Practitioners

Meet Our Practitioners!



Lee Hurter
Lee initially got drawn into the world of holistic healthcare when he was trained and certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association at the Lincoln Recovery Center in NYC; learning and applying an ear-acupuncture protocol to treat addiction, stress, and trauma. He went on to use this training to help create and work at several mental health, addiction recovery, and community-based acupuncture clinics in Western Massachusetts. He has a Masters of Classical Five Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville, Colorado.  While his practice is open to absolutely everyone, there are a few communities he has a particular commitment to working with. This includes people with psychiatric diagnoses- particularly people trying to get off psychiatric drugs. He is also particularly interested in and has experience working with children, LGBTQ folks, people doing social justice organizing, non-monogamous folks and people living with alternative relationship models.




Alex Svoboda
Alex is currently a clinician at the Evergreen Center, a sliding scale herb clinic run by the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism.  She has been working with plant medicine for many years and always enjoys learning more from the plants and people she encounters.  She is
passionate about working to improve access to all forms of healthcare and facilitating conversations about health justice.  Alex organizes workshops and classes that empower people with the skills they need to keep their families and communities healthy.  She also offers health consultations that focus on herbal remedies and food as medicine.  She enjoys digging to the root of illness and personalizing affordable wellness plans that meet people where they’re at and put them in charge of their own health.

 

Brandee Goedecke-Shilling L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., WABT-CTP,  MSTOM

Brandee has a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California.  Her education included an intensive oriental medicine studies with a focus on the integration of western bio-medicine.  Brandee is trained in Traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbalism (TCM).  Complementing the practice of TCM, Brandee has also completed studies in Japanese Meridian Therapy and herbology.  In addition to practicing Oriental Medicine, Brandee has also become certified in interpreting thermography and treating breast related issues through the Women's Academy of Breast Thermography.
Brandee takes special interest in preventative medicine, breast health, fibromyalgia, skin issues, palliative and adjunctive therapy for cancer patients, and chronic pain.  She believes that food is medicine and puts a strong emphasis on nutrition in her lifestyle recommendations.
In her spare time, Brandee enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and the Harm Reduction Action Center, gardening, cooking with herbs, and appreciating Colorado.

Michelle Castor, LMT
Michelle is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Community Herbalist, and studies Curanderismo, the indigenous healing tradition of Mexico.  Michelle is excited to be a part of the Denver Community Health Collective and considers providing anti-oppressive, honest and accessible care a lifetime goal.  She believes that an individual is the best authority on one’s own body and that each person has the right to choose how to address their own health, without judgment.  Michelle offers:
  • Therapeutic massage to address aches & pains, stress, traumas, and to provide a positive experience of touch that addresses your whole person.
  • Herbal consultations & herbal remedies in western & indigenous Mexican traditions.  She can help recommend & prepare herbal medicine
  • Energetic massage & energy clearings, or "limpias" to help move stuck energies in the body that can cause mental, emotional, or physical distress
All of Michelle's work aims to achieve balance and a more connected self. Finally, Michelle is bilingual in Spanish/English and can provide bilingual services and/or help interpret for clients when needed.


Danielle Mandrake Helm
Mandrake is currently a student at Southwest Acupuncture College, studying Chinese Medicine in hopes of bringing acupuncture and Chinese Herbs into her body work practice. She is working towards specializing in treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, and hopes to spend her life working on community-based efforts for radical, accessible, and transformative healing.  She believes in harm reduction practices, and in meeting bodies and people where they are at, without judgment. 

Until graduation, Mandrake currently offers the following treatments:


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Matthew Parris 
Matthew has lived in Colorado since 1990, after moving here from Pennsylvania. He has worked in professional food-service for the past 20 years. In addition to his love of cooking and learning about herbs, spices and cuisines of cultures from around the world. he has always enjoyed different approaches to explaining and maintaining the health and happiness of human beings.

Matthew  graduated from Denver Integrative Massage School in 2012. Volunteering with DCHC is his first step out of the food service industry and his first step first step into conscious bodywork. He specializes in Thai Yoga Massage, a compassionate and healing approach to wellness that fuses techniques such as reflexology, acupressure, passive stretching, energy work and more. The result is a therapeutic and relaxing experience and a deeper understanding of one's body with each session.


He plans to continue expanding his healing knowledge and skills by attending Ayurvedic medicine school in the near future.