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         Robert Feinstein, MD
            Practice Director
​When I was 15 years old, after counseling in "Head Start," I decided I wanted to be a therapist.  I loved take care of people.  I eventually went to medical school to become a psychiatrist.  I have spent 25 years training in many different forms of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherpay, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, group psychotherapy, motivation interviewing, and psychoanalysis.  As the Practice Director of the Clinic, I cannot think of a better way to both help patients and teach the next generation of psychiatrists and health professionals the art of combining psychotherpay with the use of pharmacology.  Our clinic staff is terrific and works as a dedicated team to provide you the finest psychiatrist outpatient experiences.
Brian Rothberg, MD
         Brian Rothberg, MD
    Associate Practice Director


My passion for teaching and practicing outpatient psychiatry has lead to my current role as the Associate Director of the Outpatient Clinic. I see my role as providing an environment that ensures excellent patient care and optimizes the educational experience for our psychiatric trainees. I am very interested in a broad array of psychotherapies and have a special interest is group psychotherapy. One immediate goal is to expand our group program to complement the clinic’s already well developed individual services. When our clinic moved in April 2009 to the new Anschutz campus, we were able to equip many of our new treatment rooms with audiovisual (AV) equipment. This has been an exciting way to take patient care and psychotherapy to an even higher level and has enriched our trainees experiences. If you are in need of mental health services, I invite you to call our clinic today to set up an appointment.


Dan Savin, MD
           Dan Savin, MD
      Child Practice Director
Having enjoyed the practice of psychiatry since 1991, it is an honor for me to have the opportunity to help train the next generation of mental health professionals while providing excellent care of patients at UCH.  I am fortunate to work with such a wide diversity of patients and a group of very dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and trainees.  I enjoy the emphasis our clinic places on the combination of psychotherpay and pharmacology.  While I have experience working with patients of all ages, I specialize in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  My main interests include recovery from trauma and working with refugees and immigrant groups.  I am fortunate to direct our refugee mental health program.


Debbie R. Carter, MD       Debbie R. Carter, MD

I have been interested in medicine and understanding the mysteries of the brain since childhood. My mother was a psychiatric nurse and worked in a community outreach clinic for  underserved and ethnically/culturally diverse chronically ill patients, and sometimes I visited her worksite. After entering medical school and completing residency, my early childhood interests of medicine and curiosity about brain development, mental health and mental illness and resiliency lead to choosing a career in child and adolescent psychiatry. Working in the UCH psychiatry clinic affords me the opportunity to collaborate with and mentor physicians and mental health professionals who are pursuing additional training. By providing culturally sensitive, community-inclusive psychotherapy training, including the use of medicine, play therapy, and collaboration with traditional healers and other professionals, our residents gain valuable experience in working with individuals, families, caregivers, children, and young adults.
   

Robert Davies, MD 

           Robert Davies, MD

I became a member of the faculty in 1998, and have been involved in the Adult Clinic and residency education since then.  My clinical expertise lies in anxiety disorders and adult Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), while my research interests focus on non-traditional interventions for adolescents with substance abuse problems.  In the 12 years that I’ve attended in the Adult Clinic, I have seen the Adult Clinic transform in to the top level facility that it now is.  The strengths of the clinic relate to the diverse and broad range of expertise of the faculty, all of whom work closely with the residents.  There is an atmosphere of teamwork that fosters the high level of excellence of care provided in the clinic.  Working in the Adult Clinic is truly one of the high points of my job.
       

Karen Frankel, PhD 

       Karen Frankel, PhD

  A number of years ago, I was sitting at a small table with playdoh and a very anxious preschool child sitting across from me. Several minutes into our play therapy session she asked, “What do you do when you go to work?” and was delighted to hear that because I was at work.  I adore my career as a therapist for young children and their families. I have been fortunate to run the Early Childhood Clinic at the University of Colorado Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic for more than 20 years. Working with children under 6 years old and their families requires special skill, techniques and knowledge. It is rewarding to mentor child psychiatry fellows in learning to navigate this new territory and know that I have contributed to expanding the resources of talented medical professionals equipped to deal with the emotional and behavioral problems that challenge very young children and their caregivers.
     

          Noa Heiman, PhD

​I joined the faculty in 2013. I am a clinical psychologist  and specialize in psychodynamic therapy. I practice, teach and supervise residents in this form of therapy. I am also the associate director of the psychotherapy scholar track. The psychotherapy track is intended for residents who want to emphasize psychotherapy in their training. Throughout the track residents receive ongoing didactics and supervision in psychodynamic therapy, group therapy, family therapy, CBT, and more.  One of the most gratifying aspects of my job is to watch residents grow from being doctors to also becoming therapists (I have published a paper called “From Doctor to Therapist” that describes this process). My other interests include psychological testing, group therapy, and culturally diverse informed psychology.

Kimberly Kelsay, MD 

       Kimberly Kelsay, MD

I received combined training in Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry extra training in working with infant, toddlers and their families.  I have been interested in the interaction between the mind and body.  I co-directed the day treatment program for children with immune and allergic disorders at National Jewish Health for 10 years before joining the teaching clinic at UC Denver. In Psychiatry, our understanding of the impact of medications is ahead of our understanding regarding the impact of nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle choices.  Fortunately, this is changing and we are learning how to incorporate a broad range of interventions for our patients.  For children, these interventions must incorporate the child’s most important factor impacting their mental health, their relationships with their parents or primary care givers.  Our goal is to help children and families lead full, emotionally enriched lives. 
     

Chris Schneck, MD 

           Chris Schneck, MD

  Since I joined the faculty in 1995, my primary interests have been teaching and delivering excellent clinical care.  For the first 10 years or so, the majority of my teaching took place on the inpatient unit, where I ran a clinical care team with residents, medical students and social work interns.  I began working in the clinic five years ago, and have greatly enjoyed the transition to outpatient care.  Residents, medical students and social work interns have constant access to faculty who have wide areas of expertise in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapies.  Our optional close-circuit television monitoring is a terrific aid for teaching, helping residents with problematic cases and delivering quality care.   

My particular interests have been in refractory mood disorders, rapid cycling bipolar disorder and adolescent bipolar disorder.  Over the years,  several residents have worked with me on adolescent bipolar studies as a part of their electives in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.

     

       Philippe Weintraub, MD
​I come from a family of psychiatrists and have thus long appreciated the importance of mental health and the prevention and effective treatment of psychiatric illness. I completed my residency training in general and child psychiatry here at Colorado in 1988 and have since then spent my career on the faculty engaged in varying combinations of teaching, supervision, clinical work, research, and administration. In recent years I have developed an interest and become certified in an area of psychiatry called psychosomatic medicine, which focuses on the interplay between psychological and physical factors in health and illness as well as on the development of effective systems of integrated medical care. Throughout my career I have, additionally, as both a clinician and researcher, studied the development of more effective treatments for adolescent depression, with an emphasis on examining the impact of family stress on drug response as well investigating the potential benefits of exercise. In the more than two decades that I have worked in the clinic, I have been impressed by its development into a service that provides excellent care with a wide array of treatment interventions to patients throughout the lifespan with all of the major psychiatric disorders. I also feel fortunate to have worked with so many talented colleagues and trainees, many of whom who have gone on to have outstanding careers and make important contributions to our field.

Joel Yager, MD 

         Joel Yager, MD 

 

I’ve been heavily involved in medical education since 1971, teaching and supervising residents and medical students at UC San Diego, UCLA and the University of New Mexico prior to moving to Denver in 2008. Clinically, both in teaching and in my own practice I’ve focused on general adult psychiatry, with particular emphases in treating patients with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders and personality disorders. In addition to psychopharmacology, I'm particularly interested in a variety of psychotherapies, including interpersonal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and couples and family therapies, as well as in social and cultural aspects of psychiatry.

At the University of Colorado Outpatient Clinic I’ve found an exciting, wide assortment of patients and clinical opportunities, and terrific trainees. The array of trainee talents and faculty supervisory experiences are formidable. The confidential closed-circuit television monitoring and taping capabilities are extensive and greatly enhance the faculty’s ability to teach and residents and medical students ability to learn. As a result, trainees and their patients benefit from an unsurpassed quality experience of both “eyes on” and “hands on” supervision of initial patient evaluations, medication treatments, and ongoing psychotherapies.