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TEAM

Meet Our Team Of Compassionate Professionals

Meet The Team

At Flatirons Recovery, we believe in treating addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders from the inside out. We recognize and nurture the basic goodness and sanity that is alive in each of our clients, while supporting their process of healing, in order to provide them with the opportunity to develop a more stable, confident foundation for a long-lasting life in recovery.

Flatirons Recovery takes the same approach to constructing a caring, compassionate team of professionals to guide our clients through their recovery process. We respect, value, and empower each member of our team to continue their own process of growth and healing, while living our mission to provide greater clarity of purpose, connection to community, and ability to take action to the clients we serve.

Meet our amazing team!

 

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Executive Director

Mark Oberg LPC, LAC

Mark received his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, master’s degree from Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, and brings 10+ years of clinical experience applying mindfulness-based interventions to those suffering from substance use and dual-diagnosis disorders.

Mark’s mindfulness-based perspective on treatment for substance use disorders is informed by the many Buddhist meditation retreats that he has participated in over the years, as well as by his daily meditation practice. Working in this way with his own emotional experience has allowed Mark more ability to look closely at himself in a kind, non-judgmental way to find the opportunity for growth in his pain, a practice he brings to his work with clients.

Over the course of his career working with clients to recover in residential, outpatient, and community mental health settings, Mark has seen first-hand the benefits that consistent application of mindfulness-based practices can have on people’s ability to recover. These include a greater ability to tolerate and cope in healthier ways with cravings, an increased capacity to accept oneself free from guilt and shame, as well as greater emotional and relational flexibility.

Mark is also trained in eye-movement and desensitization reprogramming (EMDR), DBT, and Motivational Interviewing facets of which he incorporates in various ways during both individual and group treatment.

In his free time, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter exploring nature through hiking, camping, and paddle boarding all over the beautiful state of Colorado. Mark also enjoys watching the Minnesota Vikings and Twins, and listening to music, in whatever free-time he has leftover.

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Clinical Director

Anya Garvey, LPC

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With over 15 years of experience, Anya Garvey is a seasoned Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Educator. Driven by the goal of a happier, healthier community for all, she is dedicated to providing the best mental health and recovery services possible. She specializes in effective behavior change using solution-focused, action-oriented, skills-based therapeutic techniques incorporating mindfulness, yoga, parts-work, and meaning making. She is known for her vision, leadership, integrity, passion and authenticity.

Anya has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Psychology from Wartburg College and a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. She has advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy, and Nutritional Psychology. She is a Certified TRE Practitioner (Tension and Trauma Release), Certified Yoga Instructor, Accredited Certified Health & Nutrition Coach, and a Certified Eating Disorder Recovery Clinician and Coach. Anya also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology.

Anya enjoys taking road trips in her mini camper van, checking National Parks off of her bucket list, building Lego sets, listening to podcasts, cooking & baking, engaging in authentic relating practices, caring for her 50+ house plants, and playing with her tiny dog Pippa, who joins her in the office as a Trained Canine-Assisted Therapy Dog.

"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection." - Johann Hari

For many people, disconnection is a primary root of suffering. Anya is dedicated to helping clients cultivate greater connection to themselves - meeting and greeting their mind, body, heart, and spirit with greater compassion and understanding; while also finding peace, rest, and relief in the connections shared with others. She is honored to support you in your journey and cannot wait to connect.

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Medical Director

Dr. Brian K. Wise, MD, MPH, ABIHM, ABoIM

Dr. Wise holds board certifications in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry and is board certified by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He currently practices psychiatry and addiction medicine at his private practice, Wise Psychiatry, and provides psychiatric care to children and adolescents with complex medical issues at National Jewish Hospital and Lighthouse Complex Care.

Dr. Wise knows first-hand the struggles of being sick, as well as the hope of being healthy. He spent the summers of his youth at a major academic hospital, where physicians thought outside the box to find innovative solutions to his severe medical problems. He owes the life he has today to these gifted physicians and crafted his patient-oriented treatment philosophy after them.

He has a love of medical knowledge and is continuously furthering his education in a number of specialty areas, including Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and the Re-Code Protocol for cognitive decline.

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Director of Marketing and Outreach

Rachael Uris, MA

Rachael has been in the mental health field in Colorado for over ten years.

With a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, Rachael has worked as a bilingual psychotherapist in various settings in Boulder, including community mental health, public schools, women’s healthcare, and private practice.

From her clinical background, Rachael strives to bring mindfulness, trauma - informed competence, and a holistic view of healing into her work.

When she’s not working, Rachael loves running, dancing, hiking, gardening, and playing outside with her two children.

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Psychiatric Physician Associate

Kate M. Ziesenheim, PA-C

Kate Ziesenheim is the psychiatric Physician Associate at Flatirons Recovery. She coordinates client medical care with the clinical team, assessing each client shortly after their arrival at Flatirons Recovery, and managing their medical needs for the duration of their treatment stay.

Kate completed her medical training in Physician Assistant Studies at Pacific University, in Portland, Oregon. She currently works at Wise Psychiatry, practicing outpatient psychiatry and addiction medicine, in addition to her work at Flatirons. She has an integrative and holistic and approach, which incorporates the whole body, lifestyle, and root causes of symptoms. Prior to becoming a PA, she had over 10 years of experience in the mental health and addiction field doing program management, crisis intervention, case management, intake coordination, supportive counseling, and homeless outreach.

Over the course of her career, Kate has developed a passion for supporting individuals with substance use issues on their journey to recovery. Her passion stems from personally experiencing the joys of recovery and the knowledge that her clients can experience this joy too.
Outside of work, Kate loves getting into the mountains to ski, mountain bike, trail run, and backpack. She is also an avid practitioner of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness.

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Lead Therapist

Tobias Gale, MA, LPCC

Tobias Gale’s passion for helping people recover from addiction, trauma, and mental health
challenges comes from his personal experience of recovery through 12-Step and Inner Child
Work and professional experience working with adolescents and adults in residential and
outpatient treatment settings. Tobias’s counseling approach is influenced by gestalt and
mindfulness-based therapy, as well as attachment theory and Inner Child Work.
Tobias is author of the book, Another Way: A Guide to Understanding the Inner Child and a Path
to Reclaiming Our Divinity, which outlines a creative and embodied approach for healing
trauma and addictions. Tobias believes that mental health and wellbeing comes from
acknowledging all parts of ourselves and integrating these parts through self-awareness and
compassion. As a result, we are less prone to addictions, emotional reactivity, anxiety,
depression, and codependency. We are better able to live in alignment with our values, set
healthy boundaries for ourselves and with others, have honest and compassionate
relationships, and express who we are without fear of rejection or abandonment.
Tobias has a BA in Psychology from The University of Massachusetts Amherst and a MA in
Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University. When not working, he enjoys
writing, reading, making art and music, and spending time in nature.
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Lead IOP Therapist

Justin Virant, MA, LPCC

Justin studied philosophy and religion at the University of Iowa, receiving his BA. He recently graduated from Naropa University with an MA from its Mindfulness based Transpersonal Psychology Counseling program. While there, he did additional research in complex trauma, spiritual emergence, and art therapy.

Justin has a long term interest in the fields of recovery, healing and psychological development. He is also interested in mindfulness and the relationship between psychological and spiritual growth. He has been a long time student of the Diamond Approach, a path that integrates psychology and spirituality.

Justin has experience with different therapeutic modalities including gestalt, internal family systems, bioenergetics and art therapy. He has also studied technical modalities that can facilitate mindfulness like tdcs and binaural stimulation. In his free time, Justin enjoys gardening, writing, reading, doing art and cold plunges in the Boulder Creek.

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Case Manager

Vanessa Boehm

Vanessa came to Boulder, Colorado in 2010 to pursue her undergraduate education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Vanessa started her undergraduate journey thinking she
wanted to attend Medical School, but after volunteering in medical clinics, learned it was actually the field of mental health that brought her the most fulfillment. Vanessa completed her
BA in Psychology and Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology.

In Vanessa’s 7+ years of experience, Vanessa has worked for a Denver based Forensic Psychologist, aiding in the completion of Parent Responsibility Evaluations, has been a
Substance Abuse Specialist and shift supervisor for a social-model detox facility, and has worked as a case manager, supportive counselor, and group facilitator for with individuals on
Probation with Severe, Persistent Mental Illnesses, and Substance Use Disorders.

Vanessa is passionate about seeing people for who they are at their core. She values compassion, integrity, honesty, and growing the mind-body connection. Vanessa is currently completing her exams to become a Certified Addiction Specialist, completing a 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training, and a Somatic Embodiment and Regulations Training. On her own time, Vanessa enjoys being out in nature for long walks and hikes, doing yoga, having long dinners with family and friends, attending live musical performances, operas, and ballets, as well as reading mostly non-fiction books and listening to podcasts. Vanessa has a deep love for meeting new people and exploring new places across the US and abroad.

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House Manager

Jaroed Sarmiento

Jaroed is a house manager at Flatirons Recovery’s structured recovery residence. He is completing his first year of working in the treatment industry, after having been through the treatment process as a client.

Working as a house manager at Flatirons Recovery, Jaroed is part of the recovery housing team that introduces and supports 12-step participation with clients. He also organizes attendance at 12-step meetings, day-to-day operations for clients when they are in housing, and supports them in the beginning of their recovery journey, in part by sharing his personal recovery experiences.

“My main goal when the clients come in,” he says, “is to show them that they can live a happy and fulfilling life sober. I try to inspire hope, because I know what it feels like to be hopeless.”

Jaroed spends his free time with his wife, daughter, and pets. He also enjoy disc golf, music, art, and exploring new interests.

Jaroed prioritizes his recovery by staying active in the 12-step community and working on his personal growth one day at a time.

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Registered Dietician

Sydney Greene, MS, RDN

Owner/RDN Greene Health LLC
Sydney’s work as a Registered Dietitian focuses on nutrition coaching for behavioral health, helping individuals break free from food rules, guilt, shame, and warped thoughts about food. Sydney's approach to nutrition is realistic and down-to-earth, she takes pride in providing personalized care to every client. Using her mindfulness and nutritional psychiatry training, Sydney specifically helps clients recovering from substance abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and disordered eating. She takes pride in meeting clients where they are and working with them to create a plan they love in order to thrive.

Credentials + Education
Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics - New York University
Master’s of Science in Clinical Nutrition - New York University
Mindfulness Based Eating and Awareness Training - Mindful Eating Training Institute
Eat This, Not That! Medical Expert board member
Certified LEAP Therapist

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Psychotherapist

Belle Abramson, LPC, CAC III

Belle Abramson, LPC, CAC III, is passionate about helping clients uncover hidden resources, overcome obstacles and embrace their life’s purpose. Her approach is to weave the best of traditional psychotherapy with mindfulness-based therapy and techniques. She brings to her work a gentle sense of humor, deep compassion, inner wisdom and a healthy respect for practical results and accountability. Belle integrates over 20 years of practice as a meditative awareness counselor with a holistic approach in caring for her clients. She has offered Transformational Counseling Services in Boulder since 2003. Belle earned her Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. She enjoys salsa dancing, connecting with friends, and walking in the great open spaces Colorado has to offer.
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Recovery Coach

Brian Klink

In recovery himself, Brian left behind a 30 year career as a pilot to join others in their
healing and become an addiction recovery coach. He loves his experience at
Flatirons as the Tuesday 10:15 am workshop facilitator. As an adventure coach
and therapeutic nature coach, his passion is to bring his clients outdoors where
they discover another dimension to themselves. Brian has developed applications of
the challenge course (high and low ropes course) and rock climbing wall for
therapeutic benefit to those in recovery. Clients coming face-to-face with
themselves in an adventure or a challenge and the experience that the mind,
body, and soul receive from that event can be absolutely transforming. Beginning
in early 2022, Brian will receive training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and
will be able to help clients heal from trauma - a very important aspect of recovery
from addiction. Please visit his website to see more details and get to know him
even better: https://www.livingcolorhealing.com.
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Peer Recovery Coach and CRAFT Facilitator

Heather Lister

Heather has over a decade of experience in mental health and substance abuse. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification. She also holds a CCAR certification. Recently, she has completed her facilitator training for CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach to Family Training), which works exclusively with family members who are struggling and in need of additional recovery support.Heather and her husband recently moved from the city to a beautiful 5-acre farm with three children and two dogs. They have since acquired fifteen hens, four goats, and two mini pigs. Life is an adventure, and she enjoys helping others find their next adventure.Working as a house manager at Flatirons Recovery, Jaroed is part of the recovery housing team that introduces and supports 12-step participation with clients. He also organizes attendance at 12-step meetings, day-to-day operations for clients when they are in housing, and supports them in the beginning of their recovery journey, in part by sharing his personal recovery experiences. Read more about her coaching practice at illuminatepeercoaching.com
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AcuDetox Provider and Recovery Coach

Nick Fruth

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Therapy Dog

Pippa

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Despite my small size, I am doing a big job! I am a trained Canine-Assisted Therapy dog. Unlike service dogs, therapy dogs are encouraged to interact with a variety of people while they are on-duty. Studies on pet therapy show that pet visits reduce stress and pain, improve mental health and decrease feelings of isolation. My favorite way of reducing feelings of isolation is by showering you with kisses (if you let me). But I might also boop you with my nose from time to time.

I can't wait to meet you and show you all the tricks I know. One of the tricks people seem most impressed by is my ability to speak using recordable sound buttons. I know and use over 40 words! I have a big brain and an even bigger heart in this little 10 pound body. I am gentle, easy-going, and love working with my assistant (also known as my Mom, also known as Anya, also known as the Clinical Director) to improve the lives of people.

Speak With A Professional

If you would like to reach out to a substance abuse treatment professional at Flatirons Recovery
call us at 303-219-8571