Medical Directors

Scott Humphreys, MD

Dr. Humphreys received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma. He went on to train in General Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as chief resident. He came to Denver to train in Forensic Psychiatry through the University of Colorado Denver.

In addition to his work at CPHP, Dr. Humphreys is Senior Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Colorado Access. For almost 10 years he was an inpatient and consult liaison psychiatrist for the HealthOne system. He also has a small general and forensic outpatient practice.

Dr. Humphreys is board certified in General Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He is a member of the Colorado Medical Society, American Medical Society, Colorado Psychiatric Society, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Humphreys has given talks locally and nationally on a variety of topics in physician health including: forensic considerations in physician health programs, physician stress and burnout, disruptive behavior, medical marijuana, physician boundaries, opiate prescribing, physician satisfaction with their experience in physician health programs, and autism in physicians.

Dr. Humphreys enjoys spending time with his family and tries to take advantage of everything Colorado has to offer including summer and winter outdoor activities. He sees it as a privilege and a great responsibility to work with the physicians in this state during some of their most trying times to help ensure their health and, subsequently, the health of their patients.

Scott Humphreys, MD

Doris C. Gundersen, MD

Dr. Doris Gundersen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1981. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation in 1989, she pursued residency training in psychiatry at the University of Colorado (CU), which was completed in 1993. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

In 1993, Dr. Gundersen joined the CU Department of Psychiatry faculty where she enjoyed teaching medical students and residents in training. She received the Eleanor Steele Teaching Award in 2000. She provided clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and conducted Phase Three trials of novel psychotropic medications. She served as the medical director of the University North Pavilion Medication Clinic which provided comprehensive care to patients in addition to consultation to workplaces concerning employee health, fitness for duty evaluations and violence prevention. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department today and continues to teach medical students, residents and forensic fellows alike.

In 1999, Dr. Gundersen entered private practice. In addition to general adult psychiatry, she developed a forensic practice specializing in independent medical evaluations and threat assessment. She has assisted various local and national employers in developing violence prevention policies and has served on various threat assessment teams. She has taught locally and nationally on the subject of workplace violence. She currently volunteers with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, reviewing scholarly papers submitted for publication.

In 2000, Dr. Gundersen was invited to join the CPHP team and has remained dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally and internationally concerning physician health. She has been CPHP’s medical director since 2009. She has collaborated with her CPHP colleagues on physician health research and coauthored articles accepted for publication.

She currently chairs the Colorado Medical Society’s committee on physician wellbeing and helped develop a wellness toolkit for all physicians in the state. Dr. Gundersen is currently the Past-President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) and received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the FSPHP in April 2013. More recently, Dr. Gundersen has provided education and consultation across the country pertaining to the legalization of marijuana and the implications for health care professionals.

Dr. Gundersen is past president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS). She has served on several CPS committees and has been extensively involved with the American Psychiatric Association (APA), previously serving on the Council of National Affairs as a consultant to the Committee on Women, serving as a Public Affairs representative for Colorado and as Colorado’s Area VII representative to the APA Assembly. She became a Distinguished Fellow of the APA in 2003 and was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists in 2002. Dr. Gundersen received the CPS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. From 2012 through 2014, Dr. Gundersen served as president of the Balance for Women Physicians which hosts an annual wellness conference in Colorado open to all women physicians across the country.

Dr. Gundersen obtained a Colorado Supreme Court appointment to the Attorney Regulation Committee in 2010 where she continues to provide clinical input concerning attorneys who may have health problems and are potentially facing discipline. Most recently (2013), Dr. Gundersen received a “Denver’s Best Doctors for Executives” acknowledgement along with several of her professional peers. In 2014 she received a Best Doctors™ acknowledgement.

Doris C. Gundersen, MD

Michael H. Gendel, MD

Dr. Gendel serves as the Medical Director Emeritus of CPHP as of July 1, 2009. Dr. Gendel served as Medical Director from 1999 to 2009, and served as Associate Medical Director between 1989 and 1999. He provides oversight of assessment, referral and monitoring functions to physicians with health concerns. In addition, Dr. Gendel is the past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP). He has authored several articles on physician stress and physician health and illness and been an active speaker on these subjects throughout Colorado, nationally and internationally. He has chaired the Physician Health Research Planning Group, a national work group that promotes physician health research which is now a committee of the FSPHP.

Dr. Gendel received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Brandeis University, his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, and completed a Special Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at the University of Kansas. Dr. Gendel trained in psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) were he holds an appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Gendel has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) since 1990 and was a member of the committee of the ABPN that writes the addiction subspecialty examination. He also serves on the PRITE Commission, having served on the Editorial Board for nine years. He is a past president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a founding member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, of which he is a past president. Dr. Gendel works with a judicial health program for federal judges in the 10th Circuit and has served as a member of the Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee and of the Appellate Discipline Commission (for attorneys). He also maintains a private practice, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of professionals.

Michael H. Gendel, MD

Mary Ellen Caiati, MD

Dr. Caiati attended the University of Notre Dame, after which she worked for several years with emotionally disturbed children in the Seattle area. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Washington, she completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver.

Dr. Caiati has provided clinical service in a variety of settings, including the University of Denver Student Health Center, the Infectious Disease Clinic at Denver Health, the Boulder Mental Health Center and, since 2000, in private practice in central Denver. She is board certified in psychiatry and has completed the Psychotherapy Training Program at the Psychoanalytic Institute, Denver. Dr. Caiati has served as Associate Medical Director at CPHP since 2004.

Mary Ellen Caiati, MD

Laura F. Martin, MD

Dr. Laura F. Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Duke University in 1992. She studied medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, graduating in 1997. She pursued residency training in psychiatry and a research fellowship at the University of Colorado and the Denver Veterans Medical Center until 2005. She was employed with University Of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) full-time until starting her own private practice, Professional Wellness, and joining CPHP in 2019. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSOM and is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She has published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts in both general and addiction psychiatry. Her professional roles have included serving as the Medical Director of the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), Medical Director for the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, Associate Program Director of the General Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UCSOM, Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at UCSOM, as President of the Colorado Society of Addiction Medicine, and as Co-chair for the Treatment Workgroup of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. As a reflection of her commitment to her work, she has been recognized as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

She is excited and honored to be able to synthesize her many prior work experiences in her role as an Associate Medical Director at CPHP.

 Laura F. Martin, MD

Staff

Sarah Early, PsyD

Sarah Early, PsyD has served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Physician Health (CPHP) since 2002. CPHP is a non-profit, independent peer assistance organization whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of physicians and physician assistants through evaluation, treatment referral, support, education and research. Dr. Early is responsible for the administration and management of corporate and program operations. She is proud to be contributing to CPHP’s work because healthy doctors give better care!

Dr. Early is a member of the American Psychological Association, Federation of State Physician Health Programs and the Society of Psychologist in Management, where she has served as a Board Director and currently serves as Chair of Membership Committee.

Dazzle Africa is the non-profit charity about which Dr. Early is most passionate. She is a co-founder and former President of the Board of Directors of Dazzle Africa, whose mission is to partner with locally based organizations in Zambia to provide effective programs in education, conservation and community development. Dazzle Africa creates sustainable ecosystems through safaris and local investment to ensure future generations are self-sufficient and iconic wildlife thrive She enjoys sharing the beauty and magic of Africa by hosting philanthropic safaris for Dazzle Africa.

Dr. Early is originally from Rochester, New York. Her doctorate was received from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Currently, Dr. Early and her husband, Bryan, live in Thornton, Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys participating in competitive swimming, skiing, hiking and travel.

Sarah Early, PsyD

Cae Allison, LCSW

Cae L. Allison, LCSW serves as the independent Clinical Quality Consultant for CPHP. She has worked with CPHP for over 20 years, first as a Clinician/Case Manager, then Director of Clinical Services. In 2011, she transitioned to her current role as Clinical Quality Consultant. Her background includes clinical counseling for terminally ill patients and their families in Hospice Care and for at-risk Adults in Adult Protective Services. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in 1995. Her Bachelor of Arts Degree was completed with a double major in Literature and Women’s Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University (three years) and University of Denver (final year) in 1993. Work/life balance includes reading, growing herbs and enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her husband of 44 years. When not working, she can be found trying to keep up with the academic, professional and family endeavors of her three daughters’ families, which includes six grandchildren.

Cae Allison, LCSW

Amanda Brooks, LPC

Amanda Brooks, LPC, received her Master of Arts degree, with a forensic psychology specialization, from the University of Denver in 2014. Amanda has experience working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital setting as well as conducting forensic psychosexual evaluations for court sentencing.

Amanda has been with the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) since shortly after graduation in 2014 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She serves as both a Master’s Level Clinician/Case Manager and the Treatment Provider Specialist at CPHP. Amanda is a Colorado native and enjoys the outdoors with her husband, son, and Boston Terrier.

Amanda Brooks, LPC

Carol Craft

Carol Craft is the Executive Assistant at CPHP. Carol is a proud Alumni from The Ohio State University, majoring in Art History. Her career has ranged from working as a travel consultant for 15 years, working with special needs students in a local school district, to supporting CPHP Executive Director and the entire organization.

Carol is most proud of her two children; her son graduating from University of Wyoming (UW) Law School in 2020, and her daughter graduating from UW in 2019. Carol is happily married since 1991, and enjoys all sports, including mountain biking, hiking, all water sports (including long-distance swimming), cooking and reading.

Joyce Davidson, LCSW

Joyce Davidson, LCSW, has been with the Colorado Physician Health Program since 2008. She received her Masters of Social Work from the Colorado State University in 2012. She has held various roles throughout her tenure at CPHP since 2008, Compliance Coordinator, Case Manager, and in January 2017 became the Director of Clinical Services. In her role as Director of Clinical Services, Joyce provides clinical supervision to all Master level Case Managers and manages the daily clinical operations of CPHP. This includes onsite quality and risk management and facilitating professional education. She provides oversight of the clinically acute cases and other administrative urgencies. She works in collaboration with Clinical Quality Consultant to develop and maintain quality control structures for clinical operations to include clinical policy and procedures and regular audits. Joyce is a member of the National Association of Social Work, Society of Psychologists in Management, and Federation of State Physician Health Programs, where she serves as a co-chair for the FSPHP Medical Student and Resident committee and is a member of the Publications committee. She is committed to serving the medical community of Colorado and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of our practicing and future physicians and physician assistance. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Emma Frauenfelder, LSW

Emma Frauenfelder hails from Boulder, CO. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University and briefly work for Child Protective Services in Boulder, CO before moving to Washington, DC. While in DC, Emma worked in the non-profit sector before obtaining her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland. She specialized in studying clinical behavioral health with a sub-specialization in employee assistance programs (EAP). This led her to work for the Washington DC Subway/Metro transportation system in their internal EAP providing behavioral health services to bus and train operators as well as administrative staff. Emma now serves as one of the clinicians for CPHP and is passionate about the health and wellbeing of medical health professionals in the state of Colorado.

Emma Frauenfelder, LCSW

Rachel Goldberg, LCSW

Rachel Goldberg, LCSW, Clinician for CPHP, received her Master of Clinical Social Work, with a specialization in clinical and interpersonal social work, from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 2015. Rachel has worked in a variety of settings, including conducting individual assessments and group therapy at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, as a behavioral health case manager for a health insurance company, and most recently, prior to CPHP, as a behavioral health clinician in an integrated medical and behavioral health setting, where she provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

During her free time, Rachel loves cooking, going out to dinner, seeing new movies, hiking, concerts, and spending time with her family and friends.

Angela Graham, MPA

Angela Graham is the Donor Relations Manager at CPHP. Angela has a true passion for raising money for non-profit organizations. Her experience of twenty years in the nonprofit/public sector includes raising philanthropic dollars for a variety of nonprofit organizations, as well as managing multi-million dollar grants for the State of Colorado. Her expertise also includes grant writing, event planning, building ongoing relationships with donors and planned giving. Angela currently serves as Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee for the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) and for ten years held various positions on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Southern Colorado Chapter. She received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology/Sociology from the University of Minnesota. She is a devoted Jazzerciser, enjoys camping in the beautiful outdoors, traveling to new places and volunteering. Angela lives with her longtime partner, Adam and their 15 year old cat, Sophie.

Amanda Kimmel, MPA

Amanda Kimmel received her Bachelors Degree in International Business from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2006 and finished her Master’s Degree at the University of Colorado Denver in Public Administration with a concentration of Nonprofit Management in 2013. Amanda has been with CPHP since March of 2008, and currently serves as its Director of Public Affairs. Her responsibilities include accurate messaging to public constituents, community outreach endeavors, fundraising, donor relations and supervision of support and administrative personnel. Amanda serves on the Public Policy, Medical Student and Resident Committees as well as Co-Chair of the Publications Committee for the Federation of State Physician Health Program (FSPHP). She is also a member of the Colorado Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, the Colorado Coalition for Parity and the Leadership Advisory Council of the Colorado Nonprofit Association. In her free time, Mrs. Kimmel enjoys the outdoors of Colorado, running, concerts at Red Rocks and spending time with her husband and son, Ryland.

Emily Levy

Emily Levy, Clinical Program Assistant at CPHP, was born and raised in raised in “sunny” Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio University where she studied Media Arts & Studies. Throughout this time she discovered that she has a particular passion for advocating awareness surrounding mental health and decreasing stigma related to mental illness, eventually leading her to her role CPHP. Emily has lived in a variety of states and gained experience in a diverse array of fields, including hotel administration, heating & cooling, and video editing. In her spare time Emily likes to draw, read, watch nature documentaries, attempt yoga, and meet new people.

Quinn Montgomery, LPC

Quinn Montgomery, LPC, received a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Iowa in 2017. He has experience working with individuals with disabilities in vocational settings as well as working in treatment settings for mental health concerns. Quinn joined the team at CPHP as a Clinician in May 2020. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, crafting, and spending time with friends and family.

Alison Nickel, LPCC

Ms. Nickel joined CPHP in early March 2020 as a Clinician. Ms. Nickel’s previous experience is as Clinical Case Manager for Colorado Access and the Mental Health Center of Denver. Ms. Nickel is a Colorado native and received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis University. She enjoys climbing mountains, spending time with friends and family, and trying out new recipes.

Denny Smith, CPA

Denny Smith, CPA is the Financial Manager at CPHP.

Denny Smith, CPA

Stacia Varney

Stacia Varney was born and raised in beautiful Washington State. She moved to Colorado 2.5 years ago and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for CPHP. Ms. Varney attended Western Washington University on a full-ride fastpitch softball scholarship and graduated as an All-Academic All-American with a B.A. in Human Services and Management and a minor in criminology. Stacia has a diverse background ranging from running a small family business to working as a sexual assault and domestic violence victims’ advocate including developing different curriculum and presentations for education, prevention and community outreach on sexual and domestic violence, bullying and harassment. She also has experience in fundraising for non-profits, grant writing and coordinating fundraising events. She absolutely loves being on the water, wakeboarding, waterskiing, fishing, swimming, boating. In the winter, she enjoys taking to the mountains for snow skiing and snowboarding. Stacia also loves outdoors, camping and she calls nature her church. Stacia’s family and friends are the loves of her life and her dog, Lucy, is her best friend.

Cae Allison, LCSW

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