Colorado IBD Wellness Series



IBD Wellness Series

Spring 2018

A Series to inspire, rejuvinate and improve your quaility of life. 

Register today to embark upon a brand new journey

The IBD Wellness series is an innovative set of live education programs that focuses on the topics most requested by the IBD patient community here in Colorado.

Join us for 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of these unique sessions, each concentrating on a specific topic of complementary care. The topics are Nutrition, Socializing, Fitness and Mind/Body.

First meet a medical expert then enjoy an interactive experience that will utilize your new knowledge.

*Please note that the Nutrition, Fitness and Mind-Body segments are family friendly. You must be 21 or older to attend the Socializing one.

Registration is $5.00 per segment or $15.00 for the whole series. 

*If the registration fee presents a burden to your family, please contact Yael Weinstein at 303-639-9163 ext. 4.




February 24, 2018

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Sarah Funk will delve into the importance of nutrition while living with IBD. Following her talk use your new skills and learn even more in a fun cooking demonstration class and tasting at the amazing Wellness Center kitchen.

Medical Expert Registered Dietician Sarah Funk, RD UCHealth 
Experience Cooking Demonstration Class and Tasting Lisa Wingrove, RD UCHealth
Date February 24, 2018    
Time 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm    
Location Anschutz Medical Campus Wellness Center 12348 E Montview Blvd. Aurora, CO 80045




March 22, 2018

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Dr. Melanie Weitzenfeld will explore the importance of maintaining a social circle and enjoying a social life to maintain your mental health while living with IBD. Following her talk everyone will enjoy one free drink and have the opportunity to order IBD friendly food from a specially designed menu for the night.

Medical Expert Psychologist Melanie Weitzenfeld, Ph.D Colorado Health Psychology, LLC
Experience A Night on the Town with One Free Drink

Date March 22, 2018    
Time 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm    
Location Blackbird Public House 305 S. Downing St. Denver, CO 80209




April 28, 2018

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Emily Cox-Martin, Ph.D from UCHealth will speak about physical fitness and IBD. Following the lecture participants will enjoy a 55 minute Taste of Fitness Class with instructor Candice Baumgardner. This class will have you dancing Zumba, trying out CrossFit, working out to a Bootcamp and so much more. Find the fitness activities you love!

Medical Expert Psychologist Emily Cox-Martin, Ph.D UCHealth 
Experience Taste of Fitness Class Candice Baumgardner UCHealth
Date April 28, 2018    
Time 12:30 pm - 3:10 pm    
Location Anschutz Medical Campus Wellness Center 12348 E Montview Blvd. Aurora, CO 80045




May 30, 2018

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Allison Mattivi and Rose Medical Center provider will explore with patients and caregivers ways to reduce stress and pain without medicine. Following the talk attendees will have the chance to participate in a mindfulness session.

Medical Expert Director of Integrative Medicine at UCHealth Dr. Lauren Grossman UCHealth
Experience Mindfulness Session Allison Mattivi Aspen Academy
Date May 30, 2018    
Time 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm    
Location Rose Medical Center, Auditorium 4600 E. Hale Parkway Denver, CO 80220






candice title large Education & Certificates BA in Sociology, BS in Psychology, ACE and AFAA group exercise certified. Also certified in BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, BODYFLOW, POUND, Step Aerobics, Mat Pilates, Mat Science, Turbo Kickboxing, Barre, Precision Cycling, and BODYVIVE. Areas of Specialization I have been an assessor in BODYPUMP and BODYFLOW and for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a master trainer for Step and floor aerobics, but I am passionate about all of the formats I teach. Philosophy There should be a group exercise class for every body! The power of community and movement to music continually inspires me and I believe group exercise encompasses all of those things to change people’s lives through fitness. Personal Notables I found my way to fitness classes 23 years ago when I moved to Denver from Kansas City for school, and I have never taken more than two weeks off of it since then! I have a wonderful husband and four amazing children. (My husband proposed to me in a group exercise class!) When I’m not teaching a class, I’m often preparing for my classes, cooking, riding my bike or (most likely) hanging out with my kids. I am a lover of learning and committed to evolving my knowledge of fitness and to always bring the best I can do my participants.
emily title bigger Emily Cox-Martin is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Virginia Tech. Dr. Cox-Martin has conducted research in the field of health behavior change, with a focus on physical activity for over a decade. She has presented her work nationally and internationally, and published in journals such as Health Psychology and Supportive Care in Cancer. Her research focuses on understanding both the psychological factors that can help motivate physical activity, as well as the psychosocial benefits of engaging inphysical activity. Her work has focused on at-risk health groups including individuals with pre-hypertension, mental health groups, and cancer survivors.
sarah title bigger Sarah Funk, RD, CNSC received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science at New Mexico State University. She completed her dietetic internship at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and has been a practicing clinical dietitian since 2003. She has a broad experience in the field of clinical nutrition but has always had a special interest in surgical and GI nutrition. She works full time in the Digestive Health Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. Working at UCH has allowed her to gain more experience with IBD patients and recognizing the need for one on one counseling to ensure a nutrition plan meets their specific needs. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys snowboarding, running, and learning to play the guitar.
allison title bigger Allison grew up in Connecticut and stayed on the east coast to receive a BA in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland. She then moved to Los Angeles where she received a MA in Educational Psychology with a credential in School Psychology at Loyola Marymount University. Allison has been working in elementary and middle schools as a School Psychologist since 2010 and has a passion for working with students who have dyslexia. Allison is currently the Lower School Psychologist at Aspen Academy, a private Pre-K through 8th grade school in Greenwood Village, CO.
Melanie Weitzenfeld, Ph.D Bio Coming Soon!
lisa title bigger Lisa Wingrove is a registered dietitian and a board certified specialist in oncology. Personal experiences with cancer and the significant role played by diet allow her to bring a unique view to her interactions with patients. Bringing science to the table is a passion, and this led to the development of ‘Culinary Comforts’; a program to help cancer patients and their caregivers deal with the side-effects of disease and the impact on nutrition. Lisa has transitioned from direct patient care and now uses her skills to build programs to improve health outcomes for the community and those with chronic disease. She has been a past state representative for the Oncology Dietetic Practice Group, and she is a member of the American Nutritionists and Dietetics Association. Lisa enjoys cooking, eating and learning.



For more information contact Yael Weinstein at or via phone at 303-639-9163 ext. 4.



Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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