RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Deniz Ipbuken, born and raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts, began working in the Addiction Field in 2016 as an Operations Assistant for Red Rock Recovery Center. He has experience in a number of different capacities for the housing department, and has occupied the role of Residential Program Director since July 2017. Deniz has a passion for helping men and women recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, and is an advocate for a collaborative treatment approach to allow our clients to have the best client care services we can provide. Deniz is currently working to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, while also pursuing his Certified Addiction Counselor I certification. In his spare time, Deniz enjoys outdoor activities, playing sports, and rooting for the Boston Celtics and New England Patriots sports teams.
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL SERVICES
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
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.
Melanie is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Melanie attended Grand Canyon University, where she earned two master’s degrees. Melanie has Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) from EMDR Center of the Rockies. Melanie began her career in crisis and withdrawal management level of care, where she gained valuable experience with PTSD, Complex Trauma, Mood, Psychotic, and Co-Occurring Disorders. Today, Melanie has experience working with individuals, families, and groups at all levels of care. Melanie’s passion for helping others become authentically empowered individuals has led her to Red Rock Recovery Center. At Red Rock, Melanie can provide EMDR for clients with PTSD symptoms to help reduce emotional reactivity. Outside Red Rock, Melanie enjoys spending time with her family and her puppy.
DAWN DARNELL, LAC LPCC
Dawn holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University with post-graduate certification in Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor with seven years of clinical experience in adult/adolescent residential treatment facilities, crisis intervention, detox and structured outpatient services. Her treatment philosophy is Person-Centered and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as utilizing several other evidence-based practices, to include Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). In her personal time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, reading and the creative arts.
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.
CLINICAL OUTREACH MANAGER
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.
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.
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.