Meet your 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).
Barbara Witt, RN
Director of Nursing
Barbara Witt is the Director of Nursing at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Barbara oversees all aspects of the addiction treatment unit and educates and empowers clients on their journey to healthy living and recovery. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs and was the recipient of the Bethel College of Nursing Humanitarian Award. Barbara hopes to lead The Recovery Village Palmer Lake to be the most dynamic facility in the Rocky Mountain region and help clients succeed on their path to wellness.
Amy Armstrong MA, LAC
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.
Al Fritts, BS, MS, MBA, NHA
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.
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.
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.
Brandon J. Golder
Director of Operations
Brandon is the Director of Operations at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Brandon’s extensive leadership and managerial experience has provided a solid foundation for his role overseeing operations at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Brandon has served in multiple managerial roles ranging from Regional Director to Executive Director overseeing non-profit and for-profit programs. Brandon has a passion for efficiently operating facilities while providing effective quality care to our patients.
Brandon has also done small business consultation along with teaching business courses at the graduate-level. Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Psychology, a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Anderson University (Indiana) in Anderson, IN.