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.

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.
Gaetha Mills, RN, CNRN
Epilepsy Program Director
Gaetha Mills is a nurse with over 12 years of experience in neuro healthcare. Prior to joining CNI she worked on the neuro floor at Swedish, helping neurosurgeons with Gamma Knife cases, and in an outpatient orthospine surgeon’s operating room. Having a passion for helping people in need, she has been on multiple medical mission trips to third world countries. She is active in the community here as well and, among other things, serves on Epilepsy Foundations’ Community Action Network Board. When she’s not at work you will find her enjoying the great outdoors!
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.
Debra Bandstra
Speech Pathologist
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.
Dottie Tarvestad, PT
Physical Therapist
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.
Kristina Anderson, OTR
Occupational Therapist
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.
Dr. Jen Tschoepe PT, DPT, NCS
Physical Therapist
Dr. Jen Tschoepe joined CNI in July of 2017. As a graduate of the Regis University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program Jen emphasizes evidence-based practice and patient-centered care. Following her education at Regis University, Jen continued her professional development in a Neurologic Residency Program at Boston University where she participated in a Parkinson specific outpatient clinic, ALS clinic and stroke intensive course. Following completion of her residency program, Jen became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist. She has a passion for working with neurological patients and helping them reach their goals. Outside the clinic, Jen enjoys being in the outdoors including running and qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon.
Katya Bowers, MA, B.Ed.
Patent Services and Administrative Manager
Katya is thrilled to be a part of NeuroHealth Center at CNI. She has a Master of Arts Degree in English and a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a teaching major in Foreign Language Instructions. She has worked as a Medical Assistant for a podiatry practice in Boulder, a Lead Medical Assistant at Blue Sky Neurology and Front Office Lead/ Back Office Medical Assistant for Dr. Adam Hebb at Colorado Brain And Spine Institute. Katya has developed her interest in neurology and neurosurgery and enjoys participating in ALS, HD and Supportive Care clinics. Katya is bilingual and helps therapists to better assist the Russian-speaking population by creating therapy exercises in Russian. She has a passion for homeless dogs and gives her time to volunteer at different shelters. Her interests include travelling with her husband Isaiah, bodybuilding, Crossfit, gardening and pickling her own vegetables, biking and hiking with 2 dogs that she rescued: Monty and a 3-legged dog Linda.
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