Multidisciplinary Care Teams for Effective Treatment

ACUTE’s world-class medical care for extreme eating disorders and severe malnutrition consists of more than 200 dedicated, full-time medical and behavioral experts. These providers are dedicated to ACUTE and specialize in treating severe eating disorders and severe malnutrition from disease or infection.  



Medical Providers

Medical providers address patients’ life-threatening medical issues and restore medical stability through weight restoration and nutritional rehabilitation.

World renowned, highly experienced internal medicine physicians, psychiatrists and nurses drive life-saving medical interventions, manage medications and lead the treatment teams of interdisciplinary experts.

Registered Dietitians support effective weight restoration and refeeding protocol and provide patients with 1:1 nutritional education and counseling.

Physical Therapists deliver support and training to restore strength and mobility.

Occupational Therapists address impaired engagement in the activities of daily living and restore motivation and capabilities.

Certified Nursing Assistants support and supervise medically complicated patients 24/7 to ensure safety and abstinence from eating disorder behaviors.

Any medical specialist within Denver Health Medical Center may be engaged to meet any patient treatment need, including gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology, infectious disease and oncology.

Behavioral Providers

Behavioral providers address psychiatric and behavioral issues related to the eating disorder, and/or treat patients’ co-occurring mental health concerns.

Psychologists deliver evidence-based psychotherapy to patients as well as psychoeducation to help foster understanding of these complex illnesses.

Child Life Specialists provide age-appropriate activities to help adolescents cope with the stress and uncertainly of illness, injury, disability and hospitalization.

Social Workers collaborate with the treatment team to coordinate care and discharge planning.

Behavioral Health Technicians are assigned 24/7 to provide support, motivation and companionship for behaviorally complicated patients, ensuring safety and abstinence from eating disorder behaviors.

Pet Therapists visit patients with therapy dogs to reduce stress, promote healing and lift spirits.

Chaplains provide optional non-denominational faith-based support and guidance to patients.

Meet the ACUTE Care Team

  • Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS
    Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS Link

    Philip S. Mehler, MD, FACP, FAED, CEDS

    Founder & Executive Medical Director, ACUTE Center at Denver Health | Glassman Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine | Chief Scientific Officer, Eating Recovery Center
    Dr. Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FED, CEDS founded ACUTE at Denver Health and serves as its Executive Medical Director. He has ...
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  • dennis gibson
    Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS Link

    Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS

    Clinical Operations Director | Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Dr. Dennis Gibson joined ACUTE in 2017 and serves as the Clinical Operations Director.
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  • Allison Nitsch, MD
    Allison Nitsch, MD, FACP, CEDS Link

    Allison Nitsch, MD, FACP, CEDS

    Medical Director
    Dr. Nitsch became the Medical Director of ACUTE in 2023, after serving as the Assistant Medical Director of ACUTE since 2020 ...
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  • Krista Hovde, RN
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    Krista Hovde, RN

    Nursing Manager
    Krista Hovde is the Nursing Manager at ACUTE. As Nurse Manager, Krista oversees the unit’s day to day operations and enhances ...
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  • Meghan Foley, RD, CED-RD
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    Meghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-S

    Clinical Nutrition Manager
    Meghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-S, is the Clinical Nutrition Manager for ACUTE, where she has become an expert in using medical ...
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  • Kamila Cass, PhD, CEDS
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    Kamila Cass, PhD, CEDS

    Dr. Kamila Cass is a Clinical Psychologist at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, providing psychodiagnostic ...
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ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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