The Chanda Plan Foundation officially opened a new health center ushering in a completely new and innovative model of health care for people with long-term physical disabilities.
Services are delivered through contracted providers at the Chanda Center for Health. Historically, services provided by the Chanda Plan Foundation focused solely on integrative therapies. After years of providing these, the Chanda Plan Foundation identified additional needs for this population, including counseling, primary care, and care coordination. On April 10, 2017, the Chanda Plan Foundation opened the Chanda Center for Health. The expanded space creates additional capacity to deliver more services to new participants. The goal of the health center is to improve the quality of life for individuals with long-term physical disabilities by providing population-competent care through a team-based approach that reduces the cost of health care and decreases reoccurring health issues. The Chanda Center for Health offers:
Integrative Therapies: massage, acupuncture, yoga and chiropractic care, physical therapy.
Counseling Services: A behavioral health provider who is knowledgeable about physical disabilities offers on-site therapy to address depression, anxiety, stress, pain management, etc.
Care Coordination: A Care Coordinator ensures participants are receiving the services they need, both within the health center and beyond. The Care Coordinator meets with all participants to help them navigate complex institutions, enroll in programs, and access resources to enable individuals to regain independence in the community.
Community Building: The health center acts as a community center to connect participants in its multi-use space. A Community Tea Bar encourages relationship-building and collaboration among participants between appointments.
Training and Education: To improve provider knowledge regarding long-term physical disabilities and the quality of care provided, the Chanda Plan Foundation is developing a curriculum to educate health care professionals.
MEET OUR TEAM
Director of Operations
She graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences and a minor in Kinesiology. She also continued her education at Regis by recently completing her Master’s in Non-Profit Management. She has experience in both veterinary medicine as well as nutrition prior to joining the nonprofit industry, and wellness has always been a priority in both her personal and professional life. She previously started with the Chanda Plan Foundation back in 2013; however, she moved to Texas for a year in 2015. There she spent quality time with her family, and excelled in Resource Development for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She is excited to be joining the Chanda Plan Foundation once again as her heart never left the organization or Colorado.
Front Desk Officer
Mackenzie was referred to the Chanda Center for Health by Craig Hospital to personally receive services as a participant after moving to Colorado in 2017. She was injured in a head on collision at the age of 10 and sustained a spinal cord injury. She absolutely loved coming to the Center for her own personal care every week so she was very excited to join the team as a the Front Desk Officer when the opportunity presented itself. She enjoys meeting new people and assisting everyone who enters the Center.
Mackenzie has an Associate's degree in Interior Design, and she loves decorating and redecorating her apartment with her boyfriend. She also has three crazy adorable fur babies, her cats Daisy, Rose and Draco.
Programs and Accounts Manager
Hailey is the Programs and Accounts Manager and our in-house Notary Public. She graduated from Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business with a Bachelor of Arts in Materials and Logistics Management in 1993. Following years of bookkeeping and office management experience, she continued her education at Boulder College of Massage Therapy and became Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2004. Hailey has experience working with both non-profit associations and persons with disabilities having volunteered in various capacities with the American Massage Therapy Association as well as being married to a person with a spinal cord injury.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family (including four-legged members, Mr. Jones and Milo), seeing live music, camping, traveling, and volunteering.
She believes that some of the best methods for dealing with the symptoms of depression and/or anxiety are receiving massage, receiving acupuncture, connecting with people, and volunteering. Her philosophy is that every body deserves more healthy touch in their lives.
Behavioral Health Provider
Gary is a licensed clinical social worker and graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Master degree in Social Work. His forty- year career includes a variety of clinical and managerial positions working in both non-profit and for-profit settings. Clinically, he specializes in the mental health of children, adolescents and adults. He sees people on an individual, couple, family and group basis. His clients have presented with a diverse array of concerns that he has successfully helped them with.
Gary is married and has two grown children, and three grandchildren. He and his wife enjoy their time with family and friends, being outdoors, visiting Parks, camping, and relaxing on the back deck. Gary also enjoys playing guitar, exercising, and reading.
Behavioral Health Provider
Vanessa is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a Bachelor of Arts dual major degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master of Arts degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Her career includes work in private practice in the SF Bay Area and Denver with adults and couples of all configurations on issues related to complex and shock trauma, addiction, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, intimacy and communication issues. Her approach to supporting clients is experiential as she is a proponent of the body, mind, spirit connection and incorporates mindfulness and meditation skills in her sessions. She also serves as an Instructor and Supervisor to graduate interns at local universities. Vanessa is a 20+ year dedicated yogini and meditator and in her free time gets joy out of hand building pottery and exploring all things unique to Colorado.
As a parent of three grown children, the oldest of whom has autism, is the catalyst for her career in care coordination. Anne has had numerous roles in the disability community over the past 30 years. She has been the Treasurer and a board member at Advocacy Denver, the Care Coordination Manager for a start-up non-profit for adults with disabilities, and the Finance and Operations Manager for Family Voices Colorado, a non-profit providing resources to families of children with special health care needs. Additionally, Anne has supported her oldest son in starting his own business, while most recently forming a Medicaid approved home and community based service agency, providing services for her son under a unique model of support crafted to better meet his needs in living the life of his choosing. Integrative therapies have been a relevant and important tool for all members of Anne’s family, and she is excited to bring her expertise and passion to the Chanda Center for Health.
Her years of experience supporting individuals navigate challenges throughout life started as early as her Bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in psychology. She later obtained her Masters in Clinical Counseling with an Emphasis in Couples and Families and Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. As a Clinical Care Manager with both the Outpatient Services and Research Departments at Craig Hospital, Nicole has a deep understanding of the challenges that can occur with medical complications and the resources available to ease them. Prior to her education achievements and work with Craig Hospital, she became a Craig SCI Alumnus. She loves helping others, and in her free time enjoys traveling and is a frequent visitor at Red Rocks Concerts.
FREE CLASSES FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Wheelchair repair clinic
Offered by NuMotion
at the Chanda Center for Health
3rd Thursdays of the Month
10:00am - 1:00pm
Next Clinic Dates:
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Thursday, August 15, 2019
*Class size is limited* Must RSVP with Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org no more than 2 weeks in advance
Every other Monday 1:00pm - 2:30pm and every other Friday 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fridays 10:30am - 12:00pm: June 14th & 28th
Mondays: 1:00pm - 2:30pm: June 17th & July 1st
Nourishing the nervous system:
next date: June 23rd 10:00am
Nourishing the Nervous System is a monthly class that focuses on identifying specific nutrients that are necessary for healthy central and peripheral nervous system anatomy and physiology. The nutrients discussed each month are known to play a crucial role in repairing damage to the nervous system as well as initiating and sustaining appropriate functioning of the nervous system. The goal of these classes are to identify these specific nutrients and which foods contain the highest levels of these nutrients, followed by discussion of how to easily incorporate these foods into your already existing diet.
Previous classes available for viewing on Facebook
Everyone within our program is welcome to use free of charge. Helps promote blood/lymph flow/nerve stimulation
In the Yoga Room(do not use in a standing position).
If you are not enrolled in our program, the Vibe Plate can be used for the cost of $5 per 15 minutes.
At the Chanda Center for Health, we provide multiple modalities to help treat you holistically. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of your body, our approach considers the whole person and how you interact with your environment. Learn more by clicking one of the links below.
Reiki, an energy healing modality, was offered at the Chanda Center for Health from October 2017 through June 2019. Senior students at ReikiColorado performed hundreds of Reiki healing sessions for participants at the Center, documented outcomes and gained practicum experience.
To learn more about what Reiki can do for you, and to find a qualified Reiki healer visit the ReikiColorado website.