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.
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.
Tammi Bancroft, NP
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
JoAnne Kuhn, MA, LPCC, NCC LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR CANDIDATE; 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.