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Our Colorado Addiction Treatment Team

Providing people in recovery an exceptional continuing care experience. 

Colorado Addiction Treatment Center

The Mile High Recovery Center team is a group of passionate people committed to helping you find and maintain your recovery. Our highly qualified team of clinicians specialize in relapse prevention, trauma, brain-based learning, family involvement, and much more. 

Colorado Addiction Treatment Center

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice is the Founder and CEO of Mile High Recovery Center. He started Mile High with one sober house in 2016. His mission was to give back to others what had been freely given to him. The company quickly grew to 9 houses and the Mile High Recovery treatment center in the neighborhood of Congress Park in Denver, CO.

In a previous life, he was a career musician, booking agent, and he owned a live music bar. 

Brice is a father, a realtor, and a podcaster.  He enjoys scuba diving, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, the gym, playing guitar, and painting

Sarah Zurbin Clinical Director Mile High Continuing Care

Sarah Zubrin

Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah Zubrin

Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah is a Licensed Addictions Counselor, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is also an active member of the Dames of Denver. She is the Chief Clinical Officer for our Colorado Addiction Treatment Team here at Mile High.

As a Colorado native you can find her outside of work rock climbing, hiking, skiing, camping, and walking her dog. Sarah has been working in the mental health field for over a decade and has extensive experience in the co-occurring field. Her passion for recovery is both a personal and professional journey that drives her work with newly recovering individuals.

She has many years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families in both outpatient and residential settings. Sarah is passionate about not only training clinicians in the industry, she is passionate about outreach and education.

Sarah has a deep level of compassion and passion for the recovery community and believes that recovery is possible for every client that walks through the doors. With a truly integrated approach to treatment co-occurring disorders are addressed simultaneously. She also believes fully that working with families to help change the family culture is an essential part of the process. She works both individually and in groups to help every client develop sustainable long-term recovery skills

Jill Johanningmeier Admissions Manager Miles High Continuing Care

Jill Johanningmeier

Sober Living Program Director

Jill Johanningmeier

Sober Living Program Director

Jill is a Denver native and a single mother to an amazing teenage daughter. Survivor of alcoholism and drug addiction by way of 12 step recovery, it is her passion to help others.

She is active in the Denver recovery community, involved in twelve-step recreation leagues, on the committee for hospitals and institutions for cocaine anonymous and a CCAR trained recovery coach.

She is the residential director for the Mile High Sober Living women’s program and a live in house manager.

“I love being a part of someone’s recovery journey, seeing lives transform and helping others to thrive, not just survive, is such a beautiful thing!” – Jill

Heather Charlet Director of Business Development Mile High Continuing Care

Kara Gregory

Director of Community Outreach

Kara Gregory

Director of Community Outreach

Kara seeks to create community-based initiatives so that alumni are supported throughout their recovery journey. She is passionate about helping others find their path to long-term recovery.

After experiencing the miracle of recovery, herself, Kara is eager in building relationships in the community that provide a link between those seeking treatment and the healthcare providers who can help.

Kara is a Texas native but calls Colorado home and loves all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. She is an extremely proud mother to her amazing teenage son and is a lover of the outdoors, fitness, and all things recovery!

“Don’t give up before the miracle happens!”

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Jack Flamgletti

Assistant Clinical Director

Jack Flamgletti

Assistant Clinical Director

Jack is a Licensed Professional Counselor whom has a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focus approaches. For the last several years, Jack has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in home-based and outpatient community mental health to process trauma, depress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

Jack has a strong passion for helping others and working closely with individuals to assist them with achieving their goals.

Jack spends his free time in the mountains hiking, snowboarding, and whitewater rafting

 Scott Kiger Admissions Manager Miles High Continuing Care

J. Scott Kiger

Facility and Safety Manager

J. Scott Kiger

Facility and Safety Manager

Scott is a CCAR trained recovery coach and is very active in 12 step service work in the Denver recovery community and is a valued member of our Colorado Addiction Treatment Team.

He enjoys helping clients find their way in recovery as well as in other areas of life.

Scott uses his practice of zazen meditation in his recovery and encourages others to find their own spiritual path.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm aboard the USS Forrestal CV/AVT-59. Scott enjoys many kinds of outdoor activities such as snowboarding, camping, fishing and crabbing in his hometown in southern Maryland.

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly E. Vause

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly graduated from Middlebury College and completed a Master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Currently she works with children, teens and adults in outpatient mental health services.

For those in recovery, she has experience using medication-assisted treatment. In general Holly has a deep appreciation for holistic care including conservative use of medication, beneficial nutrition, daily routines and physical movement to support mental health wellness and recovery.

She has co-authored several published articles for The American Journal of Psychiatry and The Nurse Practitioner.

Kathy Hawkins LPC. LAC.

James Hart BA CACIII

Primary Therapist

James Hart BA CACIII

Primary Therapist

James Hart is certified addiction counselor III and registered psychotherapist. He brings over 20 years of direct client care experience in the co occurring recovery field.

He believes that each individual already possess all they need to create positive change. The process of therapy is to build and remind people of their inherit strengths and wisdom He uses mindfulness, motivational interview, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal neurobiological approaches to facilitate a plan of action. Also, he is honored, humbled, and confident to help others cope with losses and after effects of surviving traumatic events. He sees spontaneity, humor, and fun as key ingredients to a healing process. He strives to increase awareness and communication with our physical bodies using yoga, qigong, music, and dance as efficient and direct methods of transforming stagnant behaviors and thoughts.

James lives in Lyons CO. He and his wife Sara Hart ND LAC own Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic and Apothecary a hub of integrative healthcare and recovery support. He loves to hang out with his three daughters. James is also an actor and company member with Sojourn Theater. He enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, hiking, bicycling, improvisation, and juggling

Richard Provencial

Richard Provencial

Primary Therapist

Richard Provencial

Primary Therapist

Hello, my name is Richard Provencial CAC III. You know, working as a substance abuse counselor requires patience, dedication, and a desire to help people in crisis. I have been doing just this for over 25 years. My job entails providing confidential counseling and supports to addicts and their families.

Counseling may be in group settings or individual settings with the goal of encouraging a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle for each client. As a substance abuse counselor, I am also expected to work with community services and resources to find ongoing support, safe places to live, jobs, and other support for clients.

Sara Gillett, Registered Psychotherapist

Sara Gillett, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Case Manager

Sara Gillett, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Case Manager

Sara just graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling.

She is working towards obtaining her certified addictions counselor certifications and has plans to continue her education by getting a Master’s degree. She is a Clinical Case Manager here at Mile High.

Sara has various family and friends who have struggled with addiction, and because of this, she has a passion for helping those who are also struggling with addiction. She believes that everyone has the capability for recovery and her goal is to assist clients in this treatment process.

Sara works individually and in groups to aid clients in achieving their goals, and utilizes motivational interviewing throughout this process.

Sara is a Colorado native and enjoys hiking and camping in her free time. She also enjoys exploring and visiting new places, and so far she’s visited over 15 countries through her travels.

Melissa Gelman, Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant

Melissa Gelman

Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant

Melissa Gelman

Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant

Melissa is a passionate member of the recovery community.

She loves being outdoors and as a Colorado Native you will find her hiking on the local trails with her dog shredder.

She brings a high level of professionalism to her role and is excited to work with folks to get the treatment they need.

Kristie McNelly, Human Resources

Kristie McNelly

Human Resources

Kristie McNelly

Human Resources

Kristie is a University of Colorado at Boulder School of Business graduate and experienced HR professional. With over 10 years in the Boulder area working with small to large employers, she came to us as an HR Advisor.

Since then, she has joined the team as a consultant and brings a wealth of business knowledge.

When she is not at Mile High Continuing Care, Kristie continues to advise other local companies through her HR Consulting business and spending plenty of family time with her husband and 4-year old son

Kathy Hawkins LPC. LAC.

Kathy Hawkins LPC. LAC.

Primary Therapist

Kathy Hawkins  LPC, LAC

Primary Therapist

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a mindfulness based transpersonal psychotherapist. She is trained in EMDR, is an AcuDetox Specialist (auricular acupuncture), and a Reiki Master.

In addition to specializing in trauma, anxiety, and substance use recovery, Kathy supervises masters level and post grad individuals working towards licensure. Her trans-personal foundation adds to her eclectic therapy style.

She believes in a body/mind/spirit model of healing and incorporates a variety of different approaches including somatic experiencing, Hakomi, and expressive arts therapies.

She frequently borrows from Buddhist and Stoic philosophies to help individuals deal with life’s challenges in a pragmatic and present moment fashion.

Mile High Recovery Center Team Members

The Mile High Recovery Center team is a group of passionate people committed to helping you find and maintain your recovery. Our highly qualified team of clinicians specialize in relapse prevention, trauma, brain-based learning, family involvement, and much more. 

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice Hancock

Executive Director

Brice is the Founder and CEO of Mile High Recovery Center. He started Mile High with one sober house in 2016. His mission was to give back to others what had been freely given to him. The company quickly grew to 9 houses and the Mile High Recovery treatment center in the neighborhood of Congress Park in Denver, CO.

In a previous life, he was a career musician, booking agent, and he owned a live music bar. 

Brice is a father, a realtor, and a podcaster.  He enjoys scuba diving, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, the gym, playing guitar, and painting

Sarah Zurbin Clinical Director Mile High Continuing Care

Sarah Zubrin

Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah Zubrin

Chief Clinical Officer

Sarah is a Licensed Addictions Counselor, with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is also an active member of the Dames of Denver. She is the Chief Clinical Officer for our Colorado Addiction Treatment Team here at Mile High.

As a Colorado native you can find her outside of work rock climbing, hiking, skiing, camping, and walking her dog. Sarah has been working in the mental health field for over a decade and has extensive experience in the co-occurring field. Her passion for recovery is both a personal and professional journey that drives her work with newly recovering individuals.

She has many years of experience working with at-risk adolescents, young adults, adults, and their families in both outpatient and residential settings. Sarah is passionate about not only training clinicians in the industry, she is passionate about outreach and education.

Sarah has a deep level of compassion and passion for the recovery community and believes that recovery is possible for every client that walks through the doors. With a truly integrated approach to treatment co-occurring disorders are addressed simultaneously. She also believes fully that working with families to help change the family culture is an essential part of the process. She works both individually and in groups to help every client develop sustainable long-term recovery skills

Jill Johanningmeier Admissions Miles High Continuing Care

Jill Johanningmeier

Sober Living Program Director

Jill Johanningmeier

Sober Living Program Director

Jill is a Denver native and a single mother to an amazing teenage daughter. Survivor of alcoholism and drug addiction by way of 12 step recovery, it is her passion to help others.

She is active in the Denver recovery community, involved in twelve step recreation leagues, on the committee for hospitals and institutions for cocaine anonymous and a CCAR trained recovery coach.

She is the residential director for the Mile High Sober Living women’s program and a live in house manager.

“I love being a part of someone’s recovery journey, seeing lives transform and helping others to thrive, not just survive, is such a beautiful thing!” – Jill

Kara Gregory

Kara Gregory

Director of Community Outreach

Kara Gregory

Director of  Community Outreach 

Kara seeks to create community-based initiatives so that alumni are supported throughout their recovery journey. She is passionate about helping others find their path to long-term recovery.

After experiencing the miracle of recovery, herself, Kara is eager in building relationships in the community that provide a link between those seeking treatment and the healthcare providers who can help.

Kara is a Texas native but calls Colorado home and loves all the beauty that Colorado has to offer. She is an extremely proud mother to her amazing teenage son and is a lover of the outdoors, fitness, and all things recovery!

“Don’t give up before the miracle happens!”

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Jack Flamgletti

Assistant Clinical Director

Jack Flamgletti

Assistant Clinical Director

Jack is a Licensed Professional Counselor whom has a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focus approaches. For the last several years, Jack has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in home-based and outpatient community mental health to process trauma, depress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.

Jack has a strong passion for helping others and working closely with individuals to assist them with achieving their goals.

Jack spends his free time in the mountains hiking, snowboarding, and whitewater rafting

Scott Kiger Admissions Mile High Continuing Care

J. Scott Kiger

Facility and Safety Manager

J. Scott Kiger

Facility and Safety Manager

Scott is a CCAR trained recovery coach and is very active in 12 step service work in the Denver recovery community and is a valued member of our Colorado Addiction Treatment Team.

He enjoys helping clients find their way in recovery as well as in other areas of life.

Scott uses his practice of zazen meditation in his recovery and encourages others to find their own spiritual path.

He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Operation Desert Storm aboard the USS Forrestal CV/AVT-59. Scott enjoys many kinds of outdoor activities such as snowboarding, camping, fishing and crabbing in his hometown in southern Maryland.

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly E. Vause

Board-Certified Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly graduated from Middlebury College and completed a Master’s degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. Currently she works with children, teens and adults in outpatient mental health services.

For those in recovery, she has experience using medication-assisted treatment. In general Holly has a deep appreciation for holistic care including conservative use of medication, beneficial nutrition, daily routines and physical movement to support mental health wellness and recovery.

She has co-authored several published articles for The American Journal of Psychiatry and The Nurse Practitioner.

James HArt Primary Therapist Mile High Continuing Care

James Hart BA CACIII

Primary Therapist

James Hart BA CACIII

Primary Therapist

James Hart is certified addiction counselor III and registered psychotherapist. He brings over 20 years of direct client care experience in the co occurring recovery field.

He believes that each individual already possess all they need to create positive change. The process of therapy is to build and remind people of their inherit strengths and wisdom He uses mindfulness, motivational interview, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal neurobiological approaches to facilitate a plan of action. Also, he is honored, humbled, and confident to help others cope with losses and after effects of surviving traumatic events. He sees spontaneity, humor, and fun as key ingredients to a healing process. He strives to increase awareness and communication with our physical bodies using yoga, qigong, music, and dance as efficient and direct methods of transforming stagnant behaviors and thoughts.

James lives in Lyons CO. He and his wife Sara Hart ND LAC own Stillwater Healing Arts Clinic and Apothecary a hub of integrative healthcare and recovery support. He loves to hang out with his three daughters. James is also an actor and company member with Sojourn Theater. He enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, hiking, bicycling, improvisation, and juggling

Richard Provencial

Richard Provencial

Primary Therapist

Richard Provencial

Primary Therapist

Hello, my name is Richard Provencial CAC III. You know, working as a substance abuse counselor requires patience, dedication, and a desire to help people in crisis. I have been doing just this for over 25 years. My job entails providing confidential counseling and supports to addicts and their families. Counseling may be in group settings or individual settings with the goal of encouraging a healthy, addiction-free lifestyle for each client. As a substance abuse counselor, I am also expected to work with community services and resources to find ongoing support, safe places to live, jobs, and other support for clients.

Sara Gillett

Sara Gillett

Registered Psychotherapist

Sara Gillett, Registered Psychotherapist

Clinical Case Manager

Sara just graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling.

She is working towards obtaining her certified addictions counselor certifications and has plans to continue her education by getting a Master’s degree. She is a Clinical Case Manager here at Mile High.

Sara has various family and friends who have struggled with addiction, and because of this, she has a passion for helping those who are also struggling with addiction. She believes that everyone has the capability for recovery and her goal is to assist clients in this treatment process.

Sara works individually and in groups to aid clients in achieving their goals, and utilizes motivational interviewing throughout this process.

Sara is a Colorado native and enjoys hiking and camping in her free time. She also enjoys exploring and visiting new places, and so far she’s visited over 15 countries through her travels.

Melissa Gelman Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant Mile High Continuing Care

Melissa Gelman

Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant

Melissa Gelman

Billing Specialist and Executive Assistant

Melissa is a passionate member of the recovery community.

She loves being outdoors and as a Colorado Native you will find her hiking on the local trails with her dog shredder.

She brings a high level of professionalism to her role and is excited to work with folks to get the treatment they need.

Kristie McNelly Human Resources Mile High Continuing Care

Kristie McNelly

Human Resources

Kristie McNelly

Human Resources

Kristie is a University of Colorado at Boulder School of Business graduate and experienced HR professional. With over 10 years in the Boulder area working with small to large employers, she came to us as an HR Advisor.

Since then, she has joined the team as a consultant and brings a wealth of business knowledge.

When she is not at Mile High Continuing Care, Kristie continues to advise other local companies through her HR Consulting business and spending plenty of family time with her husband and 4-year old son

Kathy Hawkins Primary Therapist Mile High Continuing Care

Kathy Hawkins

Primary Therapist

Kathy Hawkins

Primary Therapist

Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Addictions Counselor, and a mindfulness based transpersonal psychotherapist. She is trained in EMDR, is an AcuDetox Specialist (auricular acupuncture), and a Reiki Master.

In addition to specializing in trauma, anxiety, and substance use recovery, Kathy supervises masters level and post grad individuals working towards licensure. Her trans-personal foundation adds to her eclectic therapy style.

She believes in a body/mind/spirit model of healing and incorporates a variety of different approaches including somatic experiencing, Hakomi, and expressive arts therapies. She frequently borrows from Buddhist and Stoic philosophies to help individuals deal with life’s challenges in a pragmatic and present moment fashion.