Compassionate and dedicated Staff

Daniel Caplin DO - CEO and Medical Director


  

Dr. Dan Caplin moved to the southwest in 2000, for the amazing beauty, access to outdoor activities and for the outstanding climate.  After completing his Bachelor of Science degree from Union College, he obtained his medical degree form Des Moines University, graduating in 1990. He then spent the next four years in post graduate training, completing his residency in Emergency Medicine, followed by three years of active duty service in the United States Air Force.  Dr. Caplin engaged in a long career practicing Emergency Medicine in a variety of rural and urban settings, seeing the plight of addiction first hand.   With few resources available to those suffering from addiction, and essentially no tools available to the emergency departments across this country to help people in desperation, Dr. Caplin took it upon himself to study the field of addiction, eventually obtaining his Board Certification in Addiction Medicine.  He began his practice of addiction medicine full time in 2015, by opening an Opioid Treatment Program, in Durango, Colorado, Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services.   


Dr. Caplin spends his free time outdoors whenever possible, riding dirt bikes, skiing, hiking, bike riding, wakeboarding, boating, and enjoying time with his three children and two German Shepherds.   He feels that physical exertion, and adventure, are healthy ways to release endorphins.  Dr. Caplin believes physical activity is one of the best ways to stimulate the brain, and balance anxiety and depression.  Becoming physically fatigued each day, through activity, improves sleep patterns, which improves general well-being and physical health.  “Co-occurring disorders are present in over 90% of my patients suffering from the disease of addiction, and addressing these issues is paramount to long term sobriety,” explains Dr. Caplin.  Medication assisted treatment has been proven to be the most successful treatment modality for the disease of addiction, and the team at Durango Recovery Center has created a program where we are able to integrate methadone, buprenorphine as well as other medications into the residential environment, integrating the best available modalities.


Ryan Sullivan MA, LPC

Director of Behavioral Health 


Ryan is an insightful, cultured, and compassionate individual with a drive to assist others on their journey towards self-actualization.  As a lover of all that is wild, Ryan is passionate about the incorporation of the natural world into the therapeutic relationship.  As a Nature Based Counselor and Wilderness Guide, he is eager to instill the values of a healthy and active lifestyle that is aligned with a stewardship toward all living things, and to get others outside, pushing themselves toward greater personal limits and higher altitudes.   


Ryan has experience working with individuals and their families struggling with substance abuse and utilizes a mindfulness based, relational/humanistic approach.  Ryan earned his Master’s in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology: Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University.  An eternal student, his curiosity has always led him to seek out new areas of learning and techniques.  With a focus on whole person wellness, Ryan is extremely grateful to be a part of the Durango Recovery Center.  After living and working across the country and traveling around the world, Ryan and his wife have returned to Colorado to raise their daughter in the Rocky Mountains and to cultivate a healthy professional community. 


Jennifer Miller MSN, RN, CARN

Director of Clinical Operations


Jennifer spent many years as an ER registered nurse, experiencing firsthand the devastation caused by the opioid crisis.  Concurrently, she received her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from the University of New Mexico and taught nursing students at the university level.  Jennifer is now the Clinical Director for Southern Rockies Addiction Treatment Services and focuses much of her time on community outreach to increase awareness and prevention of opioid addiction.  She is a certified addiction registered nurse and is passionate about harm reduction and opioid disease management.  Jennifer is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the International Nurses Society on Addictions, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Russell Fontenot

Experiential Program Director  

 

Russell is a firm believer in the power of wilderness and outdoor pursuits promoting wellness and positive change for everyone. Russell believes in an all-inclusive approach to wellness, including exercise, healthy eating, rigorous honesty, exploration of the outdoors, stewardship of the earth and inhabitants, and is a firm believer in always moving forward in life. Russell has over 15 years of experience working with individuals struggling in different areas of life. He has case managed, counseled, worked in health advocacy, worked in corrections, and has worked extensively in wilderness therapy. One of Russell's missions in this world is to help others overcome their obstacles by giving them tools to succeed. He holds a BA in Psychology and is working toward getting his Certified Addictions Counselor certificate.

Chase Edwards

Culinary Director


Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Chase began his culinary adventures later in life after a successful career running a sales office.  Raising his beautiful daughter Alexandria introduced Chase to the joy of the kitchen, whereafter he classically trained in French cooking techniques and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with honors. Over the years, an approach to food that focuses on healthy, non-industrially produced cuisine has become Chase's mission.  A focus on ingredients with a farm-to-table mentality and nutrition education ensures top quality meals for our residents.   

Josh Mason MA, CACII

Lead Residential Support Staff


Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master of Arts in Social Theory, and is a Certified Addictions Counselor. A Southwest Colorado native with deep roots in local geography and culture, and over 15 years working with socially and economically minimized populations, Josh brings a wealth of experience and empathy to Durango Recovery Center. In his off time, Josh enjoys hiking, biking, hunting, and writing.

David Bohon BA, CWC

Wellness Coach


David Bohon is a Certified Wellness Coach (CWC), who assists people in establishing new and sustainable ways of living.  Through David’s knowledge, experience and engaging style, clients learn how to address their challenges, and to succeed in elevating their overall quality of life.  David has served as an Independent Certified Wellness Coach for the past five years. Prior to that he worked as a Life Coach, and has also taught courses in Yoga for the University of Texas at Arlington.  As a life-long hiker, nature enthusiast, and reader, David has a strong passion for the topic of wellness as a way to get healthy and enjoy life.  This holistic perspective enables him to be happy, and to address life’s many challenges.  David earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo.  In his spare time, David enjoys exploring nature, looking for fossils, and spending time with his sister and brother-in-law.     

Spencer Sorensen

Resident Support Staff 

   

Spencer is a Colorado native, originally from the Denver area. Along with his role at DRC, he is also an EMT and firefighter with the local fire department. As an EMT, he has gained a lot of knowledge and experience with addiction over the years and has seen firsthand what addiction can do to someone's life both physically and emotionally. Spencer truly enjoys working for DRC and feels it has given him the opportunity to make a difference and help make a positive impact in a person’s life in a different way than he would as an EMT. When not working, Spencer enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, and working out.    

Nick Vogt

Resident Support Staff

 

Born and raised in Vermont, Nick grew up snowboarding, fishing, and exploring the forest.  Following college graduation, he worked as a field guide at several wilderness therapy programs and discovered the Colorado Rockies as an 18-year-old, taking a train across the country to work on a trail crew in the mountains.  A passion for seeing people heal and grow is what attracts him to working with clients at DRC, where he is excited and proud to be a part of this community that embraces and promotes acceptance, healing, and growth.

Adam Fyfe

Resident Support Staff


Adam’s passion for human services work stem from his own life changing experiences. Through his own journey he has gained compassion, experience, and insight into helping others find their path to manhood. Adam is an avid fisherman and prospector, and a firm believer in outdoor education and therapy.

Mike Purcell

 Resident Support Staff


Originally from Denver, Mike has lived in the Four Corners area for about seven years. He received his degree in Environmental and Organismic Biology from Fort Lewis College in 2013. Prior to working at DRC, Mike has worked in a variety of fields including raft guiding and industrial work. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, bouldering, and rafting.

Payne Robertson

TMS Technician and Residential Support Staff


Payne graduated from Michigan State University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. He has maintained a steady interest in substance abuse counseling and has worked in a research lab in undergraduate studies where he had the opportunity to learn about TMS. He chose to work in this field because he wants to help people struggling with mental health disorders. 


Payne believes he is a helpful addition to the treatment team because he has a strong and compassionate personality. An attractive feature that also brought Payne to DRC was the opportunity to live in the mountains. Payne enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and mountain biking, and was a member of the Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team in college. 


Payne’s favorite part about DRC is the harm reduction aspect. He is passionate about creating drug policies centered around harm reduction instead of punishment. He wants to help put an end to the stigma currently surrounding drugs and addiction and is excited to be involved with various aspects of addiction treatment at DRC and SRATS.