CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
Sara is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. She came to Colorado to earn her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from University of Denver, where she developed a passion for advocacy and developing programming to meet the community’s needs. At Red Rock Recovery Center, Sara supports the clinical team to facilitate person centered evidenced based practices aimed at developing a client’s purpose for change and reconnection to their community. She has experience in dual diagnosis treatment with a focus on trauma informed care, interpersonal effectiveness, and life skills building. In her spare time you can find her on a hike or taking care of her two dogs.
ASSISTANT CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Dom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addiction Counselor. He completed his Master of Social Work at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work in 2016. Through his graduate program and subsequent work experience, Dom has developed a passion for working with co-occurring disorders, particularly for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use concerns. He also has a passion for working with individuals who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, acknowledging the unique struggles and impacts faced by those in the community. At Red Rock Recovery Center, he conducts individual therapy and facilitates groups. Outside of work, Dom enjoys spending time with his Tibetan Terrier or family and friends.
UTILIZATION REVIEW DIRECTOR
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Carolyn has been a member of the Red Rock community since June 2018. She is a Peer Recovery Coach and is working towards retaining a certificate in Business Leadership as well as a Bachelor’s in Social Work. Carolyn is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and shares her experience, strength, and hope with our patients and staff. Carolyn credits her long-term recovery to building a strong fellowship and taking things one day at a time. Despite her Florida roots Carolyn is an avid hiker and skier in her free time.
CLINICAL OUTREACH MANAGER
Brian Tierney is our Clinical Outreach Manager at Red Rock Recovery Centers. Brain is a Certified Peer and Family Wellness Coach with the State of Colorado facilitating peer based recovery coach workshops and is also working towards a degree in Clinical Social Work. Most importantly, Brian is a person in long term recovery from drugs and alcohol and proudly maintains an active presence in various local and national recovery communities.
Brian began his professional journey in the addiction treatment space five years ago at Red Rock Recovery Center as a recovery support specialist. After a series of roles, Brian found his way into Alumni Services where he was able to combine his passion for direct client care and community engagement. This led to an opportunity working with The Harmony Foundation where Brian was a part of an initiative to increase and diversify peer recovery support services and community resources. Most recently Brian has joined the leadership team at Red Rock Recovery Center where he manages our community relations and clinical outreach initiatives.
Brian is also proud to function as an Advisory Board Member for the Recovery Cafe in Longmont and as a founding Board Member for Colorado Artists in Recovery (C.A.i.R.). Having embedded the recovery ethos within his own belief system, Brian is extremely passionate about helping others and creating intentional communities where recovery can thrive.
STEPHANE SERRANO, MA, LPC, LAC
MAX KENWORTHY, LPC, LAC
IOP PRIMARY THERAPIST
NICOLE WIRTH, LPC
Hi! My name is Nicole and I have a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. My focus has been alcohol and drug abuse issues and being able to support/educate family members struggling with a loved one and their addiction. I have worked directly with clients and their families in the substance abuse field for 11 years in a variety of settings like detox, inpatient, residential treatment for adults and adolescents and outpatient medication assisted treatment programs. My passion is working with those struggling with their addiction and helping families with intervention services. It’s important for loved ones to be educated and supported with how to help in these situations, when it seems like the rest of the world just doesn’t get it. I have also been providing interns and Bachelor/Master level clinicians supervision for the last 2 years
COURTNEY DEYO-BUNDY, LPC, LAC
TESSA BURIS LPC
MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
Kristin Doherty, RYT 500 created Downward Dog Upward Spirits, LLC with the sole intention of working exclusively with clients in addiction treatment centers and mental wellness facilities. Kristin’s goal and passion is to create space for clients’ healing journeys and to provide them with tools to build resiliency and regulate their nervous systems during times of stress. Yoga provides a gentle path for working through “the issues in the tissues” in order to not only live in our bodies but to thrive in the process. A comprehensive program treats the whole person, and Red Rock Recovery Center honors the mind, body, and spirit by including yoga.
Kristin has her Master’s in Education from the University of Denver, Colorado. She is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. Additional certifications include Trauma-Informed Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Y12SR.
ARSHAD WILLIAM M.D.
Dr. William received his medical degree from University of Benin College of Medicine. He was Chief Resident at the University at Harlem Hospital Center, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia.
Dr. William is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, board certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and Member of the Colorado Psychiatric Society.
HEATHER PONICSAN, DNP, MPH, BSN, RN
DIRECTOR OF NURSING
TIA COMBS, RN
Brandon is an individual who gives his all in life. He strives to maintain balance in order to fulfill his passion of helping others. Brandon is in recovery himself, and values a whole health recovery standpoint. Maintaining mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing is what he believes makes this all possible. He is currently a CAC I, working towards becoming a CAC II and a certified personal trainer to help others live a balanced life in recovery. Brandon’s passion drives him to be of maximum support, and helps him meet every individual where they are at. He believes life is amazing and wants to share that light with others.
ASSISTANT UR DIRECTOR
Tristan completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Counseling and double minor in Family Studies and Addiction Recovery from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2008. After moving back to her home state Colorado, she completed her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver. Furthering her education, Tristan completed a postgraduate degree from the Denver Family Institute. Following graduation, she began working in day treatment with high risk youth where her passion for long term recovery began. Tristan began specializing in her work with families, and working with co-occurring disorders with Addiction, PTSD, Complex PTSD, Attachment, and Mood Disorders. Continuing her training, Tristan became a Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, using horses in a therapeutic environment to facilitate recovery and change.
FRONT DESK MANAGER
ADAM HORAN, REGISTERED PSYCHOTHERAPIST
LAURA BETH BURKHALTER
COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER
Laura Beth “LB” Burkhalter, is our Alumni and Community Relations Manager. She is a Certified Naloxone Administration Trainer, Recovery Coach, Co-Chair of TPAS Colorado and sits on the National Board of Directors for TPAS (Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services). LB is a founding board member of Colorado Artists in Recovery and serves as an inspector for the Colorado Association of Recovery Residences. LB is passionate about creating a recovery community through music, creating sober safe spaces in the LGBTQ+ community and helping individuals sustain recovery through connection. LB is a human in long term multi-dimensional recovery, who celebrated 5 years of sobriety in November 2020.
RONNIE SCHROEDER, CAT
LEAD RECOVERY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
Ronnie is a Certified Addiction Technician who is passionate about demonstrating clean living. A self-identified addict, Ronnie has maintained over 11 years of sobriety, having begun his own journey as a patient in treatment. Ronnie brings a strong understanding of the patient experience, and works to model healthy behaviors and communication, support personal/spiritual growth, and assist patients in re-engaging with hobbies, culture, and community. In his free time, Ronnie enjoys attending shows, hanging with his cats, and nerd/pop culture.