We'll help you get through your cancer diagnosis
With the knowledge and grace that comes from years of training and experience our dedicated team of licensed oncology clinical social workers are here as a resource for you, your family and your caregivers.
Our team members have received local and national awards for being outstanding clinical caregivers, have done grant-funded research on novel interventions to reduce survivor distress, have led nationally recognized educational programs for psychosocial healthcare professionals, and have served as leaders on clinical advisory and cancer non-profit boards.
We are passionate about assisting people through the process of dealing with cancer and we encourage you to contact us to learn more about the support available to you. We are able to assist with questions or concerns related to your cancer diagnosis and its impact on various aspects of your life.
Meet our Supportive Care Team
Susan Ash-Lee, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Director, Clinical Social Work and Genetic Counseling
Degrees: BA, Westmont College, MSW University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work
Location: Lone Tree – Skyridge
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe patients and their families are remarkably resilient, even in the midst of grief and change. My role is to help them identify the stressors that are hindering their ability to live fully and well, during and after a cancer diagnosis.
Terri Bauer, LCSW
Degrees: B.A. University of Montana, Missoula; M.S.W. University of Montana, Missoula
Patient Care Philosophy: I love empowering patients and families through education, resources and emotional support to allow them the opportunity to live their best life possible.
Denise Bickel, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Palliative Care Coordinator
Degrees: B.S.W, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO; M.S.W., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Extensive experience and expertise in oncology, palliative, and end-of-life care
Patient Care Philosophy: As a palliative care specialist, I am dedicated to providing patients with advanced cancer, and their caregivers, exceptional, individualized care that recognizes and honors their values and goals. Above all, I hope to instill the importance of hope in the face of adversity.
Lindsay Chisholm, LSCW
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.
Linda Cooper, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: B.A., Otterbein College, Westerville, OH, A.M., University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
Patient Care Philosophy: I view my role as building and enhancing the many strengths and resiliency of patients and their families through the provision of resources, support, and advocacy on the entire trajectory of their cancer journey.
Anh Lai-O’Connell, LCSW
Degrees: B.A., Colorado College, Colorado Springs; M.S.W, University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice, Philadelphia; LSW, Licensed Social Worker
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 make the ride a little less bumpy.
Ami Gorsky, MSW, LSW
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.
Diane Mehan, MSC, LCSW, OSW-C
Location: Lakewood, Radiation Oncology
Degrees: BSW, Central Michigan University; MSW, Michigan State University, Clinical Social Work
Patient Care Philosophy: To serve in concert with patients, families and their medical team offering supportive counseling along the cancer care trajectory. A wide array of psychosocial challenges are sparked by a cancer diagnosis. I am committed to providing you with a safe place to process, problem-solve, and find wholeness again.
Jill Mitchell, PhD, 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.
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Marianne Stenhouse, LCSW, OSW-C
Degrees: BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. MSW (Masters in Social Work) from SUNY @ Stony Brook. LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, OSW-C, Board Certified Oncology Social Worker.
Patient Care Philosophy: I am passionate about my work to help patients and families cope with the numerous psychosocial issues related to their journey with cancer. I strive to provide compassionate care through a holistic, systemic and humanistic approach in valuing and serving each person’s individual needs.
Robyn Tibert, MDiv, LCSW
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.
How we can help
Life can feel so different after a cancer diagnosis. In fact, many patients and their family members report, to us, multiple and varied reactions to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. These 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, but you do not need to experience this alone. We are here to assist you and your family.
We are often able to help you find creative solutions to better manage the impact of cancer. Whether you are concerned about body image changes or fertility, coping with stress and anxiety, helping your children and family understand your diagnosis, clarifying your goals for care, finding practical and financial resources, or dealing with the impact of cancer on your work, we are available.
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My Choices, My Wishes® advance care planning
Battling cancer may be one of the toughest challenges you and your loved ones will ever face. Thinking about and specifying the things that are important in your life, can help guide your care team towards the care you want today and in the future.
Advance care planning helps you understand treatment options and provides you a voice in your care decisions. Making these important decisions now can allow you and your loved ones to focus on living well in the future. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your care team is aware of the treatment options you choose, and that your loved ones will not have to make these important decisions for you.
As part of the quality care we deliver, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers is pleased to offer advance care planning services through The US Oncology Network My Choices, My Wishes® program. This comprehensive program helps you explore and document your healthcare preferences in a supportive environment.
Specially trained counselors will help you define the activities, relationships and healthcare goals that are important to you, and then complete advance directive documentation that matches your preferences for care. Advance care planning is something all adults should do today so we can direct the care that’s best for us in the future.
For peace of mind today and tomorrow, we encourage you and your family to participate. Please contact a member of our supportive care team for more information.
In Boulder, The Center for Integrative Care, located downstairs from our Boulder clinic in The Tebo Family Medical Pavilion offers patients and survivors services that include acupuncture, massage therapy, Healing Touch/Reiki therapy, nutritional consultation with a registered dietitian, wellness & integrative care consultation with a registered nurse, and music therapy/guided imagery.
In Colorado Springs, the Penrose Cancer Center Integrative Therapies program also provides patients with exposure to a wide range of complementary therapies and techniques.
If you are interested in learning more about any of these services please talk with a member of our supportive care team.