Our 3 keys to empowering our patients are – education, communication, and nonjudgement. Without these, vulnerability becomes helplessness and increased illness.
– Elane Shirar, MD – Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Bert Bergland is a board-certified family physician with 42 years of extensive experience in family medicine, geriatrics, academic medicine, emergency medicine, military/veteran and occupational worker’s compensation medicine. He has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his medical career, and in such capacities, has experience managing and supervising physicians, medical students, interns, and residents in clinical settings. Dr. Bergland’s clinical medicine experience is extensive, having actively provided direct patient care throughout his decades of practice. Dr. Bergland is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, having achieved Flight Surgeon certification status while serving in the Colorado Army National Guard and the Wyoming Air National Guard, including helicopter flight training. He has extensive on-scene EMS experience, as well as search and rescue experience as advisor to Rocky Mountain National Park technical rescue, and served as an Emergency Medical Services Authority founding trustee and advisor to U.S. Senator James Inhofe when mayor of Tulsa, OK, and under appointment by Oklahoma Governor James Boren as a member of his Technical Medical Direction Committee.
“As I myself grow older, and my “Baby-boomer” generation now approaches a time in life in which geriatric care becomes personal, I realize that having physicians and similar providers who can and choose to focus on us becomes critically important. My career has prepared me to provide the care, and my stage in life provides me an insight to the value of providers who truly dedicate themselves to such service. It is my hope I have sympathy when needed, and always an empathy for those whom we treat, remembering full-well we all will eventually find ourselves nearing our own inevitable end. More than ever, they (we) need such caring support from our doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and all who dedicate their careers to geriatric care. I am proud to be a small part of those dedicated people…those found at Rocky Mountain Senior Care.”
“The importance of family is one key element that shapes the manner in which I practice medicine. I understand and respect that each patient is someone’s child, uncle, parent or sibling. Caring for a person (rather than just trying to manage a disease) makes practice in skilled and long-term care rewarding as a physician.
“My wife and I have successfully reared one of our 3 children into adulthood & we are hoping that we can just survive the other two (both teenagers). Our oldest son taught me to snowboard back in my younger days & I enjoy that when I can (but the crashes sure hurt more!). Our home is usually occupied by several animals, although we are down to just one dog at present, so I am bracing myself for a four-legged surprise any day now. Every chance I get, I sneak off into the mountains — preferably with family — onto a trail and wander. This is definitely one of my favorite parts of life in Colorado that I have enjoyed since the 1970s. “
Dr. Kramer received his undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He then attended medical school at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. After a year of internal medicine at George Washington University, he went on to complete a neurology residency at Georgetown University. He completed his training with a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Kramer is a Diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Neurology and in Sleep Medicine; A Diplomate of The American Board of Sleep Medicine; and A Diplomate of The American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He has been an ad hoc reviewer in neurophysiology for several peer-reviewed journals. He has published many articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His clinical and research interests are in the clinical neurophysiology of sleep and its EEG recordings.
After completing his service with the United States Air Force in 2012, Dr. Mesa focused his career in the direction of wound care then primary care, eventually finding a home in geriatrics. Dr. Mesa joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in February of 2016 and serves the South Colorado community based out of Colorado Springs.
While attending Loyola University in New Orleans, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and in Spanish. Joanna was awarded with her Doctor of Medicine from Jagiellonian University in her native Poland, a program closely affiliated with University of Rochester in New York. She then completed her Family Medicine residency and Fellowship in Geriatrics in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her experience includes primary care in an outpatient and inpatient geriatric practice setting, also with focus on long term care. In addition, Joanna has experience as a faculty member for family medicine residents and students, educating them about geriatric nursing home care.
She continues to round with residents for Rocky Mountain Senior Care and finds it very rewarding. Dr. Trojanowski states, “I appreciate the elderly for their knowledge and life experience. Aging is part of life and I hope to provide my patients the medical guidance they may require but also to help with potential difficult life transitions.” Dr. Trojanowski is married, has a little boy who keeps her busy outside of work, and loves to travel!
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Our Non-Physician Providers
When Clarence joined RMSC in November of 2017, he had already gained a tremendous amount of experience in various platforms to include surgical intensive care, surgical orthopedics, cardiac stepdown care on a PCCU unit, serving the CKD [chronic kidney disease] community as a dialysis RN, and later as charge nurse in an Acute Crisis Mental Health setting. Additionally, Clarence has served as Director of Nursing in a Skilled Nursing Facility setting achieving practice specific to the management of senior care and rehabilitation.
“I hope to bring to RMSC years of experience, as both a soldier and medical provider, in order to guide, mentor and safeguard against disease and render health. It is with great pleasure that I extend myself to the community of Colorado as I work to become a beacon of consistent quality care.”
“I believe patient care should be centered on the holistic needs of the patient while treating the disease process or processes. Treatment of the disease may entail the use of complimentary therapies yet ensuring standards of practice, meanwhile collaborating with the patient on a treatment plan.” – Linda Couger, NP
When asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, she replied that taking the time to speak with them and, more importantly, listening to their stories teaches her so much and is a rewarding experience. When Tiffany isn’t busy spending time with her patients, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with their two dogs.
Mary Ann Dimberio has worked in a variety of settings. She began her career in a sub-acute unit, then moved to an inpatient rehab unit. She later worked in an internal medicine practice and was part of the ground-up development of a new geriatric primary care practice. She established policies and processes as well as providing direct patient care to seniors. Mary Ann received the Sages Award for Clinical Excellence, was considered a content expert for the ANCC adult-geriatric standard setting panel and gained experience through the roles of Clinical Advisor and Clinical Manager. She is an active member of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association as well as several other organizations.
“My interest in caring for the elderly began early in my career. My mother had dementia for 10 years and my father had a stroke. I was guardian of both parents and was able to coordinate care in their home and, later, in my home for those 10 years. Due to my experience with the care of my parents, my DNP capstone project was dedicated to writing a booklet based on my experiences in order to help others dealing with dementia.”
In her free time, Mary Ann can be found spending time with her family in their Hartsel cabin. Additionally, she loves to travel, hike, ski, cook, and play the piano. “I am married with one daughter that attends College at the University of Colorado Denver-majoring in elementary education. We have two dogs, an Australian Shepherd and a German Shepherd that are now considered our children.”
Diane boasts a comprehensive background in gerontology and nephrology with experience in the treatment and care coordination of patients requiring access to additional specialties including psychiatry.
Patty’s work history has enabled her to achieve experience encompassing several areas of specialty. She is practiced in operating room settings, psychiatric services, the management of chronic conditions, and geriatrics to include the care of patients with dementia. Patty joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in June of 2016.
Marsha is dedicated to serving her community and has done so by working with community health centers and veterans throughout the Midwest. She transferred this sense of responsibility to working with senior patients in direct patient care as well as through administrative roles. Marsh joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in January of 2017 with over 10 years of experience in geriatrics.
“I am a runner, however I am a big wimp about cold weather and take a running hiatus every winter. My husband and I both grew up in New Mexico and visit our families there often. Naturally, I love green chili, western art, and sunny ski days.”
Lilias lives in Boulder with her husband, two children, and scruffy dog. She finds humor in the little things, eats healthy food, hikes, skis, gardens, and rides a tandem bike. She is passionate about being part of a community that realizes “it takes a village.”
In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, hiking, exercising, reading, flipping houses, making music, building furniture, and learning anything new.
Alicia is married with an eight year old boy and two year old boy/girl twins, and likes to hike, ski, camp, and read in her free time.
Aminata is dedicated to providing quality care in a comfortable environment for her patients. She says, “It is with great satisfaction and enjoyment that I care for seniors and assist them to live healthier lives by delivering care to their door steps. In collaboration with other health care professionals, I seek to enhance the performance of the healthcare system and improve the overall health and well-being of the seniors we serve and their communities. I also value working with key partners to expand access to quality health care so seniors get the care they need at an affordable price”
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She like cooking, sports, biking, watching educational television programs, and volunteering in her community. “I am originally from Guinea, West-Africa and I have been in Colorado for 19 years. I speak 5 languages including English and French, I have 3 wonderful kids, 2 boys and a girl. I’m grateful every day of the choice I made to become a healthcare provider for all the ways I can make a difference in someone’s life.”
“In any given week I’m often the only visitor my patients see, and I try to relate to their problems and concerns – and their loneliness – and take the time to listen to what they have to say and be a friend they can rely on.””
Erin has experience in geriatric care and specializes in care of patients in the acute rehab, long-term care, and assisted living settings. She has also worked for a mobile physician network, as a medical secretary for Saint Joseph hospital in Denver, and has experience in pediatrics, urgent care, orthopedics, OB/GYN, wound care, and cardiology.