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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


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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Joey Banasihan
  • Joey Banasihan

    CAPE Intern

    Professional Interests: I am passionate about student and leadership development in student affairs. Any opportunity that I have to work along side students brings my great joy.

  • Professional Experience: Head Backpack Guide for New Student Adventures, Azusa Pacific University. Co-Head Backpack Guide, High Sierra Semester, APU, Student Leadership Intern, APU, Resident Advisor, APU, Orientation Leader, APU

  • Personal Interests:  I am very passionate about adventuring in the outdoors (i.e. backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking). I enjoy woodworking and learning how to build things from the ground up. I also am a coffee enthusiast and love learning about the origins, processes, and methods of producing quality cups of coffee.
  • Trey Cole

    Trey Cole, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    MA: Clinical Psychology, University of Denver, 2014
    BS: Human Services and Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 2012

    Professional Interests: College counseling, end of life concerns, grief and
    loss, military/veterans issues, experiences of shame and guilt, post-traumatic
    stress, and existential issues.

    Professional Experience: I have worked in a myriad of settings to include
    general outpatient centers, community mental health, inpatient hospitals,
    hospice, and military settings. I also have experience with psychological
    assessment and a strong background in group psychotherapy.

  • Personal Interests: I enjoy spending time with a good book or getting
    active where I teach Krav Maga and Jiu Jitsu
  • Juan DeJesus

    Juan Dejesus, M.D.

    Psychiatry Resident

    MD: University of California, Davis
    BS:  University of California, San Diego 

    Professional Interests: I am currently interested in the practice of mindfulness and its utility in different clinical settings.

    Professional ExperienceI am in the last year of my residency training at the University of Colorado, Denver based out of the Anschutz campus.

  • Personal InterestsI enjoy most outdoor activities like cycling, backpacking and running. I also love to eat good food and enjoy tasty coffee.
  • 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.

  • Joanna Drinane

    Joanna Drinane, M.Ed.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    M.Ed.: Counseling Psychology, 2014  

    Professional Interests: Psychotherapy process and outcome research (including, but not limited to therapist effects, client factors, and multicultural orientation).

    Professional Experience: Individual and couple therapist in research (clinical
    trials), community mental health, university clinic, and forensic settings.

  • Personal InterestsOutdoorsy activities, time with my pup, ultimate
    frisbee, and crossfit.
  • 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

  • Kayla Ham

    Kayla Ham, B.S.W

    Graduate Student Trainee

    BSW: Colorado State University

    Professional Interests: My professional interests include organizational leadership and policy practice along with animal assisted social work. I like working in the areas of trauma and interpersonal violence on all levels--- individual, community and policy.

  • Professional Experience: Working with survivors of domestic violence as a Residential Counselor for the Southwest Safehouse in Durango, CO and working with individuals experiencing homelessness at the Murphy Center in Fort Collins, CO as a Resource Specialist.

    Professional Experience: I enjoy an array of outdoor activities, traveling to new places and spending time with friends and family!

  • Shaakira Haywood

    Shaakira Haywood, M.A.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    MA: Community Counseling, Loyola University Chicago, 2015
    BA: Psychology, Northern Illinois University, 2013

    Professional Interests: Depression and anxiety among women of color, primarily African American women and collegiate athletes and their psychological well-being.

    Professional Experience: Community mental health and school counseling, play therapy and individual psychotherapy.

  • Personal Interests: Photography, hiking, modeling and blogging. I also take pride in being a self-proclaimed ‘foodie’.
  • 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).

  • Gabrielle Kaminsky

    Gabrielle Kaminsky, M.Phil

    Graduate Student Trainee

    M.Phil: Professional Counseling, University of Pennsylvania, 2015
    MS: Counseling, University of Pennsylvania , 2014
    BA: Sociology, Colorado College, 2013

    Professional Interests: College counseling, individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, trauma, grief and loss, identity development, self-esteem, multiculturalism and diversity, and early childhood experiences.

    Professional Experience: I have worked as an elementary, middle, and high school counselor doing individual, group, and family psychotherapy.

    Personal Interests: Exploring Colorado, hiking, reading, traveling, and cooking.

  • Hannah Koch

    Hannah Koch, M.A.

    Psychology Intern

    MA: Psychology, University of Denver, 2014
    BA: Psychology and Biology, University of Chicago, 2012

    Professional Interests: Relationship issues, anxiety, psychodynamic treatment, spiritual issues, couples therapy

    Professional Experience: I have worked in a variety of settings including
    community mental health, university counseling centers, and hospitals.

  • Personal Interests: I enjoy hiking fourteeners, visiting museums, and
    singing a cappella.
  • 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.

  • Jenny Marceron

    Jenny Marceron, M.Phil.

    Psychology Intern

    MPhil.: Psychology, The University of Virginia, 2014
    BA: Psychology, The University of Virginia, 2009

    Professional Interests: : Generalist training background with special interests in anxiety, stress and coping, adjustment disorders, grief and loss, self-esteem, trauma and disability issues.

    Professional ExperienceCollege counseling, community psychological services, outpatient hospital psychological services for eating disorders, community and campus outreach, cognitive and personality assessments, individual therapy, group therapy.

  • Personal InterestsOutdoor activities, exercise, photography, reading,
    mindfulness and spending time with family and friends

  • Lauren Millard

    Lauren Millard, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Intern

    Ph.D.: Counseling Psychology, 2015, Colorado State University
    MS: Counseling Psychology, 2013, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
    BA:  Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

    Professional Interests: Eating disorders/eating concerns, body image, health and wellness, mind/body connection, gender-based violence and trauma, self-esteem, interpersonal issues, family of origin concerns, and group therapy.

    Professional Experience: University counseling centers (Colorado State
    University and University of South Carolina), outpatient and intensive
    outpatient treatment of eating disorders (La Luna Center), community mental health counseling and assessment services.

  • Personal Interests: Hiking, photography, cooking, yoga, reading, and
    spending time friends, family, and my dog

  • 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.

  • Melissa Reumann

    Melissa Reumann, B.S.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    BS: Human Services, Metropolitan State University
    CAC II : Certified Addiction Counselor Level III in the state of Colorado  

    Professional Interests:  Three years in a case management position working to assist clients with an interdisciplinary team.  Addictions experience with emerging adult population (18-25) as an area of special interest

    Professional Experience: I have worked in school, residential, outpatient and detoxification settings with adolescents and adults

  • Personal Interests: I am a runner and sometime cyclist, I rescue greyhounds, and I enjoy good food and great films.
  • Jared Utley

    Jared Utley, B.A.

    Graduate Student Trainee

    BA: University of Maryland Baltimore County, Psychology; Catonsville, MD 

  • Professional Interests: Adoptive families and adoptee issues, identity development, the salience of multiple identities with particular attention to multiple minority identities, Asian populations, sports and athletics, interpersonal relationships, group therapy

    Professional Experience: adoptive families, mentoring program evaluation, youth on the autism spectrum, federal drug abuse after care treatment-group and individual therapy, adults with severe and persistent mental illness

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.

  • Amy Wang

    Amy Wang, B.S.

    Health Promotion

    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, 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.

          • Dennis Dickman

            Dennis Dickman


            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.

          • 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

          • 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 ExperienceI have worked in family practice in the Denver area for 19 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.

            Professional Interests:  I spend my free time with my family, doing yoga, gardening, and studying Hawaiian culture, language, and the hula.

          • 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

          • 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