Meet Our People
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Esther Fretz, Ph.D.
Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Esther has been leading the Rocky Mountain Stroke Center for over 20 years. With her unique feel about our clients, students and staff, she encourages and inspires anyone that crosses her path. Always with her eye on growth, Esther continues to help the Center expand its reach to help more stroke families. When she isn't at the stroke center, she's enjoys time on her front porch or doing yard work.

Linda Veres
Office Manager

Linda has been in this role for over 10 years. She will often have the answers to any question and is the first friendly face seen at the front desk when coming to The Center! Linda is a caregiver for her husband and in her spare time, spoils her 3 grandchildren. 


Carly Lancaster, LCSW
Program Director
Licensed Clincal Social Worker

Carly is from Columbia, Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work and Human Development and Family Sciences. She completed her Master's of Social Work at the University of Denver, concentrating on Health and Wellness and Animal-Assisted Social Work. Carly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. At the Center, she develops and oversees programs, leads support groups, and facilitates individual counseling and skill-building sessions. In her spare time, she loves to sing, travel, and dance to live music.


Lindsey Robison, LCSW
Social Work Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Lindsey was born and raised in small town Iowa. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 2013. Lindsey later completed her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Denver, concentrating on Mental Health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. At the Center, Lindsey facilitates stroke survivor/caregiver support groups and individual counseling and skill-building sessions. She is also the intern coordinator and supervisor and plays a pivotal role in planning and organizing agency events. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with friends and family and her two dogs. She also enjoys seeing live music, hiking, and traveling.


Hamilton Rech, LSW
Licensed Social Worker

Hamilton is originally from Portland, Oregon, and completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. He is a Licensed Social Worker and board certified Behavior Analyst, and holds Master's Degrees from Metropolitan State University of Denver and Southern Illinois University. Outside of the Center, he enjoys fishing, camping, snowboarding, and exploring the city and mountains.


Michele Harrison, PT
Physical Therapist

Michele is a Licensed Physical Therapist that graduated Cum Laude from Boston University in 1985 with a Bachelor of

Science in Physical Therapy. Her work focuses on neurologic disabilities, in particular M. S., Stroke, Parkinson’s, Movement Disorders and Chronic Pain. She is certified in Aquatic Therapy rehabilitation, Watsu techniques, Jahara Techniques, Ai Chi, Bad Ragaz, Halliwick techniques, and Wheelchair and Seating assessment. At the Center, Michele has led the Physical Therapy and Warm Water Pool Therapy classes and facilitated individual LiteGait sessions for over 8 years.

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Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC

Neurologic Music Therapist

Rehabilitative Rhythms

Rebekah is the COO at Rehabilitative Rhythms and has been facilitating the Music Therapy rehabilitation classes at the Stroke Center for over 7 years. She is a board-certified music therapist and earned her Masters Degree in Music Therapy at UMKC in Kansas City, MO. Rebekah loves working with stroke survivors because of the amazing resilience and strength of this community. She also founded and directs the Rocky Mountain Aphasia Chorale and in her free time she loves rock climbing and doing home improvement projects! 


Stephanie Barnard, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Stephanie is a bilingual certified speech-language pathologist and holds a CO license in Speech Pathology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University and a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology from Portland State University. Stephanie has extensive experience in various acquired speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders including aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, dysphagia, cognitive communication and expressive/receptive language impairments. Stephanie is also certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation to treat various swallowing disorders that can result from acute brain injury or neurodegenerative diseases. 


Cynthia Taylor, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, NCCDP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Taylor Neuro Specialists

Cynthia graduated with her Master's degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She is driven to learn as much as possible about evidence-based practice in neurological recovery, with certifications as a Brain Injury Specialist and a Dementia Practitioner. In her spare time, you can find her on the hiking trails or on her bike, reading a good book, or spending time with her fiancé, four daughters, and her two dogs.


Taylor Seitz, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, NCCDP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Taylor Neuro Specialists

Taylor graduated with her Master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014. She strives to help those in need, whether humans or animals. Her own family and clinical experiences make her passionate about swallowing and neurodegenerative diseases. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Dementia Practitioner. In her free time, she loves to spend time with friends out in nature hiking, skiing, traveling and riding horses or cuddling up to her cat, 2 dogs and chickens.

Social Work Interns


Chelsea McCann, MSW in progress
Social Work Intern


Jamie Caudell, MSW in progress
Social Work Intern

Chelsea grew up in Vermont, but has lived all over New England and earned her Bachelor’s degree at Colby College in Maine, where she majored in Psychology with a Neuroscience concentration. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Social Work at University of Denver, concentrating in Health and Wellness and Animal Assisted Social Work. Outside of work, Chelsea loves spending time with her rescue dog, reading a wide variety of books, and being outside in the Colorado sunshine! She is looking forward to learning as much as possible during her time at the Center.

Jamie grew up in a small tourism based town in Hawaii. He made a major change when he moved out to the city of St. Louis to earn his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Japanese at Washington University in St. Louis. He is now attending the University of Denver to obtain his MSW. In his free time he likes to play soccer, skateboard, go on hikes, and read.