Rogers celebrates Denver clinic with community open house11/15/22 05:00:pm
Rogers celebrated our newest clinic in Denver on November 4 with an open house attended by more than 60 local referring providers and Rogers teammates, clinicians, and leaders.
Guests toured the clinic to see the space and to meet with Denver team members who explained various program features, including our evidence-based treatment model outcomes, how prescribing providers are involved in our care, and how we partner with schools to keep students on track to graduate.
The event concluded with a ribbon cutting and remarks, including from John Boyd, PsyD, president and CEO.
“The teammates here have worked so incredibly hard to open this clinic and service for the community,” Dr. Boyd said. “It would not have been possible without all of you from the community coming in to learn about us and connect with our teammates so that we can collectively provide evidence-based, life-saving care here in Colorado.”
“Who would have guessed 150 years ago that Dr. Rogers and his wife would have this vision for a retreat in Oconomowoc to service those with mental health challenges, and here we are 115 years later because of that legacy in 10 states now offering some of the absolute best care all around the world. We have some of the best providers I’ve ever had the privilege of working alongside, and we have incredible teammates across our whole system of care who made this possible.”
About the Denver clinic and its team
Located in Englewood, Rogers’ first Colorado location opened on October 17. The clinic offers OCD and Anxiety partial hospitalization care (PHP) for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as Focus Depression Recovery PHP for adolescents and adults.
With this expansion, Rogers now serves 21 communities in 10 states.
The Denver clinic was made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous local family, as explained by Brad Riemann, PhD, president of philanthropy, research, and clinical care, during his ribbon cutting remarks.
“I want to express my unbelievable gratitude and thanks for what they’ve done,” Dr. Riemann said. “It’s incredible when families have the confidence and trust in us to allow us to come into a community like this and it means so much.”
The clinic is led by Lani Healey, director of operations; Julia Carbonella, PhD, clinical director; Sonia Izmirian, PhD, clinical supervisor; and Ghea Mae Degillo, advanced practice nurse practitioner, alongside a team of 17 dedicated individuals.
“It gives me great pride to know that patients have such a great space to receive their treatment and therapy, but at the heart of what we do is our people,” said Scott Johnson, executive vice president of Administration, during the ribbon cutting. “Thank you to our Denver team because you’re the ones who will make all the difference here.”
Helping people reach their full potential for health and well-being
“We are so excited to bring Rogers to Denver and to meet the need for specialized evidence- based treatment,” Dr. Carbonella told guests at the event. “Rogers has a proven track record of 115 years, and our outcomes show that patients’ symptoms decrease and their quality of life increases. Our goal is to provide this life-changing treatment close to home.”
Part of the way Rogers is doing that is by collaborating with providers in Colorado, such as a consortium of 18 therapists who have been working together across the state to serve patients with OCD, according to Stephanie Eken, MD, chief medical officer.
“On top of our wonderful therapeutic care, I want to highlight the psychiatric excellence our clinical team brings to Colorado,” Dr. Eken told guests. “Our providers are embedded in these programs, and we are so excited to be here and look forward to the collaboration.”
Despite only being open for a short amount of time, the Denver team has already seen a positive impact in the lives of their patients.
For instance, Tessa Jones, a therapist who works across all four programs, shared a story about an 11-year-old boy suffering from contamination OCD who was able to give his mom a hug for the first time in a year.
“It was so wonderful to see,” Tessa explained. “His dad said he could see parts of his son coming back.”
Added fellow therapist Caleb Fisher: “We’re super excited to be in this wonderful brand-new space. We feel prepared to do the work we do in making a difference in the lives of our patients.”
For more information on the Denver clinic and the open house, please read an article in Colorado’s Centennial Citizen.
What our referring providers are saying
“I’m very excited about Rogers coming to town. There’s a handful of clients we see with very similar, presenting concerns that Rogers treats, and we’re able to offer them weekly therapy. The issue is sometimes our clients need a little more than that or would like progress to be moving more quickly, so we have the opportunity to create a really great relationship where clients wanting more can step up to Rogers and hopefully those stepping down can come to Anxiety Solutions, and we can really help our community as a whole.” ~ Tom Gaus, PsyD, Anxiety Solutions of Denver
“I’m happy to have a higher level of specialized care in our community, especially for OCD. There are other options for mental healthcare, but there can be long waitlists and they don’t specialize in ERP (exposure and response prevention) and OCD.” ~ Claire Dean-Sinclair, PsyD, Anxiety Therapy of Colorado
“I’m excited to have Rogers in my backyard. I’m familiar with Rogers from my time in Chicago when I visited the campus in Oconomowoc. I had some clients go there, and treatment was really great.” ~ Julie Reichenberger, Denver Metro Counseling
“It’s nice to have more opportunities in the Denver metro area for treatment of adolescents. There’s a lot of need, and not every program that exists is available, desirable, or appropriate.” ~ Stefanie Ginsburg, Unrestricted Nutrition Counseling and Consulting