Meet Your Team

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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

Our Physicians

Dr. Marina Bachurina
Dr. Marina Bachurina
Marina Bachurina, MD graduated from the Volgograd State University School of Medicine in Volgograd, Russia and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania. She gained experience as a Hospitalist working for St. Luke’s and Frankfort Hospitals in Pennsylvania before transferring to Swedish Hospital in Englewood, Colorado in 2013. Dr. Bachurina has contributed to several publications and presentations with a focus on the Senior patient population and Cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Bert Bergland
Dr. Bert Bergland

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.”

Dr. Yvonne Bodemann
Dr. Yvonne Bodemann
Dr. Yvonne Bodemann is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences and completed her residency in the Denver area through Sky Ridge Medical Residency Program. Dr. Bodemann joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in July of 2018 with a background as an attending internal medicine physician. We welcome her experience and dedication to the senior patient population. “I enjoy the challenge of their complex medical history. I also enjoy listening to their stories as most of them have lived long, enriching lives.” Dr. Bodemann is an active Member of the Colorado Medical Society and spends her free time enjoying time outdoors hiking with her husband.
Dr. Charlotte Brigham
Dr. Charlotte Brigham
Dr. Charlotte Brigham is a Denver, CO native and completed her training at the University of Colorado. She has been a provider for over 25 years and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in February 2015. When asked why she appreciates working with seniors she replied “I appreciate working with seniors because they provide unique challenges in their management of care secondary to the aging process. Also their physical health can be largely impacted by their social wellbeing”. In her spare time Dr. Brigham enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and four grandchildren. With her husband she also enjoys volunteering for a nonprofit organization called CABPES ( Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientist) which provides underrepresented youth opportunities to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. She also enjoys reading, cooking, sewing, and scrapbooking.
Dr. Ruth Cano
Dr. Ruth Cano
Dr. Ruth Cano obtained her training from the University of New Mexico, Department of Internal Medicine. She then graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch where she received her Medical Degree. Dr. Cano has since been associated with the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Her 17 years of experience has allowed her to develop an appreciation of providing quality healthcare to the senior population. Dr. Cano is fairly new to the state of Colorado and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2017. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and children, Isabella and Alexander. Together they like to hike, travel, and love to read.
Dr. Thomas Castellano
Dr. Thomas Castellano
Dr. Tom Castellano lives in the Thornton area with his tolerant family. He attended Stanford (BS/MS) and the Medical College of WI (MD). He currently practices geriatrics and was previously an Emergency Medicine Physician, including a Flight For Life physician. Researcher, teacher, and inventor, Dr. Castellano also enjoys woodworking, church, skiing, and swimming in his free time.
Dr. Jameel Chohan
Dr. Jameel Chohan
Doctor Chohan has been with RMSC since 2015 and began practicing three years prior. He graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical School and is on the Board of Directors for Shimmering Wings – a non-profit organization for children coping with grief. When asked what he appreciates most about working with seniors, he replied that he enjoys the comprehensive approach to their care. “I enjoy feeling as through we have started to reach a crossroads in this country regarding how we view aging, and it is important we embrace and respect the elder as opposed to depriving them of what they deserve which is proper health care.”  In his free time, you will find Dr. Chohan spending time with his friends, exploring the Colorado outdoors, and traveling.
Dr. David Duncan
Dr. David Duncan
Dr. David Duncan has a unique and enriching path to medicine. After earning his undergraduate degrees from the University of South Florida, Dr. Duncan enlisted with the US Air Force and worked with the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. Combining prior SCUBA diving experience and his degrees in Chemistry and Biology, he was able to conduct research for the NASA space program through the study of the effects of weightlessness and abnormal pressure in space on Astronauts. During this time, Dr. Duncan was working on his Graduate degree in Biology and was determined to continue his space research after completing the program. He discovered that grants were more often awarded to physicians so he enrolled in Medical School and earned his MD at the University of Miami. While attending the University of Miami, he found he possessed a deep interest in every specialty of medicine the encountered and decided to pursue a career in medicine. Dr. Duncan found that the only way to incorporate all the specialties was through Family Practice. He completed his specialty boards through the University of Miami and the University of Oklahoma. Afterwards, he opened his own practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma providing care to pediatrics, adults, and seniors in various settings while occasionally utilizing an actual horse and buggy to visit with his patients. When his children were grown, he and his wife closed their practice of 30 years in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado. He was introduced to Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2017 and found paralleled goals of quality care for the senior patient population as well as on opportunity to continue his dissertation research in the prevention of cellular aging.
Dr. Leslie Eber
Dr. Leslie Eber
Leslie Eber, MD CMD, received her MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. She is board certified in internal medicine and a certified Medical Director. She divides her time between clinical practice, medical directorship and research. She enjoys her practice at Rocky Mountain Senior Care. She has provided medical directorships for both long term care facilities and hospice and is the medical director of Orchard Park Health Care Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. She is the coinvestigator for the CCTSI community engagement grant entitled “The Colorado Long Term Care Research Partnership: A Community Partnership and Research Collaboration to Promote Health for Residents of Long Term Care Communities.” She is the co-founder of the Long Term Care Stakeholder Advisory Board which evaluates and helps engage long term care communities in research. Dr. Eber is the current President of the Colorado Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Lor-Ann Gibans
Dr. Lor-Ann Gibans
Dr. Lor-Anne Gibans joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2016 after 15 years of dedication to patient care. She completed her training here in Denver at Saint Joseph’s Hospital and was later nominated as Chief Resident. She worked as a hospitalist for several years before transitioning to a senior care focus. “I like working with seniors because they can be extremely kind and I find that no matter what their memory level, they always stay thankful. Also, I find it extremely gratifying to help people with more complicated medical problems.” Dr. Gibans is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and an active member of the American College of Physicians. Her personal philosophy is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. “I love laughing and helping others.” When she isn’t actively caring for her patients, Dr. Gibans balances friends and family with exercise and outdoor activities. She is excited to soon be sharing that time with two new kittens.
Dr. John Hiner
Dr. John Hiner
John Hiner, MD graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1973 and completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1976. He was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1976 and Board Certified in Geriatric Medicine in 1988. He is a Certified Medical Director by the American Medical Directors Association. After 15 years in the private practice of Internal Medicine, he joined the Senior Health Plus Clinic at Swedish Medical Center in 1991 and became Director of the Clinic in 1997. He left the hospital based clinic in 2001 in order to pursue the full time practice of Post-acute and Long-term Care Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary and has twice been named one of Denver’s Top 100 Physicians by his peers in 5280 Magazine. He is an active member of the American Medical Directors Association and the Colorado Medical Directors Association and has taught courses in Geriatric Medicine on both a local and national level for these organizations. He is the Medical Director of a 200 bed nursing facility and is responsible for the overall quality of medical care delivered by the facility and affiliated physicians. He joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2016 and is proud of the medical expertise, depth of resources and dedication to patients and families that their care model provides.
Dr. Arin Iman
Dr. Arin Iman
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Dr. Thomas Kang
Dr. Thomas Kang
 Dr. Sushanthi Katta
Dr. Sushanthi Katta
Sushanthi Katta, MD is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. After earning her M.B.B.S. from Kakatiya Medical College, University of Health Sciences and Completing her residency at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in India, she continued her post residency in Internal Medicine through Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Katta has been a provider for over a decade and started her work with Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2015. She has received numerous recognitions for outstanding services and quality from inpatient and outpatient health care facilities as well as State and University acknowledgements.
Dr. Ronald Kramer
Dr. Ronald Kramer

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.

Dr. Jennifer Lewey
Dr. Jennifer Lewey
Dr. Jennifer Lewey received her training at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She has been a provider since 1993 and has incorporated time off to raise her children. Jennifer enjoys working with seniors because she appreciates their life experience and the contributions they have made. It is rewarding to Jennifer to help seniors navigate complicated medical and social issues. Jennifer is part of El Paso Medical Society and has prior army service. She served for seven years. Aside from skiing, hiking, camping, and stand up paddle board, Jennifer enjoys watching her son wrestle and daughter do ballet.
 Dr. Gregory Mesa
Dr. Gregory Mesa
Dr. James Metzger
Dr. James Metzger
Dr Metzger attended the university of Colorado undergraduate and medical school. He’s an internist and practiced hospital medicine before working in skilled nursing facilities.
Dr. Bookanakere Niranjan
Dr. Bookanakere Niranjan
Dr. Chima Nwizu
Dr. Chima Nwizu
Dr. Donald Remaly
Dr. Donald Remaly
Dr. Linda Reschl
Dr. Linda Reschl
Dr. Timothy Rodgers
Dr. Timothy Rodgers
Dr. Timothy Rodgers is an internist and has been practicing Geriatric medicine for over 20 years.  “I believe the elderly needs kindness, understanding and quality-of-life. To be able to do this while practicing state-of-the-art medicine is my greatest pleasure.”
Dr. Mark Sanazaro
Dr. Mark Sanazaro
Dr.Sanazaro has thirty years of experience and has been with RMSC since 2013.  He graduated from the University of Colorado and appreciates working with seniors because, “It requires everything you have ever learned about medicine and about life.”  In his free time Dr.Sanazaro enjoys spending time outdoors backpacking, running, gardening and though he is a very hard worker he is laid back and says he will live to be 100.
Dr. Kari Schulz
Dr. Kari Schulz
Dr. Elane Shirar
Dr. Elane Shirar
Dr. Elane Shirar continues to see the patients who visited her in the early months her medical practice. She’s known for being a highly intuitive doctor who hires only the most perceptive and sensitive providers to practice within her clinics. Working in two different hospitals during her first years in Denver she quickly recognized that she wanted to give her patients a more intimate setting to go for their general health needs — a place they could trust for individualized family-focused healthcare. She began serving as a primary care physician 15 years ago, opened her first clinic in 1996, and has since opened four other clinics in the Denver metro area. By maintaining strong ties with the area’s hospitals and other specialists, Dr. Shirar and her team of providers offer their patients a family of caring professionals who will see you through every aspect of your health maintenance.
Dr. Susan Sufit
Dr. Susan Sufit
Susan Sufit, MD attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and completed her Family Residency at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, PA. She has been a provider for over 25 years. Dr. Sufit joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in June of 2016 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge as well as an appreciation for the life experiences her patients have accumulated. She is a member of the National Physician Alliance and the American Medical Association. In her free time, Dr. Sufit enjoys cooking, gardening, crafting and spending time with her family and pets.
Dr. Celsa Tiu
Dr. Celsa Tiu
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Dr. Joanna Trojanowski
Dr. Joanna Trojanowski
Joanna Trojanowski, MD joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2015. She received instruction through educational institutions in several countries including Poland, Spain, as well as across the US and Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Polish and Spanish.

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!

Dr. David Tuuk
Dr. David Tuuk
 Dr. Mary Tuuk
Dr. Mary Tuuk
Dr. Mary Tuuk graduated from the University of Wisconsin and completed her residency at University of Colorado Internal Medicine. She then worked through the Denver VA fellowship program to specialize in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Tuuk joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in February 2016 with over 20 years of providing direct patient care. She currently belongs to the American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Association, and is an active board member with the Alzheimer’s Association- Colorado Chapter. When asked why she would enjoys working with seniors, she replied “I like working with seniors to determine their goals and help them as best we can. I also enjoy hearing their life experiences.” In her spare time Dr. Tuuk enjoys traveling to our many national parks and then scrapbooks the memories. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and their two twin sons who are currently college students and are both talented lacrosse players.
Dr. Lea Watson
Dr. Lea Watson
Dr. Lea Watson is a board certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist with a lifelong commitment to caring for vulnerable populations, and two decades of academic and leadership experience. Her passion is creating a culture of appropriate psychotropic prescribing in long-term care settings to achieve quality outcomes for all stakeholders. She prioritizes common sense, avoiding harms and keeping the patient’s and family’s goals of care at the heart of all endeavors.

I also have a professional website if people want to know more about me, or follow my blog: www.leacwatsonmd.com

Dr. Cydney West
Dr. Cydney West
Dr. Cydney West grew up in the Denver Metro area and earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University. After finishing medical school and her residency in the Midwest, she returned to Colorado to practice. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Dr. Kurt Wever
Dr. Kurt Wever

Our Non-Physician Providers

Clarence Adams, NP
Clarence Adams, NP
Clarence Adams, NP is a second generation soldier having served both internationally and domestically as a medical professional for the US Army as an infantryman, later to be reclassified as a counter-intelligence agent. Clarence advanced his career from a graduate of Calhoun Community College with his ADN to earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing cum laude from Jacksonville State University. He then attended the University of Alabama in Birmingham where he completed his MSN.

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.”

 Katie Arthur, PA
Katie Arthur, PA
Katie Arthur, PA-C is a native of Littleton, Colorado and attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE. She has been a provider for over 8 years and has worked with Rocky Mountain Senior Care since 2015. She truly has a heart for the senior population and strives to deliver high quality, consistent care. In her free time, Katie spends time hiking with her husband and three children and is an avid reader.
Myrtle Barlow, NP
Myrtle Barlow, NP
Myrtle Barlow, NP received her nursing degree from Weber State University and gained experience from a variety of settings including time as the Director of Nursing for a Long Term Care facility. After many years as an RN, she decided to complete her FNP, graduating with honors from Frontier Nursing University in 2015. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care shortly thereafter. “I saw many needs within the care settings of this population of patients and I feel happy to be a part of fulfilling those needs. I feel that, in my small way, I am making a difference in someone’s life. Realizing that we will all be in the same position as our elders one day, I hope to continue to make a difference. My patients were once vibrant, active in politics and policy making, and defending our country. They have shaped the lives we have today and through them, we are shaping the lives of future generations. It is awesome!” Myrtle spends her free time with her family and bicycling on the trails near her home.
 Joseph Bjorhus, PA
Joseph Bjorhus, PA
Joseph Bjorhus, MPAS, PA-C earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Colorado in Denver, then completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies through the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2012. Prior to attending the University of Colorado, he was recipient of various commendations for his service in the United States Coast Guard while based in Miami, Florida. Joe joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in October of 2014 having gained experience managing patients in neurosurgical and internal medicine settings.
 Dennis Bronstein, NP
Dennis Bronstein, NP
Dennis Bronstein is a Nurse Practitioner and lives in the Denver area. He earned his undergraduate nursing degree from Metro State University in 2011 and earned his graduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015. He did clinical rotations across the metro area in a variety of settings. including senior care and a walk-in clinic. Dennis worked as a Registered Nurse in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities prior to joining RMSC. Before entering the medical field, he worked in IT for 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his kids’ sports teams.
 Kim Buckley, PA
Kim Buckley, PA
Kim Buckley, PA earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, later attending Saint Louis University for her Bachelor of Physician Assistant Studies. She completed her formal education with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies through the University of Nebraska. Kim has been devoted specifically to Geriatrics for over 15 years and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2013. When asked why she appreciates working with seniors, she replied, “I love all the stories and wisdom they have to share.” Kim lives in the Denver area with her husband and two boys. Along with family activities she enjoys attending trivia games and reading.
 Lisa Buss, NP
Lisa Buss, NP
Lisa received her training from the University of Northern Colorado where she obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has been in and around medicine since 1989. She was worked her way up “through the ranks” from front and back office to medical assistant to nurse and now NP. When asked why she enjoys working with seniors she replied, “They have lived long and fruitful lives that have refined them into beautiful, wise and gracious souls.” Lisa currently belongs to the Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioners Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Academic Honors Society, and is a committee member for a local Boy Scout unit. In her spare time Lisa enjoys teaching leadership skills to youth and adults. She also enjoys spending time with her four children and loves anything that deals with the outdoors.
Eric Butters, NP
Eric Butters, NP
Eric Butters, is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He graduated from the University of Colorado’s Denver College of Nursing and has been a part of the Rocky Mountain Senior Care team since 2015. He is a member of the American and Colorado Nurses Associations, Signa Theta Tau International, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Eric brings several years of nursing experience to our organization and has an extensive background in behavioral health. He easily relates to patients and their families. He appreciates the opportunity to develop one-on-one relationships within the senior patient population and to guide his patients through their individual health care concerns. In his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with his two rescue dogs, Milo and Millie, and gardening.
Connie Cerjan, PA
Connie Cerjan, PA
Connie Cerjan, PA-C earned her BS in Biology from Kansas State University in 1992, then completed the Physician Assistant program through Wichita State. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in April of 2017. Connie’s background in senior care and internal medicine made her a welcome addition to our provider team. Connie had acquired additional experience as a physician assistant while stationed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station through the United States Antarctic Program. She values “honest dedication to exceptional patient care” and has found her calling in service of the senior patient population.
Amy Cohen, NP
Amy Cohen, NP
Amy Cohen, NP received her undergraduate’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL in Liberal Arts. She then continued on to earn her Master’s degree in nursing (MNHP) from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA and her Post-Masters degree in nursing from Regis University in Denver, CO. Amy joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2016 with over 10 years of experience as a provider and remains an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association. When asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, Amy replied, “Many of my senior patients have experienced and participated in the struggles of war and times of scarcity or unrest. Their efforts have shaped our culture and country. It is important that they feel cared for and appreciated at this time in their lives.” Amy spends her free time with her husband and young daughter, enjoying various hobbies such as classic cinema and knitting.
 Kate Condon, PA
Kate Condon, PA
Kate Condon, PA graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 1991. She continued on to earn her Physician Assistant Certification from Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program in 2001 as well as her Masters in Medical Science from Saint Francis University also in 2001.
 Linda Couger, NP
Linda Couger, NP
Linda Couger, NP attended the University of Tennessee and earned her BS in nursing in 1991. In 2006 she received ANP-C/MSN from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, followed by her DNP from the University of Colorado in Denver in 2015. Linda’s passion is to serve the geriatric patient population with a focus on care within a long-term setting. She has been active in senior care for over 10 years.

“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

Tamara Coughlin, NP
Tamara Coughlin, NP
Tamara Coughlin, NP graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and then completed her BSN through Regis University. After working with Centura Health as a bedside nurse for 16 years, gaining experience in several specialties, Tamara earned her MSN FNP from Graceland University. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in December, 2017 with a “passion for and dedication to providing excellence in patient care.”
Tiffany Defreitas NP
Tiffany Defreitas NP
Tiffany Defreitas, NP joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care early in January of 2018. She comes to us after earning her MSN from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had previously attended Texas Women’s University in Huston, Texas where she completed her BSN.

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.

 Jaime Depue, NP
Jaime Depue, NP
Jaime Depue, NP attended Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska, consecutively completing both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. Jaime joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in June of 2017 with a background in senior care, specifically in long term care settings. When asked why she chose to work with seniors, she replied, “They allow me an outlet through which I can take full advantage of my passion for providing exemplary care.”
 Sagar Dhanawade, NP
Sagar Dhanawade, NP
Sagar Dhanawade, NP joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in September of 2017 with six years of experience in medical intensive care unit, medical-surgical, and dialysis settings. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from King University in Bristol, TN, then completed his Master of Science in Nursing – Specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner from South University in Savannah, GA. Sagar is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to our senior patients and appreciates the opportunity to “effectively manage complex multisystem conditions.”
 Abigail DiMartino, PA
Abigail DiMartino, PA
Abigail DiMartino, PA joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in January, 2016. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology. She then moved to Miami, Florida where she received a Master of Clinical Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Barry University. When asked what she appreciated most about working with the senior patient population, Abigail responded, “they have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and stories to learn from.” Abigail now resides with her husband in the Denver area. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
 Mary Ann Dimberio, PA
Mary Ann Dimberio, PA
Mary Ann Dimberio received her BSN and MSN at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She later returned to obtain her DNP at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She has been a Geriatric nurse practitioner for 23 years.

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.”

 Sarah Dobler, PA
Sarah Dobler, PA
Sarah Dobler, PA attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO where she earned her BS in Environmental, Population & Organismic Biology. She then graduated from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA with her Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Sarah joined RMSC in November of 2010.
 Javier Enriquez, NP
Javier Enriquez, NP
Javier Enriquez, NP began his medical career as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He completed his BS in Nursing in 2009 and earned a Master’s Degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 2012. With a pulmonary background and experience in Cardiac Diagnostics, we were happy to welcome Javier to Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2016. Javier expresses his appreciation for the opportunity to work in a senior care setting. “I feel they have served their family, their employers, their community, and their country. Now, it’s time for them to be served. I’m honored to assist them in living a quality life.” Javier spends his free time staying active. He has been training in Karate for 24 years, travels to areas where he can surf and snorkel, surfboards every winter, and plays several organized sports.
 Karen Erickson, NP
Karen Erickson, NP
Karen Erickson, NP attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences, Anschutz campus and joined the RMSC team in November of 2017. When asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, she responded, “I appreciate the knowledge and link to the past. They can teach us so much from what they have experienced.” In her free time, Karen enjoys traveling to Europe and photography.
 Carissa Farrell, PA
Carissa Farrell, PA
Carissa Farrell, PA joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2013 and has 11 years of experience in geriatrics. She attended Colorado State University to earn her undergraduate degree, then continued on to University of Colorado for her graduate degree. “You really have to listen to your patients and meet them right where they are in order to truly practice the art of geriatric medicine. I will always advocate for my patients and care for them as I would expect my own family to be cared for.” Carissa has been honored for her patient care with the “Compassionate Caregiving Award.” Outside of work, Carissa is a busy mother of three. “When ages range from 2 to 16, you get to teach one to drive and another to use the potty all at the same time!” When not at music class with the toddler or cheering on the big kids at track or soccer, she enjoys hiking and is an avid doll collector.
 Joan Feldman, NP
Joan Feldman, NP
Joan Feldman, NP graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015, earning her MSN after gaining over 20 years of patient care experience as an RN. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in May of 2016. Joan is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner (ENP). When asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, Joan relied, “They come with so much life experience and advise. I enjoy being a part of what they have to offer.” In her free time, Joan can be found volunteering through her church, cub scouts, or the PTA. She also enjoys camping, spending time with her son and friends, and designing jewelry. Joan’s 90lb “lap dog” and two fluffy kittens help keep her on her toes.
Ryan Foley, NP
Ryan Foley, NP
Ryan Foley, NP is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, having earned his BSN in 2005. He then completed his MSN with a gerontology specialty from the University of Tampa and remains an active member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Ryan joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in May, 2018. When asked why he chose to work with the senior patient population, he responded, “I enjoy working with seniors because they appreciate the care they receive. I also enjoy being able to learn from their experiences. It’s satisfying to help seniors live out their golden years achieving their maximum potential of quality of life.” In his free time, Ryan can be found hiking, skiing, biking, and conditioning through CrossFit. He also enjoys traveling and is looking forward to comparing a pending African safari to his travels in Spain, Italy, and Ireland.
Cynthia Forsblad, NP
Cynthia Forsblad, NP
Cynthia (Cindy) Forsblad, NP is a graduate of CU Denver College of Nursing and SFSU College of Nursing. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in November of 2017. When asked what she enjoys most about working with seniors, Cindy replied, “I appreciate any opportunity to provide holistic care to my patients. I find that by empowering my senior patients with knowledge about their health, together we can make decisions that are in line with their goals of care. and is an active member of the American Geriatrics Society and the American Nurses Association. Cindy maintains an active lifestyle with her two sons through biking, hiking, and rock climbing.
 Diane Genova, NP
Diane Genova, NP
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 Linda German, NP
Linda German, NP
Linda German is a Nurse Practitioner who is new to RMSC and resides in Colorado Springs. She has been working as a NP since graduating in 1999.  She was awarded with an Associates in Science Nursing an Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in Colorado, and received her Master of Science in Nursing in Washington.  Linda began as a Registered Nurse in ICU-CCU settings and quickly moved into cardiology.  Later she made a shift to home care, advancing from Field Nurse to Case Manager, then to Program Manager.  She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner since completing graduate school.
 Janice Hartley, NP
Janice Hartley, NP
Jan Hartley received her BSN from the University of Health Science Center and went on to earn her FNP here in Denver, CO at Metro State. She began her nursing career in 1968 and has been with RMSC since 2015. She has devoted her life to working with seniors and takes the time to listen to her patient’s background and their perspective on history. She is a member of several professional organizations and spends her free time advocating for health care access to underserved populations. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and visiting with her son.
 Ryan Hatch, NP
Ryan Hatch, NP
Ryan Hatch, DC, FNP-C is a chiropractor and family nurse practitioner who has been treating patients since 1996. He became a licensed doctor of chiropractic in 1996 and has been involved in the treatment of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions since that time. He returned to school in 2008 and obtained a bachelors degree in nursing and subsequently received his masters degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner program of study in 2011.
Patty Head, NP
Patty Head, NP
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 Kelly Henrichs, NP
Kelly Henrichs, NP
Kelly Henrichs joined the RMSC team in 2015. She attended Marquette University for her undergrad Nursing education, and CU for both her masters and doctorate in nursing. She has worked as a hospitalist, in research, and currently works part time at the CU College of Nursing, teaching in the undergraduate program there. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball, and swimming in her free time.
Bao Ho, NP
Bao Ho, NP
Bao received his BSN and his FNP training at Regis University in Denver, CO. Since the beginning of his studies Bao focused his career and training on the elderly and psychiatric patients. He has been a provider for 2 years and has started to work for RMSC in 2015. His passion of working with seniors lies on “the opportunity to learn about their experiences, and the many life teachings they can give us.” Bao is married and has 4 children. He enjoys painting, reading, fishing, and yard work with the family.
 Marsha Jaroch, NP
Marsha Jaroch, NP
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 Stacy Jessen, NP
Stacy Jessen, NP
Stacy Jessen, NP received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of New Mexico. She then attended the University of Texas to complete the Master of Science in Nursing program. Stacy is an active member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners, Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses, and the America Association of Nurse Practitioners organizations. RMSC welcomed Stacy in 2017 with 10 years of patient care experience. Stacy has an enormous amount of respect for the life experiences of our seniors and has empathy and appreciation for the often difficult health care needs and decisions they face. When Stacy is not treating patients, she can be found spending as much time as possible outdoors. She is an avid runner but also enjoys hiking and cycling.
 Fatimah Johnson, NP
Fatimah Johnson, NP
Fatimah Johnson, NP attended Walden University and is an active member of the Honor Society of Nursing – Sigma Theta Tau International. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2018 with over 20 years of experience working with the geriatric patient population. When asked why she chose to specialize in caring for seniors, she replied, “I took care of my grand-mother when I was very young and that was how I developed interest in nursing, especially with seniors. I love helping them meet their psychosocial and health needs. Additionally, it is always very interesting to listen to their stories. They have a lot of knowledge, experience, wisdom. It does not matter what stage of like they are in, there are still thing to learn from them.” Fatimah spends her free time with her twin teenage daughters and serves her community by volunteering at a local church.
Lisa Johnson, NP
Lisa Johnson, NP
Lisa Johnson, MSN-FNP-C began her career in health care with an Associate’s degree in nursing from LaGrange College in Georgia. She continued on to Chamberlain College of Nursing to complete her BSN and MSN FNP. Lisa is an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner Association. Lisa joined RMSC in 2017 with a warm and caring regard for the senior patient population. “Seniors are always welcoming and friendly. One day we become seniors ourselves and I hope to work to improve the overall care of this group of patients.” When Lisa isn’t working, she keeps busy spending time with her family. She has seven children, two teenagers and five grown with children of their own.
 Lynn Kalert, NP
Lynn Kalert, NP
Lynn Kalert possesses wide ranging experience as both a nurse practitioner and, prior to that, as a nurse in the Geriatric field including home care and hospice settings. “Daily in my work, I feel honored to provide primary care in a client’s home. I enjoy helping someone set goals for their care, and strive to fulfill their wishes. I strongly believe that less is more, and continually evaluate medications and treatment plans.” In her free time, Lynn Kalert enjoys exploring Colorado with her husband, 2 daughters and grandson.
Jennifer Keefe, NP
Jennifer Keefe, NP
Jennifer Keefe, NP attended the University of Colorado College of Nursing and is new addition to the Rocky Mountain Senior Care team as of 2017. She has three children and spends most of her free time watching soccer, lacrosse, and football as well as reading and traveling. Jennifer enjoys learning about her patient’s history and takes the time to appreciate how times have changed. She excels in the management of chronic illnesses and is thankful to be a part of the senior patient population’s journey.
Robin Kelly PA
Robin Kelly PA
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Amy (Klinkefus) Stoll NP
Amy (Klinkefus) Stoll NP
Amy (Klinkefus) Stoll, NP graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a CNA in a long-term care setting beginning in high school (2005), then gained additional experience as a geriatric nurse. Rocky Mountain Senior Care welcomed Amy in November, 2017. When asked why she chose to dedicate her career to the senior patient population, she responded, “I believe as a nurse, I am obligated to advocate for older adults. It is my passion to improve care for seniors, especially those with dementia.” Amy spends her free time with her husband, Tyler, and French mastiff, Murphy, exploring Colorado hiking trails, skiing, knitting, and gardening.
 Angela Kubie, NP
Angela Kubie, NP
Angela Kubie is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a background in Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care. She was educated and trained at Johns Hopkins University and at California State University, Long Beach. Angela has been with RMSC since June, 2014. She is also adjunct faculty at Regis University and loves teaching.

“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.”

 Kim Lehto-Smith, PA
Kim Lehto-Smith, PA
Kim Lehto-Smith, PA joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2009 and is based in the Castle Rock/Parker area. While attending Metropolitan State University of Denver, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication Disorders with a minor in Gerontology. She then graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 2006. Prior to her medical career, Kim was dedicated to improving the quality of life of seniors through volunteering and working as an Activity Assistant for memory care residents and through her involvement in the Care Transitions Program at University of Colorado Health Care Policy and Research as a Professional Research Assistant. She has provided healthcare to geriatric patients in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, patients’ homes, and outpatient clinics. Kim loves working with seniors and appreciates the relationships she has formed with patients, families, and caregivers. “I provide healthcare based on my patient’s wishes. I may not be able to cure their chronic disease, but I will strive to treat their symptoms and do what I can to improve their quality of life.” In her free time, Kim enjoys the many outdoor activities this beautiful state has to offer.
Rose Macalister, NP
Rose Macalister, NP
Rose Macalister, NP graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in April of 2018 with over five years of direct patient care experience and decades of prior work with the senior patient population. Rose began serving elders as the leader of a senior exercise class in 1988. “I continue the relationships with my students and savor the wisdom they provide.” Rose is additionally active with the Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner Coalition, serving as board member and legislative representative- though she will be serving the South Colorado community with RMSC. Originally from Pueblo, Rose comes from a large family (one of 13 children). All of her siblings are involved in the arts and service industries and she appreciates the important role of a supportive family in the setting of treating her patients. Rose spends her free time enjoying the outdoors and practicing yoga. She is a retired Larimer County Master Gardener and remains an avid gardener to this day.
Ashley McKillop, NP
Ashley McKillop, NP
Ashley McKillop, NP earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Santa Barbara City College and received her BSN from Sacred Heart University. She later attended Arizona State University, completing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice – FNP. Ashely joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in July of 2018 with eight years of previous experience as an RN. When asked why she chose to work with seniors, Ashely responded, “I enjoy hearing their life stories and experiences. They make my job enjoyable and I love helping them as a way to give back for all the years they have given to society.” Ashley is an active member of the American Society of Nurse Practitioners and spends her free time with her husband hiking and camping with their two dogs. She also enjoys traveling and trying new foods.
Juline McLean-Murray, NP
Juline McLean-Murray, NP
Juline is a board certified Nurse Practitioner. She received her Masters of Nursing from Walden University in 2016 with over 15 years of prior experience as a registered nurse. She feels honored to be a provider where she can care for seniors as they go through the challenges of elderly life. She expressed, “Just as our very young need specialized care, our seniors also require specialized care. The decline in the functioning of their body systems create complex medical issues.” Juline is an active member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Golden Key Honor Society. During her free time, Juline enjoys outdoor activities and cooking wonderful meals for her family.
 Nancy Mikesell, NP
Nancy Mikesell, NP
Nancy Mikesell is a Nurse Practitioner, Licensed Acupuncturist, and a Certified Holistic Nurse based out of Golden, Colorado. She was awarded with her BSN in Omaha, Nebraska and received her Master of Science in Nursing at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Nancy has over 15 years of nursing experience, providing a full range of patient care in a variety of settings including volunteering abroad, private practice, pediatrics through geriatrics, home health, and oriental medicine. Committed to health education, she has taught numerous health and science programs to elementary school children. Nancy continues her studies in functional medicine and enjoys hiking, yoga, and pottery.
 Ashley Milavsky, NP
Ashley Milavsky, NP
Ashley Milavsky has been a nurse practitioner since 2016. She earned her BSN and MSN at Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Her clinical rotations eventually guided her to Rocky Mountain Senior Care, where she remains. Prior to receiving her nurse practitioner license, she worked as an RN at a long term, memory care community. Ashley loves hearing about the life experiences of her patients. She appreciates being able to work with this often overlooked patient population and is honored to offer support and guide her patients and their families through the aging process. She spends her free time exploring Colorado with her husband, baby girl, and dog as well as traveling to visit with friends and family.
 Kala Miller, NP
Kala Miller, NP
Kala Miller, NP earned her BA in Biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She then attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa to complete her BSN and MSN respectively. Kala is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has been a provider since 2014 and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2017 after her move from Iowa to Colorado. When Kala was asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, she replied, “I appreciate working with seniors because it is both challenging and rewarding. Learning about their life experiences is also something I enjoy.” In her free time, Kala spends much of her time hiking, biking, or watching football with her family which includes her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
 Katie Miller, NP
Katie Miller, NP
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 Lilias Morgan, PA
Lilias Morgan, PA
Lilias Morgan, PA is originally from North Carolina and is a graduate of Wake Forest University’s PA program. Called to Colorado for the mountain lifestyle, she has had the pleasure of living and working here since 1989. She has focused on primary care and also has experience in women’s health, immunology, and orthopedics. Lilias enjoys developing a meaningful relationship with her patients while guiding them through the physical and emotional challenges of life. Lilias joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in February 2012. She finds this position challenging yet gratifying and welcomes input from family members. The best part of the job for Lilias is making a difference in someone’s life and learning from her patients.

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.”

Travis Neill, PA
Travis Neill, PA
After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a degree in Finance, Travis Neill, PA-C went on to earn his BA in Biology from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He then returned to University of Colorado and completed the CHAPA program in 2009. Travis is a member of various organizations including the America Geriatric Society (AGS) American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA), and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). When asked what he appreciates most about working with the senior population, he responded that he “enjoys helping guide a vulnerable population through complicated health issues.” He loves their stories and appreciates being able to help patients and their families through the challenges associated with both physical and mental health complications. “I am incredibly grateful to do what I do.” Travis spends his free time with his wife and daughter exploring the outdoors, traveling, playing soccer, skiing, and participating in opportunities to volunteer.
 Thuy Nguyen, NP
Thuy Nguyen, NP
Thuy Nguyen, NP graduated from the University of Colorado and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2013 with nearly a decade of experience. She enjoys working with seniors because, “seniors have a tremendous wisdom and experience that we can all learn from and appreciate. Also, they are awesome!” She is married with one son and one daughter, lives in the Denver area, and enjoys traveling in her free time.
 Nnenna Nwizu, NP
Nnenna Nwizu, NP
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Che Pang, NP
Che Pang, NP
Che Pang, NP earned his Master’s Degree in Nursing from McGill University in Canada. He then attended the University of Colorado School of Nursing where he received his Advanced Nurse Practitioner training. Che joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2017 and brings an evident enthusiasm for senior care. “I appreciate the length and depth of life experiences seniors have as we work through their health challenges. I learn something new with my senior clients every day.” Che is an active member of the American Nurse’s Association and the American Geriatrics Society. In his free time, you can find Che hiking in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and exploring new areas of Colorado and beyond.
Terri Paschetag, NP
Terri Paschetag, NP
Terri Paschetag, NP is a graduate of the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in July of 2018 with over 30 years of experience in direct patient care with a special interest in the stories and general background of her patients. In her free time, Terri enjoys staying active outdoors biking, hiking, and camping.
 Valerie Paulson, PA
Valerie Paulson, PA
Valerie Paulson has been a Physician’s Assistant since 2013 and joined the RMSC team in 2016. She studied at DeSales University in Pennsylvania. Valerie is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants. When asked what she most enjoys about working with the senior population, she replied that she sincerely appreciates their perspective on life. She also enjoys the opportunity to show people how much they matter to others and treating the medical complexities involved in their care. In her free time, Valerie can be found hiking, climbing, and exploring new restaurants with her husband, who is also a PA.
Sarah Poythress, NP
Sarah Poythress, NP
Sarah Poythress is a Primary Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner with a background covering cardiology, critical care, trauma, burn care, and radiology specialties. She received her BSN from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and continued on to earn her MSN from the University of Colorado in 2017. Sarah is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. When asked why she chose to work in senior care, she responded, “I love working with the adult and geriatric population; getting to know who they are now and hearing stories about when they were younger. I think they have a wealth of knowledge and life experience to share, and I love to listen!” Sarah enjoys taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer including hiking, mountain biking, trail running, climbing the incline, and snowboarding. She also loves spending time with her two “oodles” (mini-golden doodle and mini-poodle) and taking them out to play in the outdoors as well.
 Kathleen Qutub, PA
Kathleen Qutub, PA
Kathleen Qutub is a Physician Assistant who lives near Denver.  While attending Grand Valley State University in Michigan she was awarded a Bachelors of Science in Health, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.  She also earned her Masters Degree of Physician Assistant Studies in Michigan.  Kathleen has experience in long-term care, neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiovascular surgery, nutrition, and anesthesia.  She also aided in Alzheimer’s Disease research.  In her free time she enjoys golf, scuba diving, and classical music having played the violin for eight years.
 Nicole Ralston, PA
Nicole Ralston, PA
Nicole Ralston has been a Physician Assistant since 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Creighton University. She has worked as an assistant in radiology at a hospital in the Denver area and as a CNA on the Acute Care for the Elderly unit at University Hospital prior to becoming a PA. She received her Master’s Degree in Medical Science from Saint Francis University and Physician Assistant Certification from Red Rocks Community College. In her free time, Nicole enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family.
Erin Ramsay NP
Erin Ramsay NP
Erin Ramsay, NP received her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado and Doctorate of Nursing Practice, FNP from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Erin joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in January of 2018. “My passion for working with seniors stems from a great admiration for a group of people of which many served our country and lived with a strong work ethic to provide for their loved ones. Now is the time to return the care and support they provided younger generations.” Erin has a heart for volunteering. She helped build a clinic in rural Guatemala years ago and continues to serve that community during her return visits. She spends her free time enjoying all Colorado has to offer, skiing and hiking as often as she can manage. She also loves baseball an is a big fan of the Colorado Rockies.
Corinne Rantala, PA
Corinne Rantala, PA
Corinne Rantala, PA joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2017 with 11 years of experience in health care. She attended Colorado State University to earn her undergraduate degree, then continued on to work towards her Masters and PA certification at the University of Health Sciences Center at Fitzsimmons. Corinne chose to work with seniors because she feels “every person should be able to transition to the later chapters in life with a positive outlook and the best quality of life possible. I love talking to my patients about their goals and wishes for each stage in their life and then working together with their families, caregivers and outside resources to help them reach each goal and fulfill each wish as best as possible.” When away from work, Corinne is busy wearing the Mom hat at home with her three kids. “I have a very bright son that started Kindergarten this year, a very fun loving 3 year old daughter, and a sweet baby boy to complete our family. Sometimes it’s hard, but between the flag football games, swimming lessons, music classes, T-ball games, night time feedings, school volunteering and work, I also enjoy a night out every now and then with my amazing husband of 8 years!”
 Barbara Read, NP
Barbara Read, NP
Barbara Read is an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who resides in Westminster. She has a grown daughter and a granddaughter.  Barbara attended Walden University where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and has prior experience with skilled, long-term care, psychiatric, and Alzheimer’s patients.  Barbara has worked in nursing centers as an LPN, RN, and supervisor prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in September of 2015.
 Luciann Rosen, NP
Luciann Rosen, NP
Luciann lives in the Aurora area and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in June of 2015 with twenty years of nursing experience. She was awarded with a Masters of Nursing from the University of California and has also studied traditional Chinese medicine in Santa Monica.  Luciann spent the first years of her career in California working as a Nurse Practitioner.  She has also worked as a NP, medical instructor, clinical site supervisor and manager of clinic operations while residing in Colorado.  In her free time Luciann likes to travel, read and spend time with her husband, kids and father.
 Heather Roth, NP
Heather Roth, NP
Heather has been a provider since 2005. She received her training at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health professionals. When asked why she appreciates working with seniors she replied, “Seniors have a lifetime of experience and wealth of information, but sometimes are the most vulnerable population and need the most attention.” In her spare time, Heather enjoys watching movies, hiking the beautiful Colorado trails, and practicing yoga. She is married and has two younger sons.
 Anita Shah, NP
Anita Shah, NP
Anita Shah, NP received her bachelor’s degree in Allied Health Sciences with a concentration in geriatrics and gerontology at Ohio State University. She continued on to Ashland University where she earned her BSN and then completed her MSN at the University of Toledo. She has been a provider since 2011 and joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in February of 2018. When asked why she chose to work with the senior patient population, she responded, “I feel more that it is my calling to work with seniors. I watched my parents care for my grandmother who suffered from dementia, saw home health come to visit her. At age 10, I knew that I’d do something in healthcare, where I would be able to one day care for my parents when they reached that age, to be able to provide holistic care.” In her free time, Anita spends time with her husband and two west highland terriers, Bunty and Charlie. “My husband I like to travel, enjoy good food and drinks and the outdoors.”
 Jill Shepherd, PA
Jill Shepherd, PA
Jill Shepherd is a Physician Assistant who moved from Arkansas to Colorado springs to join RMSC in 2015. She was born and spent the first part of her life in Honduras, so she has a great appreciation for various cultures and backgrounds. She is passionate about working with the senior population because of how much she can learn from them and contribute to their lives. One of her greatest passions has been to serve the under-served and research ways to improve medicine. She strives to never be complacent and constantly challenges herself to become a stronger provider for her patients.

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 Smith, PA
Alicia Smith, PA
Alicia Smith is a Physician Assistant who has been with the RMSC team since 2012.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Colorado University in Boulder, completed the Physician Assistant program at Red Rocks and was then awarded her Masters from St.Francis University.  With over a decade of experience she appreciates working with seniors because, “I love being able to focus on quality of life vs quantity and love learning about the tremendous lives my patients have led.”

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.

Stacey Smith-Bradfield, NP
Stacey Smith-Bradfield, NP
Stacey Smith-Bradfield, NP attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Bethel College of Nursing where she earned her BSN. She subsequently completed the MSN with an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner focus. She is an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and joins Rocky Mountain Senior Care with over 10 years of experience serving the senior patient population. Stacey appreciates the vast history of each patient. She finds their experiences fascinating as well as helpful in guiding each senior to their highest level of functioning and independence. “Seeing seniors thrive makes me smile.” Stacey lives an active lifestyle with her husband and children and can often be found hiking, camping, skiing, cooking, and reading. However, photography happens to be a passion periodically selling pieces in small shows and showing pieces in the Sanger de Cristina Art shows. “I have lived in Colorado Springs since the age of nine. As I have grown, I have really learned to love and appreciate the beauty of our state and try to capture this beauty with my camera.”
Aminata Tounkara, NP
Aminata Tounkara, NP
Aminata Tounkara, NP received her BSN from Metro State University in Denver and continued on to complete the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Walden University in 2015. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2016 with over 18 years of nursing experience in acute care settings and geriatrics. In addition to being a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), Ami is an active member of the African Leadership Group (ALG). She has taken interest in driving ALG’s Health and Wellness Initiatives by supporting the many simple ways her community can lead healthier and happier lives.

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.”

 Allison Voss, PA
Allison Voss, PA
Allison Voss is a Physician Assistant who resides in the Denver area.  She was awarded her B.S. Degree in Biological Sciences with honors from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  While attending the University of Colorado campus in Denver, she earned her MPAS Child Health Associate through the Physician Assistant program.  She was working in geriatrics in the Denver/Boulder area prior to joining Rocky Mountain Senior Care in July of 2014.
 Penny Wagner, NP
Penny Wagner, NP
“Penny Wagner has been a healthcare professional for some 45 years, beginning as a nurse aide fresh out of high school and advancing through the years to licensed practical nurse, registered nurse and in 2007 to nurse practitioner working with the senior population. Her long experience includes working on medical, orthopedic and rehabilitation units of Denver’s P/SL Medical Center and serving for 10 years as nurse manager of the Spalding rehabilitation unit at that hospital. She has been seeing seniors in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and private homes since 2008. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Denver’s Regis University and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. A grandmother of six, she resides in Arvada with her husband Hol and dog Baby.

“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 Walker, PA
Erin Walker, PA
Erin Walker is a Physician Assistant who lives in Northglenn. While attending the University of Colorado Boulder campus she was awarded a Bachelors Degree in EPO biology, graduating with honors. A few years later she attended the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, earning her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.

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.

Elizabeth Wambugu, NP
Elizabeth Wambugu, NP
Elizabeth (Liz) Wambugu, NP is a graduate of Georgia State University and an active member of the ANA, GAPNA, and AANP. She joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in July of 2018 and brings with her a true value for our senior patient population. “I have always had a special place in my heart for seniors as a result of having great grandparents and role models. They are wise and give so much of society in values and wisdom.” In her free time. Liz enjoys all kinds of exercise and physical activity including hiking and swimming. She also enjoys trying out new cuisine.
 Catherine Wilson, NP
Catherine Wilson, NP
Catherine Wilson, NP received her undergraduate degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She moved to Colorado in 1973 just after graduating college to be near the mountains. She earned her Master’s in Nursing at University of Colorado in 1977, then completed the Nurse Practitioner program through Bethel, now University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1998. When Catherine joined Rocky Mountain Senior Care in 2015, she had been a healthcare provider for over 40 years and an advanced practice provider for 20 years. She gained experience through time at an Internal Medicine office, Optum (then Evercare), Memorial (now UCHealth) in the Coumadin Clinic, Diabetic Clinic and Senior Care Clinic. “I love the senior population because of the complexity of the medical conditions and the opportunity to hear their delightful stories of the past.” In her free time, Catherine spends her time enjoying the Colorado outdoors. “Hiking is a relaxation favorite as is photography. I am currently taking some classes in watercolor as well.” Catherine has been blessed with one daughter that works in senior care as the ADON/Wound Nurse at a rehabilitation facility in Colorado Springs.
 Brad Witman, PA
Brad Witman, PA
Brad Witman, PA-C was awarded his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and his Master of Medical Science from Saint Francis University. He completed the Physician Assistant program at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Senior Care’s South Colorado team in August of 2015, Brad gained experience as the Social Services Director for two Denver-based nursing facilities and as a physician’s assistant in an Adult Internal Medicine practice in Newport, OR.
 April Yeager, NP
April Yeager, NP
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