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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 Denver…

The Advanced Integrative Medicine team.

The Front Staff. (From left to right: Heather Rooney, Brittan Higley, Patty Zender, 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
Internal Medicine

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.

 

Dennis L. Furr, D.O.
Family Practice

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 alone however!

 

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • 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.
Family Medicine

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 husband John.

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
Family Medicine

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 care.

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 medicine.

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
  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Homeopathy
  • 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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