Beth Ballen, MD received her Doctor of Medicine from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. She has practiced medicine in the state of Colorado since 2003, completing both her General Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. For the past eight years, Dr. Ballen has been in Private Practice, caring for adults as well as children and adolescents. She specializes in treating a wide range of disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and addiction. Her integrative approach to medicine combines conventional therapy and medication management with holistic alternatives. She prides herself on investigating and addressing the root cause of symptoms, as opposed to just treating the symptoms themselves. Dr. Ballen’s clinical expertise and her specialty in intravenous treatments enable her to formulate comprehensive treatment plans for each individual patient that goes above and beyond traditional treatment methods. She strives to provide her patients with compassionate care in a warm and nurturing environment where healing can begin and well-being can flourish.
Leslie Vannucci, NP is a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has over 15 years of experience in healthcare, including 9 years of adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient care. Her interest in Mental Health began in the US Army Reserves working as a Mental Health Specialist. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, later attaining her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Her personal treatment approach incorporates both traditional and integrative medication management and aims to improve her patient’s overall quality of life while minimizing medication intervention when possible. Leslie has been a member of the Ballen Medical & Wellness team since 2013.
Deede Amhowitz, MA, MFT is an individual, couples, and group therapist passionate about helping others reach their full potential in a warm and accepting space. She has years of experience assisting clients with anxiety and depression as well as marital and family issues. Deede partners with her clients to overcome their struggles while fostering healthy coping skills and personal growth. Her approach includes lending various therapeutic techniques (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) to develop a treatment strategy that best fits each client’s unique needs. Deede received her Masters in clinical and humanistic psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in 2005. Additionally, she earned her post graduate degree in couples and family therapy from Oakland University in Michigan in 2008. Deede has also attended numerous training conferences with Dr. David Burns, Dr. Marsha Linehan, John Bradshaw and other masters in the field of psychology and recovery.
Carol Wegmann, MS, LPCC is a child therapy specialist as well as an adult, couples and adolescent therapist focused on helping individuals of all ages learn and grow in an environment of safety and acceptance. Working in a collaborative relationship with clients, Carol focuses on each client’s strengths and abilities. Her approach includes techniques such as play therapy, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and filial therapy (where she works directly with parents or other caregivers to become the therapeutic agents for their children). Carol’s child therapy and teen therapy practice includes years of experience in many different environments, including public school systems, in-home therapy, in-patient programs, and group environments. After graduating from University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelors of Science, Carol received her Masters of Science in Human Services with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling and a graduate degree in Play Therapy from Capella University in 2015.
Sarah Lustig, MAT, LPC, ATR brings a highly integrative approach to art therapy, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Family Based Treatment (FBT) in her practice. In addition to Sarah’s warm, compassionate work with adults and families, she has unique experience working with children and adolescents with eating disorders, anxiety, and various other mental health challenges. She’s has also helped at-risk high school students and women who’ve been homeless or incarcerated due to mental illness. Sarah’s own artwork received First place at the LAEA art show in 2005, and has appeared in Expressions literary magazine as well as numerous art shows. She was a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Scholarship in 2006 and the Paul C. & Harriet Franklin Scholarship in 2010. Sarah received her Master’s degree from Albertus Magnus College’s Master of Arts Therapy program in Connecticut, and her BFA from the University of Florida.
Ed Bostick, MPA, CCHt, NLP is a practitioner, trainer and educator in the fields of hypnotherapy and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Ed enjoys helping individuals, families and groups achieve growth and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives using a framework of Hypnotherapy and NLP as well as many other supporting therapeutic techniques. Some of Ed’s specialties include smoking cessation, weight management and food issues, as well as reducing today’s unprecedented levels of toxic workplace stress. Prior to his current practice, he enjoyed a long career in public healthcare policy and telehealth advocacy. Ed received his Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Webster is the newest member of our team. You’ll often find him greeting clients in our waiting area, or in therapy sessions with clients who’ve requested him. Even though he’s still in training, he’s very well-behaved and knows who needs a hug today and who not to bother. If you’re allergic to dogs, just let us know and we’ll make sure to accommodate you.