Meet the Team

Personal Care and Respite

Lauren Crandall, BSN, RN
Pediatric Services Supervisor
Lauren came to nursing as a second degree. After graduating with her first degree from University of Arizona, she embarked on a 2 year adventure as a Peace Corps volunteer in the West African country of Cape Verde. When she returned, she earned her bachelors in nursing from Denver School of Nursing and after graduation became a NICU nurse. It was there that she realized her passion for pediatric palliative care, joined the Butterfly Team, and worked with that population until the program closed at the end of 2018. Lauren joined VitalCare at the start of 2019 and is excited for this new opportunity. She treasures the opportunity to work with children and families and walk with them on the journey. Outside of work, Lauren spends her time with her husband and 2 daughters. She came to Colorado 10 years ago and has fallen in love with the Colorado sunshine 360 days of the year! She also enjoys cooking, reading and all mountain activities!
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Tramyna Harris, MA
Behavioral Health Services Supervisor
Tramyna Harris graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling in 2015 and currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology. She brings 7+ years of experience working in the mental health field and continues to have interest with working in this area. Tramyna has practiced in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings working primarily with adults and adolescents who experiences significant mental health diagnosis, behavioral issues, and special needs specializing in therapeutic recreation. Tramyna uses a variety of different modalities which incorporate the needs of her clients such as using DBT, CBT, psychoeducation, solution-focused, behavioral modification, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and short-term problem solving. Tramyna continues and strives to bring an effective mixture of her experience, expertise, clarity, concern and action to VitalCare in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing to adults and adolescents to navigate challenges in his or her life. Tramyna not only has a passion working in this field, but also finds it rewarding. Outside of work, Tramyna enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, watching crime shows/movies, cooking, and exploring new foods.
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Beatriz Ocampo
Adult Services Supervisor
Beatriz is very excited to be part of the VitalCare community! She has a Computer Engineering degree from The Ohio State University and a Colorado Teaching License. Most recently she has worked with families to assist them with finding the resources and help they need to thrive and looks forward to providing the best experience possible for our clients. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys practicing her native language any time she has a chance. She has lived in Colorado for 25 years, loves spending time with her husband and three sons, and appreciates all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.
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Counseling

Lisa Kish-Pittman, LCSW
Counseling Services Supervisor
Lisa’s social work career began in Arizona doing community development in rural areas with limited access to healthcare. This led to her interest in medical social work, which advanced at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Nephrology. In addition to seeing patients in the hospital and outpatient clinics, Lisa participated in the planning and opening of the Hospital’s first Pediatric Dialysis Unit and later founded a camp for these same children with kidney disease. Following a move to Colorado, Lisa worked at Denver Health in the Emergency Department and Adult Urgent Care, supervising the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment) Health Educator Team. Lisa most enjoys working with children experiencing medical complexities while working within the family context, helping to define what quality of life means for them. Her expertise in this area was most recently developed through palliative care and hospice positions at Compassionate Hospice Care and The Butterfly Program, Lisa is thrilled to work with such an exceptional therapy team at VitalCare and feels privileged in getting to do this fulfilling work.
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Lynn Norton, LPC
Counselor
Most clients seek therapy due to mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, or adjustment disorders that many times come from having a difficult childhood or trauma. Increased stressors due to finances, workplace difficulties, parenting and/or issues within their families can lead to resentments, anger, and sleepless nights. For some, this can lead to emotional withdrawal and using substances to cope with life. Clients are looking for different ways to cope and to find peace and happiness within themselves and for those they love. Through the modalities that best fit the the client's needs, the client can become their true authentic self with lasting happiness and peace. Whether using a variety of modalities such as CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Mindfulness, Gestalt or working through grief the client can learn life-long skills to overcome their adversities and to move forward in life. With 20 years of mental health experience, I have come to a place where listening and supporting the client is paramount for recovery. Being heard and having non-judgment can lead one to their visions of what it is they want. Gently moving from a place of constriction to one's longings brings about hope, which leads to change.
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Elizabeth Baney, LPC
Counselor
Elizabeth is an Ohio native that has spent the last 7 years in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, Elizabeth attended Lipscomb University and received her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus in Play Therapy. Elizabeth recently moved to Colorado with her husband and son to be closer to family. Elizabeth has experience working with all ages (4 years on up) with a wide range of presenting problems/ diagnosis as well as different modalities. She enjoys the process of walking alongside clients as they work towards self- actualization.
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Ashley Townsend, LCSW, MT-BC
Counselor
I am a licensed clinical social worker and board-certified music therapist with experience working with survivors of complex trauma. My background includes providing trauma-focused therapy to children and youth in foster care, child and adult survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, individuals experiencing homelessness, and adults facing addiction and recovery. As a creative arts and trauma therapist, I understand that everyone’s journey of healing is different and requires an adaptable approach. It is my honor as a counselor to provide a space for clients to safely explore and process trauma, aspects of identity, loss, change, and challenges of all kinds.
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Stephanie Topol, LPCC, PhD Candidate
Counselor
I am a licensed professional counselor candidate (LPCC) who helps children, individuals, couples, and families work through challenging events, assisting them to thrive. Creating a non-judgmental, safe, positive, compassionate, and supportive environment is one of my ultimate goals. I have experience in helping individuals and families manage anxiety, depression, health & eating issues, loss of a loved one, addictions, life transitions, divorce, deployments, and much more. I have worked with both children and adults diagnosed with ADHD and Autism, as well as helped their families through challenging times.
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Meredith Kelly, LCSW
Counselor
I partner with clients to use their personal strengths and support networks to build lasting solutions. I respect that each client has a unique perspective and situation and do not take an individual’s choice to seek therapy lightly. It is an honor to work with clients who are seeking to work through their identified problems, issues and diagnoses. I use evidence-based approaches learned in graduate school and through my work in research and in the field with families. I believe strongly in continual learning and will continue to further my education, always having an open mind to new ways of guiding therapeutic practice. I have worked with family systems navigating substance use, family change and trauma. My most fulfilling work has been with teens who are exhibiting behavioral issues. I enjoy working with clients to explore coping mechanisms and tackle root issues. My favorite part of this work is building relationships and trust with clients. I believe that the therapeutic alliance is the best tool for engaging in work that will create meaningful change and lasting benefits.
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Marta Jasinska, LPC
Counselor
I use both art and talk therapy to treat children, adolescents, adults and families with relational struggles, mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, grief and more. I am a mindfulness art therapist, often inviting my clients to drop into their body in order to move further from the busy mind. I believe that growth comes from the commitment to the therapeutic process. In therapy, I take a person-centered approach. When working with families I make sure every member is given a voice and has a chance to express their needs and hopes. In the beginning I will invite you to identify areas to address in order to make changes in your life or process variety of emotions. Ultimately, I will help you dive deeper into yourself and embrace your journey of growth.
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Stacey Hiatt, LCSW
Counselor
Looking for a safe environment to be who you are and talk about what’s on your mind? You are welcome with me. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 15 years and can’t imagine working in any other field. I love meeting new people and working together in partnership to help find balance in their life. My strength is in my relationships and therapy with me will involve humor, support, and warmth. I have worked in various settings including outpatient therapy, crisis management, family therapy and the medical field. Using an integrative style including CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Person-Centered Therapy allows me to cater to your needs and personality. I am passionate about physical health and nutrition. I will work with you to make small changes in your lifestyle that can make a difference in your overall mental health. A strong relationship with a therapist can improve a person’s well-being. I look forward to meeting you. I offer therapy in the home, in the office and virtually.
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Anna Gray Young, MSW
Counselor
Anna Gray completed her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work in August 2022. Her degree concentration is mental health with an emphasis on trauma and she is eager to work with clients of all ages. Prior to her time at VitalCare, Anna Gray completed an internship at the School of Mines Counseling Center where she worked with students on topics including anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, radical acceptance, and mindfulness. She looks forward to working with you!
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Rachel O’Connor, LPCC
Counselor
I have firsthand experience with how nerve-wracking it can be to begin therapy, whether it is for the first time or with a new therapist. I prioritize creating a safe and welcoming environment for clients. I believe that the depth of healing that is possible through therapy makes it a risk worth taking, but the approach and temperament of the therapist is undeniably important. That is why I strive to provide each client with the individualized support they need to make the changes they want to make in their life. With the proper support and resources, I believe that every person can seek the healing they desire. I provide individual therapy for adolescents and adults who are experiencing the following: anxiety, depression, life stressors and transitions, grief and loss, trauma, and identity concerns. My approach to therapy is a combination of Person-Centered therapy and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT).
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Massage Therapy

Ana Jacobsen, MM, MT-BC
Music & Massage Therapy Supervisor
Ana has a master’s degree from Colorado State University. She joined VitalCare in January of 2019 as the Music Therapy Supervisor. In the summer of 2022, Ana expanded her role to include Massage Therapy. Ana manages a large therapist team across multiple disciplines and is super excited to work with the Massage Therapy team. She continues to be inspired by the strength and love she witnesses in the families she works with every day and feels blessed to be a part of their journey. In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, cooking, baking, reading, being in the mountains, playing music and gardening.
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Deanna Hefti-James, LMT
Massage Therapist
Deanna has been working in the healthcare field for over 19 years. Deanna has chosen massage therapy as her profession because she finds working one-on-one with each client very fulfilling and rewarding. She is a firm believer in the benefit of massage and the incredible emotional and physical health benefits that come from therapeutic touch. Deanna completed massage school at Denver School of Massage Therapy and in 2011 received her Massage License and Board Certification with NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork). She has been working as a massage therapist in spa/clinic settings and her own private practice. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business/Management in 2007. In addition to massage, Deanna has worked in healthcare positions such as administrator for adult care home, and CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) for senior care home facilities, in-home care, and the University of Colorado Hospital. Outside of work, Deanna enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and pets. She likes to travel, try new foods, and spend time outdoors.
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Shannon Lopez, LMT
Massage Therapist
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Robyn Lydick, LMT
Massage Therapist
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Anakaren Godoy Valles, LMT
Massage Therapist
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Music Therapy

Ana Jacobsen, MM, MT-BC
Music Therapy Supervisor
Ana graduated with a Master degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in 2009.  During her education, she completed more than 1200 hours of clinical training working with a range of populations, including geriatrics, children with special needs, adult mental health and neurologic rehabilitation.  In addition, she completed an internship with Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins where she fell in love with hospice work.  Following completion of her degree program, Ana began working as a life enrichment coordinator for a senior living community before obtaining her first job working as an early childhood music therapist at Foundation Music School in Fort Collins.  Ana also worked in adult hospice during this time and was fortunate to obtain her position working for The Butterfly Program in April of 2013 where she worked until the conclusion of the program in December of 2018.  Ana joined VitalCare in January of 2019 and is excited to continue her work providing music therapy for people of all ages.  She continues to be inspired by the strength and love she witnesses in the families she works with every day and feels blessed to be a part of their journey. In her free time, Ana enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, cooking, baking, reading, being in the mountains, playing music and gardening.
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Anne Marie Hester, MM, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Anne Marie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 2014 from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.  As a teacher, she has interacted with a wide variety of students from elementary age to college-level.  However, a passion for working with individuals one-on-one to establish a connection and accomplish goals through music brought her to Music Therapy.  Anne Marie received her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in December of 2018.  She completed her Music Therapy internship with Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins, Colorado.  During her Master’s level education, she worked with a variety of populations including older adults, Hospice, and individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities.  Anne Marie is excited to continue the work she has started in Music Therapy and feels joy in making a positive impact on the clients and individuals working with her.  She continues to be fueled by the passion she exudes from helping individuals achieve established goals and witnessing the powerful effects of Music Therapy. In her free time, Anne Marie enjoys biking and spending time outside, spending time with friends and family, reading, and traveling and exploring new areas.
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Emmanuel Peake, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Emmanuel graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Maryville University in Saint Louis Missouri. He completed his Music Therapy internship with SSM Hospice in Saint Louis as well, before moving to Colorado in 2019. Emmanuel has worked with kids in special education for over 5 years, as a Substitute Teacher and Teachers Aide, for Missouri Schools for the Severely Disabled. Music Therapy offers a unique way to reach people, and he loves being able to use the combination of his skills, and music, to help clients achieve their goals. When he is not working, Emmanuel enjoys taking in all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer with his wife, such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking.
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Femke Verbeeck, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Femke graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychodynamic music therapy from the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, Belgium in 2012. That same year her parents moved to beautiful Colorado and so Femke decided to tag along. She continued to pursue her love for music therapy and graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Colorado State University in 2019. During her time at CSU, Femke worked with a variety of populations including children and young adults with special needs, older adults with Parkinson’s, and adolescent mental health. She completed an internship with Pathways in Fort Collins where Femke discovered her love and passion for hospice. Femke has now started her career in music therapy at VitalCare. She is excited to work with different populations and ages and can’t wait to share her passion for music with everyone. In her free time, Femke loves to spend time with her boyfriend and two very cute cats, as well as reading, taking naps, hiking, and traveling.
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Sarah Sujansky, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Colorado State University in July 2020. During her music therapy internship at Shalom Park nursing home in Aurora, Colorado, she provided music therapy to older adults with varying needs, including those with dementia or on hospice, and led intergenerational sessions connecting residents with young children living in the community. During her education, she worked with older adults, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and children of varying needs, abilities, and ages. She is passionate about supporting and empowering people as they grow and express themselves through meaningful music therapy experiences honoring their unique strengths, needs, and preferences. When not providing music therapy at VitalCare, she also provides companionship and in-home care to seniors and believes deeply in the value of connecting authentically with her clients and their families. In her free time Sarah enjoys biking, hiking the Colorado mountains, making music, reading, and spending time with her family, dogs, and guinea pig.
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Lauren Weber, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Lauren received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in 2021 from Illinois State University in Bloomington/Normal, IL. After completing her music therapy internship with Giant Steps in Lisle Illinois, where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorder, she moved to Colorado to begin working with VitalCare in September 2021. She is passionate about working with children and various populations and ages and loves to share her love for music to help others reach their highest potential and achieve their goals. In her free time, she loves to spend time going on adventures, hiking, enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee, playing music, and traveling.
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Victor S. Gall, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Victor S. Gall graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with his primary instrument being Cello. Following graduation, he took a position with Midwest Music Therapy Services in St. Louis Missouri working with early childhood, St Louis Public Schools, and in-home music therapy with teens to adults. Victor had his first taste of band performance through playing with his Life Teen band group at church. He took the abilities and knowledge from this experience and formed STL Rockabilites from 2011 to 2021, a group for people with different abilities playing pop/rock with performances in the community. In 2017 Rockabilities was the recipient of the Autism Speaks Local Grant. Victor has worked with many different organizations including: Coalition for Truth and Independence, Project Club, Achievements Unlimited, Open Arms, Bountiful Blessings, Miriam Learning Center, Cooperative Home-care, and Camp Hope (M.S. Society). He likes to play Heavy Rock music or synthesizer driven music in his free-time.
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Hailey Moy, MT-BC
Music Therapist
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Renee DeLuca, MT-BC
Music Therapist
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Charlotte Cady, MT-BC
Music Therapist
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Administrative

Karin Dolph, RN, BSN
Executive Director
Karin is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Pediatric Nurse; she brings 25 years of clinical experience to VitalCare. She worked as a Pediatric Palliative Care Nurse and Clinical Manager for The Butterfly Program from 2010 until 2018. Karin’s nursing background is in Pediatric Oncology. She cared for children at both Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Karin earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of San Francisco in 1993. She is currently pursuing an MS in Nursing Leadership and Health Care Systems in the iLEAD Program at the University of Colorado, Denver, Anschutz Campus. Karin and her husband, Matt, are excited to be leading VitalCare to serve people of all ages in Colorado. They look forward to providing diverse services in more counties, meeting the needs of more families.
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Heidi Lacey
Operations Supervisor
Heidi Lacey is a Operations Supervisor here at VitalCare. Serving our company as a liaison between client scheduling and service providers as well as overseeing the coordinators office and the recruiting aspects of business. Heidi is a Six Sigma Greenbelt. She has a proven track record of establishing best practices through process improvement, training and quality assurance to foster our ability to provide the best experience possible for our clients as well as our employees. As a Colorado native she enjoys all that it has to offer including backpacking in the Rocky Mountains with her family, seeking out hidden gems that offer yummy plant based food creations and enjoying live music in Denver’s many renowned music venues. Heidi shines when she has the opportunity to be the silent hero, to help others discover their full potential! “living thoughtfully, one day at a time” - Heidi
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Judy Leal
Office Coordinator
Judith Leal has joined the team at VitalCare in Colorado after living in Nebraska for a number of years. However, her endeavors in healthcare began early on in her life when she became a CNA and worked in direct client care for a number of years in her hometown of Yuma, Arizona and later in California. In addition, she worked in pediatric audiology management in Nebraska. She is the mother of six and thus has extensive experience caring and attending to children's needs. She brings that experience and passion to VitalCare. Excited to learn and to work with such a great team.
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Allissa Oliver
Office Coordinator
Allissa Oliver is the Behavioral Health Respite Coordinator here at VitalCare. Her career in healthcare began four years ago when she decided to become a personal care worker and fell in love with how rewarding and fulfilling it is to care for the behavioral and adult groups in need. Once she mastered PCW work, the challenge of becoming a coordinator and learning a new side of care that can assist her in making a bigger impact for people was very exciting! Allissa has studied Criminal Justice Ethics and Psychology, bringing those tools with her into the workplace. Outside of work Allissa enjoys trying new recipes, exploring fun places with friends, listening to music, working out, and taking trips home to Arkansas to visit her family!
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Jessica Cera
Office Coordinator
Jessica Cera is the Adult Services Coordinator for Vitalcare. Her career started 16 years ago in the medical field, most recently as a Practice Manager. She takes pride in making any professional encounter as enjoyable and pleasant as possible. She loves being able to help make a difference in a person’s life or day even if it’s just a small gesture or smile. She has lived in Colorado most of her life and enjoys the mountains and views Colorado has to offer. Jessica enjoys hanging out with her family, traveling, hiking, working out, and BBQ’s
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Matthew Dolph
President, CEO
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