Elizabeth and Leslie started Willow Grove based on their immense passion as well as their extensive experience working with healthcare professionals including physicians, residents, nurses, pharmacists, PA’s, PT’s, and AMC students.
Since 2018 they have cultivated a strong team of providers who bring expert care to the community and experience in specialtized areas including EMDR, Sex Therapy, Mindfulness, and Medication Management.
Growing up in the Air Force, Leslie is as close to a native of Colorado as possible! She went to Colorado State University for her undergraduate education and then promptly joined the Peace Corps in 2003 where she taught high school and worked in local villages on matters related to health and personal hygiene.
Always passionate about matters related to social justice, she pursued her degree in clinical social work at Boston College and graduated in 2008. During this experience she developed a passion for healthcare policy and medical social work. She began her career on the inpatient cardiology service at Massachusetts General Hospital.
It was during this experience she began to understand the demands of healthcare professions and the toll that takes on the provider. She then relocated to Washington, D.C. and spent 5 years working in college mental health where she developed a strong interest and skill set in suicide risk assessment and training. After (finally!) relocating back to Colorado in 2015 she joined the University of Colorado Student Mental Health team at the Anschutz Medical Campus.
In 2018 she decided to pursue creating a private practice that meets the needs of the healthcare community and their families. Her therapy style is eclectic in nature drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) often using humor as a tool to connect with others. Interests outside of work include traveling, music, spending time with her family and wearing cute shoes while doing those things.
Elizabeth is a Colorado native dedicated to serving individuals across the life span. She obtained her nursing degree in 2006 from Regis University.
She spent her nursing career working at Children’s Hospital Colorado throughout the hospital. After several years, she went to the University of Colorado to obtain her Master’s in Nursing with a specialty in psychiatry.
In 2013, she started working in private practice to help children and adults with therapy and medication management. In 2015, she joined the University of Colorado Student Mental Health team at the Anschutz Medial Campus. There, Elizabeth developed a passion for supporting healthcare professionals throughout their education and practice.
In 2017, Elizabeth decided to focus on her private practice to bring all that she has learned to broader patient population. She has a unique perspective about what it means to care for the caregiver, being a caregiver with a family herself. Her therapy style adjusts for the needs of each individual patient to provide the most effective care possible. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults providing effective medication management while keeping in mind the whole person.
Elizabeth enjoys cooking, eating the things she cooks, has a guilty pleasure for young adult literature and feels very passionately about the 3rd Harry Potter book.
Lori-Ann’s passion is for helping others work through the stressors that can sometimes make life difficult to navigate. Her work focuses on giving patients the tools to find their authentic selves and tap into the joy each of us holds within ourselves using a variety of empirically validated treatments.
Lori-Ann hails from New England where she earned her MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College in 2000. Lori-Ann’s initial clinical practice work took her to Denver, Colorado and later to SW GA where she began working with generalized adult and military populations and their families.
Lori-Ann has specialized in work with trauma, anxiety, depression, and various sexual disorders.
Lori-Ann returned to Colorado in 2013 to combine her clinical practice work with research initiatives involving clinical healthcare providers, which is her second passion. She has conducted social policy, forensic, and military based research throughout her career. Her clinical and research experience with multiple adult populations as well as her training in CBT from the Beck Institute on Cognitive Therapy, EMDR from the EMDR Institute and Prolonged Exposure from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety make her particularly well suited to treat trauma, anxiety disorders and depressive disorders amongst healthcare, veteran and general adult populations.
Lori-Ann joined the Willow Grove Mental Health practice in the fall of 2018 following work at Fort Carson and the Anschutz Medical Campus. In her free time Lori-Ann enjoys travel, live music, traveling for live music, and spending time with her two pups. She does all this with traditional New England Charm.
Anna is most fulfilled when she is connecting with and helping others, which drove her to get a dual Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.
The thread throughout Anna’s work is helping people lead their life with meaning, where they feel good about themselves. Anna's approach to working with clients includes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Behavioral Activation, and Motivational Interviewing.
Anna has worked domestically and internationally in settings ranging from after-school and wilderness therapy programs to outpatient and HIV clinics. Through these experiences she developed specialties working with sexual health and intimacy concerns, intimate partner violence, trauma, emergency responders, and adolescents. Through Anna’s undergraduate coursework and proceeding extensive travel in Latin America she has become fluent in Spanish.
Anna moved to Colorado in 2016 so she could have more opportunities to rock climb, hike and ski than possible in her native Michigan (which she still holds dear to her heart). She joined Willow Grove part time in the Spring of 2019.
Life can be so overwhelming. Amanda’s goal is to assist her clients in managing their hectic, modern day lives and join them in discovering a life that fulfills them. This often means working with clients to resolve past traumas that are getting in the way today and creating healthy habits to support a well-lived life. Amanda helps her clients find balance and joy within their busy lives by employing evidence based and research backed practices.
Amanda has been working in the mental health field since 2009. Her path and passions have led her to working on both sides of the criminal justice system, a wilderness therapy program for teens and young adults, caring for abused and neglected children, and treating trauma in people of all ages. Now her focus is on assisting clients experiencing anxiety, depression, challenging life transitions, unhelpful coping behavior, PTSD, fertility issues, relationship issues, and difficulty managing daily life stressors.
Amanda believes in using a person centered and strengths based approach with her clients. She has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and EMDR. Stepping out of the box and trying something new, such as experiential or mind/body techniques, is something Amanda invites her clients to do often. It takes courage to change, Amanda hopes to extend a hand so you don’t have to walk the road alone.
To rejuvenate herself, Amanda enjoys spending time in nature, physical exercise, meditation, travel, and all things classic rock. She’s always planning her next adventure and hopes to be a part of your next journey too.
Erin moved to Denver in the summer of 2020 having spent most of her life as a northern Californian.
Her earlier experiences working in behavioral research on HIV prevention led her to a career in nursing. She attended UCSF where she finished her master’s degree in nursing in 2008. She was trained both as an adult primary care nurse practitioner and also as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, which was particularly helpful when she started her first nursing job in a very busy ED in Washington DC. She found herself gravitating towards psychiatric care and decided to practice mental health exclusively.
Since that time she has worked in mental health in various roles and settings, both inpatient and outpatient, in high acuity contexts as well as in primary care and prevention. Her most recent work was providing integrated behavioral health care to adult outpatients attending primary care clinics in Santa Cruz, CA. There she worked closely with MDs, NPs and others, across various specialties, in order to increase utilization and improve outcomes in behavioral health care. This work led her to her current interest in caring for healthcare providers themselves; she feels strongly that the cultures of medicine and nursing could benefit from greater awareness around the needs of caregivers, whose mental health can go overlooked.
She also has a particular interest in working with women, transitional age youth, and LGBTQI populations. She has experience working with medically complicated/fragile patients and those with co-occurring substance use disorders.
When she is not working, you can find her on a yoga mat, watching an independent film, or dreaming about scuba diving. Her favorite place in Denver so far is the Museum of Contemporary Art.