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Administrative Staff
  • Alan Kent

    Alan Kent, PhD

    Executive Director

    PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, DePaul University, 1984

    Professional Interests: College student mental health, LGBT issues, Cognitive-behavioral therapy, health psychology

    Professional Experience: Former positions: Assistant Vice President for Health and Wellness, University of South Florida; Director of Counseling and Career Services, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • Chris Wera

    Chris Wera, CPA, CMA, CFA

    Director of Administration & Finance

    MACC, Master of Accountancy, DU
    Certifications: CPA, CMA, CFA, CGFMA
    Current PhD candidate in Research Methods and Statistics, DU

    Professional Interests: Responsible for the day to day Financial and IT operations of the Health and Counseling Center. Serves on the HCC management team as well as the Student Life Senior Staff. Also is the Student Life representative to the University of Denver Sustainability Committee.

    Professional Experience: Over fifteen years of financial experience, including a dozen years of controlling, financing, planning and developing budgets, with 12 in healthcare. I have served in various financial capacities including Business and Finance Officer, Controller and Chief Financial Officer. I have also served on served on the Board of the Butterfly Pavilion, and have advised several non-profit boards and committees

  • Sarah Johnson

    Sarah Johnson

    Manager of Accounting & Data

    BA Management, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2004

    Professional Experience: Accounts receivable, accounts payable, internal reporting and data analysis, process integration, streamlining communications, learning new software and instructing staff

  • Garrett Mathias

    Garrett Mathias

    Practice Coordinator

    BA History, Colorado State University, 2007
    BA Political Science, Colorado State University, 2007
    MA History (Gender & Sexuality, Latin America), Colorado State University, 2009

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2012

  • Erica Mischke

    Erica Mischke

    Practice Coordinator – Manager

    AOS Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America, 1990
    BA Leadership and Organization Studies, University of Denver (Expected 2014)

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2005

  • Tiffany Myers

    Tiffany Myers

    Practice Coordinator

    AS Health Information Management, San Diego Mesa College, 2006
    BSBA Finance, University of Denver, 2008

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2008

Counseling Staff
  • Jacaranda Palmateer

    Jacaranda Palmateer, PsyD

    Director of Counseling

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2005
    MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2002
    BA Psychology, Colgate University, 1997

    Professional Interests: College Counseling, trauma, cognitive and personality assessment, ADHD, LDs, grief counseling, individual/group psychotherapy, couple's therapy, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, eating disorders, Prolonged Exposure, DBT.

    Professional Experience: Employed at DU HCC August 2004-August 2005, and August 2006- present. Completed other training experiences at UC Boulder's CAPS, and at Metro State University's counseling center. At DU's HCC, I have also coordinated the assessment, outreach and training programs prior to becoming director.

  • Ross Artwohl, LCSW

    Program Director, (AOD) Alcohol & Other Drug Support Services

    MSW, Colorado State University, 2001
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 2004

    Professional Experience: ​I've enjoyed 14 years as a clinician within a college counseling setting. I maintain a specilization in the treatment of abusive alcohol and other drug use, couples therapy using a Bowenian differentiation-based approach, gestalt therapy and culturally competent psychotherapy with men.  I also I lead community-based prevention work combining the wisdom of social work to inform my community organizing and the "tools" of public health to assist in the conceptualization of environmental "causes" and cures of abusive substance use and mental illness.

  • Kirsten Ging

    Kirsten Ging, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist

    BS Colorado State University, 1995
    MA Psychology, University of Denver, 2009
    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2009

    Professional Interests: GLBTIQ identity development, multiculturalism and diversity, family of origin and relationship issues, couples therapy, cognitive and personality assessment

    Professional Experience: University counseling center, GLBTIQ community centers for youth and adults, individual and group therapy for transgender persons, couples therapy, personality and ADHD/LD assessment, elementary school counseling

  • Gillian Kaag

    Gillian Kaag, PhD

    Program Director, (CAPE) Center for Advocacy, Prevention, & Empowerment

    PhD Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2009
    MA Clinical Psychology, Miami University, 2005
    BA Psychology, Women and Gender Studies Minor, Middlebury College, 2003

    Professional Interests: Strong generalist background with special interests in trauma, gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking), social justice issues, career and professional development, training, depression and self-injury, relationship and interpersonal effectiveness, self-esteem, body image, mind/body connection, grief and loss (including survivors of suicide), life transitions, dreamwork, and existential issues.

    Professional Experience: Medical centers (outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and mobile crisis settings), university counseling centers, community mental health, domestic violence shelter, residential treatment center, team lead for Dialectical Behavior Therapy program (groups and individual), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Trauma Focused – CBT, Suicide Assessment and Prevention, Community Psychology and Program Evaluation (with a particular emphasis on gender-based violence issues).

  • Marjorie Lavin

    Marjorie Lavin, MD

    Staff Psychiatrist

    MD, Cornell University
    Psychiatric Residency, Boston University

    Professional Interests: Psychopharmacology, nutrition, wellness, and alternative therapies.

    Professional Experience: Chief at Mental Health Kaiser (1983-1986); Chief at Mental Health Harvard Community Health Plan (1986-1991); Consultant/Editor at McKesson, Inc. (2000-present); Lecturer, supervisor, teacher in psychopharmacology, time limited therapies.

  • kimmercer

    Kimberly Mercer, PhD

    Behavioral Health Consultant / Staff Psychologist

    PhD Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2010
    MA Clinical Psychology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2007
    BA Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 1993

    Professional Interests: I am passionate about the delivery of mental health services in primary care settings and believe that this model represents the future of mental health service delivery, as it conceptualizes mental health as being an integral part of overall health and wellness. I subscribe to an evidence-based treatment orientation, and utilize treatment modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based psychotherapy, Biofeedback, and Psychoeducation, which I customize to meet the needs of each individual patient. I especially enjoy working with treatment issues related to depression, behavior change, and behavioral medicine, and also have a strong interest in research, teaching, and scholarly writing.

    Professional Experience: Integrated care, behavioral medicine, and generalist care across a variety of settings including: academic medical centers, university clinics serving student populations, primary and specialty care clinics, inpatient consultation-liaison, emergency departments, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, and a Veterans Affairs medical center.

  • Carolee Nimmer, PhD

    Training Director, Staff Psychologist

    ​PhD Clinical Psychology, 1987

    Professional Experience: Interned with a psychosocial rehabilitation center working with adults who have a persistent mental illness. Interned with the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence by teaching about bystander intervention, vicarious trauma, and domestic and sexual violence.

  • Chris Peavey, MS

    Psychology Intern

    ​BS Fort Hays State University, 2006. MS Fort Hays State University, 2009

    Professional Interests: Religion in therapy, severe persistent mental illness, LGBTQI issues, stage of life problems, relational problems. .

    Professional Experience: University Counseling Center, Private Outpatient Clinic, Community Mental Health, Emergency Services.​

  • Julie Sutcliffe, MS

    Psychology Intern

    ​MS Kinesiology/Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of North Carolina Greensboro, 2011, BA Psychology & Elementary Education Teaching Credential, Vassar College, 2003

    Professional Interests: College counseling, adjustment and resiliency, relationships, family of origin issues, identity, sport and performance psychology, veterans, eating disorders, alcohol and other drugs, parenting, women's health.

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers, community mental health, intensive outpatient treatment of eating disorders and alcohol and other substances, athletes.

  • Lies Van Bekkum, MA

    Psychology Intern

    ​MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012, BA Psychology, Agnes Scott College, 2008

    Professional Interests: ​International students, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity concerns, family of origin issues, multiculturalism and social justice issues, adjustment and resiliency, women’s health and other health issues.

    Professional Experience: ​University counseling centers, integrated primary care and behavioral medicine, community mental health, individual, couple, and group psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive and personality assessment.

  • Kim Yalango

    Graduate Student Trainee

    MA Counseling Wake Forest University 2014; BA Psychology Muhlenberg College 2012

    Professional Interests: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), sexual and gender identity issues, multiculturalism, body image & self-esteem, academic counseling

    Professional Experience: University counseling center, university learning assistance center, inpatient and partial hospitalization treatment facilities

  • Clare Jinzhao Zhao

    Claire Jinzhao Zhao

    Graduate Student Trainee

    MA Counseling Psychology, Rutgers University 2014; BA Medical Psychology Soochow University, 2012

    Professional Interests: My background is in counseling psychology, and my broad research interests include multicultural counseling, cultural resilience, and social justice. With the goal of continually improving my cultural competencies, I primarily focus on education, development and counseling of ethnic and racial minority. I am also interested in studying the practices to help survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence, which often intersects with cross-cultural issues.

    Professional Experience: Contact We Care (Self-harm/Suicide Hotline) – Contact Listener (hotline operator), Center for Empowerment (Rape Crisis Intervention Center) – Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate, Suzhou Guangji (Psychiatric) Hospital – Medical Intern

Health Promotion & Education Staff
  • Sarah Belstock

    Sarah Belstock

    Director of Health Promotion and Education

    BA, Stanford University
    MS, Harvard University School of Public Health

    Professional Interests: college health, alcohol and other drug use, health and social behavior, public health programming

    Professional Experience: Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Wellness- University of Wisconsin, Public Health Specialist- City of Wauwatosa Health Department

  • Philip Courey

    Student Life Fellow - Peer Health Education Supervisor

    BS, University of Minnesota

    Professional Interests: College student development, civic engagement, experiential learning, social and emotional health and learning, equity and access in education, and social justice issues.

    Professional Experience: Service Learning Program Assistant and Coordinator - Saint Paul Public Schools; Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA - VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative, Virginia Tech.

  • Allie McRitchie

    Student Life Fellow

    BA, Mathematics and Sociology, Ohio University, 2014

    Professional Interests: Undergraduate student development, health programming, student affairs, student advising and assessment

    Professional Experience: 3 years experience in the field of student affairs, event planning and promotion at a large public institution

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Medical Staff
  • David Odell

    David Odell, MD

    Medical Director / Staff Physician

    MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1995
    Residency, Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, Family Medicine, 1998
    Fellowship, Ohio State University, Columbus, Sports Medicine, 1999

    Professional Experience: Board Certified Family Medicine Physician; private family practice, 2000-2003; urgent care medicine, 2003-2013; University of Denver Health & Counseling Center Medical Director, 2012 to present.

  • Adrienne Bujaci

    Adrienne Bujaci, CMA

    Medical Assistant

    AS Medical Assisting, Red Rocks Community College

    Professional Experience: EMT Basic Certification, CAN

  • Denise Gubrud

    Denise Gubrud, CMA

    Medical Assistant

  • Lori Greybill

    Nurse

  • Colleen Moss

    Colleen Moss, MHS, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Certified

    MHS, Duke University School of Medicine, 1996, Physician Assistant Program
    BS Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1987

    Professional Interests: Orthopedic injuries. Trauma and wound care. General Family Medicine issues

    Professional Experience: Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Dermatology and Trauma, Kaiser Permanente, Denver. Occupational Medicine, Concentra Medical Centers

  • Cornelia Nelson

    Cornelia Nelson, CMA

    Medical Assistant

    BSBA, University of Denver
    Certified Medical Assistant, Red Rocks Community College

    Professional Experience: CMA, DU Health & Counseling Center since 2005

  • Girish Paranjape

    Girish Paranjape, DO

    Staff Physician

    DO, Oklahoma State University, 1996
    BA, University of Oklahoma, 1992
    Fellowship, Primary Care Sports Medicine, University of Colorado, 2000
    Residency, Family Medicine, University of Colorado, 1999

    Board Certifications - Sports Medicine and Family Medicine - (CAQSM and ABFM)

    Professional Experience: 2002-present - Staff Physician University of Denver Student Health and Counseling Center. 2002 - present - Head Medical Team Physician University of Denver Pioneers. 2000 - 2002 - Sports Medicine Physician, Boulder Center for Sports Medicine

  • Michelle Schroder, BSN

    Nurse

    BS Nursing, Metropolitan State University of Denver, BA Psychology, CU-Boulder, AS Biology, Front Range Community College

    Professional Interests: Preventative care, women's health, trauma/injuries, procedures, acute/urgent care and chronic illnesses.

    Professional Experience: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care (ICU), Orthopedics, Emergency Psychiatry (child, adolescent), Inpatient Psychiatry (Adult), Cardiology, Oncology, Interventional Radiology

  • Bryndi Schult, LPN

    Nurse

  • Heidi Seaborn Moyse

    Heidi Seaborn Moyse

    Provider

  • Sylvia Vigil

    Sylvia Vigil, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Physician Assistant Program (PA-Certified), University of Colorado Health Sciences, 2000
    BS Biology & Microbiology, Colorado State University, 1996

    Professional Interests: Preventative care, women's health, trauma/injuries, procedures, acute/urgent care and chronic illnesses.

    Professional Experience: Family Medicine; Private practice – three years; women's health — one year; DU Student Health & Counseling since 2004.

  • Amber Zamudio

    Amber Zamudio, CMA

    Certified Medical Assistant

    Certificate in Medical Assisting, Red Rocks Community College, 2012