Child Neurology Residents
Our residents are our program’s best feature! Although diverse in background and experience, they share a passion for continued improvement in patient care. Friendly and highly engaged in their learning experience, our residents create a very nurturing and trusting environment which fosters continued development.
As a categorical program, residents entering the program will complete the first two years in Pediatrics, followed by a third year rotation in Adult Neurology, and then the final two years in Child Neurology. Please see the Training & Curriculum tab for additional information on program specifics.
Led by our Director Dr. Timothy Bernard, our residents are heavily involved in providing input and shaping the development of the program. Our program currently accepts 3 residents per year and has a current total of 9 residents (PGY3-PGY5) in the program.
PGY5 (3rd year Child Neurology Residents)
Elizabeth Halperin, MD
I was born in the Bronx, New York. I grew up in a small town just outside of New Haven, CT as one of four kids. I went to college at Tufts University in Medford, MA and then spent a few years living and working in Boston before I decided that I wanted to go to medical school. I went to medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. I chose the University of Colorado for residency because of the quality of patient care, presence of a large children’s hospital with broad clinical exposure, and of course proximity to the mountains! I’m focusing my research endeavors on Spinal Muscular Atrophy. When I have a chance to get out of the hospital I basically enjoy anything outdoors. I learned how to ski as soon as I started standing on my own and I’m spoiled by all of the mountains nearby. I also like waterskiing in the summer! Most days off I spend hiking, camping, or obsessing over my dog. I also enjoy doing as much traveling as I can all over the world. In August 2016 I got married in the best place imaginable, the mountains.
Timothy Luebbert, MD
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. I earned my BS is Science Pre-professional Studies/Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. I returned to Colorado to complete medical school. I chose to remain at CU for residency because of the encouraging, talented faculty, the exposure to common and uncommon neurologic disorders, research possibilities, the excellent pediatrics training, the emphasis on training autonomous and confident residents, and for the vision of the neurology administration. My research is currently in neurogenetics, specifically ATP1A3, channelopathies, genetic causes of intellectual disability, chromothripsis. I love to decompress with my wife, three children, and two dogs. We enjoy the outdoors and I can’t wait to teach my children how to fly fish. Hopefully the Colorado Avalanche will be in the playoffs by then.
Lauren Treat, MD
I grew up in Littleton, Colorado before moving to the Pacific Northwest for several years. I attended The University of Puget Sound where I earned my BA in Psychology, with minors in Chemistry and French. I lived in Portland, OR for a while before moving to Minnesota to attend medical school at the world-famous Mayo Clinic. I was thrilled to move back to Colorado for residency to be near family and to train in a supportive, engaging and talented child neurology community. I’m currently exploring neuro-palliative care as a career interest and working to provide more holistic and anticipatory care to medically-complex patients and their families. During my down time, I enjoy live music and being in, on, or near the water with my husband and three beautiful children.
PGY4 (2nd year Child Neurology Residents)
Austin Baltensperger, MD
I was born in
Colorado, but moved at a young age out to Texas where I spent considerable time
including my undergraduate studies at Baylor University, medical school at
Texas A&M, and pediatrics residency in San Antonio as an active duty member
of the United States Air Force. I was fortunate enough to be granted by
the military a civilian-sponsored training opportunity in child
neurology, and my family and I happily returned to Colorado to pursue this
next stage of our adventure. When I am not thinking about seizures and neuroanatomy,
or even when I am, I love getting outdoors to enjoy anything and
everything this beautiful state has to offer.
Alicia Henriquez, MD
I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and
moved to the U.S when I was 15 years old.
I studied microbiology and molecular biology at the University of Central
Florida in Orlando, and studied medicine at Temple University in
Philadelphia. I met my husband in medical school and we both moved to Colorado
for residency right after we got married. I chose CU for residency because of
the exposure to multiple sub-specialties, a diverse patient population,
supportive environment, and location. I am interested and very involved
in Global Health and I am pursuing a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine. I
have two dogs that love the mountains as much as my husband and I do. I love to
be outside, hike, travel, dance, and recently started climbing.
Gary Morris, MD
Elizabeth Tolar, MD
I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and spent my
undergraduate and medical school years in Texas. I chose to come to CU for
Child Neurology training due to the supportive atmosphere of the department,
large catchment area for the hospital, and exposure to many subspecialties
within Neurology. Since moving here, I have fallen in love with Colorado! My
husband and I enjoy spending our time in the mountains – hiking, skiing, and
exploring mountain towns. In Denver, we enjoy exploring the booming scene of
hip restaurants and craft breweries!
PGY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)GY3 (1st year Child Neurology Residents)
Dylan Brock, MD
Ryan Kammeyer, MD
Laurel McGarry, MD
PGY2 (2nd year Pediatrics Residents)
Matthew Hiller, MD
Julie Nelson, MD
Elizabeth Woodlizabeth Wood, MD
PGY1 (1st year Pediatrics Residents)
Elizabeth Ackley, MD
Danyelle Evans, MD
Tiffany Pointon, MD
Residents graduating from our program enjoy continued success in a variety of different areas, which include academic positions, continued educational advancement, and neurology practice. Child Neurology graduates are in high demand both in Colorado and around the country.
The following is a list of recent post-residency positions:
- Washington University, MO: NeuroMuscular Fellow
- Private Practice, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
- Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN: Pediatric Epilepsy Fellow
- Ann & Rober H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL: Pediatric Neurocritical Care Fellow
- Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul, MN: Pediatric Neurologist
- Billings Clinic, Billings, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
- University of Colorado Denver - Faculty
- Kaiser Permanente , Los Angeles, CA: Faculty
- University of Wisconsin-Madison – Faculty
- University of Washington, Seattle – Faculty
- St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID: Staff Physician
- Oregon Health & Sciences University: Faculty
- The Children’s Hospital Southwest, Fort Meyers, FL: General Pediatric Neurologist
- Helen Devos Children’s Hospital: Faculty
- Cook Children’s Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX: Child Neurologist, Epileptologist
- Dean Health Systems, Madison, WI: Pediatric Neurologist
- St. Judes, TN: Neuro Oncology Fellow
- Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Kalispell, MT: Pediatric Neurologist
- Providence Alaska Medical Center: Pediatric Neurologist