about choice house

the choice difference

Conveniently located in beautiful and thriving Boulder County, Colorado, the Choice House recovery community features neighborhood homes and a welcoming campus located in close proximity to each other as well as bus lines and various shops and businesses. In less than 15 minutes, you can move from the bustling city to the serene natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills, the perfect place to rediscover who you are and find the path back to your healthiest, most meaningful life.

 

why choice house?

 

  • Choice House has some of the most well-respected and experienced professionals in the addiction recovery field to work not only with clients but their families and the treatment team involved in their recovery process.
  • Choice House has earned praise for its services, support, and comfortable surroundings, that offer recovering addicts and alcoholics a healthy start to a sober life.
  • Boulder County is an active, growing, and flourishing community that provides work, volunteer, education, and internship opportunities for Choice House residents.
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our mission

To provide a nurturing and supportive living environment that enhances the continuum of care necessary to achieve long-term, happy sobriety.

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meet the team

Jordan Hamilton Choice House Executive Director - The Lookout

Jordan Hamilton

Executive Director, Principal

Jordan Hamilton has nearly a decade of experience in the addictions and recovery field. After joining Choice House in 2013 to serve as the director of admissions, he took the helm as executive director for Choice House in July 2017. Today he works to ensure the growth, operational efficiency, and quality control of Choice for Men, Choice for Women, and Choice The Lookout.

Before becoming part of the Choice House team, Jordan spent four years as a men’s supervisor at other well-respected residential treatment facilities in Colorado, where he spearheaded admissions and crisis management, as well as performing a multitude of other tasks involved with working with men in early recovery.

A graduate of the University of Colorado, Jordan spends his free time riding motorcycles, snowboarding, running with his dog, and spending time in the Colorado backcountry. He sets an inspirational example for the men in our programs through compassionate leadership.

 

Ozzie Cabral - Clinical Director - Choice House Boulder

Ozzie Cabral, MA, LPC, LAC

Clinical Director

Ozzie Cabral has worked in addictions and mental health since 2002. He has expertise in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) working with individual therapy, skills training, and treating dually diagnosed clients to include those struggling with chronic mentally illness. Additional areas of specialization include aggression replacement training, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapies, and working with co-occurring disorders.

His experience spans a range of treatment settings including residential, outpatient treatment facilities, domestic violence, sex offender clinics, and community mental health centers. For nine years, Ozzie worked at the Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital in various roles including the Clinical Coordinator for the men’s program. While at CeDAR, he and his coworker, Bari Platter, published a comprehensive curriculum with Hazelden Publishing, focusing on the integration of Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the 12-step philosophy.

In addition, Ozzie founded and operates Song of the Wolf Healing Center, a wolf and wolf-hybrid rescue located in Bailey, Colorado, and currently sits on the founding governing board of a recovery high school scheduled to open in Denver in 2018. He spends his free time playing guitar, hiking in the Colorado mountains with his own wolf-hybrid, and spending time with his three daughters. He is an active member of the Denver recovery community and continues to be unfailingly committed to his own recovery.

Ozzie has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado.

 

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Tyler Richardson

Principal

Tyler Richardson has worked in the addiction and mental health field since 2007. An entrepreneur and investor, Tyler was previously on the executive management team at another residential facility in Colorado, where his treatment industry experience included director positions in admissions, marketing, and alumni development. Today he joins Jordan Hamilton as a managing member of Choice House, where he provides administrative leadership and management advisory services and hosts 12-step intensive workshops to guide others to being recovered.

Tyler studied business administration at Southern Utah University. When he’s not supporting others in their recovery efforts, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family in Northern Colorado, serving at church, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors: golfing, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, and cycling.

 

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Jeff Hamilton

CFO

Jeff Hamilton adds a voice to the Choice House team, representing families and caregivers who want to assist in the recovery of loved ones. As a parent providing support to sons who were entangled in the web of addiction, Jeff’s recovery journey is slightly different. His involvement at Choice is the culmination of his experience with addiction recovery from a related support perspective and his belief that there’s not much traffic on the extra mile of helping others.

As an active CPA with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University, Jeff has taken a nontraditional path in the world of public accounting due to his interest in the people side of business. He has served as the CFO of various companies such as Royal Robbins, 5.11 Tactical, Noble Outfitters, Regional Hand Center, and Vecchio Trees.

Jeff is happily married to Karen and together they enjoy many outdoor activities, international humanitarian service, community volunteerism, and family experiences. (And in case you were wondering, Jeff is indeed Jordan’s dad.)

 

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Michael Zona, M.D.

Medical Director

Michael Zona oversees the medical component of each patient’s treatment plan. He obtained his M.D. from the St. Louis University Medical School and later completed a four-year residency in psychiatry at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Board certified in psychiatry and neurology, with additional board qualifications in both geriatric and forensic psychiatry, Dr. Zona runs an active clinical practice, treating adults and seniors. He is also interested in the prevention of sexual harassment and suicide, as well as physician wellness, the diagnostic process, medication management, and the detection of medical issues that affect symptoms.

Dr. Zona has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts

 

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Taylor Gauthier

Business Operations Manager

The rare Denver native, Taylor Gauthier has a strong passion for human rights, as well as building businesses with his entrepreneurial spirit. He started working in the addiction treatment field in Denver in 2014, serving as an executive assistant to the CEO of another organization after overcoming his own addiction struggles. Since then, Taylor has done a little bit of everything – from running a house full of clients to building organizational policies and procedures as well as assisting in facility zoning and accreditation. While serving his previous organization, he was instrumental in obtaining state licensing as well as a joint commission accreditation. In his free time, Taylor enjoys traveling, playing golf, and cooking.

 

Mary Ann McCain Choice House, The Lookout

Mary Ann McCain, MA, LPC, CAC III

Primary Therapist

 

With more than 35 years of experience working in mental health and with individuals struggling with addiction, Mary Ann McCain is a skilled therapist with expertise in a range of treatment modalities. Within the Choice community, she integrates psychotherapy, basic attendance, and energy work to help clients heal and grow.

 

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Chelsey Summers, MA, NCC, LPC

Primary Therapist - Choice for Women

Chelsey Summers has a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Argosy University in Denver. A National Certified Counselor (NCC), she is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and currently working toward becoming a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC). Chelsey has ample experience working with individuals in a range of settings including inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient settings, and residential treatment settings.

Prior to joining Choice for Women, she worked as a primary therapist at AspenRidge Recovery in Colorado, where she helped men and women address their addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders. When she’s not at work, she loves spending time with her English bulldog, Gumbo.

 

Harold McNamara Therapist

Harold McNamara

Primary Therapist

Therapist Harold McNamara comes to Choice with nearly a decade of experience in the field of addiction and recovery. He has been a staff and shift coordinator for a detox unit, educated adolescents, and run groups and counseled outpatients while helping those charged with driving under the influence.

Most recently, Harold has spent his time counseling those in residential treatment programs – his current role at Choice The Lookout, where he meets one-on-one with clients, facilitates group therapy, and consults with other staff members to best support the individuals in the program. And while he enjoys getting to know the individual residents, he has a particular appreciation for the opportunity to watch a group of individuals become a close-knit group of brothers.

Harold has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. When he’s not working, you might find him painting, hiking and camping with his wife, working outdoors, and entertaining his two Australian cattle dogs, as well as keeping up with politics and attending theater productions. 

 

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Jill Krush,
MS, LPC, NCC, CAC III

Psychotherapist

A master’s-level, licensed professional counselor and EMDR-certified specialist, Jill Krush specializes in treating depression and anxiety, stress management, and helping individuals, couples, and families heal from trauma and substance abuse issues.

With more than 11 years’ experience in counseling, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Her areas of expertise include healing from trauma; working with teens, families, couples, and parents; substance use and abuse, codependency, women’s issues, and depression and anxiety.

An interactive, solution-focused therapist, Jill’s approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to personalize treatment for the individual. With compassion and understanding, Jill works with each person to help them build on their strengths and attain personal growth.

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Jill maintains a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.

 

Natalie Jeffers

Natalie Jeffers Wilkins, MA, CACII, CSAT

Certified Systemic Art Therapist and Addiction Counselor

Natalie has a master’s degree in health psychology and therapeutic arts and a degree in communication art and design. She has nine years of experience in the field of substance abuse and facilitates art therapy groups in several treatment centers in Colorado. She also has a private practice in Denver.

 

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Alec Farbman

Resident Manager

Alec Farbman joined Choice House in summer 2016, bringing a passion for the recovery community and commitment to those progressing through their journeys to sobriety. As the resident manager for the Choice for Men program, he supervises the daily activities of our residents, providing guidance and resources that support them in their transition back to life in recovery. Alec spends his busy days visiting the various properties and client rooms, facilitating a morning meditation group, conducting new client intake and orientation, and mentoring and assisting clients with their job searches before wrapping up the day with nightly check-ins. He genuinely enjoys connecting with each client, learning from them and whenever possible, sharing some of what he’s learned along his own journey.

A self-proclaimed music enthusiast and film nerd, Alec also likes to travel, ski, golf, and practice yoga. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in mindfulness-based counseling psychology.

 

Mark Lanier - Choice House Tech

Mark Lanier, MA, CAC II, CSAT

Behavioral Health Technician

With more than 10 years’ experience in the world of mental health and recovery care, Mark Lanier thrives on being involved in each client’s journey to sobriety and watching them flourish while gaining insight into their behavior.

Before joining Choice House, Mark lived in southeast Asia for a decade, which instilled in him a love for learning about new cultures and languages, as well as an appreciation for all of life’s experiences, both the expected and unexpected. Today he brings that same intellectual curiosity to the healthcare field, where he supports men in their recovery, setting boundaries, support program schedules and participation in recovery meetings.

Mark has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in addition to his bachelor’s degree in psychology. A music enthusiast and fan of all things tech-related, Mark likes running, foreign films, and dogs.

 

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Page Bassett

Behavioral Health Technician

Page Bassett channels her passion for helping people into the field of mental health and addictions. With two years of experience gained in the area of detox and one year in residential inpatient therapy, she loves to watch people change and grow in a healthy direction. And while she appreciates the importance of the recovery process, she strives to keep the process itself lighthearted and the lines of communication open.

Page has a bachelor’s degree in human services with a concentration in addiction. In addition, she’s currently pursuing a second bachelor of science degree in nursing. In her free time, Page enjoys photography (nature and action sports in particular), camping, hiking, four-wheeling, climbing, and exploring the outdoors with her two dogs, Izzy the pitbull terrier and Zion the husky.

 

Richard Rashaad Avalaz  Behavioral Health Technician 

Richard R. Avalaz

Behavioral Health Technician

As a behavioral health technician at Choice The Lookout, Richard supervises the residents’ daily activities, manages medications, and helps ensure that his clients make it to their scheduled appointments. Previously, he worked for the Human Service Department from 2009-2014.

When he’s not at Choice, he alleviates stress by lifting weights. In addition, he’s currently in training to become a tai chi instructor.

 

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Mark Schwinnen

Behavioral Health Technician

Mark Schwinnen has a passion for actively living and practicing the 12-Steps of recovery. He finds it fulfilling to help others achieve sobriety and live a healthy lifestyle. He has a love for outdoor recreational activities, including trail/mountain running, fly fishing, camping, mountain biking, and snowboarding. He also enjoys practicing yoga and is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. Above all, Mark’s family is what matters most; his fiancé, Ellen and two boys, Jonah and Jude.

With a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Northern Arizona University, Mark also brings his knowledge of career-building, outdoor recreation, meditation practice and education of addiction treatment to Choice clients both one-on-one and in group settings.

 

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To learn more about the Choice admissions process, please contact Jordan Hamilton at 720-577-4422.