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Our 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

Administrative Staff
  • 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

  • Shannon Christensen

    Shannon Christensen

    Practice Coordinator

    MBA, Colorado Technical University, 2013
    BS, Weber State University, 1996

    Professional Experience: My background is primarily in retail management with over 15 years of experience.

  • 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

  • Jeremiah Mashore

    Assistant Director of Operations & Administration

    BA Leadership and Organization Studies, University of Denver (Expected 2014)

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2003

  • 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.

  • Nahed Barakat

    Nahed Barakat, MA

    Psychology Intern

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2014
    MA Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2008
    BA Journalism/Psychology, The American University in Cairo, 2003

    Professional Interests: Health psychology, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, trauma, psychosocial oncology (cancer psychology), university populations, suicide prevention, mind-body connections

    Professional Experience: Psychology Extern - Exempla St. Joseph's Hospital, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Psychology Extern - Denver Health Medical Center, Psychology Extern/Mentor - College Living Experience (CLE)

  • Ashley Bartlett

    Ashley Bartlett

    Higher Ed Fellow, CAPE

    BSBA Human Resources Management, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    MA Higher Education and College Student Development, University of Denver, 2015

    Professional Experience: Three years Human Resources Management experience in Hospitality industry, one year Operations Management experience in Retail industry, four years experience in various Student Activities Administration roles and one year volunteer experience in college career counseling center

  • Brian Beaumund

    Brian Beaumund, MA

    Psychology Intern

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2014
    MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
    BS Psychology, Michigan State University 2008

    Professional Interests: working with individuals, couples and groups in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, relational problems, stress management, pain coping and life transitions

    Professional Experience: Experience in the areas of Asperger's Disorder, forensic psychology, community mental health, college counseling, trauma, behavioral health, chronic medical conditions, and pain management.

  • Ron Dolgin

    Ron Dolgin, MA

    Graduate Student Trainee

    BS Psychology, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 2010
    MA Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University, 2013
    PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Denver, 2017

    Professional Interests: Trauma, health psychology, sport psychology, body-centered psychotherapy (somatic experiencing, bioenergetics), grief counseling, life transition and adjustment, identity issues and formation, wilderness-based therapy

    Professional Experience: Clinical Outpatient Intern- Alexian Brothers Center of Mental Health, (Individual & group therapy to adults, families, couples, & adolescents). Practicum Therapist- The Family Institute (individual adult therapy), Intern-Campion, Barrow & Associates (Psychological testing and assessment)

  • Cara Freudenberg

    Cara Freudenberg, PsyD

    Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellow

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, 2013
    MA Clinical Psychology, Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, 2010
    BA Psychology, University of Georgia, 2007

    Professional Interests: eating and body image concerns, relationship difficulties, sexual and gender identity concerns, family of origin issues, trauma, multiculturalism and social justice issues, general psychological issues

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization eating disorders treatment facilities, individual and group psychotherapy, relational therapy, and cognitive and personality assessment

  • 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

  • Melissa Gollick

    Melissa Gollick, MA

    Psychology Intern

    BA Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
    MA Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Denver, 2010
    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2015

    BA, Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006
    MA, Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Denver, 2010
    PsyD, Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, anticipated graduation 2015

    Professional Experience: ​Eating disorders, assessment, sport psychology, community mental health, and university mental health.

  • Tawny Hiatt

    Tawny Hiatt, PhD

    Staff Psychologist

    PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2008
    MA, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2005
    BS, Emporia State University, 2001

    Professional Interests: Complex trauma, interpersonal process and emotion focused therapy, LGBTQ identity/issues/couples, multicultural and social justice issues, family of origin problems, adjustment & identity concerns, sexual concerns/problems, emotion regulation problems & dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers, rape crisis centers, community mental health clinic, individual/group and couples therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (groups and individual), combat veterans, organizational consultation, outreach and private practice

  • Aaron Hudyma

    Aaron Hudyma, MS

    Graduate Student Trainee

    PhD, University of Denver, 2016
    MS, South Dakota State University, 2010

    Professional Interests: College student development, nontraditonal college student adjustment, psychotherapeutic applications of mindfulness, well-being, career decision making, identity and life transitions.

    Professional Experience: Denver County Jail (individual and group counseling) Black Hills State University Counseling Center (individual counseling and campus outreach)

  • 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).

  • Chesleigh Keene

    Chesleigh Keene, MA

    Graduate Student Trainee

    BA Psychology, Fort Lewis College, 2006
    MA Community Counseling, Loyola University of Chicago, 2010
    PhD Counseling Psychology, 2017

    Professional Interests: Multicultural counseling, trauma and victimization, ethnic identity and multicultural topics, general mental health topics around transitions, stress, and grief. Traumatic brain injury and associated symptom management.

    Professional Experience: Researcher - Denver Health and Hospital Authority Laboratory for Neurotrauma. Counseling Intern- Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare, Chicago, IL Psychiatric Floor Counselor- University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute

  • 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.

  • Risa Muchnick

    Risa Muchnick, MA

    Psychology Intern

    PsyD, University of Denver, 2014
    MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2012
    BA Art History, Boston University, 2009

    Professional Interests: identity development and exploration, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, anxiety, family of origin struggles, grief and loss, trauma, eating and body image concerns, sexual assault, social justice; I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and groups.

    Professional Experience: Regis University Office of Counseling and Personal Development, Graduate Intern, Kaiser Permanente--Highline Behavioral Health Clinic, Student Therapist, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Student Therapist.

  • Carolee Nimmer, PhD

    Training Director, Staff Psychologist

    ​PhD Clinical Psychology, 1987

    Professional Experience: Manager of Behavioral Health and Eating Disorders program at Kaiser Permanente.

  • Nick Sotor

    Nick Sotor, MA

    Psychology Intern

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2014
    MA, University of Denver, 2011
    BA, University of Illinois, 2008

    Professional Interests: mindfulness, acceptance, valued behavior, drugs, alcohol, addiction, issues of depression and anxiety, eating disorders, issues of race and multiculturalism, DBT, ACT, FAP, MI, and exposure therapy.

    Professional Experience: I have experience working in community mental health and college counseling centers. Within these settings I have worked with an intensive outpatient treatment team focusing on issues of drugs and addiction, a DBT treatment team working with suicidal or otherwise high risk clients, and have facilitated alcohol education and domestic violence groups. I also have experience providing short and long term therapy and have experience doing group therapy as well.

  • Keaton Zucker

    Keaton Zucker, LMSW

    Graduate Student Trainee

    PhD Counseling Psychology, University of Denver, expected 2017
    MSW, Columbia University, 2009
    BA, Brown University, 2006

    Professional Interests: Performance and sports psychology, adjustment to life transitions, trauma, resilience, relationship issues, multicultural counseling, and the impact of social class on psychological processes and career development

    Professional Experience: University counseling center, community mental health, school-based mental health, suicide assessment and prevention.

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

  • Jackson Kammrath

    Higher Ed Fellow

    BS, Butler University, 2013

    Professional Interests: student development, Greek Life, and student wellness

    Professional Experience: Worked within the Office of Student Affairs at Butler University where I worked on a variety of projects with the health center such as Safe Spring Break.

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

  • Paula Hanson

    Paula Hanson, ANP

    Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Certified

    BSN, Creighton University
    Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Metro State College
    MSN Adult Illness and Health Maintenance, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
    Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
    American Nurses Credentialing Center Member Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

    Professional Interests: women's health, health education, wellness, diet and exercise, birth control regulation, sexually transmitted diseases, menopausal management, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, lipid management

    Professional Experience: 15 years Critical Care Nurse; 23 years Private Internal Medicine Practice; 7 Years DU Student Health

  • 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

  • Bryndi Schult, LPN


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  • 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