Our Staff

OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Thursday: 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday: 8:00am to 3:00pm
AFTER-HOURS CRISIS SUPPORT & VICTIM ASSISTANCE: 303-615-9911

Our Staff

The Health Center at Auraria is staffed by highly trained Medical and Mental Health personnel dedicated to the well-being and success of students and campus colleagues. We are committed to providing inclusive and supportive care for each person we serve.

Our Medical and Mental Health practitioners offer a wide range of services to address Medical and Mental Health needs. They are trained to address health concerns professionally and confidentially.

The professional staff includes physicians, psychiatrists, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners, medical support staff and allied health professionals.

Although all Medical and Mental Health appointments are with a trained professional, there are a number of opportunities for Student Employment in a variety of different departments within the Health Center at Auraria.

Meet Our Medical & Mental Health Providers


Clinton A. Hartz, MD

Sports Medicine/Family Medicine Physician

Education/Training

  • Board Certified in Sports Medicine and Family Medicine
  • Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Toledo, Promedica Health System, Toledo, Ohio
  • Family Medicine Residency, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Doctor of Medicine, St. Matthews University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, BWI
  • Masters in Health Sciences Administration, St. Joseph’s University, Standish, Maine
  • Over 6 years of experience as Team Physician at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Professional Interests

  • Acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • Concussion care
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures and biological treatments
  • Acute and Chronic medical conditions
  • Enjoy treating athletes and active individuals
  • Using musculoskeletal ultrasound for both diagnostic and therapeutic treatment
Justin Hauxwell, MD
Psychiatrist / Family Doctor

Education/Training

  • Board Certified Psychiatry
  • Board Certified Family Medicine
  • Dual Residency in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati
  • Medical Doctorate, Kansas University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry; University of Kansas

Professional Interests

  • General Psychiatry
  • General Family Medicine
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (also called Social Phobia)
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Celiac Disease
  • Sexual Health and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Care of LGBTQ individuals
  • Transgender care; evaluation for, and prescribing of, gender-affirming hormones
  • Transcultural Medicine
Elle Heeg-Miller, FNP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner

Education/Training

  • Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Case Western Reserve University, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Case Western Reserve University, Master of Nursing.
  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology.

Professional Interests    

  • Women’s Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Preventative Medicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Dermatology
Linda Hilliker, PMHCNS-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with Prescriptive authority

Education/Training

  • ANCC certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adults
  • Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Primary Therapy and Consult Liaison Nursing, 1988, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
  • Post Master’s in Primary Care of Adults, 1996, University of Rochester, Rochester NY
  • Master of Science in Acupuncture, Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly, TAI / SOPHIA Institute—Traditional Acupuncture Institute / School of Philosophy and Healing in Action), 2003, Laurel, Maryland

Professional Interests  

  • General Psychiatry
  • Healing Trauma
  • Integrated Health and Integrative Psychiatry
  • Campus safety
Alyssa LaBate, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Education/Training

  • Board Certified Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science, Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado at Anschutz, Aurora, CO

Professional Interests

  • General adult psychiatry
  • Mood disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
Richard Miccio, LCSW
Clinical Outreach Specialist

Education/Training

  • Masters in Social Work: Children, Youth, Women & Families; California State University, Los Angeles

Professional Interests

  • Trauma
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Systems-level issues impacting individuals and families
Hang Nguyen, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Education/Training

  • MS, Western University Health Sciences Center, Physician Assistant Studies, Pomona, CA
  • BS, University of Colorado at Denver, Biology Major, Psychology Minor, Denver, CO
  • Board Certified Physician Assistant since 2006

Professional Interests

  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Urgent Care
  • Travel Health
  • Dermatology
  • Cardiology / Electrophysiology
Joshua D Pasley, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Education/Training 

  • Board Certified Physician Assistant, Red Rocks Physician Assistant Program, Lakewood, CO
  • Master of Medical Science, Saint Francis University, Loretta, PA

Professional Interests

  • College Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Currently practicing in Primary Care
Anna-Lisa Wick, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Education/Training

  • Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science, Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Professional Interests

  • General Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Medication Management in the treatment of Addiction, Bipolar Mood Disorder and Generalized Anxiety
Tamara Wristen, PA-C
Supervisor of Clinical Operations

Education/Training

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine – NCCPA
  • Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Master’s Program – University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Bachelor of Science – Adams State University, Alamosa, CO

Professional Interests

  • Dermatology
  • Women’s Health
  • Travel Medicine
  • Primary Care
Ruben Zorrilla, MD
Medical Director

Education/Training

  • Board Certified in Family Medicine
  • Fellowship in rural and underserved medicine at Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, WA
  • Family medicine residency at Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT
  • Medical school: University of Illinois College of medicine at Peoria, Peoria, IL

Professional Interests

  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Urgent Care
The Health Center at Auraria also oversees the Auraria Immunizations and MSU Denver Student Insurance offices.
The Auraria Immunizations office administers the state of Colorado higher education Immunization Requirement for CCD, MSU Denver and CU Denver. This office also provides additional immunizations for the prevention of disease and traveling abroad.

The MSU Denver Student Health Insurance office coordinates the MSU Denver Student Health Insurance Plan. This office can assist you with any questions you have about the MSU Denver Student Health Insurance Plan.

Schedule an appointment

Call 303-615-9999 to schedule an appointment in advance.
Please note there is a failed appointment fee of up to $50.00 for missed appointments or short notice cancellations (less than 24 hours).