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He was working in a medical setting where patients were being referred to him for psychological issues related to pain. What Corey noticed was that many of the patients referred to him were also struggling with opioid addiction issues. This was before media and government attention was being given to this issue. Corey identified that there was a crucial need to provide treatment for those suffering from this type of addiction, as well as identifying a need to provide a higher and more robust level of care for the individual, their families, as well as the community.
Owner, CEO, Provider, LAC, LPC
Corey is a Colorado native who has been working in the mental health field, for two decades now. He has had the honor of working with many people in the Denver metro area, during this time. He was drawn to the field of Psychology at an early age, attending his first Psychology course at Colorado Mesa University. Corey then transferred to Colorado State University where he completed his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After leaving Fort Collins, he moved to the Denver metro area where he began working in residential treatment facilities, with at-risk youth. This would be the beginning of his professional career in the mental health field. Having worked in residential treatment, his focus shifted toward casework, where held a position in child protection for the next several years, with various state-run agencies. Corey returned to academia where he would attend Regis University. It is here he would complete an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Once completing a Master’s degree, Corey became licensed in the state of Colorado as an LPC, and opened a private practice. He thoroughly enjoyed the experience of private practice but was offered a position as the Director of Behavioral Health in a local medical facility. Once again, Corey was drawn back to academia, where he is currently completing his Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Health Psychology at Walden University out of Minnesota.
While working as a Behavioral Health Director, Corey worked with many patients who were suffering from the effects of chronic pain. This takes an incredible toll on a person both psychologically as well as physiologically. Unfortunately, a certain segment of the population he encountered became chemically dependent on opioid prescription medication. He decided he would need more training and expertise in the field of addictions. As a result, Corey attended all course work, took the National Counselors Exam in Addictions, provided over 3,000 hours of clinical therapy in addictions counseling, and over 2,000 clinical hours of clinical supervision related to addictions counseling, to meet the Colorado State requirements to attain his License in Addictions Counseling. Corey saw a need for a high standard quality of care for those who suffer from the disease of chemical dependency. As a result of this, he decided to create Options Treatment.
When not at work, Corey enjoys spending time with his family. He is a voracious reader, so he usually has his head buried in a book. He also has a love for camping, fly-fishing, coffee with friends, and the Denver Broncos.
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Doug started his career in medicine a little over thirty-five years ago as a Paramedic in Northern California and Taos, New Mexico. He returned to school to become a registered nurse, graduating in 1984. He specialized in emergency medicine and went on to become a Certified Emergency Nurse and a Trauma Nurse Specialist working in a Level 2 Trauma Center in Santa Fe, NM. Doug continued to pursue knowledge and enrolled in The University of North Dakota, School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies Program,
After graduating in 1993 he worked most of his professional career providing health care for The Colville Confederated Tribes in Northeastern Washington State. Additionally, he worked in urgent care medicine in Washington and in Colorado.
Doug feels that working in addiction medicine is a fascinating and rewarding way to conclude his professional career. He enjoys his patients and working with staff towards positive patient outcomes in health and in life.
In his down time, Doug keeps himself in shape riding his bicycle and working out at the gym. Doug’s other interests include motorcycles, hand drumming, learning how to operate a steam locomotive and failing at gardening every year. He can often be seen in dives and saloons throughout the area two stepping the night away with his life partner Patricia.
M.D. & Medical Director
Jim is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and did his residency back in the 1990’s in Michigan. He is a FACEP or Fellow of the College of Emergency Physicians and completed his fellowship in Wilderness Medicine. Currently he is board-eligible in Addiction Medicine and plans to sit for those boards in 2019. Jim worked as an Emergency Physician in Colorado, Michigan, North Dakota and West Virginia since the 1990’s. He was an owner/partner in two urgent care ventures until 2013, when he became more interested in Addiction Medicine and started pursuing that as a career change. He has consulted up and down the Front Range of Colorado at Harmony, CeDAR and several sober-living facilities and harm-reduction OTP’s.
Shelly is an LPN, and has a BA in Psychology. She she does not judge people, is open-minded, and has a wicked sense of humor. She believes addiction is a disease of the brain. If you are reading this and you need help recovering from your addiction, she welcomes you with open arms. Her daughter suffered from addiction to methamphetamine for years, which gave her the tools she uses every day to help others.
She has four wonderful grandchildren, and a great husband. She is the mother of three beautiful children. Shelley is a lover of the arts. Shelly’s family are the founders of the Boulder International Film Festival.
Andrew recently graduated from Colorado State University with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability. While at CSU, he worked at a domestic violence safe house called A Woman’s Place. Working with people and trying to make a positive impact in their life is something he is passionate about. Andrew plans to attend law school in the coming years and recently completed the LSAT or Law School Admission Test. In his free time he enjoys hiking, camping, snowboarding, and spending time in the mountains with his girlfriend. Andrew is also a big Denver Nuggets fan and loves going to games whenever he get the chance.
Matt Hire, native of Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Northwest Denver, has been connected in a helping capacity serving the homeless and at-risk populations for nearly 40 years.
In my previous professional roles, I’ve served in the community, working in places not intended for human habitation, offering best practice, Motivational Interviewing and Trauma Informed Care modalities and solution focused counseling.
I’ve managed homeless shelters, detox programs, collaborating with Denver District Drug Court, metro
area housing programs and a person in recovery from addiction, myself.
I enjoy my time with family and two dogs, Colorado sports teams, cooking/eating, motorcycles and anything outdoors in the Rocky Mountains.
Dee Dee is an LPN and has been a nurse for 32 years now. She is kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental. She aims to give all our clients a sense of pride and strength. She hopes that she able to offer tender support and guidance through the painful experience of addiction. Dee Dee has been an EMT in the emergency field for 12 years as a volunteer. She loves working
with people of all backgrounds and is active in the community. She is a native Coloradan as she hails from the Marshall/Louisville area.
Dee Dee has an adult daughter and an 88-year-old father whom she lives with and cares for. Her heart is her greatest asset, and she is always willing to lend a listening ear to those in need. Dee Dee enjoys cooking, sewing, and crocheting.