Dr. Simone Sturm, DAOM, FABORM — Clinic Owner
Dr. Simone Sturm specializes in the holistic treatment of women and children. Her practice includes women’s health, fertility, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, postpartum care and pediatrics. She brings years of clinical experience to her practice, has worked as a primary care provider under California law, and strongly believes in the integration of Eastern and Western medicine in order to treat disease and maintain well-being. As an advocate of functional medicine, Dr. Sturm believes in healing and wellness for her patients according to their unique needs. Dr. Sturm has received advanced, post-graduate training in the US and China in reproductive health, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics.
Dr. Sturm is among the ﬁrst of a handful of practitioners in Colorado to have earned the degree of Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). She received her DAOM from Five Branches University in San Jose, CA with a specialization in Reproductive Women’s Health and Pain Management. Dr. Sturm is also a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, the ABORM. Fellows have demonstrated competency and advanced knowledge in the field of both Western and Oriental Reproductive Medicine by passing an advanced board certification examination. Additionally, Dr. Sturm has received extensive training in Functional Medicine from the Functional Medicine University.
She also holds Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Paciﬁc College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class. She has also been trained by CAPPA (the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association) as a childbirth educator and labor doula, and she believes strongly in holistic pregnancy practices.
Dr. Sturm is board certiﬁed as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which is the most advanced certiﬁcation available in the field of TCM. She is certiﬁed by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) in Clean Needle Technique and is state certiﬁed in New York, California (as a primary care provider) and Colorado. She also offers fertility acupuncture treatments. Dr. Sturm is also a graduate of the University of Southern California.
Devoted to her passion for teaching, Dr. Sturm is a clinic supervisor and instructor at both the Colorado School of Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) in Denver and at Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC) in Boulder. She is an active member of the SWAC Research Committee and a member of the ASRM, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Frances Rhodes, WHNP — Nurse Practitioner
We are very excited to welcome Frani Rhodes, board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, to the team at Denver Holistic Medicine, starting April 2017. Frani received her nursing degree from the University of Colorado in 2010.
Originally from Chicago, she moved to Denver in 2003 and has never looked back. Her clinical experience ranges from community health to urogynecology — her greatest passion has been helping women throughout her career in healthcare. She enjoys all aspect of women’s health and gynecology, with a focus on prevention and helping women live their best life.
In her free time, Frani enjoys snowboarding, hiking and exploring Colorado with her husband and two daughters.
Jessica Spencer - Office Coordinator
Jessica Spencer is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Health Promotion and a minor in Communication Disorders and Sciences. After graduating in May, she moved cross-country from North Carolina to call Denver her new home. Jessica found a passion for women’s health early on when seeking treatment options for family members with various imbalances including herself and precious pup, Myla.
Upon her graduation from college, Jessica knew she had a passion for helping others and has chosen to dedicate herself to the alternative care of women and children by inspiring others as well as herself to live the best life possible. With her expertise in health promotion and awareness, Jessica strives to inform all women and children of the benefits of holistic medicine. Jessica joins DHM to support and enlighten others on their unique journeys towards wellness through the mind, body, and spirit.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hikes, snowboarding, playing outdoors with her two pups, and traveling to new places
Karlye Ambrozic — project manager and Labor Doula
Karlye is a Denver graduate from Metropolitan State University where she received a Bachelors of Science in Integrative Healthcare and a minor in Health Care Management. There she studied both Western and Alternative medicine specializing her coursework in Women’s Reproductive health. Learning an integrative approach to wellness allows her to help women birthing in hospitals, birthing centers, and at home. Her support goes beyond just the physical and aids in the emotional, mental, and spiritual changes leading up to, during, and after each women's unique birth experience.
After 6 years of working closely with Holistic Practitioners, in 2018 she completed her Doula training through DONA International. Her goal is to educate, encourage, and empower women and their partners throughout their prenatal care, during the labor process, and postpartum. When she is not assisting families with intimate care, she spends her time traveling the world with her husband, cooking up delicious new recipes, and backpacking through the beautiful Colorado Mountains.
Sophia O’Keefe — social media manager and clinic intern
Sophia joined Denver Holistic Medicine in August 2015 as our Office Coordinator. She recently decided to go back to school to study Chinese Medicine full time and has therefore taken on a new role at DHM, as our project supervisor. She is a North Carolina native and is now happy to call Denver her home. She has been working in holistic health care for 3 years prior to joining our team.
She has experience working with a multitude of holistic practitioners and methods, including naturopathic medicine, chiropractic, massage therapy, mental health therapy and physical therapy. She is passionate about alternative and holistic health and wellness and enjoys helping provide patients with the resources they need to take control of their own health.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, running, yoga and time spent with her beloved dachshund Tegan.