DAWN Workgroups

Complete Care Division

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Dental volunteers serve every Tuesday in the primary care clinic. Volunteers will screen patients for cancer and perform intra oral and head and neck exams to determine the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. After collaborating with the attending doctor the volunteers will then provide education and the appropriate referral that best suites each patient.
Dental workgroup leaders serve as the liaison between the volunteers, dental preceptors, Dental Lifeline, and the DAWN clinic. They insure that there are volunteers scheduled for each night and that patients are referred to and followed up upon after each appointment. Workgroup leaders will recruit other dental professionals to become preceptors and actively search for new resources, supplies, and equipment to better serve DAWN patients. They also collaborate with other dental students and the different health professions within the DAWN clinic to help provide opportunities to expand DAWN and foster future relationships.
Stormi Okerman has volunteered with DAWN since November 2015, starting first in Care Coordination and is now a Dental Workgroup Leader. She is from Miles City, Montana and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience. She moved to Colorado to attend dental school and has enjoyed all of the outdoor activites Colorado has to offer. Stormi has always felt an obligation to help serve medically underserved communities and is committed to helping the Dental Workgroup grow and expand to help better fufill the dental needs of the Aurora community.
Nick Winter originates from Arvada, Colorado and will be graduating dental school in 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in business administration and is passionate about anything and everything outdoors.
MD/PA volunteers serve as student providers in the weekly primary care clinic on Tuesdays. Volunteers collaborate interprofessionally to treat patients with acute medical concern or chronic diseases. Tasks include taking patient histories and performing physical exams, discussing case and developing plan with attending, providing preventative health education, writing patient notes into EMR system, and coordinating patients’ care plan.
Kelly Antolic is from Portland, Oregon. She received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Western Washington University and worked as a scribe in ophthalmology prior to attending PA school.
Derek George is a first-year medical student and Colorado native from Denver. He recieved his undergraduate degrees in Biology and German from Colorado State University and stayed at CSU to earn a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences in 2016. He first started with DAWN in 2016, where he took on the role of Health Education workgroup co-leader. He has since joined the MD/PA workgroup leadership, aiming to bolster the workgroup’s health education strategies.
Alex Nguyen, originally from Southern California, is a 1st year medical student and recent graduate from UC San Diego in Human Biology. Prior to CU SOM, he worked for 4 years as a researcher at UCSD SOM and served on 6 medical missions abroad with Project Vietnam Foundation. Nguyen joined DAWN in November 2016 because he believes the best way immerse himself in the Aurora community is to help those with the greatest needs. He hopes to improve the clinic’s medical services in his dual role as the Medical Subspecialties leader and a MD/PA leader.
Taryn Fliney is a second year student at CU College of Nursing . She graduated with honors from University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Public Health. She is an Undergraduate Pre-Health Program Scholar, as well as a Denver Bound Scholar and an alumni of the University Honors and Leadership Program. She is currently a Behavioral Health Tech at Denver Health on the inpatient adult psych unit, and a Nursing Student Tech at Presbyterian St. Luke. Taryn joined DAWN in 2017, and is excited to work on expanding the Reproductive Health Team, and beginning to offer services right at the clinic.
Sarah Mandel is a second year student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She is a Colorado native and currently works as a patient care associate at Boulder Community Health on the oncology/urology floor. Sarah has always been passionate about improving access to quality healthcare and that’s why she is excited to enhance the reproductive health services at DAWN clinic.
Workgroup Leaders on the PT side manage all of the PT workgroups and serve as a liaison between PT and PCP/Tuesday nights. Clinic Directors are responsible for managing the PT night managers, student volunteers, and quality improvement for PT nights.
I am a 2nd year physical therapy student from Reno, Nevada, where I recieved my undergraduate at UNR in Neuroscience.  I pursued physical therapy  because I believe this field is truly committed to bettering patients on a wholistic level, and the importance of function and how movement improves quality of life aligns seamlessly with my personal values.  Volunteering at DAWN has opened my eyes to how much of an impact we as students can have on the underserved population.  I am a Clinic Director for Physical Therapy Nights, and serve to aid in the efficiency of transitioning new PT students into the DAWN workforce and training them to be managers and providers.  I am also a contact to anyone on PT night if problems occur or questions arise.  Along with that I am always eager and open to talk about anything DAWN related.
I am a physical therapy student in my 3rd year. I moved to Aurora from rural Montana with a passion for providing healthcare to the underserved. I became addicted to volunteering at DAWN and took the position of PT Workgroup Leader. This position entails managing all of the other PT workgroups (liability, scheduling, preceptor recruitment, ect) which help run PT nights on Wednesdays. I am happy to answer any questions related to physical therapy services provided at DAWN at mitchell.todd@ucdenver.edu.
I am a 3rd year physical therapy student from Seattle, WA with passion for providing patient-centered, functional care. I began volunteering at DAWN during my first year and the more I have learned DAWN and its mission, the more I wanted to get involved and assist in this amazing clinic. I am now co-director of the physical therapy clinic, which means I am in charge of training and coordining PT managers and providers and communicating with workgroup leaders and care coordination if any problems arrise on Wednesdays. Feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns: molly.quinn-shea@ucdenver.edu
I am a 2nd year physical therapy student from southern CA and am interested in improving access to healthcare services. I received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Geography at UCLA before realizing my true passion lies in helping others regain function through improving mobility. I began as a provider and PT night manager at DAWN and found myself craving to do more.  Currently I serve as a PT Clinic Director which involves coordinating PT nights on Wednesdays as well as communicating with workgroup leaders and care coordination any issues/concerns that may arise on Wednesday nights. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, ideas, or just to say hi at corey.rovzar@ucdenver.edu
MD/PA/Nursing volunteers work under DAWN’s network of subspecialist providers seeing patients during the monthly specialty care clinic. Subspecialty workgroups provide exams, consultations, testing, and support to patients with related acute concerns or chronic diseases.
Alex Nguyen, originally from Southern California, is a 1st year medical student and recent graduate from UC San Diego in Human Biology. Prior to CU SOM, he worked for 4 years as a researcher at UCSD SOM and served on 6 medical missions abroad with Project Vietnam Foundation. Nguyen joined DAWN in November 2016 because he believes the best way immerse himself in the Aurora community is to help those with the greatest needs. He hopes to improve the clinic’s medical services in his dual role as the Medical Subspecialties leader and a MD/PA leader.
Clarinda Hougen is a member of the CU MD class of 2020 from Littleton, Colorado and manager of DAWN dermatology. She graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with degrees in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Psychology/Neuroscience before continuing on to earn a Master’s degree in Physiology at Loyola University Chicago. Prior to medical school, Clarinda served in a variety of community health settings, including at a homeless shelter free clinic in the west suburbs of Chicago, in a rural Nicaraguan town, and most recently as a member of Community HealthCorps Transitions of Care team at Salud Family Health Centers in Longmont; she is enjoying applying her past and present experiences to improving the health of the Aurora community.
Gretchen is beginning her second and final year of nursing school at CU Anschutz. Gretchen is a Colorado native and has a prior Bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Spanish. Gretchen is currently working as an Advanced Care partner at UCH on the Medical Health Services Unit. Gretchen became interested in public health when she studied abroad in Panama, and lived in multiple rural communities with very limited access to health care. Gretchen has been an active member of the nursing work group since November 2016. While she continues to volunteer with the nursing work group she is also very excited to take on a leadership role at DAWN with the ophthalmology team
Amanda is about to be a second year nursing student at CU graduating in May of 2018. Born and raised in Chicago, IL Amanda received her first Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dual degree in Sociology and Gender & Womyn’s Studies. Amanda has worked as a EMT and CNA for the last couple years and is currently an Advanced Care Partner on UCH’s Burn Unit. With one of her focuses being in community health Amanda started working with DAWN in November of 2017 and is looking forward to helping DAWN grow and being able to reach and treat more patients.
Lauren Walden is a third year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Before medical school, she studied biological engineering at Cornell University. After college, she worked in brain imaging and psychiatric research in New York. Now, she loves learning as much as possible in medical school and helping out with the DAWN clinic psychiatry specialty workgroup.
Taylor Davis is from South Florida and is currently a first year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Health Disparities in Society. Prior to medical school, she volunteered in a variety of settings including the Mobile Outreach Clinic, which was a bus that delivered healthcare to underserved communities. Lastly, she hopes to be able to help expand the services that DAWN provides to benefit the Aurora community.
Josten Overall is a first year medical student, hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Josten graduated from the University of California, Davis is 2016 with a degree in Neurobiology Physiology & Behavior. Before coming to Colorado, Josten helped families access resources aimed at alleviating the burden of their social determinants of health, through her role as a health advocate at an FQHC in Sacramento, CA. Aligned with her passion for pediatrics, Josten served as a recreational leader for three years at Discover Day Camp, in her hometown of Union City. She looks forward to connecting with the Aurora community as co-leader of the Pulmonology and Pediatric Care workgroups at DAWN.

Patient Coordination Division

The role of the Care Coordination workgroup at the DAWN Clinic is paramount as we ensure that patients understand the next steps in their care, receive follow-up care, and are able to connect with the appropriate referrals. As patients’ first point of contact with the DAWN Clinic, Care Coordinators also check-in with patients about follow-up screening tests and appointments. A large part of our services involve connecting patients to housing, food, employment, insurance, tobacco cessation, alcohol cessation, etc. services in the community. By ensuring efficient acquisition and sharing of patient records, our workgroup establishes partnerships and referral systems with local community organizations.
Diabetes Education works to support Type 2 Diabetics, identified within the Aurora patient population, through education regarding nutrition, exercise, and medications outside of Clinic nights. We work closely with groups within the community to identify high risk pre-diabetic groups, working closely with ADA in providing access to Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) and free exercise courses.
The Reproductive Health Workgroups aims to provide the Aurora population with resources regarding Contraception, Family Planning Services, and OBGYN Specialty services through contacts and organizations already available within the community. We are beginning research to show patients’ needs for these services at DAWN, and hope to expand the role of the team by using this research to write grants for supplies and birth control.
Taryn Fliney is a second year student at CU College of Nursing. She graduated with honors from University of Colorado Denver with a degree in Public Health. She is an Undergraduate Pre-Health Program Scholar, as well as a Denver Bound Scholar and an alumni of the University Honors and Leadership Program. She is currently a Behavioral Health Tech at Denver Health on the inpatient adult psych unit, and a Nursing Student Tech at Presbyterian St. Luke. Taryn joined DAWN in 2017, and is excited to work on expanding the Reproductive Health Team, and beginning to offer services right at the clinic.
Sarah Mandel is a second year student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She is a Colorado native and currently works as a patient care associate at Boulder Community Health on the oncology/urology floor. Sarah has always been passionate about improving access to quality healthcare and that’s why she is excited to enhance the reproductive health services at DAWN clinic.
Scheduling has two important roles:  1) Managing the master schedule for each clinic night, and 2) Onboarding and welcoming all new volunteers. All individual workgroup schedules go through Scheduling so that  volunteers who attend clinic can be coordinated for shifts at DAWN. All new volunteers are welcomed and oriented initially through Scheduling as well, including community members, working professionals, and students. They recieve their volunteer paperwork/immunization forms and are guided through choosing workgroups.
Dai-An is a survivor of the MD program who likes horror movies, slow-moving animals, and making gym jokes. She drinks too much coffee. Her main areas of interest in medicine are psychiatry and primary care.

Quality and Safety Division

Matthew Applegate is a medical student and will graduate in 2018. Prior to starting shool, he was a research coordinator at Denver Health in the Neurology division coordinating stroke and epilepsy clinical trials. Matt’s hobbies include computer building / rebuilding and web development. Matt joined the HIT workgroup and the DAWN Clinic in January 2015.
Responsible for administering Practice Fusion, DAWN Phone and Fax services, the dawnclinic.org website and email systems, and other technical issues for the clinic.
Matthew Applegate is a medical student and will graduate in 2018. Prior to starting shool, he was a research coordinator at Denver Health in the Neurology division coordinating stroke and epilepsy clinical trials. Matt’s hobbies include computer building / rebuilding and web development. Matt joined the HIT workgroup and the DAWN Clinic in January 2015.
Tong Young Huang is a pharmacy student expected to graduate in 2018. His origins begin in Corona, California, studied at The University of Hong Kong, and graduated from University of California, Merced with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Biology. His interests in pharmacy and technology brought him to the Health Information Technology team. He hopes to be the clinician that bridges pharmaceutical knowledge between patients and physicians. Also, he hopes to assist in the technology that binds the organization together.
Conduct research studies evaluating DAWN’s care and impact on patients and volunteers. Oversee all research projects within DAWN via the DAWN IRB. Provide consulting support to other workgroups on their projects.
Rima Baliga is a 3rd year medical student. She is from Colorado Springs, received a biochemical engineering degree from Colorado School of Mines, and enjoys knitting in her free time.

Tuong Phan is a 4th year medical student from Milpitas, California who is pursing Medicine/Pediatrics. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. degree with Honors in Biology and worked as a lab manager before attending medical school. In his free time, he loves to eat and travel, with the goal of completing an alphabetical list of traveled countries before he grows old and frail.

Procurement Division

I am a pharmacy student graduating in the class of 2019. As Medication Access co-leader, my goal is to increase our patients’ access to medications, improve patients’ understanding of medications, and increase student’s opportunities to learn about and counsel on medications.
Sanjana Rao is originally from India, but grew up in Portland, Oregon. She has been an active participant at the DAWN Clinic since 2015 serving as a volunteer, manager and workgroup co-leader. Her goal is to increase access to medications to the underserved population, while supporting the growth and development of future health care professionals.