Staff

Our staff is dedicated to treat you like a member of our own family.   Please meet them:

Katrina De Romana –  MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner

Hello, I am Katrina De Romana and I have been a nurse for 27 years.  I have 4 children and my husband is the office manager.   I am from central Illinois and attended Illinois Wesleyan University for my Bachelors degree in Nursing.  I have a large family in Illinois and we visit there often.   I moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 1991 where I worked in a Level I trauma center ER as a lead clinic nurse and nurse educator for many years.   My family and I moved to Castle Rock in 2004 and I worked at University Hospital in the Surgical ICU while pursuing my nurse practitioner degree.  In 2007, I graduated from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Campus with my Family Nurse Practitioner post Master’s certificate.  Since then I have worked in several settings providing primary care for patients of all ages.

As a nurse in the ER and ICU settings, I saw terrible chronic illnesses that were poorly controlled and people who were desperate for good primary care.  I became a Nurse Practitioner so that I could help prevent the consequences of chronic disease and help folks stay OUT of the ER and ICU’s as much as possible.   My patients find that I am a listener, teacher, promoter of good health and preventive care services, and as an Advanced Practice Nurse can diagnose and treat  acute and chronic illnesses commonly seen in a family practice setting.  I will advocate for you with other healthcare providers when needed and refer to specialists when appropriate.

Amanda Turecek, LMFT, LAC

Hi, I am Amanda Turecek and I offer a strengths-based and collaborative approach to counseling, specializing in anxiety, addictions, depression and trauma. Within an integrated framework I partner with you and your medical providers in order to help you move towards your behavioral health goals. In addition to providing a supportive, nonjudgmental space for you to talk, I often blend evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioral (CBT) strategies and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) to help you reach your goals. Often this combination creates movement in areas you feel stuck by empowering you with concrete tools and strategies to use in daily life while stimulating healing from trauma and addictions.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) and have experience in community mental health centers, behavioral health hospitals, substance use disorder programs, and private practice. When I am not seeing clients, I enjoy spending time with my large blended family and exploring outdoor Colorado!

Marissa Smith – MA, LPC, NCC

I enjoy spending my time at home with my partner and our young daughter. I grew up in Colorado, got my Bachelor’s in Psychology in Seattle,  then returned home to complete my Master’s in Counseling from University of Colorado Denver, graduating in 2014. I have worked mostly in the field of addiction, including eating disorders. I also work with adults with other struggles, including mood, anxiety, identity, grief, and relationships.

Emily Ringle – Pediatric LPC, LMFT

Hello! My name is Emily Ringle.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  I obtained my BS in Genetics from Iowa State University and my MA in Couple and Family Counseling from University of Colorado Denver.  In my spare time, I like to go to the gym, go on walks, watch sitcoms such as The Golden Girls and Frasier, as well as read, play pool, and bowl.

For the entirety of my career, I have worked primarily with children and adolescents ages 5-19 and their parents, with the majority of my experience being children under the age of 14.  In particular, I enjoy working with trauma, anxiety, oppositional or defiant children, and of course, children who have difficulty with social skills.

I work from a combination of narrative therapy and reality therapy.  When appropriate, I do use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to aid in this approach, as well as other tools such as play therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).  Additionally, since my background is in family therapy, I like to incorporate family therapy as much as possible when working with children.

Rachel Stolley – FNP

Hi, I am Rachel Stolley and I have been an Advanced Practice Nurse since 2002. My

husband is active duty Air Force and we recently relocated to Colorado with our two boys. I

grew up in a military family so I’m not exactly sure where “home” is but I’ve spent most of my adult life in Nevada and Colorado. I graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where I received my Master’s degree in nursing. I spent seven years serving in the Air Force as a Nurse Practitioner before transitioning to civilian practice. I returned to school in 2012 and received a post-master’s degree from the University of South Alabama with a Family Nurse Practitioner focus in 2014 and then graduated

with a Doctorate in nursing in 2017. My doctoral focus was diabetes education because I have a passion for empowering patients with the knowledge needed to improve their health. I became a Nurse Practitioner because I love developing relationships with my patients and working together to improve their health. My favorite part of being an NP is helping patients achieve better health and well-being via high quality and compassionate care.

Chika Achebe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-B

Chika Achebe completed her psychiatric nurse practitioner program at University of Kansas in Kansas City. She is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures.

Chika Achebe is hardworking, compassionate and a dedicated nurse practitioner with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She has a vast experience caring for and catering to her patient’s needs of which comprises all age groups.

To ensure patients are uniquely served, she emphasizes patient-centered care treatment using a therapeutic approach in meeting her patients goals. In addition to making medication management and therapy paramount, she also employs the benefits of genetic testing, which utilizes a science-based approach to individualize patient treatment. She advocates for patients using the latest evidence based treatment protocols, which have been proven to produce the best results, in the shortest time possible.

Chika Achebe PMHNP is currently accepting new patients. Her specialties include, but not limited to, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Insomnia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder,Psychotic disorders, Addiction, Eating disorders and Personality Disorders.

Kim Paxton – Adult NP

Hi, I am Kim Paxton I am originally from Wisconsin where I had lived for 25 years but was raised in Southern California. I earned my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) along with a Leadership in Health Informational Technology Certificate (LHIT-C) from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2012; an MSN as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Marquette University in 1999. I am an ANCC board certified adult nurse practitioner and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) with a practice focus on health promotion and prevention.

Health promotion, prevention and individual wellness is the focus of the care that I engage in with my patients. I believe that the process of maintaining health is a shared partnership between the patient and their health care provider. This is a collaborative individualized care process in which I employ an evidence based approach blended with the patient’s immediate needs, capabilities, and health goals.

As a health care provider, I strive to empower and support a patient’s ability to manage immediate care needs and achieve long term health goals. I utilize an integrative approach to acute and chronic care needs through integration of not just medication as a means to manage health issues but include technologic, nutritional, physical activity and mental wellness interventions. If your care needs exceed the scope of my practice, myself and the team here at Heartlight clinic will help you navigate the process.

Ty Shettron – FNP

Hi, I am Ty Shettron.  I am a Colorado native who has been a practicing medical provider for the past six years.  In my first career, I was a commercial property manager in California.  When I was in my mid-30s, I decided to come home to Colorado.  After spending time searching for a new career, I was led to nursing.  I started as a CNA and worked my way through nursing school, obtaining my Masters of Nursing from UCCS Bethel College of Nursing in 2013.  I worked my first 5 years as a provider in a rural family practice, hospital, and long-term care environment in southeast Colorado.

I am passionate about providing patient centered care.  My goal is to be “authentically present” with each and every patient.  It is important to me to meet you where you are and engage you in your care plan.  I believe in treating the whole patient.  If your condition requires treatment beyond the scope of family practice, I will help you navigate the world of specialty care.

Paul Garraty – FNP, Psychiatric NP

Hello, my name is Paul Garraty and I have been a nurse for 25 years. I am married and have spent most of my life in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was there that I attended Charity School of Nursing, graduating in 1994. I worked as an emergency room nurse at Charity Hospital until being evacuated 6 days post Hurricane Katrina in 2005. We lost our home to the storm and moved to central Louisiana where in 2012, I graduated as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Grambling University.

Afterwards, we migrated to the western slope of Colorado where I worked at West Springs psychiatric hospital for seven years. It was there I found understanding and gained empathy of others who have also experienced trauma.  It inspired me to return to school where I became certified in psychiatry.

As a dual certified nurse practitioner, I understand integrative health requires not only a healthy body but a mind, equally sound. I hope to provide not only a path for good health but also an ear to listen

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Preventative care

Well child physicals and vaccines
Adult physicals with cancer screenings
Vaccines for all ages
Pre-employment physicals
DOT physicals

Chronic condition care

Blood pressure management
Cholesterol management
Asthma and COPD management
Diabetes management
Thyroid condition management
And others!!

Procedures

Joint injections
Skin Biopsy
Mole removal
Wart removal
Trigger point injections
Routine Gynecological exams

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