Meet The Team
Michael has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, primarily focused on addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. Prior to cofounding VL and DCC, Mr. Dinneen served hundreds of patients at CeDAR for over a decade and was responsible for designing and implementing key parts of the clinical programming, including the 30 day Primary Program, the 60 day Extended Care Program, the 71 day Professionals Program, and the Intimacy Disorder track. Mr. Dinneen is an author, an international trainer and mentor for substance abuse counselors, and regularly presents at industry conferences across the U.S. Mr. Dinneen earned a B.A. in education at Boston College, and a Masters of Social Work at the University of Denver. Michael is married to Jill for 20 years, and a father of two high school aged children. He loves outdoor adventure, travel, and spiritual development.
Licenses and Certifications:
- Formation Program for Spiritual Directors, Vincentian Spirituality Institute, 1998
- LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker #992263), 1999
- CACIII (Certified Addictions Counselor, State of CO), 1997
- CSAT (Certified Sexual Addiction Counselor) #2009C-0850, 2011
- CMAT (Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist) Work and Financial Disorders #2009C-8050, 2014
- EFT trained
- IFS Level III trained
Michael Simms has worked in the substance use disorder and mental health field since 2013. He has provided treatment in a wide variety of settings including detox, residential, outpatient and sober living services. Michael believes in the importance of the full continuum of care as individuals work to build a meaningful, fulfilling, and sustainable life in recovery. His passion is supporting and working with individuals as they address core issues and continue to grow into their recovery.
Michael received his master’s degree in social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a concentration in individual and family clinical social work. He is currently a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed addiction counselor (LAC) and is certified as an Acudetox Specialist (ADS). He has been trained in internal family systems (IFS), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and in treating co-occurring substance use and complex trauma.
Scott graduated from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental, population, and organismic biology (EPOB). He also received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from CU Denver in 2017, graduating magna cum laude. Scott is a certified addiction registered nurse and a certified addiction counselor in the state of Colorado.
Stephen is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT) through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictions Professionals (IITAP). He specializes in working with both those struggling with addiction as well as their partners and spouses impacted by the very real and often devastated effects of betrayal trauma. Stephen is also trained in the EMDR model of trauma therapy and incorporates this highly effective therapeutic tool into his work with individuals.
Lorie Is a certified Life and Career Coach, working exclusively with people who are in recovery from addiction or who are considering whether they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Lorie comes to her calling in part, because she is in long-term recovery from addiction and has tackled the challenges that are part of the recovery process. In her coaching practice, she uses a solutions-focused, strengths-based, practical approach to help clients create a satisfying, productive life while advancing their recovery from addiction. She has developed a Life Coaching program, VISION TREK, designed especially for people in recovery. She also offers Career Coaching based on the Knowdell Career Transition Model which is utilized by career professionals across the world.
For seven years, Lorie was the Alumni Program manager at CeDAR and developed the CeDAR Alumni & Recovery Support Services coaching program. She also founded a national, non-profit recovery organization, Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services. She continues to provide consultation and training to assist addiction treatment centers in the creation of robust Alumni Programs. In her early career, Lorie ran educational programs at the University of Pittsburgh, then owned and operated her own businesses for over 20 years.
Certifications and Education:
- Associate Certified Life Coach: International Coaches Federation
- Addiction Recovery Coach: Crossroads Recovery Coaching
- Career Transition and Development Coach: Knowdell Career Development Network
- Certified Trainer, Peer Recovery Coach Training, CCAR
- Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Laura F. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University in 1992. She studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, graduating in 1997. She pursued residency training in psychiatry and a research fellowship at the University of Colorado and the Denver Veterans Medical Center until 2005. She was employed with University Of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) full-time until starting her own private practice, Professional Wellness, and joining CPHP in 2019. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSOM and is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in both general and addiction psychiatry. Her professional roles have included serving as the Medical Director of the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), Medical Director for the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, Associate Program Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UCSOM, Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at UCSOM, as President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine, and as Co-chair for the Treatment Workgroup of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. As a reflection of her commitment to her work, she has been recognized as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
JR Gallegos is the Housing Operations Supervisor and Lead Recovery Tech for Valiant Living Recovery Housing. JR serves as a liaison between the clients and the treatment team. JR also handles operations for all of the Valiant Living properties and works to make sure the client experience is positive and memorable. JR works with his staff to maintain a consistent, confident team in the Recovery Housing aspect of this program. Having been through the Valiant Living Program himself, JR is strongly invested in the Valiant Living approach. JR has a strong passion for the 12-Step Program and Fellowship. JR is from the beautiful and rich-in-culture state of New Mexico. JR is currently working on a Masters in Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver and is currently a Certified Addictions Technician in Colorado.
Travis Simmons performs several roles at Valiant Living as a Housing Technician, Case Manager and Maintenance Supervisor. Having experienced his own recovery journey, Travis is passionate about the 12 steps and helping others build new and meaningful lives. As a part of the Valiant team, Travis helps to provide a safe and structured environment for our clients. He is currently working towards becoming a certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists and holds a BLS certification from Red Cross of Colorado. Outside of work Travis enjoys spending time outdoors and restoring cars.
Payton is a Colorado native. Payton has lived experience of substance use disorder and recovery. He is outgoing about his experience and has passion to show people do recover. He understands that while the 12 steps are important and a part of his journey, Payton is an advocate for any path of recovery. He hopes to help clients individualize their recovery for themselves.
Jill completed Addiction Counseling courses as well as Marriage and Family Therapy courses at the Colorado School of Family Therapy. She is a licensed addiction counselor (LAC) as well as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is currently working on completing the required hours needed to obtain her marriage and family therapy licensure as well as obtaining her CSAT Certification. Once she has received licensure in marriage and family therapy Jill plans on becoming trained in AAMFT Supervision.
Jill has past medical knowledge as well as crisis intervention training and is skilled in performing specialized assessments, addressing complex psychiatric, mental health, and substance use disorders utilizing a diverse range of research-based models and clinical interventions. She is a multifaceted counselor who enjoys practicing from a multimodal approach recognizing that everyone’s recovery is unique and deserves a treatment plan that focuses on specific needs tailored to their personal journey. She also feels that self-appreciation, forgiveness, and love are important in recovery, and enjoys helping clients find these important attributes within themselves.
“I prefer to envision us as pieces of shattered stained glass. As we heal from our addictions and soothe our mental health, we begin to pick up our beautifully broken pieces and glue them back together. The pieces fit differently once they have fractured, allowing us to create a new version of ourselves. A self who is stronger, more resilient, and beautifully mended; allowing our light to shine through our cracks, and lead others to the path of recovery.” – Jill
Brett’s life-long mission has simply been to help people thrive. He draws on his extensive experience as a classroom teacher and independent school executive, as well as his training and experience as a therapist to help clients realize their goals. At Valiant, he specializes in working with intimacy and family issues. His warm and compassionate demeanor gives clients the space to collaboratively explore the things that may be blocking them from becoming their truest and best selves while helping them move forward with hope and healing.
Brett holds an undergraduate degree in clinical psychology and two master’s degrees, an MA in education and a MA in counseling with an emphasis in clinical mental health. He has completed extensive post-graduate training in Marriage and Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute and draws on a variety of therapeutic techniques in his work with individuals, couples and families. Additionally, Brett is a Level I Certified Clinician in the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT).
Colt has come to us to pursue what he hopes to be a long career in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. He is in recovery himself and celebrates his newfound life by helping others find freedom from addiction. He is passionate about 12-Step programs and is an active member in the Mile High Area of Narcotics Anonymous. Colt is currently attending the Community College of Denver’s transfer program, pursuing degrees in both General Psychology and Behavioral Health.
Jan Burns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor. Jan has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adolescents and adults. She earned her master’s in 1996 from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s in social work and addictions from Metropolitan State in 1987. Jan has primarily focused on working with addictive disorders, criminal behavior, trauma, and other co-occurring disorders. She is currently completing a certificate program through the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies. Jan has provided treatment in a variety of settings, from out-patient to corrections. She has also served as Executive Director of the West Texas Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Jan is in recovery herself and stays involved with her 12-step home group. Her passion is helping others heal and finding joy in their lives. She was born in Colorado and participates in Phoenix, a sober active community. She enjoys climbing with her spouse and friends and caring for her aging mother. Jan is also certified at GEIR-Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies.