Meet the Supportive Care Team
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.
MELODY MONTRIE, MSW, LCSW
Location: Denver – Rose
Degrees: B.S.W., Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC; M.S.W., University of Maryland, Baltimore
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.
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.
CRYSTAL FIELDS-BURDICK, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Location: Lone Tree-Sky Ridge Medical Center
Degrees: B.S., Regis University, MSW, Colorado State University
Patient Care Philosophy: It is a privilege to serve alongside individuals and families in their unique experiences with cancer. No concerns are too large or too small. I intend to help you manage the emotional and practical challenges on the journey ahead.
KARLA GARCIA-VELEZ, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: BA, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb; MSW, Indiana University Northwest, Gary
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe everyone has innate strengths that help them work through difficulties. I strive to support patients and their families in whatever unique way is needed, whether emotional or practical and empower them to use their strengths to continue experiencing their best quality of life during their journey.
Creo que cada persona tiene fortaleza para sobrevivir dificultades. Apoyo a pacientes y sus familias en cualquier manera necesaria para que tengan el poder de usar sus fuerzas para vivir su mejor vida durante y después de su viaje a través de su diagnosis.
AMI GORSKY, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: BSW(Bachelor of Social Work) Missouri Western State University; MSW(Masters of Social Work) 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, LSW
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.
CLAIRE JOHNSTON, MSW, LCSW
Degrees: B.S. Arizona State University, MSW, University of Denver
Patient Care Philosophy: My role is to provide support for the practical and emotional challenges cancer patients and their loved ones may face. Patients and loved ones do not need to walk this journey alone. I am here to walk with you by listening to your story, honoring your values, and empowering you to live your life fully.
LESLIE KANTOR, MSW, LCSW
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.
DAVID MILLER, MSW, LCSW
Location: Colorado Springs
Degrees: BA, Regis University, Denver, CO; MSW, Newman University, Wichita, KS
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe that we are all unique individuals and should be treated as such. I look forward to the opportunity of supporting the individualized needs of our patients and their families regarding their recent or ongoing diagnosis of cancer. Enriching the patient and the family members with the appropriate skills and/or behaviors needed to promote recovery, improve function, and teach self-care.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” -Randy Pausch
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.
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.
MICHELE BASCHE, MD – CO-MEDICAL DIRECTOR
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.
ALONSO PACHECO, MD – CO – MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Degrees: MD, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO; Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM