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Administrative Staff
  • Alan Kent

    Alan Kent, Ph.D.

    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, 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, CGFMA

    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

  • Kelly Amling

    Kelly Amling, B.A

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    BA Sociology with emphasis in social work, Chapman University 2006, AA Liberal Studies, Victor Valley 2004

    Professional Experience: Du Health and Counseling since 2008

    Professional Interests: Organization and efficiency
  • 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

    Assistant Director of Administration

    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, 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

  • Mariah Pope

    Mariah Pope, B.S.

    Healthcare Administrative Specialist

    ​BS Psychology Regis Univeristy 2015

    Professional Experience: ​Regis University Admissions , DU Health and Counseling Center since 2015

Counseling Staff
  • Jacaranda Palmateer

    Jacaranda Palmateer, Psy.D.

    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.

  • Adam Altschuh

    Adam Altschuh, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    B.A. Skidmore College, 2008, M.A. University of Denver, 2014, Psy.D. University of Denver, anticipated 2015

    Professional Interests: Relationship issues, depression, anxiety, existential issues, health issues, psychodynamic treatment, mindfulness

    Professional Experience: Individual and group psychotherapy, inpatient and outpatient medical settings, crisis management​

  • Ross Artwohl

    Ross Artwohl, MSW, 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 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.

  • 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, 2015, 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.

  • Kirsten Ging

    Kirsten Ging, Psy.D.

    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, Ph.D.

    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, 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.

  • Alexandra McDermott

    Alexandra McDermott, Psy.D.

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    ​B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University, 2010
    M.A. in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, 2012
    Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Denver, 2014

    Professional Interests: ​I have worked in college counseling, community mental health, eating disorder intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. My experience also includes individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.

    Professional Experience: ​I have worked in college counseling, community mental health, eating disorder intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. My experience also includes individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment.

  • kimmercer

    Kimberly Mercer, Ph.D.

    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

    Carolee Nimmer, Ph.D.

    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

    Chris Peavey, M.S.

    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

    Julie Sutcliffe, M.S.

    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

    Lies Van Bekkum, M.A.

    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.

Health Promotion & Education Staff
  • Sarah Belstock

    Sarah Belstock, M.S.

    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

    Philip Courey, B.S.

    Graduate Intern - HYPE 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.

  • Alex Limas

    Alexander Limas, B.S.

    Health Educator

    ​B.S. Human Develoment 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.

  • Gabriella Mohr

    Gabriela Mohr, M.S.W.

    Alcohol and Other Drug Coordinator

    MSW, University of Denver, BA University of Arizona, Social Work with Latinos Certificate, University of Denver

    Professional Interests: alcohol and other drug use, cultural protective factors, parent engagement, coalition building, international social work, social justice, and Latino issues.

    Professional Experience: Family Resource recruiter, Denver Human Services. Parent Prevention Specialist, Amistades, Inc.


Medical Staff
    • David Odell

      David Odell, M.D.

      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.

    • Jenny Andrews

      Jenny Andrews, PA

      Physician Assistant

      ​Physician Assistant Certificate- University of California, Davis 2010, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies- A.T. Still University- anticipated June 2015
      Professional Interests: Family Practice

      Professional Experience: ​Worked at Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) for 1 year prior to coming to DU. Prior to coming to Colorado I worked in a community health center in homeles health care and opiate addition treatment.

    • Adrienne Bujaci

      Adrienne Bujaci, CMA

      Medical Assistant

      AS Medical Assisting, Red Rocks Community College
      EMT basic, CNA certification

      Professional Experience: CMA at DU since 2011, C.N.A in a nursing home for one year

    • 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
    • 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
    • Amber Karsian

      Amber Karsian, PNP-BC

      Nurse Practitioner

      Physician Assistant Program (PA-Certified), Master of Science-Family Nurse Practitioner, Regis Univeristy 2010​

      Professional Interests: ​Women's care, minor trauma, orthopedic injuries

      Professional Experience: Critical Care and Emergency Care

    • 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
      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.

    • Michelle Schroder

      Michelle Schroder, BSN


      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

      Bryndi Schult, LPN


      LPN, Ellworth Community College – Iowa Falls, IA 2001

      Professional Interests: Being out on campus promoting health issues

      Professional Experience: Child/Adolescent Mental Health, Pediatrics
    • 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.
    • 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

      Professional Interests: ​Women's health, Sexually transmitted infection education and prevention .

      Professional Experience: ​University of Denver - Certified Medical Assistant