Lavinia Ambrose, RN, CLNC is a certified legal nurse consultant. As a nurse for more than 10 years, she has experience in a variety of nursing specialties including surgical, medical-surgical, emergency, pain management, endoscopy, and post-anesthesia recovery. She has also worked in quality management for managed care. Ms. Ambrose has managed multidisciplinary teams performing medical record reviews on a national level. She has managed a primary care physician credentialing site visit department for a quality management organization. As an independent legal nurse consultant, she provides services such as medical record analysis and research to attorneys handling personal injury, toxic tort, and product liability litigation. She is a member of the National Alliance of Legal Nurse Consultants and the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
Catherine G. Boon, MD is a board certified pediatrician who has been providing individualized primary care for pediatric patients since 1998. She obtained her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed her residency training at the University of Florida. She is interested in preventive care, helping children and families understand how to maintain and regain their health, and researching evidence-based treatments for complex pediatric conditions.
Dennis P. Cirillo, MD is a distinguished and highly respected healthcare professional, author and guest lecturer with more than 30 years of medical, administrative and teaching experience. He did his undergraduate work at New York University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. He attended medical school at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, after which he entered a combined General Surgery/Open Heart and Chest Surgery program. After this, he completed a Plastic Surgery residency and a Hand Surgery fellowship. Dr. Cirillo served as Chief of Plastic Surgery for 12 years at Lutheran Medical Center, a 500 bed hospital in New York, and was an Attending at the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, among other institutions. In New York, he helped establish the first free-standing ambulatory surgical center in Manhattan.
Dr. Cirillo has published numerous articles plus two books in his field: New Choices: The Latest Options in Treating Breast Cancer and The Complete Book of Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Throughout his career, he has been invited to lecture at professional meetings across the country and has been interviewed as an authority in many national and regional publications, ranging from Forbes Magazine to Vogue Magazine. He has also been a featured guest several times on the Regis Philbin Show and the Dr. Ruth Show in New York City. He has appeared on the Today Show and on multiple regional television and radio programs throughout the country.
In 1993, he and his wife moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he founded the Aspen Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and served as Chief of the Medical Staff at Aspen Valley Hospital. He has served on the Boards of the Given Biomedical Institute of the University of Colorado and the Susan B. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer, among others. In Aspen, he is a regular contributor to the television program, Medicine in the Mountains.
Dr. Cirillo has dedicated much of his medical career to governance issues at various hospitals and professional organizations and served on many committees, including By-Laws, Medical Records, Utilization and Accreditation and Public Education. Through his hospital leadership positions and the daily management of a successful medical practice, Dr. Cirillo has stayed current with the interface between technology and medicine and is conversant with the administrative challenges facing medical practices today. In 2010, he completed a major study on the use of Electronic Medical Records in Aspen and is presently engaged in helping physicians comply with the national mandate to digitize medical records and meet meaningful use by 2014.
Special patient services and destination medicine have always been a central focus in Dr. Cirillo’s medical practice. In Aspen, a crossroads for patients from all over the country and the world, the destination model flourished and he recognized the need for greater connectivity in caring for an exceedingly mobile population.
Donn Hayes, L.Ac. was one of the earliest acupuncturists in the State of Colorado, and was instrumental in the establishment of the current Acupuncture law and the Formation of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. Donn was trained in acupuncture and herbal medicine in Taiwan and Vancouver B.C. in a traditional apprenticeship style, and as a result is a staunch advocate of Classical Chinese Medicine. Donn believes that this Classical style acts as an effective compliment to Western medical approaches. Donn has been practicing in Colorado in excess of 30 years.
Betty Lehman worked to pass 14 Colorado laws to support and protect thousands of children with disabilities. In addition to two children’s Medicaid Waivers and several private health insurance mandates, in 2009, Betty spearheaded the HIMAT law which generates more than $100 million annually in funding for treatment of autism.
As a parent of an adult with special needs, Betty walks the walk and understands the talk. Betty’s goal as an advocate and ally is to educate, inform and empower families to create their life care plan for the gratification of knowing that everything that can be done – is done.
Betty’s numerous awards include 2013 Champions for Children Advocate (Sewall Child Development Center), 2011 Women Who Changed the Heart of the City (Denver Rescue Mission), 2010 Outstanding Women in Business (Denver Business Journal), 2010 Community Leader of the Year (Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved), 2007 Child Health and Welfare Award (Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics), and 2007 CPAs Who Make a Difference Award (Colorado Society of CPAs). Betty received her Colorado CPA license in 1981 during her tenure at Deloitte. She holds the Colorado Life and Health Insurance Producer’s License. Betty volunteers for The Specialist People Foundation, working to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges through social entrepreneurship, employment models, and a global change in mindset.
Jerry Rubin, MD is a board certified pediatrician who has devoted his professional career to attaining the most individualized and integrative healing possible for his young patients. He graduated from the University of Utah Medical School in 1977 and completed his residency at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Rubin has studied holistic medicine extensively and he consistently approaches health care from a perspective that combines evidence-based medicine, western technology and the individual child’s essential growth, development and healing.
His book, Naturally Healthy Kids (2007) is a handbook that blends mainstream and complementary/alternative pediatric medicine.
Chris Sidford, MD is highly regarded by peers and patients alike. He is a board certified physician in Emergency Medicine with over twenty years’ experience at leading medical institutions. Before founding Black Bag, he was an attending physician with the world renowned Lahey Clinic. He started his career at Boston City Hospital, where he graduated from the hospital’s “knife and gun club,” the residency program for emergency physicians.
A U.S. Navy officer, Dr. Sidford served as faculty member of the Emergency Medicine
Residency training program in San Diego before traveling overseas. The Mojave Desert and the Arctic Circle were just some of the locations that challenged Dr. Sidford to teach and practice emergency medicine in remote and difficult conditions. Later, he helped to open a nuclear-, chemical, and biological-proof hospital on the island of Sicily. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the faculty at Brown University, where he taught emergency medicine and served as attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
In 2013, Dr. Sidford’s company, Black Bag, was awarded
the “Best Family Office Specialty Service Provider” Award at the Family Office Awards, in Chicago.
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Ted Stathos, MD, pediatric gastroenterology
- Martha Aparicio, MHA, Managing Editor, Surgical Neurology
- Connie Sanchez, ND
- John Campana, MD, ENT
- Judy Ham, President and CEO, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado
- Toni, mother of adult Lynx Participant
- Shelli, mother of child with infantile scoliosis and other problems
- Bridget, Life Partner of Lynx Participant in New Zealand
- Ali, mother of child with complex medical issues
- Mark Simon, President of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Alliance for Health and Independence
- Greg Summers, health insurance broker, Insurance Providers
- Pamela P. Hanes, PhD, President and CEO, Colorado Health Institute
- Janice, Lynx Participant with neurological damage from work-related injury
- Kati, Lynx Participant with syringomyelia
- Christy, Lynx Participant recovering from brain hemorrhage
- Kevin, Lynx Participant with malignant melanoma
Cordelia Robinson, PhD, RN, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine, Director – JFK Partners
Steven Rosenberg, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry