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.
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.
MEET OUR SUPPORTIVE CARE TEAM
SUSAN ASH-LEE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, DIRECTOR, CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK / SUPPORTIVE CARE
Degrees: BA, Westmont College, MSW University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work
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, 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, LSW
Location: Lone Tree-Skyridge 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.
CAMI GODSEY, LSW
Location: Denver-Rose Medical Center
Degrees: B.S., University of Georgia, Athens; M.A., New School for Social Research, New York;, MSW, Univeristy of Georgia, Athens
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe in treating the whole person. This includes the physical, mental, and psychological components of treatment. There can be emotional and logistical challenges during cancer treatment and I aim to provide support and resources while also utilizing the strength and resiliency of the individual and their support system.
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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DANNIS SCHANEL, MSW,LCSW, OSW-C
Location: Colorado Springs
Degrees: A.A. Cottey College, B.S.W. Colorado State University, M.S.W. University of Denver
Patient Care Philosophy: What I enjoy about working with cancer patients is that I’m given the opportunity to be a part of their cancer journey and see firsthand the courage, grace and life lessons of these extraordinary individuals. My goal with patients and families is that through our partnership, I am able to empower them during a time when many feel so powerless.
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.
MICHELE BASCHE, MD
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 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