Meet Our Dedicated Care Team

Equipped with thorough experience and anchored by compassion. Our team at Palmer Lake is made up of medical professionals who know the road to recovery themselves and can assist at a variety of care levels.

Kevin Wandler, MD

Interim Medical Director

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wandler designs and implements proven models of evidence-based therapeutic programming and ensure that each facility is providing exceptional patient care.

A national leader in the treatment of substance abuse and eating disorders, a frequent keynote speaker and a highly rated educator, Dr. Wandler brings over 30 years of experience to his new role at ARS. He is board certified in General Psychiatry with added qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. In addition to serving as IAEDP’s President, he is a Fellow and Certified Eating Disordered Specialist. His professional affiliations also include the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Amy Armstrong MA, LAC

Clinical Director

Amy Armstrong is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the State of Colorado.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.  She then went on to complete her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado.  Additionally, she is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and EMDR Trained.  In July 2017, she will become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Her professional experience includes working in both Mental Health and Substance Abuse facilities as well as Private Practice.  Her professional focus is addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.  In addition to her clinical experience, she has over 15 years of business management and leadership experience gained from owning and operating two family owned corporations.

Michael Hunter

Executive Director

Michael Hunter has been helping those struggling with addiction for over twenty years. In addition to providing direct client care, he has worked in executive roles across a variety of health care settings. He has helped integrate behavioral health care into primary medical care facilities, served as C.O.O. for an electronic health records company, and collaborated with medical clinics to improve quality-based reimbursement models.

Michael is also a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and advocates for effective, evidence-based approaches to substance use treatment. He has trained hundreds of therapists in utilizing Motivational Interviewing skills in medical settings.

Al Fritts, BS, MS, MBA, NHA

Facilities Manager

Al Fritts is the Facilities Manager at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Al’s extensive leadership and managerial experience has provided a solid foundation for his role in the operations of The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Al has also served as a managing partner for a Colorado Springs inn, restaurant and convention center, an administrator and consultant within the healthcare industry, and owner and operator of a successful assisted living facility in North Carolina, during which time he served on the North Carolina Healthcare Facilities Board of Directors. Al holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health and physical education from Appalachian State University, as well as a Master’s of Business from Marymount University in Washington, D.C.

Charlie Bateh

Director of Admissions

As the Director of Admissions at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake, Charlie Bateh puts a strong focus on patient care. He works closely with clients and their families to find comfortable and convenient solutions for admittance, and serves as a dedicated contact for all aspects of the intake process.

Charlie’s years of professional experience in customer service as well as his personal experience allows him to establish a rapport with patients and their families. Charlie takes pride in connecting with patients on a personal level to ensure they are in the best of hands.

Kelly Shearwood

Food Services Director

Kelly Shearwood is the Food Service Director for TRVPL and is dedicated to preparing great tasting food using all-natural, healthy and local ingredients while practicing safe food handling. From her prior experience in healthcare, she has the understanding, knowledge, and know-how, to provide a well-balanced, fully nutritious meal encouraging a patient’s success while in treatment.

Kelly moved to Colorado Springs from England in 2001 after graduating catering and hospitality school. Hard work, training, dedication and talent took Kelly from line cook at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs to Executive Chef of Mozaic restaurant in Palmer Lake. She is 2015 winner of “”Best Chef in the Pikes Region””, awarded to her at the annual Glass Slipper Ball community charity event.

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