Our Team of Complementary Practitioners,
Doctors and Staff
At Advanced Integrative Medicine, we’ve assembled the VERY
best team of complementary practitioners,
doctors, therapists and staff in
The Advanced Integrative Medicine team.
The Front Staff. (From left to right:
Heather Rooney, Brittan Higley, Patty Zehnder, and Ashley Mondragon
The Back Staff. (From left to right:
Kim Larsen, Peg Murray, Kimber Hargrove–Rands, Kelley Nelson, Jen Shannon,
and Shelly Fitzgerald)
Billing (Vicki Wright)
The Providers. (From left to right:
Dr. Furr, Dr. Hepp, Jodie Gahn PA-C, Katie Young PA-C, and Dr. Snook)
Complementary Health Practitioners, Doctors and Therapists
Randall L. Snook, MD
Dr. Snook is a native of Colorado who grew up in the small town of Alamosa in Southern Colorado.
He attended Colorado State University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science and Biology in 1983.
After a year of graduate school in Neuroscience at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he
entered and graduated with his M.D. in 1990 from the University of Texas system.
His internship was at University of Missouri, Columbia, and finished his Internal Medicine Residency at the
University of New Mexico where he also finished a Fellowship in Gerontology in 1995. He has practiced medicine
in the Denver area since then.
Dr. Snook's special interests include diet and exercise and their critical role in overall health as well as
Sports Medicine for the active patient. He also specializes in cholesterol management, diabetes, high blood pressure,
asthma and other lung problems, cardiology and Dermatologic diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Snook is Board Certified in
Internal Medicine and Board Eligible in Gerontology. He also has certification in the use of acupuncture for pain management.
Dr. Snook is married and has three children. He enjoys time with his family, exercising, camping, playing golf and working around
the home. He is an avid skier and previous ski instructor at Wolf Creek Ski Area in Southern Colorado and enjoys all sports.
Medical Monday with Dr. Randall Snook on Channel 2
Each Monday Dr. Snook picks a medical topic to discuss on the air live at 7:35 am on Channel 2.
Click here to view all the topics.
HEALTHY LIVING - AIM Story by Geri Gingras Barela.
Dennis L. Furr, D.O.
Dennis Furr was born and raised in Southern California.
He lived in Cardiff, California and later moved to Riverside where he attended Loma Linda University. He majored in Psychology
and Biology and graduated with a BA degree. Dennis went on to Kansas City, MO where he attended Kansas City University of Medicine
and Biosciences and graduated from medical school after moving to Denver. Dr. Furr is board certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Furr has practiced medicine in Southeast Denver for over 20 years. His interests are not limited but include nutrition,
sports medicine and lipid management. He enjoys adolescent medicine as well. His other interests include involvement with medical
mission work here and abroad.
Dr. Furr is married and has two daughters. His family life keeps him quite busy and he enjoys activities in the mountains or
on the beach when time allows. He enjoys jogging and has finished first place in numerous jogging events. These are when jogging
Dina Elias, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Dina Elias is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with adults in
medical and private practice settings. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from the University of Denver and has provided clinical
services at National Jewish Hospital, Kaiser, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and East-West Health Center. She has also
taught and supervised at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Dr. Elias specializes in health psychology to positively impact health and enhance quality of life, stress management to
cope and bounce back more readily from life situations, and individual counseling to clarify and address personal issues.
Areas of specialty include:
- Adjustment and coping with illness and/or injury
- Stress management
- Caregiver burnout
- Grief and loss
- Personal growth
Dr. Elias is married and has lived in Colorado for 16 years.
She enjoys the proximity to the mountains and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities possible in Colorado.
Jennifer Kjar Hepp, D.O.
Dr. Hepp is originally from Lexington, NE where she attended an old-fashioned 2 room school house. This
small-town perspective has shaped her despite growing up in metro Denver. She grew up in Jefferson County, graduating from
Bear Creek High School.
Dr. Hepp attended Northeast Missouri State University and received a BS in Biology with a minor in Child Development. While
in Kirksville she was introduced to the world of Osteopathic Medicine for the first time and after graduation from NMSU she moved
across town to attend Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated in 1997 and was married the same week to her
Dr. Hepp returned to the Denver area for Internship in Family Medicine, beginning at Aurora Presbyterian Hospital and then
heading to Colorado Springs for Residency at the Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation. After 2 years of commuting to the Springs,
she happily settled down in what is now Centennial.
Dr. Hepp has been practicing in southeast Denver for over 8 years. She enjoys treating the entire family and the preventative
care aspects that allows. She has special interests in women's medicine and adolescent care and performs Osteopathic Manipulative
Treatment (OMT) to address bony, muscular, and tissue alignment to assist in the self healing properties of the body.
Jodie Gahn, PA-C
Mrs. Gahn has more than 20 years of health care
experience in various patient care settings. Her
background includes both military and civilian service.
She began her career in 1990 as a US Navy Hospital
Corpsman where she treated Navy and Marine Corps
personnel and their families at Camp Pendleton, CA
and Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA. In 1994, she
separated from active duty and continued her military
career in the US Naval Reserves supporting Fleet
Hospital 23, Field Medical Unit as a combat medical
technician until she completed her obligation in 2000.
Mrs. Gahn grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin and
attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for
undergraduate training in 1995. While pursuing her
degree, she worked as a multi-specialty medical assistant
at Dean Medical Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Her
physician assistant training was completed in 2000 at
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical School and
Health Sciences.Since then, she has been dedicated to
providing quality and cost-effective health care in the
Denver metro area. Formerly with Ranch View Family
Medicine, her outpatient medical practice spans the
pediatric through geriatric population inclusive of
preventative medicine, disease management and urgent
In her personal time, she enjoys spending time
traveling with friends, gardening, volunteering for
Hobocare Boxer Rescue - inspired by her two Boxers,
Kylie and Ulrich "Uli", as well as being a contributing
member of The Wounded Warrior Project in honor of her
late husband Phillip Gahn.
Katie Young, PA-C, MS
Integrative Physician Assistant
Katie Young is an integrative Physician Assistant with a background in Dermatology and Pediatrics. She is very pleased to be
joining the AIM team. As a daughter of an Air Force JAG, she was born in Iceland and grew up in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Katie finished High School at Cherry Creek and enjoyed her undergraduate studies in Biology and piano performance at Westmont
College in Santa Barbara, CA. She then returned to Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Health Science Center's
Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Program for a Master's of Science degree. After graduating and working in Dermatology
and Pediatrics, she became interested in integrative medicine and holistic courses of treatment as additions to traditional
Katie believes that patients should know their health care options and enjoys "putting it all together" with them and developing
their individualized medical plan by incorporating a variety of healing methods.
Areas of specialty include:
- Bio-identical Hormone Replacement
- Clinical Aromatherapy
- Bach Flower Essences
- Naltrexone Addiction Recovery
Katie enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters who keep her life full of adventure.
Beth R. Teeters, MA, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Beth is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over fifteen years of experience working with children and families.
She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her MA in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Denver.
She has training in both marriage and family therapy and school psychology.
Beth specializes in working with the family system in either individual or family sessions. Specialty areas include childhood issues,
educational consultation, anxiety disorders, relationship issues and couples therapy. Her therapeutic direction is grounded in a systemic,
relational, strength based approach.
Beth is married and has three adult children. In her personal time, she enjoys biking, reading, skiing, traveling, and spending time with
family and friends.
Chris Blenker, Aesthetician
Chris Blenker graduated from Colorado School of
Paramedical Esthetics; her background includes over 20
years in the medical field where she worked as a Medical
Assistant for Orthopedic surgeons. She transferred
to Dermatology in 2002 at which time she completed
her esthetic training and worked with the physicians
to establish a busy Medspa practice. She has received
extensive training and is certified with Lasers, IPL
treatments, Photodynamic Therapy, Microdermabrasion,
Chemical Peels and is very well trained in multiple
medical grade product lines. She continues to expand
her knowledge and investigate new products and
procedures in order to help her patients stay up to
date on treatments that are constantly evolving. Her
primary focus is working with Men and Women and
Teens to help them achieve their very best look and
feel confident about themselves. She is very passionate
about teaching patients how to care for their skin and
protect it from the intense Colorado sun by using great
products and nutrition. She enjoys meeting with new
patients and offers free consultations to help each of
them achieve their very best look. Treatments include
IPL treatments as well as Photodynamic therapy to help
diminish past sun damage, Permanent Hair Reduction,
Diamond Tome exfoliation and Medical grade facials and peels.
Chris is a Colorado native and loves spending time with
her husband of 31 years as well as their 3 grown children
and their families. In her personal time she is usually
found playing with her 3 beautiful granddaughters, she
also enjoys camping (usually on a beach somewhere),
traveling, gardening, waterskiing, and hiking.
Jenny Pekarek, RN BSB
Jenny Pekarek received her nursing degree from Catholic
University of America in Washington D.C. in 1993. Her
nursing experience has included Trauma, Burn, & ICU.
She has worked 12 years in High Risk Labor & Delivery at
UCH and continues to work there two days a week.
Jenny shadow-trained in Botox and Dermal Fillers in
2009 under the instruction of one of the top RN injectors
in Colorado. Jenny has a knack for facial contour, and
knows how to obtain a natural, uniform result. She
works individually with each patient, listening to the
desired result while simultaneously educating. She
views each session as "individual therapy", knowing that
each patient has personal, emotional, and professional
reasons for receiving treatments.
Jenny has been married for 12 years to a Colorado
farmer. They have 3 energetic elementary school-aged
children together. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys trailrunning,
camping, pottery, training for triathlons, and
volunteering at school and church.
Susan Drake, M.S., R.D.
Susan Drake, a Colorado native, is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist
holding a Certification in Weight Management through the Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics. She graduated from Colorado State
University with her Bachelor of Science in 1991 and received her
Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from Eastern Illinois University in
1994. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1994.
During her 19-year career, she has had a vast array of experiences in
the nutrition field. She coached hundreds of clients on their journey to
weight loss, weight maintenance and wellness at Dr. Lazarus's Clinical
Nutrition Center in Denver for 6 years. After leaving Clinical Nutrition
Center, she worked for Microlife MedicalHome Solutions implementing
weight loss programs based on measuring metabolism. "It's important
to measure resting metabolism and not just estimate. Many weight
scales that estimate caloric needs, over estimate. Understanding
how many calories are needed in a day will significantly increase
one's knowledge and how to maintain or lose weight. In addition,
by measuring metabolism, I have been able to direct clients to their
physician to have their Thyroid checked. If a metabolism is significantly
slow, Hypothyroidism may be present".
Since leaving Microlife Medical Home Solutions, she has been focused
on developing her own weight loss program. Healthin12 was created
based on her own experiences and science. It incorporates 12 weeks
of educational modules, food and exercise logging platforms and
a behavioral health component. All aspects are key for long-term
success. The program will be launched in August.
Her philosophy is to eat clean and in moderation as well as stay active
to increase energy and be healthy. She also works with clients to set
realistic goals. Setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration and
failure. Her approach is to lose weight by taking a "stair step" approach.
Meaning, lose 5 - 10% of a current body weight and learn to maintain
it. Once maintenance is achieved, shoot for another 5 - 10% if that
is desired. Take it slow, no miracle diets, no magic pills and life-long
success can be mastered. It's all about mastering new habits.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her 2 Labradoodles - Joe
and Allie, traveling, cooking, gardening and golf to name a few. Any
activity, summer or winter, as long as it's outside, is where she likes to be.
Bob Sundquist, DC
Doctor of Chiropractic
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- Randall L. Snook, MD
- Dennis L. Furr, DO
- Dina Elias, PsyD
- Jennifer Kjar Hepp, DO
- Jodie Gahn, PA-C
- Bob Sundquist, DC
- Katie Young, PA-C, MS
- Beth R. Teeters, MA, LMFT
- Chris Blenker, Aesthetician
- Jenny Pekarek, RN BSN
- Susan Drake, M.S., R.D.
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