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 & Chief Executive Officer | 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, CEDSMedical Director | Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of MedicineDr. Dennis Gibson joined ACUTE in 2017 and serves as the Medical Director.READ MORE
Allison Nitsch, MD, FACP Link
Allison Nitsch, MD, FACPAssistant Medical DirectorDr. Nitsch became Assistant Medical Director of ACUTE in 2020 and loves caring for ACUTE’s medically and psychiatric complex ...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-SNutrition Services SupervisorMeghan Foley, RD, CEDRD-S, is the Nutrition Services Supervisor for ACUTE, where she has become an expert in using medical ...READ MORE
Rachel Ohene, MOT, OTR/L, CEDS Link
Rachel Ohene, MOT, OTR/L, CEDSOccupational TherapistRachel Ohene, MOT, OTR/L, CEDS is the Occupational Therapist at ACUTE, where she blends her love of health promotion, physical ...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