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 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 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 LinkFounder & Executive Medical Director | Glassman Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of MedicineDr. Philip Mehler, MD, FACP, FED, CEDS founded ACUTE at Denver Health and continues to serve as its Chief Executive Officer.Read More
Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDS Link
Dennis Gibson, MD, FACP, CEDSClinical Operations Director | Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of MedicineDr. Dennis Gibson joined ACUTE in 2017 and serves as the Clinical Operations Director.Read More
Allison Nitsch, MD, FACP, CEDS Link
Allison Nitsch, MD, FACP, CEDSMedical DirectorDr. Nitsch became the Medical Director of ACUTE in 2023, after serving as the Assistant Medical Director of ACUTE since 2020 ...Read More
Krista Hovde, RN Link
Krista Hovde, RNNursing ManagerKrista Hovde is the Nursing Manager at ACUTE. As Nurse Manager, Krista oversees the unit’s day to day operations and enhances ...Read More
Meghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-S Link
Meghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-SClinical Nutrition ManagerMeghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-S, is the Clinical Nutrition Manager for ACUTE, where she has become an expert in using medical ...Read More
Kamila Cass, PhD, CEDS Link
Kamila Cass, PhD, CEDSPsychologistDr. Kamila Cass is a Clinical Psychologist at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health, providing psychodiagnostic ...Read More