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Medical Director

Dr. Stacie Johns MD

Dr. Johns believes that mental health is just as important as physical health.She understands that people are complex beings, and therefore their health is complex. She is acutely aware of the enhanced difficulties brought on by multiple micro-trauma stressors, that are the result of a “First-Responder”, career. She values a close working relationship with her patients to create a safe and very confidential environment to assist them in making the best decision for their long term health goals. Dr. Johns has a passion for raising Guide Dogs for the Blind and has raised over 10 of them, usually has one around to greet the patients. Stacie is not your typical Doctor and you can see why Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors is excited to have created this Medical Advisor alliance with her and Associates in Family Medicine. Dr. Johns works out of the CSU Health Center Branch.

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Emergency Medical Control

Dr. Shelley Moore, MD

Dr. Shelley Moore grew up in Houston Texas. She attended and graduated medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Dr. Moore practiced Emergency Medicine for over 10 years in Austin, Texas prior to moving with her family to Colorado.

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ARMOR Physician

Dr. Lloyd Blackler, MD

Dr. Blackler works within the Associates and Family Medicine Practice.  Dr. Blackler is a FRTC 40 hour,  Peer Support Academy graduate and has a military background. First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to provide our NOCO system another truly Culturally Competent resource. ** More information about Lloyd to come ***

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Meet Robert, (Rob), Owens PMHNP-BC

Robert, (Rob), Owens PMHNP-BC

Rob began his career in healthcare started in Chicago where he completed his EMT training at Weiss Memorial Hospital before going to work on Chicago’s Southside for a Private Ambulance company while waiting for the next exam to open for the Chicago Fire Department. Unfortunately, at that time the next exam was five years off so, (lucky for NOCO First Responders), he opted to go back to school and become a Registered Nurse at Northern Kentucky University. After earning his RN license, he went to work on a Pediatric Mental Health Inpatient Unit for preteens with behavioral issues secondary to severe trauma. Disturbed by the over reliance on medications to treat mental health issues he returned to school at Eastern Kentucky University to become a Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to have a greater say in how those he serves are treated. Rob understands the sacrifice of a First Responder as he has been there and done that. He states that, “the First Response career requires you to be at your best when others are at their worst. The difficulty of spending all shift dealing with atrocities and then trying to leave them at the door when you get home. Of working nights, weekends, holidays; missing birthdays, children sports games, and anniversaries. Rob has made sure that getting assistance is not just another burden on the First Responder and their family by offering telehealth, weekend, and evening appointments; and can often get you in for an appointment within 24 hours. First Responder Trauma Counselors is proud to have Rob as one of our own additional vital links in FRTC’s armor of Culturally Competent Practitioners for NOCO.

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Meet Dr. Chris Miller DC

Dr. Chris Miller DC

Dr. Chris Miller is a 2000 Graduate from the Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctorate in Chiropractic, who has been in practice in since graduation. Since his graduation he had focused his practice on a deep seated care of others, and his Chiropractic represents that mission. He has been in practice in Wellington Colorado and he employs the practice model of small town, “personal Service” and that is why Dr. Miller is a favorite of many First Responders. His model is people over large practice models.   Dr. Miller’s goal is to assist his patients to succeed and enjoy a work-life balance without the discomfort of neck , back and hip issues that arise with the demands of work and stress that the first responders professions create. Just as much as the 911 workers are there for us in our time of need, Dr. Miller says he will be there for them by providing quick 911 treatments to get the responder quickly, safely and inexpensively back to their jobs of being there for the communities they serve. Dr. Chris knows that Chiropractic work, has its place in the health care continuum and knows when to advise that advanced medical interventions may be required. No appointments needed, (anytime they are needed), no contracts, no x-rays, no long term drawn out perpetual treatment plans, no insurance and no sticker shock. Just a small town Chiropractic practice with personal care on demand when you need and as required. . to reach Dr. Miller at Wellington Family Chiropractic, 4012 Cleveland Avenue #3 Wellington, CO 80549 970-481-2494 cmillerbdr@aol.com   First Responder Trauma Counselors is happy to add Dr. Miller as one of our valued Health Care professionals.

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Meet Tarah

Major Tarah Rupert USAR, MSN, APRN, FNP-C BC

Tarah has been deployed to hostile areas and disaster zones in both the Clinician role and also in the overhead operational capacities. As a Board Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she has honed her specialties in neurology, surgery, brain and nervous system, stroke, acquired brain injuries, migraines and pain control. This graduate from Texas A&M University, has expanded her studies in both the civilian and military educational systems, to include emergency room, inpatient hospital, mass causality, field pre hospital care and both rotary and fixed wing airborne medical evacuations and transports. Tarah, is the wife of a 20 year Retired Chief officer in the Fire Service. Between understanding the rigors of the balance of her own busy schedule in a medical Neuro/Surgical practice with a major hospital system, her Military career and her husband’s varied fire service schedules, Tarah understands the demands on both her professional and family life. This valuable member of FRTC’s Medical Care “911Overwatch” Team, provides our area first responders with another layer of “Culturally Competent”, health and safety, that FRTC looks to provide.  

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Meet Kimberley

Kimberley Benjamin L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.

In 1997 Kimberley received her BA in sociology with an emphasis in social work. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree 2008 from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. In 2008 Kimberley became certified as a diplomate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and she obtained her Colorado license to practice acupuncture in January 2009. Kimberley is currently the Past President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. She believes in not only helping the individual but staying involved and contributing to the AOM community-at-large. Kimberley, accepts most insurance programs in her practice, and is very excited to work with FRTC and our First Responders and their families.  

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Meet Tiffany

Tiffany Lipsey, M. Ed. ACSM

Tiffany is the Asst. Director of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory, Director of Heart Disease Prevention Program and Management of Teaching and Outreach Programs at Colorado State University, (CSU). The HDPP includes the First Responder Testing Programs and the Cardiac One Risk Evaluation (CORE). Her experience includes over 20 years in exercise physiology focusing on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment, prevention and treatment for CVD. She has been working with Colorado firefighters and emergency personnel for nearly 20 years and has been involved in physiological testing for over 2,000 of them. Projects include cardiovascular disease risk assessment, lifestyle modification, temperature regulation, cooling mechanisms using adjunct cooling tools, novel medical devices, noise exposure and performance. As an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses encompassing health, wellness, aging, chronic disease, electrocardiography and exercise testing and prescription. Prior to coming to Colorado State University, Ms. Lipsey was the Director of the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program for Towson University and Saint Joseph Medical Center and the Assistant Director of LIFEWORx Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She also taught courses in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. In addition, with over 7 years of experience in EMS at Western Albemarle Rescue Squad and Owings Mills Fire Department, Tiffany is another “Culturally Competent”, Clinician that FRTC is excited to have on our team.  

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