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, OSW-C
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.
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, 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
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.
CAMI GODSEY, LCSW
Location: Denver-Rose Medical Center
Degrees: B.S., University of Georgia, Athens; M.A., New School for Social Research, New York;, MSW, University 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.
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.
CLAIRE JOHNSTON, LSW
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 family members may face. Patients and families 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.
ANH LAI-O’CONNELL, LCSW, OSW-C
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.
DAVID MILLER, MSW
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 family 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, 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.
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