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    Michael J. LaFarr, Psy.D.

    Executive Director

    PsyD Clinical Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, 2010
    MA Higher Education Administration, University of Denver, 2008
    BA Education, Johnson State College, 1993

    Professional Interests: Health care disparity & access, health and wellness, college mental health, differences in learning, grief counseling, giftedness, psychodynamic treatment, sexual therapy, non-majority sexual orientation & transgender mental health.

    Professional Experience: New member of the DU HCC May 2017. Former Executive Director of Health and Wellness at Brandeis University. Former Director of Student Affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Education and Health Promotion, Peace Corps of the United States, served in Mali, West Africa.

  • Chris Wera

    Chris Wera, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CFA

    Director of Administration & Finance

    MACC, Master of Accountancy, University of Denver
    Ph.D. in Research Methods and Statistics, University of Denver

    Certifications: CPA, CMA, CFA

    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

  • Janelle Gonzalez

    Janelle Gonzalez, B.S.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    BS Healthcare Administration and Management, Colorado State University 2015

    Professional Experience: Served as Community Support Specialist for the Larimer County Department of Human Services where she was able to assist community members in obtaining health care benefits through multiple government assistance programs. Janelle also worked at Colorado State University where she served as Marketing Coordinator for the student diversity office, El Centro.

  • Sarah Johnson

    Sarah Johnson, B.A.

    Assistant Director of Finance & Compliance

    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, M.A.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    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, B.A.

    Assistant Director of Administration

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

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2005

  • Tiffany Myers

    Tiffany Myers, B.S.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

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

    Professional Experience: DU Health and Counseling Center since 2008

  • Nicholas Peterson

    Nicholas Peterson, B.S.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    AA in Business at Red Rocks Community College 2009
    BS in Exercise Science at University of Northern Colorado 2014

    Professional Experience: Previously served in the U.S. Army working in positions as a Physical Therapy Technician, Physical Therapy Clinic Manager, and most recently as a Physical Therapy Sergeant at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

  • Sara Robbins

    Sara Robbins, B.A.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    BA at Colorado College, Class of 2014. Major in Biology, Minor in Spanish

    Professional Experience: Public Interest Fellow at the Colorado Health Institute, former EMT and a summer intern at the American Embassy in New Delhi, India Health Unit. Most recently, Sara was the Business and Training Specialist for Old Navy.

Counseling Staff
  • Jacaranda Palmateer

    Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D.

    Director of Counseling Services

    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.

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    Elizabeth Ahlers, M.A.

    Behavioral Health Consultant Practicum

    M.A. University of Denver, 2015

    Professional Interests: I am interested in working with individuals with behavioral health concerns, be that a medical condition or anxiety/depression.

    Professional Experience: I have a strong generalist training that has prepared me to work in a variety of settings including integrated primary care settings and residential treatment facilities.

    Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy playing with my dog and cat, knitting, and reading.

  • Hadeel Ali

    Hadeel Ali, MS.Ed.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    M.S.Ed.: Counseling Psychology, University of Kentucky, 2016
    BS: Psychology, University of Kentucky, 2012

    Professional Interests: Mental health among those in marginalized groups, refugee and immigrant mental health, acculturation, social justice, stereotyping, victims of war trauma, and children at risk.

    Professional Experience: Carrying out individual and group therapy with refugees and immigrants from various countries and age groups, working with undergraduate students.

    Personal Interests: Traveling, poetry, art museums, and the outdoors!

  • Ross Artwohl

    Ross Artwohl, MSW, LCSW

    Staff Counselor / Program Director of Alcohol & Other Drug Support Services

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

    Professional Interests: My approach is based in psychodynamic principles as this therapy has been demonstrated effective for a range of difficulties. The overarching goal of dynamic therapy is to reduce suffering and increase life satisfaction through a better understanding of why certain feelings, thoughts and behaviors recur. The essence of this therapy is exploration of those aspects of Self that are not fully know especially as they're manifest and potentially influenced in the therapy relationship or, for couples in treatment, with your primary romantic partner. These include: Recurrent fears, desires, habits of thought, patterns of behavior, characteristic ways to avoid difficult emotion, means to maintain self-esteem and ways of relating to others.

    Professional Experience: I've enjoyed 14 years as a clinician within a college counseling setting. I maintain a specialization 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.

    Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my wife Andrea and two-year-old puppy Ollie. Running, swimming, reading and backpacking/time with nature help me rejuvenate.

  • Nissa Baker

    Nissa Baker, B.A.

    Victim's Advocate

    BA: Psychology, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001

    Professional Interests: Providing assistance to victims of gender-based violence since 2000, I have a strong passion for helping vulnerable populations and have experience working with mentally ill individuals, victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, families of homicide victims, and people with physical and developmental disabilities.

    Professional Experience: Case management background, experience training, supervising, and managing volunteers on a crisis hotline, providing crisis intervention to victims of crime for the police department and ongoing emotional support and advocacy to victims involved in the legal process at the district attorney’s office. I serve on the board of directors to The Blue Bench and was a contributor in the production of the Sexual Assault Advocacy and Crisis Line Training Manual, used to train rape crisis hotline advocates across Colorado. I am also bilingual Spanish-speaking.

    Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my family and love to ski, cook, run, and travel.

  • Jessica Bartley

    Jessica Dale Bartley, Psy.D. LCSW

    Behavioral Health Consultant/Staff Psychologist

    PsyD: Clinical Psychology, 2012, University of Denver
    MA: Sport and Performance Psychology, 2008, University of Denver
    MSW: Clinical Social Work, 2007, University of Texas
    BA: Government & Sociology, 2005, University of Texas

    Professional Interests: Strong generalist background with special interest in college mental health and wellness, multiculturalism and diversity, mood disorders, anxiety and stress, disordered eating and body image, substance use/abuse, gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking), sport psychology including mental health with athletes and performance-related issues, career and professional development, life transitions, mindfulness and meditation, third wave of cognitive behavioral therapies, supervision and training

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers and athletic departments (University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Denver), partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, sexual and domestic violence services (SafePlace in Austin, Texas), and juvenile probation and deferred adjudication.

    Personal Interests: Anything outdoors – hiking, running, walking, camping, snow skiing – and playing/watching soccer.

  • Brian Beaumund

    Brian Beaumund, Psy.D.

    Psychological Assessment Supervisor

    PsyD, Clinical Psychology, 2014; University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Denver, CO
    M.D., Clinical Psychology, 2012; University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Denver, CO
    B.S., Psychology, 2008; Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Professional Interests: ​Dr. Beaumund’s specific areas of expertise are psychological assessment, pain management, trauma, grief and loss, as well as Asperger’s Disorder in adulthood. He additionally enjoys working in integrated healthcare settings and he emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration with other medical providers.

    Professional Experience: Dr. Beaumund has experience in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation, as well as in individual, couples and group psychotherapy. He enjoys working with clients across the life span, from adolescents to older adults.

    Personal Interests: In his free time, Dr. Beaumund’s enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, snowboarding, and traveling.

  • Joshua Burg

    Joshua Burg, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    MA: Clinical Psychology, University of Denver 2014
    BA: Psychology, Temple University, 2011

    Professional Interests: My professional interests include psychoanalytic treatment, psychological assessments, identity development, shame, and relationships.

    Professional Experience: I have worked in multiple settings including general outpatient counseling, residential treatment of chronic mental illness, and schools. My treatment experiences include individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and milieu treatment.

    Personal Interests: In my personal time I enjoy playing tabletop games (especially Dungeons & Dragons), spending time with friends and family, going to the movies, and taking care of my two cats.

  • Anand Desai

    Anand Desai, Psy.D.

    Staff Psychologist/Group and Outreach Coordinator

    PsyD: Counseling Psychology, 2012, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN
    MS: Counseling Psychology, 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
    BA: Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

    Professional Interests: College counseling, group therapy, couples therapy, grief/loss concerns, relational trauma, experiences of oppression/discrimination, sexual assault/dating violence, family of origin concerns, disordered eating, relationship concerns, psychodynamic treatment, emotionally-focused treatment, multiculturally-focused treatment.

    Professional Experience: I have worked mostly as a therapist in college counseling centers (University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and University of North Carolina) and also have experience in assessment (LD/ADHD, personality, vocational). I have an extensive background in group therapy and am currently serving as the group and outreach coordinator at HCC. I also enjoy experiences with supervision/training.

  • Eve Faris

    Eve Faris, M.Ed.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    M.Ed.: Counseling & Human Services, Lehigh University, 2015
    B.A.: Psychology, Lehigh University, 2013

    Professional Interests: Working with diverse populations and issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship difficulties and career development.

    Professional Experience: Community mental health, college counseling, career services, and individual and family therapy.

    Personal Interests: Hiking, exploring Denver, watching Netflix, discovering new music, and spending time with friends and family (and our cat, Charlie).

  • Kayla Ham

    Kayla Ham, M.S.W

    Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services & Staff Counselor

    M.S.W., Master of Social Work, 2016; University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    A.A.S.W., Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate, 2016; University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    B.S.W., Bachelor of Social Work, 2012; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

    Professional Interests: Generalist background with special interests in individual counseling, advocacy, Animal Assisted Social Work, organizational leadership, and prevention/education. I like working in areas of self-esteem, trauma, and interpersonal violence on all levels—individual, community, and policy.

    Professional Experience: Domestic violence shelters, resource center for individuals experiencing homelessness, gender-based violence prevention and education, facilitation, advocacy, intake, case management, crisis intervention, interpersonal violence, trauma, and trauma informed practice.

    Personal Interest: I enjoy an array of outdoor activities, traveling to new places, and connecting with friends or family over good food!

  • Cristin Hofer

    Cristin Hofer, BA

    Graduate Student Trainee

    B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012
    M.S.W. University of Denver, Anticipated 2017

    Professional Interests: Providing Individualized therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, family therapy, mental health care and treatment for underrepresented populations, identity development and exploration, college mental health, body image and eating concerns, culturally informed treatment, and social justice advocacy.

    Professional Experience: Community mental health, child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, individual therapy, college mental health center, gender-based violence shelters, social justice advocacy, trauma, and trauma informed practice.

    Personal Interests: I enjoy surfing, snowboarding, hiking, poetry, traveling, and vegging out by a fireplace with hot chocolate.

  • Mackenzie Jessen

    Mackenzie Jessen, M.A.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    MA Mental Health Counseling, 2015, City College of New York, New York, NY
    BA Liberal Arts, minor in Spanish, 2003, George Washington University, Washington DC

    Professional Interests: Emerging adulthood, identity development, social justice, first and second generation immigrants, international students, acculturation, existential issues, and groups.

    Professional Experience: Most recently, I worked for a public university as a counselor/lecturer in a higher education program, which serves urban students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. Prior to pursuing my master’s, I managed the business English department at a large, private language school. Before that I worked in various organizations and fields, including teaching English to professionals in Spain and to students in Korea.

  • Gillian Kaag

    Gillian Kaag, Ph.D.

    Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Trauma Response
    / Interim Director for Health Promotion

    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).

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    Caitlyn Kieltyka, M.D.

    Psychiatry Resident

    M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, 2013
    PGY-4 in Psychiatry at University of Colorado - Denver, expected graduation June 2017

    Professional Interests: General outpatient psychiatry with special interest in women's mental health, depressive, bipolar, and anxiety disorders.

    Professional Experience: Completed 3 years of training in psychiatry with experiences in inpatient psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, consultation psychiatry, and outpatient psychiatry.

    Personal Interests: hiking, walking my dog, traveling, trying new restaurants and seeing good movies.

  • Marjorie Lavin

    Marjorie Lavin, M.D.

    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.

  • Ann Leibovitz

    Ann Leibovitz, Psy.D.

    Sport & Performance Psychologist

    Psy.D.: Clinical Psychology, 2015

    Professional Interests: Sport & Performance, Trauma, Anxiety, Pain, Sleep, Relationships & Sexual Health

    Professional Experience: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Eastern Colorado VA Health Care System) and Department of Defense (Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center)

    Personal Interests: My family, skiing, the great outdoors, U.S. history

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    Randi Libbon, M.D.

    Psychiatry Resident

    MD from University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2013

    Professional Interests: general outpatient psychiatry, Women's mental health, functional neurologic disorders, trauma

    Professional Experience: completed 3 years of residency with special training in addiction psychiatry, non-epileptic seizures, consultation psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry and integrated care

    Personal Interests: swimming, movies, theater and musicals, baking

  • Keaton Muzika

    Keaton Muzika, LCSW

    Staff Psychologist

    ​Ph.D Counseling Psychology, University of Denver (expected 2017)
    ​MSW Columbia University (2009)
    ​B.A. 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.

  • Carolee Nimmer

    Carolee Nimmer, Ph.D.

    Training Director, Staff Psychologist

    PhD Clinical Psychology, 1987

    Professional Interests: ​Eating disorders; Trauma, character disorders, mood disorders, EMDR, DBT, EFT

    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.

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    Tiffany Nowell, Ph.D.

    Behavioral Health Consultant

    PhD: Clinical Psychology, 2015, Saint Louis University
    BA: Psychology, 2006, Keene State College

    Professional Interests: My professional interests include working with, and advocating for, underserved student populations. Additionally, I enjoy working with individuals whose presenting concerns consist of sleep difficulties, alcohol and other drug use, symptoms of anxiety and depression, trauma related difficulties, family of origin problems, interpersonal distress, and identity development.

    Professional Experience: I completed my clinical training at Stony Brook University and University of California, Santa Cruz where I worked with undergraduate and graduate students from a broad range of cultural backgrounds on issues surrounding sexual assault, childhood abuse, relationship violence, anxiety and depression, gender and sexual orientation identity development, as well as alcohol and other drug use.

    Personal Interests: In my free time I enjoy spending time with loved ones, exploring Colorado with my partner, hiking national parks, obsessing over my dog, playing freeze dance with my niece and nephew, and eating delicious food.

  • Geneva Polser

    Geneva Polser, M.Ed.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    MA: Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville, 2015
    BA: Psychology, Christopher Newport University, 2013

    Professional Interests: Trauma and the impact on relationships, how psychotherapy works, alliance with focus on systemic alliance, multicultural orientations and outcome informed treatment.

    Professional Experience: Community mental health, counseling in a forensic setting, school counseling with acute populations, play therapy, individual psychotherapy and group therapy.

    Personal Interests: Cycling, crafting, sewing, anything I can do with my dog, exploring Colorado, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

  • Jenna Shlachter

    Jenna Shlachter, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
    B.A., Philosophy Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Professional Interests: College counseling, sport and performance psychology, gender-based violence, body image and eating concerns, trauma, couple’s counseling, group therapy, cognitive and personality assessment, neuropsychological assessment, crisis evaluation and management, mindfulness-based practices.

    Professional Experience: Professional Experience: University counseling centers, Employee Assistance Programs, outpatient treatment, schools, sport teams, gender-based violence shelters.

    Personal Interests: Playing in the mountains year-round and training my amazing puppy.

  • Katie Spencer

    Katie Spencer, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    MA Clinical Psychology, University of Denver 2014
    MA Human Security & International Affairs, Tufts University 2011
    BA International Affairs, Hamilton College, 2006

    Professional Interests: College counseling, trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, cognitive and personality assessment, ADHD, LDs, individual/group psychotherapy, couple’s psychotherapy, multiculturalism, and organizational psychology.

    Professional Experience: Clinical work in forensic settings, the VA system, private practice, corporate environments, and college counseling. Prior to my clinical work I worked in abroad and in Washington DC for a number of organizations focused on international development and humanitarian assistance.

    Personal Interests: Being in nature, cooking, family time, travel, adventure, a good book, and reading poems by my favorite poets.

  • Inga Thors

    Inga Thors, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    MA: Psychology, University of Denver
    BA: Psychology, University of Iceland

    Professional Interests: Generalist background with special interests in college counseling, anxiety and stress, individual and group psychotherapy, life transitions, social justice issues, relational trauma, and relational concerns.

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers, general outpatient centers, forensic setting, private practice focusing on anxiety disorders, individual and group psychotherapy, relationship issues and couple therapy. I also have experience in assessment.

  • Chelsea Towler

    Chelsea Towler, Psy.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2016
    M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2013
    B.A. Psychology, University of San Diego, 2011

    Professional Interests: College counseling, couples therapy, group therapy, family therapy, assessment, family of origin concerns, relationship concerns, identity development, mindfulness, emotionally-focused counseling

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers, child and adult personality testing, couples counseling, family counseling, group counseling, mediation, outpatient forensic counseling and assessment, outpatient treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, outpatient counseling with families going through separation or divorce

    Personal Interests: Camping, hiking, running, traveling, reading, and cooking

  • Erin Unkeefer

    Erin Unkefer, Ph.D.

    Multicultural Outreach and Services Postdoctoral Fellow

    PhD: Counseling Psychology, University of Georgia, 2016
    EdM: Counseling Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2011
    MA: Counseling Psychology, Teachers College Columbia University, 2010
    BA: English, Secondary Education, Film Studies, Michigan State University, 2004

    Professional Interests: access to mental health care and treatment for underrepresented students, social identity development, gender-based violence and trauma, strength-based interventions, college mental health, first generation concerns, acculturation concerns, psychoeducational assessments

    Professional Experience: college counseling centers, community mental health, psychological assessments (with the Department of Family Child Services and community mental health in Georgia). I am also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Malawi, 2005-2007).

    Personal Interests: film and film criticism, travel, listening to all types of music and podcasts, reading, watching bad television and being completely at peace with it.

Health Promotion & Education Staff
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    Louis Richard Girouard III, Director of Health Promotion


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    Leisha Chiles, M.A.

    Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Graduate Assistant

    MA: Clinical Psychology – University of Denver, 2015
    BA: Psychology; Minor: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies – The Ohio State University, 2011

    Professional Interests: Cultural Diversity, Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice, Suicide Prevention

    Professional Experience: College Counseling Centers, Community Mental Health Centers, Integrated Care Behavioral Health Consultant

    Personal Interests: Photography, reading or listening to poetry, playing pool, hiking, playing with my dogs, creating meals

  • E Madarasz

    E Madarasz

    BOSS Peer Education Coordinator

    B.A. English Literature & Philosophy; Swarthmore College

    Professional Interests: LGBTQIA athlete identity development, gender violence prevention, higher education and its social context, social justice, sexual health.

  • Alex Limas

    Alexander Limas, B.S.

    Health Educator

    B.S. Human Development and Family Sciences with a concentration in Families and Personal Relationships; The University of Texas at Austin; 2013

    Professional Interests: Sexual health, social determinants of health, social justice, LGBTQ health, public policy, health and social behavior

    Professional Experience: Peer education & health promotion at UT Austin's Health Promotion Resource Center; Sexual health education & teen pregnancy prevention with Healthy Futures of Texas.

  • Suzuho Shimasaki

    Suzuho Shimasaki, M.P.H.

    Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Project Coordinator

    MPH: University of California, Los Angeles (2008)
    BA: University of California, Davis (2006)

    Professional Interests: Health equity, racial and ethnic justice, LGBTQ equity, social determinants of health, public health, organizational change, public policy

    Professional Experience: Health equity, racial and ethnic justice, LGBTQ equity, social determinants of health, public health, organizational change, public policy.

  • Andrea Thyrring

    Andrea Thyrring, M.A.

    High Risk Prevention Specialist

    ​Bachelor of Science, Health and Exercise Science; Minor, Women and Gender Studies - TCNJ, 2011
    Master of Arts, Higher Education - DU 2013

    Professional Interests: ​Sexual Violence, Dating Abuse, Stalking, and Harassment Prevention; Edducational and restorative justice programming

    Professional Experience: Violence Prevention Program Coordinator and Confidential Advocate for Victims, Regis University
    Health Specialist, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

  • Amy Wang

    Amy Wang, B.S.

    Health Promotion Graduate Fellow

    B.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University

    Professional Interests: disability services, community engagement, diversity and multiculturalism, APIA community

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.

  • Dennis Dickman

    Dennis Dickman, CMA

    Medical Assistant

    Certified Medical Assistant, Red Rocks Community College

    Professional Experience: DU Health & Counseling Center

    Professional Interests: Health education, trauma and wound care, and general family medicine.

  • Lori Graybill

    Lori Graybill, RN


    Los Angeles College of Nursing At USC Medical Center, 2006
    Certified in ALCS, PALS, Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Curriculum, S.A.N.E. Nurse

    Professional Experience: UCLA Medical Center Emergency Trauma Technician, Phlebotomy Education Program Director at UCLA Center for Prehospital Care at the David Geffin School of Medicine, Emergency Department the Medical Center of Aurora, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at North Suburban Medical Center​

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

    Denise Gubrud, CMA

    Medical Assistant

    Certified Medical Assistant, Red Rocks Community College

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

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

    Tracy Hoey, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Certified

    BS in Biochemistry, University of Denver, 1998.
    MMS in Medical Science and Physician Assistant, St. Francis University, 2003.

    Professional Interests: Preventative care and wellness, travel medicine, acute care, and women’s health.

    Professional Experience: I have been practicing women’s healthcare, family medicine, and acute/urgent care since 2003 here in Colorado.

    Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with my husband and two boys exploring the great outdoors here in Colorado.

  • Jamie Jones

    Jamie Jones, CMA

    Certified Medical Assistant

    Phlebotomy Certificate: Front Range Community College, 2012
    Associates of applied science in medical assisting: Red Rocks Community College, 2016
    Certified Medical Assistant, 2016

    Professional Interests: I am a true Vampire. I love Phlebotomy. I am also very interested in Obstetrics and Gynecology. But most of all I love to help. I want to put a smile on every face I see.

    Professional Experience: Prior to coming to the DU HCC, I worked at SCL Health Systems Saint Joseph Hospital. I was a phlebotomist there for 4 years. Prior to that, I have worked as a CNA.

  • Grae Nakama

    Grae Nakama, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Certified

    Undergraduate education at Trinity University and University of Colorado at Boulder
    Physician Assistant program Wake Forest School of Medicine 1996

    Professional Interests: I am especially interested in prevention, nutrition and women’s health

    Professional Experience: I have worked in family practice in the Denver area for 20 years, and recently at the Health Center at Auraria.  I am familiar with alternative medicine treatments after working in an integrative medicine clinic for 13 years.

  • 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
    CAQSM, 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 Interests: Musculoskeletal Injuries and Rehabilitation, Preventative Care, Travel Medicine

    Professional Experience: (2002-present) - Staff Physician University of Denver Student Health and Counseling Center. (2002 - present) - Medical Director, Head Medical Team Physician University of Denver Pioneers.

  • Jennifer Rysavy

    Jennifer Rysavy, PA-C

    Physician Assistant, Certified

    BS in Biology, University of Minnesota, 2001
    MPAS- Masters in Physician Assistant Studies, Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN), 2004

    Professional Interests: Women’s health, preventative care and acute care

    Professional Experience: I have worked in family practice for 12 years in the Denver area.

    Personal Interests: I enjoy running, reading, and spending time with my husband and two children.

  • Heidi Seaborn Moyse

    Heidi Seaborn Moyse, MD

    Staff Physician

    MD – Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) – 2001
    BSc (Hons) – Acadia University (Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada) – 1997
    Residency, Family Medicine – University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) – 2003
    Residency, Emergency Medicine – University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – 2004
    Board Certifications (Canada) – Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine (CCFP, CCFP(EM))

    Professional Interests: Emergency medicine/urgent care, trauma, procedures, sports injuries.

    Professional Experience: Staff Physician, University of Denver Health & Counseling Center, 2013 - present; Staff Physician, Denver Health Adult Urgent Care Center, 2013 - present; Emergency Room Physician (Canada), 2004 - present.

  • Ashley Stepp

    Ashley Stepp, RN


    Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Ohio University 2014
    Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Shawnee State University 2013

    Professional Interests: Emergency Nursing, Health and Wellness, Family Nursing

    Professional Experience: 2.5 years ER experience and 1 year progressive care unit (ICU step-down) experience.

    Personal Interests: Traveling, cycling, hiking, camping, trying new food, reading, playing with my dogs

  • Stephanie Stroz

    Stephanie Stroz, RN


    B.S. in Nursing from Neumann University, Aston PA; 1988

    Professional Interests: college health nursing and pediatrics

    Professional Experience: Staff Nurse at The University of Delaware Student Health Center and School Nurse Consultant for Douglas County School District

  • Afton Williamson

    Afton Williamson, NP

    Nurse Practitioner

    Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Washington 2013
    Masters in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Washington 2012
    ANCC Family Nurse Practitioner, 2012
    Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, St Olaf College, 2007

    Professional Interests: Women’s healthcare, travel medicine, health promotion and education.

    Professional Experience: Family Nurse Practitioner, private family practice; Seattle, WA. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Harborview Medical Center; Seattle, WA. Registered Nurse, Mayo Clinic; Rochester, MN

    Personal Interests: Alpine and cross country skiing, playing the piano, and spending time with my family.

  • Kacie Worth

    Kacie Worth, CMA

    Certified Medical Assistant

    EMT, Front Range Community College, 2012
    Associates of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, Red Rocks Community College, 2016

    Professional Interests: Women’s health. I’m all about women empowerment and being in charge of your health is an important part of that.

    Professional Experience: I worked in a drug and alcohol testing facility for almost 2 years and before that I worked on an ambulance as an EMT.

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    open position, CMA

    Certified Medical Assistant


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