Meet The Medical Advisor

Hello, I’m Dr. Stacie,

Dr. Stacie Johns attended medical school at University of North Carolina and after graduation spent time in various countries evaluating the effects of various modalities of patient care and not just a "western and traditional" approach. Dr. Johns believes that mental health is just as important as physical health.She understands that people are complex beings, and therefore their health is complex. She is acutely aware of the enhanced difficulties brought on by multiple micro-trauma stressors, that are the result of a "First-Responder", career. She values a close working relationship with her patients to create a safe and very confidential environment to assist them in making the best decision for their long term health goals. 

Dr. Johns has a passion for raising Guide Dogs for the Blind and has raised over 10 of them, usually has one around to greet the patients.

Stacie is not your typical Doctor and you can see why Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors is excited to have created this Medical Advisor alliance with her and Associates in Family Medicine. Dr. Johns works out of the CSU Health Center Branch. 


Hello, I'm Tenley -

Tenley Roeder, MS, PMHNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FNP-C has been working with trauma affected patients since 1981. She has worked at local hospitals in the ER and ICU caring for patients with acute trauma needs first as a registered nurse and then, for the past 10 years, as a provider. Working as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner led her to question the follow up and ongoing mental health needs that her patients were challenged with. This curiosity led to a pursuit for advanced psychiatric education and expertise.  She completed a Post Master’s program in 2011 specializing in Adult Psychiatry and has enjoyed the challenges of what this role entails. She is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health NP, Acute Care NP, and Family NP.

Tenley currently works part time at Mountain Crest and has her own private practice named Happy Daisy Ltd which is in Fort Collins.  She currently has over 400 patients whom she evaluates, diagnoses, and offers medications to for a variety of Behavioral Health issues such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and others.Tenley’s view of medication is that it is a valuable and useful tool used best in conjunction with therapy, skill building, and education.

While Tenley's practice is not open to new patients, she is excited to work with our First Responder Community.

We at Emergency Responder Trauma Counselors are very excited to add Tenley as a valuable ERTC Team Member.  

To learn more about Tenley and her private practice you may visit

Meet the Medical and Behavioral Health Logistics Director

Hello, I'm Karen -

Karen Mosier Nicholson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She has over 20 years of experience as a clinician and in hospital administration. While her medical center experience is diverse, including stand-alone, community owned facilities as well as large multi-facility organizations she has always worked within integrated delivery systems.

Karen has been a part of the Weld/Larimer Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT), first joining the steering committee in 2004. She has been a CIT trainer since the establishment of the first Weld/Larimer class, a coalition which later expanded to include Boulder County. She became a Mental Health Consultant for the Hostage Negotiations Team of Larimer County Sheriff's Office in 2013, completing the FBI Negotiations course in September of that year. Karen also responds to crisis negotiation calls in Boulder County through the Longs Peak Crisis Negotiators, as well as in Weld County.

Karen has instructed on identifying and de-escalating psychiatric crisis to Colorado State University law enforcement as well as annual Ranger Excellence School.  She has studied forensic psychology under Roy Hazelwood, Reed Meloy, Kris Mohandie, Phillip Resnick and John Douglas.

ERTC is excited to have Karen as another, "Culturally Competent" Clinician working with First Responders on both ERTC's Regional All Agency Peer Support Response Team and also working as an interface with Medical and Behavioral Health Clinician, Facilities, (in and out patient) and First Responders, their families and departments, in the logistics of their specific care needs.

Meet The Human Performance Director

Hi, I'm Tiffany

Tiffany Lipsey, M. Ed. ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Medicine III, OCH, is the Director of the Heart Disease Prevention Program (HDPP)She is the Asst. Director of the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory, Director of Heart Disease Prevention Program and Management of Teaching and Outreach Programs at Colorado State University, (CSU). The HDPP includes the First Responder Testing Programs and the Cardiac One Risk Evaluation (CORE). Her experience includes over 20 years in exercise physiology focusing on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessment, prevention and treatment for CVD. She has been working with Colorado firefighters and emergency personnel for nearly 20 years and has been involved in physiological testing for over 2,000 of them. Projects include cardiovascular disease risk assessment, lifestyle modification, temperature regulation, cooling mechanisms using adjunct cooling tools, novel medical devices, noise exposure and performance. As an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses encompassing health, wellness, aging, chronic disease, electrocardiography and exercise testing and prescription.

Prior to coming to Colorado State University, Ms. Lipsey was the Director of the Faculty/Staff Wellness Program for Towson University and Saint Joseph Medical Center and the Assistant Director of LIFEWORx Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She also taught courses in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. In addition, with over 7 years of experience in EMS at Western Albemarle Rescue Squad and Owings Mills Fire Department, Tiffany is another "Culturally Competent", Clinician that ERTC is excited to have on our team.

Meet the Acupuncture Specialist

Hi, I'm Kimberely,

Kimberley Benjamin L.Ac., Dipl. O.M.  is the owner of Fort Collins Family Acupuncture located in Fort Collins. 

In 1997 Kimberley received her BA in sociology with an emphasis in social work. She received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree 2008 from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. In 2008 Kimberley became certified as a diplomate in acupuncture and Oriental medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and she obtained her Colorado license to practice acupuncture in January 2009. Kimberley is currently the Past President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado.  She believes in not only helping the individual but staying involved and contributing to the AOM community-at-large. 

Kimberley, accepts most insurance programs in her practice, and is very excited to work with ERTC and our First Responders and their families.

Meet our First responder medical health co-coordinator

Hi, I'm Sharon,

Hi I'm Sharon

Sharon  Lowery-Bielmaier, NRP, FP-C, NCEE, First Responder Trauma Counselors, (FRTC) ,First Responder MED CARE, ("911 Over watch" program) Co-Coordinator; is a degreed Ground and Flight Paramedic working in the EMS field since the early 1980s. More than half of those years as a Nationally registered Paramedic. Her frontier  beginnings were in "wilderness"  medicine, in Wyoming, where assistance is difficult to access. This is where she gained skill and confidence to successfully overcome obstacles to patient care. Sharon is a National EMS trainer, with Advanced Cardiac Life Support, a educator of Pediatric  Advanced Life Support, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support educator and a Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Provider. She is a current instructor of record at AIMS Community College, Estes Park Medical Center, UC Health and has trained and lectured in multiple states. Sharon has been a senior and respected Paramedical Care Provider for a Major Hospital System in Colorado in urban medicine. Sharon is a contributor to Dr. Jack Digliani's efforts for the inclusion of EMS personnel into the State of Colorado's progressive law to provide a safety net for these vital First Responders in Emergency Medical Services, (EMS). Sharon also collaborated with Dr Digliani on his EMS Peer Support Manual in 2017. She is currently serving as Secretary for EMSAC for the State of Colorado.  She is currently working on enhancements of her medical practice to assist First Responders and other patients to be stabilized in residence to enhance emotional comfort, protection and  safety.

Sharon is a valuable Peer Support Paramedic,  and one of FRTC's driving Northern Colorado forces to bring all Northern Colorado agencies into the, "One Team One Mission", concept. She is excited to assist in the creation of this vital service to her 911 care continuum partners. FRTC, is proud to have this "Culturally Competent", resource as an example of cooperation and care.


Meet our Family Nurse Practitioner

Hi I'm Tarah,

Major Tarah Rupert USAR, MSN, APRN, FNP-C BC, has been working with patients across the globe as an active member of the United States Army Reserves. She has been deployed to hostile areas and disaster zones in both the Clinician role and also in the overhead operational capacities. As a Board Certified, Registered Nurse Practitioner, from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she has honed her specialties in neurology, brain and nervous system, stroke, acquired brain injuries, migraines and pain control. 

This graduate from Texas A&M University, has expanded her studies in both the civilian and military educational systems, to include surgical trauma intensive care, post anesthesia services,  mass causality, field pre hospital care and both rotary and fixed wing airborne medical evacuations and transports.

Tarah, is the wife of a  Chief officer currently active in the Fire Service and between understanding the rigors of the balance of working in a busy Neurology practice within a major hospital system, her Military career and her husband's varied fire service schedules, Tarah understands the demands on both her professional and family life. This valuable member of FRTC's Medical Care "911 Overwatch" Team, provides our area first responders with another layer of "Culturally Competent", health and safety, that FRTC  provides. In 2019 Tarah has become a ERTC trained Peer Support Team Academy Clinician.

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