Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED |
Founder and Medical Director
Dr. Gaudiani is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale, where she won numerous clinical awards. Dr. Gaudiani moved to Denver in 2007, choosing Colorado with her husband because its emphasis on the outdoors, the incorporation of nature into daily life, and the importance of family activity time as it offered a great way to foster work-life balance. In 2008, she was one of the founding team members of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health. After seven great years there, she left as its Medical Director to pursue her vision of outpatient care, founding the Gaudiani Clinic. During her years at ACUTE, Dr. Gaudiani became a nationally recognized internist for her work on the medical complications of eating disorders. Dr. Gaudiani’s book, Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, will be released via Routledge in October 2018.
She has lectured nationally and internationally and is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs. She is a current member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders and and the Academy for Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee and is a former board member of iaedp (International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals). Dr. Gaudiani is one of the only outpatient internists in the US who carries the Certified Eating Disorder Specialist designation and has received the honorable designation of Fellow from the international organization Academy for Eating Disorders. In founding the Gaudiani Clinic, she has established a nationally unique outpatient medical setting, not dictated by restraints on visit time or insurance rules, where strong, supportive, and healing relationships with patients help them achieve wellness while remaining in their communities. Through lectures and consulting work, she continues to improve the quality of medical care for patients with eating disorders in treatment programs around the country. On a personal note, Dr. Gaudiani is fluent in Spanish and speaks conversational Italian, loves hiking and spending time outdoors, is a voracious reader especially of young adult fantasy fiction, and lives with her wonderful husband and two daughters in Denver. Contact Dr. G.
Elissa Rosen, MD, CEDS | Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Rosen is a board certified in internal medicine and eating disorders expert physician at the Gaudiani Clinic. Dr. Rosen is the former assistant medical director of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health and has trained and worked with Dr. Gaudiani for over five years. She is excited to expand her care to outpatient medicine and get to know her patients over a longer course of time.
Dr. Rosen graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and attended medical school at the University of Florida where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She moved to Colorado to complete her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where she has been an assistant professor for the past six years. While at ACUTE, Dr. Rosen was honored with numerous awards in recognition of her compassionate medical care, collaboration, and mentorship. Additionally, she contributed to multiple peer-reviewed publications, blogs, and presentations.
Dr. Rosen is recognized as a certified eating disorders specialist (CEDS) by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp) and joins Dr. Gaudiani as one of a very small number of internal medicine physicians with this distinction. Dr. Rosen is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Rosen is passionate about working with recreational and professional athletes with eating disorders or disordered eating and exploring all aspects of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S, formerly known as Female Athlete Triad). In conjunction with working with athletes, Dr. Rosen enjoys treating bone density health issues such as osteoporosis and osteopenia, in addition to working with individuals with regard to their reproductive health. Dr. Rosen recognizes having a doctor with eating disorders expertise is far too uncommon and is excited to be an advocate for patients who are often misunderstood or not heard in the outpatient medical world.
In her spare time, Dr. Rosen loves being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and dog, Archie.
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Aimee Becker | Chief Operating Officer
Aimee Becker is the Chief Operating Officer of the Gaudiani Clinic. She spent 10 years dedicating herself to developing the infrastructure for Monte Nido & Affiliates. Inspired to join the field through her own recovery, Aimee joined Carolyn Costin when Monte Nido was only a six bed residential facility, as the Program Coordinator. Progressing to Director of Operations and then Chief Compliance Officer, Aimee oversaw Monte Nido & Affiliates’ expansion into six states. In addition to her strong commitment to superb programmatic and operational functioning, Aimee developed a deep engagement with the therapeutic values and processes inherent to the world of eating disorder treatment. Through years of leading groups on gender and sexuality at Monte Nido, Aimee further developed her fundamental belief in client-centered goals, a narrative approach to therapy, and the idea that the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. She is developing training on queer competency for eating disorder professionals, highlighting non-binary constructs of gender and sexuality and non-assumptive models of therapeutic engagement. On a personal note, she enjoys exploring Denver with her wife and her German Shepard mix dog. Contact Aimee.
Meghan Eliopulos | Director of Marketing and Outreach
Meghan Eliopulos is the Director of Marketing and Outreach of the Gaudiani Clinic. Meghan joined the Gaudiani Clinic team after relocating from Houston, where she was instrumental in developing the marketing and outreach efforts for Center for Discovery in the state of Texas. Meghan has been part of the eating disorder community since 2003 and has been fortunate to work in a variety of roles including marketing, outreach, admissions, utilization review, and direct client care. In addition to her experience working within the field of eating disorders, Meghan has an integrated marketing background with a passion for brand development and has worked in agency and small to mid-size business settings. Meghan cares deeply about mental health advocacy and has volunteered with several non-profit organizations. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys getting lost in a good book and exploring beautiful Colorado with her family. Contact Meghan.
Abby Brockman, RN | Registered Nurse
Abby joins the Gaudiani Clinic team with over 10 years of eating disorder nursing experience. As one of the founding members of the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders medical team, Abby helped create programming centered on exceptional clinical nursing with compassionate care, which are two of her professional core values. Following her time at ACUTE, Abby worked at Eating Recovery Center across several levels of care. In joining the Gaudiani Clinic team, Abby is excited to support patients of all ages at the outpatient level of care where she will be able to be part of one’s entire treatment and care story. As part of the Gaudiani Clinic team, Abby will provide direct care nursing, care coordination, IV administration and lab draws, and educational support to patients at the clinic. Abby is passionate about patient education and strives to support and empower her patients to understand and care for their bodies. She loves integrating clinical and psychiatric care and watching the marked improvements that one can make with whole person medicine. Abby loves the arts and is a theatre enthusiast with Hamilton being her favorite show. Abby enjoys being with her son and when she isn’t at the theater with him, they can be found playing disc golf on one of Denver’s beautiful courses. Contact Abby.
Susan Bennett, PhD, CEDS | Clinical Advisor
Dr. Bennett is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado and has worked in the area of eating disorders and generalist psychotherapy for 14 years using empirically based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), interpersonal therapy, and existential therapy, to help patients meet their goals for treatment. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Regis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Organization Development and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology were earned at the University of Denver. In Dr. Bennett's past roles, she has worked with people in both outpatient and inpatient settings and has provided compassionate and non-judgmental support to those struggling with Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Rumination and decisions related to Bariatrics. Dr. Bennett has also worked with individuals struggling with primary or co-occurring anxiety, phobias, panic, OCD, depression and trauma and to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-changing physical illnesses. Most recently, Dr. Bennett was Clinical Director of Psychology at ACUTE. Dr. Bennett is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) as designated by the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). In her role as the Clinical Advisor at the Gaudiani Clinic, Dr. Bennett provides clinical oversight and expertise and ensures that patients and their treatment teams receive thoughtful and coordinated care. For more information about Dr. Bennett's private psychotherapy practice, click here.
Camille Vander Veen | Clinic Manager
Camille Vander Veen is the Clinic Manager at the Gaudiani Clinic. In her role, she oversees many aspects of patient care coordination and communication and is the first friendly face our patients encounter upon coming to the Gaudiani Clinic. Camille is a Colorado native and Metropolitan State University graduate and brings her love for organization, connection, and relationship building to her role on the Gaudiani Clinic team.
In her past roles, Camille has provided project coordination, event management, and non-profit fundraising for several agencies including Interface Children and Family Services in California and The Gathering Place in Denver. In these roles, Camille has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals including those identifying as transgender, homeless women and children, and the clinical staff supporting those who have experienced child abuse. Camille is excited to join the Gaudiani Clinic team and to offer her passion, welcoming spirit, and willingness to provide values-based care to those in need.
In her spare time, Camille enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and family, watching a good drama on Netflix, and collecting flamingo paraphernalia. Contact Camille.