Meet Our Dedicated Care Team

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake provides quality addiction treatment in Colorado with a team of experienced professionals. Whether you’re looking for information about addiction and treatment online or ready to take your first step toward recovery, the team at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is there to help. 

About The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake Team

As a leader in addiction treatment, The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake employs experts in evidence-based rehab care. With medical and clinical staff members on-site, we provide a consistent, high-quality treatment experience from medical detox to aftercare planning

Editorial Policy

The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake is a resource for people in the local community and beyond. The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake’s website provides online tools and information to help people learn more about addiction, treatment and recovery. Online content is produced by a team of medical reviewers, writers and editors to ensure accurate information is shared.  

In-House Staff, Editorial Team and Medical Experts

Learn more about the leadership team on-site at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake and the editorial team that creates content our web content. 

Robert Ocshner

Dr. Robert Ochsner

Medical Director

Dr. Robert J. Ochsner joined Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in February 2016 and has worked exclusively in the addiction treatment field ever since. A native of Colorado, Dr. Ochsner completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder before receiving a Health Professions Scholarship through the United States Air Force. He graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Ochsner spent several years on tours to Yokota Air Base in Japan and Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, where he cared for active duty military members, their dependents and retirees.

Michael Hunter

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

Stephen Perme

Stephen Perme

Clinical Director

Stephen Perme is the clinical director at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. He is a licensed professional counselor in Colorado and certified addiction counselor, licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor in Florida. Stephen leverages his more than 18 years of experience in addiction treatment to help people better manage their substance use and mental health disorders.

Shannon Smithwick

Shannon Smithwick

Nursing Director

Shannon Smithwick is the nursing director at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. As a leader and nursing professional, she is dedicated to providing excellent patient care by managing the nursing staff and supporting the executive team at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. She continuously works to strengthen her nursing and leadership skills to provide the best service to her clients.