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MEET OUR TEAM
Medical and Behavioral Health Clinician Learners:
During your time with the NES Clinic you will likely meet several clinician learners. Teaching others about NES is a high priority for our team. Clinician learners may be present in both individual and group sessions.
Laura Strom, MD, FAES
FND Clinic Director - Neurologist/Epileptologist
Dr. Laura Strom was born in Upstate New York and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, College of Medicine, where she completed an internship in Psychiatry. She completed her Neurology training with a residency and fellowship in Epilepsy at the University of Colorado. Dr. Strom began her career thinking she would be a Psychiatrist, so learned early on to listen first, suspending disbelief. Listening first helped her realize that patients often have their own solutions and as a Provider, her role would be to help patients discover what those solutions are and be a partner in their care. Dr. Strom has more than 20 years of experience in diagnosing and treating Epilepsy. As an Epileptologist at the University of Colorado, Dr. Strom has a special interest in functional neurological disorders (FND), specifically diagnosing and treating non-epileptic seizures (NES). In 2016, she partnered with Dr. Alison Heru to create what is now known as the Functional Neurological Disorders clinic at the University of Colorado which she directs. It is one of only a handful of these clinics in the United States. More information about this clinic can be found at www.nestreatmentucd.org. During her tenure at University of Colorado, Dr. Strom served as the Medical Director for the Department of Neurology and currently sits on the board of directors for the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFCO). She is a member and Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES) and a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). Dr. Strom is an avid knitter. Knitting for charity occupies a great deal of her knitting energy. She grows her own vegetables and enjoys container gardening and composting as it brings everything full circle. In addition to preserving and pickling, she enjoys making jams and jellies, spending time outdoors as well as spending time with her Grandchildren.
Jared Woodward, DO
Dr. Woodward attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine then went on to complete a combined residency in both neurology and psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then completed a fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at Yale University. Dr. Woodward is passionate about his work with both epilepsy and functional seizure patients and bridging the gap between neurology and psychiatry.
Randi Libbon, MD
Dr. Randi Libbon is the lead Psychiatrist of the University of Colorado FND clinic. Dr. Libbon attended University of Arizona College of Medicine, completing her residency and fellowship at the University of Colorado. During her fellowship, Dr. Libbon's interest in FND blossomed and she became the primary treating Psychiatrist for the FND clinic. In her spare time Dr. Libbon enjoys spending time with family and baking sweets of all kinds.
Abbie Pennetti, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Abbie Pennetti is the FND Clinic's Licensed Clinical Social worker. Abbie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. In the FND Clinic, she works with patients individually and in the group setting. In addition to treating patients, she is the clinical supervisor for the NES Clinic Social Work Internship Program. Abbie has an adorable kitty, Riley, who likes to make appearances on camera.
Meagan Watson, MPH
Program Manager and Development Specialist
Meagan received her bachelors in neuroscience from Colby College and a master’s in public health in Population Mental Health and Wellbeing from the Colorado School of Public Health. Meagan began working with Dr. Strom in 2016 as her research assistant for epilepsy clinical trials. At the time, Dr. Strom was actively developing the NES Clinic and requested Meagan’s help managing the clinic while she cared for the patients. Since, Meagan has worked closely with Dr. Strom to develop the clinic and is responsible for the day to day operations. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring the Colorado outdoors with her pup, Mickey!
Sarah Baker, BS
Professional Research Assistant
Sarah received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. She assists the FND Clinic with both clinical and research infrastructure. She is committed to providing high quality patient care to the FND population. When she is not working, she loves to curl up on the couch with her two dogs and binge watch TV shows.
Ashley Affentranger, DNP
Ashley attended the University of New Mexico for her undergraduate degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for 6 years in the critical care setting. She attended the University of Colorado for her Master's and Doctoral degrees in nursing and joined the UCH Epilepsy team in 2021. Ashley conducts the FND Clinic's Neuro Intakes and 6 Week Group sessions. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, skiing, and hiking.
Brittany Croop, FNP
Brittany attended Regis University in Colorado for her undergraduate degree in nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for almost 5 years at University of Colorado Hospital before receiving her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Cincinnati. She joined the Colorado School of Medicine Epilepsy team in 2021. She conducts Neuro Intakes and 6 week group visits in the FND Clinic. In her spare time, her and her husband enjoy hiking and kayaking with their two little dogs.
Scott Pearson, PA-C
Scott Pearson attended the Red Rocks PA Program in Arvada, Colorado. Scott began practicing at the University of Colorado in 2018. With significant prior experience treating the FND/NES population, Scott immediately requested to assist leading the FND Clinic's Neuro Intake and 6 week group therapy sessions. During his spare time, Scott enjoys skiing and spending time with his family.
Stacey Wilson, PA-C
Stacey completed the Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program in Arvada, Colorado. Stacey began working for the University of Colorado Neurology Department in 2016 and was a founding member of the NES Clinic. She assisted with the development of the 6 Week Group treatment and has 6 years of experience running group therapy sessions. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys adventures like skydiving and backpacking all over the world.
Nicole Ralston, PA-C
Nicole attended the Red Rocks PA Program in Arvada. After she was hired, Nicole eagerly joined the Functional Neurological Disorders team and now regularly conducts the FND Clinic’s Neuro Intake and 6 week group therapy sessions. In her free time, as a Colorado native, she enjoyed spending time outside in nature.
Allison Hernquist, FNP-C
Allison graduated from Regis University with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing, specializing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She splits her time between clinic and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. In the NES Clinic, she helps to run the 6 week group therapy sessions. In her free time, Allison enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen, traveling across the globe, and spending time with her big Greek family!
Kim Ndahayo, CNP
Kim graduated from Chamberlain University and started at the University of Colorado in 2020. She helps diagnose patients in the epilepsy monitoring unit alongside our other physician assistants and nurse practitioners. In the NES Clinic, she runs some of the 6 week groups. When she is not caring for patients, Kim spends her time with her five boys and practices Taekwondo!