INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Pediatric Partners, with the assistance of Rocky Mountain Health Plans, has started an Integrated Behavioral Health program within our office. We have 3 Behavioral Health providers who are present in the office Monday-Friday. They will be able to provide targeted intervention for common behavioral and developmental challenges such as potty training, tantrums, or bedtime; they can help with management of chronic medical conditions, including adherence to treatment; assist with parental transitions (post-partum depression, returning to work, divorce); and they will serve in a critical manner to help with the interface of school and community mental health programs with the medical home.
Specializing in Support and Community Referrals
• Potty Training
• Academic Challenges
• Developmental Delay
• Sleep Concerns
• Post-Partum Adjustment and Depression
Family Advocates at Pediatric Partners serve many roles for families, including helping to schedule follow-up appointments, helping families navigate our patient portal, processing referral and prior authorizations with insurance, and helping families prepare for appointments that are more complex.
LeAnn R. Shaw, MA LMFT
LeAnn is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has been in practice since 2006. She obtained her degree from Southern Nazarene University in Tulsa Ok and worked on a mobile crisis unit called COPES for four years that is nationally recognized as cutting edge therapy intervention services. She has spent over 10 years doing crisis work where she would work with first responders to help de-escalate people facing mental health emergencies and help them create a stabilization plan or hospitalization as needed. She is certified in Crisis Debriefing (CISM) and volunteers for the Interface CISM team serving the first responders of LaPlata County for the past four years. She is certified in QPR which is a nationally certified suicide prevention program for youth and adults all over the four corners. She Is certified in EMDR and CBT therapy practices. As a Behavior Health Consultant she uses her extensive knowledge of community resources, developmental and mental health programs to help support families and patients.
Sean is a bi-decennial quasi-native of Durango who brought his 18 years of behavioral health experience to Pediatric Partners in August of 2019. He had previously worked as an adolescent therapist in school and residential settings for most of his career. Outside of work, Sean winnows away the hours staring at maps, until an opportunity arises to go bear witness to those maps, IRL. In these scenarios, he will generally take a boat or a bike to explore said places and sleep in a tent while there. Often, he will be accompanied by friends and family on these excursions, as Sean also has a passion for keeping good company. Speaking of which, his wife, non-profit diva Ashley and sons Bergen and Soren do keep him engrossed in rec league soccer, knowledge bowl (league champs!!) and whatever’s happening on YouTube. For 16 (hopefully more!!) Sundays each year, Sean’s blood runs orange and he can be found near a television or listening intently to a radio as Dave Logan calls the game for the Denver Broncos, something Sean has inexplicably continued to do for nearly four decades. Lastly, and most importantly, Sean maintains an ever-present sense of humor in an effort to make every part of his life the good part!
Shayla Walker, MSW
Shayla was born and raised right here in Durango. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors in Psychology. She then worked through the University of Denver GSSW Four Corners program and graduated with her MSW. While going through school, Shayla coached Gymnastics and was able to build strong relationships with many of the families in and around Durango. Shayla is now on the path to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Shayla has a passion for helping and empowering children through their struggles and uncertainties, in order to help them grow and become resilient. Her therapeutic styles are strengths based, CBT, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques. Outside of the office you can find Shayla riding horses, training dogs and enjoying time at the lake.
Alejandra Hernandez-Lozano, Family Advocate
Alejandra was raised in Durango, after graduating High School she moved to Arizona to pursue her undergraduate career. She attended Northern Arizona University, obtaining her bachelors in Public Health. She has a great passion for helping improve the well-being and researching health conditions within communities. Shortly after moving back from NAU she became a part of the PPSW team as a Family Advocate, including the Durango High School School Based Health Clinic. Alejandra loves the work she is doing, and enjoys giving back to the community she grew up in. Alejandra hopes to enhance her knowledge and skills in Public Health, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health Program with Grand Canyon University. Alejandra enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Mikinzi Stiedle, Family Advocate
Mikinzi was raised in Austin, TX and after graduating High School in 2014 she attended the University of North Texas, obtaining her bachelor’s in International Business and Cultural & Social Anthropology. She moved to Durango during her last semester of school and joined the PPSW team in February of 2020 as a Family Advocate and Medical Records/Referrals specialist. When Mikinzi is not working she enjoys hiking with her boyfriend and their two dogs, watching comedy stand-ups and movies, and spending time with her family. Mikinzi loves all human beings but enjoys working with kids the most.
Amber Richardson, Family Advocate
Amber was born in San Antonio Texas, and moved to Colorado in her middle school years. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Psychology degree and has always enjoyed working with children. She met her husband here in Durango and now has a son and a teenage foster daughter who she met through Pediatric Partners. She shares her love for children by working here at PPSW as one of our Family Advocates and in Medical Records/Referrals. When Amber isn’t working she enjoys going to the lake with her family, snowmobiling and watching football (GO Steelers!).
Amber provides patient and family care supports, pre-authorizations and referral processing for specialty services. Amber provides care coordination and support's families tele-medicine access.
Mandy Temple, Family Advocate
Mandy was born and raised in Monument, CO and moved to Durango just after high school to attend Fort Lewis College. She received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, then moved back to Durango and began working with toddlers. While teaching and caring for young children at the pre-school, Mandy became very interested in early childhood development. She is now excited about her role as one of our Family Advocates where she can help children of all ages and their families. In her free time, Mandy enjoys spending time with her husband fly fishing, hiking, paddle boarding, camping and snowboarding.
Mandy will be primarily located at the Durango High School School Based Health Clinic beginning July 2019.
Tiffany Rymerson, Family Advocate
Tiffany is a fifth-generation, born and raised, Durango native. She grew up playing sports, being an active member of a 4H club, hunting, and fishing. Tiffany is currently pursuing her degree in Legal Support and Services from Purdue University Global with the goal of being a paralegal when she graduates. Tiffany has worked in retail, daycare, student teaching, and customer service since graduating from Durango High School in 2012. Using her passion for helping other, she has joined the team at PPSW as a Front Desk Associate and a Family Advocate. She uses her love for children and community to help families with scheduling, coordinating care and supporting others. In her spare time, you will find Tiffany hiking, rafting, camping with her husband, watching crime shows or obsessing over otters!
Sarah Vogel, Family Advocate
Sarah was raised in Montrose and moved to Durango in 2000. She is a licensed cosmetologist and loves to do sparkly stuff on her nails. She has been in the administrative field for the last 20 years. Sarah has a daughter who lives in Denver and a son at home. Her hobbies are sewing, quilting, camping, hiking, target shooting, and pretty much anything that involves her family. Sarah loves kids and enjoys working with them here at PPSW as a Family Advocate.