La Luna Center
Boulder
Malia Sperry, M.Ed., Psy.D. (Clinical Supervisor)
Dr. Malia Sperry is the founder of La Luna Center. She has both personal and professional experience with eating disorders. Her passion for supporting real and lasting recovery led her to create an intimate, holistic center with a dynamic team of clinicians providing excellent and cutting-edge treatment. Dr. Sperry is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado with extensive experience working with Eating Disorders. She has a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Master's Degree in Education, and a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies. Dr. Sperry integrates cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, dynamic, and experiential techniques into her work with individuals, groups, couples and families. Malia’s clients appreciate her expertise, humor and straightforward approach.
Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) Team

Emily McCort, M.D. (Psychiatrist)
Dr. McCort is a board-certified Psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Medical University and completed her Psychiatric training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Dr. McCort worked at CU as the Associate Director of Medical Student Education before leaving to work in the public sector. She was then the Lead Psychiatrist at University of Colorado's student health center for many years working with the student population. Dr. McCort's areas of specialization include eating disorders, sleep disorders, substance use and mental health disorders. Her patients appreciate her directness, warmth and extensive experience.

Holly Scanes, Ph.D. (Clinical Director)
Dr. Holly Scanes received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults with disordered eating and body image issues in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Holly’s approach is integrative, with an emphasis on strengths-based techniques.  She places great value on the importance of healthy and nurturing relationships and strongly believes in the healing power of both interpersonal and family-based interventions. Dr. Scanes utilizes a number of therapeutic approaches, including: Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Holly’s clients appreciate her genuine, kind and direct approach.

Lucia Bennett Leighton (Primary Therapist)
Lucia Bennett Leighton, MA, LPC, R-DMT is a licensed professional counselor and has a master’s degree from Naropa University’s Somatic Counseling Psychology program and has experience working with all eating disorder diagnoses in inpatient and outpatient settings. Lucia has a research background in somatic psychology and is the co-author and editor of the book, "Oppression in the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions". Lucia integrates a body-centered, creative, and social justice-oriented approach to therapy and clients appreciate her humor and warm, direct approach to the therapeutic process.

Laura Burt, M.A., LPCC (Group Therapist)
Laura earned her Master's in Professional Counseling as well as a BA in Cross-Cultural Studies.  She has specialized experience working with eating disorders and is trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  She also is trained in, and is passionate about alternative healing modalities including meditation, yoga, and somatic practices.  Laura believes in the power of blending ancient eastern practices with modern western therapies.  Laura has substantial experience leading diverse groups and working with a wide range of ages and populations.  Clients who work with Laura appreciate her non-judgmental approach, open-mindedness and ability to create a safe space in which they can connect more deeply with their own experience.
Amy Winkelman, M.A., LPC, RDN, CED-RD (Lead Nutrition Therapist)
Amy Winkelman has a Bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, Fitness, and Health and from Purdue University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian.  Amy has extensive experience with supporting clients with disordered eating in both inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Amy is fascinated by the role nutrition plays in providing health and energy to our bodies, and she also understands the emotional connections we make with eating. Her approach to nutrition is one of balance, applying therapies such as ACT and DBT to nutrition and eating. Amy enjoys connecting with clients and helping them work towards their goals related to food and living a fulfilling life. Clients appreciate her patience, kindness, and sense of humor.
Tina Lam, M.P.H., RDN (Nutrition Therapist)
Tina completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology at the University of Colorado and her Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Loma Linda University. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has experience working with diverse populations in various settings- from underserved communities of rural Honduras, Belize, and Brazil, to officers of the U.S. Special Operations Forces. Tina is passionate about the holistic approach to health and nutrition and values the power of food to heal the mind and body. She provides medical nutrition therapy specific to each individual, with intention to encourage interpersonal and extrapersonal balance and sustainability. Tina appreciates food cultures from all around the world and enjoys learning about her clients’ unique connections with food.

Valerie Saeteune, A.S (Program Coordinator)
Val was raised in Alaska and moved to Colorado in 2006 to start her college journey.  She completed an  Associate’s Degree in Medical Billing and Coding and then  began her career in the field of eating disorders. Val comes to La Luna Center with experience in multi-site operations management for large scale ED treatment centers.  She has served clients 10 years of age and older at all levels of care.  Val is committed to continuing her growth and pursuit of knowledge in the field of eating disorders and health care administration.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Team
Michelle L. Fields, M.A., LPC (Clinical Director)
Michelle Fields has a Master of Arts degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy from Naropa University/Boulder. She joined La Luna Center’s team as an intern and has been with us since. Michelle is experienced in working with disordered eating and body image issues in both group and individual therapy.  Michelle has background in mindfulness practices, meditation and yoga. Her approach to therapy is integrative and draws from contemplative, psychodynamic, and humanistic psychologies. Michelle’s clients appreciate her compassionate, grounded and open presence.

Sarah Hewes, Ph.D., LPC (Primary Therapist)
Dr. Sarah Hewes is a licensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of individuals with disordered eating. Dr. Hewes received her doctorate from the University of Miami and Masters from Northeastern University, both in Counseling Psychology. Before her move to Boulder she worked as Assistant Program Director at an eating disorder outpatient program serving adults with eating disorders and body image concerns. Sarah has worked in various therapeutic settings including eating disorder residential and outpatient programs, community clinics, and several colleges in Boston, Miami, Augusta, GA, and Hartford, CT. She has presented her research on eating disorders with a subfocus on athletes and perfectionism and has taught courses in theory and practice to graduate and undergraduate students. Her clients appreciate her blended, direct, and nurturing approach.

Monica Myers Jones, M.P.H., M.A., LPC (Primary Therapist)
Monica is an integrative/holistic therapist with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Regis University. Her approach to counseling draws on humanistic, contemplative, relational-cultural and depth psychologies. She works from a strengths-based, client-centered, and empowerment approach, often inviting self-exploration through art therapy, body-mind awareness, and mindfulness practices. Monica has extensive experience working with a variety of issues in both individual and group therapy settings and strongly believes in the healing power of supportive relationships. Clients appreciate her compassion, creativity, and wisdom.
Kate Josephson, M.A., LPC, RYT (Primary Therapist)
Kate Josephson has a Masters degree in Contemplative Counseling Psychotherapy from Naropa University in Boulder. She has studied mindfulness and body-based trauma healing modalities, specifically with the Somatic Trauma Institute in Boulder, where she focused on integrative and holistic ways of healing trauma, and with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, which specializes in body-based/mindfulness approaches to healing trauma. She has her 200-hour yoga teacher training from Kripalu Yoga Center, and has been studying/practicing meditation and mindfulness for decades. She also has two other Masters degrees in Law and TheaterKate's clients appreciate her warmth, wisdom, and passionate approach to the healing and renegotiating of the mind/body relationship.

Marla Guzzo, M.A., LPC, CHT, CNT (Nutrition Therapist)
Marla Konowitch is both a certified nutritionist therapist and a body centered psychotherapist.  She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Regis University, Denver.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and a Certified Hakomi Psychotherapist focusing on the mind, body, spirit connection. Marla’s passion with the psychological and biological aspects of nourishment led her to the Nutrition Therapy Institute where she completed her nutrition certification.  She has extensive experience working with disordered eating and body image issues in group, individual and family therapy settings. Clients appreciate Marla’s compassion, patience and wisdom.

Operations

William Crisco (Buisness Manager)
Bill has a BA in English. He has specialized training in business development, technology, human resources and insurance billing. Bill oversees non-clinical operations at La Luna Center. He is passionate about supporting eating disorder treatment and recovery from 'behind the scenes."

Julie Katz (Office Manager)
Julie was raised outside of Philadelphia where she successfully completed her associates in Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy. After working as a certified phlebotomy technician, she gained experience in management and leadership skills in the service industry. With that, she strives to keep the office a well-organized and efficient space. Interacting in-person and on the phone with all our clients, Julie handles scheduling, payments and paperwork. 
Hannah Kvidera, B.A. (Admissions)
Hannah has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Northern Colorado and is an advocate for those going through eating disorder treatment. She is passionate about organization, efficiency and creating a beautiful space. Hannah handles scheduling, payments, and paperwork and regularly interacts in-person and on the phone with all of our clients. 
Anna Coleman, B.A. (Accounting/Billing)
Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She is passionate about insurance billing and is a strong defender for all clients at La Luna. She regularly advocates on our clients behalf to help ensure Health Insurers pay their fair share of the cost of treatment. Anna handles all of La Luna's billing, and insurance issues and regularly interacts in-person and on the phone with many of our clients. She is the backbone of our accounting department and our clients appreciate her warmth, approachability, and assistance with all insurance matters.
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Malia Sperry, M.Ed., Psy.D. (Clinical Supervisor)
Dr. Malia Sperry is the founder of La Luna Center. She has both personal and professional experience with eating disorders. Her passion for supporting real and lasting recovery led her to create an intimate, holistic center with a dynamic team of clinicians providing excellent and cutting-edge treatment. Dr. Sperry is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado with extensive experience working with Eating Disorders. She has a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Master's Degree in Education, and a BA in Sociology and Women's Studies. Dr. Sperry integrates cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, dynamic, and experiential techniques into her work with individuals, groups, couples and families. Malia’s clients appreciate her expertise, humor and straightforward approach.
Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Team
Ainara Echanove, Psy.D. (Clinical Director)
Dr. Ainara Echanove is a licensed psychologist and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific University. As a bilingual and bicultural therapist, she provides services in both English and Spanish languages. She specializes in disordered eating and substance use/addiction treatment. Her approach to therapy is informed by social justice and cultural-relational perspectives. Dr. Echanove utilizes interpersonal, psychodynamic, spiritual, and experiential approaches to inform her clinical work. Her clients appreciate her humor, irreverence, warmth, and active approach to therapy.
Hannah Brass, RDN (Team Director & Nutrition Therapist)
Hannah Brass received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then went on to complete her post graduate work through Priority Nutrition Care Dietetic Internship in Boston, MA to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Hannah provides nutritional support to individuals in the recovery process and promotes an intuitive approach to eating and overall wellness. Hannah creates a collaborative and supportive environment, helping individuals find a balanced relationship with food and a lifestyle that works well for them. She views food as nourishment and fuel for the body. Hannah also enjoys cooking and tasting new foods. .
Kari Jansen, M.A., LCSW (Primary Therapist)
Kari received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, and Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver. Kari is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Colorado.  She has experience working with adolescents and adults with disordered eating and body image concerns in inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, transitional living, and outpatient settings.  She utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, as well as integrating Psychoanalytic approaches.  Kari values empathetic connection in the therapeutic relationship and emphasizes self compassion and hope in the journey toward recovery. Clients appreciate her warmth, straightforwardness, and authenticity. 

Rachael Coffren, M.A., LPC (Primary Therapist)
Rachael Coffen is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist in the state of Colorado.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University combining psychology and fine art into her studies. She completed her graduate work at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, receiving her Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy.  With over 11 years experience in various treatment settings, Rachael’s creative methodology utilizes a client-centered approach combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing and Art Therapy. Upon meeting Rachael, you will feel safe, secure and guided to make healthy life changes from a place of loving kindness. 

Julien Faure, M.S., LMFT (Primary Therapist)
Julien is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado and holds a Master of Science in Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Julien has extensive experience helping individuals, couples, and families and has provided counseling in a variety of settings including his own private practice. Julien’s approach to therapy is strength-based, client-centered and systemic.  As Julien’s client, you can expect a welcoming and collaborative environment where you will feel comfortable exploring the avenues to reach your goals. 

Kelly Elise Ulmer, Ed.S., LPC (Primary Therapist)
Kelly graduated with a master’s degree in counselor education and a specialist degree in mental health counseling from the University of Florida. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with their relationships to food, body, exercise, and self. Kelly approaches counseling holistically while bringing awareness to the diverse systems and cultural forces that impact her clients’ social context and wellbeing. Consequently, she takes a weight-inclusive approach to her work and acknowledges that health comes in all shapes and sizes. Her therapeutic approach is rooted in culturally sensitive treatment, compassion, mindfulness, and existential philosophy. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness-based treatment approaches into her practice. Her clients know her for her warmth, kindness, and playful sense of humor.

Laurel Carter, M.A., LPC (Primary Therapist)
Laurel Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Acudetox Specialist and Registered Yoga Teacher in the state of Colorado. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University where she placed emphasis on an integration of mindfulness, meditation and yoga in the therapeutic setting. Laurel has worked in community mental health with families and children, in the university setting with acutely suicidal and at-risk students and staff, as well as in private practice where she integrated the alternative modalities of sound therapy, acudetox and kundalini yoga + meditation. In the therapeutic space Laurel meets her client’s where they are, utilizing Mindful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion. Clients appreciate Laurel’s authentic communication, as well as her caring and genuine motivation for their health and healing.

Sam Hynes, M.A., LMFT (Primary Therapist)
Sam graduated with a master's degree in counselor education and a specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Florida. Sam is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Colorado.  She has experience working with adolescents, adults, couples and families with disordered eating and body image concerns, as well as substance use, gender identity and relational challenges, in settings ranging from outpatient to residential levels of care.  She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness and systemic approaches, that are centered around a strong therapeutic relationship that seeks to appreciate each individual client's uniqueness. Sam is known for her transparency, kindness and commitment to helping clients pursue their goals.

Operations  

William Crisco (Buisness Manager)
Bill has a BA in English. He has specialized training in business development, technology, human resources and insurance billing. Bill oversees non-clinical operations at La Luna Center. He is passionate about supporting eating disorder treatment and recovery from 'behind the scenes."

Allie Coldiron, BA (Office Manager)
Allie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from La Sierra University. She is passionate about organization, efficiency and creating a beautiful space. Allie handles scheduling, billing, and insurance issues and regularly interacts in-person and on the phone with all of our clients. She is the backbone of our center and our clients appreciate her warmth, approachability, and attention to detail.

Anna Coleman, B.A. (Accounting/Billing)
Anna has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from The University of Colorado at Boulder. She is passionate about insurance billing and is a strong defender for all clients at La Luna. She regularly advocates on our clients behalf to help ensure Health Insurers pay their fair share of the cost of treatment. Anna handles all of La Luna's billing, and insurance issues and regularly interacts in-person and on the phone with many of our clients. She is the backbone of our accounting department and our clients appreciate her warmth, approachability, and assistance with all insurance matters.



“Words can not describe the gratitude I have for La Luna. This process has been life changing for me. I especially want to thank my treatment team - without their compassion, confidence & love I think I would have thrown in the towel.  Thank you and I love you. .” – Monica (former client)
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