Our Story


The Mission of Colorado Neurological Institute is to improve the quality of life for people with neurological conditions.

Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), a non-profit neuroscience organization, has been providing clinical research, neuro-rehab and supportive services for persons with neurological conditions and their caregivers since 1988. As the only nonprofit organization in the Rocky Mountain Region of its kind, CNI offers patients easy access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy, speech-language pathology therapy, counseling, patient management and navigation, support groups, innovative education programs and clinical research trials.

Why do you need CNI?

When you are diagnosed with a neurological condition it takes more than just a doctor to help you live the best life possible. In addition to the treatment you receive from your neuro specialist, you should seek out the complementary care CNI provides: counseling, support groups, classes, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and clinical trials. The more quality comprehensive neuro rehab you receive, the better you will be able to manage day to day life.

CNI makes it easy for you to get the care you need in one location. Unlike other rehab centers, at CNI, you can receive all your therapies and supplementary services in one stop.

How do you get involved with CNI?

Ask your doctor to refer you to CNI’s NeuroHealth Center for complementary care. You can also call 303-788-4010 for more information.

CNI arose from a significant community need that we continue to address to this day:

Patients with neurological conditions often find that they do not have access to the comprehensive care, support and resources they need.

2017 Affirmation Letter
Board of Directors
Staff Directory
CNI Associates
Ways to Get Involved
CNI Community Needs Assessment 2014

2013-14 Annual Report

CNI’s Three Focuses

Clinical Research

CNI facilitates clinical trials, publications and presentations for a variety of neurological conditions. Together with Associates, we are seeking new treatments and solutions to help patients lead longer, stronger lives. more info

Neuro Rehab

CNI complements a patient’s medical doctor’s treatments with outpatient neuro-rehabilitation.  Patients can receive physical and occupational therapy and speech- language pathology therapy in our NeuroHealth and Wellness Center.  CNI is also recognized as a Center for Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Association and an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center. more info

Supportive Services

CNI complements a patient’s medical doctor’s treatments with outpatient neuro-rehabilitation.  Patients can receive physical and occupational therapy and speech- language pathology therapy in our NeuroHealth and Wellness Center.  CNI is also recognized as a Center for Excellence by the Huntington’s Disease Association and an ALS Association Recognized Treatment Center. more info

Patient Stories

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Milestones

  • 1988 – CNI was founded.
  • 1989 – CNI launched its Epilepsy Program.
  • 1990 – The Denver Ear Institute became a major program of CNI and immediately created one of the country’s outstanding fellowships in neuro-otology.
  • 1991 – Christopher O’Brien, MD joined Paul Levisohn and Richard Finkel, MD in the practice of neurology and headed the Movement Disorders Program.
  • 1995 – Charles Ferguson was elected the first chair of the board that oversees CNI . A volunteer support group was formed.
  • 1996 – CNI launched its Bert Goldberg Memorial Lectureship. 
  • 1999 – The year of the first CNI Golf Classic. The CNI board of directors elected Cindy Acree, a former patient in two of CNI’s programs, as its chairperson. This election distinguished CNI as the only neurological institute in the world being lead by a patient. CNI’s Hope Awards began.
  • 2000 – Colorado Parent Magazine presented the 2000 Colorado’s Best Companies for Working Families Award to CNI for an unprecedented third consecutive year. The award recognizes companies that encourage a family-friendly workplace. CNI received the first-place designation in the Small Business category.
  • 2001 – The American Association of Neurological Surgeons presented Dr. VanderArk with the 2001 Humanitarian Award.
  • 2001 – CNI Cochlear Kids Camp began
  • 2004 – CNI’s NeuroHealth Center opened its doors, providing the uninsured a haven.
  • 2011 – CNI transitioned to Suite 415 in Bldg. 701
  • 2013 – CNI is 25 years old!
  • 2014 – Held the 25th CNI Cochlear Kids Camp! Held the first ever CNI Neuro Conference for patients and caregivers facing neurological conditions.
  • 2015 – CNI hosted the first annual DBS conference, grew to over 70 associates, and became a NEALS site and recognized center for the ALS Association.
    2016 – CNI is named as a finalist in Denver Metro Chamber’s Large Nonprofit of the Year. CNI formalizes partnership with University of Denver and the Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging. CNI receives a lead gift of $150,000 from the Vollbracht family to form a wellness center as part of the Vollbracht NeuroHealth
    Center.

    2017 – CNI relocated our administrative offices and NeuroHealth Center to a new larger space. CNI expanded our research to a second medical campus, St. Joseph Hospital now houses a small research team, in addition to our research team located at Swedish Medical Center.
  • Seek Treatment

    If you’re experiencing a neurological condition, please call us at 303-788-4010. We will refer you to one of our Associates or numerous programs.

    CNI provides quality, comprehensive care for these conditions and others:

    Brain & Spinal Tumor
    Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    Epilepsy & Seizures
    Hearing Disorders
    Movement Disorders
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Neuromuscular/Peripheral Nerve Disorders
    Stroke & Aneurysm
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Voice & Swallow Disorders

     

    Colorado Neurological Insitute