Meet the Supportive Care Team
Life can feel so different after a cancer diagnosis. Reactions can range from feeling worried, sad, angry, and uncertain one minute to feeling optimistic, hopeful, and determined the next. It is normal to feel a wide range of emotions in response to the changes experienced during cancer treatment and life after treatment ends.
Our dedicated team of licensed oncology clinical social workers are here as a resource for you, your family, and your cancer caregivers. Whether you are concerned about body image changes or fertility, coping with stress and anxiety, helping your children and family understand your cancer diagnosis, clarifying your goals for care, finding practical and financial resources, or dealing with the impact of cancer on your work, they are available.
Wherever you are on your journey their goal is to help you and your loved ones never lose sight of hope.
Anh Lai-O’Connell, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Manager
Degrees: B.A., Colorado College, Colorado Springs; M.S.W, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, Philadelphia
Patient Care Philosophy: I aim to provide our patients and their families with the emotional and practical support they need to continue living their lives with resilience and quality despite facing tremendous uncertainty, fear, change, and loss. From newly diagnosed to survivorship, every person and every family is challenged with their own journey- I am here, as they need, to help fill the experience with as much grace, dignity, and ease as possible.
Sharon Cascone, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: BA, University of Virginia; MSW, Tulane University
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe people do best when we maximize our physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual health. If we do not cultivate wellness in each of these areas, we tend to struggle. A cancer diagnosis can throw off our health equilibrium. Supportive Care can help you bring back some balance. I look forward to working with you to identify your struggles, explore solutions, and seek to improve your comprehensive state of well-being.
Lindsay Chisholm, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder; MSW, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Patient Care Philosophy: I strive to partner with patients and families by providing education and access to the supportive resources available to them during and after a cancer diagnosis.
Ami Gorsky, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: BSW Missouri Western State University; MSW Colorado State University
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe that with support, compassion, and a knowledge base built on the belief that every human being has a story to tell, there are few things that can’t be worked through.
Lindsey Green, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: B.S., University of New Orleans, MSW, Arizona State University, Tucson
Patient Care Philosophy: I aim to provide individualized support and care to my patients and their families. Life is a difficult journey and it is further complicated by chronic illness. I am here to provide compassion, education, and advocacy to help patients navigate this complex time in their lives.
Leslie Kantor-Reid, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: B.A., Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs; MSW, University of Denver
Patient Care Philosophy: My goal is to provide excellent support to those navigating the difficulty of a cancer diagnosis. Health is not just physical, but emotional, spiritual, and social. I aim to support the person and family as a whole. I want to be a strong advocate for patients and families, and also empower them to advocate for themselves.
Angela McCasland, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: B.S.W and M.S.W., Austin Peay State University
Patient Care Philosophy: I recognize that a cancer diagnosis has the potential to challenge our reality as we know it. I strive to remain present with patients and their families throughout their cancer journeys and assist in navigating a path towards healing. My goal is to provide you with support, both practical and emotional, as these needs arise.
Aubrey Melendes, MSW
Degrees: BS, University of Colorado; MSW, Newman University
Location: Colorado Springs
Patient Care Philosophy: My hope is to offer compassion and empathy to patients and caregivers throughout their cancer journey whether that be facing a new diagnosis or experiencing survivorship. I will strive to provide emotional and practical support coupled with education and advocacy as you manage the challenging road ahead.
Jill Mitchell, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: B.A., Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; M.A., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN; Ph.D., UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; M.S.W. California State University, Long Beach, CA.
Patient Care Philosophy: I value humanity in the context of medical treatment, getting to know patients as people first, and helping patients and survivors find peace, meaning, and growth even in the midst of their experience with cancer.
Melody Montrie, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: B.S.W., Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC; M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore
Location: Denver – Rose
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe that compassion and empathy are essential in providing effective supportive care. I strive to meet the patient and family where they are to help address emotional, psychological, and practical needs. My goal is to compassionately help you during this cancer journey and afterward in cancer survivorship.
Ashlynn Sutton, MSW, LSW
Degrees: BA, Washburn University; MSW, University of Denver
Patient Care Philosophy: Walking alongside patients and their families through times of adversity is my passion. I aim to advocate for you in times of need and provide space to express yourself. My hope is to empower each unique individual through their cancer journey.
Robyn Tibert, MDIV, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: BA, Hanover College; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; MSW, Rutgers University
Patient Care Philosophy: I am committed to walking with patients through the emotional, spiritual, and relational changes that come with a cancer diagnosis. My role is to help patients and their families explore what it means to live fully, both during and following treatment.
Degrees: MD, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
Patient Care Philosophy: I make cutting-edge treatment available to my patients by offering them clinical trials or proven therapy. I educate my patients about their diagnosis and treatment options so that they can play an active part in fighting their cancer. I work closely with experts from the fields of surgery, radiation oncology, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, nursing, and social work to give patients the best treatment available while optimizing their quality of life.
Degrees: MD, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria; Medical Oncology Fellowship, University of Texas, MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, TX; Integrative Medicine Fellowship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Patient Care Philosophy: I use state-of-the-art medical treatments to treat cancer and provide emotional, spiritual, and social support during patient visits. I believe in keeping an open mind about all issues, being honest and caring at all times, advocating for my patients, and involving family and significant others in a patient’s care.
I am passionate about clinical research, and I am focused on offering appropriate trials to patients as well as investigating new treatments. Above all, I treat my patients the way I would like to be treated and tailor treatment plans to individual patients.
Degrees: MD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM