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

Brice Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Zubrin, MA MFT, LAC, C-DBT

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. James Shuler, DO, MS, FACOEP, FAWM, FASAM

Medical Director

Jill Johanningmeier

Director of Admissions

Jack Flamgletti, M.Ed., LPC

Director of Outpatient Clinical

Matt Neptune

Director of Community Outreach

Melissa Gelman, BS, QMAP

Executive Assistant

Kara Gregory

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Shay Buffamoyer

Facility and Safety Manager

Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Richard Provencial, CAS

Primary Therapist/ 12- step engagement

Sara Gillett, BA, CAS

Clinical Case Management/ Primary Therapist

Dale Gibson, MACP, ADDC, LPCC

Primary Therapist

James Hart, BA, CAS 

Primary Therapist

Jayden Wiersma, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Whitney Matthies

Facility Maintenance

Brice Hancock

Chief Executive Officer

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 Zubrin, MA MFT, LAC, C-DBT

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, and a proud member of NALGAP. 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 recovery both mental health and substance abuse.

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

Dr. James Schuler, DO, MS, FACOEP, FAWM, FASAM

Medical Director

Dr. Shuler has lived in Colorado since age 6, growing up in the Fort Collins area. He attended Colorado Timberline Academy in Durango for high school and after that became an MP in the United States Army. After that, he returned to Fort Collins where he was self-employed in a couple different ventures before attending College at Colorado State University where he did a double major in Botany and Zoology. After graduating, he attended medical school at Des Moines University where he also received a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. He then attended internship residency in emergency medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan. He then returned to Colorado and practiced emergency medicine in a wide variety of emergency departments including locum tenens work in multiple states and started an urgent care business with other partners.

Dr. Shuler’s passion for addiction medicine arose from his own recovery from alcoholism over a decade ago. He began his training at Harmony Foundation and worked under and with several addiction medicine specialists in a variety of practices over the past 6 years. He is currently dual board-certified in addiction and emergency medicine with a subspecialty fellowship in wilderness medicine. He currently lives with his wife in Lafayette, Colorado and has two girls, ages 20 and 23, and two stepchildren ages 20 and 26. He is currently the Medical Director for inpatient addiction treatment at the Foundry in Steamboat, Colorado, and Choice House/Lookout in Boulder, Colorado. Additionally, he is a regional medical director for Front Range Clinics, devoted to outpatient addiction treatment and works with the Denver Recovery Group, another outpatient addiction treatment facility.

His hobbies include gourmet cooking, as much travel as possible, and a variety of outdoor activities in Colorado.

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Jill Johanningmeier

Sober Living Program Director / Director of Admissions

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

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.

Jill enjoys playing Volleyball, managing the Mile High Softball team, traveling and being the president of her daughter’s fan club.

She joined Mile High Sober Living as a House manager in 2018 and is now the Program Director for Mile High Sober Living. Jill has worked for Mile High Recovery Center since it opened and is the Director of Admissions.

“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

Jack Flamgletti, M.Ed., LPC

Director of Outpatient Clinical

Jack is a Licensed Professional Counselor who 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, depression, 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.

Matt Neptune

Director of Community Outreach

Melissa Gelman, BS, QMAP

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.

Kara Gregory

Alumni Relations Coordinator

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 to build 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 offers. 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!”

Shay Buffamoyer

Facility and Safety Manager

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Holly E. Vause, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Holly graduated from Middlebury College and completed a master’s degree in nursing and a 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.
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Richard Provencial, CAS

Primary Therapist/ 12- step engagement

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, BA, CAS

Clinical Case Management/ Primary Therapist

Sara received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Counseling, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling, and is currently working toward obtaining her Master’s degree in counseling.

Sara completed her addiction counselor certification, and is excited to work closely with the newly recovering community.

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 travel

Dale Gibson, MACP, ADDC, LPCC

Primary Therapist

James Hart, BA, CAS 

Primary Therapist

James Hart is a 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 possesses all they need to create positive change. The process of therapy is to build and remind people of their inherent 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

Jayden Wiersma, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Whitney Matthies

Facility Maintenance