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Team Colorado Springs

Our Colorado Springs team is a highly credentialed, dedicated team with a passion for helping young people safely detox. They are fully committed to our mission of helping young people recover from substance abuse and live happy, healthy lives.

Our Leadership Team

Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC
Executive Clinical Director

Dianna has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents and young adults, and has a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Regis University. 

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Dianna Sandoval
Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC
Executive Clinical Director

Dianna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addictions Counselor. Dianna has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents and young adults. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Regis University. Dianna has worked extensively with individuals struggling with substance use throughout her career. She started her career at Arapahoe House as a Program Manager and most recently, Dianna was the Clinical Director of a Denver-based substance use outpatient program as well as a Denver-based wellness program. Dianna manages the day-to-day clinical and administrative functions and conducts the initial assessments as well as the family orientation sessions.

Dr. Nathan Moore, MD
Medical Director, Colorado Springs & Cascade Canyon

Dr. Nathan Moore is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Moore attended attended Duke University School of Medicine and obtained his M.D. in 1995.

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Dr. Nathan Moore, MD
Medical Director, Colorado Springs & Cascade Canyon

Dr. Nathan Moore is Board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Moore attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA for his undergraduate work and then attended Duke University School of Medicine and obtained his M.D. in 1995.

Dr. Moore then came to Colorado and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Colorado’s family medicine program at Rose Medical Center. He has a special interest in addiction medicine, treating patients with opioid use and alcohol addiction. In 2017, he became board certified in Addiction through the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Moore is the Medical Director for Sandstone Care's Detox Center. 

Amy Armstrong, LPC, LAC
Program Director, Colorado Springs Detox

Amy is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

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Amy Armstrong, LPC, LAC
Program Director, Colorado Springs Detox

Amy’s passion for helping is rooted in a deep understanding of life challenges and the belief that every individual has the resiliency to overcome these challenges. She is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also EMDR trained. Her experience includes working with both mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked with both adolescents and adults and specializes in substance use disorders, dual diagnosis, and trauma treatment. Additionally, she focuses on mood disorders, thinking disorders, chronic impulsive, chronic relapse, anxiety, co-dependency, grief and loss, as well as issues related to self-esteem.

Our Colorado Springs Clinical Team

Dr. Alfonso Cappa, Psy. D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Colorado Springs

Dr. Alfonso Cappa is Sandstone Care's Licensed Clinical Psychologist who focuses on comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation of clients.

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Dr. Alfonso Cappa, Psy. D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Colorado Springs

Dr. Alfonso Cappa is Sandstone Care's Licensed Clinical Psychologist who focuses on comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation of clients.  Dr. Cappa graduated from Ponce School of Medicine, American Psychological Association approved Clinical Psychology Program.  He has over 10 years experience in mental health field and a passion for working with adolescents and young adults. 

Dr. Donna Nikander, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Medical/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Colorado

Dr. Donna Nikander is Sandstone Care's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner supporting our entire continuum of care in Colorado. 

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Dr. Donna Nikander, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Medical/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Colorado

Dr. Donna Nikander is Sandstone Care's Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner supporting our entire continuum of care in Colorado.  Dr. Nikander is a Family Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in the evolving field of Integrative Medicine for over 30 years. She is dual board certified in Psychiatry and Family Medicine and integrates both mental and physical health care across with a keen focus on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Nikander is formally educated in the field of Integrative Medicine and continues to develop patient-centered and post-doctoral educational programs. Dr. Nikander provides a personalized biomedical health management program which may include both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions such as customized bio- nutritional support.

Mandy Travis, LPC
Primary Therapist, Colorado Springs

Mandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor working in mental health for the last 6 years.

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Mandy Travis, LPC
Primary Therapist, Colorado Springs

Mandy is a Licensed Professional Counselor working in mental health for the last 6 years. She has worked with a wide variety of different ages, cultures, and issues in many mental health settings. She works with clients utilizing a client centered approach to treatment. Mandy meets clients where they are assisting clients with identifying goals and steps to take towards those goals. Mandy has worked effectively with clients struggling with trauma related, co-occurring diagnoses and personality disorders for the last 4 years, assisting them along their path of recovery. Mandy is EMDR trained and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) since 2017.

Diane Houston, MA
Addictions Counselor, Colorado Springs Detox Center

Diane is currently a Therapist at Sandstone Care supporting the Detox program at our Colorado Springs facility. She has over four years of clinical experience in individual and group therapy.

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Diane Houston, MA
Addictions Counselor, Colorado Springs Detox Center

Diane earned her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health from Argosy University in Denver. She has over 4 years of clinical experience in individual and group therapy. Diane began her journey working with addictions with a non-profit organization where she worked closely with groups who hove criminal backgrounds both within the criminal justice system and the Bureau of Prisons. Diane has also worked in an intensive impatient setting with young and older adults as well as the elderly population. Diane is currently a Therapist at Sandstone Care supporting the Detox program at our Colorado Springs facility.

Cheryl Stewart, CAC lll
Addiction Counselor, Colorado Springs

Cheryl is a certified level three addiction counselor. She has over twenty years of experience working in the substance abuse recovery field.

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Cheryl Stewart, CAC lll
Addiction Counselor, Colorado Springs

Cheryl is a certified level three addiction counselor. She has over twenty years of experience working in the substance abuse recovery field.

Tamera Deibert, RN
Charge Nurse, Colorado Springs

Tammy has over 12 years of experience in Adult and Geriatric, Stroke, Respiratory and two years of Psychiatric nursing.

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Tamera Deibert, RN
Charge Nurse, Colorado Springs

Tammy earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Warner Pacific College in Portland, OR in 1993. She received her ADN from NIACC, Mason City, IA in 2005. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Colorado and has a specialty in Med Surg - CMSRN. Tammy has over 12 years of experience in Adult and Geriatric, Stroke, Respiratory and two years of Psychiatric nursing. She has a well rounded scope of co-occurring and co-morbid diagnoses that helps in holistic care of clients.

Vea Marfori, RN
Registered Nurse, Colorado Springs
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Vea Marfori, RN
Registered Nurse, Colorado Springs
Rebecca Rowell, RN
Registered Nurse

Rebecca earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico. She has worked in addictions and mental health nursing for 2 years. 

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Rebecca Rowell, RN
Registered Nurse

Rebecca earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico. She has worked in addictions and mental health nursing for 2 years. Rebecca recently moved to Colorado Springs from Arizona, where she worked as an RN at The Meadows of Wickenburg.

Curtis Bender, RN
Nurse

Curtis is our nurse at our Medical Detox Center. Bio forthcoming.

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Curtis Bender, RN
Nurse

Curtis is our nurse at our Medical Detox Center. Bio forthcoming.

David VanDinter, LPN
PRN Nurse, Colorado Springs Detox Center

Dave is a licensed Practical Nurse of 27 years with 31 years experience in the medical field. In addition to nursing, he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. 

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David VanDinter, LPN
PRN Nurse, Colorado Springs Detox Center

Dave is a licensed Practical Nurse of 27 years with 31 years experience in the medical field. In addition to nursing, he also earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration. Dave has a long and diverse history in nursing and management specializing in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. His more recent experience includes several years of working with patients with substance use issues in an inpatient setting as well as in the community. Dave was stationed at Ft. Carson and returned to Colorado Springs after retirement from the United States Army in 2003. Dave, his spouse Jill, and their sons, Adam and Max, have now happily called Colorado their home for 21+ years.

Haydee Sanchez, BSN
Registered Nurse, Colorado Springs Detox Center
Haydee Sanchez, BSN
Registered Nurse, Colorado Springs Detox Center
Travis Howieson
Behavioral Health Tech, Colorado Springs

Travis is a Behavioral Health Tech at our Colorado Springs location.

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Travis Howieson
Behavioral Health Tech, Colorado Springs

Travis has experience working as a Behavioral Health Technician at the Raleigh House of Hope in Arvada, CO. Since relocating to Colorado Springs, Travis has continued his work in treatment working for University Park Detox and now Sandstone Care.

DeeAnna Rennison
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs

DeeAnna is originally from Iowa, but relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in November of 2017. Since moving, she has found her passion for assisting individuals in active addiction to find a new life of sobriety and hope. 

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DeeAnna Rennison
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs

DeeAnna is originally from Iowa, but relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado in November of 2017. Since moving, she has found her passion for assisting individuals in active addiction to find a new life of sobriety and hope. 

Dan Cowles
Behavioral Health Tech

Daniel is from Colorado and is currently a Behavioral Health Technician at the Colorado Springs facility.

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Dan Cowles
Behavioral Health Tech

Daniel has been involved with recovery for over 2 years, and is passionate about the rehabilitation of those struggling with addiction. Daniel is from Colorado and is currently a Behavioral Health Technician at the Colorado Springs facility.

Bill Tassey
Behavioral Health Tech

Bill earned his master's degree in Education Guidance Counseling.

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Bill Tassey
Behavioral Health Tech

Bill earned his master's degree in Education Guidance Counseling and moved on from there working in education for more than 10 years. He is now working in the field of drug and alcohol rehabilitation because he feels very strongly about helping those who are in need, get back to their grounded selves. Bill has one teenage son and in his free time he enjoys spending time outside hiking and skiing or walking his energetic dog.

Kathy Forough
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs

Kathy received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2009. She has experience working in an acute crisis stabilization unit for 8 years.

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Kathy Forough
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs

Kathy received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology in 2009. She has experience working in an acute crisis stabilization unit for 8 years. She is a dynamic teacher of cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, and specializes in anxiety and depression. Kathy has studied trauma extensively for about 20 years and enjoys theories of Depth Psychology. She is also a Zen practitioner and loves exploring nature and poetry in her free time.

Elizabeth Hey, CNA
Behavioral Health Tech

Elizabeth is a Behavioral Health Tech at our Medical Detox Center. Bio forthcoming.

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Elizabeth Hey, CNA
Behavioral Health Tech

Elizabeth is a Behavioral Health Tech at our Medical Detox Center. Bio forthcoming.

Jessica Christy
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs Detox Center

Jessica is a PRN behavioral health technician at our Colorado Springs Detox Center

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Jessica Christy
Behavioral Health Technician, Colorado Springs Detox Center
Adam Lucio

Adam received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of New Mexico.

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Adam Lucio

Adam received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of New Mexico. He is currently pursuing work in the mental health and addictions field, because he feels there is a huge demand for aid in this area.  He would like to inspire someone's world to be wholesome.

Our Colorado Springs Admin Team

Caleb Krull, CAC I
Compliance Manager, Colorado Springs

Caleb Krull is a Compliance Manager who has been working professionally in substance abuse since February 2016.

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Caleb Krull, CAC I
Compliance Manager, Colorado Springs

Caleb Krull is a Compliance Manager who has been working professionally in substance abuse since February 2016, although he does have personal experience in the recovery field for 10 years. Caleb has been actively involved in substance abuse community through various anonymous groups. His immediate job function is working as a clients case manager to assist with any physical, mental, or spiritual needs while in treatment and to assist client in developing a comprehensive aftercare and discharge plan. He is currently working with substance abuse clients in a multifaceted detox and residential assessment program, provides immediate medical consult in the capacity of his Emergency Medical Technician license, meets clients in various stages of treatment to resolve conflict and crisis as well as to celebrate the successes of their treatment, and currently manages various addiction education courses with his clients. Caleb is currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling with a focus on Christian Counseling, and he is concurrently working on his Certified Addiction Counselor requirements with a goal of completing his level 3 addiction counselor. Caleb currently resides in Colorado with his family where they have been native residents for 30 years. He enjoys fishing and spending time outdoors with his family.

Colt Smith
Clinical Outreach Associate, Colorado Springs

Colt is a Colorado transplant from Texas who has been working in the recovery field for 8 years.

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Colt Smith
Clinical Outreach Associate, Colorado Springs

Colt is a Colorado transplant from Texas who has been working in the recovery field for 8 years. His experience started as a House Manager at a sober living community while playing music in a recovery band. Moving to Colorado was motivated by a position at an adolescent residential treatment center where a passion for helping teens developed. Colt’s work has included milieu counseling, admissions counseling, lead therapist, and program director of a non-profit adolescent early intervention program in Colorado. Colt is a storyteller and has lectured about substance use over in schools across Colorado over 1,000 times. In the position of Clinical Outreach Associate, Colt focuses on fostering meaningful relationships with our neighboring agencies to help young people and families find wellness.

Kaitlyn Mercy
Digital Marketing Associate

Kaitlyn is a Registered Yoga Teacher and working towards getting her CAC I.

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Kaitlyn Mercy
Digital Marketing Associate

A recent transplant from Midland, Michigan, Kaitlyn is a Registered Yoga Teacher and working towards getting her CAC I. Before relocating to Colorado Springs, she was working both at a local hospital and as a Residential Advocate at a local domestic violence shelter. It was working at these jobs that truly sparked her interest in addiction recovery and mental health services. Kaitlyn combines her knowledge of holistic health, mindfulness, and her own addiction recovery in order to fully throw herself into her job as a Digital Marketing Associate. When she isn't working, Kaitlyn enjoys photography, teaching and practicing yoga, exploring Colorado, and going on adventures with her cat. 

Priscilla Gonzalez, MA
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Priscilla is the first point of contact for many families at Sandstone Care.

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Priscilla
Priscilla Gonzalez, MA
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Priscilla has a Masters in Sport and Performance Psychology and is currently working towards a BCBA with the University of Northern Colorado. Previously, she has been working in the educational, clinical and addiction treatment fields since 2010. Most notably working to support families with children that engage in risky behaviors. Priscilla is bilingual in Spanish and English as she comes from the Dominican Republic, where she completed her bachelors in Clinical Psychology. She has a passion for education and supporting families to get the best resources available. At Sandstone, Priscilla is the first point of contact for many families. She supports families who are struggling to identify their child's needs and uses her professional and personal experience to guide them through challenging decisions.

Drew Powers, CAI-II, CSAC-A
Admissions & Business Development Manager, All Locations

A native of Northern Virginia, Andrew started his career in the behavioral health field just one year into his personal recovery from addiction.

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Drew Powers, CAI-II, CSAC-A
Admissions & Business Development Manager, All Locations

A native of Northern Virginia, Andrew started his career in the behavioral health field just one year into his personal recovery from addiction. Today, Andrew is dedicated to giving back to families, clients, and professionals struggling with substance use & co-occurring mental health disorders. Over the years Andrew has held a variety of positions including certified substance abuse counselor, digital marketing, and national outreach consultant. Andrew is also a certified ARISE interventionist. Andrew joined the Sandstone Care family to represent the lifesaving service in the Virginia, Maryland, and D.C. metro area.  This representation includes establishing, developing, and maintaining ethical professional & collaborative relationships within the immediate community and supporting the organization’s national outreach efforts.

Kelly Swann
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Kelly is an Admissions Coordinator for Sandstone Care in the North Bethesda office.

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Kelly Swann
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Kelly is an Admissions Coordinator for Sandstone Care in the North Bethesda office. Prior to joining the team at Sandstone Care, Kelly was the Director of Operations and a hair stylist at a prominent hair salon in Rockville, MD. Kelly is newly entering this industry and her passion is fueled by her own personal experience in long term recovery coupled with the impact addiction has made on her family. The rising epidemic of addiction is what prompted Kelly's desire to transition to a career helping with mental health and addiction. Kelly has the heart of a servant and finds great reward in helping others.  She is dedicated to delivering exceptional support and resources to the families that reach out to Sandstone Care.

Jessica Jeffery
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Jessica Jeffery is a Montgomery County native, born and raised in Germantown, MD.

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Jessica Jeffery
Admissions Coordinator, All Locations

Jessica Jeffery is a Montgomery County native, born and raised in Germantown, MD. She began working in the substance abuse field in 2015 as an Outreach Coordinator for Serenity Acres Treatment Center. It was then she realized her passion for working directly with clients and their families. She loves being out in the community working with local Non-Profits, Advocacy groups, and other local treatment providers. She works tirelessly to build relationships in and around her community to be able provide resources that best match an individuals personal needs.

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