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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Gia Verras, LPN
Adult Services Supervisor
Gia received her LPN license from Front Range Community College in 2007 and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration in 2016 from Colorado State University. Before joining VitalCare in 2019, Gia worked for a diverse range of organizations, including 5 years of clinical care as an LPN for Kaiser Permanente. Gia is passionate about helping your loved one age with dignity at home, where they desire to be. Outside of work, Gia spends her time with her husband and three sons. She enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and family bike rides.
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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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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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Erin Johnson, LSW
Counselor
Erin received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and spent the majority of her collegiate years studying trauma, grief and loss, as well as vulnerable and underserved populations. As a therapist, Erin focuses on the neurobiological and systemic processes at work when challenging and traumatic events occur. Erin has extensive training in Play Therapy with birth through ten years old. She’s been providing services to children and families in Colorado for over a decade and is knowledgeable in care coordination, providing community resources and referrals, and supporting families to achieve their goals. In addition to years of practical application experience, Erin is also able to provide a number of evidence-based interventions with a specialization in supporting children and their caregivers to navigate the many complex systems that touch their lives."
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Elizabeth Baney, LPCC
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 is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (temporary license) until fully licensed as an LPC- MHSP with a certification in Play Therapy. 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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Cody Jackson, LPC
Counselor
I offer individual therapy for adults and teens, non-directive play therapy for children, and couples counseling. My approach is intuitive, individualized for each client, and utilizes evidence-based practices. Through compassionate listening and precise observation, I help clients to redefine happiness on their terms and achieve their goals. Doing therapy is something I'm passionate about, and I consider it to be a sacred and unique privilege to do this work. I see it as a collaborative healing journey for both parties, requiring trust, vulnerability, and bravery.
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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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Massage Therapy

Meagan Brennecke, LMT
Massage Services Supervisor
Meagan completed massage school and earned her license in 2004 at the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage. Since that time her career has spanned work in all areas including medical, chiropractic and spa settings. She has earned over 500 additional hours of education in subjects including anatomy, pediatric massage and Reiki. Meagan has two young children with her husband of 11 years. In whatever down time can be found they enjoy family bike rides and watching movies together.
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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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Christine Price, LMT
Massage Therapist
I have spent most of a very rewarding 30 year career in the field of nursing. As a strong advocate of self care, I have experienced the great physical and mental benefits of massage therapy first hand through the years. This had prompted me to pursue massage therapy as a skill to help others, and to add this to my expertise in promoting health and wellness to the people I serve. I attended Emily Griffith Massage school in Denver. I have been practicing massage therapy since July 2019. Having worked with the special needs population with medically fragile students, and in the classroom with young adults assisting with job placements, it seemed natural to offer massage for this very special, and dynamic population. I am happy to be part of the VitalCare team! I am Married and have two awesome young adult sons, and a sweet cat named Maya! I enjoy reading, hiking and crafting in my spare time.
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Robyn Lydick, LMT
Massage Therapist
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Teresa McGuiness
Reflexologist
Teresa McGuiness fell in love with reflexology at the age of ten when her grandma gave her a book called Stories the Feet Can Tell. She earned her Reflexology Certificate in 2012 from The Healing Arts Institute in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The body's responsiveness to touch on the feet always amazes her. She has been certified as a birth and a post partum doula, a foster-adopt parent and currently volunteers as a support group facilitator for the Alzheimer's Association. Teresa has been married to her best friend Matt for 25 years. They have two children already out of the home and two children still at home.
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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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Andrea Otero, MM, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Andrea Otero is a Board Certified Music Therapist with her Masters in Music Therapy from Colorado State University. Andrea has been involved in music for most of her life as she started piano lessons at age seven and also played flute in band growing up. Andrea decided to pursue music in college and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Colorado. Shortly after her graduation from UNC, Andrea decided to pursue Music Therapy based on her passion for music as well as her passion for helping others. Andrea completed an Equivalency Masters program at Colorado State University. She has worked with a variety of populations including individuals who have suffered a stroke, mental health, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and older adults with dementia. Andrea currently lives in Windsor, CO with her husband, daughter and two dogs. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys playing piano and guitar, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
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Courtney Morgan, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Courtney got her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy in 2018 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After completing her music therapy internship with Hospice of Michigan, where she worked with children and adults receiving hospice services, she moved to Colorado to begin working with VitalCare. She has a passion for working with children, which began with her babysitting her younger siblings. She has learned to combine her love of music and working with children through music therapy. In her free time, Courtney likes reading, baking, crocheting, spending time with her grandma, and enjoying the mountains
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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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Emma Byrd, MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Add selected headshot from most recent photoshoot and this bio: o Emma holds her bachelor's and master's degrees in music therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She spent the first 5 years of her career in San Diego, before relocating to Denver in fall 2020. Emma has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages and abilities, including individuals with developmental disabilities, neurologic disorders, and complex medical diagnoses. Emma was very involved with the nonprofit Rock Camp for Girls San Diego, which provides summer camps to empower girls through music, and hopes to continue to be involved in community programming here in Denver. Prior to joining the VitalCare team, Emma worked at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital, supporting both acute and long term patients. She holds certifications in neurologic music therapy, as well as Rhythm, Breath and Lullaby (NICU-MT level 1) from Mt. Sinai Hospital. In her free time, Emma loves learning about and drinking coffee, and spending time with her 2 dogs.
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Nathan Fry, MM, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Nathan Fry is a lifelong musician originally from New Mexico and came to Colorado from Texas where he received his bachelor's degrees in piano performance and psychology at Texas Lutheran University. In the fall of 2013, he passed his CBMT exam and became board-certified music therapist and completed his master's in music therapy from Colorado State University that same December. Nathan has been playing piano since he was six years old and considers music to be an essential element of his whole life. Growing up wanting to be a doctor and help others, he found his true passion in the realm of psychology and mental health in high school and college, and decided to pursue the career of music therapy. Nathan has a wide range of experiences, having helped clients with neurological disorders including stroke, Parkinson's Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety management for adolescents and cancer patients, working with hospice patients and clients undergoing grief through an internship with Pathways Hospice in Colorado, and treating clients over a wide age range both in supervised work during school and his work as a professional. He has a deep sense of care for others and a passion for serving individuals through music, particularly when it comes to their emotional needs. Nathan enjoys various creative activities, including composing his own music, painting, cooking, playing D&D, and creative writing, as well as going on hikes and camping with friends and his dog. Nathan plans to continue growing his professional work through continuing education, and hopes to one day become a licensed counselor as well as a music therapist, and become trained in multiple areas of music therapy, such as the Helen Bonnie method and others.
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Rachel Ryan, MT-BC
Music Therapist
Rachel graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Belmont University in 2020. During her clinical placements she observed and conducted individual and group music therapy sessions for older adults in an assisted living home, adolescents in a behavioral health setting, high school students with ASD in a school setting, and individuals with Down syndrome at an achievement center. Rachel completed her internship at United Community Options of South Florida in Miami. She gained experience providing services in the organization’s special education and adult day programs, working with clients from ages two to adult. Rachel incorporates elements of humanistic and behavioral frameworks in her practice and strives to create a therapeutic environment in which exploration, learning, and growth can occur. Rachel is thrilled to be continuing her work with a wide variety of client populations at VitalCare and aims to empower clients by utilizing their natural strengths and interests to reach individualized goals. Outside of work, Rachel spends her time hiking the beautiful Colorado trails, reading, golfing, traveling (she’s up to 34 states!), and getting together with friends and family.
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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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Cindy Johnson
Recruiter
Judy Leal
Office Coordinator
Beatriz Ocampo
Office Coordinator
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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Matthew Dolph
President, CEO
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