Philosophy

The mission of Momenta is to always lead with love as we provide women with the space and support they need to achieve true, lasting recovery. We focus on rewriting the story we tell ourselves about who we are and where we fit in this world. We can put behind us the shadows and darkness of the disease of addiction and the stigma of mental illness. We do this through uncovering, discovering and moving through paralyzing experiences, like trauma, so we can discard them by moving our energy into the light of recovery.

We specialize in the treatment of women and their families, working to provide them with female and mindfulness-oriented care that is often missing in rehabilitation. We allow women to bring their children with them to treatment to not only help them gain insight and healing of their own attachment wounds, but to fundamentally impact their children’s future as well. We believe that this allows us to become significant parts of the solution rather than contributing to the problems that ripple through communities throughout our nation.

As one of only a few recovery centers in the states tailored exclusively to women and led by a team of industry-leaders in the mental health field, we are uniquely qualified to support women through the traumas they experience. Our culture of love and service creates healing opportunities to lead women out of the isolation of addiction into a more productive life for themselves and the people they love.


 
Momenta Recovery - A Healing Place for Women - Glenwood Springs, CO
 

Meet our Leadership

 
Dirk Eldredge   President & CEO

Dirk Eldredge

President & CEO

Dirk Eldredge - President & CEO

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I Lead with Love in all that I do while providing a client experience that is restorative and healing for each individual & family that entrusts us with their care. My primary intention is to leave a legacy as a trusted leader, husband, father & friend. I served as one of the most effective interventionists in the country while co-founding Alchemy Consulting. Served as Life Coach for the Seattle Seahawks & won a Super Bowl in 2014. Served as CEO for Jaywalker Lodge & built a highly effective & highly engaged team to serve the needs of men.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

I was a functioning addict/alcoholic for 2 decades and nearly lost my life.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

Encouraging individuals to surrender to the darkness of addiction & mental health disorders while watching the miracle of healing & restoration.

What inspires you?

God's unconditional love for each of us is my greatest inspiration. Showing up each day with a servant heart while creating a safe space for healing.

What do you do when you're not working?

Work in my yard while creating a quiet sanctuary to enjoy nature here in the Rocky Mountains. Kick back in my hammocks and laugh with my bride Stacy Lee.

What's something about you that not many people know?

I have two different feet. I'm mean for real, they each look like they belong to different people.


Laura Berreth   Director of Operations

Laura Berreth

Director of Operations

Laura Berreth - Director of Operations

Tell us a bit about yourself:

As the Director of Operations, my goal is to ensure a cohesive work environment by supporting and providing our employees with the tools and resources they need to deliver excellent care and service to our clients and their families. For the past eleven years working with The Danco Group of Companies, I have ascended from Assistant to the Property Manager to President of Property Management. During my tenure, my primary offer was to create and implement the foundation for Danco Property Management and obtain the appropriate approvals to manage our own properties. Our portfolio has grown from managing two affordable properties to fifteen.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

Addiction has rocked my world! I have two family members who are currently in recovery and have lost a brother to addiction. I never imagined it would happen to my family and when it did we/I had the illusion that we/I could control it. The two mantras that I've adopted as I continue to live with this disease are, to accept that addiction is a disease and that I am powerless against it.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

I love working with people. People are our greatest asset and when people are aligned, in other words working together as a cohesive team, anything is possible.

What inspires you?

I'm inspired by people's actions. Actions definitely speak louder than words.

What do you do when you're not working?

I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and eating, being outdoors, biking and traveling. If I was to describe my perfect day it would start with snuggles and a clean house. Then a bike ride, picnic lunch and swimming and end with an Italian dinner, sunset and some hot tub action.

What's something about you that not many people know?

I really enjoy playing Mario Kart, I can juggle and I have a weakness for donuts and sloths.


Dennis Ballinger   Clinical Director

Dennis Ballinger

Clinical Director

Dennis Ballinger - Clinical Director

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I am responsible for overseeing the clinical program at Momenta Recovery. I provide clinical supervision, direct client care and program design and development. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Level III Certified Addictions Counselor licensed in the State of Colorado. I am a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and an Approved Supervisor and Approved Supervisor of Supervision through AAMFT. I have over 20 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples and families that are struggling with addiction and other mental health disorders. I have been trained and certified in a number of evidence based practices including; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Functional Family Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis for the treatment of Trauma and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in addition to many others. I have trained over 50 individuals working towards their master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, has been a consultant to hundreds of therapists, case workers and other professionals and presented on topics, to other professionals and community members throughout Colorado and the Nation, on relate to co-occurring disorder treatment, family therapy and trauma.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

It is a sad statement to say that I, like everyone in this world, has been closely connected to someone struggling with the disease of addiction. I have seen first hand how this disease hurts those struggling with addiction as well as all of the people that are connected to that person. I have lived with seeing the heartache, tragedy, trauma and sadness that this disease brings. I have also seen the joy, excitement, gratitude, compassion and return to health that recovery brings. I truly believe that addiction is the greatest health crisis this country is facing yet it is the most marginalized and stigmatized health condition one can suffer from.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

I love helping individuals and their families address the impact of addiction on their life and help them move to a place of recovery filled with joy, happiness and the promises that recovery brings.

What inspires you?

People in a program of recovery. It is a blessing to be able to watch someone enter a program of recovery and blossom into the person hidden by addiction.

What do you do when you're not working?

When I am not working I love to spend time with my wife and our two mini Goldendoodles. If I am not with them I am often doing landscaping, woodworking, playing outside or going to the gym.

What's something about you that not many people know?

I am a Colorado Native and if you told me growing up that I would be living in the mountains and loving it I would have told you you had lost it. As a kid I loved the city and everything about the city. As an adult I love the peace, tranquility and beauty of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

 


Becky Gordon   Director of Admissions & Outreach

Becky Gordon

Director of Admissions & Outreach

Becky Gordon - Director of Admissions & Outreach

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I help lead Momenta and ensure that we remain on the path of being the best treatment center for women in the nation. My job includes building relationships within our community and throughout the country to establish trust with others in the industry. I connect with the families and the clients themselves to decipher if Momenta is the right fit for them and the place in which they will begin their healing journey. I also connect with the clients while they are here through workshops and yoga, part of our morning offerings, this allows me to be current with our program and to follow through on our promise of providing the safe and healing environment that they entrusted us to deliver. I have worked in the treatment industry for about 8 years now at different centers throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. I am a certified addictions counselor, certified yoga instructor and continue to educate myself and grow my capacity to help others suffering from this disease.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

I grew up in a family with addiction and had my own battle with the disease. In early 2011, I surrendered to the fact that perhaps I wasn't a horrible human being but rather I was sick and that there was a solution if I wanted it. It was then that my journey of recovery began and I realized that there was an easier softer way. To my surprise, what had worked for millions others was working for me and I was inspired to help others find their way.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

I love so many aspects of my job. I work for a company in which I have found support and faith that have allowed me to grow in so many ways. Every day I feel as if I get to come to work and do what I do and that is a gift.

What inspires you?

Our clients inspire me as well as all others on the path of recovery. We never get to graduate from the all hard work we put into this and therefore although the steps of how we transition are simple, they are not easy. For that reason, anyone who embarks on this journey themselves or dedicates their time to helping those go through it, reminds me of where i was and encourages me to move to forward one step at a time, one day at a time, in a life I could have never imagined. My young children also remind me to keep things simple and to laugh a lot. We get to be here!

What do you do when you're not working?

My favorite thing to do is to get down on the ground and literally be with my kids on their level. Entering in to their perspective bring me joy. I love to swim and run as well. Continuing the dance of a sixteen year relationship, with my partner in crime, is also something I enjoy.

What's something about you that not many people know?

I would say most people would not know that I studied Jui Jitzu and that the MMA art form helped to save my marriage.


Stacy Eldredge   Mindfulness & Spirituality Counselor

Stacy Eldredge

Mindfulness & Spirituality Counselor

Stacy Eldredge - Mindfulness & Spirituality Counselor

Tell us a little about yourself:

Certified and Licensed Addiction Counselor, Life and Recovery Coach, Spiritual Advisor, explore and enjoy nature in the Rocky Mountains where we have all four seasons - huge for me because I was born and raised in Southern California. I have been a Physical Therapist, Cosmetic Tattoo Artist, and Mom to five amazing children, took a deep dive into my own healing journey at USM where I received a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing - my 3 year project was ME!

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

Connecting with clients, helping them reframe perceived challenges as opportunities for growth and healing. Facilitating clients to move out of the “victim role” based on self-judgment, fear and shame to living an "empowered life" centered around self-worth, honesty, and belonging.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by people who are interested in their own healing journey. My favorite quote from Brene’ Brown: "Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do". I have learned to love myself and enjoy watching others learn to love themselves completely.

What do you do when you're not working?

Hiking and exploring with our three dogs, yoga, socking in local hot springs, meditation, sitting by the river, reading, spending time with family and friends.

What's something about you that not many people know?

I learned to speak Swedish at UCLA and studied abroad in Sweden learning Art History and then traveling around Europe by myself in the mid-80's for 3 months. I was on a game show with my best friend back in the 90's.


Kari Yuen   Residential Clinician

Kari Yuen

Residential Clinician

Kari Yuen - Residential Clinician

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I thrive with diversity and seek out challenges. Exploring the new and unknown opens up my heart and mind to new experiences and perspectives of life. I am a lifelong learner and continue to develop my knowledge with education, travel, working with others, and food. I am committed to walking side by side my clients and understanding their world, feelings, and experiences. I believe every person is on a path to find purpose and to feel whole. Everyone has the capacity to feel a stronger sense of self and purpose. I am privileged to watch clients courageously address their trauma and transform their lives into a new freedom and new happiness. For 10 years, I traveled the world as a Prevention Specialist and international speaker on addiction issues. As a Prevention Specialist, I learned the unique qualities of addiction and treatment from a multicultural lens. Embedded in an educational landscape provoked the motivation to pursue a degree in school counseling. After completing a BS in psychology and an MA in school counseling, I pursued an additional degree in clinical mental health. I spent time working in Wilderness therapy, I was a Director of programs with StandUpFoundation, and worked as a Mental Health Clinician at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Youth Facility in Minnesota before finding my way back to the Western Slopes of Colorado with Momenta Recovery.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

I am in long term healthy recovery and believe my journey is supported by intentional and rigorous spiritual work. I have risen from the social, physical, emotional and spiritual emptiness that comes with addiction. I am grateful to work with individuals and families providing hope and introducing a new way of living.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

I am passionate about creating a space were support, hope, and opportunity are present. Walking side by side as a client embarks upon their journey and being witness to the change that is cultivated.

What inspires you?

Inspiration is everywhere, when I am willing to see it.

What do you do when you're not working?

I am enthusiastic about life and embrace every opportunity that life offers. I love food, travel, scuba diving, snow sports, mountain biking, conversation and music.

What's something about you that not many people know?

As a child, I had dreams of performing in a circus. Currently, I would love to own a food truck.


Cre Donovan - Registered Nurse

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I currently supervise a community medical clinic. I work with an amazing team of professionals for an amazing community. I am grateful every day to be involved in work that is satisfying and fun! I am an outdoor enthusiast , so really anything that involves an adventure interests me. I am fascinated with how we all grow and heal. I care deeply about supporting women to recognize their own greatness. I love staying close to the magic of recovery. The bonds I share with others in this work is so satisfying on a soul level that it brings balance to everything else. I love to watch people become well again! I traveled west right after high school and was inspired by Rock climbing, mountains, wide open spaces, and independence. I became a ski patroller and eventually created a life devoted to search and rescue dog training. My passion for emergency work developed into a career as an emergency nurse and took me to inner city and rural departments until I finally returned home to the Roaring fork Valley. I have settled back into a wonderful mountain life in a community and home that feels like paradise.

How has addiction affected you and your life?

“I once felt addiction had hijacked my life until I realized it saved me.“ That’s I quote I read recently that sums it up perfectly.

What's your favorite part about what we do at Momenta?

Meeting people when they first arrive and watching them come alive and become hopeful again.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the phenomena of our greatest challenges becoming our most powerful gifts.

What do you do when you're not working?

Play outside! I ski and mountain bike, explore with my black lab Sophie. I love any and all adventures in the back country.

What's something about you that not many people know?

Oh I don’t know...I’m a closet country music fan!