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
Social Worker
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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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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JoAnne Shook, LMT, CPMT, CIMT, HTPA
Massage Therapist
JoAnne Shook grew up in a suburb of Chicago and moved to the Denver area in 1991. JoAnne earned her license to practice massage therapy in 2010 all-the-while caring for her son during his life-limiting illness. After her son's passing in 2011, JoAnne dedicated her professional life to ensure others could experience the best quality of life using Healing Touch therapy and rehabilitative massage techniques. Additionally, JoAnne advocates for Healing Touch for caregivers as they endure much stress when caregiving and rarely allowing themselves to experience self-care. JoAnne not only has caregiving experience, along with her "mom" duties, she became a certified pediatric massage therapist (with advanced medical training}, certified infant massage teacher, as well as pediatric training in autism and oncology. JoAnne focused on pediatric palliative program development since 2014 and continues her love for pediatric massage on a part-time basis.
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Jessica Huggins, LMT
Massage Therapist
Jessica became a Licensed Massage Therapist in January 2019 after completing 750 hours of training and is fully certified in every modality of massage that she practices including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Injury, Structural, Cranial Sacral, Myofascial, Neuromuscular, and several others. She has worked in spa settings, but now mostly works on clients through her mobile practice where she travels to clients’ homes to provide massage. Her passion for specifically working with children started at the age of 14 when she began working as a babysitter/nanny. Now with her state license in massage, she is ecstatic to be combining the two skills into a blossoming Pediatric Massage Therapist career. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, running, playing retro video games, and hanging out with her boyfriend and her dogs.
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Lisa Spano, 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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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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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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Brian Kelly
CIO
Brian became part of the VitalCare team in 2017 after working with Matt Dolph in his previous start-up company. Before that he worked for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and National Renewable Energy Lab. He is the go-to for the technical problems around the office and is delighted to working with VitalCare to continue his education at The Colorado School of Mines. When not researching some new technology that has captured his attention, he is often working on computer projects, or meeting the friends he made online playing The World of Warcraft
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Matthew Dolph, CNA
President, CEO and Administrator
As CEO of VitalCare Corporation, I am honored to work with a diverse, educated, dedicated and talented team of healthcare professionals. Collectively, our goal is to make VitalCare Colorado’s premier home care agency. Prior to VitalCare, I worked at CareTouch Communications, Inc., a telehealth services company. Starting with just a handful of talented employees, we built CareTouch into a viable force in the telehealth space. In 2015, we successfully sold CareTouch to ResMed. ResMed is a pioneering and innovative medical device and software solutions company. After the acquisition, I spent eighteen months integrating CareTouch’s technology into ResMed’s line of business. Within the first 18 months we grew ResMed resupply’s client base from 100,000 to just under 500,000 patients.
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