Patient Services Team
Ask your doctor to refer you to CNI’s NeuroHealth Center for complementary care. You can also call 303-788-4010 for more information. To learn more about CNI’s staff, please click on individual profiles below.
Kristina Anderson, OTR
Kristina is an occupational therapist graduating from Colorado State University in 2002. Kristina worked in inpatient rehab for many years and has been at CNI for 4 years serving the outpatient neurological population. She participates in the ALS clinic and also the Huntington’s clinic and does home evaluations for the NeuroHealthCenter. She enjoys working with the neurological population and has a special interest in the treatment of visual and perceptual deficits. Kristina is certified with Saebo and is Spanish speaking. She enjoys volleyball and making jewelry in her free time.
After graduating from Columbia University in NYC with dual certification in Speech Pathology and Audiology Debra headed west! Her professional career in Colorado began at Boulder Memorial. She later moved to Spalding Hospital and the Swedish Medical Center. She was the first speech pathologist hired by CNI’s NeuroHealth Center and continues to provide rehab services for patients with neurological conditions, including stroke, ALS, MS, HD, TBI, PSP, DD and brain tumors. She is part of the comprehensive ALD and HD clinics held monthly at CNI. Her personal interests include gardening, stained glass creations, acting, emceeing and narrations.
Ellen Belle, MA, PT, MSSC
Director of Patient Services:
Ellen has been the Director of Patient Servies since 2007 and is a member of the Leadership Team at CNI. Ellen has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years in a variety of settings including inpatient, home care and outpatient rehabilitation. Her focus for the clinic is to provide quality team based rehab as well as promoting research. Ellen is certified in adult NDT, Parkinson PWR! clinician, Walk aide, is a Multiple Sclerosis certified specialist, is a certified leader for the Stanford based chronic disease self management program, and has participated in research at CNI. She enjoys working with complex neurological patients and providing anticipatory guidance for them in their journey. Ellen enjoys gardening, hiking, and cooking.
Luci Draayer, LCSW, CMC
Director of Education and Support Services:
Luci Draayer, the Director of Education and Support Services at the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), provides counseling and care navigation services to patients and caregivers in addition to supervising other care coordinators. Luci’s career in non-profit work has focused on adults and families as they navigate major transitions in their lives, particularly in the area of chronic conditions and illness. Addressing the needs of the “whole person” as well as the broader family system is an important emphasis in her practice. She is also a certified leader for the Stanford-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, a six-class series offered at CNI throughout the year. Luci received her Master’s in Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky, and maintains her licensure as a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Care Manager. Away from work she enjoys the piano and gardening.
Patient Services and Administrative Manager:
Nora joined the Colorado Neurological Institute team in the fall of 2010 and has a history of working with non-profit organizations. Nora often assists in therapy and she enjoys helping therapists and patients. Her interests include singing, painting, biking and traveling.
Aspen Kunisch, PT, DPT, NCS
Aspen was in high school when she developed her passion for working with the neurological population. She remembers watching a physical therapist teach a patient to walk again and thinking “That’s what I want to do!” Aspen graduated from Regis University in 2007 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since then, Aspen has worked in a variety of settings: acute care, skilled nursing facilities, and outpatient. “I love my job!”
Dottie Tarvestad, PT
Dottie has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years. She has most of her experience in neurology and rehab, but she has worked in a variety of other health care settings as well. Dottie enjoys hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and gardening.
Linda Vigil, PT
Linda received her master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado in 1992 and has been at the CNI NeuroHealth Center doing outpatient neurological rehabilitation for 3 years. She finds working with the neurological population fascinating and rewarding. She has also worked as a PT in the hospital setting in rehabilitation and acute care. Linda participates in our ALS clinic, is a Parkinson PWR! clinician, is skilled in wheelchair management, is a Walk Aide clinician and has an interest in vestibular rehabilitation. Linda has also participated in several research projects. Linda is an cyclist in her spare time.