passion for personal growth and transformation. She specializes in life transitions, stress and anxiety management, building self-esteem, and faith/spirituality. Tara Kim has worked in both private practice and agencies, and has spent time in the fields of mental health, addiction, brain injury, healthcare, and hospice.
Tara Kim brings a warm, creative and intuitive approach to therapy, and enjoys creating a supportive and safe environment for her clients. She puts a priority on building trust in the counseling relationship to facilitate growth and change. She is integrative in her focus on solutions and wholeness, and utilizes CBT, HeartMath Interventions, EMDR, Energy Psychology, and body-centered techniques. One of her greatest joys is helping clients reach a greater level of wellness and resolution, so they can move on with their lives.
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.
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.
JoAnne Kuhn, MA, LPC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR; NATIONAL CERTIFIED COUNSELOR
Are you feeling disconnected from others? Do you feel depressed, angry, or anxious? Are you struggling to gain some traction to get your life moving forward, instead of staying stuck in the same place or looking backwards? Or perhaps you need help to make a relationship work or be a better parent. Whatever your concerns, I would be honored to assist you in finding your way through these obstacles so you can get back on track and be the person you are meant to be. I offer a safe, nurturing, and problem-solving approach within the Achieve Whole Recovery office suite.
I received my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado. My prior career experience includes many years providing human resource management support to key business organizations. I began my counseling career as a clinical counselor at a large local non-profit serving our military and veteran population and their families. I then spent time counseling patients at a behavioral health hospital in Colorado Springs. Both of these rich experiences helped me to gain experience working with a variety of clients and their needs. I was fortunate to be exposed to a variety of therapeutic techniques and tools, and to learn about available community resources for those in need.
I believe in a caring, person-centered focus. The focus of my practice now is to provide transformative therapy in a non-judging manner to adults age 18 and over. I have a passion for working with clients who struggle with trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting problems, and relationship issues. Our sessions together are meant to help you grow and gain insight, with a supportive and educated therapist by your side.
carrie hobaugh, lcsw
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work. I have 38 years of experience working with families and children in various settings. Most recently I retired after 30 years at the Department of Human Services where I served as a manager in Child Welfare.
I work with adolescents and adults that are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression. I have experience with those who are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, trauma, domestic violence, addiction, child abuse and neglect, and adolescents that are out of their parents’ control. I am skilled at coaching those with career changes including retirement, employee and employment struggles, college adjustments, life transitions, adjustment problems, and relationship issues.
I believe in a collaborative approach and draw from a variety of methods that are tailored towards each client’s needs. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you to address the challenges that you are facing each day.
Renae Mallett, LPC
Renae Mallett is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She grew up in North Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2005. Directly after graduation, she moved to Colorado, where she earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services in 2009 from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has worked with many different populations, to include survivors of domestic violence and inmates in the Colorado Department of Corrections, but her passion is working with children and families. She has worked with children for the past 10 years, specializes in play therapy, is a certified Parent Child Interactional Therapist, and enjoys supporting families in positive parenting interventions.
Lelieth Thompson, PsyD, QIDP
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that has lived in Colorado Springs for 8 years. I completed my education at South Carolina State University (B.S. Psychology 2008) and went on to Adler University in Chicago to complete my master’s in counseling psychology (2010) and then my doctorate in clinical psychology (2014). I relocated to Colorado for my internship and postdoctoral training. My training experiences include Assertive Community Treatment, correctional, inpatient, and residential treatment, and community mental health. I am a culturally sensitive and trauma informed clinician that has a passion for working with adults coping with challenges due to serious and persistent mental illness, cultural traumas, anxiety and mood disorders, and navigating life transitions. Although I use a person-centered approach and integrate many treatment modalities to meet clients where they are, I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Biofeedback (Heartmath) and Cognitive Processing Therapy. My goal is to provide clients with a space where you can be vulnerable and intentional with your journey toward personal growth, encourage mindfulness, and improve insight to life’s challenges!
Kate johnston, lcsw
Kate Johnston, LCSW has 12 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from George Mason University in 2013 and obtained her LCSW in Virginia in 2016. Kate transferred her license upon moving to Colorado in 2017. Her past work experience includes employment in inpatient settings for 8 years at a state psychiatric hospital and crisis stabilization unit in Virginia. Kate was employed as an Integrated Behavioral Health Specialist at a primary care clinic in Colorado Springs for 3 years prior to starting her private practice, COS Counseling and Supervision, in November 2020. Kate’s experience as a clinician has allowed her to work with individuals from a variety of cultural/socioeconomic backgrounds and the spectrum of mild to serious and persistent mental health issues. In her private practice, Kate continues to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and presenting issues including, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, personality disorders, major life changes, stress management, sleep issues, psychosis, trauma, substance misuse issues, and co-morbid medical and mental health issues.