Meet Our People
Esther Fretz, Ph.D.
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 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
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, LSW
Social Work Director
Licensed Social Worker
Lindsey was born and raised in small town Iowa. She moved to Fort Collins in 2009, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She completed her Master’s of Social Work at the University of Denver, concentrating on Mental Health. At the Center, Lindsey leads stroke survivor and caregiver support groups, facilitates individual counseling and skill-building sessions, and facilitates in event planning. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with friends and family, her cat, and 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
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.
Rebekah Stewart, MA, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapist
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
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. At the Center, she facilitates Aphasia and Cognitive Group Therapy classes and Book Club.
Cynthia Taylor, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, NCCDP
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
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.