Senior Management/Clinical Leadership Team

Joseph Christenson, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Christenson, in his role as medical director, leads the EDCD team in providing compassionate care for patients with eating disorders. He emphasizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, the essential element of EDCD’s CAMSA TM approach. Dr. Christenson brings with him almost thirty years' experience in psychiatric medicine. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, having served at military posts worldwide, including two combat tours, before completing his 28 year military career in Colorado Springs. Dr. Christenson graduated from Johns Hopkins University, went on to the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, Colorado Psychiatric Society, Academy for Eating Disorders and past president of the Colorado Springs Psychiatric Society. He is board certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Christenson fills much of his free time pursuing both physical and spiritual renewal in the glorious Colorado mountains.


J. Verne Singleton
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Verne Singleton oversees all the company’s operations. He joined EDCD in 2008, bringing with him extensive knowledge that he gained over 30 years as a senior healthcare executive at several academic medical centers. Verne is currently on the Board of Directors for the Colorado chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), the premiere professional membership organization for individuals engaged in the financial management of healthcare organizations. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and his Master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Kristine Brubaker, RD
Director of Clincial Nutrtion

Kristine earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition at Michigan State University and completed her dietetic internship at Wayne State University. Kristine worked for eight years as a clinical Registered Dietitian working at Banner Baywood and Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She has extensive experience teaching the community on nutrition and healthy eating. In addition, Kristine created a comprehensive nutritional program, while in Arizona, which helped to improve quality of life of clients through nutrition therapy. She has written multiple articles for local newspapers and has been interviewed on television and for magazine articles in regards to healthy eating. She is passionate about helping clients improve their health with nutrition therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Pam Sjoerdsma, MA, LPC
Director of Clinical Operations and Human Resources

Pam Sjoerdsma joined EDC-Denver in 2007 as a family therapist. After five years helping patients and their families understand the eating disorder and move toward recovery, she now uses her clinical background, as well as 20 years of business experience, to manage the clinical operations and human resources for the center. Pam has a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado - Denver, and she is a Licensed Professional Counselor. In her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, playing games, and being outdoors. One of Pam's favorite quotes is from John Ortberg's The Life You Always Wanted: "At every moment, we have the option to choose joy."

Tamara Pryor, PhD, FAED
Clinical Director

Dr. Tamara Pryor has been privileged to work in the field of eating disorders for the past 30 years. She spent 16 years as an Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Disorder Program at the University of Kansas - School of Medicine, four years as Co-director of the PATH Eating Disorders Clinic, and three years at Wichita Psychiatric Consultants as the Director of eating disorder services before coming to Eating Disorder Center of Denver. Dr. Pryor conducts research and has published articles examining personality disorders, substance abuse, multi-impulsive behavior, sexual functioning, and cognitive rigidity in the eating disordered individual. She has presented both nationally and internationally, and she co-authored a prevention curriculum and textbook. Dr. Pryor is a founding member of the Eating Disorder Research Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association. She has a MSW from Wayne State University, a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as a PhD in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She completed a fellowship in child psychiatry and a fellowship in eating disorders at the University of Kansas - School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.


Rose Reinhardt
Director of Business Development

Rose Reinhardt graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations and has an MBA and Masters Degree in Management from Regis University. Rose has worked in the healthcare her entire career, specifically in the field of strategic planning, development and marketing. Rose worked eight years for the Health ONE/HCA Hospital Corporation in the Denver Area as Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing for Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital and Spalding Hospital. Additionally, she led the Outreach department for the Health ONE Division overseeing the rural outreach program, bringing physicians, education and health care providers to a 5-state rural area. Other positions included marketing and development for post acute healthcare corporations living in Denver, Cheyenne and downtown Chicago. Rose was the Corporate Vice President of Marketing for Peak Medical Corporation where she lead the company in post-acute strategic planning across the country. At the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Rose works with the Outreach team in development, education and expansion. As one of the nation’s foremost diagnostic and treatment centers, the Eating Disorder Center of Denver leads the way in providing treatment for patients with eating disorders. 


Trish O’Donnell, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Program Director

Trish values the experiential component in treatment for patients. She believes that positive change can take place when patients take action, whether it is in the creative process or by discovering new ways to be in the world. Trish has been a part of Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s mission to effectively treat eating disorders for more than six years, initially as the program art therapist and now as program director. Trish has been practicing art therapy for more than 20 years.  She has conducted workshops and presented papers both nationally and internationally. Trish holds a Bachelor of Arts in art and psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in art therapy from The George Washington University. She is a registered and board certified art therapist with the American Art Therapy Association and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. 

Clinical Team

Therapists

Alicia Goffredi, PsyD
Primary Clinician

Alicia Goffredi has worked with both Eating Disorders and women’s health issues since her time as an undergraduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time at CU Boulder, Alicia worked on research specifically about the treatment of eating disorders and provided preventative training for incoming freshman. Dr. Goffredi earned her PsyD from the University of Denver in 2012, where she specialized in eating disorders, trauma, and anxiety disorders. She completed her pre-doctoral training at the University of Denver counseling center with a focus in eating disorders and her post-doctoral training at an intensive outpatient program in Boulder, Colorado. As a primary therapist at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Dr. Goffredi respectfully and collaboratively works with patients to explore the unique function of their eating disorder. She aims to create a new level of self-awareness and self-acceptance and facilitates engagement in committed action to help individuals find a more authentic way of interacting in their lives. Dr. Goffredi is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado. She is also a native of the state and enjoys all outdoor activities involving the mountains.

Audrey Dreyer, MA
Connections House Supervisor

After graduating from Denver Seminary with an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling, Audrey joined the Eating Disorder Center of Denver team in June of 2012 as the Connections House Supervisor. Drawing from her clinical background, Audrey conceptualizes her work at the house as providing a safe and structured place for patients to begin to recognize ineffective patterns of behaving and relating and to begin to “try something new.” Audrey enjoys relating to our patients in a less-formal environment and getting to know each person individually. She emphasizes acceptance and grace in her interactions. She deeply values and respects the risk patients take in seeking support and counts it a privilege to be able to walk alongside patients in their recovery process during their stay at the Connections House. In her spare time, Audrey enjoys spending time with her husband, involvement in her church, crocheting and knitting, decorating, gardening, and riding her bike.

Beth Martin, MSW, LCSW, LAC
Outpatient Therapist

Beth understands that the journey to recovery/discovery is both challenging and rewarding. In partnership with clients, she facilitates this journey with compassion and connection. She utilizes relational and somatic approaches to the healing process, while incorporating mindfulness and acceptance practices, dialectical behavioral skills, motivational enhancement techniques, and cognitive behavioral skills. Beth has an interest and specialized training in the treatment of addictions and trauma as they co-occur with eating disorders. Beth has worked for more than 18 years promoting and protecting women's health and human rights locally and globally. Her own journey has led to work in a variety of settings, including community mental health, crisis intervention, university women's resources, and international humanitarian aid and development prior to joining EDCD in 2008. She has experience working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence, as well as individuals struggling with eating disorders, trauma, addiction and mental illness. Beth received a Master's of Social Work from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in Art, Culture and Society from Eugene Lang College at the New School University in New York, NY in 1992. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado and has completed EMDRIA approved basic training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).


Caroline Neumann, PsyD
Primary Clinician

Caroline Neumann graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA in Psychology. She later attended Reformed Theological Seminary and received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling. After spending some time in Malawi, Africa, teaching college level counseling courses and providing mental health services, she returned to the states to complete her PsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) degree at Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, CA. She then completed her Predoctoral Internship at the University of Northern Colorado with a focus in eating disorders. As the current Post Doctoral Fellow at EDCD, she prioritizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship in addition to other significant relationships within the patient's life. Dr. Neumann works to facilitate the discovery of each individual patient separate from their eating disorder by the exploration of past and present experiences, creation of new emotional experiences, and the empowerment of the patient towards behavioral change. Outside of work, Dr. Neumann enjoys time with her extended family, photography, sports, and traveling.

Christina Bokenkamp Hruby, MA, LPC
Director of Regional Programs


As a clinician, Christina believes that it is important to help an individual develop a greater sense of acceptance regarding their life experience and to provide the space that allows them to “move forward.” She also believes that in order to live a truly fulfilling life, one has to be willing to take risks and practice new behaviors. Christina has over ten years of experience working with children/adolescents, adults and families in outpatient clinical settings. She has worked with a variety of psychiatric illnesses, including eating disorders, depression, chemical addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder. Christina has a keen interest for issues relating to women, such as sense of self, identity, eating disorders, relationships and family. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and criminal justice from Michigan State University and a master’s in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Dana Chorpenning, MA
Family Therapist

Dana’s role as a family therapist  is to make the client and their family feel safe and supported. She views herself as an equal partner of encouragement and unconditional positive regard as each client explores their therapeutic journey. Dana emphasizes the importance of healthy communication, setting consistent boundaries and the healing of past hurts as integral in treating the family system. Dana has worked primarily with adolescents, adults, couples and families with a focus on mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and relationship issues. Dana’s past experience includes adolescent residential treatment work; she served as a therapist in a faith based non-profit organization, and worked in a private practice setting. Dana has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dana is an active volunteer with the Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver where she co-facilitates an eating disorder support group.


Jennifer Batson, PsyD
Primary Clinician

Jennifer Batson received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver in 2009. In 2012, she obtained her PsyD from the University of Denver specializing in eating disorders and trauma. That same year, Jennifer completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center with emphasis in eating disorders. As a Primary Therapist, at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Dr. Batson frames therapy as a collaborative process and focuses on exploring clients’ unique narratives and experiences. She empowers individuals to practice new behaviors, enhance awareness through self-reflection, build curiosity, and experience emotional attunement in the relationship. Her belief is that recovery occurs through developing authentic autonomy, self- acceptance and a cultivating purpose and meaning. Outside of work, Dr. Batson enjoys reading, tennis, spending time with friends and family and going on adventures with her dog.

Jessica Dale, PsyD
Primary Clinician

Jessica graduated from the University of Texas with a BA in government and sociology in 2005 and an MSW in 2007. After Texas, Dr. Dale moved to Colorado and graduated from the University of Denver with an MA in sport and performance psychology in 2008 and with a PsyD (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) in 2012 specializing in sport and performance psychology and behavior therapy. In 2012, she completed a pre-doctoral internship at The Ohio State University in Counseling and Consultation Services with an emphasis in eating disorders and sport and performance psychology. Jessica is actively involved in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) including a recent term on the Executive Board as the Student Representative as well as Division 47 – Exercise and Sport Psychology in the American Psychological Association (APA).

With patients, Dr. Dale uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to increase psychological flexibility (or relating to your thoughts differently) using techniques in three broad categories: mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based living. Specifically, Jessica appreciates that ACT purposely capitalizes on the commonality between patient and therapist and helps move the patient as well as the therapist forward in their respective lives.


J. Gerald Celebre, EdD, LP
Outpatient Psychologist

Dr. Gerald Celebre emphasizes empowerment in therapy and the healing nature of attachment and relationships. He has more than 20 years experience in the mental health field, providing clinical services to adolescents, adults, couples and families. His interest in eating disorders began during post-graduate training in family therapy, and Dr. Celebre went on to work in both outpatient and inpatient treatment at the Renfrew Center in Philadelphia. He sub-specializes in the field of trauma, working with law enforcement to help victims of violent crimes. He completed an externship in family therapy through the Child Guidance Clinic of Philadelphia. He is also trained as a Level II EMDR clinician and in critical incident stress debriefing. Dr. Celebre holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a doctoral degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Temple University. One of his favorite sayings comes from the famous football coach, Vince Lombardi: It's not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get back up.

Laura Peroutka, MA, ATR, LPC
Art Therapist

Laura sees the healing potential of art space to act as a “playground” for a new, more mindful way of being. Laura enjoys assisting individuals in using art to explore new possibilities and develop a visual language for emotional expression and regulation. She feels that through creative action, individuals learn to trust themselves to take risks, face challenges, identify choices, make decisions and “create without judgment.” Laura guides patients to reconnect with their self-awareness and authentic values in order to attain the internal strength needed for a lifetime of recovery. Laura has experience working with a variety of psychiatric, developmental and behavioral disorders, along with issues such as domestic violence, trauma and eating disorders. Her work experience also includes teaching art to groups of children and adolescents. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and art history from Bradley University and a master’s in art therapy counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a member of the American Art Therapy Association, Colorado Art Therapy Association and is a registered Art Therapist. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Mandy Rubin, MA
Admissions Assessment Clinician

Mandy believes in a collaborative therapeutic process where clients can safely encounter, process, and challenge aspects of their life that have become maladaptive. She draws from several modalities of therapy including interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and solutions-focused and fully holds the client as the ‘expert’ of their own experience. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and working in a corporate setting, Mandy went on to obtain her Master’s in Counseling from UNC Charlotte and gain clinical experience with clients ranging from hospital patients, marginalized individuals, and college undergraduates. After relocating to Denver, CO she saw an opportunity to utilize both her business experience and clinical skills as an Admissions Assessment Clinician with EDCD. A favorite quote of hers comes from the Harry Potter book series: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” 


Marissa Battaglia, PhD
Outpatient Psychologist

Dr. Battaglia believes that eating disorder recovery is a challenging, dynamic process in which guidance and support are key elements to overcome ones illness. She initiates therapy by collaborating with patients to identify their goals for recovery. She helps patients to increase their awareness and gain insight, while teaching adaptive coping strategies and ways to apply these skills to everyday life. Dr. Battaglia is educated in Cognitive Behavioral and Family based Maudsley treatments and specializes in treating eating disorders, severe anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. She has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and adult populations. She earned her Master of Science and her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois. After graduating, Dr. Battaglia completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Eating Disorders program at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Battaglia is a Licensed Psychologist in Colorado. Outside of work, Dr. Battaglia values the simple pleasures in life, enjoys traveling, and visits with family and friends.

Michael Maley, PhD
Outpatient Psychologist

Dr. Michael Maley believes in the healing power of relationships and strives to help himself and his clients become closer to authenticity and connection. He believes that healthy relationships are empowering, mutually empathic, growth fostering, and that they motivate us to strive for more connection in our lives. Dr. Maley uses storytelling, myths, and metaphors in his work with clients to help them access the power in imagery in their lives. He has specialized in the treatment of disordered eating attitudes and behaviors since 2005 in college and university counseling centers as well as eating disorder treatment facilities. Dr. Maley also specializes in group therapy and in the treatment of gender-based violence and sexual assault. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctoral Degree from the University of Denver. Dr. Maley is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado.

Nancie Ziemke, PhD, LP
Outpatient Psychologist

Working from a relational approach, Dr. Ziemke is a “fellow traveler” in her patients’ healing and recovery journey, by helping them move toward health through acceptance of self and “what is.” She works with individuals who struggle with all forms of eating disorders and also evaluates bariatric surgery candidates providing recommendations to optimize their goals or address problems with eating. Dr. Ziemke believes that co-existing problems, such as mood and anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, or trauma history, increases the complexity of recovery and healing; and are honored and addressed in the journey. She uses a bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective and a variety of therapeutic tools rooted in mindfulness, acceptance, sense of self, values, action and humor. Dr. Ziemke has more than 20 years of professional experience working with individuals, groups, families and couples in a variety of treatment settings. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota, and a three-year professional training certificate in marriage and family therapy through North Dakota State University. She is a licensed psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association.


Pam Hurley, MSW, LCSW
Family Therapist

Pam facilitates empathic connections between family members, inviting them to respectfully “get real” with one another and experience the zest that often follows. She is dedicated to helping families increase their closeness, while also appreciating their differences. Pam has been a licensed clinical social worker for more than 20 years, applying these skills in settings that include private practice; a brain injury and multiple sclerosis recovery center; child/family protective services; hospice; a critical incident stress management team; the Red Cross; and equine-assisted therapy. Pam received her Bachelor‘s degree from Colorado State University and her Master’s degree from University of Denver. Pam’s hobbies include collecting historic Native American Art, piano composition, tennis, skiing, hiking, and visiting her two grown daughters. Her favorite movie is “A House at the End of the World,” a film that follows three very different individuals who struggle to create a family of their own.

Rebekkah Goodman-Williams, MSW
Admissions Assessment Clinician

Rebekkah joined the Eating Disorder Center of Denver team after completing her Master of Social Work at the University of Denver where she focused on clinical counseling and trauma recovery. Her experience and educational background are valuable as an Admissions Assessment Clinician, and her work with patients prior to admission. Rebekkah values the importance of the therapeutic partnership, working to honor the dignity, strengths, and autonomy of each individual. Drawing primarily from interpersonal and cognitive approaches, Rebekkah works to help patients redefine maladaptive interpersonal patterns and create reparative experiences. With a background in treating anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorders, Rebekkah believes in the importance of treating dual diagnoses and addressing the various functions of the eating disorder. Prior to beginning her career in social work, Rebekkah worked in higher education, engaging college students in domestic and international service learning. Rebekkah completed her undergraduate degree in English at Carleton College and enjoys integrating creative writing and various forms of expression into her therapeutic work.

Roberta Fogarty, MA
Milieu Therapist

Roberta earned her Masters of Arts in Art Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University. Additionally, she holds a background in fine arts which propels her belief that the recovery process, at its core, is a creative and transformative process. Individuals with eating disorders often suffer from feeling compartmentalized or split. Roberta believes recovery entails identifying one’s authentic identity and achieving inherent wholeness. Prior to working at the Eating Disorder Center of Denver, Roberta has worked with children, adolescents, and their families recovering from severe trauma histories in clinical settings including residential treatment centers, community outreach programs, and alternative schools. In addition to EDCD, Roberta works at an autism center specializing in early childhood intervention and applied behavioral analysis. Roberta loves to read non-fiction, particularly works relating to mental health care in America. Her favorite book is The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman.


Stephanie Jordan, MSW, LCSW
Outpatient Therapist

Stephanie is committed to supporting her clients through the active process of recovery and believes each individual can access their strength and skills through empowerment and awareness. Stephanie has been with Eating Disorder Center of Denver since its inception in 2001. She has more than 15 years of experience treating adults, adolescents, couples and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Stephanie specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders and trauma using an empowerment-based cognitive behavioral approach. Prior to joining Eating Disorder Center of Denver, she worked in the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) unit at the Veteran's Administration of Puget Sound and as an adolescent therapist for an alternative high school in Denver. Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. She has been a featured speaker at several regional eating disorder conferences and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Stephanie Schoville, MA
Program Coordinator - Evening Intensive Outpatient Program

Stephanie Schoville received her Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in 2006, and has worked full time in the counseling field since. Her clinical experience includes a specialization in eating disorders, trauma, and crisis response; with a particular interest in dissociation and attachment theory. She has specialized in the treatment of eating disorders for over 3 years, after 4 years of specializing in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Stephanie was trained in EMDR in 2007, and uses it regularly to assist clients find freedom from their past through changing their self-perception. Having run an Intensive Outpatient Program for over 3 years, she has experience in facilitating multiple styles of group therapy, including experiential groups, psycho-educational groups, DBT, process, and support groups. Stephanie has also provided community trainings to a variety of professional audiences throughout her career, with topics ranging from Crisis response, Domestic Violence, Sexual assault response, Eating disorders education and prevention, Body Image, and trauma. Stephanie is passionate about educating and empowering suffering people to live in their potential and build an authentic and connected life unhindered by the chains of the past.

Susan M. Woodmansee, MS, OTR, TEP, CAC I
Psychodramatist

Through her work as a psychodramatist and experiential therapist, Susan offers a safe stage wherein patients can practice being in the present and learn to accept themselves. Susan has been a therapist in behavioral health for more than 40 years. She has specialized in occupational therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and psychodrama in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and chemical dependency. Susan believes that psychodrama creates an opportunity to examine present and past roles, express unspoken feelings and develop the spontaneity necessary to create a healthy life. She has presented many workshops on the use of humor and play in healing, team building and mindfulness-based stress reduction, and DBT skills training. Susan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychiatric occupational therapy from Colorado State University. She recently completed intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy. She is trained in EMDR and therapeutic touch, is a certified addictions counselor, and is a nationally certified trainer, educator and practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy.

Tamara Pryor, PhD, FAED
Clinical Director

Dr. Tamara Pryor has been privileged to work in the field of eating disorders for the past 30 years. She spent 16 years as an Associate Professor and Director of the Eating Disorder Program at the University of Kansas - School of Medicine, four years as Co-director of the PATH Eating Disorders Clinic, and three years at Wichita Psychiatric Consultants as the Director of eating disorder services before coming to Eating Disorder Center of Denver. Dr. Pryor conducts research and has published articles examining personality disorders, substance abuse, multi-impulsive behavior, sexual functioning, and cognitive rigidity in the eating disordered individual. She has presented both nationally and internationally, and she co-authored a prevention curriculum and textbook. Dr. Pryor is a founding member of the Eating Disorder Research Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association. She has a MSW from Wayne State University, a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as a PhD in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She completed a fellowship in child psychiatry and a fellowship in eating disorders at the University of Kansas - School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.


Tracy Goldenberg, MA, R-DMT, MA
Dance/Movement Therapist

Tracy Goldenberg is a somatic psychotherapist and a registered dance/movement therapist, specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, body image issues, wellness, motivation, and self-actualization. Her approach to therapy focuses on the innate healing power of movement, the creative process, and relationship. This fascination began after studying yoga and discovering not only the alleviation of chronic physical pain, but the additional benefits of a calm mind and increased body awareness. Tracy’s professional background includes research studies on stress, meditation, sensory processing, nonverbal communication, as well as organizational high-performance and diffusion of innovation. Her findings have been presented at national and international symposia including the annual conference of the American Dance Therapy Association. Tracy also currently serves as adjunct faculty at Naropa University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Webster University and a Master of Arts in somatic counseling psychology with a concentration in dance/movement therapy from Naropa University.

Trish O’Donnell, MA, ATR-BC, LPC
Program Director

Trish values the experiential component in treatment for patients. She believes that positive change can take place when patients take action, whether it is in the creative process or by discovering new ways to be in the world. Trish has been a part of Eating Disorder Center of Denver’s mission to effectively treat eating disorders for more than six years, initially as the program art therapist and now as program director. Trish has been practicing art therapy for more than 20 years.  She has conducted workshops and presented papers both nationally and internationally. Trish holds a Bachelor of Arts in art and psychology from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s in art therapy from The George Washington University. She is a registered and board certified art therapist with the American Art Therapy Association and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. 

Dietary/Culinary

Deanna Murphy
Chef

Deanna’s ambitions as executive chef at EDCD include helping patients view food through a more therapeutic perspective. She believes it is important to demonstrate a healthy relationship with food based upon its nutritive value and works to incorporate these ideals into the dishes she prepares. In addition to meal preparation, Deanna also teaches weekly cooking groups, providing patients with a hands-on opportunity to work one on one with food. Prior to joining the team at EDC Denver, Deanna’s extensive restaurant experience has spanned the past nine years, working in various eateries on the East Coast. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Nutrition from Johnson & Wales University in Denver and in her time away from work enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Kristine Brubaker, RD
Director of Clincial Nutrtion

Kristine earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition at Michigan State University and completed her dietetic internship at Wayne State University. Kristine worked for eight years as a clinical Registered Dietitian working at Banner Baywood and Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. She has extensive experience teaching the community on nutrition and healthy eating. In addition, Kristine created a comprehensive nutritional program, while in Arizona, which helped to improve quality of life of clients through nutrition therapy. She has written multiple articles for local newspapers and has been interviewed on television and for magazine articles in regards to healthy eating. She is passionate about helping clients improve their health with nutrition therapy. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Shane Bates, RD

Shane Bates joined EDCD in June of 2013 as a Registered Dietitian. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2008 and a Master of Science in Nutritional Science from California State University, Los Angeles in 2012. She completed her dietetic internship at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Medical Center. Shane has also earned a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management through the Commission of Dietetic Registration. Shane, who has familial history with eating disorders, has a strong passion for counseling patients on healthy relations with food. Shane has worked in many facets including corporate settings, restaurants and community nutrition programs. In her time away from work she enjoys skiing, hiking, dining and travelling.

Psychiatrists

Amy Laurent, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Amy Laurent believes that a strong doctor-patient relationship is critical to healing. She promotes a mutually respectful relationship with patients, one where treatment decisions are made jointly between patient and doctor whenever possible. This way, not only are the patients’ best interests kept in mind, but the patients themselves are part of the decision-making process. In addition, Dr. Laurent believes that open discussion and thorough evaluation help determine accurate diagnoses and any role medications might play in a patient’s treatment. The doctor works to provide support and education that assists patients in gaining the insight and tools to manage their symptoms and ultimately their lives. Dr. Laurent obtained her undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago and her medical school training at Michigan State University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining the EDCD team, she had her own private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Joseph Christenson, MD
Medical Director

Dr. Christenson, in his role as medical director, leads the EDCD team in providing compassionate care for patients with eating disorders. He emphasizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, the essential element of EDCD’s CAMSA TM approach. Dr. Christenson brings with him almost thirty years' experience in psychiatric medicine. He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, having served at military posts worldwide, including two combat tours, before completing his 28 year military career in Colorado Springs. Dr. Christenson graduated from Johns Hopkins University, went on to the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, Colorado Psychiatric Society, Academy for Eating Disorders and past president of the Colorado Springs Psychiatric Society. He is board certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Christenson fills much of his free time pursuing both physical and spiritual renewal in the glorious Colorado mountains.


MIchael Rollin, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Rollin is psychiatrist for both adults and children, and he particularly enjoys working as part of an interdisciplinary team at EDCD. As a physician he has come to learn that there is more than one reason for every individual's personal challenges and triumphs, and he values an open-minded and inclusive approach to evaluation and treatment of patients and families. After undergraduate training at Stanford and medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, he continued to complete his psychiatry residency and fellowship at the University of Colorado and Children's Hospital Colorado as well. Dr. Rollin is active in research in the neuroscience of eating disorders, with a particular interest in the phenomenology and neurophysiology of body image distortion. Dr. Rollin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Colorado Psychiatric Society, and Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society. Dr. Rollin enjoys spending time with his growing family and is an avid musician and music enthusiast.